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September 28, 1954, Saint-Nicolas-de-Redon, Ille-et-Vilaine:

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

Summary:

The regional newspaper Le Méridional for September 30, 1954, reported from Redon in the Ille-et-Vilaine department that Messrs. Gérard, a mechanic, and Paroux, a driver, who drove a top-of-the-line locomotive from Nantes, had seen when passing by at the place called "La Butte du Rouge", on the commune of Saint-Nicolas-de-Besson in the Ille-et-Vilaine department, a craft that rose from neighboring marshes.

The craft, said to be "of some length", was followed by a luminous trail, and flew for about ten seconds above the locomotive and "disappeared" in the sky.

The mechanic had kept his calm, but the driver was so frightened that he fell sick and had to undergo a medical check-up.

The story appeared in many other national and regional newspapers. All versions that I have for the moment tell exactly the same thing. Obviously what fascinated most was that the driver "got sick".

My Press sources did not give a date nor an hour, except for to write that it occurred "the other night."

In 1958, ufologist Aimé Michel gave a version that seems more romanticized, or more extraordinary in any case:

He said that on September 28, 1954, the top-of-the-line locomotive was rolling on the railway from Nantes to Vannes, with Mr. Gerard as a mechanic, and Mr. Paroux as driver.

The locomotive was traveling at a slow pace as it reached the place called La Butte du Rouge at Saint-Nicolas-de-Redon, when Mr. Paroux suddenly exclaimed: "Look, there!?"

In the nearby marsh, close to the ground, there was "an elongated, or circular and flat craft", which flew rapidly while gaining altitude. It was luminous, dark purple-red, and was heading straight for the locomotive. It soon caught up with it, and for about ten seconds it followed it, flying over it just a few meters away.

The craft then accelerated and disappeared to the west at a vertiginous speed, and for a few more seconds the clouds were illuminated with a violet glow.

According to Michel - who does not give his source - the driver "was struck by fear and shook of all his limbs, and Mr. Gerard had to replace him until the arrival and lead him to his bed, where he stayed several days with a nervous breakdown and fever."

Michel, who did not say a word about the trail mentioned in the press, said it was night but he could not get a precise hour; Jacques Vallée in 1966 would write that it was at 11:10 p.m., and would name the driver Potraux or Potrnux in the Englesh version instead of Paroux and the other witness Bernard instead of Gérard.

Finally, in 1979, based on the press, ufologists Michel Figuet and Jean-Louis Ruchon gave the witnesses as Emile Gérard, 49, and Victor Paroux, 40.

Reports:

[Ref. lml1:] "LE MERIDIONAL" NEWSPAPER:

Carrousel of "saucers" in the sky of Dauphiné

LYON. -- In the departments of the Rhone, Isère, Drôme and Savoy, many people claim to have seen, these last days, with more or less clarity, craft having either the shape of cigars, or those of discs.

In the area of the Arbresle, one of these witnesses, director of a music-hall, stated to have filmed one of these mysterious apparatuses which evolved at a height estimated by him as of approximately 700 meters. One will thus know, after development of the footage, if it was or was not an optical illusion.

Close to Feyzin (the Isère) a young man is said to have seen in the countryside, not far from the ground, a machine having the shape of a dome from where spouted out a very sharp light. The witness had compared it with that caused by the combustion of magnesium. The craft, suddenly, went up vertically while leaving a shower of sparks and disappeared.

Inhabitants of Chabeuil stated to have seen a flying saucer evolving above the countryside.

Lastly, in Savoy, close to the lake of Le Bourget, above Mount Revard, several motorists, on the whole about fifteen people, simultaneously saw an apparatus having the shape of a disc, that evolved during approximately four minutes, to then disappear suddenly.

One of the witnesses, a doctor of Chambéry, is a former artillery observer. He carefully wrote up the observations and drew a diagram reproducing the travel of the mysterious apparatus.

A "SAUCERS" FOLLOWS A TRAIN IN THE ILLE-ET-VILAINE...
The drivers gets ill

REDON (Ille-et-Vilaine). -- Misters Gérard, mechanic, and Paroux, driver, who operated a wildcat engine coming from Nantes, saw, whereas they passed at the locality "La Butte Rouge", community of Saint-Nicolas-de-Besson (Ille-et-Vilaine), a machine which rose from the nearby marshes.

This craft, of a certain length, which was followed of a luminous trail, flew during ten second above the machine and disappeared in the sky.

While the mechanic preserved all his calm, the driver, on the other hand, was so frightened that he fell sick and had to pass a medical examination yesterday morning.

DUTCH TESTIMONYS ON AERIAL PHENOMENA

LA HAYE. -- The aerial phenomena which currently appears above Europe did not fail to visit the Netherlands.

Among the recently reported testimonies on the passage of flying saucers above the Dutch territory, it is necessary to quote that of a citizen of Schiedam (an important center of juniper production) which claimed to have seen a rather large object, circular and luminous, moving towards the west. Its fiancée who accompanied it corroborated his statements.

Less recent but more impressive, is the account of the captain of "Grote Beer" Mr J.-P. Boshoff, of the Holland - United States line.

The object detected on the open sea and observed by himself and his five officers using all the optical equipment on board, was the "size of a half-moon" and also circular and luminous.

The captain adamantly excluded the possibility that it can be a weather balloon.

Initially motionless, the disc, after a few moments, moved towards the west to disappear behind the clouds at an altitude of approximately 14.000 meters.

[Ref. vmr1:] "VAR-MATIN REPUBLIQUE" NEWSPAPER:

In the manner of Wells heroes

A farmer in the Vienne saw advancing towards him an interplanetary diver

In the Lyonese, a Parisian filmed a "flying cigar"

Châtellerault, September 29 -. Mr. Yves David, 28-year-old, farmer in Broudoux, community of Verneuil-sur-Vienna, stated to have seen advancing towards him, on the road from Cenon to Vouneuil, on September 19 at 10 p.m., a kind of diver.

The latter, he says, came to caress his arm, emitted unintelligible sounds and withdrew towards a craft (that Mr. David cannot describe). A green beam of light was projected in his direction, nailing him on the spot, then the machine disappeared in the sky vertically, without any noise. Mr. David states that initially he did not want to tell anything of this weird encounter for fear of ridicule. He however informed a friend of his, asking him whether other people had seen the "diver". That's how the country knew about it.

Air carrousel in the Lyonese

Lyon, September 29. -- Between September 15 and 20, several people in the Lyons area, announced to have seen flying saucers. A 15-year-old young man, Mr. Roland M... says: "On the 15th at approximately 11 p.m., I was within approximately 200 meters of the fort of Feyzin (the Isère) when my attention was caught by a white light. I was then amazed to see, detached in the sky, ten meters above the ground, a dark spot from where a sharp light similar to the combustion of a magnesium spot emerged."

The black "shape" seemed slightly elliptic.

Arrived at about fifty meters of this "space ship", I was amazed to hear a deaf noise like that of a wet rocket, I even saw at the same time a shower of sparks spout out of the lower part of the craft. Then all of a sudden, like a rocket, it rose at a tremendous speed, perhaps 4000 or 5000 km/h." In addition, residents of Chaudelas [sic] (the Ardeche) saw on September 17 in the sky, a craft of the shape of a torpedo with the front more luminous than the rest. Was it of an aerolite or an interplanetary apparatus? It will never be known. Lastly, in Lyons, Mrs. J T... indicates that on the 18th at 3:55 a.m., she saw a craft which went back in the sky vertically at a vertiginous pace.

Another testimony, perhaps the most important, was provided to us by Mr. René Valery, artistic director of the Olympia in Paris. Mr. Valery was in Lyon and he stated to us that he had, as well as his wife, sighted a curious "cigar" whereas they were, on Thursday 16, in Savigny, in the Rhone. "It was approximately 6 p.m., he told us. We were walking, when we saw a craft at approximately 700 or 800 m of altitude. It went up vertically without the least engine noise."

Behind it, it left a broad trail of white smoke. It could not be a matter, in my opinion, he still told us, of a jet plane, I would have heard the whistling sound, because of the proximity of the machine. Moreover, this cigar had by no means the shape of a jet."

Mr. Valery, who does not seem to be able to admit, in spite of the testimony of his senses, that he saw a flying saucer, was carrying an 8 mm movie camera. He hastened to film the evolutions of the aerial object.

Perhaps he will know Thursday, while going to get his developed film, if he were as well as his wife, the subject of an hallucination or if, on the contrary, it was really of one of these famous saucers. He waits for Thursday without impatience, the more so as the visibility was not very good and that he fears to have perhaps missed his "saucer".

Let us add that the saucers are not an invention of our century. Indeed, an extract of the memories of the Emulation society of the Jura, for 1864, under the title "Flaming globes" reports the following lines:

"On January 20, 1859 at 04:35 a.m., by a rather strong rain, but a calm and a very black night, the atmosphere was suddenly illuminated by a very bright white light which made it possible to distinguish from far away the objects with a great accuracy. This light was due to a luminous sphere slipping through space from the south to the north, at a great speed. Large numbers of people who, frightened, left their house, believed in a fire. This phenomenon was seen from Lyon to Strasbourg." [Perfect description of a meteor.]

Four other observations of this kind, but less remarkable, are noted on the registers at the following dates: January 10, 1847, November 13 and 17, 1848, and August 11, 1850.

"They must be distinguished from the incandescent spheres which are seen during storms [ball lightning], since their appearance always takes place by a calm weather, without detonation and giving a sharp light."

At the sight of a flying saucer, a locomotive driver falls sick.

MM. Gérard, mechanic and Paroux, driver, who led a wildcat locomotive engine, coming from Nantes, saw yesterday evening, whereas they passed by the location "La Butte Rouge", community of St Nicolas-de-Redon (the Ille et Vilaine), a machine which rose from nearby marshes. This machine, of a certain length, which was followed of a luminous trail, flew during ten seconds above the locomotive and disappeared in the sky. Whereas the mechanic kept his cool, the driver on the other hand, was so frightened that he fell sick and had to undergo a medical examination this morning.

[Ref. lme1:] "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 caressed his arm" while uttering unintelligible 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. hws1:] HAROLD T. WILKINS:

The author indicates that in 1954, at Nantes in France, a driver and fireman of a train watched for ten seconds a saucer ascending perpendicularly into sky, and the fireman had to be treated for shock.

[Ref. aml1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel indicates that on September 28, 1954 in the evening in Saint-Nicolas-of-Redon one of the most spectacular observations of the time took place in the evening, at a time in the night he could not get specified:

A train rolled on the railway from Nantes to Vannes, with Mr. Gerard as mechanic, and Mr. Paroux as driver.

While the train rolled at a low pace and arrived at the place called La Butte du Rouge, in Saint-Nicolas-of-Redon, Mr. Paroux suddenly exclaimed: "Looks there! What is this?"

There was in the very close marsh, at near ground level, "an elongated craft, or a circular dish", which flew quickly while taking altitude. It was luminous, of a red almost purple, and it was coming right at the train head. It soon caught up with the train, and during ten seconds it followed it while flying above it at hardly a few meters.

The machine then accelerated and disappeared towards the west at a vertiginous speed, and during a few seconds still, the clouds were illuminated of a violet gleam.

The driver was crushed by fear and trembled all over, and Mr. Gerard had to replace him until the arrival and had to lead him to his bed, where there remained several days with a nervous crisis and fever.

In the 1958 and 1966 editions or his books, Michel did not clearly specify the source; from the 1977 edition and on, he indicated: "see Le Parisien Libéré for September 30."

[Ref. jve6:] JACQUES VALLEE:

Jacques Vallée indicates that in France on September 28, 1954, a report said that a tramp locomotive was running on a railway line from Nantes to Vannes, when in the marsh close to the tracks a circular, flat, luminous, dark red, tinged with violet machine was in rapid flight just above the ground.

It soon reached the locomotive, flying only a few yards above it, then it accelerated and disappeared toward the west at a terrific speed, while the clouds continued to be illuminated by a violet light for a few seconds.

The fireman, bewildered, was trembling so much that his place had to be taken until they reached the station, and he had to be helped to his bed and for several days he suffered from nervous shock.

[Ref. jve5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

157 002.07720 47.64600 28 09 1954 23 00 201 (ST NICOLAS REDON) F 0012 C 152

[Ref. jve1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

163) September 28, 1954, 11:10 p.m., Saint Nicolas de Redon (France):

At "La Butte Rouge" two railroad engineers, Bernard and Potraux, who were bringing a locomotive from Nantes to Auray, saw a dark object take off with a purple glow and follow them for 15 sec before veering off. Potraux had to see a doctor. (P 23, M 95, Anatomy 70).

[Ref. jve3:] JACQUES VALLEE:

September 28, 1954, 11 : 10 p.m., Saint Nicolas de Redon (France):

At "La Butte Rouge" two railroad engineers, Bernard and Potraux, who were bringing a locomotive from Nantes to Auray, saw a dark object take off with a purple glow and follow them for 15 sec before veering off. Potraux had to see a doctor. (Le Parisien, L'Aurore, Combat, Sept. 30, 1954, Anatomy 70).

[Ref. jve2:] JACQUES VALLEE:

The author indicates that on September 28, 1954, two railroad engineers bringing back a train engine from Nantes to Auray saw close to Saint-Nicolas-of-Redon at "La Butte Rouge" a dark object which flew away, shining of a light crimson, and following their engine.

[Ref. prn1:] PETER ROGERSON:

337 28 September 1954 2310 SAINT NICOLAS DE REDON (FRANCE)

At "La Butte Rouge" two railway engineers, Bernard and Potraux, who were bringing a locomotive from Nantes to Aurey, saw a dark object take off with a purple glow and follow them for 15 seconds before veering off. Potraux had to see a doctor.

(Ml63; Le Parisien, L'Aurore, Combat, 30 September 1954; Michel II, 95; Anatomy, 70)

[...]

Notes
337 Michel gives the witnesses' names as Gerard and Paroux.

[Ref. gal1:] CHARLES GARREAU AND RAYMOND LAVIER:

The two authors note that in the Ille-et-Vilaine, September 28, 1954, according to a dispatch of the A.F.P. and their personal files, mechanic Gerard and driver Paroux, who lead a locomotive coming from Nantes, saw a craft rise from the marshes close to the railway, whereas they pass to the locality "La Butte Rouge", on the community of Saint-Nicolas-of-Redon. The craft was luminous, of a dark reed leaning on the purple, and dove in direction of the locomotive, which it caught up with. During a few seconds it hovered a few meters above it, then it accelerated suddenly and moved away at high speed.

Gérard remained calm but his companion was so frightened that he fell sick and had to undergo a medical examination. He remained confined to bed during several days with a strong fever.

[Ref. jbc1:] JEAN-FRANCOIS BOEDEC:

The author notes that a few days before the case in Loctudy of October 5, 1954, Mr. Gerard, mechanic and Mr. Paroux, driver, led a wildcat engine coming from Nantes, and were passing at the locality "La Butte Rouge", community of Saint Nicolas de Redon in the Ille-et-Vilaine, when they saw a circular craft that rose from nearby marshes.

The author indicates that the machine was of "a certain length", that it was followed of a luminous trail, and flew during ten seconds above the engine to then "disappear in the sky." The mechanic stayed calm, but the driver was so frightened that he fell sick and had to undergo a medical examination the next day morning. He adds that "the accent of the witnesses seemed to be that of the truth..."

[Ref. fru1:] MICHEL FIGUET AND JEAN-LOUIS RUCHON:

These ufologists indicate that on September 28, 1954, at 11:10 p.m., near Saint-Nicolas-de-Redon, two railway engineers, Emile Gérard, 49, and Victor Paroux, 40, bring a locomotive from Nantes to Auray. When they reached "La Butte Rouge", they saw a dark object with a purple glow followed by a luminous trail rising from nearby swamps and flying over them for about ten seconds before disappearing into the sky. Mr. Paroux was so agitated that he had to see a doctor.

The authors indicate the sources as the newspapers La Montagne, Le Méridional, Le Dauphiné Libéré, Le Parisien, L'Aurore, Combat, all for September 30, 1954, the Vallée catalog where "Patroux" is written instead of "Paroux" and "Bernanrd" instead of "Gérard" which are the name given in the Press, Quincy, and Aimé Michel in A propos des S. V., p. 112.

[Ref. jgs1:] JEAN-FRANCOIS GILLES:

French ufologist Jean-François Gilles had established a computerized catalogue of landings on the French territory 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 Designation (57) Date jve4 jve1 COMMENTS
008 0560 ST-NICOLAS-DE-REDON RF44 540928 163 157 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. jve4 and jve1 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
0560 +2.073 47.646 +2.060 47.645 +2.060 47.646

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. via1:] "VIMANA 21" UFOLOGY BULLETIN:

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30: IN THE VIEW OF A FLYING SAUCER, A LOCOMOTIVE DRIVER FALLS SICK -

Rennes - Messrs. Gérard, mechanic and Paroux, a chauffeur who drove a top machine coming from Nantes, saw last night, at a place called La Butte du Rouge (Ille et Vilaine), a machine that rose from neighboring marshes. This craft of some length, which was followed by a luminous drag flew for about ten seconds above the machine and disappeared into the sky. If the mechanic kept his composure, the driver was so frightened that he fell ill and had a medical check-up this morning.

The source is said to be the newspaper Le Bien Public.

[Ref. lgs1:] LOREN GROSS:

Loren Gross reproduced this newspaper article without giving its source:

CARROUSSEL OF FLYING SAUCERS
in the sky of France

One of the craft was reportedly filmed

Lyon, September 29. -- In the departments of Rhône, Isère, Drôme and Savoy, many people claim to have seen in recent days, with more or less clarity, craft either in the shape of cigars or in the shape of discs.

In the region of Arbresles (Rhône), one of these witnesses, director of a Paris music hall, even filmed one of these mysterious apparatuses that moved at a height estimated by him at about 700 meters. We will thus know after development of the film whether or not it is an optical illusion.

Near Feyzin (Isère), a young man reportedly saw in the countryside, not far from the ground, a machine in the shape of a dome and from which a very bright light sprang forth. The witness compared it to that caused by the burning of magnesium. The craft suddenly climbed vertically leaving behind a shower of sparks and disappeared.

In the Drôme, a resident of Valence, Mrs. L... who was walking near Chabeuil, claims to have met in the path she followed, a being of small size dressed so oddly that she thought at first that it was a cellophane scarecrow. The

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dog that accompanied the walker barked furiously in terror. As for Mrs. L... also terrified, she hid behind a hedge.

It was then that she saw rising from the corn field that bordered the road, a disc whence emanated a hissing sound. Shortly after, the witness and some peasants went to the field where, according to them, a circular trace of about three meters in diameter was clearly visible, with maize laid on the ground and broken branches on the border.

Other residents of Chabeuil also said that on that day they saw a flying saucer flying over the countryside.

Finally in Savoie near Lake Bourget, above mount Revard, several motorists, in total about fifteen people, saw simultaneously a craft with the form of a disc move for about four minutes, then suddenly disappear.

One of the witnesses, a doctor from Chambéry, is a former artillery observer. He carefully noted the observations and drew a sketch reproducing the path of the mysterious craft.

In the Southwest

Perpignan, September 29. -- A baker from Canet-Plage , Mr. Etienne Err, said that after returning from a delivery tour with his van, he had seen above this locality, a brilliant disc which, after having described large circles, moved towards the sea.

On the other hand, seven workers from a factory in the suburbs of Perpignan claim to have also seen an object of an indefinable color moving at high speed, and which would have crossed the Pyrenees towards Spain.

***

Toulouse, September 29. -- Three inhabitants of Lanta, near Villefranche-de-Lauraguais (Haute-Garonne), Mr. and Mrs. Brunet and Mr. Gadra, teacher of the locality, affirm they saw, yesterday evening, above the village, a luminous disk of orange color.

The object was moving at a great height and was moving north-south.

After being visible for thirty to forty seconds, the luminous disc disappeared on the horizon.

At the sight of a "saucer" a locomotive driver falls ill

Rennes, September 29th. - MM. Gérard, a mechanic, and Paroux, a chauffeur, who drove a top-of-the-line machine from Nantes, spotted last night as they passed the place called "La Butte du Rouge", municipality of Saint-Nicolas de Redon (Ille-et-Vilaine), a craft that rose from neighboring marshes.

This craft of some length which was followed by a luminous train flew for about ten seconds above the machine and disappeared in the sky.

If the mechanic kept his composure, the driver was so frightened that he fell ill and had to get a medical examination this morning.

[Ref. lgs2:] LOREN GROSS:

Redon-St.-Nicolas.

"Look over there! What on earth is that?"

A locomotive, manned by engineer M. Gerard and fireman M. Paraoux [sic], was on a run to Vannes, France, and had just passed the village Redon-St.-Nicolas [sic] when Paroux shouted: "Look over there! What on earth is that?" Zooming at the locomotive just above the ground was an elongated object, a glowing violet-colored thing. Closing fast, the object reached the men in seconds, stopped, and then flew just above the locomotive for a few moments. The UFO then shifted into high gear, leaving the locomotive far behind, entering some clouds and giving the watery masses of particles suspended in the atmosphere a ghostly violet hue.

M. Paraoux went into shock so M. Gerard had to operate the locomotive alone until the train arrived at the next station. 151.

[...]

151. Michel, Aime. Flying Saucers and the Straight-Line Mystery. p.95.

[Ref. lhh1:] LARRY HATCH - "*U* COMPUTER DATABASE":

3859: 1954/09/28 23:10 1 2:04:20 W 47:38:40 N 3333 WEU FRN LRA 6:7

St.NICOLAS de REDON,FR:2 RR MEN:DARK OBJ FOLOS TRAIN/15s:LITES CLOUDS

Ref# 30 FIGEUT[sic]&RUCHON: OVNI: Le 1er Dossier Page No. 93 : FARMLANDS

[Ref. goe1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

The Belgian ufologist indicates that in 1954, on September 28, in France, in St Nicolas de Redon, "At about 23:10 with at 'la Butte Rouge' two employees of the SNCF, Emile Gerard and Victor Paroux (and not: Bernard and Potraux), who brought back a locomotive from Nantes to Auray, saw a dark object take off while producing a violet gleam and follow them during 15 seconds before moving away suddenly while changing course. Mr. Paroux was so frightened that he fell sick and had to see a doctor."

The sources are noted "Jacques Vallée: 'Chronique des apparitions ET' - DENOEL 1972 - J'AI LU COLL. - p. 262" and "M. FIGUET/J.L. RUCHON: 'Ovni, le premier dossier complet..' - Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979, p. 93, 94".

[Ref. djn1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

Encounters With Aliens On This Day

September 28

[...]

1954 - At 11:10 p.m. near St. Nicolas de Redon, France two railroad engineers, Emile Gerard, age 49, and Victor Paroux, age 40, were bringing a locomotive from Nantes to Auray. When they reached "La Butte Rouge" they saw a dark object take off with a purple glow and follow them for 10-15 seconds before veering off. Mr. Paroux was so agitated he had to see a doctor. (Source: Le Parisien, September 30, 1954; Aime Michel, A propos des Soucoupes Volantes, p. 112; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia, p. 212-213; Michel Figeut [sic] & Jean-Louis Ruchon, OVNI: Le premier dossier complet des rencontres rapprochees en France, pp. 93-94).

[Ref. gdn1:] GEOFF DITTMAN:

Witness: Two railroad engineers, Bernard and Potraux

Location: Saint Nicolas de Redon, France

Date: September 28, 1954

Time: 23:10

The engineers’s train were followed by an object for approximately 15 seconds. Potraux "had to see a doctor." (Vallee, Passport to Magonia #163)

[Ref. jbu1:] JEROME BEAU:

September 1954

28

23:10 In Saint-Nicolas-de-Redon (France), at "la Butte Rouge" Bernard and Potraux, 2 employees of the SNCF, bring back a locomotive from Nantes to Auray, when they see a dark object take off while producing a violet gleam and follow them during 15 s before moving away suddenly while changing course. Potraux had to see a doctor.

The sources are noted as: "Le Parisien, L'Aurore, Combat, September 30, 1954"; "Vallée, J., Anatomy 70"; "Vallée, J., case #26, 'Rapport sur l'analyse de 200 observations documentées faites en 1954'"

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Loire Atlantique in St Nicolas de Redon on September 28, 1954 at 23:10, "At 'la Butte Rouge,' two employees of the S.N.C.F. who brought back a locomotive from Nantes to Auray, saw a dark object, of a certain length, take off from a marsh while producing a luminous violet trail and follow them during 15 seconds before moving away suddenly while changing course. One of the witnesses had to see a doctor."

The sources are noted: "Liste des cas Magonia by Jacques Vallée", "Les OVNI vus de près by Gross Patrick ** http://ufologie.net", "Ovni, Premier dossier complet... by Figuet M./ Ruchon J.L. ** Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979".

[Ref. uda1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 28 September 1954, in France, at 23:10 in St Nicolas De Redon, "An object was sighted that had an appearance and performance beyond the capability of known earthly aircraft. One object was observed by two experienced male witnesses on a farm for a few minutes (Bernard; Gerard)."

And: "At 11:10 p.m. near St. Nicolas de Redon, France two railroad engineers, Emile Gerard, age 49, and Victor Paroux, age 40, were bringing a locomotive from Nantes to Auray. When they reached "La Butte Rouge" they saw a dark object take off with a purple glow and follow them for 10-15 seconds before veering off. Mr. Paroux was so agitated he had to see a doctor."

The sources are listed as "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); Bowen, Charles, The Humanoids: FSR Special Edition No. 1, FSR, London, 1966; Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073); Vallee, Jacques, Challenge to Science: The UFO Enigma, Henry Regnery, Chicago, 1966; Vallee, Jacques, Preliminary Catalog (N = 500), (in JVallee01); Vallee, Jacques, A Century of Landings (N = 923), (in JVallee04), Chicago, 1969; Schoenherr, Luis, Computerized Catalog (N = 3173), Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002".

[Ref. uda2:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 28 September 1954, in France, at 23:10 in Saint Nicolas de Redon, "A dark object with a purple glow. Explanation: Birds."

And: "At "La Butte Rouge" two railroad engineers, Bernard and Potraux, who were bringing a locomotive from Nantes to Auray, saw a dark object take off with a purple glow and follow them for 15 seconds before veering off. Potraux had to see a doctor."

And: "A flying disc was observed and photographed. It moved with a falling-leaf motion."

And: "One disc, about 10 feet across, was observed by one witness at an airport for over four minutes (Guyard; Martinet). One dwarf, wearing a diver's suit, was seen."

The sources are listed as "Michel, Aime, Flying Saucers and the Straight-Line Mystery, S. G. Phillips, New York, 1958; Lorenzen, Coral E., Flying Saucer Occupants, Signet T3205, New York, 1967; Lorenzen, Coral E., Encounters with UFO Occupants, Berkley Medallion, New York, 1976, ISBN:425-03093-8; Plantier, Jean, La Propulsion des Soucoupes Volantes, Mame, 1955; Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073); Vallee, Jacques, Challenge to Science: The UFO Enigma, Henry Regnery, Chicago, 1966; Vallee, Jacques, Preliminary Catalog (N = 500), (in JVallee01); Schoenherr, Luis, Computerized Catalog (N = 3173); Binder, Otto, What We Really Know About Flying Saucers, Fawcett T1863, Greenwich, 1967; Olsen, Thomas M., The Reference for Outstanding UFO Sighting Reports, UFOIRC, Riderwood, 1966; Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002".

[Ref. wik1:] "WIKIPEDIA" (FR):

On September 28, 1954 a case of observation of UFO was reported in the press at La Butte Rouge, the drivers of a train saw a luminous machine rising from the marshes, it caught up with the engine and during ten seconds it followed it while flying over it at a few meters hardly.

The source is headlined "Un OVNI à la Butte Rouge (Archive)" and is a hyperlink pointing at my page.

[Ref. nip1:] "THE NICAP WEBSITE":

*Sep. 28, 1954 - At 11:10 p.m. near St. Nicolas de Redon, France two railroad engineers, Emile Gerard, age 49, and Victor Paroux, age 40, were bringing a locomotive from Nantes to Auray. When they reached "La Butte Rouge" they saw a dark object take off with a purple glow and follow them for 10-15 seconds before veering off. Mr. Paroux was so agitated he had to see a doctor. (Source: Le Parisien, September 30, 1954; Aime Michel, A propos des Soucoupes Volantes, p. 112; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia, p. 212-213; Michel Figuet & Jean-Louis Ruchon, OVNI: Le premier dossier complet des rencontres rapprochees en France, pp. 93-94).

[Ref. ubk1:] "UFO-DATENBANK":

This database recorded this case 10 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 Redon st Nicolas France CE I
19540928 28.09.1954 Redon France CE I
19540928 28.09.1954 St. Nicolas Redon France 23.00 CE I
19540928 28.09.1954 St. Nicolas Redon France CE I
19540928 28.09.1954 St. Nicolas Redon France CE I
19540928 28.09.1954 St. Nicolas Redon France
19540928 28.09.1954 Redon-St-Nicolas France
19540928 28.09.1954 St Nicolas France CE I
19540928 28.09.1954 St. Nicolas Redon France CE II
19540928 28.09.1954 St. Nicolas Redon France CE II

[Ref. prn2:] PETER ROGERSON - "INTCAT":

September 28 1954. 2310hrs.

SAINT NICHOLAS DE REDON (ILE ET VILLAINE; FRANCE)

At La Butte Rouge, railway engineers Messes Gerard and Paroux, who were bringing a locomotive from Nantes to Aurey, saw a long dark object flying just above the marsh, gaining altitude as it came towards them. It was luminous, dark red tinged with violet and followed the engine for about 10 seconds, only a few metres above the vehicle. Then it accelerated away to the west at high speed. Gerard was so shaken by the incident that he was feverish for several days.

Michel 1958b citing Parisien Libre 30 September 1954

Vallee Case 263 citing Le Parisien + L'Aurore + Combat all of 30 September 1954.

Explanations:

I first want to note that a cloud layer is not necessarily opaque, especially if the object above would be very luminous. Thus the reasoning "if it is under the clouds it is not a meteor", held by some ufologists on some occasions, is not a reasoning that I share.

Then there is a problem of place with Le Méridional [lml1] which indicates that the report comes from Redon in the Ille-et-Vilaine department and that the commune is Saint-Nicolas-de-Besson in the Ille-et-Vilaine. While Redon is indeed in the Ille-et-Vilaine, there is no Saint-Nicolas-de-Besson in this department. It is actually Saint-Nicolas-de-Redon, on the left bank of the Vilaine, one kilometer southeast of Redon.

Of two things one only can be correct:

- Either the versions of the Press that I have are faithful to the events, then, the "craft" might have been a meteor;

- Ot it is the version by Aimé Michel that would be correct, and then it would not be a meteor but something that could be an extraterrestrial craft.

What seems most likely to me is that Aimé Michel, got an exagterated version of the events written by Le Parisien Libéré...

But perhaps there was a local Press source giving this report of a higher strangeness than what was then told in the national press and other regions?

In the sources cited by [uda2], some do not talk of this case (Otto Binder, the Lorenzens).

Keywords:

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

St-Nicolas-de-Redon, Ille-et-Vilaine, Gérard, Paroux, Bernard, Potraux, Patroux, Emile Gérard, Victor Paroux, Butte du Rouge, object, dark, landing, purple, effect, train, multiple, SNCF, S.N.C.F., light, duration

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross November 7, 2006 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross February 21, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [goe1], [gdn1], [jbu1], [lcn1], [uda1], [uda2], [wik1].
1.1 Patrick Gross June 18, 2010 Addition [jve5].
1.2 Patrick Gross July 6, 2010 Addition [jve6].
1.3 Patrick Gross November 15, 2014 Addition [nip1].
1.4 Patrick Gross February 6, 2017 Addition [ubk1].
1.5 Patrick Gross September 28, 2019 Additions [fru1], [via1], [lgs1], [lgs2], [lhh1], [prn11], [prn2]. Explanations changed, was "Not looked for yet. Probable meteor."

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