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September 28, 1954, Saint-Amand-Montrond, Cher:

Reference number for this case: 28-sep-54-Saint-Amand-Montrond. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Reports:

[Ref. br1:] "LE BERRY REPUBLICAIN" NEWSPAPER:

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Did a "saucer" land at the Grand-Tertre?

We heard a lot of stories about flying saucers, so we do not know what to think about it... So let's content ourselves to reporting the claims of Mr. Mercier of Bouzais "who saw one of them."

M. Mercier, in fact, reportedly witnessed the landing at fifty yards from him, of a flying saucer from which three men came out.

Let him speak:

- I had been plucking grapes in my vineyard which is located at the Grand-Tertre. I had noticed that some grapes had been stolen and I stayed to try to surprise the thieves.

"At about 10:30 p.m., as I was preparing to leave, I saw a mass of fire fall about twenty meters from me, and then three men went down to the ground. I was paralyzed and I could not make a gesture. The mass of fire appeared to me much faster than a lightning bolt. When I opened my eyes there was nothing left and I ran away, frightened. It was a machine about ten meters in diameter.

As we proposed to M. Mercier to conduct us to the scene of this apparition, he categorically refused, saying that he was still too frightened.

Was Mr. Mercier the victim of a hallucination? It is difficult to tell. Still, he went immediately to the Café du Commerce to tell his adventure, and he was very pale...

[Ref. mc1:] "MICHEL CARROUGES":

Michel Carrouges indicates that the Mercier observation was made at a distance of 50 meters.

[Ref. jv5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

156 -002.47590 46.76400 28 09 1954 22 30 1 BOUZAIS -CHER F 031133 C** 157

[Ref. jv2:] JACQUES VALLEE:

The author indicates that on September 28, 1954, in Bouzais at "Le Grand Terte" a "mass of light" suddenly fell from the sky in front of the witness, who was unable to move. Three shapes moved around the light.

[Ref. jv1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

162

September 28, 1954. 22:30 Bouzais (France).

At "Le Grand Tertre" Mr. Mercier observed that someone had stolen grapes from his vineyard. He decided to stay late and catch the "robbers." He was amazed when he saw a luminous mass fall from the sky about 50 m away, and found himself "paralyzed" as three figures emerged from the light and moved about. He lost consciousness. When he came to his senses, everything had vanished. (22; M 97)

[Ref. ob1:] OTTO BINDER:

September 28, 1954, Bouzais, France. The witness was first paralyzed, then lost consciousness, when spying a nearby UFO.

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

September 28, 1954, Bouzais (France).

An anonymous witness was first paralyzed then became unconscious after have observed a Ufo at close range.

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

The two authors indicate that in Bouzais in the Cher, on September 25, 1954, at 10:30 p.m., according to newspapers clips and their personal file, a vine grower of this village, Mr. Mercier, had gone in its vine. The vintage was near, the grapes had arrived at maturity, but the previous days, he had noted that petty thieves had prevailed in his vine. He had thus decided to guard the vine to surprise them in obvious offence and to make them hashly pay for the stolen grapes. He watched with care the way which goes up gently through the slopes. All was quiet, "one would have heard the flight of a bat."

The authors report the account by Mr. Mercier:

"Suddenly, I felt a kind of vibration. At the same time, I saw a mass of fire falling down to about fifty meters of me. The light dimmed. I saw that it was a craft of ten meters in diameter. Three small beings went down of it. I felt paralysed and I could not make a move. All died out. I found my senses again. I fled, mad with fright."

The authors indicate that Mr. Mercier was so terrorized that he did not want to return on the spot the following day. And, the following evenings, he gave up his vine to the thieves, extraterrestrial or not.

[Ref. pd1:] PIERRE DELVAL:

In his chapter on the cases of paralysis or drousiness of UFO witnesses during their experience, Pierre Delval indicates 12 cases from the French flap of 1954, among those, that in Bouzais, à la Vigne du Grand Tertre in the department of the Cher on September 29, 1954 at 10:30 p.m..

A farmer, Mr. Mercier, had noted, in the afternoon, that somebody was stealing his grapes. At night, he went in ambush.

Estimating that his watch had been useless, he prepared to get home but he then saw a luminous mass "fall from the sky" at fifty meters from him.

Immediately, it felt completely "paralysed", unable of any movement.

He saw three "men" busy around the object and then he lost consciousness.

When he regained consciousness, all had disappeared. He was "mad with fear" and fled to his home where he arrived pale and shaling.

[Ref. ns1:] RICHARD C. NIEMTZOW AND JOHN SCHLUESSER:

Mr. Mercier of Bouzais, France, found himself paralyzed on September 28, 1954, when a luminous mass landed 50 m away and three figures emerged.

[Ref. ls1:] LEONARD STRINGFIELD:

The American ufologist indicates that on September 28, 1954, in France, in Bouzais, at "Le Grand Têrtre", Mr. Mercier realized that someone was stealing grape in his vine.

He decided to surprise the robber, and amazed, he saw a luminous mass falling from the sky at approximately fifty meters from there.

Immediately paralysed, he still saw three silhouettes emerging from the light, then he lost consciousness.

The author indicates that this example of case of a close encounter of the third kind comes from the catalogue by Jacques Vallée who extracted it from the Aime Michel's book.

[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
007 0550 ST-AMAND-MONTROND RF18 540928 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
0550 -2.507 46.725 -2.500 46.724

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. mf1:] FRANCAT, MICHEL FIGUET:

Michel Figuet classify the case in his "dubious cases" category with the following explanation:

09/28/1954

Bouzais

No investigation, no counter-investigation. Press only quoted in "Chronique des apparitions extraterrestres" by Jacques Vallée. The Grand Tertre (Large-Hillock) is on the hill of Saint-Armand Montrond.

[Ref. bo1:] MICHEL BOURRON - LDLN:

In the ufology magazine LDLN in 1987, Michel Bourron, regional representative of LDLN, explained his 1974 counter-investigation on this case. He found no Mr. Mercier in Bouzais in 1954, there was one Mercier there but from 1960 to 1962.

The place called "Le Gran Tetre" is not in Bouzais but in Dervant, while there was a "Petit Tertre" in Saint-Amand-Montrond.

But there was no "Mercier" nor in Dervant neither in Saint-Amand-Montrond neither in Colombiers in 1954.

There was no "Café du Commerce" in Bouzais, but there was one at a distance of 2 km from the "Grand Tertre" of Saint-Amand-Montrond but the cafe closed at 10:30 p.m., and neither the owner nor any customer interviewed by Michel Bourron in 1974 had any recollection of the case. He concluded that it was probably an invention of a journalist in search of a good article.

[Ref. se1:] JOHN SCHUESSLER:

1954/09/28 FRANCE, BOUZAIS

Source: Official UFO, Feb. 76

A vineyard owner saw a luminous mass 50 yards distant. He was paralyzed. Three beings came out. He lost consciousness. When he came to, the object and the beings were gone. He was crazy with fear.

EFFECTS:
Paralysis
Unconsciousness
Extreme fear

[Ref. go1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

The Belgian ufologist indicates that in 1954, on September 28, in France, in Bouzais, "At the 'Grand Tertre' Mr. Mercier had noticed that afternoon that somebody had stolen grapes in his vine. He decided to remain late to catch the robbers. He was astonished towards 22:30 to see a luminous mass falling from the sky at approximately 50 m of him, was 'paralysed' while 3 beings left this light and were busy. He faints and when he returned to his sense all had disappeared. He then flees, crazed with fear."

The source is noted "Jacques Vallée: 'Chronique des apparitions ET' - DENOEL 1972 - J'AI LU COLL. - p. 261, 262".

[Ref. kb1:] KEITH BASTERFIELD:

The Australian ufologist indicates that on 28 September 1954 in Bouzais, France, a male vineyard owner saw a luminous mass 50m away. He was paralysed. Three beings came out. He lost consciousness. When he came to, the object and the beings were gone. He was crazy with fear.

He says it is one of the 15 cases in France in 1954 where there was a reported paralysis of the witness or witnesses when they were within a certain distance of a low-level UFO, distances that are 6m (1 case), 20m (2), 50m (2) 100m (1) and 150m (1). He adds that there seems little doubt about a relationship between the UFO and the paralysis, as the paralysis commenced upon observing the UFO and then ceased when the UFO left.

The source is noted "Bowen, C. 1969. The Humanoids. Neville Spearman. London. p33".

[Ref. gb1:] JAVIER GARCIA BLANCO:

The author indicates that in September 1954, a farmer named Mercier was in his vineyard to catch thieves in the act. While preparing to leave in the middle of the night, a mass of light fell from the sky and landed about fifty meters away. He was paralyzed, seeing three men moving closer to the light, and lost consciousness. When he came to his sense, everything was gone. He fled to a nearby cafe where people noted that he was pale and trembling.

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

81.
Location. Bouzais France
Date: September 28 1954
Time: 2230

M. Mercier, a vineyard owner, saw a luminous mass fall from the sky 50 yards away, and found he was paralyzed. He saw 3 men near the luminous object before losing consciousness. When he came to, nothing was there.

Humcat 1954-59
Source: Aime Michel
Type: C

[Ref. gd1:] GEOFF DITTMAN:

Witness:

Location: Bouzais, France

Date: September 28, 1954

Time:

The witness suffered paralysis and lost consciousness. (Hall, UFO Evidence, p.97)

[Ref. ---:] UNATTRIBUED SOURCE:

The following summary circulates on the Internet about this case. I have not yet been able to trace the source.

A vine grower of this village, Mr. Mercier, had gone in his vine that evening. The vintage was over. The grapes had arrived at maturity. The previous days, Mr. Mercier had noted that petty thieves had stolen from his vine. So he had decided to hide himself to surprise them in obvious offence and to make them pay for the expensive stolen grape. He carefully watched the path which gently goes up through the hills. It was 10:30 P.M. All was quiet. One would have heard it if a bat flew by.

"Suddenly, I felt a kind of vibration. At the same time, I saw a mass of fire falling down at about fifty meters distance from me. Its light dimmed. I saw that it was caused by a craft of ten meters in diameter. Three small beings descended from there. I felt paralyzed and could not make a gesture. Everything dimmed out. I was conscious again. I ran away, frantic with terror."

Mr. Mercier was so terrorized that he did not want to return on the spot the following day. And, for the next evenings, he gave up his vine to the thieves, extraterrestrials or not.

[Ref. dj1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

1954 - At "Le Grand Tertre" in St-Amand-Montrond, France Mr. Mercier, a vintner, observed that someone had stolen grapes from his vineyard. He decided to stay late and catch the "robbers." Around 10:30 p.m. he was amazed when he saw a luminous mass fall from the sky about 50 meters away, and found himself "paralyzed" as three figures emerged from the light and moved about. He lost consciousness. When he came to his senses everything had vanished. (Sourced: Aime Michel, A propos des Soucoupes Volantes, p. 125; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia, p. 212; Michel Figeut & Jean-Louis Ruchon, OVNI: Le premier dossier complet des rencontres rapprochees en France, pp. 93).

[Ref. jb1:] JEROME BEAU:

September 1954

28

22:30 In Bouzais (France), at the "Grand Tertre", Mr. Mercier had noticed that afternoon that somebody had stolen grapes in his vine. Having decided to stay late to catch the robbers, he is astonished to see a luminous mass falling from the sky at approximately 50 m of him, and is "paralysed", while 3 figures leave this light and are busy. He faints and when he comes back to his senses all had disappeared.

The sources are noted as: "Berry Républicain, Septemebr 29, 1954"; "Vallée, J., case #25, 'Rapport sur l'analyse de 200 observations documentées faites en 1954'".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 28 September 1954, in France, at 22:30 in Bouzais, "Physiological effects. Vineyard owner saw luminous mass descend from sky, 50m away from him. Paralysis. He saw three men near the craft before he passed out. When he came to, nothing was there."

And: "At "Le Grand Tertre" in St-Amand-Montrond, France Mr. Mercier, a vintner, observed that someone had stolen grapes from his vineyard. He decided to stay late and catch the "robbers." Around 10:30 p.m. he was amazed when he saw a luminous mass descend from the sky about 50 meters away, and found himself paralyzed while three figures emerged from the light and moved about. He lost consciousness. When he came to his senses, everything had vanished."

And: "An object was observed. Physiological effects were noted. One luminous ball, around 100 feet away, was observed by one male witness in a forest (Mercier). Three humanoids were seen."

And: "M Mercier, a vineyard owner, saw a luminous mass fall from the sky 50 yards away, and found he was paralyzed. He saw 3 men near the luminous object before losing consciousness. When he came to, nothing was there."

The sources are listed as Webb, David, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports; Michel, Aime, Flying Saucers and the Straight-Line Mystery, S. G. Phillips, New York, 1958; Sparks, Brad, Computer Catalog of Type 9 Cases (N=150), Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073); Vallee, Jacques, Challenge to Science: The UFO Enigma, Henry Regnery, Chicago, 1966; Vallee, Jacques, A Century of Landings (N = 923), (in JVallee04), Chicago, 1969; Schoenherr, Luis, Computerized Catalog (N = 3173); 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; Flying Saucers, Flying Saucers Magazine, (Palmer); Delaire, J. Bernard, UFO Register Volume 7 (1976), Data Research, Oxford, 1976; Stringfield, L; Rosales, Albert, Humanoid Sighting Reports Database.

[Ref. ud2:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 28 September 1954, in France, at 22:30 in Bouzais, "At 'Le Grand Tertre' Mr. Mercier observed that someone had stolen grapes from his vineyard. He decided to stay late and catch the "robbers." He was amazed when he saw a luminous mass fall from the sky about 50 meters away, and found himself "paralyzed" as three figures emerged from the light and moved about. He lost consciousness. When he came to his senses, everything had vanished. One star was observed."

The source is noted Vallee Magonia Database.

[Ref. un1:] "UFO NORTHWEST" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that Dr. Jacques Vallee wrote a book titled "Passport to Magnolia" [sic] that highlighted French humanoid incidents associated with UFOs in 1954, which were also described in the more recent book "Situation Red - The UFO Siege" (1977) by Leonard H. Stringfield, including the following:

On September 28 in Bouzais, a "Le Grand Terte" Monsieur Mercier observed that someone had stolen grapes from his vineyard. He decided to stay late and catch the thief. He was amazed when he saw a luminous mass fall from the sky about 50 meters away and found himself paralyzed as three figures emerged from the light. He lost consciousness.

[Ref. pr1:] PETER ROGERSON:

September 28 1954. 2230hrs.

BOUZAIS (CHER : FRANCE)

A vineyard owner, Mr Mercier, was watching his vineyard at ‘Grand-Tetre’ hoping to surprise thieves. He was about to leave for home when he saw a luminous mass descending from the sky about 50m away. He found himself paralysed and saw the movement of three men near the light. He lost consciousness and when he came to, everything had gone. He fled to a nearby café to recover from his shock. Here people noted he was white and trembling.

Michel 1958, p.97, citing Berry Republicain, 29 September 1954.

[Ref. un1:] "UFO NORTHWEST" WEBSITE:

A few dramatic cases [in France in 1954] from the book Situation Red - The UFO Siege are listed below:

Sep. 28 - Bouzais. At "Le Grand Terte" Monsieur Mercier observed that someone had stolen grapes from his vineyard. He decided to stay late and catch the thief. He was amazed when he saw a luminous mass fall from the sky about 50 meters away and found himself paralyzed as three figures emerged from the light. He lost consciousness.

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

*Sep. 28, 1954 - At "Le Grand Tertre" in St-Amand-Montrond, France Mr. Mercier, a vintner, observed that someone had stolen grapes from his vineyard. He decided to stay late and catch the "robbers." Around 10:30 p.m. he was amazed when he saw a luminous mass descend from the sky about 50 meters away, and found himself paralyzed while three figures emerged from the light and moved about. He lost consciousness. When he came to his senses, everything had vanished. (Sourced: Aime Michel, A propos des Soucoupes Volantes, p. 125; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia, p. 212; Michel Figuet & Jean-Louis Ruchon, OVNI: Le premier dossier complet des rencontres rapprochees en France, pp. 93).

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

Location: St. Amand-Montrond, Cher, France

Date: September 28 1954

Time: 2230

Vineyard owner Mr. Mercier had noticed that someone had been stealing grapes from the vines so one night he decided to stay up late and catch the “thieves”. This night he was amazed to see a luminous mass fall from the sky about 50 meters away and found himself paralyzed as three figures emerged from the light and move about. He then lost consciousness. When he came to his senses everything had vanished.

Source: Aime Michel; Magonia 162

[Ref. gz1:] JULIEN GONZALEZ:

The author indicates that there was a false close encounter of the third type in Bouzais, at the place "Le Grand Tertre", Cher, September 28, 1954, around 10:30 pm:

Mr. Mercier, a vine-grower, thought that thieves were stealing his grapes. He watched by night in his vineyard, when he saw a luminous mass falling from the sky to about fifty meters from him. He was paralyzed. Shapes bobbed near the luminous mass, and he then saw three beings and had the impression of losing consciousness. When he regained his normal state, everything had disappeared. As a good winegrower, he ran straight up to the "Café du Commerce" to comfort himself a little.

The sources are indicated as Le Berry Républicain for September 29, 1954; Aimé Michel, "Mystérieux Objets Célestes", pages 157-158; C. Garreau and R. Lavier, "Face aux Extra-Terrestres", pages 150-151.

Julien Gonzalez indicates that in fact a first investigation carried out by the delegation of the Centre of the Lumières Dans La Nuit group in 1969 had proved totally negative and the facts were contradictory. A counter-investigation in 1974 confirmed this conclusion and established that Mr. Mercier is unknown to Bouzais in 1954, a Mercier resided there but it was from 1960 to 1962. It was established that the place "Le Grand Tertre" is not in Bouzais but in Drevant while "Le Petit Tertre" is on the town of Saint-Amand-Montrond. It has been established that there is no M. Mercier in Bouzais in 1954, no "Grand Tertre" either and no "Café du Commerce". The investigation established that there was a "Café du Commerce" in Saint-Amand, 2 km from the "Grand Tertre" in Drevant, but that this cafe closed at 10:30 pm and neither the owner of the café nor any of the old guests remembered this case; which is therefore probably a hoax mounted by a journalist in search of a sensation article.

The source of this explanation is given as Lumières dans la Nuit #275-276, pages 47-48, with an update by Michel Bourron, regional delegate of the LDLN group for the Centre.

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

This database recorded the case 16 times:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19540928 28.09.1954 Bouzais France CE III
19540928 28.09.1954 Bouzais France CE II
19540928 28.09.1954 Bouzais France 22.30 CE III
19540928 28.09.1954 Bouzais France CE II
19540928 28.09.1954 Bouzais France CE II
19540928 28.09.1954 Bouzais France 22.30 CE III
19540928 28.09.1954 Bouzais France CE II
19540928 28.09.1954 Bouzais France 22.30 CE III
19540928 28.09.1954 Bouzais France 22.30 CE III
19540928 28.09.1954 Bouzais France 22.30 CE III
19540928 28.09.1954 Bouzais France CE II
19540928 28.09.1954 Bouzais France CE II
19540928 28.09.1954 Bouzais France 22.30 CE III
19540928 28.09.1954 Bouzais France CE II
19540929 29.09.1954 Bouzais France 22.30
19540928 28.09.1954 Drevant France 22.30 CE III
19540929 29.09.1954 Bonzais [sic] France

Explanations:

Probable Press invention.

Keywords:

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

St-Amand-Montrond, Cher, Le Grand Tertre, Mercier, vine, grapes, luminous, paralyzed, effects, humanoids, three, unconscious, vibration, fire, mass, object, small, afraid

Sources:

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

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1.6 Patrick Gross September 17, 2014 Additions [ld1], [ni1].
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1.8 Patrick Gross January 12, 2017 Addition [ta1].
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