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October 27, 1954, Moussey, Vosges:

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

Summary:

The regional newspaper L'Est Républicain for October 29, 1954, reported, via their correspondent, on page 7, the case of Moussey in the Vosges of October 27, 1954.

The newspaper stated that on the morning of October 28, 1954, the young Cuvelier boy, aged 13, accompanied by his school director, had told at the gendarmerie that he saw, the day before, around 8 p.m., a craft of the flying saucer type.

Getting out of his house to bring in his barking dog, he had seen in a meadow 25 meters from him, a round and flattened craft. He was surprised, lay down in the grass, hearing like a big clock sound coming from inside the craft. Then, scared, he ran home, alerted his mother and begged her to believe him and come outside to see the craft.

Yielding, his mother came out and saw a red glow at the location that her son showed. Worried, Mrs. Cuvelier went to alert neighbors, but "when back, the machine was gone."

On the spot, traces were found: three prints like round feet the size of a big egg had remained marked, equidistant from each other. The grass beneath the place whete the craft had been posed was stained with black smoke. No living being had been seen in the craft.

The national newspaper France-Soir took up history, and in the 1960s short summaries were published by Jacques Vallée. Vallée told France-Soir of October 30, 11954, was his source and incorrectly presented the case by saying that the school director had seen the UFO. He also presented the round traces placed in equilateral triangle like "triangular traces". He omitted the sound, gave a size of 4 to 5 meters to the craft. These errors would be repeated by others, like Charles Garreau, Michel Figuet, Peter Rogerson.

In the 1980s, a report was published in the regional catalog by the CNEGU, adding that an investigation in 1984 found Ms. Cuvillier, who unfortunately, following the recent death of her son, did not want to tell anything else than "My son was not crazy, he did see it, anyway I too saw something".

CNEGU also noted that a search by the Gendarmerie of Moussey did not find the report of the gendarmes of the time, that this case is perhaps the most serious landing case of the Vosges, and that Gilles Munsch and F. Diollez are conducting a counter-investigation.

Reports:

[Ref. er1:] "L'EST REPUBLICAIN" NEWSPAPER:

In Moussey (the Vosges) the "saucer" soiled the grass and left prints

Moussey (from our correspondent). -- Yesterday morning, in Moussey (the Vosges) the young Cuvelier, aged 13, in company oh his school headmaster, came to declare at the gendarmerie he had seen, the previous evening, at approximately 11 p.m., a craft of the flying saucer type.

Coming out of his house to make his barking dog come inside, he saw in a meadow, 25 meters from there, a craft of round and flattened shape. Surprized, he lies in the grass and states to have heard, inside the craft, like the regular noise of a big clockwork. Then, frightened, he runs back home, alerts his mummy whom he begged to believe him and come to see for herself.

Agreeing, the mother comes outside and saw a red gleam at the place that the child showed to her. Getting wprried, Mrs Cuvelier went to alert neighborhood people but coming back the craft was gone.

On the premises, traces were noted: three prints like round feet of the size of a big egg, remained visible and at an equal distance one from another. The grass that was under the craft was soiled of a black soot. No living being was seen in the craft.

[Ref. fs1:] "FRANCE-SOIR" NEWSPAPER:

In Moussey (the Vosges) the saucer soiled grass and left prints

MOUSSEY (from our correspondent). -- Yesterday morning, in Moussey (the Vosges), the young Cuvillier, 13 years old, accompanied by his headmaster, came to state to the gendarmerie that he had seen, the day before, around 20 hours, a machine of the flying saucer kind.

Coming out of his house to make his barking puppy come in, he saw in the meadow, within 25 meters from there, a machine of round and flattened form. Surprised, he lay down in the grass and states to have heard, in the apparatus, like a regular noise of large clock. Then, frightened, he returned home running from there, alerts his mom whom he begged to believe him and to come to see. Agreeing, the mom came out and saw a red gleam at the site the child showed her. Worried, Mrs. Cuvillier went to warn neighbors, but upon returning, the machine had disappeared.

On the spot, traces were found: three prints like round feet of the size of a large egg, had remained marked and at equal distance wich each other. The grass which was under the apparatus was soiled with a black smoke. No living being was seen in the machine.

[Ref. jv1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

318

Oct. 27, 1954, 08:30 P.M., Moussey (France).

An object was seen on the ground by a schoolboy and his school director. Triangular traces were reported. (France-Soir, 30 oct 1954) (53).

[Ref. jv3:] JACQUES VALLEE:

October 27, 1954, 08:30 p.m., Moussey (France):

An object was seen on the ground by a schoolboy and his school director. Triangular traces noted. (France-Soir, October 30, 1954).

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

The two authors indicate that in Moussey in the Vosges, on October 27, 1954, at 08:30 p.m., according to the Vallée catalogue, an object was seen on the ground by a schoolboy and his principal, and triangular traces were found.

[Ref. pr1:] PETER ROGERSON - "INTCAT":

497 27 October 1954 2030 hrs

MOUSSEY (FRANCE) An object vas seen on the ground by a schoolboy and his school director. Triangular traces were reported. (M318; France­Soir, 30 Oct 54)

[Ref. fr1:] MICHEL FIGUET AND JEAN-LOUIS RUCHON:

The two authors indicate that in Moussey in the Vosges, on October 27, 1954 at 08:30 p.m., a young boy, Guy Cuvillier, aged 13, left his parents home to walk his dog.

He was harldy outside when the dog leapt towards the meadow while barking furiously. The small boy follows it and then made a discovery which left him awestruck:

A strange apparatus of circular shape is posed in the meadow.

During one minute, the young witness observed this mysterious apparatus of which he later gave the following description to the gendarmes of Moussey: a dark object of circular shape of 4 to 5 meters in diameter posed in a meadow.

He goes back at his home to warn his mother. After having initially refused to take it seriously, she finally agreed to follow him. Whereas they arrive in the meadow, a reddish gleam suddenly rose. Seized by panic, the mother fled and her child hastens to imitate her.

Both then alerted neighbors and the gendarmerie of Moussey is then also alerted. An investigation was opened. Triangular traces were found.

[Ref. mf1:] MICHEL FIGUET:

This ufologist noted:

CASE Nr CLASSIFICATION DATE HOUR PLACE ZIP CODE CREDIBILITY SOURCE
265 CE2 27 10 1954 20.30 Moussey 88210 A7 NI·RS·P et C.V. 318

[Ref. ld1:] CNEGU - "LUMIERES DANS LA NUIT" MAGAZINE:

25°) CASE #F/98/88541 027 (01)

MOUSSEY - WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 27, 1954

In the vening: about 08:30 p.m. L.T.

Witnesses: Mr. Guy CUVILLIER 13-year-old and his mother.

Sources:

- M. Michel FIGUET p. 202, dossier rencontres rapprochées.

- Catalogue VALLEE case #318

- J. VALLEE p. 291

- Counter-investigation Gilles MUNSCH, F. DIOLEZ is ongoing

Events:

Around 8:30 p.m., the young Guy CUVILLIER leaves his parents' home in MOUSSEY to walk his dog. Hardly outside the dog rushes towards a meadow, barking furiously. The boy follows him and discovers with astonishment a circular craft posed in the meadow. For 1 minute he observes this apparatus, the details of which he will describe to the gendarmes of MOUSSEY who will question him, namely a dark object of circular shape of 4 to 5 m in diameter. He goes home to tell his mother. She finally agreed to follow him. When they arrive at the meadow, a reddish glow rises abruptly. Both run away.

To note:

- An investigation revealed triangular traces.

- The dog ran towards the meadow, barking furiously.

- A survey in 1984 found Ms. CUVILLER who unfortunately following the recent death of her son did not want to tell us anything other than "My son was not crazy, he did see it, anyway I too saw something."

Comments: An investigation by the gendarmerie MOUSSEY failed to find the report of the time. May be the most serious landing case of the Vosges.

[Ref. lg1] LOREN GROSS:

October 27th. Moussey, France. (8:30 p.m.)

A mysterious object landed on a Moussey schoolground where one of the pupils and the school principle saw the UFO. Strange marks of a triangular shape were left behind. No other details were given. 220.

  • France-Soir. 30 October S4.

[Ref. lh1] LARRY HATCH - "*U* COMPUTER DATABASE":

4296: 1954/10/27 20:30 5 7:01:00 E 48:26:00 N 3333 WEU FRN VSG 7:7

MOUSSEY,FR:D49:DARK 5M SCR LANDED/FLD:TAKES OFF/RED GLO:TRIANGULAR TRACES

Ref# 30 FIGEUT[sic]&RUCHON: OVNI: Le 1er Dossier Page No. 202 : FOREST

[Ref. go1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

The Belgian ufologist indicates that in 1954, on October 27, in France, in Moussey "At 20:30 a schoolboy and his headmaster saw an object on the ground. Triangular traces noted."

The sources are indicated as "France-Soir, 30 oct 1954"; "Jacques Vallée: 'Chronique des apparitions ET' - DENoeL 1972 - J'AI LU COLL. - p. 291".

She indicates that another version is: "Guy Cuvelier, 13 years old, leaves with the dog to make a walk. Hardly outside the dog springs towards the meadow while barking furiously. The young boy follows it and sees a circular object posed in the meadow. He looks at it attentively during a minute. He returns home to alert his mother. (...) Whereas they arrive in the meadow a reddish gleam rises abruptly. Frightened, Mrs. Cuvelier flees and her child too. Triangular traces."

The source is indicated as "M. FIGUET/ J.L. RUCHON: "Ovni, Premier dossier complet..." éd. Alain Lefeuvre 1979, p. 202".

[Ref. dx1] "DOSSIER X" WEBSITE:

October 27, 1954, 20h30. Moussey (France):

An object was seen on the ground by a schoolboy and school's headmaster. Triangular traces noted (France-Soir, 30 octobre 1954)

[Ref. jb1:] JEROME BEAU:

1954

[...]

Mercredi 27 octobre

[...]

20 h 30 : In Moussey (France), 1 object is seen on the ground by a schoolboy and school's headmaster. Triangular traces noted [France-Soir, 30 octobre 1954].

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Vosges in Moussey on October 27, 1954 at 20:30 hours "In the evening of Wednesday at 20:30, a young boy came out of the residence of his parents in Moussey to walk his dog. Hardly outside, the dog springs towards the meadow while barking furiously."

"The young boy follows it and makes then a discovery which strikes him with stupor: a strange machine of circular form is posed in the meadow. During one minute, the young witness observes this mysterious apparatus of which he will give to the gendarmes of Moussey the following description: a dark object of circular form from 4 to 5 meters in diameter posed in a meadow. He then returns home to alert his mother. The latter after having initially refused to take it seriously ends up agreeing to follow him. Wheen they arrive in the meadow, a reddish gleam rises suddenly. Frightened, the mother flees and his child hastens to imitate her. Both will then alert their neighbors and the gendarmerie of Moussey will be alerted. An investigation will be open. Triangular traces were noted."

The source is indicated as "Ovni, Premier dossier complet... par Figuet M./ Ruchon J.L. ** éd. Alain Lefeuvre 1979".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 27 October 1954 at 20:30 in Moussey, France, "An object was seen on the ground by a schoolboy and his school director. Triangular traces were reported. An object was observed. Ground traces were found. One dark ball, about 20 feet across, was observed by two male witnesses in a forest."

The sources are indicated as Bowen, Charles, The Humanoids: FSR Special Edition No. 1, FSR, London, 1966; Vallee, Jacques, A Century of Landings (N = 923), (in JVallee04), Chicago, 1969; Schoenherr, Luis, Computerized Catalog (N = 3173); Phillips, Ted R., Ted Phillips investigation files; Phillips, Ted R., Physical Traces Associated with UFO Sightings, CUFOS, Chicago, 1975; Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002.

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

*Oct. 27, 1954 - The close encounter experiences continued unabated during that evening. At 7:30 p.m. farmer Gilbert Hee, in Les-Jonquerets-de-Livet, France was gathering pears when he suddenly saw an elongated object with a light at both ends resting in the pasture. He didn't dare get closer to investigate, but he did see cows gathering around the object. A minute later, the lights on the object went out, and the witness lost interest and went home. Two hours later, an 18-year-old man named Cheradame fell from his motorcycle when it suddenly failed at the same spot, and alerted neighbors saw the object again. It had moved only slightly and two occupants were seen. They were short, about one meter tall, and walked in a stiff fashion. They had on clothes resembling bright armor. They vanished suddenly, and the craft took off without making a sound. At 8:30 p.m. a schoolboy and his school director saw a UFO on the ground in Moussey, France. Triangular ground traces were reported. At 11:15 p.m. in Oye-Plage, France on Route N40, the Mayor's secretary saw a bright, cigar-shaped object for 15 minutes. It was flying very low and following the turns of the road at 20 meters altitude. It suddenly turned at a right angle from the road and flew away. (Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, cases 317-319; David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1954-120, citing Vallee).

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

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19540000 00.00.1954 Moussey France
19541027 27.10.1954 Moussey France 20.30 CE II
19541027 27.10.1954 Moussey France 20.30
19541027 27.10.1954 Moussey France 20.30 CE II
19541027 27.10.1954 Moussey France
19541027 27.10.1954 Moussey France 20.30 CE II

[Ref. pr2:] PETER ROGERSON - "INTCAT":

October 27 1954. 2030hrs.

MOUSSEY (VOSGES : FRANCE)

Guy Culliver (13) was out walking his dog when the animal ran off, barking. Guy followed and encountered a dark circular machine, 4-5m in diameter in a meadow. The boy ran back home. At first his parents would not believe him, but later his mother went with him to the scene, in time to see a reddish glow taking off rapidly. The both fled again. When police investigated they found triangular marks and blackened grass at the site.

Gross 1954. citing Figuet and Ruchon 1979 p202 + France Soir 30 October 1954. : : Vallee case 318 cites France Soire but incorrectly says the school principal saw the object also, the article merely says he accompanied the boy to the police

Note: "Gross1954" is suppsed to be my page, but no link is provided and its content is not really reflected.

Explanations:

If there were'nt the round ground traces placed in equilateral triangle, it would have been argued that it was a helicopter, the rest of the report being compatible with such an aircraft.

Keywords:

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

Moussey, Vosges, object, landing, child, schoolboy, director, school, multiple, traces, ground, triangular, round, gleam, red, Guy Cuvillier, night, Gendarmes, official, investigation

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross June 18, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross February 10, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [cn1], [go1], [lc1], [ud1].
1.1 Patrick Gross November 18, 2014 Addition [ni1].
1.2 Patrick Gross November 20, 2016 Additions [er1], [ub1].
1.3 Patrick Gross December 13, 2016 Additions [lg1].
1.4 Patrick Gross December 14, 2018 Additions [pr1], [mf1], [lh1], [pr2], Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet."

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