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October 3, 1954, Guébling, Moselle:

Reference number for this case: 3-Oct-54-Guébling. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

In the regional newspapers "Le Lorrain" and "L'Est Républicain" for October 5, 1954, among the reports on the observations of this sector, we learn that on October 3, 1954, at about 11:45 p.m., several unknown people stationed on the road, as well as a Mr. Domant, a mechanic who lived in Guébling, and Mr. Glicher, of Guébling also, to watch with attention, but without daring to approach, a green disc posed in the fields a short distance from the road.

One of the ufological versions, that of Michel Figuet and Jean-Louis Ruchon in 1979, said for this observation that perhaps the same object seen earlier in the surrounding villages passed again above Guébling and landed in a field near the road. Two inhabitants of this village and passers-by had observed, impressed, the motionless and silent object; which was a disc emitting a feeble green light. The villagers observed it from a long distance, then returned home on tiptoes.

Earlier in 1979 also, "skeptical" ufologists Gérard Barthel and Jacques Brucker reported that all the cases of 1,2 and 3 October 1954, in the vicinity of Dieuze, Kerprich, and that of Guébling, were due to the fall of a high voltage power line cable near the forest of Brides, according to memories of certain inhabitants of one of the villages; which they said they heard through the intermediary of the town hall employee; whereas nobody in the village council remembered any alien visit to these places.

Reports:

[Ref. ll1:] "LE LORRAIN" NEWSPAPER:

Admired in various places, not without emotion

The ballet of the "Flying Saucers"
continues in the sky of Lorraine

In the Moselle, mysterious machines attracted the glances.

Last Friday, at about 11 p.m., several residents of Bassing, among whose MM. Romain and Renfort, saw, above the area of Vergaville and Bidestroff, a luminous object of 2 to 3 meters length, showing the shape of an ellipse and which moved at very variable speeds. The witnesses heard a gentle humming of engine. Sometimes the alleged flying saucer slowed its travel down to the of being motionless, then it went up with a vertiginous pace. The same phenomenon was observed Saturday, between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m., by Mr. Remy Rousselle, of Blanche-Eglise, and Mr. Baumann, of Bassing.

A large green disc

In its turn, the sky of the area of Dieuze saw a flying saucer evolving. It was Sunday evening. It was exactly 08:17 p.m. when Mr. Pierre Laplace, aged 19, electrician with the Kuhlmann Establishments, in Dieuze, and residing in Vergaville, saw in the sky a large luminous disc of green color, at the height of the wood of Brides, between the villages of Vergaville and Kerprich. The bulky point, he said, was at approximately 3000 meters. Mr. Laplace, having stopped, followed the evolutions of the machine. When he saw it for the first time, it was motionless. Suddenly, specifies the electrician, the machine launched sparkling lights of the color of ultraviolet rays; it then moved at a speed such as nowadays' jet airplanes, seeming, close to him, to hover.

The flying saucer, because that's what it is, said the observer, as well as the passers by that Mr. Laplace had stopped and who are positive, stopped at the height of the Paquis of Guéblin; it crossed the distance between Guéblin and Kerprich three times, always at a tremendous pace, but extraordinarily, always stopping in the same place.

Suddenly, the machine launched new gleams, seeming to locate the ground, and went down until approximately 600 meters from ground. Then, making a U turn, very slowly, it went down more and more and finally, seemed to land at the level of the Côte-des-Vignes, located at a little distance of Bedestroff. About thirty people, cyclists, pedestrians, motorists, followed, extremely interested, the evolutions of the saucer. Mr. Laplace and some other spectators having wanted to on motorbike to the spot of landing, the saucer took height again and disappeared behind a curtain of trees. It was 9 p.m. at this time. The inhabitants of the area who saw the saucer are M.M. Lucien Victorien, Primon, building contractor in Vergaville; Mr Kinowsky, workman in shoes, Claude Renfort of Bassing, as well as the manager of the Ecos of Vergaville and his family.

Amazingly, at 11:45 p.m., several unknown people stationing on the road as well as Mr. Domant, a garage workman residing in Guéblin, and Mr. Glicher, of the same village, looked with attention, but without daring to approach it, a disc of green color which was in the fields, at a small distance of the road. Let us finally report that Saturday, between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., Mr Rothfuss of Dieuze, had also seen, circulating in the airs, between the farm of Boule and Maizières-les-Vic, a luminous disc whose details correspond exactly to those given by Mr. Laplace.

[Ref. er1:] "L'EST REPUBLICAIN" NEWSPAPER:

Admired in various places not without emotion...

The ballet of the flying saucers continues in the Lorraine sky but the mysterious machines remain elusive

The "flying saucers" seem to engage in a ceaseless round in the eastern sky and elsewhere. Their passage is reported in a hundred places each day. We lack space here for us to echo all the news reaching us about it. Suffice to mention a few of the last and main stories related to this.

In Remiremont, Sunday at 11 am, a hundred people were able to see, from the enclosure of the Pomological fair of the Campus Martius, what is believed to be a flying saucer or a cigar or a disc, which let loose a trail of smoke in its wake, when rising or descending, turning around the sun. People skeptical of saucers stories told us to have observed the phenomenon very well.

The "saucer" remained ten minutes suspended in the atmosphere and disappeared. Two to three meters in length...

In the Moselle, mysterious machines attracted attention

Last Friday, around 23h, several residents of Bassing, including Mr. Romain and Mr. Renfort, saw, above the region between Vergaville and Bidestroff, a luminous object of 2 to 3 meters in length, having the shape of an ellipse and which moved at variable speeds. Witnesses heard a slight engine roar. Sometimes the alleged flying saucer slowed its course up to the point to rest, and then went back at breakneck speed.

The same phenomenon was observed on Saturday between 21h and 22h by Mr. Remy Rousselle, of Blanche-Eglise and Mr. Baumann of Bassing.

A large green disk

In turn, the sky of the region of Dieuze saw evolve a flying saucer.

It was Sunday night. It was exactly 8:17 p.m. when Mr. Pierre Laplace, aged 19, electrician at the Etablissements Kuhlmann in Dieuze and living in Vergaville, saw in the sky a large bright green disk, at the hieght of the wood of Brides, between the village of Vergaville and Kerprich. The large spot was, he said, at about 3,000 meters. Laplace stood, and followed the moves of the machine. When he saw it for the first time, it was motionless. Suddenly, says the electrician, the machine threw glittering lights of the color of ultraviolet rays, it then moved at a rate such that current jet planes appear motionless in comparison. The flying saucer, because this is what it was, said the witness, as well as passers by Mr. Laplace had stopped and who are formal, stopped at the height of the Paquis of Guéblin, it flew the distance between Guéblin and Kerprich three times, always at breakneck speed, but, extraordinary thing, it always stopped at the same place.

Suddenly the craft launched new gleams, seemingly locating the ground, and went down at about 600 meters of the ground, then making a semicircle, very slowly, it got more and more close to the ground and finally, seemed to land on the hill of the Vines, located not far from Bedestroff. Thirty people, cyclists, pedestrians, motorists followed, extremely interested, the changes in the saucer. Laplace and some other spectators having wanted to go on a motorcycle at the landing place, the saucer again took off and disappeared behind a curtain of trees.

It was 9 p.m. then.

The locals who saw the saucer are Mssrs Lucien Victorien and Primon, entrepreneurs in masonry in Vergaville, Kinowsky, shoemaker in Bataville, Claude Ronfort of Bassing and the manager of the Eco in Vergaville and his family.

Curiously, at 11:45 p.m., several unknown parked on the road, and Mr. Domant, mechanic in Guéblin and Mr. Gilcher, of the same village, watched attentively but without daring to approach it, a green disc which was in the fields, a short distance from the road.

Finally, let's note that on Saturday between 20 and 21 hours, Mr. Rothfuss, of Dieuze, had also seen circulate in the air between the farm of the Boule and Maizières-les-Vic, a luminous disc whose details are exactly those given by Laplace.

[Ref. jv5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

229 -006.74730 48.86280 03 10 1954 23 45 1 GUEBLING -MOSELLE F 0012 C** 172

[Ref. jv1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

181

Oct. 02, 1954, 11:45 P.M., Guebling (France).

A disk emitting a weak green glow landed in a field. Witnesses: Mr. Domant and Mr. Gilcher. (M 105)

[Ref. mf2:] MICHEL FIGUET:

Michel Figuet notes the case in Guébling on October 2, 1954, as a case that needs checking or reinvestigation.

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

The authors point out that there was an observation on October 3, 1954, at approximately 11:45 p.m. near Guebling in the Moselle: people saw a green disk in a field.

[Ref. jv6:] JACQUES VALLEE - HISTORIA:


October 2, 1954, 11:45 p.m.. Guébling (Moselle)
A disc emitting a weak green light landed in a field. witnesses: Mssrs. Domant and Gilcher.

[Ref. bb1: ] GERALD BARTHEL AND JACQUES BRUCKER:

The two authors say that all the cases of October 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, 1954, in the surroundings of Dieuze, Guébling, Kerprich are due to the fall of a high-power cable in the edge of the forest of Brides, according to memories "of certain inhabitants of the village" [Kerprich?] that they say to have gathered via via the employee of the town hall, while nobody within the town council remembered an extraterrestrial visit there.

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

The authors indicate that in the Moselle in Guebling on October 3, 1954, at 11:45 p.m., perhaps the same object seen earlier in the surrounding villages passed again above Guébling and went to land in a field close to the road. Two residents of this village and passers-by observed, impressed, the motionless and silent object. It was a disc emitting a faint green light, which was on the ground. The villagers contemplated this display from a long distance, then went home on tiptoes.

[Ref. mf1:] MICHEL FIGUET:

In an extract of his Francat catalogue, Michel Figuet recorded that the case of Bidestroff [sic] as well as Guébling and the forest of Brides was a confusion with "an electrical phenomenon short-circuit on high power wires fallen on the ground" and a meteor.

[Ref. lg1] LOREN GROSS:

Gueblin, France. (11:45 p.m.)

The last report of the day came from Gueblin where a M. Gilcher and a M. Domant watched as a disc, casting off a feeble green glow, set down in a field. Others on the road nearby also witnessed the landing. No one was brave enough to investigate. 36.

  • 36. Michel, Aime. Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p.105.

[Ref. go1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

The Belgian ufologist Godelieve van Overmeire notes in her catalogue that in France, in 1954, on October the 2nd or 3rd, in Guebling, Misters Domant and Gilcher saw a disc emitting a weak green gleam land in a field.

The source is indicated as Jacques Vallée: "Chronique des apparitions ET" - DENOEL 1972 - J'AI LU COLL. - p. 265.

[Ref. jc1:] JACQUES COSTAGLIOLA:

The author indicates that on October 3, 1954, in Lorraine, an orange disc moves under the eyes of several villages and is posed at midnight on a road in front of four witnesses.

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Moselle in Kerprich on October 3, 1954 at 20:17 hours, a green disc is seen by several witnesses, among them a motorcycle rider. The object is at the vertical of the forest of Brides, in the north of Kerprich. Initially motionless, it suddenly throws a gleam of dark purple, starts and gets in a few seconds at the vertical of Guebling, new stop, with change of color; three times the object crosses the Kerprich-Guebling way, in an identical manner and reproducing the same phenomena.

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

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Moselle in Guebling on October 3, 1954 at 23:45 hours, perhaps the same object seen a little earlier in the nearby villages passes by again above Guebling and goes to land in a field near the road, two residents of this village and passers by observed, impressed, the motionless and silent object. It was a disc emitting a weak green light, it was on the ground. The villagers contemplated this spectacle lengthily, from far away, then returned on their premises on tip toes.

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 23:45, in Guebling, France, a disk emitting a weak green glow landed in a field. The witnesses were Messrs. Domant and Gilcher. "An unusual object was sighted, that had unconventional appearance and performance. One green saucer was observed by two male witnesses on a farm for over 60 minutes."

The sources are indicated as Michel, Aime, Flying Saucers and the Straight-Line Mystery, S. G. Phillips, New York, 1958; 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. ub1:] "UFO-DATENBANK":

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 Guebling France 23.45 CE II
19541002 02.10.1954 Guebling France 23.45 CE II
19541002 02.10.1954 Guebling France 23.45
19541003 03.10.1954 Guebling France 23.45
19541003 03.10.1954 Guebling France 20.17 NL
19541003 03.10.1954 Guebling France 23.45 CE I
19541003 03.10.1954 Guebling France 23.45

[Ref. bl1:] "BLL ARCHIVES" WEBSITE:

UFO wave in Metz and its region

Comments »0

Spheres, luminous cones or cigars, discharging of batteries, dancing colors, etc., between the 1st and the 21st of October 1954, some twenty testimonies and observations of UFOs (Unidentified Flying Objects) were collected in the Moselle, the more particularly in the communes of Vergaville, Bidestroff, Kerprich, Guébling, Morsbach, Moncourt, Saint-Avold, Saint-Quirin and Jouy-aux-Arches. In Pournoy-la-Chétive, near Metz, two children declared that they had seen an alien with a hairy face come down from his flying saucer to come and speak to them in an incomprehensible language.

Notes:

Below: map of the mentioned villages locations. The distance in straight line between Benestroff and Blanche-Eglise is about 13 kilometers. Though these villages are cited in the reports, the exact locations of the observers is generally not known.

Map

Explanations:

Not looked for yet.

Keywords:

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

Guébling, Moselle, multiple, green, field, night, disc, glowing, landing, Domant, Gilcher, Glicher

Sources:

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

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0.1 Patrick Gross February 5, 2007 First published.
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1.1 Patrick Gross June 22, 2010 Addition [jv5].
1.2 Patrick Gross November 23, 2016 Additions [er1], [ub1].
1.3 Patrick Gross Fabruary 11, 2017 Additions [jv6], [fr1], [bl1]. Addition of the Summary. Addition of the map.

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