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October 5, 1954, Beaumont, Puy-de-Dôme:

Reference number for this case: 5-oct-54-Beaumont. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

The regional newspaper L'Ardennais for October 7, 1954, indicated that the "saucer" sighted "Tuesday" at 10 kilometers from Beaumont at 03:45 p.m. was moving west-east in the sky of Clermont-Ferrand; and that the witnesses stated that the craft came closer to them and became less and less brilliant.

When they were no more than 150 meters from the "saucer", they felt a "curious sensation" and were as "nailed on the spot." "At that moment a smell of nitro-benzene was coming in. Soon the machine moved away, the discomfort ceased, and the saucer disappeared."

Many other newspapers of those days mentioned this observation; it seems that La Montagne for October 6, 1954, and/or Centre-Matin for October 7, 1954, gave the names of the witnesses as Brun, Marfaron, Doutin, and Marplat.

Reports:

[Ref. las1:] "L'ARDENNAIS" NEWSPAPER:

Finally! Paris had his saucers too!

A few days ago, a French radio broadcaster complained bitterly of the disdain that the "Uranids" and their heavenly vehicles were showing towards the capital. Only the inhabitants of the countryside seemed to interest the interplanetary travelers who approached them willingly and even tried to enter into conversation with them. Well, it was not an arbitrary privilege. Injustice is repaired. Paris, the big city, had its flying saucers!

Several Parisians have indeed said they saw, Tuesday afternoon, a craft moving in the sky. Passersby claimed to have seen one around 04:30 p.m., near the Porte Dorée.

Mr. Pierre Allouis, salesman in cardboard, went to his business by taxi, when the vehicle was stopped by a red light; Hearing, he said, a shrill whistling sound, he looked out of the door and saw a flying craft escaping high, leaving a plume of smoke in its wake.

Mr. Allouis describes the saucer as a disc bigger than a normal plane and silver. The same testimony is given by Mr. Gilbert Bacon and Mr. Paul Julien, a house painter. The latter, however, believe that it is not a saucer but a flying wing that affects the shape of a triangle with rounded edges.

At Le Bourget, it is explained that given the intensity of the air traffic, it is impossible to confirm by radar the passage of the craft at the insufficiently specified time. On the other hand, the radar cannot record the passage of a heavier than air more than by a bright spot regardless of the nature of the craft.

Finally! Paris had his saucers too!

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LEZIGNAN. -- Two inhabitants of Lezignan, Messrs. André Garcia and André Darzens, who were driving in a truck on the departmental road D3, claimed to have seen a disc-shaped machine land 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 get close, it surrounded them in a bright glow and disappeared.

BERGERAC. -- Mr. Jean Defix, firefighter at Bergerac, and Mr. Jean Labonne, said that they saw a luminous disk about 3 meters in diameter, supported by three crutches, in the garden of the latter.

DINAN. -- In Megrit (Côtes du Nord), a young farmer, Mr. Henri Leherissé, said he saw in the yard of his farm a craft with a diameter of about 1 meter, around which appeared two human forms, immobile and the size of a child.

NEVERS. -- In Nevers, five residents of Château-Chinon said they saw Monday evening, at very high altitude, a kind of bright spot that split into two discs. These, they say, began to turn by changing color several times.

DUNKIRK. -- A Dunkirk merchant had, several days ago, said to have seen strange luminous objects in the sky of Bray-Dunes. An investigation had been opened. It concluded that they were two military planes whose metal coating had been misleading.

CLERMONT-FERRAND. -- Two saucers were seen Tuesday in the sky of Clermont. The first 10 kilometers from Beaumont at 03:45 p.m. It was moving west-east. Witnesses testified that the craft got closer to them and became less and less brilliant.

When they were only 150 meters away, they felt a "curious sensation" and were nailed to the spot. At that moment there was a smell of nitro-benzene. Soon the machine moved away, the discomfort ceased, and the saucer disappeared.

The other saucer was sighted over the hills of Chanturgue, near Clermont. It was moving vertically and was bright white.

A saucer was also sighted in Billom by a group of 30 people. The craft was moving over the city. It was moving horizontally. It was visible for 3 to 4 minutes before disappearing. An intense light emanated from the craft.

SAINT-BRIEUC. -- Several residents of Saint-Brieuc saw, during the night of Tuesday to Wednesday, a flying saucer that took the shape of a cigar before disappearing. They could watch it for over an hour.

The same phenomenon was noted in Trégueux where a cyclist returned home frightened by what he had seen.

LA ROCHELLE. -- In the night from Tuesday to Wednesday, several people from Thouare-sur-Vie (Vendée) saw in the sky a dozen luminous objects having an elongated shape and passing at a very high speed and high altitude.

LA ROCHELLE. -- Mr. and Mrs. Guillemoteau were standing in front of their farm when they saw about one meter from the ground, a spherical saucer measuring 2 to 3 meters in height and 5 meters in diameter.

The machine, which produced no noise, stopped for a few minutes, then climbed vertically. Mr. Guillemoteau went to the place where he had seen the machine the next day and was able to note oily traces on the grass.

QUIMPER. -- Around 4 o'clock Tuesday morning, Mr. Pierre Lucas, baker worker in Loctudy (Finistère), who was busy drawing water from the bakery yard, suddenly saw in the night a craft of the shape of a saucer 2 m 50 to 3 m in diameter. He saw an individual about 1m20 come out of it and hit him on the shoulder while uttering unintelligible words.

The baker's worker managed to keep his cool and returned to the bakehouse where the stranger followed him. In the light, Mr. Lucas could stare at the visitor. His face was hairy and his eyes were the size of a raven's egg. The young man called his boss, but before he had time to go down, the stranger had disappeared as well as his saucer of which no trace was found.

A Concarneau beer merchant, for his part, said he saw in the sky two luminous discs of the shape of round tables prolonged by a kind of tail. One of the disks was motionless while the other was moving nearby. Both disks disappeared after ten minutes after having launching a rocket.

Italy does not stay on the sidelines of this invasion

MANTUA. -- The traffic was interrupted for more than an hour in the center of Mantua by groups of people gathered to observe a strange "white object" which, at a high height stood out clearly on the background of the blue sky.

After making extremely rapid maneuvers, the spherical machine - which according to some witnesses, was part of "a flying saucer formation" - remained motionless for some time in the sky, before disappear on the horizon.

On the other hand, the "Uranids" seem to want to visit the whole peninsula. Indeed, a fisherman from Roverbella, in the province of Mantua, said he was approached during the night by a a mysterious individual, dressed in red, who would have told him "unintelligible words" and who would have moved away quickly before the fisherman had time to call his wife.

Finally, a host of testimonials of saucers, disks, cigars, spheres and other flying objects having been seen in Quend (Somme), in Grandvillars (Belfort territory), in Magnac-Laval (Haute-Vienne), in Saint-Jean-d'Angely (Charente-Maritime), in Forges (Corrèze), in Perros-Guirrec (Côtes-du-Nord).

Finally, to a host of testimonials that may be doubted can be added some information such as the one we produce below, the indisputable seriousness of which leaves the most skeptical speechless.

MELUN. -- The Coulommiers newspaper, "Le Pays Briard", publishes a letter sent by one of their readers, Mr. Eugène Farnier, a member of the Society of Civil Engineers of France, about a flying saucer.

In this letter, Mr. Farnier states that he saw above his property, in Jouy-sur-Morin, a big disc of 8 to 10 meters in diameter "turning on itself", letting out red-violet gleams, with a tail reminding a little of the arrival of a jet plane. "The craft was about 400 meters above the ground and it was more above me for than 20 minutes," said Mr. Farnier, "so I had the opportunity to examine it well." The craft then disappeared in the direction of Coulommiers."

In his letter Mr. Farnier said: "Former Commissioner of the French Flying Club, having been in the aviation, I could not be a victim of hallucination. This machine was not a balloon but a thick wing hovering on the spot and moving at a very high speed while gradually taking height."

[Ref. ler1:] "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 anymore 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. lml1:] "LE MERIDIONAL" NEWSPAPER:

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SAUCERS HERE
...CIGARS THERE

CLERMONT-FERRAND. -- Two saucers were seen yesterday in the sky of Clermont. The first within 10 kilometers of Beaumont, at 03:45 p.m., it moved in a west to east direction.

The witnesses stated that the machine approached them and became less and less brilliant.

When it was not any more than within 150 meters they felt a "weird feeling" and were like nailed on the spot.

At this time an odor of nitro-benzene emerged. Soon the machine moved away, faintness ceased and the saucer disappeared.

The other saucer was seen above the hills of Chanturgu close to Clermont. It moved vertically and was of a brilliant white color.

A saucer was also seen in Billom by a group of 30 people. The machine moved above the city. It moved horizontally. It was visible during three or four minutes before disappearing. An intense light emerged from the apparatus.

In St-Brieux several people saw a flying saucer which took the shape of a cigar before disappearing. They were able to observe it during more than one hour.

The same phenomenon was noted in Trégueux where a cyclist returned home frightened by what he had seen.

In Thouare-sur-Vie, (the Vendée) witnesses saw in the sky ten luminous objects having a lengthened shape and passing at a very high speed and high altitude.

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[Ref. lfo1:] "LE FIGARO" NEWSPAPER:

Flying saucers

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Cigars, saucers, flying cylinders, fly again in the four corners of France.

Two saucers made an appearance in the sky of Clermont, the first, within ten kilometers of Clermont, moved in west-east direction. Witnesses stated that the machine approached within 150 meters of them while they felt a curious feeling and were "like frozen where they stood"... A strong nitrobenzene odor was perceptible.

The other saucer was seen above the hills of Chanturgues, close to Clermont. It evolved vertically and was of a brilliant white.

A saucer was also seen in Billom by a group of thirty people. The machine evolved above the city. It moved horizontally. It was visible during 3 or 4 minutes before disappearing. An intense light was produced by the apparatus.

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Note: the next part of the article can be read here.

[Ref. hmr1:] "LE HAUT-MARNAIS REPUBLICAIN" NEWSPAPER:

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THE FACE COVERED WITH HAIR

AND THE EYES LIKE "A CORBEL'S EGG"

Such appeared the occupant of a saucer to a baker apprentice of the Finistère

Quimper. At about four o'clock on Tuesday morning Mr. Pierre Lucas, a baker at Loctudy (Finistere), who was busy getting water from the bakery yard, suddenly saw in the night a machine in the shape of a saucer of 2 m. 50 to 3 meters in diameter. He saw an individual measuring about 1 m. 20 who approached him and patted him on the shoulder, uttering unintelligible words. The baker's workman managed to keep his cool and went back to the bakery where the stranger followed him.

In the light, Mr. Lucas was able to stare at the visitor: his face was oval, covered with hair, and eyes as large as a corbel's egg. The young man called his boss, but before the latter had the time to come down, the stranger had disappeared as well as his saucer, of which there no trace was found.

A beer-dealer of Concarneau, for his part, declared that he saw in the sky two luminous disks of the form of round tables extended with a sort of tail. One of the discs was motionless while the other was maneuvering nearby. The two disks disappeared after ten minutes after launching a rocket.

Also in Italy

Mantua. -- The traffic was interrupted for more than one hour in the center of Mantova by groups of people gathered to observe a strange "white object" which moved, at a high altitude, clearly visible on the background of the blue sky.

After performing extremely rapid maneuvers, the sphere-shaped apparatus - which, according to some witnesses, was part of a "flying saucer formation" - stood motionless in the sky for some time before it sisappeared on the horizon.

On the other hand, the "Martians" seem to want to visit Italy too. Indeed, a fisherman from Roverbella, in the province of Mantua, said he was approached last night by a "mysterious individual", dressed in red, who reportedly told him "unintelligible words", and who reportedly quickly moved away before the fisher had the time to call his wife.

The saucer turns into a cigar

Saint Brieuc. -- Several residents of Saint-Brieuc saw last night, a flying saucer that took the form of a cigar before disappearing. They were able to observe it for over an hour.

The same phenomenon was observed in Trégueux where a cyclist returned home frightened by what he had seen.

Nailed on the spot

Two saucers were seen in the sky of Clermont. The first, 10 kilometers from Beaumont. It moved west to east. Witnesses said the craft moved closer to them and became less and less brilliant. When it was only 150 meters away, they felt a "curious sensation" and were nailed to the spot. At this timet there was an odor of nitro-benzine. Soon the craft moved away, the discomfort ceased and the saucer disappeared.

The other saucer was seen above the hills of Chanturgues, near Clermont. It moved vertically and was of a brilliant white.

A saucer was also spotted in Billom by a group of 30 people. The craft moved over the city. It moved horizontally. It was visible for three or four minutes before disappearing. An intense light emanated from the craft.

A SERIOUS WITNESS

The newspaper of Coulommiers "Le Pays Briard" publishes a letter sent by one of its readers, Mr. E. Farnier, member of the Society of Civil Engineers of France, about a flying saucer.

In this letter Mr. Farnier stated that he saw above his property at Jouy-sur-Morin a large disc of 8 to 10 meters in diameter, rotating on the spot, with red-violet lights, making a whistling sound a bit similar to that of the arrival of a jet plane. The craft was about 400 meters high and hovered for more than 20 minutes above me", Mr. Farnier said, "so had all the time to check it out. The machine then disappeared in the direction of Coulommiers."

In his letter, Mr. Farnier specified:

"Former commissioner with the Aero-Club of France, having served in the aviation, I was not the victim of a hallucination and this machine was not a sounding-balloon, but a thick circular wing hovering on the spot and moving at very high speed gradually taking altitude."

[Ref. pce1:] "LE POPULAIRE DU CENTRE" NEWSPAPER:

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Several Parisians saw "saucers" evolving in the sky of the capital

Paris, October 6 (A.F.P) - Several Parisians said they saw yesterday afternoon flying saucers moving in the sky of the capital, passersby claimed to have seen one around 4:30 p.m., near the Porte Dorée.

Mr. Pierre Allouis, a cartoon trader, went to his business by taxi, when the vehicle was stopped by a red traffic light. Hearing, he said, a hissing whistling sound, he looked through the door and saw a flying machine flying high, leaving in its wake a plume of smoke.

Mr. Allouis describes the saucer as a disc larger than a normal plane, silver-colored.

The same testimony was given by Mr. Gilbert Bacon, residing at 25, Faubourg Saint-Antoine, and by Mr. Paul Julien, a painter, who lives at 3, rue de la Pompe. The latter, however, believes that it is not a flying saucer but a flying wing that has the shape of a triangle with rounded edges.

At Le Bourget, it is explained that, given the intensity of air traffic, it is impossible to confirm by radar the passage of the craft at the insufficiently precise hour. On the other hand, the radar cannot record the passage of a heavier than the air more than by a luminous spot whatever the nature of the craft is.

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time. The first 10 kilometers from Beaumont at 3:45 p.m. It was moving in a westerly direction.

Witnesses said the craft moved closer to them and became less and less brilliant.

When it was only 150 meters away, they felt a curious sensation and were nailed to the spot. At this point there was an odor of nitro-benzine. Soon the craft moved away, the discomfort ceased and the saucer disappeared. The other saucer was seen above the coasts of Chanturges, near Clermont. It moved vertically and was of a brilliant white.

A saucer was also spotted in Billom by a group of 30 people. The craft moved over the city. It moved horizontally. It was visible for three or four minutes before disappearing. An intense light emanated from the apparatus.

Our readers write to us

Mr. Desbordes of St-Bonnet-de-Bellac said he had seen last Sunday a luminous disk heading for Mézières-sur-Issoire. The machine stopped for several minutes before disappearing to the west. Several people have observed the phenomenon.

[Ref. jgu1:] JIMMY GUIEU:

The author indicates that on October 5, 1954 at 15:45, within 10 kilometers of Beaumont in the area of Clermont-Ferrand a discoid craft was observed by various witnesses.

The craft approached them and became less shining.

When the craft was at no more than 150 meters of them, they " had a curious feeling and were fixed on the spot". A nitrobenzene odor came at this time. When the craft moved away, the bad feeling ceased.

[Ref. fue1:] "FANTASTIC UNIVERSE" MAGAZINE:

The magazine said that at 3:45 p.m. on October 5, 1954, at the height of the spectacular European "landing wave" of that autumn, a luminous UFO was seen a few miles from Beaumont (north of Paris). This object approached the witnesses, at the same time losing altitude, and the witnesses were unable to move and noticed a nitrobenzene smell.

[Ref. gft1:] GEORGE D. FAWCETT:

October 5, 1954 - Beaumont, near Paris, France - As a Luminous UFO approached to within 150 yards of eyewitnesses they reported that they felt a strange sensation "as if nailed to the ground." In addition to the temporary paralysis, the witnesses noticed the UFO gave off a peculiar smell.

[Ref. jve4:] JACQUES VALLEE:

Jacques Vallée says that a study of the French newspapers of the fall of 1954 yields numerous sightings of the "Type I" (defined as an unusual object near or close to the ground, at no more than tree-top level) that have not been reported in specialized books or journals.

As an example, he says that on October 5, 1954, at 3:45 p.m., witnesses ten kilometers from Beaumont, near Clermont-Ferrand, France, described a "machine" that lost luminosity as it approached them. When it was 150 meters away, they felt a "curious sensation" and were "as if riveted to the spot", and they also smelled an odor "like that of nitrobenzine."

[Ref. jve8:] JACQUES AND JANNINE VALLEE:

The study of the French Press in the autumn of 1954 makes it possible to find a number of observations of this type, which have not been reported in the books on the question. On 5 October, 10 km from Beaumont near Clermont-Ferrand (Puy-de-Dôme) described a "machine" approaching them by losing its luminosity. When he was 150 meters away from these people, they felt a "curious sensation" and were "as nailed on the spot". They also report feeling a smell "similar to that of nitrobenzine". This observation took place at 3:45 p.m.

[Ref. jve3:] JACQUES VALLEE:

Jacques Vallée indicates that on October 5, 1954, at 03:45 p.m., according to the Press, people who were 10 kilometers from Beaumont near Clermont-Ferrand in the department of Puy-de-Dome described a "machine" which lost its luminosity while approaching them.

When the machine arrived at 150 meters from them, these people have felt a "curious feeling" and were like "frozen on location." These people also "smelled a strong odor of nitrobenzene."

Jacques Vallée adds that he does not make any judgment yet on the value of the testimony neither on the sincerity of the witnesses nor on the plausibility of the reported facts.

[Ref. jve1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

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Oct. 05, 1954, 03:45, Beaumont (France).

Ten km from Beaumont, several persons saw an object coming toward them and getting brighter. When it was about 150 m away, they felt "a strange sensation" and found themselves unable to move. The object left a smell compared to that of nitrobenzene. (Franc-Tireur, la Croix, France-Soir, le Figaro, 7 octobre 1954. 34; Challenge 53).

[Ref. jve2:] JACQUES VALLEE:

The author indicates that on October 5, 1954, within approximately 10 kilometers of Beaumont, close to Clermont-Ferrand, several people saw an object coming towards them while becoming increasingly brilliant. When it arrived at some 150 meters from them, they felt a "strange sensation" and were unable to move. The object left an odor which was compared with that of nitrobenzene.

[Ref. ous2:] "OURANOS" UFOLOGY MAGAZINE:

10/05/1954 Beaumont (Puy de Dôme) 03:45 p.m.
An odor of nitro-benzine.

[Ref. ldl1:] "LUMIERES DANS LA NUIT" UFOLOGY MAGAZINE:

The magazine indicates that on October 5, 1954, at 03:45 P.M. in Beaumont, Puy-de-Dôme, Messrs Brun, Marfaron, Doutin, and Marplat saw at 500 meters away of them a luminous ball moving from the West to the East a few kilometers of Beaumont. The ball then approached within 150 meters of them. They felt nailed on the ground by a faintness, while a nitrobenzene odor spread around them. After having evolved vertically above them, the luminous ball disappeared.

The magazine indicates that this case was reported by the newspaper La Montagne for October 6, 1954.

[Ref. ous1:] "OURANOS" UFOLOGY MAGAZINE:

07) 10/05/1954 Beaumont (Puy-de-Dôme) (03:45 p.m.)

Wintesses Brun et M. Marfaron, Doutin, Marplat.

The witnesses saw 500 m. away from them, a luminous ball moving on a west-east trajectory. It suddenly got closer to them. When it was no more than 150 m. away, they realized that they were "paralyzed" and were uncomfortable while in the air a smell of "nitro-benzene" was spreading. After moving over their heads, the ball disappeared into the sky.

La Montagne for 10/06/54. Centre-Matin for 07/10/54 - V.c #199.

[Ref. pdl1:] PIERRE DELVAL:

In his chapter on the cases of paralysis or drowsiness of UFO witnesses during their experience, Pierre Delval indicates 12 cases from the French flap of 1954, among those, that in Beaumont in the department of the Puy-de-Dôme on October 5, 1954 à 03:45 p.m.

Brun, Marfaron, Doutin and Marplat saw within 500 meters of them a luminous ball which moved on a west-east trajectory, and which suddenly approached them.

When the ball arrived at 10 meters from them, they realized that they were "paralyzed," and that they experienced a kind of weakness while, in the air, a nitrobenzene odor spread.

After having evolved above their heads, the ball disappeared in the sky.

[Ref. kbd1:] KEITH BASTERFIELD:

The Australian ufologist indicates that on 5 October 1954 near "Clemont-Ferrand" in France several persons saw an object approaching. When 150m away they felt strange sensation and found themselves unable to move.

He says it is one of the 15 cases in France in 1954 where there was a reported paralysis of the witness or witnesses when they were within a certain distance of a low-level UFO, distances that are 6m (1 case), 20m (2), 50m (2) 100m (1) and 150m (1). He adds that there seems little doubt about a relationship between the UFO and the paralysis, as the paralysis commenced upon observing the UFO and then ceased when the UFO left.

The source is noted "Bowen, C. 1969. The Humanoids. Neville Spearman. London. p37".

[Ref. dce1:] DAN CLORE:

The author says that on October 5, 1954 a luminous saucer was sighted ten kilometers away from Beaumont, France, and witnesses described an odor like that of nitrobenzene.

[Ref. lgs1:] LOREN GROSS:

October 5th. Beaumont, France. (3:45 p.m.)

Another "curious sensation."

Several witnesses were amazed as an object descended out of the daytime sky. The thing was glowing, but with less and less intensity as it approached. As the distance was reduced to about 150 meters the witnesses experienced a "curious sensation," a paralysis of some sort, also a smell, like nitrobenzine was noticed. 53.

[Ref. mcn1:] MARK CASHMAN:

Beaumont (France).

10/5/1954 15:45

Ten km from here, several persons saw an object coming toward them and getting brighter. When it was about 150 m away, they felt "a strange sensation" and found themselves unable to move. The object left a smell compared to that of nitrobenzene.

[Ref. lhh1:] LARRY HATCH - "*U* COMPUTER DATABASE":

3982: 1954/10/05 15:50 100 3:06:00 E 45:44:00 N 3333 WEU FRN PDD 8:8

nr BEAUMONT,FR:OBS CANNOT MOVE:UFO/50M alt W>>E:NITROBENZINE ODOR:/LDLN#125

Ref# 3 VALLEE:UFO ENIGMA: Challenge/Science Page No. 65 : FARMLANDS

[Ref. djn1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

Donald Johnson indicates that on October 5, 1954, ten kilometers from Beaumont, France several people saw an flying object coming toward them and getting brighter at 3:45 in the afternoon. When it was about 150 meters away they felt "a strange sensation" and found themselves unable to move. The object left a smell compared to that of nitrobenzene.

Donald Jonson indicates that the source is Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia, p. 218.

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the "Puy de Dômes" in Beaumont on October 5, 1954 at 15:45 hours during a walk four residents of Clermont see at 500 meters of them, a luminous ball which evolves from East to West, a few kilometres from Beaumont. When the machine approaches the witnesses, it becomes less luminous and gained speed. Arrived at 150 meters of them, they feel a particular feeling and "are frozen on the spot". All around them there is a nitro-benzene odor. A few moments later, recovered from their faintnesses, they see the luminous ball evolving vertically above their heads and disappear.

Luc Chastan indicates that the sources are "Les Universons by Poher Claude ** http://www.premiumwanadoo.com/universons/" and "Ovni, Premier dossier complet... by Figuet M./ Ruchon J.L. ** Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979."

[Ref. jbu1:] JEROME BEAU:

Jérôme Beau indicates that on Tuesday, October 5, 1954 at 15:45 people being 10 km from Beaumont, close to Clermont-Ferrand, in the Puy-de-Dome, "describe a machine approaching them losing some of its luminosity (to become increasingly brilliant?). When it is 150 m from these people, they feel a curious feeling and are nailed on the spot. They also feel an odor similar to that of the nitrobenzene."

The sources are indicated as Franc-Tireur, La Croix, France-Soir, Le Figaro October 7, 1954; Vallée 1966, 53.

[Ref. uda1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 5 October 1954 at 15:45 in Beaumont 10K, France, observers felt "strange sensation" and cannot move. A UFO at "50m altitude, flies W rapidly to the east. Nitrobenzine odor." An object was sighted that had an appearance and performance beyond the capability of known earthly aircraft. One object, around 100 feet away, was observed by several witnesses on a farm for 100 minutes.

The sources are indicated as "Guieu, Jimmy, Flying Saucers Come from Another World, Citadel, New York, 1956; 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, A Century of Landings (N = 923), (in JVallee04), Chicago, 1969; Newspaper Clippings; Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002".

[Ref. uda2:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 5 October 1954 at 15:45, in Beaumont, France, an object paralyzed witnesses. "Ten kilometers from here, several persons saw an object coming toward them and getting brighter. When it was about 150 meters away, they felt "a strange sensation" and found themselves unable to move. The object left a smell compared to that of nitrobenzene."

The source is noted: "Vallee Magonia Database".

[Ref. nip1:] "THE NICAP WEBSITE":

*Oct. 5, 1954 - Ten kilometers from Beaumont, France several people saw an flying object coming toward them and getting brighter at 3:45 in the afternoon. When it was about 150 meters away they felt "a strange sensation" and found themselves unable to move. The object left a smell compared to that of nitrobenzene. (Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 218, case # 199).

[Ref. ubk1:] "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
19541005 05.10.1954 Beaumont France 15.45
19541005 05.10.1954 Beaumont France 15.45
19541005 05.10.1954 Beaumont France 15.45 CE I
19541005 05.10.1954 Beaumont France 15.45 CE II
19541005 05.10.1954 Beaumont France 15.45 CE II
19541005 05.10.1954 Beaumont France
19541005 05.10.1954 Beaumont France 15.45
19541005 05.10.1954 Beaumont France 15.45 CE II

[Ref. prn2:] PETER ROGERSON - "INTCAT":

October 5 1954. 1545hrs.

BEAUMONT (SARTHE : FRANCE)

10km from here several people saw an object coming towards them and getting brighter. When it was about 150m away they felt a strange sensation and found themselves unable to move. The object left a smell similar to that of nitro-benzene.

Vallee Case 199 citing Franc Tireur + La Croix + France Soir + Figaro all of 7 October 1954

Vallee 1967 p53

Notes:

Nitrobenzene (C6H5NO2) is formed using nitric acid and benzene, it is very poisonous, used to produce aniline used in dye, and used in perfumed for its bitter almond odor.

I have here again a case reported widely in the UFO literature, but based on too meager information from the Press of 1954. The articles I have are obviously second-hand articles; there might have been a more local and detailed source, but I do not have one.

On one side, the case seems of high strangeness; on the other hand, I can imagine it was a helicopter:

  1. The smell of "nitro-benzene" was perhaps more simply a smell of gasoline or kerosene. It is not uncommon, when ovreflown by helicopter or an airplane, to smell its propellant.
  2. Journalists at the time seem to have been unable to tell us this simple thing that the witnesses would certainly have been able to tell and perhaps told: was the craft making a noise or was it silent?
  3. The so-called "paralysis" seems hardly strange in the texts of the time, and seems to become more so in the ufology texts.
  4. It is, in the distance, a "luminous ball", but it is "less and less" luminous when the craft approaches. This can happen with a helicopter closing in.

Explanations:

Not looked for yet.

Keywords:

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

Beaumont, Puy-de-Dôme, multiple, Brun, Marfaron, Doutin, Marplat, ball, luminous, faintness, paralyzed, odor, nitrobenzene, manoeuvers, object, bright, effects, smell

Sources:

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

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1.2 Patrick Gross May 31, 2010 Addition [ler1].
1.3 Patrick Gross July 1, 2010 Additions [fue1], [dce1].
1.4 Patrick Gross August 15, 2010 Addition [lml1].
1.4 Patrick Gross October 8, 2014 Addition [nip1].
1.5 Patrick Gross December 18, 2016. Additions [lgs1], [ubk1].
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1.7 Patrick Gross July 5, 2019 Additions [las1], [jve8], [ous2], [ous1], [lhh1], [prn2], Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet."
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