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September 30, 1954, Brest, Finistère:

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

Reports:

[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 paralysed 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, paralysed, 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. hb1:] HENRI BORDELEAU:

Case No. 19

Brest 2 (AFP) (1) - The commander of a cargo ship that made a stopover in Brest yesterday, stated to have seen, on the night of September 23 to 24, while the freighter was in the Bay of Biscay a star four times greater than the others.

Two of his sailors who were with him also made the same observation, but with binoculars, they found that it was a moving disc on which at times appeared green hues.

On the other hand, the day before yesterday, at nightfall, a sailor who was at the helm of the "Port Lyautey" tanker, saw, within 500 meters of him, a saucer-shaped craft and of red color scratch the surface of the water, go up vertically and disappear, leaving a red flame.

Henri Bordeleau indicates that the source is "the 1954 Press".

[Ref. jv5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

168 30 09 1954 20 00 1 BREST.AU LARGE. F 101 A

[Ref. jv1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

166

Sep. 30, 1954, dusk, Brest (France).

At sea between Brest and Rouen, the crew of the tanker "Port Lyautey" observed an object touch the surface of the sea, then take off vertically and give off a red flame before being lost to view. (Le Figaro, 2 Oct. 1954; La Croix, France Soir, 3 Oct. 1954; AFP, 30 Septembre 1954) (26)

[Ref. jv2:] JACQUES VALLEE:

The author indicates that on September 30, 1954, the crew of a ship at sea between Roven and Brest observed an object which came down until touching the surface of the sea, then flew away vertically, releasing a red flame and disappearing.

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

The two authors indicate that on September 30, 1954, on the open sea between Brest and Rouen, at twilight, the crew of the tanker Port-Lyautey observed an object which came to touch the surface of the sea then flew away vertically. It emitted a red flame and ceased to be visible.

[Ref. mc1:] MARK CASHMAN:

Brest (France).

9/30/1954 dusk

At sea between Brest and Roven, the crew of the tanker "Port Lyautey" observed an object touch the surface of the sea, then take off vertically and give off a red flame before being lost to view.

[Ref. go1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

The Belgian ufologist indicates that in 1954, on September 30, in France, in Brest, at sea "between Brest and Rouan (vog???) [Rouen], the crew of the tanker Port-Lyautey, observed in the twilight, an object which touched the surface of the sea then flew away vertically. It emitted a red flame and ceased being visible."

She indicates that the source is Jacques Vallée: 'Chronique des apparitions ET' - DENOEL 1972 - COLL. J'AI LU - p. 262, 263".

[Ref. dj1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

On this Day

September 30

[...]

1954 -At sea between Brest and Roven, France on the Atlantic Ocean, the crew of the tanker "Port Lyautey" observed a UFO touch the surface of the sea. It then took off vertically, giving off a red flame before being lost to view. (Source: Le Figaro, October 2, 1954; France Soir, October 3, 1954; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 213; Michel Figuet and Jean-Louis Ruchon, OVNI: Le premier dossier complet des rencontres rapprochees en France, pp. 97).

[Ref. wu1:] WATERUFO WEBSITE:

09-30-1954

#166 Sept. 30, 1954 Brest (France). At sea between Brest and Roven, the crew of the tanker "Port Lyautey" observed an object touch the surface of the sea, then take off vertically and give off a red flame before being lost to view.

This reference: Passport to Magonia by Jacques Vallee, P-213, published 1969

Original source: Le Figaro, Oct. 2, 1954; La Croix, France-Soir, Oct 3, 1954; AFP, Sept. 30, 1954.

UFOCAT PRN – 21983 [DOS: 09-30-1954]
UFOCAT URN – 021984 Preliminary Catalog (N=500) by Jacques Vallee #168, © 1966
UFOCAT URN – 179783 Challenge to Science by Jacques Vallee p. 213-168, © 1966
UFOCAT URN – 021985 A Century of Landings (N=923) by J. Vallee # 166 © 1969
UFOCAT URN – 104985 World-Wide Catalog of Type 1 Reports, #0340, by Peter Rogerson, No © date.

UFOCAT URN – 021983 Computerized Catalog (N=3076), #1215, by Jacques Valle, No © date

UFOCAT PRN – 21985 [DOS: 09-30-1954]
UFOCAT URN – 021986 The Humanoids: FSR Special Edition No. 1, p. 11, © 1966
UFOCAT URN – 022013 Computerized Catalog (N=3173), #2419 by L Schoenherr. No © date.
UFOCAT URN – 171841 *U* UFO Computer Database by Larry Hatch, # 03674 © 2002

UFOCAT PRN – 21983 [DOS: 10-02-1954]
UFOCAT URN – 076511 GEPA – Phenomenes Spatiaux, September 1968
UFOCAT URN – 054709 Etudes Statistiques Portant sur 1000 Temoignag, Claude Poher, #0345 undated.

Europe – France, Finistere.

Brest Latitude 48-24 N, Longitude 4-29 W (D-M)

Roven – There is no “Roven” in the gazetteers but a Google search turned up a hotel in Roven, which is in the city of Rouen, which is to the east of Brest.-CF- Rouen Latitude 49.26 N, Longitude 1.05 E

Reference: France Gazetteer, Published in the Office of Geography, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C., September 1964

UFO location (UFOCAT). Note several given:

Latitude 48.39 N, Longitude 4.46 W (D.%) [URNs 21983, 21984, 179783, 21985, 104985]
Latitude 49.00 N, Longitude 3.00 W [URN 171841]
Latitude 49.419 N, Longitude 1.077 E [URN 054709]
Latitude 49.44N, Longitude 1.10E [URN 076511]

[Ref. jb1:] JEROME BEAU:

September 1954

30

In the twilight At sea, between Brest (France) and Rouen, the crew of the tanker Port-Lyautey observes an object which comes to touch the surface of the sea, then flies away vertically. It emits a red flame and ceases being visible.

The sources are indicated as "Le Figaro, 2 October 1954"; "La Croix, France-Soir, 3 October 1954"; "AFP, 30 September 1954"; "Vallée, J., case #28, 'Rapport sur l'analyse de 200 observations documentées faites en 1954'".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 30 September 1954 at 19:00, "Between Brest and Roven [sic, Rouen], Brest, France", "Port Lyautey incident." "An object was sighted that had an appearance and performance beyond the capability of known earthly aircraft. One object was observed by several male witnesses on the ocean."

The sources are indicated as 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; Rogerson, Peter, World-Wide Catalog of Type 1 Reports.

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Seine Maritime, in Le Havre, on September 30, 1954, at an unknown hour, "I fact the observation occurred on the open sea between Brest and Rouen. In the twilight the crew of the tanker Port-Lyautey observes an object which comes to touch the surface of the sea then flies away vertically. It emits a red flame and ceases being visible."

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

[Ref. ud2:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 30 September 1954 at 18:00 in Brest, France, "An object touched the surface of the sea, then took off vertically and give off a red flame".

And: "At sea between Brest and Roven, France on the at lantic Ocean, the crew of the tanker "Port Lyautey" observed a UFO touch the surface of the sea. It then took off vertically, giving off a red flame before being lost to view."

And: "At sea between Brest and Roven, the crew of the tanker "Port Lyautey" observed an object touch the surface of the sea, then take off vertically and give off a red flame before being lost to view. One red object was observed."

The source is indicated as Vallee Magonia Database.

[Ref. ud3:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 30 September 1954 at 19:00 between Brest and Roven, Brest, France, "Port Lyautey incident." And: "An object was sighted that had an appearance and performance beyond the capability of known earthly aircraft. One object was observed by several male witnesses on the ocean."

The sources are indicated as 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; Rogerson, Peter, World-Wide Catalog of Type 1 Reports.

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

*Sep. 30, 1954 -At sea between Brest and Roven, France on the Atlantic Ocean, the crew of the tanker "Port Lyautey" observed a UFO touch the surface of the sea. It then took off vertically, giving off a red flame before being lost to view. (Source: Le Figaro, October 2, 1954; France Soir, October 3, 1954; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 213; Michel Figuet & Jean-Louis Ruchon, OVNI: Le premier dossier complet des rencontres rapprochees en France, pp. 97).

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

This database records the case four times instead of one:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19540930 30.09.1954 Brest France Nighfall CE I
19540930 30.09.1954 Brest France 19.00 CE I
19540930 30.09.1954 Brest France 20.00
19540930 30.09.1954 Brest France Nighfall CE I

[Ref. vo1:] "ARCHIVES VIGIE OVNI 29":

Between Brest and Rouen, 30 September 1954, Crépuscule ...

Témoignage FR .. ... 1954 09 30 .. ..

Available documents:

Explanations:

Not looked for yet.

Keywords:

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

Brest, Finistère, Rouen, Port Lyautey, tanker, sea, object, landing, vertically, red, flame, exhaust

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross April 9, 2006 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross January 4, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Addition [ud1].
1.1 Patrick Gross Febuary 10, 2010 Addition [go1], [jb1], [lc1], [ud2], [ud3].
1.1 Patrick Gross June 19, 2010 Addition [jv5].
1.2 Patrick Gross November 15, 2014 Addition [ni1].
1.3 Patrick Gross November 5, 2016 Additions [hb1], [ub1].
1.4 Patrick Gross February 7, 2017 Addition [vo1].

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