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October 4, 1954, Taupignac, Charente-Maritime:

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

Summary:

In his 1958 book, Aimé Michel reported a close encounter of the third kind, according to the newspaper Sud-Ouest for October 10, 1954.

On October 11, 1954 - clearly a false date - three Bordeaux residents who wanted to remain anonymous were driving between Royan and Breuillet on the GC 40, when at 07:30 p.m., their attention was attracted by an intense reddish glow in the sky. Intrigued, they stopped the car, came out, and then observed at 200 or 300 meters of the road a craft of circular shape surmounted by a kind of luminous red-orange dome; the craft produced no noise.

Ufologist and journalist Charles Garreau quoted in 1974:

"We then realized that it emanated from a circular object of approximately 6 meters in diameter, overcome of a luminous dome of orange red color. This thing was within approximately 300 meters of the road. It was motionless, at some twenty meters of altitude. We did not hear any noise. Quite suddenly, it started moving laterally, flew over a small wood and disappeared from our sight. However we still saw the gleam. We thought that it had landed. One among us remained close to the car to alert potential additional witnesses. My comrade and I left in the direction the light. We progressed of approximately 400 meters before seeing the machine again. Near it, we saw four small beings, whose size was approximately 1 meter, who were busy with a mysterious work. Surprised, we stopped a few seconds. Then we resumed our walk, the most silently possible. But whereas we were not any more than about fifteen meters of them, the four characters located us. They circumvented the machine and disappeared. Almost at once, the machine was wrapped by a succession of blue, orange and red lights. We were completely dazzled. The machine then took off at a frightening speed."

Many ufologists thereafter gave summaries falsely dating the case on October 11, 1954, like Aimé Michel who put three separate dots on a map of "alignments" of observations of October 11, 1954; Michel Figuet and Jean-Louis Ruchon gave the date of October 4, 1954, in their 1979 book; but the case continued to be published with the wrong date.

There seems to have been no investigation or verification on what might have been just an anonymous letter to the Sud-Ouest newspaper without further corroboration.

Reports:

[Ref. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel explains that three inhabitants of Bordeaux who wanted remain anonymous were driving between Royan and Breuillet on the G.C. 40 when at 07:30 P.M. their attention was drawn to an intense reddish gleam which "irradiated" in the sky. Intrigued by the dosplay, they stopped the car and stepped out. They then discovered at 200 or 300 meters off the road a circular shaped craft surmounted by a sort of luminous red-orange dome, the craft emitting no noise.

The witnesses said that the machine "seemed suspended at a ten meters altitude by some invisible string, so much his stability was perfect."

After a few seconds, the object started to move horizontally and crossed a short distance until being behind a small wood from which only its luminosity was still visible to the three witnesses.

Two of the three witnesses then walked towards this place, equipped with a flashlight, and after having crossed a distance of 400 meters, they saw the craft landed in a field surrounded by trees, with four beings of a height evaluated as one meter being busy with some sort of activity near the craft.

When the two witnesses arrived at some fifteen meters of the beings, the latter circumvented their craft and disappeared inside of it. Almost at once, their craft went through a rapid succession of color changes, blue, orange, red, which dazzled the two witnesses, then took off at a speed described as "scaring."

He put the sighting location on a map supposed to demonstrate cases are lined up:

Map by Aimé Michel

[Ref. mc1:] MICHEL CARROUGES:

Michel Carrouges lists as a case with small occupants but lacking details that with automobilists from Bordeaux as witness, near Royan in the Charente-Maritine, on October 11, 1954.

[Ref. jv5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

304 001.00448 45.67500 11 10 1954 19 30 110 (TAUPIGNAC NWROYAN) F 0413 C** 269

[Ref. ob1:] OTTO BINDER:

October 11, near Taupignac. Three men observed a round machine with a dome hovering low, and saw four little men, about one meter (3 feet) tall, who were "busy" near their machine but quickly fled in their saucer at the intrusion.

And in the same book:

October 11, 1954, Taupignac, France. Three men in a car stopped to investigate a disc that landed in a field. Four little men seemed busy near their saucer, but when they spied the humans, they rushed into their disc, shooting back a blinding beam so that the men could not chase them.

[Ref. jv1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

238

Oct. 11, 1954, 07:30 P.M., Taupignac (France).

Three men driving near Taupignac got out of their car to observe an intense red sphere in the sky. Then they discovered a round ma chine with a dome, 6 m diameter, giving off a yellow-red light, 200 m away at 10 m altitude. It was motion less and silent. It suddenly moved horizontally for a short distance and landed behind a wood. Two witnesses went closer and saw four dwarfs, 1 m tall, who seemed busy with the machine. The creatures rushed inside when the witnesses arrived within 15 m. The witnesses were blinded by a sudden burst of light, blue, then orange, then red, and the object took off vertically at fantastic speed. (Personal)

[Ref. jv2:] JACQUES VALLEE:

The author indicates that on October 11, 1954, three men were traveling by car close to Taupignac when they suddenly observed a sphere of an intense red in the sky. They stopped and came out of the car for better seeing. They then discovered within approximately 200 meters of the road and 10 meters above ground-level, a round machine with a dome, of approximately 6 meters in diameter, which projected a yellow-red light. It was perfectly motionless and did not make any noise.

Suddenly it moved horizontally at a small distance and landed behind a wood. Two of the witnesses moved towards this place and were soon able to observe the strange apparatus again.

Four small men, of approximately 1 meter in height, seem to be busy around the machine. When the witnesses arrived at less than 15 meters of the apparatus, the four entities rushed in the disc by the opposite side.

The two men were dazzled by a red explosion of blue then orange then red light, and the object flew away vertically at a fantastic speed.

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

The authors and ufologists Charles Garreau and Raymond Lavier give these indications concerning the observation in Taupignac in the department of Charente-Maritime on October 11, 1954, at 07:30 P.M.

References: Vallée catalogue, N.238, and M.O.C., Aimé Michel, page 269.

Three motorists of Bordeaux, who circulated on the departmental country road C.D. 40, arrived at height of this small hamlet and discover an intense reddish gleam radiating in the sky. The driver stopped the car. The three men went out for better observing this luminous spot:

"We then realized that it emanated from a circular object of approximately 6 meters in diameter, overcome of a luminous dome of orange red color. This thing was within approximately 300 meters of the road. It was motionless, at some twenty meters of altitude. We did not hear any noise. Quite suddenly, it started moving laterally, flew over a small wood and disappeared from our sight. However we still saw the gleam. We thought that it had landed. One among us remained close to the car to alert potential additional witnesses. My comrade and I left in the direction the light. We progressed of approximately 400 meters before seeing the machine again. Near it, we saw four small beings, whose size was approximately 1 meter, who were busy with a mysterious work. Surprised, we stopped a few seconds. Then we resumed our walk, the most silently possible. But whereas we were not any more than about fifteen meters of them, the four characters located us. They circumvented the machine and disappeared. Almost at once, the machine was wrapped by a succession of blue, orange and red lights. We were completely dazzled. The machine then took off at a frightening speed."

[Ref. ls1:] LEONARD STRINGFIELD:

The American ufologist indicates that on October 11, 1954, in France, in Taupignac, three men left their car to observe a sphere of an intense red in the sky. The sphere was round, with a dome, six meters in diameter approximately, and spread an orange light.

Suddenly, it moved and landed behind the wood. Two witnesses approached and saw four one meter tall dwarves who seemed busy around their apparatus.

When the witnesses arrived at a few meters of it, the small beings returned precipitately inside, the witnesses were then blinded by a gush of blue, then orange, then red light, and the apparatus disappeared at full speed.

He indicates that this example of case of a close encounter of the third kind comes from the catalogue by Jacques Vallée who extracted it from the Aime Michel's book.

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

The two authors indicate that on October 4, 1954 at 07:30 p.m., in Taupignac between Royan and Breuillet in the department of Charente-Maritime, three people were circulating by car on the GC 40 road between Royan and Breuillet.

At the location "Taupignac" their attention was drawn by an intense reddish gleam in the sky. They then discovered a circular object of six meters in diameter topped by some sort of luminous red-orange dome, motionless and silent at 10 meters of altitude.

Suddenly, it moved horizontally on a short distance and landed behind a wood. Its red-orange luminosity was still visible for the witnesses.

Two of them took a flashlight and moved towards the wood where the light was visible. After having crossed 400 meters, they saw the machine landed in a meadow surrounded by trees.

Close to this object, four small beings of approximately one meter in height were busy with some strange work. The two motorists went nearer until ten meters, at this time the entities circumvent the machine and disappeared in it.

Almost at once, the object very quickly underwent a succession of colors: blue, orange and red, blinding the two witnesses, and took off at a vertiginous speed.

The authors indicate that the sources are Sud-Ouest for October 10, 1954, dating the case of October 4; Vallée's catalogue, case 238 dated of the 11th; Aimé Michel's A Propos des S.V. page 198 dated 11th; Garreau and Lavier's Face aux E.T pages 75-76 dated 11th.

[Ref. in1:]"L'INEXPLIQUE":

The following day [October 12, 1954], in Royan, three Bordeaux residents see a red gleam above the hill, at nighfall. They advance towards the phenomenon and distinguish an object in the shape of a disc, with an orange red dome, which hovered within ten meters of the ground. A little further, the Bordeaux residents surprise four 1 m high creatures, squatted under the apparatus. These creatures reportedly regained their machine in haste, which would have taken off while changing color several times!

[Ref. js1:] JEAN SIDER:

Jean Sider indicates that on October 4, 1954, at 07:30 p.m. in Taupignac, the Charente-Maritime, three anonymous residents of Bordeaux were driving by car between Royan and Breuillet and suddenly saw a circular object of 6 meters in diameter topped by an orange-red luminous dome, hovering motionless ten meters above the ground in complete silence.

The machine then started a move and appeared to land 40 meters further.

The witnesses parked their vehicle and walked towards the object, using a flashlight to see. The object was posed in a meadow surrounded by trees and the witnesses saw four small being, approximately 1 meter tall, busy at the side of the object.

When the witnesses arrived at 10 meters of these creatures, they circumvented the apparatus and seemed to disappear inside, the machine changed in various colors, blue, orange, red, and took off at a fantastic speed.

Jean Sider indicates that the source is Michel Figuet page 119 and that several books give the wrong date of October 11 when it was really October 4.

[Ref. jh1:] JIM HICKMAN:

American ufologist Jim Hickman wrote:

On October 11, 1954 in Taupignac, France, Three men driving near Taupignac got out of their car to observe an intense red sphere in the sky. Then they discovered a round machine with a dome, 6 m diameter, giving off a yellow-red light, 200 m away at 10 m altitude. It was motionless and silent.

It suddenly moved horizontally for a short distance and landed behind a wood. Two witnesses went closer and saw four dwarfs, 1 m tall, who seemed busy with the machine. The creatures rushed inside when the witnesses arrived within 15 m. The witness was blinded by a sudden burst of light, blue, then orange, then red, and the object took off vertically at fantastic speed.

These reports make me think our alien friends are a little weird, to say the least. I guess if your going to have an encounter, it should be strange...

[Ref. ni1:] NICAP:

The NICAP Occupants database indicates:

10/11/1954 Taupignac, FR
11 Oct 54

Three men in a car spotted at disc-shaped craft in a field. 4 tiny humanoids were working nearby. When they saw the men they ran to the disc & shot a beam of light at the men so they could not give chase.

CE-3-102 Randle/Estes, FOV pg 268

[Ref. lg2:] LOREN GROSS:

Michel wrote:

"Toward 7:30 p.m. three Bordeaux residents who prefer to remain anonymous were driving between Royan and Breuillet along Route GC-40. They were at Tapignac [sic] when they noticed a reddish glow lighting up the sky and fields. They stopped the car, got out, and saw, two or three hundred yards from the road, a disk-shaped object, surmounted by a luminous orange-red dome, hovering silently about 30 feet above the ground. "It seemed to be suspended from an invisible thread, it hung there in such perfect equilibrium,' they said.

"They had watched it for several seconds when it began to move away, flying levelly and horizontally at the same height above the ground until it slipped behind a small woods only a short distance away. The object itself was no longer visible, but its light shone clearly through the trees.

"Armed with a flashlight, two of the witnesses set off toward the woods. When they had walked about 400 yards they saw the machine again, landed in a field surrounded by trees. Near it were four little creatures about three feet tall, busily engaged in some mysterious activity or task. The motorists headed for the 'little men;' but when they were only about fifty feet away the quartet of humanoids rounded the machine and disappeared inside. Almost at once the object began to change color-to blue, to orange, to red--dazzling the two witnesses, then left the ground at 'terrifying' speed." (xx.)

(xx.) Michel, Aime. Flying Saucer and the Straight-Line Mystery. pp.159-160.

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

107.
Location. Near Taupignac Charente-Maritimes France
Date: October 4 1954
Time: 1930

Three unidentified people were returning to Brueillet [sic] when near Taupignac, they observed a red luminous object hovering over a nearby wood. They stopped the car and got out, observing a round device about 6 meters in diameter, hovering motionless about 10 or 12 meters above the ground. After a few seconds it moved off horizontally, then descended into a small wooded area. Taking with them flashlights, two of the riders entered the woods; in a clearing they discovered the object, around which four little beings of one-meter height were busying themselves. As the two witnesses approached, the beings quickly entered the object, which emitted blue, then orange, and then red lights, dazzling them. It ascended quickly without any noise.

Humcat 1954-21
Source: Joel Mesnard & Jean Marie Bigorne
Type: B

And:

148.
Location. Taupignac France
Date: October 11 1954
Time: 1930

Three anonymous residents of Bordeaux got out of their car to observe an orange luminous disc, 20 ft in diameter, hovering over the ground. Walking, they then found it on the ground, with 4 little creatures 3 ft tall engaged in some kind of activity. When they got within 50 ft these beings rushed into the object, which then emitted dazzling blue, orange, and red light, and left the ground at "terrifying" speed.

Humcat 1954-87
Source: Aime Michel
Type: B

[Ref. rb1:] RICHARD BOYLAN:

On October 11, 1954 in Taupignac, France, Three men driving near Taupignac got out of their car to observe an intense red sphere in the sky. Then they discovered a round machine with a dome, 6 m diameter, giving off a yellow-red light, 200 m away at 10 m altitude. It was motionless and silent. It suddenly moved horizontally for a short distance and landed behind a wood. Two witnesses went closer and saw four dwarfs, 1 m tall, who seemed busy with the machine. The creatures rushed inside when the witnesses arrived within 15 m. The witness was blinded by a sudden burst of light, blue, then orange, then red, and the object took off vertically at fantastic speed.

[Ref. rh1:] RICHARD HALL:

TABLE 1. UFO OCCUPANT SIGHTINGS, 1954-1963

[...]

October 11, 1954 Three motorists, Tapignac [sic] (Charente, Maritime), France 7:30 P.M.

Four 3-ft tall beings; motorists stopped to watch hovering disc that descended into woods; two entered woods to investigate, saw beings enter domed disc and take off".

[...]

[Ref. dj1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

October 4

[...]

1954 - At 7:30 p.m. a six-meter in diameter red, round, domed object, hovered 10-12 meters above the ground in Taupignac, France. Four little men, one meter tall (3.3 feet) exited. As the three male witnesses approached they quickly entered the object. The domed disc changed color from blue to orange and then to red, and made no noise as it took off. (Source: Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 159).

And:

October 11

[...]

1954 - Three men driving near Taupignac, France got out of their car to observe an intense red sphere in the sky. Then they discovered a round machine with a dome, 6 meters in diameter, giving off a yellow-red light, only 200 meters away from them at 10 m altitude. It was motionless and silent. It suddenly moved horizontally for a short distance and landed behind a wood. Two witnesses went closer and saw four dwarfs, one meter tall, who seemed busy with the machine. The creatures rushed inside when the witnesses arrived within 15 m. The witnesses was blinded by a sudden burst of light blue, then orange, then red, and the object took off vertically at fantastic speed. (Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 225).

[Ref. jb1:] JEROME BEAU:

Jerome Beau indicates that on Monday, October 11, 1954, "19:30 In Taupignac (France), 3 men in a car, close to this village, get out of their vehicle to observe 1 sharp red sphere in the sky. They then discover a round object 6 m in diameter, with a dome, releasing a red-yellow light, at 200 m from there, altitude 10 m. It is motionless and silent. Suddenly it moves horizontally on a short distance and lands behind a wood. 2 witnesses see more closely 4 small men of 1 m in height, who are busy near the machine. They quickly return inside, as soon as the witnesses are 15 m distant. They are blinded by a sharp light, blue, then orange, then red, and the object takes off vertically at a fantastic speed."

[Ref. mp1:] MICHEL PADRINES:

Jerome Beau indicates that on Monday, October 11, 1954, "19:30 In Taupignac (France), 3 men in a car, close to this village, get out of their vehicle to observe 1 sharp red sphere in the sky. They then discover a round object 6 m in diameter, with a dome, releasing a red-yellow light, at 200 m from there, altitude 10 m. It is motionless and silent. Suddenly it moves horizontally on a short distance and lands behind a wood. 2 witnesses see more closely 4 small men of 1 m in height, who are busy near the machine. They quickly return inside, as soon as the witnesses are 15 m distant. They are blinded by a sharp light, blue, then orange, then red, and the object takes off vertically at a fantastic speed."

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 4 October 1954 at 19:30 in Taupignac, France, "An object was observed. Physiological effects were noted. One changing color domed disc, about 20 feet across, was observed by three male witnesses in a forest for ten minutes. No sound was heard. Four dwarves were seen."

And: "At 7:30 p.m. a six-meter in diameter red, round, domed object, hovered 10-12 meters above the ground in Taupignac, France . Four little men, one meter tall (3.3 feet) exited. As the three male witnesses approached they quickly entered the object. The domed disc changed color from blue to orange and then to red, and made no noise as it took off."

And: "Three unidentified people were returning to Brueillet [sic] when near Taupignac, they observed a red luminous object hovering over a nearby wood. They stopped the car and got out, observing a round device about 6 meters in diameter, hovering motionless about 10 or 12 meters above the ground. After a few seconds it moved off horizontally, then descended into a small wooded area. Taking with them flashlights, two of the riders entered the woods; in a clearing they discovered the object, around which four little beings of one-meter height were busying themselves. As the two witnesses approached, the beings quickly entered the object, which emitted blue, then orange, and then red lights, dazzling them. It ascended quickly without any noise."

The sources are noted as Webb, David, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Report; 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, Preliminary Catalog (N = 500), (in JVallee01); Vallee, Jacques, A Century of Landings (N = 923), (in JVallee04), Chicago, 1969; Schoenherr, Luis, Computerized Catalog (N = 3173); Binder, Otto, What We Really Know About Flying Saucers, Fawcett T1863, Greenwich, 1967; Delaire, J. Bernard, UFO Register Volume 7 (1976), Data Research, Oxford, 1976; Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002; Stringfield, L; Rosales, Albert, Humanoid Sighting Reports Database.

[Ref. ud2:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 11 October 1954 at 19:30 in Taupignac, France, "Three men driving near Taupignac, France got out of their car to observe an intense red sphere in the sky. Then they discovered a round machine with a dome, 6 meters in diameter, giving off a yellow-red light, only 200 meters away from them at 10 m altitude. It was motionless and silent. It suddenly moved horizontally for a short distance and landed behind a woods. Two witnesses went closer and saw four dwarfs, one meter tall, who seemed busy with the machine. The creatures rushed inside when the witnesses arrived within 15 m. The witnesses was blinded by a sudden burst of light blue, then orange, then red, and the object took off vertically at fantastic speed."

And: "Three anonymous residents of Bordeaux got out of their car to observe an orange luminous disc, 20 ft in diameter, hovering over the ground. Walking, they then found it on the ground, with 4 little creatures 3 ft tall engaged in some kind of activity. When they got within 50 ft these beings rushed into the object, which then emitted dazzling blue, orange, and red light, and left the ground at "terrifying" speed."

The source is a broken link.

[Ref. so1:] "SUD OUEST":

On its site web in a heading entitled "Sacred UFOs", the newspaper talks about "Four small beings" who "were busy", in Breuillet on October 11, 1954 at 19:30, with three witnesses.

The newspaper says: "Three individuals circulate in car on the GC 40, between Royan and Breuillet. At the place called Taupignac, their attention is attracted by an intense reddish gleam in the sky. They discover a circular object 6 meters in diameter, surmounted by a kind of luminous red-orange dome. Motionless and silent, the object hovers at ten meters of altitude."

"Suddenly, it moves in a horizontal manner on a short distance, before landing behind a wood. Its luminous halation crosses the screen of the trees. Two of the three witnesses then take a flashlight and move towards the wood irradiated of an orange red light. After having crossed 400 meters, they see the craft posed in a meadow surrounded by trees. Close to this object, four small beings approximately one meter in height are busy doing a strange work. The two motorists approach them until ten meters. The entities then circumvent hurriedly the craft and disappear inside. At once, the object changes to all the colors, blue, orange, red, dazzling the two witnesses, then takes off at a vertiginous speed."

[Ref. ml1:] MARC LEMONNIER:

Ten appearances of UFO in the French sky in 1954

[... Other cases ...]

3 - Breuillet (Charente-Maritime)

On October 11, 1954, three people circulating in the neighborhoods of the Taupignac locality see a luminous machine landing behind a wood. They go on the spot of the landing where they discover a circular object surmounted of a dome, and four small beings who are busy around it... As soon as they see the three earthmen, the extraterrestrial visitors go up in their vehicle which takes off at a vertiginous speed.

[... Other cases ...]

More about this:
Le Dictionnaire de la France Insolite et Bizarre, Marc Lemonier, City Publishers, 2009

[Ref. ml1:] MARC LEMONNIER:

On October 11, 1954, a UFO case threw disorder in the community: three motorists claim to have seen a "circular machine" preceded by a "red gleam in the sky" above Taupignac, a hamlet located at the south of the community. The case is republished by the press.

The source is noted as the "Autrefois Breuillet" website.

[Ref. pr1:] PETER ROGERSON:

October 11 1954. 1930hrs

TAUPIGNAC (CHARENTE-MARITIME : FRANCE)

Three men from Bordeaux, who did not want their names to be used, were driving along Rte CG 40 when they noticed red glow lighting up the area. They got out and saw, 200-300m from the road, a disc, surmounted by a luminous orange-red dome, suspended silently about 10m above the ground. It was about 6m in diameter. The object then moved horizontally behind some woods, its light still shining through three trees. Two of the men went to investigate with a flashlight, and after 400m encountered the machine landed in a field surrounded by trees. Near it were four dwarfs, about 1m tall, engaged in some sort of activity. As the men approached to within 15m, the dwarfs went round the machine and apparently went inside. The object then changed color blue-orange-red, dazzling the two men, and left the ground at terrific speed.

Michel 1958, p.158.
Vallee Case 238.

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

Location: Near Taupignac Charente-Maritimes France

Date: October 4 1954

Time: 1930

Three unidentified people were returning to Brueillet [sic] when near Taupignac, they observed a red luminous object hovering over a nearby wood. They stopped the car and got out, observing a round device about 6 meters in diameter, hovering motionless about 10 or 12 meters above the ground. After a few seconds it moved off horizontally, and then descended into a small wooded area. Taking with them flashlights, two of the riders entered the woods; in a clearing they discovered the object, around which four little beings of one-meter height were busying themselves. As the two witnesses approached, the beings quickly entered the object, which emitted blue, then orange, and then red lights, dazzling them. It ascended quickly without any noise.

Source: Joel Mesnard & Jean Marie Bigorne

The website recorded the same case a second time with a different date:

Location: Taupignac France

Date: October 11 1954

Time: 1930

Three anonymous residents of Bordeaux got out of their car to observe an orange luminous disc, 20 ft in diameter, hovering over the ground. Walking, they then found it on the ground, with 4 little creatures 3 ft tall engaged in some kind of activity. When they got within 50 ft these beings rushed into the object, which then emitted dazzling blue, orange, and red light, and left the ground at “terrifying” speed.

Source: Aime Michel: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia 238

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

*Oct. 4, 1954 - At 7:30 p.m. a six-meter in diameter red, round, domed object, hovered 10-12 meters above the ground in Taupignac, France. Four little men, one meter tall (3.3 feet) exited. As the three male witnesses approached they quickly entered the object. The domed disc changed color from blue to orange and then to red, and made no noise as it took off. (Source: Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 159).

[Ref. ni2:] "THE NICAP WEBSITE":

*Oct. 11, 1954 - At 7:30 p.m. three men driving near Taupignac, Charente-Maritime, France at 7:30 p.m. got out of their car to observe an intense red sphere in the sky. Then they discovered a round machine with a dome, 6 meters in diameter, giving off a yellow-red light, only 200 meters away from them at 10 m altitude. It was motionless and silent. It suddenly moved horizontally for a short distance and landed behind a wood. Two witnesses went closer and saw four dwarfs, one meter tall, who seemed busy with the machine. The creatures rushed inside when the witnesses arrived within 15 m. The witnesses was blinded by a sudden burst of light blue, then orange, then red, and the object took off vertically at fantastic speed. (Sources: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 225, case # 238; Richard H. Hall, The UFO Evidence, Volume II: A Thirty Year Report, p. 468).

[Ref. gz1:] JULIEN GONZALEZ:

The author indicates that there was a close encounter of the third kind in Taupignac, Charente-Maritime, on October 4, 1954 at 7:30 pm:

Three anonymous inhabitants of Bordeaux were driving by car on the GC 40 between Royan and Breuillet, when their attention was caught by an intense reddish glow in the sky. They then discovered a circular object, six meters in diameter, surmounted by a kind of red-orange luminous dome, motionless and silent at 10 meters above sea level.

Suddenly, it moved horizontally for a short distance and landed behind a wood, its brightness still visible to the witnesses.

Two of them took an electric flashlight and headed for the wood where the red-orange glow was visible. After having traveled 400 meters, they saw the machine posed in a meadow surrounded by trees. Near this object four little beings, about a meter in height, were busy with a strange task.

The two motorists approached them up to a dozen yards, when the little beings went around the machine, entered in it, and almost immediately the object passed very quickly through a succession of colors: blue, orange and red, dazzling the two witnesses, and it took off at a dizzying speed.

Sources are indicated as Aimé Michel, "Mystérieux Objets Célestes", pages 269-270; C. Garreau and R. Lavier, "Face aux Extra-Terrestres", pages 75-76; Michel Figuet and Jean-Louis Ruchon, "OVNI: le premier dossier complet des rencontres rapprochées en France", page 119; Jean Sider, "Le dossier ]954 et l'imposture rationaliste", pages 185.

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

This database recorded this case 11 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
19541004 04.10.1954 Taupignac France 19.30 CE III
19541011 11.10.1954 Taupignac France CE III
19541011 11.10.1954 Taupignac France 19.30 CE III
19541011 11.10.1954 Taupignac France 19.30 CE III
19541011 11.10.1954 Taupignac France 19.30
19541011 11.10.1954 Taupignac France 19.30 CE II
19541011 11.10.1954 Taupignac France 19.30 CE III
19541011 11.10.1954 Taupignac France 19.30 CE III
19541011 11.10.1954 Taupignac France 19.30 CE III
19541011 11.10.1954 Taupignac France CE III
19541011 11.10.1954 Taupignac France CE III

Notes:

General map of mentioned places (Bordeaux is about 90 kms more in the South):

Carte

On the "route de Royan" before entering Taupignac when going from Royan towards Breuillet, there are nowadays (2000) fields and small woods; so there is no contradiction on this matter.

Carte

Explanations:

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Taupignac, Charente-Maritime, multiple, sphere, red, object, round, dome, silent, landing, occupants, humanoids, light, blue, orange, fast, repair, Brueillet, Breuillet, Tapignac, machine, dazzling, luminous, hovering, small, four

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross April 6, 2003 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross December 21, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [jb1], [mp1], [ud1], [ud2].
1.1 Patrick Gross March 1, 2010 Addition [so1].
1.2 Patrick Gross April 5, 2010 Addition [lm1].
1.3 Patrick Gross June 28, 2010 Addition [jv5].
1.4 Patrick Gross October 30, 2011 Addition [wi1].
1.5 Patrick Gross August 14, 2013 Addition [pr1].
1.6 Patrick Gross October 8, 2014 Additions [ta1], [ni1], [ni2].
1.7 Patrick Gross December 8, 2016 Additions [in1], [ub1].
1.8 Patrick Gross February 13, 2017 Additions [lg2], [gz1], Summary, Notes.

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