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October 4, 1954, Mégrit, Côtes-d'Armor:

Reference number for this case: 4-oct-54-Megrit. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Reports:

[Ref. le1:] "L'EST REPUBLICAIN" NEWSPAPER:

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A BAKER FROM BRITTANY CLAIMS THIS:

"My Martian was not shaven and had eyes as large as a corbel's egg"

The daily chronicle of the "flying saucers" grows more and more. Each day, numerous newsbriefs report the passage of mysterious machines in this or that region. It remains to be learned whether the bad weather that the complacent meteorologists announce obligingly, will have an unspecified influence on the gracious evolutions of the ethereal visitors. It does not seem to be that way, so far.

To see a machine in the sky thus is nothing extraordinary any more and one could fear monotony if, fortunately, the "celestial pilots" didn't come from time to pay a short visit on the dry land and to bring with their height, their costume and their actions, more spice to the current controversies on the reality of the "saucers".

"He resembled a man"

In this field, the transitory ephemeral topicality is rightfully to be credited today to a modest bakery worker of Loctudy (the Finistère), Mr. Pierre Lucas.

Standing up early and well awaken, our man was going to get water in the court of the bakery Tuesday morning when, in the wavering gleam of a rainy dawn, he saw a machine of the shape of a saucer of 2 m. 50 to 3 m. in diameter, which stationed there stupidly. He would certainly not have cared that much about it, if he hadn't suddenly seen an individual come out of it!

"He measured 1 m. 20, resembled a man (sic) and approached me. Before I recovered from my surprise, he had tapped on my shoulder while articulating unintelligible words."

Mr. Lucas showed a remarkable coolness. "Come inside, we'll have a chat", he

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"My Martian was not shaven..."

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must have told him, for the unknown followed him in the bake house. There, one saw all the same a little more clearly and without shame the "Martian" let himself be contemplated.

It is still Mr. Lucas who speaks:
"He had an oval face, entirely covered of hairs and eyes of the size of a corbel's egg!"

The young man called his owner, but the unknown undoubtedly estimated that the interview had lasted long enough. By the time that Mr. Lucas goes into the staircase to alert his owner with cares, the man and the machine had disappeared. Too bad...

First thing thus learn until better information: the strangers that pilot the saucers have a human form, but the size of children, and apparently developed hair.

Confirmation is given to us by Mr. Henri Lehérisé, young farmer of Megrit (Côtes-du-Nord), whose gift of observation did not await the number of the years.

With much off-handedness, his own apparatus, whose diameter did not exceed one meter, was posed in the court of his farm. Two dwarves occupied it, motionless, impassive. They did not condescend to come out and engage the conversation.

Some saucers among others...

These two appearances obviously eclipse the "visions" of the day. Let us note however that the "saucers", threatened for a while by the barrels, balls, crescents and other cigars, launched a counter-attack of great style since there are now only talks of saucers.

The one in Saint-Brieuc let itself be contemplated during one hour; that of the surroundings of La Rochelle hovered in front of the farm of Mr. and Mrs. Guillenoteau, within one meter of the ground, in an impressive silence and the farmer noted oily traces in the grass.

In Lézignan, it was at the same time flying and giant: ten meters in diameter! Three meters only, the one that landed in the garden of Mr. Jean Labonne, in Bergerac, but on three crutches.

Lastly, the "saucers" cannot always be approached: that of Lésignan, again, wrapped Misters André Garcia and André Darzens of a bright gleam before disappearing. The one in Clermont-Ferrand literally nailed the witnesses who wanted to see it closely on the spot and released a strong nitro-benzene odor.

When the machine moved away, faintness ceased with the odor.

The good story of the poor fisherman

Odorous, coloured and inhabited, the "saucers" are also international. In Mantova, they passed in tight formations and one of them was detached from the group to make a small air carrousel show which lasted one hour... and blocked the traffic in the center of the city, the witnesses having gone down in the street for better seeing.

In Roverbella, finally, a poor fisherman entered in conversation with a "Martian", dressed in red, but they were unable to understand each other and his interlocutor disappeared when he saw the fisherman's woman appear. Mysoginic [mysogynic], perhaps...

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

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The disturbing waltz continues...

Saucers in the French and Italian way

PARIS, 6. - Several Parisians said they saw yesterday afternoon flying saucers moving in the sky of the capital. Bystanders claimed to have seen one at 4:30 p.m., near the porte Dorée.

Mr. Pierre Allouis, cardboard reseller, was traveling in a cab for business when the vehicle was stopped by a red light. Hearing, he said, a shrill whistling sound, he looked through the window and saw a flying vehicle that fled in height, leaving behind a plume of smoke.

Mr. Allouis described the saucer as a disc larger than a normal plane and of silver color.

The same testimony is given by Mr. Gilbert Bason, residing 35, Faubourg St. Antoine, and Mr. Paul Julien, house painter, who lives 3, rue de la Pompe; the latter, however, believes that this is not a saucer but a flying wing that has the shape of a triangle with rounded edges.

BERGERAC, 4. - Mr. Jean Defix, fireman in Bergerac and Jean Labonne stated they have seen landing in the garden of the latter, a luminous disc about three meters in diameter, supported by three legs.

LEZIGNAN, 6. - Two residents of Lezignan Misters André Gardia and André Darsens, who were driving in a truck on the main road 3, said they saw a disc-shaped craft rise in a field between the village of Lagrasse and the hamlet of Villemagne (Aude).

The craft, they said, was about ten meters in diameter. Before they could approach it, it wrapped a bright glow and disappeared.

DINAN, 6. - In Mégrit (Côtes-du-Nord), a young farmer, Mr. Hen [missing part]

[...]oped MM. Andre and Andre Guardia Darsens of a glow before disappearing. The one in Clermont-Ferrand literally transfixed witnesses who wanted to see it up close and it emitted a strong smell of nitro-benzine.

When the craft moved away, the discomfort ceased like the smell.

Mr. Lehérissé claimed to have seen in the yard of his farm a craft of about 1 meter in diameter, within which appeared two human forms, motionless and the size of a child.


MYSTERIOUS CRAFT IN THE SKY IN SAINT-LUPERCE AND JANVILLE


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NEVERS, 6. - In Nevers, five inhabitants of Château-Chinon said they saw last night at high altitude, a kind of bright spot, which split in two discs. These, they say, began to turn while changing color several times.

DUNKIRK, 6. - A merchant of Dunkirk had, several days ago, reported seeing strange bright objects in the sky of Bray-Dunes. An investigation was opened. It concluded that they were two military airplanes whose metallic coating could have been misleading.

SAINT-BRIEUC, 6. - Several residents of Saint-Brieuc saw, last night, a flying saucer which took the shape of a cigar before disapea[...]

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The beautiful story of the poor fisherman

Fragrant, colorful and inhabited, the "saucers" are also international. In Mantua, they rose in tight formations and one of them broke off from the group to make a small air carousel number that lasted an hour... and blocked traffic in the center of the city, witnesses being in the streets to see better.

In Roverbella, finally, a poor fisherman entered into conversation with a "Martian" dressed in red, but they did not understand each other and his companion disappeared when the fisherman's wife came around. Misogynist perhaps...

[Ref. hw1:] HAROLD T. WILKINS:

The author indicates that after November 1, 1954, "Henry Lebrisse, of Aude", reported a small saucer of about three feet in width, containing midget-like entities, in his barnyard. The saucer took off on sight.

[Ref. gb1] GRAY BARKER:

Two human forms, which looked like children, were observed by a farmer named Henri Lehrisse [sic] to land in his courtyard in a saucer only one yard in diameter. The machine remained in the yard only a few seconds before flashing out again.

[Ref. jg1:] JIMMY GUIEU:

Jimmy Guieu indicates that on October 5, 1954 in the night in the Côtes du Nord, a young farmer saw posed in the court of his farm a discoid apparatus of low dimension, and by a kind of port-hole, he undistinctely saw two motionless human forms of the size of a child.

Darkness did not enable him to distinguish the precise aspect of these small beings. The apparatus stayed only one moment and took off.

[Ref. am1] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel reports that on October 4, 1954, in Mégrit, Mr. Henri Lehérissé went outside at about 10:00 p.m. to make his horses drink. Surprised by a strange light, he looked up and saw at about fifty meters above a hangar, motionless in the air, a flat, luminous, object of metal appearance, with a diameter he estimates as 2 meter 50. At his approach, the object quickly moved away. Mr. Lehérissé thought of having seen black shadows agitated as in transparency in the luminous mass.

[Ref. jv5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

240 002.26178 48.37500 04 10 1954 22 00 102 (MEGRIT SW DINAN) F 0211 2C 236

[Ref. jv1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

The bolded part is the part related to this case.

191

Oct. 04, 1954, evening, Trégon (France).

Several people noticed an object hovering near a hilltop. They drove to the site, but it flew away. What seems to be the same object was seen at Megrit, 25 km to the southwest, hovering over a farm. It was described as metallic, flat, emitting light.

(38; M 139) (Le Parisien, Oct. 7, 1954)

[Ref. jv2:] JACQUES VALLEE:

Jacques Vallée indicates that on October 4, 1954, in the evening, several inhabitants of Tregon noticed an object which seemed to hover near the top of a hill. They drove to the site, but the object flew away. What seems to be the same object was also seen at Megrit, about 15 miles south­west of Tregon, hovering above a farm. It was described as metallic, flat and emitting light.

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

The authors indicate as source their personnel file and newspaper clippings for this observation in Mégrit in the Côte-du-Nord on October 4, 1954 at 10:00 p.m.

They tell that a farmer of this village, Mr. Lhérissé, aged 23, cames out of his stables where it had just taken care of his horses, when he became pzzled by a strong gleam close to one of his hangars.

He approached, fearing a beginning fire, and then discovers a machine of approximately three meters in diameter, with luminous and metallic reflections.

Not frightened at all, but curious, he approached and distinguished two silhouettes "the size of a child," which almost at once disappeared in the machine.

The machine moved away at high speed.

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

The two authors present the case of October 4, 1954 in Megrit by noting that two sources report two different versions of the incident, and quote these two sources. They are Aimé Michel on the one hand, and Garreau and Lavier on the other hand.

They then indicate that the sources are case 192 in Vallée's catalogue; the book "A propos des Soucoupes volantes" by Aimé Michel, page 175; the book "Face aux ET" de Garreau et Lavier pages 137-138.

They then present a third version which they indicate to come from the newspaper Le Provençal for October 3, 1954 and which tells of a "machine, in the farmyard of the witness, of a diameter of one meter approximately, inside whose two motionless human forms of the size of a child appear."

[Ref. lg1] LOREN GROSS:

October 4th. Megrit, France. (Evening)

It was guessed that the object seen near Tregon was the same object that showed up at Megrit where a flat, metallic-looking, thing was seen hovering over a farm at a height of only 150 feet. The town of Megrit is only 20 miles or so to the southwest of Tregon. 45.

  • 44. Paris, France. Le Parisien. 7 October 54.
  • 45. Ibid.

[Ref. js1:] JEAN SIDER:

Jean Sider indicates that on October 4, 1954, at 10:00 p.m., in Mégrit, Côte-d'Armor, Henri Lehérissé left his place to make his horses drink, when a strange light attracted his glance. Looking up, he saw that the light came from a flying machine hovering 50 meters above a hangar. It was a flat object of metallic appearance and a diameter of approximately 2.50 meters.

The witness claimed to have been able to distinguish black forms moving through the transparency of the luminous mass, according to a second source.

Jean Sider indicates as ufological sources " Figuet, pages 122-123" and Aime Michel, page 175.

He notes that Figuet indicates two other sources, case 192 of the Vallée catalogue, and the newspaper Le Provençal, of Marseilles, for October 3, 1954, that is to say 24 hours before the incident, thus Sider wonders whether it was a mystyping or a mixture of files.

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

108.
Location. Megrit France
Date: October 4 1954
Time: 2200

M. Leherisse observed a flat, luminous, metallic looking object, 7, or 8 ft wide, hovering 150 ft above a garage. He could see dark forms moving about like shadows in the lighted mass. As he approached it, the object rapidly moved away.

Humcat 1954-74
Source: Aime Michel
Type: A

[Ref. dj1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

Donald Johnson indicates that on October 4, 1954, Several people noticed an object hovering near a hilltop in the evening in Tregon, France. They drove to the site, but it flew away. What seemed to have been the same object was seen at Megrit, 25 km to the southwest, hovering over a farm; which was described as metallic, flat, and emitting light.

Donald Johnson indicates that the source are Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 139; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia, p. 217.

[Ref. pg1:] PATRICK GROSS (This website's author):

Hardly did I announce the update of this case file in my "last updates" page on August 22, 2004, that I received the following email. (I have kept for myself all the names of people whom were not yet known.)

Subject: UFO Mégrit cotes d'Armor
Date: 22.08.2004 23:55:32
From: [Retained]@[Retained]
To: [my email address at the time]

I remember this apparance very well.
Another person was witness of this appearance the owner of the neighboring farm "La Petite Métairie" Mr. [first name and name retained] Michel Lehérissé was resident of the farm "La Grande Métairie". I was 11 years old at the time and this created quite an uproar in the village. During my summer holidays I kept the cows in the farm "la Petite Métairie". I did not witness these apparitions. I believe in these people whom I have known very well.
[Lastname and firstname retained]

(Many thanks to Mr. R. for this information).

[Ref. jb1:] JEROME BEAU:

Jerome Beau indicates that on October 4, 1954, in Tregon, France, several people saw an object "seeming to fly over above a hill." They went there by car but it had disappeared. What seemed to be the same object is seen in Megrit, 25 km in south-west, flying over a farm. It is described like a metallic object, flat, emitting light.

Jérôme Beau indicates that his source is Le Parisien, October 7, 1954.

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Côte d'Armor in Mégrit on October 4, 1954 at 22:00 hours, there was an observation with two versions depending on the authors.

"According to Aime Michel - The witness leaves home to make his horses drink. Surprised by a strange light, he looks up and sees the craft, motionless in the air, at about fifty meters above a hangar. The witness believes to see black shapes inside which are agitated as in transparency in the luminous mass."

"According to Garreau and Lavier - The witness leaves his stables where he had just bandaged his horses. A strong gleam intrigues him close to one of his hangars. He approaches fearing a fire. He discovers the craft then, approaches. He distinguishes two silhouettes of child size which, almost at once, disappear in the craft. The latter moves away at high speed."

He adds: "An email received by the website 'UFOs at Close Sight' specifies that two other people are said to have seen the object."

The sources are indicated as "Ovni, Premier dossier complet... by Figuet M./ Ruchon J.L. ** Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979" and "Les OVNI vus de près by Gross Patrick ** http://ufologie.net".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 4 October 1954 at 22:00 in Megrit, France, "Shadows seen moving inside flat luminous, metallic object, 7-8' wide, hovered 150 feet above garage.""

And: "At 10:00 p.m. Mr. Henry Leherisse, age 23, in Megrit, France saw two shadows moving about inside a flat luminous, metallic, three-meters wide object, that hovered 50 meters above his garage."

And: "An object was observed. Occupants of the craft were seen. One luminous object, about 10 feet across, around 100 feet away, was observed by one witness for two minutes (Leherisse)."

And: "M Leherisse observed a flat, luminous, metallic looking object, 7, or 8 ft wide, hovering 150 ft above a garage. He could see dark forms moving about like shadows in the lighted mass. As he approached it, the object rapidly moved away."

The sources are noted as Webb, David, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports; Michel, Aime, Flying Saucers and the Straight-Line Mystery, S. G. Phillips, New York, 1958; 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); Schoenherr, Luis, Computerized Catalog (N = 3173); Delaire, J. Bernard, UFO Register Volume 7 (1976), Data Research, Oxford, 1976; Newspaper Clippings; Rosales, Albert, Humanoid Sighting Reports Database.

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

Location: Megrit France

Date: October 4 1954

Time: 2200

M. Leherisse observed a flat, luminous, metallic looking object, 7, or 8 ft wide, hovering 150 ft above a garage. He could see dark forms moving about like shadows in the lighted mass. As he approached it, the object rapidly moved away.

Source: Aime Michel

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

*Oct. 4, 1954 - At 10:00 p.m. Mr. Henry Leherisse, age 23, in Megrit, France saw two shadows moving about inside a flat luminous, metallic, three-meters wide object, that hovered 50 meters above his garage. (Source: newspaper clipping, October 7, 1954; Michel Figuet and Jean-Louis Ruchon, OVNI: Le premier dossier complet des rencontres rapprochees en France, pp. 122).

[Ref. pg2:] PATRICK GROSS (Website author):

I received this email:

Subject: Ufo in megrit in 1954

From: [Firstname] [Name] [Email address]
Date: July 12, 2015

Hello,

I contact you about your article in reference.

I come from Megrit and it so happens that this we [weekend] we were at my father's who still lives there.

My father's companion is the sister in law of Henri Leherisse the person who saw the ufo in the farm of the petite métairie. So is is not Michel like some articles let think.

Henri is still alive, he lives in [-] and spends his holidays in Megrit, we had lunch with him this we [weekend], and he told us what he had seen.

He was going outside to care for his horses when he saw an intense light, going closer he saw 2 black shapes quite small, with behing them a 'saucer' of metallic color with much light that was posed on three feet.

He became scared and rushed inside his hom to come outside only the next day.

The next day the saucer had disappeared, however there remained on the ground the print of the 3 feet which would have been seen by several people.

That's the story he told us, it differs a bit from what I could read.

If you want to get in touch again with mr Henri Leherisse, I do not have his address, however my father does, he is mister [Firstname Name] at the village of [City], street [Street].

Good evening to you

[Firstname] [Name]

[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
19541004 04.10.1954 Megrit France 22.00 CE III
19541004 04.10.1954 Megrit France 22.00 CE III
19541004 04.10.1954 Megrit France 22.00
19541004 04.10.1954 Megrit France 22.00
19541004 04.10.1954 Megrit France 22.00 CE III
19541004 04.10.1954 Megrit France 22.00 CE III
19541004 04.10.1954 Megrit France 22.00 CE III

Notes:

Unfortunately, while it seems that there was an observation by Mr. Lehérissé and another person in Mégrit; which would have been of interest, the usual incapacity of the French ufologists to seriously document the cases of the 1954 saucer flap render the case practically meaningless.

Indeed, for Aime Michel, silhouettes are seen in an hovering object, for Jacques Vallée, this is a UFO landing with no mention of occupants, and for Garreau and Lavier, objects and occupants are seen on the ground. so we have three contradictory versions by three different French ufologists.

As none of them considered it useful to publish what the newspaper of the time said, whereas it seems to have been the only source at the time, I would really like to know how anyone can now say for sure what happened in Mégrit that night.

In 2004, a reader who lived in the area at the time tells me that there were two farms in the village of Mégrit and their buildings were contiguous at the time.

Explanations:

Not looked for yet. See comments in CE3 catalogue

Keywords:

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

Mégrit, Côtes d'Armor, Mégrit, object, flat, light, hovering, metallic, shadow, shades, occupants

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross March 12, 2003 First published.
0.2 Patrick Gross October 17, 2007 Addition of the "Notes" and [pg1].
1.0 Patrick Gross March 8, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [lc1], [ud1].
1.1 Patrick Gross March 13, 2010 Addition [jg1].
1.2 Patrick Gross May 31, 2010 Addition [le1].
1.3 Patrick Gross June 22, 2010 Addition [jv5].
1.4 Patrick Gross October 9, 2014 Additions [ta1], [ni1].
1.7 Patrick Gross October 13, 2016 Addition [pg2].
1.8 Patrick Gross October 29, 2016 Addition [er1].
1.9 Patrick Gross December 18, 2016 Addition [lg1].
2.0 Patrick Gross January 6, 2017 Addition [gb1].

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