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September 26, 1954, Chabeuil, Drôme:

Reference number for this case: 26-sep-54-Chabeuil. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Reports:

[Ref. lp1:] "LE PROVENCAL" NEWSPAPER:

A FLYING SAUCER IN CHABEUIL (the Drôme)

"The Martian resembled a kid locked up in a cellophane bag and I saw it as I see you"

affirm Mrs. Leboeuf, who had to confine to bed with 39°C fever

Valence (C.P.).

- I saw, Sir, just as I see you, the man of the flying saucer of Chabeuil.

And Mrs. Leboeuf, of Valence, still shaking, lead us to this village [i.e. to Chabeuil]. In a field partly of corn, partly of alfalfa, and bordered on a side by a hedge of acacias, from one path to the other:

- Sunday afternoon, I was in the path, I was picking up mulberries in the hedge. Suddenly, my dog started to bark. I turned over and saw the animal, the hair raised, frozen in front of what seemed to me to be a scarecrow.

"The scarecrows moves toward me"...

"I moved towards the dog to prevent it from barking. At this point in time the "scarecrow" advances towards me. It was a small being; it hardly measured more than one meter. I had the impression that it was a kid locked up in a cellophane bag. What struck me, it is very human face...

"... and disappears in the cornfield"

"But fright took me. I yelled and I hastened to throw myself in the hedge. I do not know how much time I remained there. From there, I saw the corn, but there was nobody anymore.

"Then a circular craft of three meters in diameter approximately, thick of 50 centimetres, took off from behind the corn.

The noise of a spinning top

"The craft flew away initially in skew, it did not go fast, it made the noise of a spinning top which whirrs and one also heard a whistling sound. The craft changed then from the horizontal position to the vertical position. It then rose straight at a tremendous speed.

"Passers by went by and saw me in the hedge, worried about my paleness. A little bit recovered of my fright, I told them what I had seen and I led them to the place from where I had seen the flying saucer take off.

"As you can note, there is on the ground a clearly visible "circular print"."

Disconcerting observations

Indeed, we made on the location several disconcerting observations: seven feet of corn were lying; the grass between the corn and the acacias was pressed; small hawthorn had been broken; a branch of acacia was even broken, as if it had received a top to bottom shock. In short, one can very well imagine that a circular machine was posed there according to the general aspect of the holes.

On the other hand we found no debris, no burned grass, corn or acacia.

39°C of fever

We questioned the inhabitants of the village. Some heard the sinister barkings of the dog; others heard a whistling sound "quite different from that of a jet plane"; others, finally, saw a flying saucer above Chabreuil. All this at hours which perfectly match with the account of Mrs. Leboeuf.

The latter, after twenty-four hours spent in bed with 39 degrees of fever, regrets her fright.

- Ah! If I had not been so afraid, perhaps I would have known who it was!

[Ref. qh1:] NEWSPAPER "LE QUOTIDIEN DE LA HAUTE-LOIRE:"

MULTIPLE SIGHTINGS OF FLYING CIGARS

In the departments of the Rhone, of Isère, Drome and Savoy, many people claim to have seen, these last days, with more or less of clarity, crafts having either a cigar shape, or a disc shape. In the area of Arbresle, one of these witnesses, the director of a Parisian variety theater, even filmed one of these mysterious crafts. So we will know, after development of the film, if it is an optical illusion. Close to Fezin (Isère), a young man is said to have seen a machine having a dome and from where a light comparable with that caused by the combustion of magnesium spouted out in the countryside not far from the ground. In Drome, an inhabitant of Valence Miss Leboeuf, which was having a walk near Chabeuil, claims to have met in a pathway, a being of small size oddly dressed which she first believed to be a scarecrow in Cellophane. Miss Leboeuf hid behind a hedge, terrified. At this point in time she saw a disc from where a whistle emanated rising from a cornfield. A little later the witness and peasants went in the field where, according to them, a circular trace approximately three meters in diameter with corn ears lying and branches broken in edge was clearly distinguished. Other inhabitants of Chabeuil also stated to have seen there a flying saucer evolving above the countryside on the same day.

[Ref. lm1:] "LE MONDE" NEWSPAPER:

FLYING SAUCERS
and the dispiples
of the Christ of Montfavet

The flying saucers continue with obstinacy their prospection of the French sky, in particular, during these last twenty-four hours, above the area of Dauphiné. Without one being able to predict yet big things on the intentions of their occupants, their sympathy to the race of men appears acquired. Undoubtedly, only the fear of a hostile welcome makes them still hesitate to make closer contacts with the Earthmen.

Thus a farmer of the Vienne, Mr. Yves David, living in Vouneuil-sur-Vienne, revealed yesterday that a "celestial diver", met by chance on the road, had carressed his arm" while utterring unintelliggibles sounds". But, probably disappointed by the little eagerness of Mr. David to tie relations, he had gone up in its machine and had disappeared almost instantaneously in the sky...

An inhabitant of Valence, Mrs. L..., made a similar encounter yesterday. Unfortunately for our knowledge of things Martians, Mrs. L..., seized with terror, hid behind a hedge and closed her eyes. When she reopened them a little later, it was to see rising from the field which bordered the path a luminous disc emitting a whistling sound...

A locomotive driver, Mr. Paroux, was no less frightened than Mrs. L... by seeing the other evening above the marshes of Saint-Nicolas-de-Redon (the Ille-et-Vilaine) a mysterious machine which followed a luminous trail. He fell sick from that and had to pass a medical examination...

Optical errors? Hallucinations? No, answer the disciples of the Christ of Montfavet, who have just stated that these flying saucers of which everyone makes fun are the irrefutable proof that their guide, George Roux, is really the Christ making a second coming...

Nobody so far had thought of that...

[Ref. fd1:] WEEKLY NEWSPAPER "FRANCE-DIMANCHE":

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1. The Valence saucer left traces (in the maize)

MRS. LEBOEUF (opposite) did not yet comfort herself to have been so frightened the other Sunday by seeing in a field of the commune of Chabeuil (Drôme) a "man from another world" - Instead of trying to approach, her fear was such that she went to hide the head between the hands behind a hedge. The man was a being of small size, "like a kid whom one would have put in a cellophane bag. He had a human face, but apparently no arms. When Mrs. Leboeuf looked up, she did not see anybody any more. But soon, she perceived a noise in the maize field opposite and saw a strange machine rising in the sky. It was perhaps three meters in diameter and sixty centimetres in thickness. It flew in skew during a hundred meters, then rocked from the horizontal to the vertical and climbed straight up at a vertiginous speed. One could find, in the field indicated by Mrs. Leboeuf, traces similar to those which a landed apparatus could have left (our photograph above on the left); branches of acacias were broken around (above, in the center). Our drawing, above, on the right, shows finally the respective sites of Mrs. Leboeuf, the scarecrow-man and the "saucer" in the maize field and its surroundings.

To make the sketch more readable, I retyped and translated its captions in English:

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[Ref. hw1:] HAROLD T. WILKINS:

The author indicates that in Valence in the lower Rhone, in Drome, France, 1954, a woman said she saw a whistling saucer in a field and rushed to find eye-witnesses, but it had gone when they came. It left a circle of crops of nine feet across, crushed down by something that had landed.

Further in the book, the author indicates that on September 30, 1954, at Valence, France, a woman with a dog on a leash came face to face, she says, with a form swathed in "cellophane." When the form saw the dog, it climbed into a saucer; which shot up with a deafening hiss.

Police examined the parking-place of this saucer and found that cornstalks were pressed to the ground in a radius of about ten feet.

A few pages further in the book, the author indicates that a saucer grounded at Drome, Dauphiny, South-East of France, emitted sound like a musical top as it took off vertically after a "plastic-garbed being" had approached Madame Leboeuf.

[Ref. fi1:] NOTES OF AN INTERVIEW BY AN INVESTIGATOR TO RAYMOND VEILITH:

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Translated transcription:

Valence, december 3, 1954

Report of the interview with Mrs LEBOEUF in Valence.

It was on September 26, 1954. I was in CHABEUIL (a small village located at 14 kilometers east of Valence) and I went to the cemetery to bring flowers there. This cemetery is in the east of the village in a shadowy neighborhood (wood, coppice and culture). I had my black bitch Dolly with me, she was running around nearby. I was in a sunken lane at some distance from the cemetery and I collected blackberries.

I called my bitch Dolly and as she arrived near my, she stopped dead and started to howl madly (at this time I noticed that the dogs of the nearby houses, who were on the rope, were also howling madly). Surprised by the barkings (bizarre and sinister), I raised my head and I saw at 2 meters 50 from me a living being motionless who stares at me (small height, 1 meter to 1 meter 50), I still wonder for how long it had been looking at me like that.

It appeared to be wrapped in a transparent diving-suit from the feet to the head, face almost human (I did not see ears, vision was little fuzzy through the diving-suit), human eyes stary and brilliant, expressive and intelligent. I did not distinguish arms, those being perhaps stuck along the body. I practically did not examine the body of this living being, I especially looked his eyes (its eyes did not cease to look at me).

When I saw it, it approached me, hopping, without being concerned with my bitch who barked at him (the journalists then raised a print resembling a large dog leg with a heel?). Seized with fear, I run away shouting and I hid in a bush (the fear made my teeth snap together). Almost at once, within five meters of me, I saw a machine in the form of saucer of a diameter of four meters approximately resembling a large mechanical spinning top of child, but with the flat lower part, rising above the cornfield. The weather was dull, it had just rained one hour before and this machine had a dark color, a washed out and dull gray. I noticed neither lights nor porthole (from my place, I could at no time to distinguish the machine when it was on the ground). The machine thus rose slowly above the cornfield (same location that where it was landed and I perceived a light humming during this movement, then, when it arrived above the alfalfa field, it bent of 90° (vertical position) and disappeared in the North-eastern direction at a tremendous speed while emitting an odd whistling sound; I did not notice a gyratory movement (a Doctor of CHAMBERY is said to have seen a flying saucer five minutes afterwards, coming from the direction of CHABEUIL, it could thus be the same one.

The people at the cemetery heard the howls of my bitch as well as the whistle of the machine (my husband who was in the aviation and who was in the vicinity also heard this whistle and perfectly realized that it was not a jet). They came and they found me in the bush; I was like paralysed and I could not call.

Several people went on the spot of landing of the saucer a few moments afterwards. They noticed a surface approximately four meters in diameter where the ground and the grass were packed; several corn plants were crushed; the branches of the acacias which were around were like scraped and several were broken, this up to ten meters high approximately. They found the leaves on the ground.

I am neither insane nor timorous and it is takes a lot to make me go emotional. I nevertheless stayed two days in bed with fever (confidentially, following this great emotion, her periods reappeared immediately). Moreover, my bitch Dolly trembled and wept during three consecutive nights. It is only at the end of two days that I informed the Press. I now believe in flying saucers and my husband too.

Written in Valence, on December 3, 1954

[Ref. mc1:] "MICHEL CARROUGES":

Michel Carrouges indicates that the Leboeuf observation was made at a distance of 2.50 meters.

Michel Carrouges indicates that in the Leboeuf case the precise details provided on the topography of the places and the respective localisation of the witnesses and the objects or the pilots enforced the extreme closeness of the encounter.

[Ref. jv6:] JACQUES VALLEE:

Jacques Vallée says that a report for a September 26, 1954, case, in France, said:

"The little dog began to bark and howl miserably. She saw it standing in front of something that looked like a scarecrow. But going closer she saw that the scarecrow was some sort of small diving suit, made of .translucent plastic material. Behind the blurred transparency of the helmet, two large eyes were staring out at her. The suit began moving toward her with a kind of quick, waddling gait."

"She uttered a cry of terror and took to the fields. Looking back she saw a big metallic object, circular and rather flat, rise behind some nearby trees, move toward the northeast with considerable speed, gaining altitude as it did so."

"Neighbors gathered quickly and at the spot where the object had risen they found a circle, ten or so feet in diameter, where the shrubs had been crushed. Trees at the edge of this imprint had some branches broken and the bark rubbed off, and the wheat in the direction of takeoff was flattened out in radiating lines. The original witness was found in a state of nervous collapse. She was put to bed, where she remained for two days with a high fever."

[Ref. gc1:] LEONARD G. CRAMP:

Here is another case which also includes a description of a saucer occupant, and again I have selected it because of its technically corroborative nature. This dramatic sighting occurred in Chabeuil, about eight miles east of Valence, southern France, in September of that epic year of 1954.

M and Mme Leboeuf, of Valence, were visiting their grandfather in Chabeuil. Later, in the afternoon, they took their dog for a walk and Mme Leboeuf wandered about one hundred yards away to gather mushrooms in the nearby wood. After a little while the dog began to bark and howl miserably. Turning, Mme Leboeuf saw the little animal standing at the edge of an adjacent wheat field confronting something she took at first to be a scarecrow. She went closer to investigate and saw that the 'scarecrow' was in fact wearing some kind of 'small diving suit' made of translucent plastic material, three feet tall or a little taller, with a helmet that was also translucent. Suddenly the startled woman realised that something inside the diving suit was watching her through the blurred transparency of the helmet. She had the impression of two eyes, larger than human eyes. She had no sooner realised this when the diving suit moved towards her 'with a kind of quick waddling gait'.

Mme Leboeuf had until then felt little more than mild surprise or curiosity. But the rapid approach of the 'diving suit' terrified her. Uttering a cry of horror she fled to the comfort of a nearby thicket, from where, looking back, she could no longer see the thing, but the dog continued to howl pitifully and all the dogs in the district joined in. Then, from behind some nearby trees, rose a large metallic object, circular and rather flat, emitting a slight whistling noise. It moved across the wheat field, then suddenly veered off and up at a tremendous speed. Hearing the commotion and his wife's cry of terror, M Leboeuf, accompanied by people from a nearby cemetery, came running. They, too, had heard the strange whistling sound.

Gradually the dogs ceased their howling and practically the whole village was soon on the spot. They found, among the trees from which the 'aircraft' had risen, an lift diameter circle, where shrubs and bushes had been crushed. At the edge of the circular depression stood several acacia trees. From one of them hung a 3 1/2 in thick branch, smashed downward by a great pressure from above. Hanging 8 1/2 ft above the circular patch, yet another branch was stripped of its leaves, while in the path of the object as it took off over the field 'the first few yards of wheat were flattened out in radiating lines'.

Mme Leboeuf was found in a state of nervous shock. For the following two days she suffered a high fever and the little dog was still trembling with fright three days later. Do what they will, the sceptics of flying saucer stories like this cannot offer plausible alternative explanations, for clearly in a case like this, fraud cannot be entertained seriously. For even a boyish prank which might shock a human, would certainly not reduce a little dog to a state of physical tension for a period of days. No, a prank would not do this, but an extremely high-frequency force field might!

[Ref. jv5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

144 -005.01930 44.90100 26 09 1954 14 30 1 CHABEUIL -DROME F 011122 C** 131

[Ref. cg1:] CHARLES GARREAU:

On September 26, 1954, in Chabeuil (Drôme), Mrs. Leboeuf, taking a walk, is in the presence of a being "with a very human figure but very small." It wore a diving-suit, which seemed transparent: one would have said "a kid under cellophane. He did not have arms, or those were stuck to the body." Continuing her account, Mrs. Leboeuf explains then that she saw "a machine rising from the field. It moved away close to the ground..." The gendarmes find the traces left by the machine: a circular surface of 3,50 m approximately of diameter, crushed shrubs and bushes, broken branches. Moreover, the first feet of corn met by the machine at the time of its takeoff were flattened. All these evidence confirm at a 100% Mrs. Leboeuf's account, and attests that she was not victim of hallucination or "daydream."

[Ref. db1:] ISABEL DAVIS AND TED BLOECHER:

33. Encounter at Chabeuil (Drome), September 26, by Mme. Lucette Laboeuf-Salin: London Evening News , October 1; France Dimanche, October 3; wire reports October 1-3 and later, in many U.S. newspapers; special report of personal inquiry by Pierre Bouvard, December 3, 1954 ; Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery: Criterion Books, New York, N.Y. (1958), pp. 82-84.

[Ref. cg2:] CHARLES GARREAU, HISTORIA:

For Historia magazine, Charles Garreau recalls the case. He indicates that Chabeuil is a large borough in the département of the Drôme, at ten kilometers in the south-east of Valence. He indicates that the weather of this Sunday September 26, 1954, was very nice, when at about 02:30 P.M., Mrs. Leboeuf decided to go search for mushrooms in the wood of the castle. Her small bitch, Dolly, was jumping around at her side, when suddenly the animal started to bark, as wanting to draw the attention of her mistress.

Garreau gives the following account of Mrs. Leboeuf:

"She froze, in edge of a cornfield. I first believed that she barked at a scarecrow. But, by getting nearer, I realized that this "scarecrow" had two eyes, a little larger than ours, which stared at me. I realized that I was in front of a "being", with a quite human figure, but very small. It wore a diving-suit, which seemed transparent. One would have said it was a kid under cellophane. He did not have an arm, or those were stuck to the body. I was paralyzed on the spot by the fear. This creature started to advance towards me. I cried of terror, and I fled towards the hedge, where I hid. I did not see anybody any more in front of the cornfield. But almost immediately, a machine in the shape of large spinning top rose from the field, it had a flat lower part. It moved away while making a light whistling sound."

"Arrived at the end of the field, it passed from the horizontal position to the vertical, and it is went up at an incredible speed..."

Charles Garreau points out that at the place of the small wood from where the "machine" had risen, the gendarmes had discovered a circular surface of 3,50 m approximately of diameter, with crushed shrubs and bushes, broken branches. Moreover, the first feet of corn plants met by the machine at the time of its takeoff were lying in radiant lines.

He specifies that Mrs. Leboeuf was extremely shocked and had to remain confined to bed for two days, suffering of a strong fever. He adds that in their investigation report, the gendarmes noted that the fear had involved disorders described as "strictly feminine". As for the dog Dolly, it remained trembling and apprehensive during three days.

[Ref. lo1:] CORAL AND JIM LORENZEN:

These American authors noted that on September 26, 1954, Mrs Leboeuf of Valence, France, had gone to gather mushrooms in the woods not far from the cemetery at Chabeuil about four o'clock when there were a few people visiting the cemetery. Her dog began to bark and then howling as if in misery, so Madame Leboeuf looked around and saw that the animal was standing at the edge of a wheat field in front of something which she initially thought was a scarecrow. But upon approaching the dog, she saw that the "scarecrow" was some kind of a small diving suit which appeared to be made of translucent material, of some 3 feet or a little more, with a helmet also translucent.

She suddenly realized that something was inside that suit and was looking at her, she said later that she had impression of eyes that seemed larger than human eyes. This thing then began to move toward her with a sort of quick waddling walk. Mrs Leboeuf who was only slightly surprised and curious at first became frightened, screamed and hid in a nearby thicket. When she turned to look again there was nothing unusual anymore. However, the dog had begun to howl again and the other dogs in the village now also howled.

She next saw a large, circular and somewhat flattened object of metallic appearance rise from behind nearby trees and move away at low altitude, with a whistling sound as it flew. That disk gained elevation as it crossed above the wheat field, then veered, and flew away faster and higher all the time, towards the northeast.

Her husband had heard her scream, and heard the whistling sound, and ran to her, as did some of the people at the cemetery so that almost the whole village was on the spot soon. At the place where the disk had been, there was a circular area about ten or eleven feet in diameter in which the shrubs and bushes were crushed. A three-inch branch on an acacia tree at the edge of the circular area was broken as if from pressure from above. A branch on another acacia tree hung over the circular area was stripped of leaves. For a few meters at the beginning of the wheat field across which the object had flown, the wheat was flattened out in radiating lines.

Police and reporters noted that Mrs Leboeuf was in a nervous shock, they noted the ground and vegetation traces, and the number of people who had heard the whistling sound. Mrs Leboeuf suffered a state of nervous collapse and spent two days in bed with high fever, while her dog was appeared still frightened for the next three days.

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Sep. 26, 1954 02:30 P.M. Chabeuil (France).

Mrs. Leboeuf was suddenly confronted with a creature resembling "a child in a plastic bag, with eyes larger than human eyes." This creature entered a flat, circular machine, which took off toward the northeast with a soft whistling. Traces. Witnesses in state of shock. (Le Figaro, Combat, le Parisien, 30 Sept. 1954) (17; Carrouges 116; Anatomy 70; Magonia.)

[Ref. ob1:] OTTO BINDER:

September 26, 1954, Chabeuil, France, 4:00 P.M. M. and Mme. Leboueuf went to gather mushrooms in the fields. In a wheat field the woman screamed as she saw a three-foot-tall man in a "diving suit."

She ran and hid in a thicket. Peering out, she soon saw a big, metallic object, circular but rather flattened, rise up behind nearby trees with a slight whistling sound. Crossing the wheat field at a low level, the UFO then veered northeast at tremendous speed.

After Mrs. Leboueuf called her husband and neighbors, they found a patch where shrubs had been flattened in a diameter of 11 feet. Bedded for three days with a nervous collapse, the woman described how two eyes had stared out of the diving suit's helmet at her, but they were "larger than human eyes," and the creature, whoever it was, walked with a waddling gait. (From "The Reference.")

This woman's story, most likely honest, is not to be confused with the "contactees" elaborations. The contactee would go on and claim he talked telepathically with the little men, who invited him for a ride in their saucer and told him they were on earth to save us from nuclear war or to bring universal prosperity. Depending on the contactees imagination and nerve, he might even baldly state they flew him back to Venus, then- home world, and he saw a mighty civilization, etc., etc., etc.

[Ref. ou1:] INVESTIGATIONS REPORTS IN "OURANOS":

INVESTIGATION REPORTS
on the observation of an inhabitant of the skies, on Sept. 26 in Chabeuil (Drôme)

1st report.

Investigator: M.R. ARNAUD, eng. E.C.P., Member of the Ouranos Studies Comittee.
Main witnesses: Mre LEBOEUF, aged 32, in Chabeuil

NOTE BY THE INVESTIGATOR. - To help me on the research, I could count on:

  • Mr. FIGOU, expert jeweller, aged 45 - who, highly interested by the problem, had been devoted to a very thorough investigation, helped by my cousin the commander R., a methodical and serious mind - on which one can absolutely count for an objective description of the facts;
  • Mrs. Leboeuf, witness of the appearance; it is a true chance that she has witnessed the phenomenon; I hold Mrs. Leboeuf in great esteem: she is an open minded and objective person, higher than the average that one finds in the area. I insist on the quality of this witness. In Chabeuil she has been subjected to such an amount of mockery, as well as unfair judgements, that she ended up considering a true calamity to have been the humble witness of the phenomenon.

I reassured Mrs. Leboeuf on our intentions (because certain journalists have fooled her too much!) and I ensured her of our seriousness, of our concern for the Truth, and that we will not reveal her personal address.

So she told us again her account - that I communicate to you - supported by the observations of Mr. Figou, with the consent of the commander R.

I personally checked the location, for better understanding the explanations.

As I present it, this document has never been published before. The facts were partially deformed and fictionalized by the press and people of the country who made fun of Mrs. Leboeuf. Testimonies of Mr. Figou and the commander R. were never used; they made their investigation for their personal information.

ACCOUNT BY MRS LEBOEUF. - "It was on Sunday September 23 [26], 1954, after midday. I had gone to Chabeuil to spend the day at my grandfather's. I had gone in the wood of the castle to collect mushrooms. It was approximately 02:30 P.M.

The way skirted a field of alfalfa of which the last ten meters were planted with corn. I was busy gathering blackberries in the hedge when, behind me, my dog started to bark; she was close to the corn field, frozen still in front of what I initially took for a scarecrow.

- You must be silly, my dog, to be afraid of a scarecrow! I said at him.

However, when I got closer, I distinguished, in this "scarecrow," two eyes which fixed me, a little larger than ours. I then discovered - while terror took over me - that I was in the presence of a being, with the a quite human figure, but small. At the place of the hair, a blackish mass. It was wrapped in a transparent matter diving-suit, the head in a transparent round helmet. It did not have arms. It made me the impression of a child, not higher than 1 m 10, put in a cellophane bag.

As soon as the "scarecrow" made the gestures to approach me whereas I was frozen by fear, I yelled; then I fleed at full speed, throwing myself head first in the hedge where I reomained hidden.

How much time did I stay there? I do not know at all. In front of the corn, I did not see anybody anymore. But from the corn, a flying saucer rose and left at low height. It did not make more noise than a large spinning top which whirrs, with a light whistle. It did not go fast. Arrived at the end of the field, from its horizontal position, it rocked towards a vertical position, and "whoosh... " it went up at a tremendous pace."

OBSERVATION BY M. FIGOU AFTER THE APPEARANCE. - Description of the location. - Small plate of 2 hectares, in a trapezoid shape, whose two sides (southern and western) overhang the cemetery and the city (at 300 m.) and are surrounded by undergrowth and acacias. The field was planted in alfalfa and ended in the west by ten corn lines, behind which, at short distance, acacias and undergrowth were aligned.

Les lieux

Observation of the traces. - 1° In the first corn line (nearest to the acacias) 7 corn pieces are flattened in radiant form (apparently under the weight of a craft of circular shape);

2° A branch of an acacia is broken under the effect of an effort directed downwards; it is a branch of about 8 cm. of diameter;

3° On a close acacia, a branch at 2 m 50 above the ground is completely leafless;

4° The shrubs under the acacias (hawthorns) are flattened, broken, packed, crushed as if they had received an important shock;

5° There is a hole in the grass, of 15 cm in diameter, located on the periphery of a raised circular trace.

So everything points at the idea that a machine of circular shape, of a diameter of 3 meters to 3 meters 50, had landed obliquely on the ground towards the feet of acacias, then lay down on corn (since there is no compressing of the corn and that it is only flattened).

Weather. - Gray and gloomy weather. Very light rain after the appearance.

Note. - Mrs. Leboeuf's husband, a former aviator, who was at 200 meters from the location, is said to have heard a whistling sound "distinct from the noise of jets" at the time of the appearance. In addition, certain witnesses, that Mr. Figou could not contact, are said to have noticed footprints at the location, "like a large dog's leg with, behind it a narrow heel".

2nd Report.

- Investigator: M. Pierre BOUVARD, Member of Ouranos C.I.E. and of A.M.I. (Report forwarded by this organisation).

NOTE BY THE INVESTIGATION SERVICE OF THE OURANOS C.I.E. - Mr. Pierre Bouvard, and Mr. R. Arnaud, author of the preceding report, carried out their investigations without the knowledge of one another. They did not know each other and were never in contact.

STATEMENT BY MRS LEBOEUF.

- "It was on the 23 [26] September 1954. I was in Chabeuil, a small village located at 14 km in the east of Valence. I had with me my black dog Dolly which was playing around nearby. I was in a sunken lane, at some distance from the cemetery and I collected blackberries. I called my dog and, as she arrived close to me, she stopped short and started to howl madly (I noticed at this time that the dogs of the houses there, which were attached, also howled like mad). Surprised by these odd and sinister barkings, I looked up and I saw, at 2 m 50 of me, a motionless living being who was staring at me (small size, 1 m 10 to 1 m 15). I still wonder since how much time it was staring at me like this.

It appeared to be wrapped of a transparent diving-suit from the feet to the head; almost human face; I did not see ears; my vision was a little fuzzy through the diving-suit; human eyes fixed and brilliant, expressive and intelligent; I did not distinguish any arm, those were perhaps stuck to the body; I practically did not examine the body, I especially looked at his eyes which did not cease to stare at me.

When I saw it, it approached to me, hopping, without caring for my dog which barked after him. The journalists have allegedly later noted a print resembling a large dog's leg with a heel.

Seized by panic, I run away while shouting and I hid in a bush. The fear made my teeth stutter. Almost at once, at five meters of me I saw a machine in the shape of saucer rising above the corn field, it had a diameter of 4 meters approximately, resembling a large mechanical spinning top for children, but with a flat bottom.

The weather was dull; it had just rained one hour before. The machine had a dark color, a dirty and dull gray. I did not notice any lights nor portholes. From my place, I could at no time distinguish the craft when it was landed on the ground. It rose slowly above the corn field, horizontally, and I perceived a light humming during this movement, then, when it arrived above the field of alfalfa, it rocked of 90° (vertical position) and disappeared in the north-eastern direction, at a vertiginous speed, while emitting an odd whistle. I did not notice any rotating movement.

A doctor of Chambéry is said to have seen a flying saucer 5 minutes afterwards, coming from the direction of Chabeuil, it could thus be the same one. (1)

People in the cemetery heard the howls of my dog as well as the whistle of the craft. My husband, who was in the aviation, and which was in the vicinity, also heard this whistle and perfectly realized that it was not the sound of a jet. They came and they found me in the bush; I was like paralysed and I could not call.

Several people went a few moments afterwards on the landing spot of the saucer. They noticed a surface of approximately four meters in diameter where the ground and the grass were packed; several corn seedlings were crushed; the branches of the acacias which were around were like scratched and several were broken, this up to ten meters height, approximately. They found the leaves on the ground.

I am not insane, nor timorous and it takes a lot to move me. I nevertheless remained two days in bed, with fever. Moreover my dog Dolly has been shaking during three consecutive nights. It is only at the end of two days that I informed the press.

Now I believe in flying saucers and my husband too."

  • (1) This is about Dr. Martinet, dermatologist. But it is only at 05:12 P.M., therefore a little later than Mrs. Leboeuf thinks, that he saw the saucer, above Croix de Nivollet, whereas he was driving back from the Cat pass. He observed the evolutions of the saucer, as well as about fifteen other people, during four minutes, and evaluated its altitude to be about 2000 meters approximately (the witness is a former artillery observer), before it started to go downwards with a falling leaf movement, then disappeared suddenly at the vertical. Like the F.S. from Chabeuil, this one was convex with the higher part of gray color.

[Ref. jv2:] JACQUES VALLEE:

The author indicates that on September 26, 1954 in Chabeuil, Mrs. Leboeuf was suddenly confronted with an individual who had the appearance of a "child in a plastic bag, with eyes larger than human eyes." The individual entered a flat circular machine which flew away in direction of the North-East with a soft whistling sound.

[Ref. gf1:] GORDON CREIGHTON:

35. Chabeuil, France (September 26, 1954)

Mme Leboeuf encountered a small plastic-clad "scarecrow" and shortly afterwards saw a disc take off. Meanwhile her dog Dollie, and all the other dogs in the village, were barking frantically.

Aimé Michel: Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 82.

[Ref. gl1:] CHARLES GARREAU AND RAYMOND LAVIER:

The two authors and ufologists note that the case in Chabeuil in the department of the Drôme on September 28, 1954 at approximately 14:30 is one of most known of this year and they provide the following outline, indicating that their sources are newspaper clippings and their personal file.

Mrs. Leboeuf was in walking at the edge of the wood of the castle while picking up mulberries, when her small bitch started to bark behind her. The bitch was in stop in front of what Mrs. Leboeuf initially took for a scarecrow.

Garreau and Lavier give her statement:

"But when I got closer, I realized that this scarecrow had two eyes, larger than ours, which stared at me. I realized that I was in front of a being, with a quite human figure, but very small. It wore a diving-suit which seemed transparent. One would have said a "kid under celophane." He did not have arms, or its arms were stuck to the body. I froze on the spot with fear. This creature started to advance towards me. I yelled of terror and I fled in the hedge, where I hid. I did not see anybody any more in front of the cornfield. But almost at once a machine in the shape of spinning top rose from the field, with a flat bottom part. It moved away close to the the ground, with a light whistle. Arrived at the end of the field, it passed from the horizontal position to the vertical position, and it ascended at a vertiginous speed."

The authors indicate that the investigators found very clear traces in the cornfield, and that the bitch of Mrs. Leboeuf, Dolly, trembled and cried during three days.

[Ref. mf1:] MICHEL FIGUET:

Ufologist Michel Figuet publishes in August 1978 a counter-investigation concerning this case in "Lumières dans la Nuit" magazine. He provides again the case story as given in the testimony of Mrs. Lebeuf.

He gives some additional information: the event occurred at a place dubbed "Gontardes", which locates on a 1/25000th map as VALENCE 7-8 26120 B.3 M.77.

Mrs. Lebeuf tels him that as opposed to what the preceding investigators noted, she never said that the eyes of the being stared at her and that it was false to say that they were human eyes or that it was a human face. She specified that the being had a helmet which made his face blurry.

The remainder of the account that Mrs. Lebeuf gives to Michel Figuet is strictly identical to what was noted by the investigators in 1954.

Michel Figuet indicates that "young people who went to the movies by the road of Montvendre saw the "saucer" in flight." He also mentions the observation by the MD of Chambéry at the pass of Le Chat 5 minutes after Mrs. Lebeuf's encounter.

Mrs. Lebeuf tells Michel Figuet who shows him the supposed drawings of Lob and Gigi's book, that she never said to her bitch "don't be afraid, Dolly, it is a scarecrow," for when the being was seen it had come out of the corn field and measured only 1 m 10. She notes that the drawing in Lob and Gigi's book showing the being in the middle of the field is thus erroneous.

Michel Figuet notes that when the journalist and ufologist Jean-Louis Ruchon asked her to draw the being, she refused to specify certain details on the drawing, "without wanting to give the reason of her refusal but specifying that Scandinavians had asked her in 1954 not to reveal certain details."

He notes "the proximity of a cemetery as in many cases" and writes that "in these cases it cannot be a will-o'-the-wisp" which emerge from the places "where animal materials decompose."

The flying saucer, sketched by Mrs. Lebeuf.
Drawing of the being by Mrs Lebeuf, put in proportion in front of a corn field.

[Ref. mf2:] MICHEL FIGUET:

Mail

FLUX and RE-FLUX

Stupor and indignation are the words which are appropriate for the reading of an article entitled "the undertow of a wave" published in Special Issue #3 of our Belgian fellow-member, the S.O.B.E.P.S. (1). I make a point of bringing precise details about the affair of Chabeuil (Drôme) of the 09/26/1954, committed for trial by Misters BARTHEL and BRUCKER since I am accused and calls a dishonest person.

The latter who spit in the soup after having reversed their jacket, have the reputation to be ufologists in slippers working for the search of "their" truth, on the telephone and in a good armchair.

They never met Mrs. LEBOEUF Lucette.

The authors of the article quote: "If we must believe the various sources of information we have, etc...". I think that the readers of L.D.L.N. who also subscribed with INFORESPACE see like I see that these sources of information are never quoted.

On which basis these this Messrs work, perhaps in the manner in which we had the opportunity to see them at work on the TV during the V3 show on FR3 channel. I.e. with the telephone in a hand and the telephone directory in the other hand.

The hour of the observation of CHABEUIL is indeed 02:30 p.m. (there, these Messrs agree with me). The date of the observation is indeed that of September 26 (a Sunday) and not that of the 29 (a Wednesday) as claim the authors of the article.

Mrs. LEBOEUF was returned from flowering the tomb of her grandmother. The article of Chabeuil was published in Le Progrès and Dauphiné-Libéré for September 29. I may agree that information circulates quickly but to have the report of the observation made at 2 p.m. appear in the newspaper of the same day, this is impossible.

MISTERS Barthel and Brucker refer to France-Soir of the 10/1/1954 in spite of their annoying practice to criticize the press of 1954 and the journalists about UFOs.

I am not the kind of ufologist who believes, without control, everything the newspapers of the time could publish in connection with the Fyling Saucer or other ineptitudes of the same kind cuch as: "Flying Soup tureens", "Pile of cigars in the sky" "Flying Gherkins", " Flying Bathes" without counting any kinds of vegetables or no less flying kitchenware.

Why Mrs. GUEUDELOT about a misprint published in the press of the time that she entered in her file while adding to it the errors of Jacques Vallée (2). This is about the names of the two witnesses allegedly victims of a so-called joke in Cisternes-La-Forêt the 18/10/1954. Orthography of the proper names is of a great importance when they are location names (3). But where is the importance of the orthography of the names of witnesses even when they are sought twenty years later? The inhabitants of a village do not know the exact pronunciation nor even the orthography of a person but by asking for "The one who saw a UFO", you have great chances to be able to talk to them as soon as possible.

I do not believe the observation of CHABEUIL (and not CHABUEIL, INFORESPACE misprint) by quoting the observation of the Col du Chat. I note it down, that's all. The CE3 with physical evidence and traces is interesting enough per se.

Mrs. LEBOEUF, returned to Valence, went to bed with 40°C fever, looked after for two days by Dr. MARGOT. It is only then that she spoke; the newspapers were already informed. Then, it was at Mrs. LEBOEUF's a procession of important characters, and a rain of letters coming from all countries. She had a lot to do to answer this. One of these envoys by the Minister for the Air would have said: "If Mrs. LEBOEUF saw nothing, she could not have informed as she did on matters that are kept "secret".

Let us not forget that two young people coming to the movies did see, from the road of Montélimar, the "saucer" go up and then disappear.

With regard to the observation of Dr. Martinet, it is really 05:12 p.m., 05:14 p.m. or 05:18 p.m. according to the various newspapers of the time. There is a 35 minutes variation approximately between this observation and the departure of the UFO observed in Chabeuil and not 5 minutes. This is a misprint.

Is the business of Missancourt (4) authentic?

One can shoot down everything in ufology in doing like these Misters, but it is malevolent and useless work, organized sabotage. Of course it is useful to purify the files of the hoaxes and the errors of interprétation, but not with the total sabotage of the ufology. There are underlying things. Dr. Edward U Condon was interested almost exclusively - like JUNG, WARREN and now the new French ufologists with the psychology of the witnesses, which is creditable. I, and others, are interested in psychology of those who reduce the phenomenon without investigating on location.

  1. Our Belgian colleagues of the S.O.B.E.P.S. publish "INFORESPACE".
  2. Jacques VALLEE, author of "A century of landings", also made mistakes by reading only the Press article. It was impossible to him to investigate on the location for all the close encounters reported in 1954.
  3. About the case that took place between La Tessouale 493fX E2 and Loublande 79700A2M. 6716 and not LOUPLANDE, see "OVNI: le premier dossier des rencontres rapprochées en France".
  4. Missancourt : L.D.L.N. #149 p. 4 to 6, investigation and reconstitution on the cover by MMrrs. Barthel and Brucker.
    1. Michel FIGUET

[Ref. jg1:] JEAN-FRANCOIS GILLES:

French ufologist Jean-François Gilles had established a computerized catalogue of landings on the French territoty between September 26 and October 18, 1954 in order to study if their geographical distribution were the fact of the chance or not.

UFO LANDINGS ON THE CONTINENTAL TERRITORY OF FRANCE
FROM SEPTEMBER 26, 1954 TO OCTOBER 18, 1954

ICOD Désignation (57) Date JV4 JV1 COMMENTS
001 0490 CHABEUIL RF26 540926 156 144 CE2, CE3

ICOD is an internal code of this listing. (57) refers to column 57 of the Condon group's computerized UFOCAT, where RF is France and the number is the département. JV4 and JV1 are case numbers in Jacque Vallée's Magonia listing and "Passport to Magonia" book. CE2, CE3 refers to the Hynek classification.

V F G
ICOD Longitude Latitude Longitude Latitude Longitude Latitude
0490 -5.019 44.901 -5.019 44902 -5.019 44.901

V,F,G are codes for people who determined the coordinates: V = Jacques Vallée, ufologist, F = Jean Charles Fumoux, officer of the French Air Force, G = Jean François Gille, ufologist.

[Ref. cc1:] GILBERT CORNU AND HENRI CHALOUPEK:

The two French ufologists Gilbert Cornu and Henri Chaloupek indicate that on September 26, 1954, at the beginning of the afternoon in Chabeuil, Mrs. Leboeuf collected blackberries in a sunken lane when her bitch which accompanied her started to howl madly at the same time as the dogs of the vicinity. Raising the head, she saw what she initially took for a scarecrow in a close corn field. while looking better, she saw that it was a living being who approached her, dressed with a sort of diving suit letting see under its helmet of the eyes larger than natural. The being advanced towards it while hopping, and it was taken of terror and hid in the hedge.

A few moments later, a machine similar to a gross spinning top of child to the flat lower part rose corn field and dsparut in the sky covered after having rocked with 90 degrees. The whistle emitted by the machine was heard by several other people, who found Mrs. Lebeuf lookins has if she had been paralyzed in the bush, unable to call for help.

[Ref. jv7:] JACQUES VALLEE:

Jacques Vallée indicates a classic case happened on Sunday, September 26, 1954, in Chabeuil, Drome, France, at about 2:30 p.m. as Mrs. Leboeuf was gathering blackberries along a hedge:

The dog began to bark and then started howling miserably. She looked around and saw the little animal standing at the edge of a wheat field, in front of something that she thought at first was a scarecrow, but going closer, she saw that the "scare-crow" was some kind of small diving suit, made of translucent plastic material, three feet tall or a little taller, with a head that was also translucent - and suddenly she realized that inside the diving suit was a Thing, and that behind the blurred transparency of the "helmet" two eyes were looking at her; at least she had the impression of eyes, but they seemed larger than human eyes. As she realized this, the diving suit began to move toward her, with a kind of quick, waddling gait.

At this point, Mrs. Leboeuf fled in terror and hid in a nearby thicket. When she tried to locate the entity, there was nothing to be seen, but all the dogs in the village were furiously barking. All of a sudden, a large metallic, circular object rose from behind some trees and took off toward the northeast. People who had heard the witness's cries soon gathered around her. At the site where the disk had been seen to rise, a circle was found, about ten feet in diameter, where shrubs and bushes had been crushed:

From one of the acacia trees at the edge of this circular imprint hung down a branch more than three inches thick, broken by pressure from above. The branch of another acacia, which hung over the circular mark eight and a half feet above the ground, was entirely stripped of its leaves. The first few yards of wheat, in the path of the object as it took off through the field, were flattened out in radiating lines.

[Ref. mt1:] MARIE-THERESE DE BROSSES:

The author indicates that on September 26, 1954, Mrs. Leboeuf picked up blackberries in a sunken lane close to Chabeuil in the Drôme. Her bitch barked and grunted unceasingly because of what she initially thought to be a scarecrow at the edge of the nearby corn field.

She called her bitch in vain and while approaching to calm her, she realized in terror that the "scarecrow" moved by jumps towards her, and that instead of a scarecrow it was really a small helmeted being, deprived of arm and wrapped in a kind of diving-suit of a transparent material resembling cellophane. She could not distinguish the face of the being through the protective visor of its helmet.

She yelled in fright and tried to hide in the hedge of the sunken lane in the middle of the bushes, from where she observed through the branches an apparatus of a "very dirty" gray and of a form like some gigantic mechanical spinning top. This object took off slowly then disappeared at a vertiginous speed while emitting a strong whistling sound.

Her husband, a former aviator, heard this strong sound from nearby, and moved with three farmers towards the place from where the noise came. Taking the lane, he discovered his wife in the coppice, inert, like paralyzed.

When Mrs. Leboeuf came back to her sense, she was unable to explain what happemed to her and did not know how the being disappeared, nor how much time she had remained in the bushes. The author evokes an episodes of amnesia, or "missing time", and wonders about what could have occurred during this time, with the possibility that she might simply have fainted due to the scare, and that maybe she had been abducted without having memory of that.

[Ref. jc1:] JACQUES COSTAGLIOLA:

The author indicates that on September 26, 1954, in Chabeuil in the Drôme, Mrs. Leboeuf saw a cosmonaut with a cylindrical transparente bubble on the head and attended the takeoff of the disc. The grass was flattened on 4 meters in diameter, the maize crushed in wheel's ray towards the center. She and are dog were sick during two days.

The source is indicated as "Sc et Vie 1997".

[Ref. jc2:] JACQUES COSTAGLIOLA, MD:

French ufologist and MD Jacques costagliola entered in his listing:

date place witnesses wounds bibliography
09.26.1954 9F, Chabeuil Mrs Leboeuf 1EB, fever, in bed 2 days, bitch sick, corn flattened Lob, Gigi

[Ref. dj1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

Encounters With Aliens On This Day

September 26

[...]

1954 - Hearing her dogs barking and howling at 2:30 p.m., Ms. Lucette Leboeuf of Chabeuil, France saw what first resembled a "scarecrow" in a cornfield. After approaching to within eight feet she saw it to be a "diving suit" of transparent plastic, 3.5 feet high. A little man with large eyes was inside, resembling "a child in a plastic bag, with eyes larger than human eyes." She could see no arms on the creature. When he began waddling toward her she fled. A flat, circular four meter wide disc was seen to rise up making a whistling sound and fly away toward the northeast. An eleven foot wide circle of crushed foliage was found at the site. Ms. Leboeuf was in a state of shock and was in bed for the next two days. (Sources: Jacques Vallee, Anatomy of a Phenomenon, p. 70; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 211; Gordon I. R. Lore, Jr., Strange Effects from UFOs, p. 67; David F. Webb and Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1954-55, citing Aime Michel).

[Ref. rh1] RICHARD HALL:

TABLE 1. UFO OCCUPANT SIGHTINGS, 1954-1963

[...]

September 26, 1954 Mme. Leboeuf, Chabeuil (Drome), France 4:00 P.M.

One being 3 ft. tall, diving suit, helmet, large eyes; flat circular craft; dog barked, being approached, witness fled; circle of crushed foliage found at site.

[...]

[Ref. lg1:] LOREN GROSS:

156

1? October. Valance [sic], France. (no time)

Circle of vegetation crushed.

According to our source: "A Valance woman said she saw a 'flying saucer' making a whistling noise in a field. She rushed to find witnesses, but the 'saucer' had disappeared when they returned, leaving a circle of crops 9 feet across broken down as if something had landed there." (xx.)

(xx.) Ibid. (Unless_otherwise designated, all New Zealand clips are from the files of Murray Bott, Auckland, New Zealand)

[Ref. sd1:] STEVEN DUNN:

Valence, FR
26 Sep 54

While gathering mushrooms in the woods, a woman saw a small humanoid wearing a diving suit with a clear helmet. She ran. A moment later she heard a loud whistling and saw a disc-shaped object lift from the woods. Evidence of a landing was found.

CE-3-013 Randle/Estes, FOV pg 165

Chabeuil, FR
29/09/1954

19 SEP 1954
Mme. Leboeuf, out gathering mushrooms at about 1600, was startled by her dog barking at what looked like a scarecrow at the edge of a wheat field. The "scarecrow" was a humanoid about 3 FT tall, encased in a translucent material that made him look like he was done up in a plastic bag. Mme. Leboeuf had the impression of two very large eyes. The sack-man began waddling towards her and she turned and ran. Shortly after a metallic saucer-shaped object rose from amongst some nearby trees. M. Leboeuf later found that shrubs and bushes in the area where Mme. said the object took off were crushed as if something had been resting on them.

CE-3-013 Lorenzen, UTWS, pg 167

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

91.

Location. Chabeuil France

Date: September 26 1954

Time: 1430

Hearing her dogs barking and howling, Ms Lucette Leboeuf saw in a cornfield a "scarecrow," which on approaching within 8 ft she saw it to be a "diving suit” of transparent plastic, 3.5 ft high. Inside it was visible a little man with large eyes. She could see no arms. When this began waddling toward her, she fled. A 4-meter disc was seen to rise up with a whistling sound and fly away. At the site was found an 11-foot circle of broken down bushes. Ms Leboeuf was in bed for 2 days.

Humcat 1954-55

Source: Aime Michel

Type: C

[Ref. tp1:] TED PHILLIPS:

09/26/54 1430 France, Chabeuil: Madame Leboeuf had gone to gather mushrooms in the woods not far from the cemetery at Chabeuil. Her dog began to bark, and then began howling as if in misery.

Madame Leboeuf looked around and saw that the dog was standing in front of something which she thought was a scarecrow. Upon approaching the dog, she saw it was some kind of a creature in a diving suit.

The creature was about 1 m tall. It moved toward her with a sort of quick, waddling walk. The witness ran into a nearby thicket. By this time the dog was howling again, accompanied by the howls of the other dogs in the village. A large, circular, and somewhat flattened metallic-appearing object ascended from behind nearby trees and moved away at low altitude, making a whistling sound as it flew.

At the place where the object had risen, a circular area was found. About 11 feet in diameter, the shrubs and bushes were crushed. For a few yards at the beginning of the wheat field, over which the object had flown, the wheat was flattened out in a radiating line. From one of the acacia trees at the edge of this circular imprint hung down a branch more than three inches thick, broken by pressure from above. The branch of another acacia, which hung over the circular mark eight and a half feet above the ground, was entirely stripped of its leaves. - Aime Michel.

[Ref. ci1:] "THE CIRCULAR":

The magazine says threre was a singleton crop circle in Chabeuil in France in 1954.

[Ref. ic1:] ANDREAS MULLER:

Andreas Müller indicates that in Chabeuil, France, in 1954 there was "a single circle".

The "Date created" and "Date reported" are noted as "unknown". No source is given.

[Ref. mo1:] ANNE MORO:

Anne Moro indicates in English that in Chabeuil in France, in 1954, "a single circle was reported from Chabeuil. No further details known."

Anne Moro indicates that the source is the database by Andréas Müller "ICCA-The international Crop Circle Archive".

Elsewhere she indicates:

1954 26
DEP: DROME
REGION : RHONE-ALPES
Chabeuil A single circle. no ther known details
Extract of the magazine "The Circular" page 13

This is said to be a translation of "Andréas Müller's data compared to the magazine 'The Circular' #41 - Spring 2001."

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that "many ufologists and journalists investigated on" the case in Chabeuil in the Drôme on September 26, 1954 at 14:30.

He indicates that the text below is "an interview made on December 5, 1954."

"It was on September 26, 1954. I was in CHABEUIL (a small village located at 14 kilometers east of Valence) and I went to the cemetery to bring flowers there. This cemetery is in the east of the village in a shadowy neighborhood (wood, coppice and culture). I had my black bitch Dolly with me, she was running around nearby. I was in a sunken lane at some distance from the cemetery and I collected blackberries."

"I called my bitch Dolly and as she arrived near my, she stopped dead and started to howl madly (at this time I noticed that the dogs of the nearby houses, who were on the rope, were also howling madly). Surprised by the barkings (bizarre and sinister), I raised my head and I saw at 2 meters 50 from me a living being motionless who stares at me (small height, 1 meter to 1 meter 50), I still wonder for how long it had been looking at me like that."

"It appeared to be wrapped in a transparent diving-suit from the feet to the head, face almost human (I did not see ears, vision was little fuzzy through the diving-suit), human eyes stary and brilliant, expressive and intelligent. I did not distinguish arms, those being perhaps stuck along the body. I practically did not examine the body of this living being, I especially looked his eyes (its eyes did not cease to look at me)."

"When I saw it, it approached me, hopping, without being concerned with my bitch who barked at him (the journalists then raised a print resembling a large dog leg with a heel?). Seized with fear, I run away shouting and I hid in a bush (the fear made my teeth snap together). Almost at once, within five meters of me, I saw a machine in the form of saucer of a diameter of four meters approximately resembling a large mechanical spinning top of child, but with the flat lower part, rising above the cornfield. The weather was dull, it had just rained one hour before and this machine had a dark color, a washed out and dull gray. I noticed neither lights nor porthole (from my place, I could at no time to distinguish the machine when it was on the ground). The machine thus rose slowly above the cornfield (same location that where it was landed and I perceived a light humming during this movement, then, when it arrived above the alfalfa field, it bent of 90° (vertical position) and disappeared in the North-eastern direction at a tremendous speed while emitting an odd whistling sound; I did not notice a gyratory movement (a Doctor of CHAMBERY is said to have seen a flying saucer five minutes afterwards, coming from the direction of CHABEUIL, it could thus be the same one."

"The people at the cemetery heard the howls of my bitch as well as the whistle of the machine (my husband who was in the aviation and who was in the vicinity also heard this whistle and perfectly realized that it was not a jet). They came and they found me in the bush; I was like paralysed and I could not call."

"Several people went on the spot of landing of the saucer a few moments afterwards. They noticed a surface approximately four meters in diameter where the ground and the grass were packed; several corn plants were crushed; the branches of the acacias which were around were like scraped and several were broken, this up to ten meters high approximately. They found the leaves on the ground."

"I am neither insane nor timorous and it is takes a lot to make me go emotional. I nevertheless stayed two days in bed with fever (confidentially, following this great emotion, her periods reappeared immediately). Moreover, my bitch Dolly trembled and wept during three consecutive nights. It is only at the end of two days that I informed the Press. I now believe in flying saucers and my husband too."

Luc Chastan notes that Michel Figuet indicates that "young people who went to the movies by the road of Montvendre saw the 'saucer' in flight."

The sources are indicated as"UFO at Close Sight by Gross Patrick ** http://ufologie.net" and "Enquêtes sur les enlévements extra terrestre by De Brosses Marie Thérèse ** J'ai Lu 1997".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 26 September 1954 at 14:30 in Chabeuil, France, "Little man 3.5' tall seen in a diver suit made of transparent plastic. No arms could be seen. It had large eyes, and waddled toward the female witness, who fled. The creature entered a 4 m disc that departed with a whistling sound. Explanation: Planet."

"Hearing her dogs barking and howling at 2:30 p.m., Ms. Lucette Leboeuf of Chabeuil, France saw what first resembled a "scarecrow" in a cornfield. After approaching to within eight feet she saw it to be a "diving suit" of transparent plastic, 3.5 feet high. A little man with large eyes was inside, resembling "a child in a plastic bag, with eyes larger than human eyes." She could see no arms on the creature. When he began waddling toward her she fled. A flat, circular four meter wide disc was seen to rise up making a whistling sound and fly away toward the northeast. An eleven foot wide circle of crushed foliage was found at the site. Ms. Leboeuf was in a state of shock and was in bed for the next two days."

"Mrs. Leboeuf while walking along a road in muddy conditions, was suddenly confronted with a creature resembling "a child in a plastic bag, with eyes larger than human eyes." This creature entered a flat, circular machine, about 20 feet across, which took off toward the northeast with a soft whistling. Traces. Witnesses in state of shock. (Leboeuf, Lucette)."

"Hearing her dogs barking and howling, Ms Lucette Leboeuf saw in a cornfield a "scarecrow," which on approaching within 8 ft she saw it to be a "diving suit" of transparent plastic, 3.5 ft high. Inside it was visible a little man with large eyes. She could see no arms. When this began waddling toward her, she fled. A 4-meter disc was seen to rise up with a whistling sound and fly away. At the site was found an 11-foot circle of broken down bushes. Ms Leboeuf was in bed for 2 days."

The sources are indicated as Webb, David, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports; Guieu, Jimmy, Flying Saucers Come from Another World, Citadel, New York, 1956; Constance, Arthur, The Inexplicable Sky, Citadel Press, New York, 1957; Sparks, Brad, Computer Catalog of Type 9 Cases (N=150); Lorenzen, Coral E., Flying Saucer Occupants, Signet T3205, New York, 1967; Lorenzen, Coral E., UFOs: The Whole Story, Signet T3897, New York, 1969; Lorenzen, Coral E., Encounters with UFO Occupants, Berkley Medallion, New York, 1976, ISBN:425-03093-8; Poher, Claude, Etudes Statistiques Portant sur 1000 Temoignag, Author, undated; FSR, FSR (formerly Flying Saucer Review), FSR, London, 1966; Bowen, Charles, The Humanoids: FSR Special Edition No. 1, FSR, London, 1966; Lore, Jr., Gordon I. R., Strange Effects from UFOs, NICAP, Washington, 1969; Pereira, Jader U., Les Extra-Terrestres, Phenomenes Spatiaux, Paris, 1974; Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073); Vallee, Jacques, Challenge to Science: The UFO Enigma, Henri Regnery, Chicago, 1966; Vallee, Jacques, Preliminary Catalog (N = 500), (in JVallee01); Vallee, Jacques, Anatomy of a Phenomenon, Henry Regnery, Chicago, 1965; Vallee, Jacques, A Century of Landings (N = 923), (in JVallee04), Chicago, 1969; Vallee, Jacques, Passport to Magonia, Henry Regnery, Chicago, 1969; Cramp, Leonard G., Piece for a Jig-Saw, Somerton, Isle of Wight, 1966; Schoenherr, Luis, Computerized Catalog (N = 3173); Carrouges, Michel, Les Apparitions de Martiens, Fayard, Paris, 1963; Binder, Otto, What We Really Know About Flying Saucers, Fawcett T1863, Greenwich, 1967; Rogerson, Peter, World-Wide Catalog of Type 1 Reports; Hall, Richard H., The UFO Evidence, NICAP, Washington, 1964; Olsen, Thomas M., The Reference for Outstanding UFO Sighting Reports, UFOIRC, Riderwood, 1966; Phillips, Ted R., Ted Phillips investigation files; Phillips, Ted R., Physical Traces Associated with UFO Sightings, CUFOS, Chicago, 1975; Hall, Richard H., Uninvited Guests, Aurora Press, Santa Fe, 1988, ISBN:0-943358-32-9; Delaire, J. Bernard, UFO Register Volume 7 (1976), Data Research, Oxford, 1976; Newspaper Clippings; Hall, Richard H., The UFO Evidence, Volume II: A Thirty-Year Report, Scarecrow Press, Lanham, 2000, ISBN:0-8103-3881-8; Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002; Smith, Willy, UNICAT computer database; Vallee Magonia Database; Rosales, Albert, Humanoid Sighting Reports Database.

[Ref. ud2:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 26 September 1954 at 14:30 in Chabeuil, France, "Mrs. Leboeuf was suddenly confronted with a creature resembling "a child in a plastic bag, with eyes larger than human eyes."

"Mrs. Leboeuf was suddenly confronted with a creature resembling "a child in a plastic bag, with eyes larger than human eyes." This creature entered a flat, circular machine, which took off toward the northeast with a soft whistling. Traces. Witnesses in state of shock."

"An unidentifiable object and its occupants were observed at close range."

The source is indicated as Vallee Magonia Database.

[Ref. ud3:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 28 September 1954 at 14:30 in Chabeuil, France, "Mysterious weather phenomena reported. One object was observed in muddy conditions by several witnesses at a cemetery."

The source is indicated as Guieu, Jimmy, Flying Saucers Come from Another World, Citadel, New York, 1956.

[Ref. dl1:] "LE DAUPHINE LIBERE":

CROP CIRCLES

The story of the "flying saucer" in Chabeuil in 1954

by the Editors of the DL | on 07/23/08 at 06:45

I saw, Sir, as I see you, the man of the flying saucer of Chabeuil. And Mrs. Leboeuf, of Valence, still trembling, lead us to this field. "Sunday afternoon, I was in a path, I collected blackberries in the hedge. Suddenly, my dog started to bark. I turned back and saw the animal, hair raised, frozen, in front of what seems me to be a scarecrow.

"The scarecrow advances towards me"

I moved towards the dog to prevent it from barking. At this point in time the scarecrow advances towards me. It was a small being: it hardly measured more than one meter. I had the feeling that it was a kid locked up in a cellophane bag...

Fright seized me. I yelled and I hastened to throw myself in the hedge. I do not know how much time I stayed there. From there, I saw the maize, but there was nobody any more. Then a circular machine three meters in diameter approximately, thick of fifty centimetres, took off from behind the maize. The craft flew away, initially askew, it did not go fast, it made the noise of a spinning top which whirrs and one heard also a whistling sound, the craft then changed from the horizontal position to the vertical position. It then climbed straight at a vertiginous speed. Passers by came by, saw me in the hedge, worried about my paleness. I told them what I had seen and I led them to the place where I had seen the flying saucer take off. As you can see, there is a clearly visible circular print on the ground". Indeed, we made on the spot, various observations: seven maize feet were laid down, the grass between the maize and the acacias was pressed, the small feet of hawthorn had been broken, a branch of acacia, even, was broken, as if it had received a from top to bottom shock. As for Mrs. Leboeuf, after 24 hours spent in the bed with 39 degrees of fever, she regrets her fright a little. "Ah! If I had not been frightened, I would have perhaps known who it was!"

Extracted from the newspaper "Le Provençal" published on September 26, 1954

[Ref. cr1:] CHRIS RUTKOWSKI:

Chris Rutkowski indicates that Aimé Michel investigated and documented remarkable cases, such as the case on September 26, 1954, in the village of Chabeuil. At about 4 o'clock a woman went walking her dog in the woods, looking for mushrooms. As they went through the trees her dog began to bark and howl and she looked to see what caused this. At the edge of a wheat field bordering the woods, there was an object she first thought to be a scarecrow but she soon saw that it was a "small diving suit, made of transparent plastic material" only about a meters - three feet - tall. The head portion was also translucent and a face with two large eyes was staring at her. Terrified, she screamed and fled back into the trees.

The dog continued to howl, and she heard many other dogs joining the chorus. She looked out of the thicket and saw that the creature was gone. Suddenly a large metallic disc-shaped object rose up ou of some nearby trees and flew over the wheat field with a whistling sound, then gained altitude and disappeared into the distance.

The dogs howling, her scream and the whistling noise of the craft brought some local townspoeple running to the woods to see what was wrong. When they went to the treed spot where the object seemed to have risen they found a circular area about three meters - 10 feet - in diameter where the bushes had been crushed, branches of the surrounding trees have been snapped, leaved stripped off, and the wheat field had some kind of lines radiating through it.

Rutkowski suggests perhaps this was a forerunner of the British crop formation that would be found decades later.

When the people arrived the woman was in "a state of nervous collapse", she remained in bed with a high fever for two days following the sighting and her dog was agitated and nervous for several days too.

Rutkowski says Michel pointed out this case and two others on the same day, including one that was explained as a flock of starlings seemed to have occurred in line with one another. Michel suggested something was causing people to see unusual objects along lines and perhaps there was something else causing the reports, that could affect people's perceptions of reality.

[Ref. oo1:] "OVNI 61" BLOG:

September 26, 1954, Mrs. Leboeuf, in Chabreuil, in the Drôme, sees a small being in of diving-suit approaching; the dogs bark, a disc rise from ground while whistling, rocks and dissapears. Traces were discovered on the ground, the corn is flattened, a broken branch, another thinned out the leaves of, shrubs crushed as well as a hole in grass of 15 cm, located in the periphery of a circular trace.

[Ref. mr1:] MICHEL RIBARDIERE:

September 20, 2010

1954 Return on the wave of demonstrations of unknown machines on the national territory

1954 is an important year in the history of French ufology.

[General information]

Here some one of the encounters:

[... Other cases... ]

September 26, 1954, Mrs. Leboeuf, in Chabreuil [sic], in the Drôme, sees a small being in a diving-suit approaching; the dogs bark, a disc rise from ground while whistling, rocks and disapears. Traces were discovered on the ground, maize is flattened, a broken branch, another has its leaves oit, shrubs crushed as well as a hole in the grass of 15 cm, located in the periphery of a circular trace.

[... Other cases... ]

[Ref. pr1:] PETER ROGERSON:

September 26 1954, 1430hrs.

CHABEUIL (DROME : FRANCE)

Mrs Leboeuf was gathering mushrooms from the wood near the cemetery, when her dog started to bark and howl. She saw the dog standing at the edge of the wheat field confronting what at first looked like a scarecrow. Going closer she saw it was a creature with eyes larger than human ones, about 1m tall, wearing a sort of plastic translucent diving suit and helmet. The creature moved towards her with a quick waddling gait, at which she fled. Her dog was joined by the howling of other dogs, as a large circular flattened metallic object rose from behind some trees, with a whistling sound, crossed the wheat field and headed off to the north east. Her husband and some other people in the cemetery heard the howling and the whistle and so rushed to the scene, where they found Mrs Leboeuf in a state of collapse. At the site they found a circle of crushed shrubs and bushes 3m in diameter. A branch on an acacia at the edge of the circle was broken down; another acacia was stripped of its leaves at the height of 2.5m., and the first few metres of wheat in the track of the object were flattened out in radiating lines. Mrs Leboeuf was in bed with a high fever for two days, and was still shaking three days later.

Michel 1958, pp.83 + Vallee Case 156, citing Le Figaro + Combat + Le Parisien all of 30 Sept 1954.
Carrouges 1967, p.116
Vallee 1966a, p70.
Vallee 1969, p.54
Constance 1956, p.256.

[Ref. ni1:] "THE NICAP WEBSITE":

*Sep. 26, 1954 - Hearing her dogs barking and howling at 2:30 p.m., Ms. Lucette Leboeuf of Chabeuil, France saw what first resembled a "scarecrow" in a cornfield. After approaching to within eight feet she saw it to be a "diving suit" of transparent plastic, 3.5 feet high. A little man with large eyes was inside, resembling "a child in a plastic bag, with eyes larger than human eyes." She could see no arms on the creature. When he began waddling toward her she fled. A flat, circular four meter wide disc was seen to rise up making a whistling sound and fly away toward the northeast. An eleven foot wide circle of crushed foliage was found at the site. Ms. Leboeuf was in a state of shock and was in bed for the next two days. (Sources: Jacques Vallee, Anatomy of a Phenomenon, p. 70; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 211; Gordon I. R. Lore, Jr., Strange Effects from UFOs, p. 67; David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1954-55, citing Aime Michel).

[Ref. ta1:] "THINK ABOUT IT" WEBSITE:

Location: Chabeuil France

Date: September 26 1954

Time: 1430

Hearing her dogs barking & howling, Ms Lucette Leboeuf saw in a cornfield a “scarecrow,” which on approaching within 8 ft she saw it to be a “diving suit” of transparent plastic, 3.5 ft high. Inside it was visible a little man with large eyes. She could see no arms. When this began waddling toward her, she fled. A 4-meter disc was seen to rise up with a whistling sound & fly away. At the site was found an 11-foot circle of broken down bushes. Ms Leboeuf was in bed for 2 days.

Source: Aime Michel; Magonia 156

[Ref. jb1:] JEROME BEAU:

The Chabeuil encounter

On Sunday, September 26, 1954, at 02:30 p.m., in Chabeuil (the Drôme), witness walks with her small bitch Dolly and stops to gather blackberries along a hedge. Returning towards her mistress, the bitch falls suddenly short: "The dog started to bark, then to howl lamentably. She looked back and saw the small animal at the edge of a wheat field, in front of something which she initially took for a scarecrow. But while approaching she saw that "the scarecrow" was nothing other than a small diver's suit of a translucent plastic; high of 90 cm or a little more, with an also translucent head, and suddenly she understood that inside the combination was a Thing, and that behind the "helmet", whose transparency a bit was scrambled, 2 eyes looked at her; at least, she had the impression that they were eyes, but they were larger than human eyes. While she became aware of all that, the divers's suitstarted to advance towards her, with pressed steps, while being dandled."

The witness, terrified, yells and flees by running to hide in a thicket. "The fear made my teeth shock." When she tries to again locate the small helmeted being "helmeted and with nonvisible arms" she does not see anything, but all the dogs of the village bark furiously. Suddenly, a large metal and round object, resembling " a large mechanical child spinning top, but whose lower part was flat" raises while whistling from behind a clump of trees, rocks, and takes the north-eastern direction at high speed. The people located in the vicinity and who heard the woman shout, among those Mrs Leboeuf's husband, run towards her. They find her prostrate, without voice. At the place where one saw the round object rising, one discovers a circle approximately 3 m in diameter where the mulberry trees and the bushes were crushed: "On the edge of this circular print, a branch of one of the acacias, large of more than 6 cm, hung, broken by a pressure that came from the top. A branch of another acacia, which hung at approximately 2,30 m above the circle, was entirely stripped of its leaves. The few first meters of wheat in the wake of the object at the time of its take-off were flattened in the shape of wheel rays."

She had according to all likeliness observed the same creature as a farmer 10 days earlier, and than Marius Dewilde the previous Friday. She would also describe it like "a child in a plastic bag, with eyes larger than the human eyes".

[Ref. ta1:] "THINK ABOUT IT" WEBSITE:

Date: September 29 1954

Location: Chabeuil, France

Time: 1600

Summary: Mimi Leboeuf, out gathering mushrooms at about 1600, was startled by her dog barking at what looked like a scarecrow at the edge of a wheat field. The “scarecrow” was a humanoid about 3 FT tall, encased in a translucent material that made him look like he was done up in a plastic bag. Mme. Leboeuf had the impression of two very large eyes. The sack-man began waddling towards her and she turned and ran. Shortly after a metallic saucer-shaped object rose from amongst some nearby trees. M. Leboeuf later found that shrubs and bushes in the area where Mme. said the object took off were crushed as if something had been resting on them.

Source: Lorenzen, UTWS, pg 167

[Ref. ub1:] "UFO-DATENBANK":

This database managed to record this same case 38 times instead of one!

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19540900 00.09.1954 Chabeuil France Après-midi CE III
19540919 19.09.1954 Chabeuil France 16.00 CE III
19540919 19.09.1954 Chabeuil France 16.00 CE III
19540926 26.09.1954 Chabeuil France 14.30 CE III
19540926 26.09.1954 Chabeuil France CE III
19540926 26.09.1954 Chabeuil France 14.30 CE III
19540926 26.09.1954 Chabeuil France CE III
19540926 26.09.1954 Chabeuil France CE III
19540926 26.09.1954 Chabeuil France CE III
19540926 26.09.1954 Chabeuil France CE III
19540926 26.09.1954 Chabeuil France 14.30 CE III
19540926 26.09.1954 Valence France 14.30 CE III
19540926 26.09.1954 Chabeuil France 16.00 CE III
19540926 26.09.1954 Chabeuil France 14.30 CE III
19540926 26.09.1954 Chabeuil France CE III
19540926 26.09.1954 Valence France 16.00 CE III
19540926 26.09.1954 Chabeuil France 14.30 CE III
19540926 26.09.1954 Chabeuil France 14.30 CE II
19540926 26.09.1954 Chabeuil France 14.30 CE III
19540926 26.09.1954 Chabeuil France 16.00 CE III
19540926 26.09.1954 Chabeuil France 16.30 CE III
19540926 26.09.1954 Chabeuil France CE III
19540926 26.09.1954 Chabeuil France 16.00 CE III
19540926 26.09.1954 Chabeuil France CE III
19540926 26.09.1954 Chabeuil France CE III
19540926 26.09.1954 Chabeuil France CE III
19540926 26.09.1954 Chabeuil France 16.00 CE III
19540926 26.09.1954 Chabeuil France CE III
19540926 26.09.1954 Chabeuil France 16.00 CE III
19540926 26.09.1954 Chabeuil France 14.30 CE III
19540926 26.09.1954 Chabeuil France 14.30 CE III
19540926 26.09.1954 Chabeuil France 16.00 CE III
19540928 28.09.1954 Chabeuil France 14.30 CE I
19540928 28.09.1954 Chabeuil France 14.30
19540928 28.09.1954 Chabeuil France CE III
19540928 28.09.1954 Chabenil France
19540928 28.09.1954 Chabeul [sic] France
19540930 30.09.1954 Valence France CE III

Explanations:

Not looked for yet.

Note: villages generally do have a cemetery.

Keywords:

(These keywords are only to help queries and are not implying anything.)

Chabeuil, Drôme, Leboeuf, occupant, landing, saucer, disc, eyes, noise, whistling, traces, suit, humanoid

Sources:

[---] indicates sources which I have not yet checked.

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