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October 27, 1954, Effiat, Puy-de-Dôme:

Reference number for this case: 27-Oct-54-Effiat. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


Ufology catalogs of the 1970s reported that according to the newspaper La Montagne of Aurillac for September 29, 1954, on October 27, 1954, at 08:45 p.m., between Effiat and Vichy, one "Mr. L." had his attention attracted by a yellow disc rising in the sky taking a reddish color. The object had three green dots on its periphery.



A strange craft has been observed by a scooterist of Vichy

Vichy. -- The flying saucers, always on the agenda, still come to appear in the regional chronicle as, Wednesday evening, around 9 p.m., a nonidentifiable craft was observed in the sky of the bourbonnais between Effiat and Plozut.

An insurance salesman living in the suburbs of Vichy, who wishes to remain anonymous, coming back from Clermont-Ferrand, travelled by scooter towards Vichy, when, around 9 p.m., he saw in a field within 40 meters on his left, a strange object having the shape of an egg rising gently and without noise.

The craft left behind itself a brilliant and yellowish trail with three greenish points.

According to this worthy of faith witness' statements, at the time when he approached the craft, the headlight of his scooter extinguished and the engine started to misfire before stalling short. It was only after the disappearance of the craft in the direction of the north, towards Moulins, that the insurance salesman managed to restart his engine and resume his travel.


A "craft" in the sky of Vichy

VICHY. -- Returning by Vespa from Clermont-Ferrand, one of our fellow-citizens, Mr. Jean Lalle, aged 25, living street of the Sport in Vichy, saw at 09:15 p.m. on the road from Effiat to Vichy, at little distance from the milestone marking the limit between the departments of Allier and Puy-de-Dôme, a craft rise vertically and without any noise. It appeared to take off from a meadow at about fifty meters from the road; it was lit and, curious detail, the engine of the scooter of Mr. Lalle stopped when the lights of the craft ignited.

After having taken altitude, the machine extinguished its fires and disappeared in the black night.

Having been able after the departure of the craft to restart the engine of his scooter without any difficulty, Mr. Lalle resumed his travel to Vichy and on his arrival went to make his disovery filed at the police station to the inspector in duty.

Mr. Lalle who is a balanced boy judges that he was not victim of an hallucination. For more peace of mind, he went yesterday morning to travel the same trip: his Vespa did not even stop despite he had a passenger on the back seat. Mr. Lalle easily found the place of takeoff of the mysterious apparatus but did not find traces. He also interrogated the owners of a nearby farm: those did not see anything, and due, as they were in bed at this late hour (for the countryside).



CLERMONT-FERRAND. -- Mr. Jean Lasse [Jean Lalle], from Vichy, went to the police station of the city and made the following account:

- I was returning by scooter from Clermont-Ferrand when my engine had unexplainable failures. I then retrogressed, thinking of a bad carburation. But the engine stopped short. At this time, a yellow gleam left the trees of the very close forest, then became red and an ovoid machine rose silently, leaving behind him three green points; and all disappeared. Without any intervention, my engine started again.

The young man, who is well balanced, affirms not to have been victim of an hallucination. One wonders however how his engine could restart, without him actuating [remainder is missing]

[Ref. ioi1:] "INFO-OVNI" MAGAZINE:

10/27/1954 08:45 p.m. between Effiat and Vichy Witness Mr. L. (unknown).

"The witness's attention was drawn to a yellowish disc rising into the sky, turning reddish in color, with three green dots on its periphery..."

Regional press "La Montagne - Aurillac" for 10/29/1954

This last case is very similar to the two previous ones. In addition to the case reported by Vallée, you should know that Biozat is just between Vichy and Effiat.


October 27 (La Montagne for 10/29) between Effiat and Vichy 08:45 p.m..

M. L... had his attention drawn to a yellowish disc rising without noise in the sky. He noticed that it was taking a reddish color and that it had three bright green dots on its perimeter. A likely landing.


The two authors indicate that according to the newspaper "La Montagne" for October 29, 1954, a motorist travelling between Effiat in the Puy-de-Dome and Vichy in the Allier saw on October 27, 1954 at 08:45 p.m., a yellowish disc having three luminous points on its edge, which rose and took a reddish color.


4297: 1954/10/27 20:50 1 3:20:00 E 46:04:40 N 3333 WEU FRN ALR 7:6


Ref#217 Jean SIDER: Le DOSSIER 1954 (2 vol.) Page No. 123 : FOREST

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the "Puy de Dômes" [sic] in Effiat on October 27, 1954 at 20:45 hours "A motorist on the road of Vichy right on the level of the terminal separating the two departments sees a yellowish disc having three luminous points on its circumference. While rising, the disc took a reddish color."

The sources are indicated as "Ovni, Premier dossier complet... par Figuet M./ Ruchon J.L. ** éd. Alain Lefeuvre 1979" et "Les OVNI vus de près par Gross Patrick **".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 27 October 1954 at 20:50 between Effiat and Vichy, Effiat, France, "Silent yellow disc with lights rises from ground. Glows." And: "An object was observed. It departed by rapidly flying straight up until lost to sight. One yellow disc was observed by one witness in a forest for over one minute. No sound was heard."

The source is indicated Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002.


October 27 1954. 2045hrs.


A motorist driving between Effiat and Allier saw a yellowish disc, with three bright spots on the periphery take off and take on a reddish hue.

Jacques Bonabot citing C E OVNI M 49 citing Lumieres dans le [sic] Nuit 128 p18)

[Note: Impossible of course to guess whether the source reference "Gross" is supposed to be me, or the US ufologist Loren Gross... Also; it is not true that I cite "Figuet citing..."; my file was more than that.]


Not only could this be a different version of the Biozat case, as suggested by [ioi1], not only is this not at all a "landing" as suggested by [ldl1], but also, the data is so meager that this could have been many varieties of misinterpretations, including a meteor.


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

Effiat, Vichy, Allier, Jean Lalle, night, road, machine, ascension, landing, object, motorcycle, failure, engine, lights, police, investigation


[----] indicates sources that are not yet available to me.

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross April 21, 2006 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross February 10, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [lcn1], [ud1].
1.1 Patrick Gross December 8, 2018 Additions [ldl1], [ioi1], [lhh1], [prn2], Summary. Explanations changed, was "Not looked for yet."

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