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The 1954 French flap:

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October 4, 1954, Villers-le-Lac, Doubs:

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

Reports:

[Ref. pr1:] UNKNOWN LOCAL NEWSPAPER FOR OCTOBER 9, 1954:

COUNTY OF MORTEAU

VILLERS-LE-LAC

Is it a saucer? - On Monday evening several people from the "Bout du Pont" and the "Clos Boudot" had their attention attracted, around 8 p.m, by a whitish gleam appearing towards the west, at high altitude, appearing to descend towards the ground.

At 09:15 p.m., a young girl saw a mass whitish at the top, dazzling red below, and placed about two hundred yards from her house, towards a hedge, between the station and the bridge. Immediately calling her mother, she was able to observe also a number of brilliant stars heading towards the east side, which were projected in cascade by the mysterious craft.

At the moment when a car sounded a horn on the bridge, to warn two [?], all the gleam disappeared, a white form disappeared after, it seems, a time of hesitation, without any noise and Without leaving a trace.

[Ref. im1:] "L'IMPARTIAL" NEWSPAPER

French border

At the Villers

A miss claims to have seen a flying saucer...

(Corr.) - A daily newspaper of Besançon echoed a story that also reached us from beyond the Doubs, we also talk about it with the usual caveats. Here is what this is about:

Last Monday evening between 11:30 p.m. exactly and midnight, Miss H. Scalabrino, having trouble sleeping, went to the window, looking everywhere and nowhere. Suddenly she noticed a white ball that arose a few hundred meters away, behind a hedge. Intrigued as much as she was worried, she waited, not daring to leave her observation place to alert her family. The "thing" remained motionless for twenty minutes, without anyone coming out of it then it began moving again. It was then that Miss S. called her mother, who hastened, attended the take-off of the flying saucer (which did not have the looks of a saucer).

It was first a bright light that emerged from under the machine, illuminating a small space; a crackling sound, sparks, marked the departure, quite slow. At a certain height, the "ball" stopped and disappeared quickly. When one went to the indicated place, no trace of the craft was found there.

[Ref. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel indicates that an interesting phenomenon occurred on October 4, 1954 in Villers le Lac.

At about 08:00 P.M., several people of the districts of Bout-du-Pont and Clos-Rondot saw a whiteish gleam in their West, which seemed to go down towards the ground.

Two women, Mrs. X and her daughter, who were going to bed at about 08:30 P.M. felt unpleasant tickings in the eyes. The girl who did not sleep went up at about 09:45 P.M. to get some fresh air at the window. There, she saw a luminous mass within 200 meters of their home, which was posed close to a hedge between the station and the bridge.

She then called her mother and both observed the phenomenon distinctly and during a long moment. The luminous mass was white on the top and of a dazzling red in the lower part, with jets of white sparks coming out of it from time to time by jerks.

At one time, a car arrived close to the bridge and hooted. Everything then died out and the witnesses did not see anything any more.

Michel indicates that the case was reported in Fate magazine.

[Ref. mc1:] MICHEL CARROUGES:

Michel Carrouges, making some sorting in the French observations of 1954, notes that this observation was made with a distance witness-object of 200 meters.

[Ref. gc1:] LEONARD G. CRAMP:

October 1954, France again; this time near Villers. Two people, Mme F... and her daughter, both experienced an unpleasant twitching of the eyes as they were preparing for bed. Unable to sleep, the daughter rose and went to the window. There she saw a luminous mass resting near a hedge. The girl called her mother and both saw that the illuminated mass was, in fact, white on top and dazzling red below. The object threw out a cascade of sparks from time to time.

[Ref. jv5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

238 -006.67071 47.06100 04 10 1954 20 30 170 VILLERS LE LAC F 0011334 C 233

[Ref. jv2:] JACQUES VALLEE:

The author indicates that on October 6, 1954, two women saw a whitish light in the Western sky. It seemed to approach the ground slowly, and it was seen later between the station and the bridge, for it had landed with approximately 100 meters of their house in Villers-le-Lac in the Doubs. When the object moved, a very brilliant light was visible under its dark mass. It projected a shower of sparkles and rose, remained motionless in the air one moment, then moved away very quickly.

[Ref. jv1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

202

Oct. 06, 1954 10:30 P.M. Villers-le-Lac (France).

Two women (Mrs. Salabrino and her daughter) saw a whitish light in the western sky. It seemed slowly to come toward the ground, and was later seen between the railroad station and the bridge 100 m away from their house. When it moved, a very bright light was visible under its dark mass. It gave off a flow of sparks and rose, hovered for a moment and flew away rapidly. (M 138)

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

The authors indicate that in Viller-le-Lac in the Doubs around 8 p.m., several residents of this village, from the Bout-du-Port district, saw appearing in the west at high altitude a whitish ball which quickly lost altitude.

Among the witnesses there were Mrs. D and her daughter who prepared to going in their bedroom to sleep and looked at this ball a few seconds without caring much about it. They go to bed and are astonished to feel, a few minutes later, tickling in their eyes.

Towards 21:45, the girl is awaked by a strong gleam filtering through the shutters, she stands up, goes to the window and then sees within 200 meters of the house a luminous object which is posed between the station and the bridge.

The higher part is whitish, the lower part is of a dazzling white.

The girl calls her mother and both observe the machine which seemed to project sparks by jerks. They were thrown into a panic, did not dare to go out and thus could not warn anybody.

When a car arrives, with a driver who honks, the craft made a tremendous departure.

No trace was found on the ground the next day by the gendarmes who investigated.

The authors say the sources are newspapers and their personal file.

[Ref. jv7:] JACQUES VALLEE - "HISTORIA" MAGAZINE:

October 6, 1954, 10 : 30 p.m.. Villers-le-Lac (Doubs).

Two women (Ms. Salabrino and her daughter) saw a whitish glow in the west in the sky. This seemed to be heading down to the ground and was seen later between the station and the bridge located at 100m from their house. When the object was moving, a very bright light was visible under its dark mass. It gushed a stream of sparks, it rose, hovered a moment, then flew away quickly.

[Ref. rs1:] RAY STANFORD:

In his book about the famous UFO landing in Socorro, Ray Stanford indicates a number of other sightings of egg-shaped craft that may be significant in this regard.

Among those cases, he indicates that on October 6, 1954, in Villers-le-Lac, the Doubs, France, two women saw a whitish light in the western sky; which came closer to the ground and landed between a railroad station and a bridge at 300 to 400 feet from the home of the women.

When the object moved, a very bright light was seen under its solid form, and on take-off it gave off brilliant light and a flow of sparks for a short distance. Then it remained motionless a little ways above the ground, and finally departed at high speed.

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

The two authors indicate that in Villers-le-Lac in the Doubs, on October 4, 1954 at 08:00 p.m., residents of the locality observe at high altitude a whitish ball which loses altitude. The witness Mrs Salabrino and her daughter observe this ball during a few seconds. Then they go to bed, and are astonished when a few minutes later they feel ticklings in their eyes.

A approximately 09:45 p.m., the daughter wakes up because of a strong light which filters through her shutters. She stands up, moves towards the window of her bedroom, and then sees within 200 meters of the house a luminous shape posed between the station and the bridge. she wakes her mother up and both observe the scene. The machine seems to project sparks randomly.

The arrival of a car, whose driver hoots, causes the very fast departure of the machine.

No trace was found on the ground the following day during the investigation carried out by the gendarmerie.

The authors indicate that the source is C. Garreau and R. Lavier in "Face aux ET" pp 217-128.

[Ref. lg1] LOREN GROSS:

October 6th. Villers-le-Lac, France. (10:30 p.m.)

A balloon?

A slow moving white light came out of the west and sailed to a point 100 yards away from the home of Mme. Salabrine [sic] and her daughter on the outskirts of Villers-le-Lac. Having approached that close, and under observation by the two women, the thing in the sky was seen to be mainly a dark mass with a small white light underneath it. A shower of sparks issued from the object and after remaining motionless for a brief time, it moved away quickly. 63.

  • 63. Michel, Aime. Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p.138.

[Ref. js1:] JEAN SIDER:

The author indicates that on October 4, 1954 at 08:00 p.m. in Villers-le-Lac in the Doubs, Mrs. Salabrino and her daughter observed a whitish ball in flight directed towards the ground, and later, when they went to bed, they fels tickling in the eyes.

The author indicates that the source is "Figuet, p.121".

[Ref. go1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

The Belgian ufologist indicates in her catalogue that in 1954, on October 4, in France in Villers-le-Lac (the Doubs), "Around 20 hours Mrs. Salabrino and her daughter look during a few moments a whitish ball at high altitude then go to bed. A few minutes later their eyes are tickling. Towards 21:45, the girl is awaked by a strong gleam, she stands up and goes to the window. She then sees at 200 m of the house, a luminous object posed between the station and the bridge. The higher part is whitish, the lower part of a dazzling white. She calls her mother. From time to time the object seems to throw sparks, by jerks. A car arrives, the driver honks because he also saw the craft, this causes its fulgurating departure."

She indicates the source as "GARREAU and LAVIER: 'Face aux extra-terrestres' - DELARGE 1975 - J'ai Lu p. 225, 226".

[Ref. fb1:] FABRICE BONVIN:

Fabrice Bonvin notes:

Case #017: 04/10/1954, p. 121 (Villers-le-lac)

[Ref. fb2:] FABRICE BONVIN:

In a table, Fabrice Bonvin notes selected cases of the 1954 Frnech flap, including this one:

Case Nmbr witnesses Hours Type objects
Villers-le-Lac 2 4 2

[Ref. dj1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

Encounters with Aliens on this Day...

October 6

1954 - Villers-le-Lac, France. Two women. Mrs. Salabrino and her daughter, saw a whitish light in the western sky. It seemed to come slowly toward the ground, and was later seen between the railroad station and the bridge 100 meters away from their house. When it moved, a very bright light was visible under its dark mass. It gave off a flow of sparks and rose, hovered for a moment and flew away rapidly. (Sources: Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 138; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia, p. 219).

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan notes in his database that in the Doubs in Villers le Lac on October 4, 1954 at 20:00 hours, "residents of the locality observe at high altitude a whitish ball which loses altitude. The witness and her daughter observe during a few seconds this ball. Then they go to bed and are astonished, a few minutes later, to feel prickling at the eyes. Towards 21:45, the girl is awaked by a strong light which filters through her shutters. She stands up, moves towards the window of her bedroom, and then sees within 200 meters of the house a luminous shape posed between the station and the bridge, she awakes her mother and both observed the display. The craft seems to project sparks by jerks. The arrival of a car, whose driver honks, causes the fulgurating departure of the crft. No trace was found on the ground the next day during a search carried out by the gendarmerie."

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

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 6 October 1954 at 22:30 in Villers-le-Lac, France, "An object was sighted that had an appearance and performance beyond the capability of known earthly aircraft. One object was observed by two female witnesses in a pasture for 105 minutes (Salabrino)."

The sources are indicated as: 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); 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. ud2:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 6 October 1954 at 22:30 in Villers-le-Lac, France, "Two women saw a whitish light, 100 meters away."

The website adds: "Two women (Mrs. Salabrino and her daughter) saw a whitish light in the western sky. It seemed slowly to come toward the ground, and was later seen between the railroad station and the bridge 100 meters away from their house. When it moved, a very bright light was visible under its dark mass. It gave off a flow of sparks and rose, hovered for a moment and flew away rapidly. One ball was observed."

The source is indicated as: Vallee Magonia Database.

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

*Oct. 6, 1954 - On this evening Mr. and Mrs. Laroche from Paris saw a fiery sphere land near Chantonnay, Monchamps, France. At 9:30 p.m. near the military barracks in La Fere, France some soldiers saw a strange torpedo-shaped object on the ground 300 meters away. As one of them approached the craft, which stood about 80 cm high, he found himself paralyzed. Finally, at 10:30 p.m. two women, Mrs. Salabrino and her adult daughter, saw a whitish light in the western sky in Villers-le-Lac, France. It seemed to slowly approach the ground, and was later seen between the railway station and the bridge 100 meters away from their house. When it moved, a very bright light was visible under its dark mass. It gave off a flow of sparks and rose, hovered for a moment, and then flew away rapidly. (Sources: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, cases 200-201; (3) Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 138).

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

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

This database recorded this case 8 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
N° de cas Nouveau N° de cas Enquêteur Date d'observation CP Lieu d'observation Pays d'observation Heure d'observation Classification Commentaires Identification
19541004 04.10.1954 Villers Lac France 20.30
19541004 04.10.1954 Villers Lac France 20.30 CE I
19541004 04.10.1954 Villers Lac France 20.00 CE I
19541004 04.10.1954 Villers Lac France 21.45
19541004 04.10.1954 Villers-Le-Lac France
19541006 06.10.1954 Villers Iac [sic] France 22.30 CE I
19541016 16.10.1954 Villers Lac France
19541000 00.10.1954 Villers France CE II

Notes:

In 1954, Villers-le-Lac had 3237 inhabitants. In 1948, Lac-ou-Villers was renamed Villers-le-Lac.

Explanations:

Not looked for yet.

Keywords:

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

Villers-le-Lac, Doubs, Salabrino, Scalabrino, light, white, object, landing, bright, sparks, manoeuvers, fast

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross April 5, 2003 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross March 16, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [js1], [go1], [lc1], [ud1], [ud2].
1.1 Patrick Gross June 22, 2010 Addition [jv5].
1.2 Patrick Gross July 4, 2010 Addition [gc1].
1.3 Patrick Gross July 9, 2010 Addition [fb2].
1.2 Patrick Gross October 6, 2014 Additions [jv7], [ni1].
1.5 Patrick Gross October 11, 2016 Addition [im1].
1.6 Patrick Gross December 18, 2016 Additions [lg1], [ub1].
1.7 Patrick Gross January 7, 2017 Addition [pr1].

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