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October 29, 1954, Mesples, Allier:

Reference number for this case: 29-Oct-54-Mesples. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Reports:

[Ref. lm1:] "LA MONTAGNE" NEWSPAPER:

The article underneath has been published in the daily regional newspaper La Montagne, of Clermont-Ferrand, France, on page 5 on October 30-31, 1954.

I WAS FOLLOWED BY A FLYING SAUCER
The story of a voung schoolboy terrified by a mysterious machine

Montlucon – a big commotion reigned yesterday morning at the Huriel complementary course. The pupils, usually noisy, for the majority, had formed an attentive circle around one their comrades. Jean-Pierre Coubret, 14 years old, resident of Saint-Palais, told them his amazing encounter with a "flying saucer:" a mysterious disc, haloed of red, chased him for a few seconds, whereas he was going to the school. Two inhabitants of Mesples also observed the phenomenon, but do not dare to formulate any hypothesis.

A disc haloed in red

Jean-Pierre Coubret, pupil of the fifth grade at the Huriel complementary course, returns twice per week to Saint-Palais at his parents: on Wednesday and Saturday evenings. Yesterday morning, he returned to the school by motorcycle as usual. Around 8 o'clock, after having crossed the borough of Mesples, at the top of the hill, he suddenly sees a large red disc vis-a-vis the sun. He hardly pays attention to it and continuous to ride while however observing the phenomenon at the corner of the eye. Suddenly, the disc moves, it makes an abrupt jump which brings it closer to the ground. Puzzled, the child stops. The "flying saucer" rotates quickly while moving in the sky. Remarkable characteristic: that was not like the others in a horizontal position, but it evolved with its side vertically oriented. It appeared as a large disc of silver plated color which collected the reflections of the sun. Around the machine a sometimes pink halo, sometimes turning into purple, leaves an impressive luminous trail when the disc moves.

"The saucer rushes towards me"

The child looks at the disk with curiosity, still far away: but suddenly, the machine dives onto him at full speed. Frantic with fright, the young schoolboy goes onto his motor-cycle and takes an immediate U turn. The fear makes him lose the control of his machine and the engine stalls twice. He accelerates as much as he can, throwing terrorized glances behind him.

"I had the clear impression, he told us, that during a few seconds, the saucer was chasing me." Stumbling and pale, he rushes into the first house which he saw, in the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Gentil, farmers in Mesples. "Come see quickly, I am afraid, a saucer is pursuing me!" Mrs. Gentil goes out of the house: "Initially I was dazzled by the sun and I did not see anything, she told us, but when I focused well, when the eyes were accustomed to the light, I also saw a disc: it was at least three times larger than the sun and surrounded by red and purple reflections. It moved rather quickly, and it made several passes in front of the sun: one would have said that it rotated quickly, but I then again I cannot say if it was a "saucer" for I do not know how saucers look like."

And suddenly the mysterious machine disappeared without any noise. Nothing remains in the sky except for the sun continuing to bathe the fields with its already warm rays.

Hallucination?

Mr. and Mrs. Gentil refuse to give explanations to this phenomenon. With excellent common sense, they do not want "to ride" on a case which appears quite mysterious to them. Mrs. Gentil specifies this well with the gendarmes of Huriel who came on the location. But it nevertheless remains certain that she saw this three time bigger than the sun disk.

As for the young Jean-Pierre, he is positive; and the information which his teachers give us is far from presenting him as an unbalanced child: he works well in in the courses. Besides, it is enought to look at his open and intelligent face to exclude the idea of an hallucination.

Moreover our questions intimidate him, which well proves that this is not a completely made up joke by a mischievous kid. Besides he could not had faked such an intense fright yesterday morning. Mrs. Gentil is formal about this.

The news naturally spread like a running dog. Jean-Pierre Coubret became a star in the eyes of his comrades of the complementary course.

Many people remain skeptics regarding this apparition of a new "flying saucer" in the sky of the Montluçon area. This is so with all those who do not see these strange machines to disbelieve what the others tell.

[Ref. le1:] "LE MERIDIONAL" NEWSPAPER:


A kid "chased"
"by a saucer"!

MONTLUCON. -- The gendarmes of Huriel came to collect the testimony of a farmer of Mesples, Mrs. Gentil, in the house of which a 14 year old schoolboy had sought refuge, exclaiming:

"Come quickly see, I'm afraid, a saucer is chasing me."

Mrs. Gentil went outside on her doorstepand did not see anything at all initially. However, scanning the sky, she saw in her turn a disc "three times as large as the sun, tinted of red and purple. The machine rotated quickly, then it disappeared suddenly".

Young Jean-Pierre Coudret, resident of Saint-Palais (the Allier), was going by motorbike to the complementary course at Huriel when, according to his claims, around 8 hours, he saw, at the exit of the borough of Mesples, a large disc facing the sun which suddenly started moving, approaching the grond at high speed.

The kid, puzzled, stopped to observe the phenomenon. The "saucer" - a weird fact - stood vertically and not in an horizontal position. It appeared as a large disc of silver color, sometimes haloed red, sometimes haloed purple and leaving in its wake a luminous trail.

The young schoolboy, more and more concerned, had the clear impression then that the machine dove towards him. Terrified, he climbed his motorbike and made half-turn, going towards Mesples, where he entered in the first farm.

A luminous machine crosses the sky of Vals-les-Bains

VALS-LES-BAINS (C.P.).
An object of round form emitting a sharp reddish-orange gleam crossed at a very high speed the sky of our city.

This phenomenon was seen by many inhabitants of the various districts of the city.

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


"COME QUICKLY, I'M AFRAID
a saucer is chasing me"

MONTLUCON. -- The gendarmes of Huriel came to collect the testimony of a farmer of Mesples, Mrs. Gentil, in the house of which a 14 year old schoolboy had sought refuge, exclaiming:

"Come quickly see, I'm afraid, a saucer is chasing me."

Mrs. Gentil went outside on her doorstepand did not see anything at all initially. However, scanning the sky, she saw in her turn a disc "three times as large as the sun, tinted of red and purple. The machine rotated quickly, then it disappeared suddenly".

Young Jean-Pierre Coudret, resident of Saint-Palais (the Allier), was going by motorbike to the complementary course at Huriel when, according to his claims, around 8 hours, he saw, at the exit of the borough of Mesples, a large disc facing the sun which suddenly started moving, approaching the grond at high speed.

The kid, puzzled, stopped to observe the phenomenon. The "saucer" - a weird fact - stood vertically and not in an horizontal position. It appeared as a large disc of silver color, sometimes haloed red, sometimes haloed purple and leaving in its wake a luminous trail.

The young schoolboy, more and more concerned, had the clear impression then that the machine dove towards him. Terrified, he climbed his motorbike and made half-turn, going towards Mesples, where he entered in the first farm.

[Ref. jg1:] JIMMY GUIEU:

Jimmy Guieu reports that on October 29, 1954, Jean-Pierre Coubret, a 14 year old young person of Saint-Palais in the Allier, was riding his motorcycle to go attend the Huriel complementary course towards 8 o'clock, when he saw a large disc vis-a-vis the sun at the exit of the borough of Mesple.

The disc suddenly started to move and approached the ground at high speed.

Jean Pierre Coubret was intrigued and stopped to observe the phenomenon.

Jimmy Guieu reports that the flying saucer stood vertically and not horizontally, and appeared as a large disc of silver plated color sometimes haloed in red and sometimes haloed in purple, and leaving a luminous trail in its wake.

Jean-Pierre Coubret was increasingly anxious and had the clear impression that the machine was after him. He was seized by panic and went up on his motor-cycle, made a complete-turn and started to drive until he reached Mesple and there he entered the first farm of the village while shouting:

"Come see it! I'm afaraid, a saucer is after me."

A farmer, Mrs. Gentil, run to him and was also struck to see an enormous tinted luminous disc of red and purple, turning in the sky, which turned more and more quickly, and abruptly disappeared, it in what Jimmy Guieu sees a proof of the possibility for the saucers of making itself invisible.

[Ref. jv5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

399 -002.35521 46.43100 29 10 1954 (MESPLES-ALLIER) F 001244 G

[Ref. jv1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

321

Oct. 29, 1954, 07:45, Mesples (France).

A 14-year-old child sought asylum in the farmhouse owned by Mrs. Gentil, crying that he had been chased by a saucer. A disk three times as large as the sun, red and purple, spinning rapidly, was seen descending swiftly toward the ground and then it vanished. Investigation by local police. (Personal.)

[Ref. jv2:] JACQUES VALLEE:

#169. October 29. In Mesples, close to Montlucon, a disc standing on the section and whirling very quickly descended quickly towards the ground. There were two witnesses to see it disappearing suddenly in the sky. It was 7:50 in the morning.

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

The two authors indicate that in Mesples in the department of Allier around 8 o'clock in the morning of October 29, 1954, after having crossed the borough of Mesples, at the top of a hill, a teenager suddenly saw a large disc of silver plated color collecting the reflections of the sun.

Around the machine, an aureole sometimes rosy sometimes turning purple leaves an impressive luminous trail when it moves. It is vis-a-vis the sun; he hardly pays attention and continues his travel, observing it from time to time.

Suddenly, this disc moves and makes a jump which brings it closer to the ground. Intrigued, the schoolboy stops. The discoïdal apparatus rotates quickly while moving in the sky. The machine moves in a vertical position, on the section.

Suddenly, it gos towards the witness at great pace. Siezed by an intense fright, the young schoolboy stalls his engine twice and accelerates as much as he can, throwing behind himself terrorized glances.

Stumbling and livid, he rushes in the residence of a couple of farmers in Mesples. "Come see quickly, I am afraid, a saucer follows me!" They accompany the child, and they observe the object which evolves above the hedges and the brooms, passing several times in front of the sun. Suddenly, the mysterious machine disappears without noise.

The authors indicate as sources Vallée, Quincy, and the newspapers La Montagne for October 30, 1954 and L'Echo Républicain for November 1, 1954.

[Ref. lg1] LOREN GROSS:

October 29th. Mesples, France. (7:45 a.m.)

M. Gentil was in her farmhouse the morning of October 29th when he heard a frantic knocking at her front door. She opened the door and found a weeping teenage girl who was seeking safety because she was being "chased by a saucer." Outside in the sky a whirling, red and purple colored disc could be seen. The thing soon dropped to a lower altitude and disappeared. The local police took an interest in the incident. 232.

  • Rogerson, Peter. "The Catalogue" MUFOB New Series 4. Autumn 1976. #38. p.7.

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Allier in Mesples on October 29, 1954 at 08:00 hours "Towards 8 o'clock, after having crossed the borough of Mesples, at the top of a hill, the witness, a teenager, suddenly sees a large disc of silver color picking up the reflections of the sun: around the craft, an aureole sometimes rosy sometimes purplished leaves impressive luminous trails when it moves. It[/he] is oposite the sun; he hardly pays attention and continues his trip to it while observing it with the corner of the eye. Suddenly, this disc moves and makes a jump which brings it closer to the ground. Puzzled, the schoolboy stops. The discoid apparatus rotates quickly while moving in the sky. The machine moves in a vertical position, on the section. Suddenly, it moves towards the witness at great pace. Taken of an intense fright, the young schoolboy stalls the engine twice and accelerates as much as he can, throwing back terrorized glances."

"Stumbling and pale, he rushes into the home of a couple of farmers in Mesples. "Quick, come to look, I am afraid, a saucer is chasing me!" They accompany the child, they observe the object which moves above the hedges and the brooms, it passes several times in front of the sun."

"Suddenly, the mysterious machine disappears without noise."

The source is noted: "Ovni, Premier dossier complet... by Figuet M./ Ruchon J.L. ** Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 29 October 1954 at 07:45 in Mesples, France, "A disk three times as large as the sun, red and purple, spinning rapidly".

And: "At 7:45 a.m. in Mesples, France a 14-year-old boy sought asylum in the farmhouse owned by Mrs. Gentil, screaming that he was being chased by a flying saucer. A disc three times the apparent diameter of the sun, red and purple in color, and spinning rapidly, was seen descending swiftly toward the ground. It then vanished. There was an investigation of the incident by the local police."

And: "A 14-year-old child sought asylum in the farmhouse owned by Mrs. Gentil, crying that he had been chased by a saucer. A disk three times as large as the sun, red and purple, spinning rapidly, was seen descending swiftly toward the ground and then it vanished. Investigation by local police."

And: "An object was sighted that had an appearance and performance beyond the capability of known earthly aircraft."

And: "One red saucer was observed by two female witnesses, typical age 14, on a farm for five minutes."

The sources are noted as Guieu, Jimmy, Flying Saucers Come from Another World, Citadel, New York, 1956; 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. ud2:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 1 November 1954 in the morning in Mesples, France, there was a sighting.

The source is said to be: "Newspaper Clippings".

[Ref. ud3:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 2 November 1954 at 08:00 in Mesples, France, "An unidentified object was sighted, but with appearance and behavior that most likely would have a conventional explanation. One object was observed by two witnesses."

The source is noted as: Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073).

[Ref. lm2:] "LA MONTAGNE" NEWSPAPER'S WEBSITE:

[... Other case ... ]

In Saint-Palais (the Aliier), a schoolboy tells that a flying saucer chased him.

[... Other case ... ]

[Ref. dj1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

1954 - At 7:45 a.m. in Mesples, France a 14-year-old boy sought asylum in the farmhouse owned by Mrs. Gentil, screaming that he was being chased by a flying saucer. A disc three times the apparent diameter of the sun, red and purple in color, and spinning rapidly, was seen descending swiftly toward the ground. It then vanished. There was an investigation of the incident by the local police. (Sources: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 240, case 321; Jimmy Guieu, Flying Saucers Come from Another World, p. 232).

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

*Oct. 29, 1954 - At 7:45 a.m. in Mesples, France a 14-year-old boy sought asylum in the farmhouse owned by Mrs. Gentil, screaming that he was being chased by a flying saucer. A disc three times the apparent diameter of the sun, red and purple in color, and spinning rapidly, was seen descending swiftly toward the ground. It then vanished. There was an investigation of the incident by the local police. (Sources: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 240, case 321; Jimmy Guieu, Flying Saucers Come from Another World, p. 232).

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

This database recorded the case several times with various errors:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541029 29.10.1954 Mesples France 08.00 CE I
19541029 29.10.1954 Mesples France CE I
19541029 29.10.1954 Mesples France CE I
19541029 29.10.1954 Mesples France
19541029 29.10.1954 Mesples France 08.00 CE I
19541101 01.11.1954 Mesples France Morgens
19541029 29.10.1954 Mesples France
19541102 02.11.1954 Mesples France 08.00
19541108 08.11.1954 Huriel Mesples France 08.00

Explanations:

Not looked for yet.

Keywords:

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

Mesples, Allier, child, saucer, object, chase, disk, red, purple, spinning, police, afraid, multiple, low, manoeuvres, fast

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross April 17, 2006 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross March 5, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [lc1], [ud1], [ud2], [ud3].
1.1 Patrick Gross July 1, 2010 Addition [jv5].
1.2 Patrick Gross October 22, 2011 Addition [lm2].
1.3 Patrick Gross October 30, 2011 Addition [jv2], [dj1]. A search on the web and in my documentation did not reveal other sources.
1.4 Patrick Gross October 19, 2014 Addition [ni1].
1.5 Patrick Gross November 30, 2016 Addition [ub1].
1.6 Patrick Gross December 13, 2016 Addition [lg1].

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