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September 30, 1954, Blanzy, Saône-et-Loire:

Reference number for this case: 30-sep-54-Blanzy. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Reports:

[Ref. nm1:] "NORD-MATIN" NEWSPAPER:

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A flying cigar landed in Blanzy

Yesterday, around 1 p.m., MM. Burato and Bastiani, living in Blanzy, aged 20, saw at 100 meters from the road where they were traveling, a machine in the form of a shell, brown, landed in a plowed field. The device emitted a fairly soft whistling sound. This is actually what caught their attention.

Suffocated by this apparition, they no less put the feet on the ground to go closer, but the craft suddenly rose vertically and disappeared at breakneck speed.

"It was not an optical illusion," said MM. Burano and Bastiani, who are perfectly balanced young men, excellent cyclists well known in Burgundy, in addition.

[Ref. vm1:] "VAR-MATIN-REPUBLIQUE" NEWSPAPER:

Flying saucers (continued)

"A roadmender sees a strange apparatus posed on the ground, with assistance of crutches! But when he approached of the craft, he is paralyzed by an invisible ray."

Melun, October 2.

Several roadmenders of the Bridges and Road who worked under the rain at the edge of the Coulommiers-Meaux road, not far from the Quincy-Voisin airfield, stated they saw a flying saucer.

One of them, Mr. Bernard Goujon, 30 year-old, claimed to have seen in a field, on the left of the road, at approximately 200 meters of him, at the foot of a group of poplars, a strange apparatus of oval form, measuring approximately three meters in diameter and of a height of 2,50m. "It was, he said, posed on the ground with the assistance of three rather high crutches. Its higher part comprised a small translucent cupola that seemed made of plastic. The whole of the craft was of a metal shining like aluminum."

Mr. Goujon told that he had wanted to approach the craft but when he arrived at approximately 150 meters, he felt tickling as if "an invisible electric ray" were aimed at him.

"I felt, he said, paralyzed, and my sight was slightly scrambled. I then saw the saucer rise very slowly, without noise, in the manner of a falling leaf up to 25 meters of the ground. It was motionless one moment, then, still without noise nor any luminous trail, it disappeared at sharp pace."

On the ground, traces of approximately 10 cm depth were found.

A shining ball.

Quillant. -- Yesterday afternoon, Mr. Saboureau, bar owner in Belestre (the Ariège), saw in the sky, a brilliant ball. The craft machine which moved rather slowly and without noise, was followed, he said, of a trail of gray smoke.

A strong whistling sound.

Montceau-les-Mines. -- Two bricklayers, Misters Romain Sebastiani and Buratte, both cyclists racing with the velocipedic union of Roanne, stated to have seen at the edge of the road of Blanzy, in Montceau, a machine taking off with a strong whistling sound. The craft, they said, was cigar-shaped, of very dark yellow color, of three meters in length and a diameter of approximately 60 to 85 cm.

Sailors report their sightings.

Brest. -- Mr. Arsène Stephan, second in command of a cargo ship which made a stopover in Brest, declared that during the night from September 23 to 24, whereas the boat was in the Bay of Biscay, at 44° 48' north and 4°50', he had seen a star four times larger than the others. Two of its sailors, who were at his sides also made the same observation. With the binocular, they noted that it was an object in which the green reflections appeared at times.

Last Thursday, at dayfall, a sailor who was conducting the tanker "Port Lyautey" saw, within less than 500 meters of him, a craft in the shape of a saucer and red in color skim the surface of water, to then go up fast and vertically, and to disappear while leaving a red flame.

An aerial blowtorch.

Caudry. -- Three workmen of St Hilaire les Cambrai claimed to have seen, this morning at 6, a strange luminous machine which trailed in its continuation a white gleam comparable with that of a blowtorch.

[Ref. nr2:] "LA NOUVELLE REPUBLIQUE DU CENTRE OUEST" NEWSPAPER:

The seven workers of the quarry of Marcilly-sur-Vienne told us their strange adventure

The seven concordant testimonies of the workers of a quarry in Marcilly-sur-Vienne who, on Thursday, around 4:30 p.m., saw near them a mysterious craft and its passenger, intrigued the people of the region.

We were able to interview Mr. Georges Gatey, chief of the building site and main witness of the event, as well as his six comrades.

We report the impression that these men are sincere and trustworthy. Their statements, they confirmed them Friday and Saturday to professional investigators who did not fail, in their turn, to be impressed by the emphasis of sincerity of the witnesses.

Mr. Gatey and his five workers were busy pulling sand and gravel from a quarry near the road near Marcilly. Everyone was at his workplace, some with a mechanical shovel, others with a hoist. Mr. Gatey was on the sidelines, closer to the end of the quarry. He was the first to see the machine, a device of circular shape surmounted by a dome, apparently equipped with blades similar to those of a helicopter.

The machine was standing motionless one meter from the ground, the blades turning very rapidly. It did not land on the ground.

A man of small size, 1.50 m to 1.55 m approximately

Wearing a helmet of opaque material on the head, resembling scrambled glass, dressed in a combination of neutral tone, booted with booties, it stood next to it. He had in his hand a kind of big revolver or a pipe, and on the chest a very brilliant disc, emitting a jet of intense light.

No one in the quarry, which lies below several meters from the road and the surrounding grounds, had seen the apparatus arrive and no one heard it. Everyone was busy at work and the machines that worked at the same time were very noisy.

Mr. Gatey is formal: the machine remained there for a half minute, enough time to be able to examine it. The site supervisor is an excellent draftsman. His first reflex, after his astonishment, was to run to the tent of the site to get a paper, a pencil and draw the sketch of

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the extraordinary machine and its occupant.

My legs were cut

"But my legs were cut," he said, "and I could not take a step, nailed to the ground certainly by the effects of the luminous ray emitted by the man.

Mr. Gatey was at that moment about fifteen meters from the craft and two meters below. He saw it from below. The machine, it should be pointed out, was at the entrance of the quarry, on the edge of the excavation, 3 meters from the road. On this road came a truck which came to get a load at the quarry, driven by M. Amirault, who saw the quarry men look towards the entrance of the shipyard, and he also looked. He saw "something gray" that was not there usually. This thing rose in the air.

That's it

Mr. Gatey also told us: "The man climbed back into his craft without I being able to tell by where, and then the craft rose vertically in jerks and a noise like the jet engines Of fighter planes. At 200 meters of altitude, roughly, it emitted a fog that completely concealed it and disappeared before our eyes."

"That's it," said the other witnesses of the scene.

Moved to the vicinity of fear, then men tacitly shut up about their adventure of the afternoon when in the evening they found themselves in the small restaurant of Parçay-aux-Vienne where they take their meal.

It was not until much later, around 7:30 p.m. or 20 p.m., that they decided to speak.

Alone, I would not have said anything

"If I had been been alone, I would never have said anything about it," said Mr. Gatey, for fear of being the laughing stock of the country.

The site supervisor had gone to the edge of the quarry to see whether the craft had left any traces. He hoped to find some burned grass but there was nothing like it, only the grass soiled and trampled by trucks.

The 7 men, 6 of them at least being 30 years old, are sympathetically known in the area where they have been working for some time and there is no reason to suppose that they have attempted to set up a huge joke. Mr. Gatey drew from memory the silhouette of the craft and its passenger.

His comrades, MM. René Rougier, André Beurrois, André Sèche, Georges Lubanowich and Maurice Dubrocs, in the presence of the sketch, affirmed: "It is this shape that the apparatus in question had." The craft could measure 4 m. 50 in diameter and 2 meters in thickness. It was gray.

In [?] of Bressuire

[Missing part]

[en]terprise Goursault of Melle, came back to start their air compressor.

In the Indre

Châteauroux, 3. - Mrs. widow Janiki, residing in the village of Le Cerisier, commune of Levroux (Indre), told the Gendarmerie that she had seen in the sky a luminous machine with a diameter of about 3 meters and which Was at the height of the buildings.

Ms. widow Lacotte witnessed the same phenomenon.

Mrs. Baron of Vatan (the Indre), said she saw last night a luminous ball in the sky.

She alerted her husband, as well as about fifteen people from her neighborhood, all of whom saw the yellow-greenish craft rising and falling in the sky at a very high altitude.

In the Nièvre

Nevers, 3. -- A representative of an insurance company in Clamecy and several residents of Corbigny said they saw an orange luminous disc moving in the sky.

SAINT BRIEUC

Several people claimed to have seen, at 300 or 400 meters from them, last night, around 8:45 p.m., a "flying cigar", at an altitude of about 50 meters.

LILLE

Mr. Anicet Corneille, an agricultural worker, said he saw a cigar-shaped craft 8 to 10 meters long by 3 meters in thickness last night in Comines; which evolved at about forty meters in height and emitted a sharp violet glow.

MONTCEAU-LES-MINES

Two bricklayers, MM. Romain Sebastiani and Buratto, both cyclist racers, said they saw a craft take off with a shrill whistle along the road from Blanzy to Montceau.

A written question to the Minister of the Air

In a written question, Mr. Jean Nocher, Deputy for the Loire, informed the Secretary of the Air about the emotion aroused in the public by the numerous and various testimonies concerning the "flying saucers".

He asked him "if his predecessors in the Secretary of State for the Air had been concerned, as in the US and U.S.S.R., to open an investigation about the presence in our atmosphere of unidentified flying objects?

"If so, he asks him to publish the results of these investigations, if not, he asks him to set up a committee widely extended to all the scientific branches concerned in order to study this phenomenon objectively."

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

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

[Ref. hw1:] HAROLD T. WILKINS:

The author indicates that in Blanzy in the Saone-et-Loire, two men saw a cigar-shaped thing in a freshly plowed field. It was about six feet long with a pointed yellow terminal, the rest of it was dark brown. As they approached, the fusiform object rose into the sky vertically.

[Ref. jv1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

The author indicates that on October 1, 1954, an object in the shape of a cigar flew away vertically at the time when two brick-makers approached, on the road between Blanzy and Montceau (France). It made a noise comparable to a soft whistle.

[Ref. mc1:] MICHEL CARROUGES:

Michel Carrouges reports that on October 1, 1954, at 13:00 p.m. in broad daylight, in Blanzy in the Saone-et-Loire, two young workmen, Romain Bastiani and Bruno Buratto, riding bicycles on the road, had their attention first drawn by a light whistling sound. They then looked around and saw in a nearby field, at 100 meters approximately, a strange object in the shape of a cigar. The account in France-Soir for October 3, 1954, goes:

"The machine was approximately 2 meters long and had the width of a tree. The pointed end was yellow, the remainder of the cigar, brown. In the front of the machine, two feet which hung (sic) rested on the ground. At the time when we were going to approach the apparatus, the cigar rose vertically, at high speed, before disappearing with a very gentle whistle."

[Ref. jv2:] JACQUES VALLEE:

170

Oct. 01, 1954 01:00 P.M. Blanzy (France).

Two bricklayers, Sebastiani and Buratto, approached a cigar-shaped object 3 m long, 80 cm wide, which took off from the ground with a whistling sound. The pointed section of the object was yellow, the rest brown. From the fore part, two appendages extended to the ground.

(30) (Le Figaro, Le Parisien, Oct. 2, 1954; La Croix, France-Soir, Paris-Presse, Oct. 3, 1954).

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

The two French authors and ufologists report an observation to Blanzy in Haute-Saône on September 30, 1954 to 13 hours.

The witnesses are two cyclists, Romain de Bastiani and Bruno Burato, aged of respectively 21 and 20, who were going to their work on the road of Blanzy, in the Saint-Louis district.

They saw a machine in the shape of a cigar in a field, Garreau and Lavier provide the witnesses report as such:

"It was a gentle whistle which drew our attention. It was hardly within 100 meters of us. It was approximately two meters long. It had the size of a large tree. At its front, it rested on the ground by two feet."

The two cyclists stopped in wonder, and see the machine then rising vertically at high speed with "a very soft" whistling sound.

A few minutes later, when they recovered their calm, the two witnesses left their bicycles on the roadside and went to the place where the machine had been, but did not find any trace on the ground.

[Ref. jv7:] JACQUES VALLEE - MAGAZINE "HISTORIA":

October 1st, 1954, 01 p.m.. Blanzy (Saône-et-Loire).

Two masons, MM. Sebastiani and Buratto, approached a cigar-shaped object, 3 meters long and 80 centimeters wide; which rose from the ground with a hissing sound. The pointed part of the object was yellow, the rest was brown. Forward extended two appendices touching the ground.

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

The two authors indicate that on September 30, 1954, at 01:00 p.m. on the road of Blanzy in the Saone-and-Loire, in the district St Louis, two cyclists, Romain de Bastiani, aged 21, and Bruno Burato, aged 20, who were going to their work observed a machine in the shape of a cigar in a field.

"It is a gentle whistling sound which drew our attention. The object was within 100 meters of us hardly, it had the size of a large tree and its front rested on two feet."

The two cyclists stopped and then saw the machine rising vertically while emitting a "very soft" whistling sound. They go to the site of the landing, but do not find any trace.

The authors note that Vallée has the date wrong because the sighting was on a Thursday, and indicate Vallée, Garreau as ufological sources and Le Figaro and Le Parisien for October 2, 1954 and La Croix, France-Soir and Paris-Presse for October 3, 1954, as newspapers sources.

[Ref. lg1:] LOREN GROSS:

"Churchills."

A "cigar volant," or what some Frenchmen called a "Churchill," an affectionate allusion to the famed British Prime Minister who was always seen with his mouth clamped on a big roll of tobacco; was reported on the first of the month"at Blanzy, France, at 1:00 in the afternoon. According to two brick layers, M. Romain Sebastiani and M. Bruno Buratto, they viewed a cigar-like object that flew with a whistling sound. This "cigar volant" was on the small side, however, an object the men said was about 3 meters long and some 80 milimeters in diameter. The pointed nose, the witnesses claimed, was a yellow color and the remainder of the body brown. A pair of long appendages were said to be attached to the object's nose section. (This UFO seems unlike any other that was reported so there is a chance the story is a hoax) 3.

The source "3" is indicated as "3. Paris, France. Le Figaro. 2 October 54."

[Ref. qs1:] MICHEL DORIER AND JEAN-PIERRE TROADEC:

The authors indicate that this object was seen on 1954 in Blanzy, Saône-et-Loire, that it was of the "structured cigar" type and was 2 meters long:

They indicate that the sketch is by Jean Giraud.

[Ref. jt1:] UFO ROUNDUP - JOSEPH TRAINOR:

Joseph Trainor indicates that in France on October 2, 1954, at Blanzy in the Saone-et-Loire department, two men saw a cigar-shaped thing in a freshly plowed field. It was about six feet long with a pointed metal terminal. As they approached, the fusiform object rose into the sky vertically.

[Ref. go1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

The Belgian ufologist indicates that in 1954, on September 30, in France, in Blanzy, according to the version of the press, "13 h. Two masons, Misters Sébastiani and Buratto, approached an object in the shape of a cigar, 3 meters of length and 80 centimeters broad, which rose ground with a whistling sound. The pointed part of the object was yellow, the remainder brown. At the front two appendices extended which touched the ground ".

The sources are noted: "Le Figaro, Le Parisien, 2 Oct. 1954; la Croix, France-Soir, Paris-Presse, 3 Oct. 1954" avec un remerciement à Wim van Utrecht.

She indicates that another version is: "Thursday, September 30 towards 13:00 two masons, Misters Romain De Bastiani (Sébastiani?) and Bruno Burato (Buratto?) in the Saint Louis district, approached at 100 m of an object in the shape of a cigar, 3 m in length and 80 cm broad, which rose from the ground vertically with a very soft whistling sound. The pointed part of the object was yellow, the remainder brown. (From the front two appendices extended which touched the ground)."

The sources are noted "M. FIGUET: J.L. RUCHON: 'Ovni, le premier dossier complet...' Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979, p. 94, 95" and "Jacques Vallée: 'Chronique des apparitions ET' - DENOEL 1972 - J'AI LU COLL. - p. 263 who cites October 1 and gives the name in the parenthesis", "'Historia' special issue #46 in 1976: Les soucoupes volantes, p.42, extr. from: Jacques VALLEE : 'Chroniques des apparitions extraterrestres'".

[Ref. td1:] MARK CASHMAN:

Blanzy (France).

10/1/1954 13:00

Two bricklayers, Sebastiani and Buratto, approached a cigar-shaped object 3 m long, 80 cm wide, which took off from the ground with a whistling sound. The pointed section of the object was yellow, the rest brown. From the forepart, two appendages extended to the ground.

[Ref. lg1:] LOREN GROSS:

2? October. Monceau les Mines, France. (no time)

Yellow cigar?

Our source states: "At Monceau les Mines, two masons said they saw a cigar-shaped object coloured yellow take off with a hissing noise." (xx.)

(xx.) Ibid. ["Paris, October 2. (Reuters - AP)"]

[Ref. dj1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

Encounters With Aliens On this Day

September 30

[...]

1954 - At one o'clock in the afternoon in Blanzy, France two bricklayers, Romain de Bastiani, age 21, and Bruno Burato, age 20, witnessed a partially yellow, partially maroon colored cigar-shaped object landed on the ground. They started to approach the three-meter long object when it took off from the ground with a whistling sound. The pointed section of the object was yellow; the rest of the object was reddish-brown. Two foot-like appendages extended to the ground from the fore section.

(Sources: Le Figaro, October 2, 1954; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 214; Michel Figuet and Jean-Louis Ruchon, OVNI: Le premier dossier complet des rencontres rapprochees en France, pp. 94-95).

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Saone et Loire in Blanzy, on September 30, 1954, at 13:00 hours, "On the road from Blanzy to the district of St Louis, two cyclists going to their work observe in a field a cigar-shaped craft. "It's a gentle whistling sound which drew our attention, the witnesses specify. The object was hardly at 100 m from us, it had the size of a large tree and rested at the front on two feet." The two cyclists stop and then see the craft rise vertically while emitting 'a very soft' whistling sound. They go to the site of the landing, but do not find any trace."

Luc Chastan indicates that the source is "Ovni, Premier dossier complet... par Figuet M./ Ruchon J.L. ** éd. Alain Lefeuvre 1979".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 30 September 1954 at 13:00 in Montceau-les-Mines, France, "Cigar rests on two legs. Flies away making whistling sound as two cyclists approach."

And: "An object was sighted that had an appearance and performance beyond the capability of known earthly aircraft. One cigar-shaped object was observed by two witnesses at a mountain for two minutes."

The source is indicated as Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002.

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

*30 sep. 1954 - At one o'clock in the afternoon in Blanzy, France two bricklayers, Romain de Bastiani, age 21, and Bruno Burato, age 20, witnessed a partially yellow, partially maroon colored cigar-shaped object landed on the ground. They started to approach the three-meter long object when it took off from the ground with a whistling sound. The pointed section of the object was yellow; the rest of the object was reddish-brown. Two foot-like appendages extended to the ground from the fore section. (Source: Le Figaro, October 2, 1954; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 214; Michel Figuet & Jean-Louis Ruchon, OVNI: Le premier dossier complet des rencontres rapprochees en France, pp. 94-95). [Note: Vallee incorrectly lists the date as October 1.]

The same source noted the case a second time with another date without realizing it is the same case:

*1 oct. 1954 - At 1:00 p.m. two bricklayers, Sebastiani and Buratto, approached a cigar-shaped object in Blanzy, Saone-Loire department, France that was sitting on the ground. It was three meters long, 80 cm wide, and it took off from the ground with a whistling sound. The pointed section of the object was yellow, the rest brown. From the fore part, two appendages extended to the ground. (Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 214, case 170).

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

This case was recorded 8 times instead of 1 in this database:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541001 01.10.1954 Montceau Mine France 13.00
19540000 00.00.1954 Blanzy France CE I
19541001 01.10.1954 Blanzy France 13.00 CE I
19541001 01.10.1954 Blanzy France 13.00 CE II
19541001 01.10.1954 Blanzy France 13.00 CE II
19541001 01.10.1954 Blanzy France 13.00
19541001 01.10.1954 Blanzy France 13.00
19541001 01.10.1954 Blanzy France 13.00 CE I

Notes:

Ufologists Garreau and Lavier date the case of September 30, 1954, not October 1st, 1954.

Explanations:

Not looked for yet.

Probable helicopter.

Keywords:

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

Blanzy, Saône et Loire, Sébastiani, Bastiani, Buratto, Burato, object, cigar, daylight, landing, whistling, yellow, brown

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross September 21, 2007 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross February 11, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [go1], [lc1], [ud1].
1.1 Patrick Gross March 11, 2010 Addition [fd1].
1.2 Patrick Gross September 13, 2014 Addition [nm1].
1.3 Patrick Gross September 26, 2014 Addition [qs1], [ni1].
1.4 Patrick Gross November 22, 2016 Additions [lg1], [ub1].
1.5 Patrick Gross January 11, 2017 Addition [nr2].

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