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October 2, 1954, Louhans, Saône-et-Loire:

Reference number for this case: 2-oct-54-Louhans. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Reports:

[Ref. bp1:] "LE BIEN PUBLIC" NEWSPAPER:

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A LOUHANS COMMERCER SAID TO HAVE OBSERVED A FLYING SAUCER IN A FIELD

Louhans (C.P.). - Appearances of flying saucers become more and more frequent.

The region of the Louhannais in turn has just been visited by one of these machines. A trader in Louhans, Mr. Emile Nicolas, agent of the Terro cycles in this city, did not believe in "saucers" or machines of the same kind.

Working by habit rather by night than by day, Mr. Nicolas was trying a scooter on the road from Louhans to Bourg-en-Bresse in the night from Saturday to Sunday. Arrived at the entrance of the pont de la Barque, he turned and then mechanically gazed into the semi-dark sky: he distinctly perceived a blackish mass descending vertically and landing on the ground. Mr. Nicolas gave us the following version: "As I usually do when I try a machine, I went as far as the pont [bridge] de la Barque. On my left a very black mass that descended from the sky vertically and landed in a meadow between the Dijon-Bourges railway line and the road about fifty meters from me. I stopped immediately to better observe the device which, as soon as it was on the ground, let escape through two openings of oval shape, a light, yellowish but very strong. Nothing moved. I stayed watching for at least 10 minutes the craft which measured about eight meters wingspan, Whose base was very cylindrical while the top formed a slight curve. I could not get closer, but I had the idea to go get Mr. Rodot who was in my workshop. I turned on my engine and as I put it on at full throttle, the lights went out and the craft rose very quickly vertically. I returned to the place with Mr. Rodot but we saw nothing."

Fearful of being called a prankster, Mr. Nicolas had not spoken of his adventure to his entourage. It is only yesterday that he made mention of it when he saw in the Press the numerous testimonies brought on this matter.

[Ref. fd1:] "FRANCE-DIMANCHE" NEWSPAPER:

This weekley newspaper published a series of third hand drawings of some of the different shapes of flying saucers allegedly reported in France in 1954:

Louhans (Saône-et-Loire)

Interesting saucer by the remarkable harmony of the colors of its body, with orange cupola, black body, port-holes with intermittent lighting. Six meters large. Sighted on the ground by Mr. Emile Nicolas.

[Ref. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

Listing a number of sightings dated the October 2, 1954, Aimé Michel mentions an observation at this day in Louhans in Burgundy, 10 kilometers west of a line joining the observation sites of Morestel, Bourg, Savigny and Poncey.

He only adds that the case was a very interesting saucer landing.

[Ref. mc1:] "MICHEL CARROUGES":

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

[Ref. jv5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

177 -005.21721 46.66500 02 10 1954 LOUHANS F 001 C** 175

[Ref. ld3] "LUMIERES DANS LA NUIT":

In a list of cases of the 1954 French flap that were estimated to need an investigation or a counter-investigation, the magazine noted:

"10/2/54 Louhans"

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

The two ufologists, journalists and authors, based themselves on newspaper clippings in their personal files and indicate that on October 2, 1954, 30 minutes after midday in Louhans in the Saône-et-Loire, a mechanic in bicycles and motorbikes, Emile Nicolas, who had worked very late to finish the repair of the scooter of the one of his customers, tested this scooter on the road of Bourg, at the exit of Louhans.

When he crossed the bridge of La Barque, he saw a mass going down vertically and landing in a meadow, between the road and the railway line from Dijon to Saint-Love, at about fifty meters of him.

As soon as it was on the ground, the machine let escape a yellowish but very strong light by two openings of oval design. Mr. Nicolas, who had stopped to observe the machine, told:

"It seemed to be cylindrical to me, with a light higher bulge. It measured 8 to 10 meters of length. Nothing moved. I did not dare to approach. On the contrary, I became frightened. I had the engine start and I set out at full speed. At this time, the lights extinguished and the apparatus took off without noise, vertically."

[Ref. jv2:] JACQUES VALLEE:

The author indicates that on October 2, 1954, near Louhans, in the immediate vicinity of Branges, an apparatus surmounted of a dome was seen on the ground between the road and the rails of the railroad. Openings were discernible, through which a strong yellow light shone.

[Ref. jv1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

179

Oct. 02, 1954, 02:30 Louhans (France).

In the immediate vicinity of case in Branges, Mr. Nicolas saw a craft with a dome on top, on the ground between the road and the railroad tracks. Through some openings a strong yellow light shone. (33; M 109) (Bourgogne Républicaine, October 3, 1954).

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

The two authors indicate that on October 2, 1954 at 02:30 in Louhans in the Saone-et-Loire, at the location called "pont de la Barque" ("bridge of the Boat"), Emile Nicolas, a mechanic riding his scooter saw a dark mass at low altitude.

The mass descended from the sky and landed in a meadow, less than one hundred meters of him, between the road and the railroad from Dijon to Saint-Amour.

He stopped to observe the object, which was cylindrical with a dome and measured from 8 to 10 meters. Two yellowish lights spouted out of it.

He did not dare to approach. The object took off vertically.

[Ref. lg1] LOREN GROSS:

"Domed craft." October 1st.

It was reported by a M. Nicolas that a "domed craft" landed at a spot between some tracks and a road near Louhans, France. The craft had windows or some kind of ports in the side that were lit by yellow-colored light. 11.

  • Bourgagne [sic] Republicaine. 3 October 54.

[Ref. go1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

Belgian ufologist Godelieve van Overmeire notes in her catalogue that in France, in 1954, on October 2, in Louhans (the Saone et Loire) at 2:30, in the immediate surroundings of the case of Branges, Mr. Nicolas saw a craft, topped by a dome, posed on the ground between the road and the railway. Through some openings a strong yellow light shone.

The source is noted: "Bourgogne Républicaine, 3 Oct. 1954".

The ufologist indicates that another version is: Emile Nicolas, mechanic, worked very late completing the repair of the scooter of a customer and tests this machine on the road of Bourg towards 02:30 of the night. He sees a dark mass go down vertically and land in a meadow between the road and the railway, 50 m of him. At once at the ground the craft lets escape by two oval openings a very strong, yellowish light. Mr. Nicolas stopped and observes the object: "it seemed to to me cylindrical with a slight higher bulge. It measured from 8 to 10 m in length. Nothing moved. I did not dare to approach. On the contrary, I became frightened, I started the motor again and departed full throttle. At this time the lights tuned off and the crafttook off without noise vertically".

The source is noted: Garreau and Lavier in "Face aux extra-terrestres" - Delarge 1975 - J'ai Lu, p. 217.

[Ref. jb1:] JEROME BEAU:

Jerome Beau indicates that on Saturday, October 2, 1954, at "02:30 In Louhans (France, in the immediate vicinity of the case of Branges the day before), Mr. Nicolas sees 1 machine topped of a dome posed on the ground between the road and the railroad. Through some openings a strong yellow light shines".

Jérôme Beau indicates as sources: Bourgogne Républicaine, October 3, 1954; Vallée, J., case Nr.41, "Rapport sur l'analyse de 200 observations documentées faites en 1954".

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates in his database that in the Saone et Loire in Louhans on October 2, 1954, at 02:30 hours, at the location "pont de la Barque", "a mechanic driving a scooter sees at low altitude a dark mass which goes down from the sky and lands close to him, at less than one hundred meters of him, between the road and the railway Dijon/St Amour. He stops to observe the object, it is cylindrical with a dome and 8 to 10 meters. Two yellowish lights spout out. The witness does not dare to approach. The object takes off vertically."

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

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 2 October 1954 at 02:30 in Louhans, France, "A craft with a dome on top, with a strong yellow light, on the ground."

"In the immediate vicinity of the sighting on the day before (October 1) in Louhans, France, Mr. Nicolas saw a domed disc on the ground at 2:30 a.m. between the road and the railroad tracks. Through some openings in the object a strong yellow light shone."

"Mr. Nicolas saw a craft with a dome on top, on the ground between the road and the railroad tracks. Through some openings a strong yellow light shone."

"A green fireball was observed. One yellow ball, about 5 feet across, was observed by four single female witnesses on a farm for over 15 minutes."

The sources are indicated as Guieu, Jimmy, Flying Saucers Come from Another World, Citadel, New York, 1956; Michel, Aime, Flying Saucers and the Straight-Line Mystery, S. G. Phillips, New York, 1958; Poher, Claude, Etudes Statistiques Portant sur 1000 Temoignag, Author, undated; FSR, FSR (formerly Flying Saucer Review), FSR, London, 1966; 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. ni1:] "THE NICAP WEBSITE":

*Oct. 2, 1954 - In the immediate vicinity of the sighting on the day before (October 1) in Louhans, France, Mr. Nicolas saw a domed disc on the ground at 2:30 a.m. between the road and the railroad tracks. Through some openings in the object a strong yellow light shone. (Sources: Bourgogne Republicaine, October 3, 1954; Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 109; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia, p. 215).

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

This database recorded the case 6 times:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541002 02.10.1954 Louhans France CE I
19541002 02.10.1954 Louhans France CE I
19541002 02.10.1954 Louhans France CE I
19541002 02.10.1954 Louhans France CE I
19541002 02.10.1954 Louhans France CE I
19541002 02.10.1954 Louhans France CE I
19541002 02.10.1954 Louhans France

Explanations:

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Keywords:

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

Louhans, Saône-et-Loire, Emile Nicolas, motorbike, road, daylight, craft, object, apparatus, cylinder, portholes, cigar, silent, vertical, dome, landing, road, railroad, light, yellow

Sources:

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross March 27, 2003 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross February 27, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [go1], [jb1], [lc1], [ud1].
1.1 Patrick Gross March 14, 2010 Addition [mc1].
1.1 Patrick Gross June 19, 2010 Addition [jv5].
1.2 Patrick Gross October 2, 2014 Addition [ni1].
1.3 Patrick Gross December 12, 2016 Additions [ld3], [lg1], [ub1].
1.4 Patrick Gross January 7, 2017 Additions [ld3], [lg1], [ub1].

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