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October 31, 1954, Corrompu, Somme:

Reference number for this case: 31-oct-54-Corrompu. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Reports:

[Ref. jv5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

400 -001.97901 50.04000 31 10 1954 LONG-SOMME F 0013 2E

[Ref. jv1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

323

Oct. 31, 1954 Corrompu (France).

Near Long, P. Petit and his employee, Mr. Tillier, with a shop owner, Mr. Pecquet, saw an oval object on the ground. When it took off, the lights of a tractor went out. It measured about 4.5 m, emitted a bright light similar to a welder's torch. It came back, turned, and flew to the south-west. It made the same noise as a swarm of bees. (Personal).

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

The two authors indicate that on October 31, 1954, in Long in the department of the Somme, at the location named "Corrompu," three witnesses saw an oval object of 4 m 50 length, emitting a brilliant light similar to the flame of a blowtorch on the ground. When it took off, the lights of a tractor went out. It made a half-turn, veered and flew away towards the south-west in the direction of Hallencourt. It made a noise similar to that of a swarm of bees.

The authors indicate that they investigated themselves with M. A. Chaloin, but it is not clear whether they meant this case or another similar one, and indicate as reference the Bulletin de l'AAMT #15, and the Vallée catalogue.

[Ref. mr1:] MARK RODEGHIER:

Oct. 31, 1954

FRANCE, "Corrompu," near Long: Three people in a field saw an oval orange object on the ground. Their tractor's lights went off when the object lifted from the ground. It emitted a bright light when taking off, and made a noise Iike bees in a beehive while in flight. It eventually turned towards the southwest and moved away. Witnesses estimated its size to be four to five meters. (The Humanoids, Bowen)

[Ref. lg1] LOREN GROSS:

October 31st.

Corrompu, France, (no time known)

Three Frenchmen encountered an oval object about 4.5 meters in diameter resting on the ground. Soon after its discovery, the object launched itself skyward and flew away, returning moments later, only to finally leave the area for good on a southwest course. The headlights of a tractor were affected during the incident.

A light on the object was so intense it was compared to a welder's torch. A funny sound like a swarm of bees was heard. 236.

  • 236. Rogerson, Peter. "The Catalogue." MUFOB New Series 4. Autumn 1976. #38. p.8.

[Ref. js1:] JEAN SIDER:

The author indicates that on October 31 at an unknown hour in Long, in the Somme, Messrs P. Petit, Tillier, Pecquet and an anonymous person observed a 4.50 meters long oval object posed on the ground which emitted a light similar to the flame of a blowtorch. When it took off the lights of a tractor went off. The object made a half-turn with a noise similar to that of a swarm of bees.

La source est indiquée comme "Figuet, p. 204".

[Ref. go1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

Godelieve van Overmeire indicates that in 1954, on October 31, in France, in Corrompu, "close to the village of Long, P. Petit and his employee Tillier and one Pecquet tradesman saw an oval object on the ground. When it took off the lights of a tractor died out. It measured approximately 4, 50 m and emitted a light similar to the flame of a blowtorch. It made a half-turn, veered and flew away towards the south-west. It made a noise similar to that of a swarm of bees."

The source is indicated as "Jacques Vallée: 'Chronique des apparitions ET' - DENOEL 1972 - J'AI LU COLL. - p. 291".

[Ref. fb1:] FABRICE BONVIN:

Fabrice Bonvin notes:

Case #026: 31/10/1954, p. 204 (Corrompu)

[Ref. dj1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

On this Day

October 31

[...]

1954 - Mr. P. Petit and his employee, Mr. Tillier, with shop owner Mr. Pecquet, saw an oval object on the ground in Corrompu, France. When it took off the lights of a tractor went out. It measured about 4.5 meters (15 feet) in length and emitted a bright light similar to a welder's torch. It came back, turned, and flew off toward the southwest. It reportedly made the same noise as a swarm of bees. (Sources: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 240, case 323; Mark Rodeghier, UFO Reports Involving Vehicle Interference, p. 5).

[Ref. jb1:] JEROME BEAU:

Jerome Beau indicates that on Sunday October 31, 1954 in "Corrompu (France), close to the village of Long, P. Petit and his employee, Mr. Tillier, in company of a tradesman, Mr. Pecquet, see 1 oval object on the ground. When it takes off, the lights of a tractor die out. It measures approximately 4,5 m and emits a brilliant light similar to the flame of a blowtorch. It makes a half-turn, veers and flew away towards the south-west. It makes a noise similar to that of a swarm of bees."

There is no indication of a source.

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Somme in Long on October 31, 1954 at an unknown hour, "At the location 'Corrompu' Three witnesses see an oval object of 4 m 50 in length, emitting a brilliant light similar to the flame of a blowtorch on the ground. When it takes off, the lights of a tractor die out. It makes a half-turn, veers and flies away towards south-west in direction of Hallencourt. It makes a noise similar to that of a swarm of bees."

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

[Ref. ta1:] "THINK ABOUT IT" WEBSITE:

Date: October 31, 1954

Location: Corrompu (France

Time:

Summary: Near Long, P. Petit and his employee, Mr. Tillier, with a shop owner, Mr. Pecquet, saw an oval object on the ground. When it took off, the lights of a tractor went out. It measured about 4.5 m, emitted a bright light similar to a welder’s torch. It came back, turned, and flew to the southwest. It made the same noise as a swarm of bees.

Source: Magonia 323

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

*Oct. 31, 1954 - Mr. P. Petit and his employee, Mr. Tillier, with shop owner Mr. Pecquet, saw an oval object on the ground in Corrompu, Somme, France. When it took off the lights of a tractor went out. It measured about 4.5 meters (15 feet) in length and emitted a bright light similar to a welder's torch. It came back, turned, and flew off toward the southwest. It reportedly made the same noise as a swarm of bees. (Sources: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 240, case 323; Mark Rodeghier, UFO Reports Involving Vehicle Interference, p. 5).

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

The case is recorded several times 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
19541031 31.10.1954 Corrompu France
19541031 31.10.1954 Corrompu France CE II
19541031 31.10.1954 Long France 20.00 CE I
19541031 31.10.1954 Long France
19541031 31.10.1954 Long France
19541031 31.10.1954 Long France NL
19541031 31.10.1954 Long France

Explanations:

Not looked for yet. Possible helicopter.

[mr1] puts the witnesses on the tractor which lights died out. Actually nothing comes to support this in the previous sources available to me, it is possible that the four people were in a car or walking by and saw in addition to the UFO, this tractor in a field. The tractor driver might have turned the lights off, possibly for better seeing the "UFO"... Anyway, certainly, nothing comes to corroborate the idea that it was the "UFO" who caused this extinction. The fact that the tractor had its lights on suggests that the observation took place in the night.

Keywords:

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

Corrompu, Somme, P. Petit, M. Tillier, Pecquet, object, oval, landing, failure, headlights, car, light, brilliant, buzz, hum, multiple, manoeuvers

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross October 26, 2003 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross April 14, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [mr1], [js1], [go1], [dj1], [jb1], [lc1].
1.1 Patrick Gross July 1, 2010 Addition [jv5].
1.2 Patrick Gross October 31, 2011 A search on the web and in my documentation did not reveal other sources.
1.3 Patrick Gross October 10, 2014 Additions [ta1], [ni1].
1.4 Patrick Gross December 13, 2016 Additions [lg1], [ub1].

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