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September 29, 1954, La Riche, Indre-et-Loire:

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

Summary:

In the 1990's, French ufologist and author Jean Sider learned in an article from the newspaper La Nouvelle République du Centre-Ouest for September 30, 1954, that on September 29, 1954, at 01:20 p.m., in La Riche, Tours, in the Indre-et-Loire, Gustave Rouillard and Roger Blaquement, employed at the House Jacquet of Tours, saw from their truck which circulated on the way to Sables, on the other side of the river Cher, a flattened ball as luminous as the sun, which dazzled them.

It rose almost vertically but on a slope towards the south, from a field of La Gloriette where it had been landed. This zone belongs to the commune of La Riche.

Citing the same Press source, the Touraine Insolite website indicated in 2009 in addition that the truck was on the "chemin des sables", that the ball was "6 to 7 m wide and 1m to 1 , 5 m high,", and rose almost vertically, but turning to the south.

About 2016, the British "skeptical" ufologist Peter Rogerson recorded the case, as coming from the Belgian ufology group GESAG citing the same Presse sources - but misspelled by Rogerson. The place is now Tours, Roger Blaquement changed to Roger Braquemont, Gustave Rouillard changed to Mr. Rouillard, and the sighting distance is said to be 500 or 600 meters.

Reports:

[Ref. js1:] JEAN SIDER:

French ufologist and author Jean Sider learned in an article from the newspaper La Nouvelle République du Centre-Ouest for September 30, 1954, that on September 29, 1954, at 01:20 p.m., in La Riche, Tours, in the Indre-et-Loire, Gustave Rouillard and Roger Blaquement, employed at the House Jacquet of Tours, saw from their truck which circulated on the way to Sables, on the other side of the river Cher, a flattened ball as luminous as the sun, which dazzled them.

It rose almost vertically but on a slope towards the south, from a field of La Gloriette where it had been landed. This zone belongs to the commune of La Riche.

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

3863: 1954/09/29 13:20 1 0:39:20 E 47:23:40 N 3333 WEU FRN I&L 7:8

La RICHE/TOURS,FR:3/TRUCK:XBRITE 7M OVOID/GND:RISES ^^ then >>S:/r217p86

Ref#194 LUMIERES dans la NUIT.(LDLN France) Issue No. 319 : ROAD+RAILS

[Ref. ed1:] EMMANUEL DEHLINGER:

The author (who thinks UFOs are created by "the military" who wants people to believe in aliens) mentions sightings in the Indre et Loire, including one on 29 September 1954 in La Riche.

[Ref. ti1:] "TOURAINE INSOLITE" WEBSITE:

The author of the website indicates that in Tours in "La Gloriette", on September 29, 1954, at 13:20, two witnesses circulate on board a truck on the "way of sands" when they observe on the other side of the [river] Cher a flattened and luminous ball which dazzles them. It was 6 to 7 m broad and 1m to 1,5 m in height. It rose almost vertically, but while obliquing towards the south of a field at the place "la Gloriette" where it was landed.

The source is indicated as "Nouvelle république du centre-ouest" for 09.30.54, and "LDLN No 319 P.6."

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Indre et Loire in La Riche on September 29, 1954 at 13:20, "Two witnesses circulate on board a truck on the way of the sands when they observe on the other side of the Cher a flattens ball and luminous that dazzles them. It was 6 to 7 m broad and 1m to 1,5 m in height. It rose almost vertically, but while obliquing towards the south of a field at the location 'La Gloriette' were it was posed."

The source is indicated as "Lumières dans la Nuit".

[Ref. ti2:] "TOURAINE INSOLITE" WEBSITE:

The webmaster says that Wednesday, September 29, 1954, Gustave Rouillard and his companion Roger Blaquemont, employees at the Jacquet house, left Tours and their truck circulated on the way of "Les Sables", now boulevard Louis XII, "Les Sables" being an old low rent suburb disappeared since, when they saw [apparently on] on the other side of the Cher a luminous and flattened ball, blinding like the sun, which measured at least 4 or 5 meters broad and approximately 1 meter to 1 meter fifty in height.

It rose almost vertically but while obliquing towards the South in direction of Joué-les-Tours from a field of "La Gloriette" where it had landed posed, a zone which is next to the town of Tours in the West.

The source is indicated as "Nouvelle république du centre-ouest for 09/30/54".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on September 29, 1954, at 13:20, in La Riche, France, "Three in truck see 7m long ovoid on ground. It rises vertically, then flies off rapidly to the south. An object was sighted that had an appearance and performance beyond the capability of known earthly aircraft. One ovoid object, about 20 feet across, was observed by three witnesses on a road for over one minute".

The sources are indicated as "Lumieres dans la Nuit, by Lumieres dans la Nuit; Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002".

[Ref. ti3:] "TOURAINE INSOLITE" FORUM :

Tours (La Gloriette) , on September 29, 1954, 01:20 p.m..

Two witnesses circulate on board a truck on the way of the sands when they observe on the other side of the Cher a flat and luminous ball which dazzles them. It was 6 to 7 m broad and 1m to 1,5 m in height. It rose almost vertically, but while obliquing towards the south of a field at the location "La Gloriette" where it was landed. Source: "Nouvelle république du centre-ouest" for 09.30.54 LDLN #319 P.6

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

*Sep. 29, 1954 - In La Riche, near Tours, France three witnesses in a truck saw a seven-meter long ovoid object on the ground near the road at 1:20 p.m. It rose vertically, then flew off to the south. (Source: Lumieres dans la Nuit, issue # 319).

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

September 29 1954. 1320hrs.

TOURS (INDRE ET LOIR : FRANCE)

Two clerks, Roger Braquemont and Mr. Rouillard, were on a lorry when they saw a very luminous flattened sphere standing on the south bank of the Cher river, 500-600m away. After about 30 seconds the object took off rapidly into the sky

GESAG 34 citing Nouvelle Republicain [sic] + Centre Ouest 30 September 1954.

Explanations:

Possible meteor.

When a meteor arrives from "behind the horizon", it may appear to be something that takes off.

Keywords:

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

La Riche, Indre-et-Loire, Gustave Rouillard, Roger Blaquement, Roger Braquemont, truck, road, daylight, ball, luminous, flattened, oval, landing, vertical, dazzled

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross June 5, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross November 12, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [lc1], [ud1].
1.1 Patrick Gross July 11, 2010 Addition [ti2].
1.2 Patrick Gross October 19, 2011 Addition [ti3].
1.3 Patrick Gross September 30, 2014 Addition [ni1].
1.4 Patrick Gross April 13, 2019 Additions [lh1], [pr2], Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet."

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