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October 5, 1954, Mertrud, Haute-Marne:

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

Reports:

[Ref. ny1:] "NEW YORK TIMES-HERALD" NEWSPAPER:

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Out of This World

More Flying Saucers Reported in France

By Robert N. Sturdevant

A cardboard-box salesman, Pierre Allo[?], told Paris reporters that he spotted a huge silver saucer in the sky round 4:30 p.m. yesterday as his taxi stopped for a red light near the Porte Dorée, at the eastern outskirts of the city.

Two other persons, Gilbert Bacon and Paul Julien, reported seeing the same thing but thought it looked more like a flying wing. All witnesses spoke of a screeching sound and a smoky tail which followed the object.

These were the last reports of out-of-this-world manifestations which have been pouring in from all parts of France for the last two weeks. A Deputy in the National Assembly has asked the Air ministry what it is doing to explain the so-called phenomena.

From Lille, it was reported that a retired miner, known as a local wag, had fabricated some hot-air balloons three yards in diameter which went aloft with the aid of gasoline-saturated straw attached to the bottom.

When the balloons went up and got caught in the wind they gave off a yellowish flare, to the consternation of people who saw them in the middle of the night. Unfortunately for the jokster, one almost set a haystack on fire on landing, and the miner was arrested. He is charged with what French law calls "dangerous amusement."

A road-mender in middle France also was caught for playing a joke.

He had reported seeing a flying cigar alight in a field near his work, and claimed that when he approached the object he was paralyzed by a strange light. Afterward he pointed out three holes in the ground which he said were made by the object.

Gendarmes picked him up a couple of days later and perceived that the holes had been made by the road-mender's own hands. He was held for further disciplinary action.

[Ref. rl1:] "LE REPUBLICAIN LORRAIN" NEWSPAPER:

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A roadmender discovers a flying saucer in Haute-Marne

"A hairy little being was standing beside the machine," said the witness.

SAINT-DIZIER. - The affair of flying objects takes considerable proportions. There is a true epidemic of varied visions which nevertheless coincide strangely on some features.

We will leave it to others to settle down and we will confine ourselves whenever possible, to giving the testimonies in their integrity because we believe that in the face of these phenomena we are still at the stage of pure and simple observation.

No one can prove the non-existence of the flying objects and those who saw them assert their existence. The latter are of a certain number now, and most of them are honest people who are incapable of hoaxing. Among them is Mr. André Narcy, aged 48, father of 7 children, a roadmender at the Ponts-et-Chaussées for 19 years, living in Mertrud, near Wassy (the Haute-Marne). Mr. Narcy witnessed a strange appearance yesterday morning. An appearance that adds an element to the already voluminous file of the unknown flying objects. Mr. Narcy had left his house early to go on a motorcycle to a construction site of the Ponts et Chaussées between Voillecomte and Wassy. He took the road Laneuville to Rémy - Voillecomte and it is between these two villages that he saw the phenomenal thing. Let him speak:

"It was 7:15 a.m. while I was riding, I was approaching the old Tuilerie, a place where, on my left in the fields, I saw something od orange color, I thought it was a canvas on the ground or the tent of a camper, but suddenly my heart shocked and I realized that it was a machine, I stopped, put my bike against the barrier, passed under the barbed wire and ran into the pasture in the direction of the thing, the machine was posed on the ground at the bottom of a basin where once the clay was extracted for the tile factory now in ruins. By far, I had only seen the Flying Saucer's top, it now appeared to me in full. I was about 100 meters away and began to distinguish all the details when I saw a person standing next to the craft. He seemed to me entirely covered with hairs, or else he wore a tight coat of fur, and around his waist he wore a sort of broad orange corset, and on his head he had a kind of teddy-toque. He was motionless and seemed to look at me. I could not make out his face features. Suddenly I became aware that I was alone in front of him. I was afraid and stopped running. Making a gesture, I questioned him. Then he rushed into his machine very quickly. I could see clearly when he leaned in to enter through a round porthole, that he had arms. I had plenty of time to see the saucer accurately. It was spherical in shape with an approximate diameter of 10 meters. Below this sphere I saw a sort of spindle. The round porthole was between the sphere and the spindle. It closed on the little being and I saw a kind of smoke from one end of the spindle as there was a big vaporous eddy under the Saucer that rose vertically. Everything disappeared very quickly in the clouds. I had heard only a kind of rustling comparable to that of an electric motor."

Immediately, Mr. Narcy went back to his motorcycle and went to his job as soon as possible. There his comrades, seeing his pale face, asked him if he had been in an accident. M. Narcy recounted his adventure, and, accompanied by two others, Messrs. Louis Riel and Henri, returned to the scene. At the very spot of the apparition, the three men noticed that the morning dew no longer existed on a large surface where it had been dried. The grass seemed to have been packed on a square of 3 by 3 meters, all the approaches being clearly visible. This herb had a milky appearance. Besides, there were a dozen broad traces, like two hands each, round, deeper on one side than the other. The traces went to the ground. In the same land each trail was 50 cm apart, on the other, and these lands were themselves separated by 1 m. 50 approximately.

They were scattered in a straight line from the described quadrilateral. Higher up, it looks like the mysterious machine made six jumps before it came to rest. One of these traces seemed to indicate a skid on 40 centimeters...

[Ref. hm1:] "LA HAUTE-MARNE LIBEREE" NEWSPAPER:


The roadmender of Metrud claims
to have seen, on the ground, in LANEUVILLE-A-REMY

A FLYING SAUCER
piloted by an "orang-utang"

The machine of 2 m. 50 height and 3 m. length
was green-orange with some yellow...

- "A flying saucer landed near Wassy!".
Such was the noise which ran Wednesday October 6, 1954, in the small city.

-"It's the roadmender of Mertrud who saw it, it was added".
What else to do, if not to go there, not see the saucer which didn't wait for us, but the Mertrudian.

In the absence of a Martian...

And wasn't this an opportunity to convince my friend Titin? We thus invited it to join our caravan.

-"I agree, he answered. A ride in the countryside can't hurt, even when it rains. But please note that I will believe in the flying saucers only when I see some, with my own eyes. And still it would be necessary that I am certain that, on that day, I was absolutely healthy, body and mind, and that the day before one had not partied before a good buddy's wedding."

Having said that, Titin climbed in the 11 HP Citroen, which started, in a thundering noise, whereas I pointed out to my friend that he was not considerate for the honourable witnesses of similar phenomena. Moreover, the continuation of the story was to show that the roadmender of Mertrud is a perfectly sober boy.

On the road
to Montier-en-Der

Wassy was to mark our first stop. Wasn't it from there that the news had spread? It was right to establish the starting point of our interplanetary documentation there, looking there for some possible original tips.

All that we could learn there, is that indeed, it was heard about the event. Nobody, except few people, had paid great attention to it. The roadmender of Metrud, Mr. Narcy, whereas he is known as an excellent boy, is also known as being endowed with an imagination which does not lack originality.

This is seomthing that we would hear in several more places. If, objectively, we are willing to bring back the statements which he agreed to give us in front of the gendarmerie of Wassy where he had been invited to go, it is important to provide the real atmos which surrounds the debate.

From Wassy, we then reached to the building site of the road of Montier-in-Der, where Mr. Narcy is employed, with several of his comrades, to repair the roadway.

-"What you did see?" did we ask to Mr. Narcy.

Whereas he had just taken his service at the building site bordering the road which crosses Laneuville-à-Rémy, Mr. Narcy according to his statements, has seen at 250 meters in front of him, whereas he arrived at the height of vast meadow populated with cows and horses, and located at the edge of a small wood, something like a cover extended on the grass. Puzzled, he rested his motorbike against a shrub cluster. Then, having raised the barbwire, he entered the meadow. Arrived at 200 meters approximately of the strange object, dissimulated partly by an accentuated declivity of the ground, he identified the object:

-"It was a saucer!"
-"What was, in your opinion, its dimensions?
-"Two meters fifty of height, and three meters wide.
-"What was its color?
-"Green-orange, with some yellow.

An orang-utang

-"Did you see its passenger?
-"Yes.
-"What did it look like?
-"You would have sworn it was an orang-utang of one meter 20 of height.
It did not have clothing but it was covered with hairs.

It was foggy

-"What time was -il?
-"07:15.
-"Was the weather clear?
-"There was fog.
I shouted: "Hey", claims Mr. Narcy. Then the orang-utang went up in its machine, which rose vertically, while letting a light smok escape beneath it. It disappeared quickly".

Mr. Narcy then rushed towards his building site, at 3 km from there. His excitement and its paleness intrigued his comrades extremely. They all told us so, unanimously.

At this point in time he gave the first account of his adventure.

Visit on the premises

We went onto the meadow at Laneuville-à-Rémy, with Mr. Narcy, police officers, and several witnesses.

Mr. Narcy re-enacted the successive scenes such as he claims to have seen them, and on a tone of perfect naturalness.

He precisely indicated the place where he says he has seen the machine and which is not exactly that which was indicated elsewhere [1]. It is within 50 meters of rather deep traces, inprinter in the ground, and which could have been caused by a plough shear (for example), that the saucer landed.

No evidence of this fact remained to be seen yesterday, for the eyes of curious who came in pilgrimage.

That astonished the eternal skeptics who claim that saucers and cigars must weigh a certain weight. Consequently, a serious packing should be observed in a ground deeply softened by the rain.

But with these celestial materials, shouldn't we expect everything, and that they play, indeed, with laws that govern gravity on our poor earth!

As regards conclusion

Titin, during all these reconstitutions, did not utter a word.

As we went up in the car, under a lashing rain, I ventured to challenge him.

-"So?", I said.
"So, he answered. I will wait to see, before giving my pronouncement. I am not convinced, but I breathed the good air, though a little wet. That's still something".

Titin, as I told you, is stuborn.

Let's wish that, to illuminate his intellect, a saucer and its pilot agree to "force land", some evening, at the corner of a wood - P.J.

[1] Possible allusion to the fact that national newspapers gave an erroneous localization.

[Ref. pc1:] "LE POPULAIRE DU CENTRE" NEWSPAPER:

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In the Haute-Marne, a roadmender calls a "MARTIAN"... who climbs aboard his machine and runs away

In the Dordogne, a farmer saw a "flying soup tureen" and its two occupants

Chaumont, October 7 (A.P.P) - Mr. André Narcy, a 48-year-old roadmender in Mertrud (the Haute-Marne), went yesterday morning to work on his motorcycle when near Voillecomte at 7:15 a.m. he noticed in a field in the vicinity of the place called "La Vieille-Tuilerie" an orange-colored object. As he approached, he found that he was in the presence of a machine unknown to him . The roadmender stopped his machine and walked to about fifty meters from the object. It was then that he perceived in the vicinity a small being about 1 m. 20 in height and clad in a coat covered with hair. Narcy was very afraid and lay down on the ground and then called the character. The latter, after turning towards him, rushed into his machine; which immediately flew away vertically to get lost in the clouds.

According to Mr. Narcy, the craft was spherical in shape with a diameter of about ten meters. Under the sphere was a kind of spindle and the porthole through which the being entered the craft was just between the spindle and the body of the apparatus. At the departure of the latter a kind of flame emerged from the spindle while a great vaporous eddy occurred under the machine.

M. Narcy went immediately to his work, where he told his adventure to his comrades. With two of them, Mrrs. Riel and Henry, he returned to the spot where he found that the dew no longer existed on a certain surface. The grass had a slightly milky tint and was crushed on a square about three meters side. In addition, 12 parallel tracks resembling round foot prints were distributed over a certain distance, suggesting that the apparatus had landed in a series of small jolts.

A farmer from Chaleix (the Dordogne), Mr. Garreau, said yesterday that he had seen a "flying soup tureen" land on his property. Mr. Garreau said that two perfectly normal men dressed in khaki suits came down and shook hands with him and spoke to him an unknown language. Mr. Garreau, awestruck, did not reply. The two men stroked his dog and climbed back into the aircraft, which flew away noiselessly at a dizzying pace.

At the place indicated by Mr. Garreau it was found that the grass had been crushed.

In the Corrèze

At the Verdier (commune of Eyburie) several people saw, on the evening of October 1st, around 10 p.m., a ball of fire in the sky. For a few seconds it illuminated the landscape with a reddish gleam and appearing to follow the course of the Vézère. It disappeared in the direction of Uzerche.

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Saturday, October 2, in broad daylight this time around 1:30 p.m. in the village of Espartignac, an 8-year-old girl, who was leaving her home to go to school, was frightened by a strange phenomenon. She immediately called her mother, who was able to ascertain the following fact: an object of cylindrical form, extremely brilliant, which seemed to rotate on itself at a very rapid pace, rose vertically in the sky, where it was to disappear.

A luminous sphere at the Ile de Ré

A mason living in the Island of Ré, Mr. Simonnetti, said he saw a luminous sphere about 12 meters in diameter, which oscillated about fifty meters from the ground.

The sphere, he said, had become

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[Ref. lp1:] "LE PROVENCAL" NEWSPAPER:

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A ROADMENDER IN THE HAUTE-MARNE:

"I saw in a field an unknown craft and a small being covered of hairs"

Chaumont (A.F.P.).

M. Andre Narcy, 48-year-old roadmender in Mertrud (the Haute-Marne), went Wednesday morning to his work by motorcycle when near Voillecomte, at 07:15, he noticed in a field, at the locality [illegible line] an object of orange color, while approaching he noted that he was in the presence of an apparatus unknown to him. The roadmender stopped his machine and, by foot, arrived at a hundred meters of the object. At this point in time he saw in the vicinity a small being, approximately 1.20 meters tall and dressed of a jacket covered of hair. Mr. Narcy was very afraid and lay down on the ground, then he called the individual. The latter, after having turned to him, entered in his apparatus which flew away immediately vertically to lose itself in the clouds.

A large vaporous whirl

According to Mr. Narcy, the craft was of spherical shape, had a diameter of ten meters approximately. Under the sphere was a kind of spindle and the port-hole by which the being entered the machine was just between the spindle and the body of the apparatus. At the start of the apapratus, a kind of flame came out of this spindle while a large vaporous movement occurred under the machine.

Twelve traces of round feet

Mr. Narcy went at once to his work where he told his adventure to his comrades. With two of them, Misters Riel and Henry, he returned on the spot where he noted that the dew did not exist any more on a certain surface. The grass had a slightly milky colour and was crushed on a square of approximately three meters side. Moreover, twelve parallel traces resembling prints of steps of round feet were spread at a certain distance, giving the impression that the apparatus had landed in a succession of small hops.

"INCANDESCENT BALL" IN THE SKY OF PERTUIS

Are we the only ones not to see "saucers"? This void is filled since the evening of the day before yesterday (and even before it seems).

Various phenomena were observed. Incandescent ball which pitched in the starry sky above the hill of Meyrargues to disappear at the vertical behind the railway station; object shining "on two floors" located during several hours in the same place; reddish kind of nacelle which quickly spun above the Lubéron towards the Alps at an indefinable altitude, etc..., etc...

Everybody (or almost everybody) saw "something"...

"THEY" REACH GREECE

Mitilini (Greece)

The mayor of Uryssi, close to Mytilene, claims to have seen during fifteen minutes, above the village, a pink and white flying saucer.

MYSTERIOUS LIGHT IN THE SKY OF BESSEGES

Bessèges (C.P.).

Tenants of the building located at the 6 of the Victor-Hugo street, in Bessèges, observed Wednesday evening, starting AT 10:15 P.M., a mysterious light in the sky.

This reddish gleam moved little by little and disappeared gradually at the end of ABOUT TWENTY minutes behind the mountain.

One of the witnesses, initially skeptical, had to convince himself that the light had obviously moved.

Two days before, the residents of a nearby house had also observed a phenomenon of the same kind.

[Ref. lm1:] "LE MERIDIONAL" NEWSPAPER:

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A roadmender of the Haut-Marne sees a saucer and its (small) pilot

CHAUMONT. -- Mr. André Narcy, 48-year-old, roadmender in Mertrud (Haute-Marne), went to his work by motorbike when near Voillecomte, at 07:15, he noticed, in a field, at the place called "La Vieille Tuilerie", an object of orange color. While approaching, he noted that he was in the presence of a machine unknown to him. The roadmender stopped his machine and, by foot, arrived at a hundred meters of the object. At this point in time he saw in the vicinity a small being being approximately 1.20 m tall and dressed in a jacket covered of hairs. Mr. Narcy was very afraid and lay down on the ground, then he called the individual. The latter, after having turned to him, went into his craft which flew away immediately vertically to lose itself in the clouds.

According to Mr. Narcy, the machine was of spherical shape, had a diameter of ten meters approximately. Under the sphere was a kind of spindle and the port-hole by which the being reinstated the craft was just between the spindle and the body of the apparatus.

At the start of the latter, a kind of flame came out of the spindle, while a large vaporous movement occurred under the machine.

Mr. Narcy went at once to his work where he told his adventure to his comrades. With two of them, Misters Riel and Henry, he returned on the spot where they observed that the dew did not exist any more on a certain surface. The grass had a slightly milky colour and was crushed on a square of approximately three meters side.

Moreover, twelve parallel traces resembling prints of round feet were distributed on certain outdistances, letting think that the apparatus landed in a series of small hops.

[Ref. qh1:] "LE QUOTIDIEN DE LA HAUTE-LOIRE" NEWSPAPER:

RAIN OF FLYING SAUCERS IN FRANCE

Testimonies on the flying saucers seem to become increasingly precise. Various people in the same area announce the same phenomenon and one can say that one has assisted for a few days to a true rain of flying saucers, cigars or discs on the entire France. A farmer of Chaleix (Dordogne) Mr. Garreau affirmed on his honor to have seen a flying soup tureen land in his property. Mr. Garreau declared that two perfectly normal men covered of kaki suit descended, shook hands with him and spoke a language unknown to him. Amazed, Mr. Garreau did not answer, the two men caressed his dog and went up in their apparatus which flew away without noise at a vertiginous pace. A luminous sphere 12 meters in diameter was seen in the Island of Ré by a mason, Mr. Simonetin. The sphere, he said, became red after having hovered within 50 meters of the ground, it changed to blue and rose very quickly vertically. The craft was also observed by two Parisian on holiday. Mrs. Thérèse Fourmeret, 23 years, inhabitant of Poncey-sur-l'Ignon (Côte d'Or) saw Monday evening a craft land in a meadow not far from her residence. She declared that frightened, she had taken greeat care not to observe this phenomenon longer and had taken refuge at neighbors'. The gendarmerie noted very clear traces on the ground at the indicated place. Turfs had been torn off and projected in a radius of four meters.

In Duclair (Seine-Inférieure) Mr. Laudrin, employee of the water supplies who was walking with his wife, was dazzled by a ray of light, when he reopened the eyes, he saw a ball that disappeared a few minutes later.

A roadmender of Mertrud (Haute-Marne), Mr. André Narcy, claims to have approached within less than one hundred meters a flying saucer posed in a field close to Voillecomte. He saw near the machine a small being, high of approximately 1,20 meters who was dressed of a kind of cape covered with hairs. Mr. Narcy challenged the strange character who did not answer him and threw himself in his machine which flew away vertically. According to Mr. Narcy, the machine was of spherical shape, of a diameter of ten meters approximately. Under the sphere was a kind of spindle and the port-hole by which the being returned in the machine was just between the spindle and the body of the apparatus. At the start of the latter, a kind of flame came out of the spindle while a large vaporous movement occurred under the machine. On the spot he noted that the dew did not exist any more on some surface. The grass had a slightly milky colour and was crushed on a square of approximately three meters side. Moreover, twelve parallel traces resembling prints of round feet were distributed at a certain distance, letting think that the apparatus had landed with a succession of small sudden starts...

[Ref. fs1:] "FRANCE-SOIR" NEWSPAPER:

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According to the account of the "witnesses"

The average Martian measures from 1 meter to 1 meter 20 wears a motorcycle helmet and does not speak French

The most recent testimonies of the strange passengers of saucers, cigars, and various apparatuses that landed in different regions of France agree on one point: the supposed Martians are small and different from those who appeared in Portugal and measured 2 m. 50.

We summarize the witnesses report that can give an idea of what might be the "average Martian":

Mr. Marius DEWILDE, 34, metallurgist in Quarouble (Nord), saw two beings measuring one meter, with wide shoulders, but apparently without arms. They were dressed in diving suits and fitted with helmets. They pointed at the witness a ray that paralyzed him for a few seconds.

Mr. Pierre LUCAS, a baker in Loctudy (Finistère), saw an "individual" measuring 1 m 30 come out of a saucer and patting him on the shoulder uttering unintelligible sounds. His face was oval and hairy and his eyes were "the size of a raven egg".

Mr. André NARCY, 48 years old, a roadmender in Mertrud (Haute-Marne), saw a 1.20-meter-tall being disembarking from a saucer "dressed in a coat covered with hairs".

Mr. Antoine MAZAUD, from Bugeat (Corrèze), saw a "medium-sized" being wearing a motorcycle helmet.

M. Lucien BORDET, storekeeper, 9 rue Lapérouse, Paris, saw at the Bois de Boulogne three "beings" of 1 meter in height, dressed in luminous outfits and wearing helmets whose portholes concealed their eyes. One of them, who appeared to be the chief, had "six rotundities on the abdomen".

[Ref. hm2:] "LA HAUT-MARNE LIBEREE" NEWSPAPER:

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MERTRUD

THE SAUCER
of Mertrud

We willingly insert in its full text the letter we address Mr. Narcy Mertrud who was innocently joked by one of our editors about the "flying saucer" he said seeing. Mr. Narcy Rest assured, our staff has never wanted to harm himself "individual dignity". And as our correspondent puts us all in his "box", what we want to be fair benefit our readers, we see ourselves as left to him.

Mr. Editor.

I was very flattered to read your article on my story about the flying saucer. I thought your newspaper was a news bulletin, but I realize that it is rather an editorial gossip rag. I do not doubt that your reporter (a would-be Rouletabille) is a being of superior intelligence, however the lessons of politeness and tact had missed him.

If I'm a joker I did not cause in anyway harm on the individual dignity of anyone. In your article "Pigeon Fly" today I can assure you that this was not a flight of canards I've seen because in this group the "Haute-Marne-Libérée" was missing.

On the other hand if information is distorted through the phone I think your own phone must be in trouble because if the person I saw looked like a monkey I did not say it was one, no more than I said he was a Martian.

I urge you to take steps to retract the misleading statements you published in your articles.

Waiting to read you. Greetings, Sir.

NARCY.

[Ref. ss1:] "SAMEDI-SOIR" NEWSPAPER:


[...]

Must we go on?
Do we need to mention the furry being, bearing for it around the size a broad corset of orange color, seen close of a saucer by Mr. Narcy, in edge of the road of Wassy (Haute-Marne), October 5 with 7 a.m.. 15 of the morning?

Or also, the 96 centimeters man, carrying a broad leather belt, shoes and panties, which rose in the airs thanks to two boxes in the shape of pears, placed under each arm. This being was seen by Mr. Lacambre, forestry workman in Saint-Pardoux (the Lot), on Monday, October 4, at 8:10 a.m., and the witness has even determined from the footprints that the small being fitted shoesize 21 [Europe standard]...

What to think of the assertion of Mr. Garreau, who swears "on his honor" to have seen a "flying soup tureen" landed in his property, and two perfectly normal men get down of it, who shook hands with him and cuddled his dog before leaving as quickly as they came...

And this handworker of Lavoux (Vienna), Mr. Roger Barrault who, on Saturday October 9, at 7 p.m., was paralyzed by a luminous ray emanating from a "diver" high of 1 m. 50, fitted with boots, with shining eyes, and carrying a heavy moustache...

And the cigar posed in a clearing, in Diges in Yonne, near which Mrs. widows Gaffroy [sic, Geoffroy] saw a man, from the back, in combination and capped of a khaki bonnet...

And Mr. Jean Labonne, of Bergerac, who, on October 2, at 10 p.m., saw a metal mushroom in his garden. "Who's there?" he shouted when distinguishing a shade. "What do you want from me?" But the shade climbed in the mushroom which rose in the airs at an extraordinary speed.

Even in England which started to worry and almost become indignant that not the least saucer, not the least "cigar" or cigarillo, had made the honor of an appearance to the people which had won the battle of Trafalgar. This gap has been just been largely filled by the sensational revelations of an ornithologist, Mr. Cedric Allingham, who claims to have met, on February 18, in the north of Scotland, not a Martian, but a Venusian with whom he had a lengthy and difficult conversation!

This Venusian measured about 1 m 73, he short brown hair, and his skin seemed tanned. He was completely wrapped in a kind of combination which had the appearance of a armored coat. In his nose were two small tubes joined by a metallic wire... Mr. Allingham managed to touch the saucer whose metal was slightly warm, and he finally took the leave of Venusian, not without having offered him his pen, which the man carefully put in a pocket of his combination and after having taken on the run a photograph of the strange character. This rather fuzzy image is, it should be acknowledged, rather unrevealing. One sees the silhouette of a man seen from the back, walking slightly curved, and that, without a little imagination, could easily be matched with the silhouette of any earthman.

Lastly, with the latest news, it is a true avalanche of Martians that comes falling on our grounds.

In Pournoy La Chétive, in the Moselle, three children were roller skating, when a round machine, of 2.50 meters of diameter, lands close to them. A man left from there, holding in the hand a lit lamp which dazzled the children.

He was dressed of a black cassock "like that of our priest", and after having said some unintelligible words, he flew away in his saucer.

In the island of Oléron, for the first time, it was two Martian girls who put foot on the ground. It is Mr. Martin, a colonial teacher on holiday, who brings their description to us. They carried small boots and leather gloves, as well as brilliant helmets. They were extremely pretty and nicely agreed to sign an autograph to the teacher.

I would take a whole book to bring back all the cases in detail. But all these good people swear to god that they invent nothing. Their entourage echoes that. Him, to invent such a story? A family man known for his respectability... A boy who never drank any drop of alcohol in his life? Come on!

So what? Should it be concluded from this that they really saw strange beings, hairy, helmeted, in boots, speaking an incomprehensible language? Do we need to have faith to this story of mysterious green ray which paralyze human beings? Are their accounts, on the contrary, totally invented? Do they rest on a serious basis exaggerated thereafter?

Nothing, absolutely nothing in the current state of the collected information which was made available to the public allows to conclude in the sense of the authenticity. The investigations were led as if it were a question of "checking" the statements of the witnesses and not in the spirit to eliminate all the assumptions leading to plausible and relatively simple explanations. These assumptions are numerous, they go from the joke to the hallucination not to mention the optical illusion. To eliminate them, one would need extremely thorough police information, doubled, in all the cases, of a thorough psychological investigation.

Then only the facts would remain, logically unexplainable, which would constitute the true file on the Martians. One would then notice that this file is extremely thin, if not non-existent, and that in this business, there is much, far too much, literature.

[Ref. hm1:] "LE HAUT-MARNAIS REPUBLICAIN" NEWSPAPER:

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WASSY-MERTUD

The "FLYING SAUCER"
and its "HAIRY PASSENGER"

existed only in the brain
fertile in "jokes" of Mr. NARCY

No offense to our colleague who,
on his side had found traces of the craft

This outcome had to happen, despite a media campaign orchestrated by one of our colleagues who, with much ease, taking the worst "canards" for reality and, more importantly, gets angry "in writing" when other journalists refuse to ride the same dead horse.

So then, a few days ago, Mr. Narcy, roadmender in Mertrud, arrived late for work, a little excited by the haste with which he had returned to his post.

His comrades, intrigued by his pale face, asked him a few friendly questions.

Prankster by day and night, Mr. Narcy, in a flash, found an explanation quite in the mood of the times.

Not far from an old tile factory, near the road to Laneuville, he saw and approached a flying saucer and his hairy pilot.

And Mr. Narcy to tell the details of this sensational adventure.

Even better, with two friends, he returned to the scene to, naturally, discover no valid trace.

But it is useless to review the details of a case that all the Haute-Marne residents know about.

Warned by a grateful roadmender to whom he had offered an issue of his newspaper, our colleague we talked about earlier jumped on the case.

Not content with what he was told by Mr. Narcy (which he also took as gospel) and as a good "winemaker" who believes in the harvest only when he sees it with his own eyes, our colleague secretly went to the (approximate) site of the saucer's landing, and stronger than the others, found the traces left by the craft.

A review by more serious people allowed to say that it was, on the one hand, cuts made in the ground by a plow and, secondly, hoof prints of cows and horses.

Based on the persistence of Mr. Narcy in his story, our colleague would not budge from his position and, ironically, told about it.

Unfortunately for him and his future as an inventor, an epilogue to this story is nothing like in its infancy.

The police was, as it should, seized of the matter.

Their investigation quickly enabled to establish that Mr. Narcy could not, in any way, see a flying saucer near the "Old Brickworks" at 7:15 a.m. that day, for the excellent reason that at this hour and date, he was not there (it's not for us to tell where it was then).

Saturday, during a visit by representatives of the law, Mr. Narcy had to admit, very nicely actually, that his "saucer" story was pure imagination.

He had told it to "trick" his workmates, with no other intention.

When the story leaked out, he found himself caught up in it and kept his words to avoid ridicule.

But everything has an end.

The Mertrud "saucer" has its end... Popular common sense had, actually, dealt with that since its alleged onset.

Why would a certain gentleman absolutely want to believe he is better than the others?

He still has enough tricks up its sleeve to give you the explanation and get away with the honors of war of the worlds.

[Ref. es1:] "EVENING STAR" NEWSPAPER:


authorities duly noted three deep imprints in the ground.

On October 5 at 7:16 a.m. another roadworker named Gustave Narcy was bicycling to work near Wassy near Paris when he noticed an unusual looking creature climbing out of a 30-foot cigar. Mr. Narcy's description was very precise. The stranger was 3 feet 11 inches tall. His body was covered with hair. He was wearing a large orange corset and a helmet made of plush. A moment of mutual staring ensued after which Mr. Narcy said good-morning. The stranger, apparently unreassured, scrambled back into his fuselage and flew away. An investigation of the spot revealed skid-marks on the grass and a strange milky substance.

Reports like these are run-of-the mill, chosen at random from literraly hundreds of similar incidents that have been brought to public attention within the last few weeks. The stories have an interesting mixture of variety consistency. The flying whatnots are always luminous by day or night. They are described as saucers, mushrooms, cigars, barrels, spheres and chamber pots. The pilots vary in size as well as wardrobe, ranging in size from dwarfs to giants. In all cases, the visitors have been pictured as mannerly but timid. In several cases the use of harmless weapons has been reported - in several others the intruders have shown an interest in collecting vegetable and mineral specimens near at hand.

The scientists have come up with plenty of explanations. A report from Russia that the past summer has been unusually hot on Mars has led to the journalist deduction that the Martians are coming over for a breath of fresh air. The summer in Western Europe has been anything but hot. In Africa, the vice-president of the Astronomic Association of Nairobi suggests that Mars in conducting a geographic survey of the Earth, concentrated presently on Europe and Africa. Professor Herman Oberth, the German scientist who designed the V-2, has a theory that the unearthly visitors are really intelligent plants called "Uranides", millions of years more advanced than human beings. The politicians are also getting into the act: in France Jean Nocher, Gaullist deputy from the Loire District, has formally demanded an investigation by the Secretary for Air.

All of which, probably, proves very little. Except that people in Europe today have more serious things to worry about than rearming the Germans. And that if Mr. Pre of Locronan is daft, he has, at least, plenty of company.

[Ref. lm2:] "LE MERIDIONAL" NEWSPAPER:


After the saucers and the cigars

A "FLYING MELON" IN THE SKY OF ALSACE

STRASBOURG. -- After the cigars, the brushes, the barrels, it is now the "melons" that make their appearance in the sky of Alsace. Indeed, several people, among them pilots of the flying-club of Strasbourg, claim to have seen Saturday evening a shining machine, having the shape of a melon, and leaving a trace of two meters of white-orange colour, that flew above the area of the Bas-Rhin.

This machine is said to have been seen almost at the same hour in Strasbourg, Haguenau and Wissembourg.

The "melon" evolved at a high altitude and moved according to some in a south-eastern direction, according to the others in an East-West direction.

A similar phenomenon was observed in Niederhalslach (valley of the Bruche).

An unknown apparatus flies over a soccer game

CHAUMONT. -- During more than one hour, Sunday afternoon, the 400 witnesses of the soccer game in Langres could follow the evolutions of an unknown apparatus which was at very high altitude.

Some believed that it was a weather-balloon, which, say the others, appears not very probable, for before disappearing, the machine moved in opposite direction of the wind.

In addition, in Chaumont, a mechanic, Mr. Auguste Poulot and his three children noticed at the beginning of the night the passage of a flying cigar.

The "saucer" seen by the roadmender was only an alibi as he was late for work

DIJON. -- Ten days ago, Mr. André Narcy, aged 47, roadmender, arrived at his work very breathless: "I saw a flying saucer", he claimed.

And he gave much details: a machine of orange color stopped in a field, a small being dressed of a hairy cape, a beautiful vertical take-off of the mysterious apparatus. Moreover Mr. Narcy could show the place. With two of his comrades, Misters Riel and Henry, he went back there. All three stated that indeed the dew had dried on a great surface, that the grass had taken "a milky colour", that one saw traces of "round feet", etc...

In short, questioned again by the gendarmerie, Mr. Narcy comes to acknowledge that he made up this story entirely to excuse his late arrival at work.

A written question to the government

FOIX. -- Following the many appearance of flying machines of unknown type currently reported in all the areas of France, Mr. Rene Dejean, deputy of Ariège (socialist) addressed to the president of the Council a written question asking him among other questions:

- "Wether were created or not a service missioned to gather the existing documentation on this matter and to study the nature and the origin of the said machines.

- "Whether the information currently collected and gathered makes it possible to absolutely exclude the assumption of machines piloted or controlled by living beings of unknown species and origin.

- "Whether the government has, on the contrary, sufficient information to allot the production of these machines to the industry of a foreign country.

- "Whether in this last case the international agreements signed by France already allowed consultations relating to the use of such machines in a possible conflict.

[Ref. ti1:] "TIME" MAGAZINE:


SCIENCE

Martians over France

One morning last October, Jean Narcy, a road mender of Haute-Marne, France, was riding to work on his bicycle. In a wheat field he saw a little whiskered man just under 4 ft tall, who wore a fur coat, an orange corset and a plush cap.

"Bonjour, [Hello]" said Mr. Narcy.

The little man muttered something like "I'll be seeing you." Then he jumped into a small (10 ft. in diameter) flying saucer, took off with a buzzing sound and disappeared into the clouds.

With Narcy's "Hairy Martian" as a starting point, the French press run wild, and a deluge of Martians have been raining down ever since. They have come in flying cigars, crowns, comets, winged mushrooms, even a flying chamber pot. Unlike Americans who have seen flying saucers, the French "sighters" paid little attention to the vehicles. They were interested in the people from space.

The Martians were anything but standardized. One who stopped Mr. Roger Barrault near the town of Lavoux had brilliant eyes, an enormous moustache, wore rubbers and spoke Latin. Another asked Mr. Pierre Lucas, a Breton baker, for a light. He was bearded and had a single eye in the middle of the forehead. Mr. Lucas could not remember what language he spoke.

Paralysing Pygmies. As the Martian invasion of France proceeded, the invaders became more bizarre. A troup of pygmies in plastic helmet gamboled down a railroad track near Quarouble and transfixed Mr. Dewilde with "a paralyzing beam of light." Some Martians were blue, others were yellow or pink. A traveling salesman of the Côte du Nord saw a wonderful sight: a deep rose flying cigar from which stepped a zebra-stripped Martian. As he alighted, he changed color, chameleon-like, from yellow to green.

The Martians marched en masse into French affairs. Cartoonists welcomed them delightedly (see cuts). As they multiplied, they even gained respectability. Le Figaro reported: "Counsellor General of Alpes Maritimes greets flying saucers' first appearance on the Côte d'Azur." France Soir announced that "a daily flying-saucer service seems to have been established between Marais-Poitevin and La Rochelle." A man from space even made the social columns of Paris-France: "Mustached Martian spends weekend at Vienna." Angry deputies asked questions in Parliament. Air Force Authorities (even as in the US) were badgered for explanations.

Before the many-colored Martians rained down on France, fames Swiss Psychiatrist C. G. Jung was asked what he thought about the saucer epidemic.

"Something is being seen," said Jung. "What is seen may be, in the case of a single observer, a subjective vision (hallucination). In the case of many observers, it may be a collective vision. such a psychic phenomenon... could be a spontaneous reaction of the subconscious to the present conscious situation; the fear of an apparently insoluble political situation in the world... At such times eyes turn heavenwards ... and miraculous forebodings of a threatening or consoling nature appear from on high."

No More Dreams. Dr. Jung blames the U.S. air Force for mishandling the saucer epidemic and for permitting irresponsible journalists to pump it for bits of sensational-sounding information. He does not believe that the saucers are space ships. Those that are not hallucinations, he thinks, are probably misinterpretations of physical objects or effects. But he was willing to speculate about the effect on the human race of an invasion by beings from another world.

"Should the origin of the phenomenon turn out to be an extraterrestrial," said Dr. Jung, "it would prove an intelligent interplanetary link. The impact of such a fact on humanity is unforeseable. But, without doubt, we would be placed in the very questionable position of today's primitive societies that clash with the superior culture of the white race. All initiative would be wrested from us. As an old witch doctor once said to me, with tears in his eyes: We would 'have no more dreams.'

Our sciences and technology would go to the junk pile. What such a catastrophe would mean morally we can gauge by the pitiful decline of the primitive cultures that takes place before our eyes. The capacity to manufacture (interplanetary space ships) points to a technology towering sky sky high over ours."

"Just as the Pax Britannica made an end to the tribal warfare in Africa, so our world could roll up its Iron Curtain and use it for scrap ... This might not be so bad. But we would have been 'discovered' and colonized."

[Ref. li1:] "LIFE" MAGAZINE:


Photos caption:

HATLIKE SPACESHIP SKETCH (Right) was drawn in dirt by Jean Narcy to describer craft he says landed in a field near Wassy. From it emerged a little whiskered man in fur coat and orange corset.

[Ref. us1:] NEWSPAPER CLIPPING, PROJECT BLUE BOOK ARCHIVE, US AIR FORCE:


On Oct. 5 at 7.15 a. m. a roadmender named Gustave Narcy was bicycling to work near Wassy, a Paris suburb, when he noticed an unusual looking creature climbing out of a 30-foot cigar. Narcy's description was very precise. The stranger was 3 feet 11 inches tall. His body was covered with hair. He was wearing a large orange corset and a helmet made of plush. A moment of mutual staring ensued after which Narcy said good morning. the stranger, apparently unreassured, scrambled back into his fuselage and flew away. An investigation on the spot revealed skid-marks on the grass and a strange milky substance.

[Ref. hw1:] HAROLD T. WILKINS:

The author indicates that in France, on october 2, 1954, road-mender Jean Narcy was cycling to his job, near Haute-Marne, when he saw a strange whiskered being in a wheat field, four feet tall, clad in a fur coat and an "orange corset and plush cap."

Mr. Narcy said: "Bonjour, Monsieur," [Hello, Sir] but the little man turned and jumped into a flying saucer and buzzed up into the clouds.

[Ref. hw2:] HAROLD T. WILKINS:

The author indicates without providing sources that on October 8, 1954, a man near Mertrud, France, says he saw being [sic, beings? a being?], four feet tall, take off from a field in a thing like a "flying red knob," spherical, orange colored, thirty-feet across, and with a sort of spindle sticking out underneath.

[Ref. gb1] GRAY BARKER:



All over France the saucerians appeared to be friendly creatures, if somewhat timid. Except for a paralyzing ray, aimed at humans who got too nosey, it seemed they were trying to harm no one.

A hairy creature three ft. tall, and wearing a large orange corset with a plush helmet, quickly scrambled into a 30 ft. cigar-shaped thing and flew away when a Frenchman, Gustave Narce [sic], said "good morning" to it. This was on October 5 at 7:17 in the morning when Narce was riding a bicycle to work near Wassy and saw the saucerian climbing out of the craft. They stared at one another for a moment before the creature took flight.

[Ref. jv5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

242 -004.90311 48.43260 05 10 1954 MERTRUD-HTE MARNE F 011 3G

[Ref. jv6:] JACQUES VALLEE:

245 -004.86630 48.10820 05 10 1954 07 15 1 VOILLECOMTE H-MARN F A

[Ref. jv1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

198

Oct. 05, 1954, 07:15 A.M., Mertrud (France).

A roadmender, Mr. Narcy, saw an object near the road between Voillecomte and La Neuville. In a report to police, he stated he saw a hairy dwarf wearing an orange tight-fitting jacket climb aboard the craft, which consisted of a cigar-shaped section under a flat disk. Between the two sections was a kind of porthole through which the entity entered the object. Traces were found at the spot. (38, 39) (Le Parisien, 7 octobre 1954. Combat, l'Aurore, France-Soir, 8 octobre 1954; Journal du Dimanche, 10 octobre 1954).

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


October 5, 1954, 07:15. Mertrud (Haute Marne)

A roadmender, Mr. Narcy, saw an object near the road between Voillecomte and La Neuville. In his report to the police, he said he saw a hairy dwarf, dressed in a sort of orange jacket, who went back on the ship, one of its sections was shaped like a cigar under a flat disk. Between the two sections was a window through which the entity entered the object. Traces were found there.

[Ref. lo1:] CORAL AND JIM LORENZEN:

The authors indicated that on October 5, 1954, near Mertrud, the Haute-Marne, France, a road mender named Narcy saw a strange object on the road. A small hairy creature approached it, got in; and it took off. Investigation showed traces on the road where the object had sat.

[Ref. jv2:] JACQUES VALLEE:

The author indicates that on October 5, 1954, near Mertrud, between Voillecomte and Neuville in the department of the Haute-Marne, a roadmender named Narcy saw an object close to the road. A hairy individual entered the apparatus. Traces were discovered where the object had landed.

[Ref. ge1:] GEPA "PHENOMENES SPATIAUX":


Nr DATE PLACE
TERRITORY DIV..
COUNTRY OR NATION
WITNESSES TYPES SOURCES
48 10/05/54 Mertrud. Hte-Marne, Fr B. Narcy 6 70/16,94/C198

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

The two authors and ufologists indicate that on October 5, 1954, in Voillecomte in Haute-Marne, at seven hours of the morning, André Narcy, a roadmender aged 48, went to his work driving a motorbike.

When he arrived close to Voillecomte, he saw a circular object of 10 meters in diameter in a field. The authors quote him:

"I was at approximately a hundred meters of it. I stopped. I then saw a small being of 1 meter 20 in height, which seemed to be equipped with a houpelande with long hairs. I put myself belly flat, and I called him. The small being turned towards me. He looked all around him, then he rushed into his apparatus. The apparatus took off at once and it disappeared in the clouds. At the time of takeoff, there was like a large vaporous movement under the apparatus."

André Narcy joined his workmates a few moments later, and returned with them on the location of the encounter:

"There was no more dew on a broad surface. The grass had a slightly milky colour and was crushed on a square of approximately 3 meters of side. At the interior of this square, twelve parallel traces resembling inprints of round feet."

The authors indicate that their sources are newspaper clipping and their personal file.

[Ref. db1:] ISABEL DAVIS AND TED BLECHER:

32. Encounter at Mertrud (Haute-Marne), October 6, by M. Andre Narcy: Clermont Ferrand Liberte, October 8; Crosby S. Noyes, in the Washington (D.C.) Evening Star, October 18; Life Magazine, November 1; Time Magazine, October 25.

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

These two French ufologists wrote:

AS A MATTER OF FACT: M. Narcy made up this story as an excuse for being late at work. The press published this confession.

[Ref. rr1:] RAOUL ROBE:


Case #15

October 6, 1954 in Mertrud (52) - (CP: T6).

A roadmender, Mr Narcy, going to his work, sees an object close to the road connecting Voillecomte and Laneuville. A small hairy being, dressed of a jacket or an orange corset, returns precipitately in a kind of cigar with port-hole, posed on the ground, which takes off at once at the approach of the witness. Milky traces are found on the spot by the gendarmerie. (Ref.: J. Vallée, Barthel. Ch. Garreau, M. Figuet, Liberté de l'Est for 10/9/54, Républicain Lorrain for 10/7/54, Info OVNI #0, Viamana 21 #10-11, magazine #2 du groupe 5255).

Details:

According to M. Figuet: actually, Mr. Narcy would have invented this story to have an excuse for being late at work. The press published this denial.

According to Viamana #10-11 p.28: questioned again by the gendarmerie, Mr. Narcy would have acknowledged that he had invented this story entirely as an excuse for his late arrival at work.

Seen again recently by the investigators of group 5255, the witness, wearied by the curious people, would have invented these denials to get some peace.

[Ref. lg1:] LOREN GROSS:

Midget being in 'Thing'

Paris, AFP, Radioteletype in English to the Americas, Oct. 7, 1954, 14000 GMT--2

(Text)

Chaumont--A road worker near here reported today having seen one of the occupants of a "flying saucer" dressed in a "hair covered cloak".

Andre Marey [sic], 48, of Mertrud, Haute-Marne, said he was walking along a road yesterday morning when he saw an orange-colored "thing" which he first took to be a tree whose leaves were turning for the fall. As he approached, Marey said he saw next to the 'thing' a small "being", less than 4 feet tall, dressed in the coat. Marey said that when he called, the "being" turned and entered the "machine" which rose vertically in the air.

Marey said the machine was spherical in form, and about 30 feet in diameter. Underneath the machine was a sort of spindle, Marey said, and between the spindle and the body of the machine was a "port hole" by which the being entered. A flame shot from the spindle as the machine took off, Marey said. Marey said he told his fellow workmen about the incident, and two of them returned with him to the site. All three said they found that the grass had turned slightly milk-colored, and there were round inprints of small legs where the machine had stood.

[Ref. lg2] LOREN GROSS:

October 8th. Mertrud, France, (no known hour)

"Flying red knob."

The report from Mertrud on the 8th was little bit different. A being, an estimated four feet in height, jumped into his machine when spotted and flew away. Larger than mostUFOsbeing reported(30 feet in diameter), the object in question was ball-shaped, orange-colored, and sported a single leg that protruded from the bottom. The witness called the UFO a "flying- red knob." 82.

  • 82. Wilkins, Harold T. Flying Saucers Uncensored. p.232.

[Ref. js1:] JEAN SIDER:

Jean Sider criticizes the treatment of the case in the book by Barthel and Brucker.

He notes that Barthel and Brucker scoff at Jimmy Guieu for having believed the story coming from the "Radar" and "Presse-Magazine" weekly magazines which Guieu found "intelligent and objective" whereas Barthel and Brucker noted that it was just trash press. Jean Sider rejects this criticism because Barthel and Brucker themselves read the explanation of the case in Jean Giraud's ufology magazine "OVNI-Presence" who gace articles of the same press of the time, with the witness admittance of a hoax published 48 hours afterwards.

Jean Sider says that it is not sure at all that the case is a hoax.

Jean Sider indicates that the case was published in La Haute-Marne Libérée, of Chaumont, October 8, page 5, and the same day in the competitor newspaper Le Haut-Marnais Républicain on page 5, which basically said:

On Wednesday October 6, 1954, about 07:15, André Narcy, 48, father of 7, goes to his construction site and at the level of Laneuville-à-Rémy, he sees in a meadow a form he cannot identify. He approaches and notices that it is a "craft." He crosses the fence of the field, moves towards the object, which is coloured of green, orange and yellow. He estimates its size as 3 meters in length, 2.50 meters in height. He soon notices a dwarf of approximately 1.20 meters in height which resembles a orang-outang either because it is naked or because its clothing is tight-fitted. Narcy shouts "hep!" but the being returns into hius craft which takes off immediately and is lost in the clouds.

Jean Sider indicates that there was a somehow ironic article in La Haute Marne Libéré, that suspected it was a prank, and Narcy then wrote a letter of protest which was published in the October 13 issue on page 5. He confirmed his story there and specified that he never said it was a monkey nor a Martian. Then, on October 18, the two newspapers published statemements by Narcy who admitted to have invented the story.

La Haute-Marne Libérée said that he had invented the story as excuse for having been late at work, but Le Haut-Marnais said that it was a simple prank played on his buddies without any other intention.

Jean Sider notes this contradiction, and adds that the legal suit were not engaged, and that the Renseignement Généraux (secret police) questioned Mr. Narcy twice, which he finds weird, and wonders whether there were an "agreement" between Mr. Narcy and the secret police.

Jean Sider then notes that La Haute Marne Libérée for October 11, page 4, wrote: "We had the opportunity to meet on Saturday morning with a member the police force of Saint Dizier. What did he tell us? That he had been in Laneuville-à-Rémy little time after the statements by Mr. Narcy. That he went on the spot. That the ground at the place indicated by the witness was packed. The grass of certain mounds was looking like cooked salad. In his opinion the craft (if there was a craft) weighed about 500 kilos. A Polish workman with whom he talked acknowledged to him that the same morning he had seen a red ball come down (...)

Jean Sider adds that Le Républican Lorrain for October 9 indicates another witness, Mr. Gregoire Odut, a farmer, résidant in "Les Robottes" on the road Wassy - Montier-en-Der, whom on the same October 6 at about 6:00 saw a luminous object gently land in the sector indicated by Mr. Narcy. Jean Sider specifies that Mr. Odut had never met Mr. Narcy and learned his story after having told his own. He notes that Barthel and Brucker do not care at all about all that.

Jean Sider points out that 52/55 group met Mr. Narcy in the middle of 1980's, and that Roger Thomé briefly spoke to him. Although Narcy did not want to talk about it, he admitted all the same that he had said it was a hoax just to be left in peace. Jean Sider indicates LDLN #267-268 page 41 as the source of that.

[Ref. fg1:] FRANCIS GATTI:

WITNESS N°33

October 5, 1954 seven hours fifteen Mertud the High Marne. Mr NARCY roadmender saw a hairy dwarf who returned in a curious vessel resembling a cigar located under a flat disc between the two was a port-hole being used as door by which the dwarf engulfing himself in. Traces, were found at the place indicated by the good man. Information published in Le Parisien on 10/7/54 Combat L'Aurore and France Soir10/8/54 Sunday Newspaper 10/10/54.

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

126.

Location. Mertrud France

Date: October 5 1954

Time: 0715A

Road mender Andre Narcy was motorcycling to work when he noticed an orange colored object in a field. Approaching, he saw it to be a 10-meter disc with a large dome on top. He walked up to within 100 yards, and observed a 4-foot tall being dressed in a very hairy overcoat. Narcy called to him, but he re-entered the craft and took off, causing an extensive "wash." At the spot the grass was found crushed within a 3-meter square, and had a milky color. 12 parallel tracks of spherical prints were also found.

Humcat 1954-70

Source: Jacques Vallee

Type: B

[Ref. lh1:] LARRY HATCH:

1954/10/05 MERTRUD, MARNE, FR: Man late for work finds a NEW excuse.

[Ref. sd1:] STEVEN DUNN:

Mertrud, FR
5 oct 54

A road repairman spotted a strange object sitting on the road. Near it he saw a small hairy creature. Traces of the craft were found on the road.

CE-3-112 Randle/Estes, FOV pg 267

[Ref. dj1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

Donald Johnson indicates that on October 5, 1954, in Mertrud, France, a road crew member, Mr. Narcy, saw an object near the road between Voillecomte and La Neuville at 7:15 a.m. In a report to the police, he stated he saw a hairy dwarf wearing an orange tight fitting jacket climb aboard the craft, which consisted of a cigar-shaped section under a flat disk. Between the two sections was a kind of porthole through which the entity entered the object. Traces were found at the site.

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

[Ref. tp1:] TED PHILLIPS:

10/05/54 0715 France, Mertrud: Road mender Andre Narcy was motorcycling to work when he saw an orange object in a field-a 10m disc with a large dome He walked to within 100 yards and saw a 4 ft being who entered the object, which took off causing a considerable disturbance.

At the spot the grass was found crushed within a 3m square, and had a milky color. Twelve parallel tracks, spherical in shape, were also found.

[Ref. jr1:] JEAN-PAUL RONECKER:

The author indicates that close to Mertrud, between Voillecomte and Neuville, in the Haute-Marne in France, on October 5, 1954, a roadmender saw an object posed on the road, and a small hairy being which entered the apparatus.

[Ref. jb1:] JEROME BEAU:

Jérôme Beau indicates that on Tuesday, October 5, 1954 at 7:15 in Mertrud in France, Mr. Narcy, roadmender, saw in a field close to the road between Voillecomte and Neuville, "1 circular object 10 m in diameter".

Jérôme Beau quotes: "I was at 100 m approximately. I stopped. I then saw a small being, 1,20 m tall who seemed to be dressed of a houppelande with long hairs. I lay on the ground and I called. The small being turned around. It looked all around him, then he rushed into his craft. The craft took off at once and it disappeared in the clouds. At the time of the takeoff there was like a large vaporous movement under the apparatus."

He adds that in his report to the police forces, Narcy stated to have seen a hairy dwarf, dressed of a kind of orange jacket, who went up on board the ship which sections had the shape of a cigar under a flat disc. Between the 2 sections there was a port-hole where entity got into the object. Traces were reportedly found at this place.

Jerome Beau indicates that the sources are Le Parisien, October 7; Combat, L'Aurore, France-soir, October 8; Journal du Dimanche, October 10; Vallée, Un Siècle d'atterrissages, LDLN #43; Vallée 1969; Garreau and Lavier 1975, pp 33-34.

He adds that "Figuet indicated later that in reality Narcy had invented this story as an excuse for being late at work, and that the Press had published this denial", this being sourced as "Figuet & Ruchon 1979, P. 665."

[Ref. jb2:] JEROME BEAU:

Examples of testimonies reporting hairy beings

[... Other cases ... ]

Tuesday October 5, 1954 in Mertrud (France) and Loctudy (Finistère).

[... Other cases ... ]

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates in his database that in the Haute Marne in Mertrud on October 5, 1954 at 07:15 hours, "Mr NARCY roadmender saw a hairy dwarf who returned in a curious ship resembling a cigar located under a flat disc between the two was a port-hole being used as a door by which thedwarf engulfed himself. Traces, were found at the place indicated by the good man. In fact the witness had invented everything so that he would be forgiven for being late at work."

He notes: "This case is to be discarded because: Invention of the Witness".

He indicates that the source is "CASAR by Gatti Francis ** http://perso.wanadoo.fr/casar".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 5 October 1954 at 07:15 in Mertrud, France, there was an orange domed disc in a field, 10m in diameter. There was a 4' tall humanoid in hairy overcoat. The witness called, but it re-entered craft, took off. There were traces. The explanation is: hoax.

The website adds: "An object was observed. Traces found. One orange domed disc, about 10 feet across, was observed by one experienced male witness in a field briefly (Narcy, A). One 4-foot-tall hairy dwarf was seen."

The website adds: "Road mender Andre Narcy was motorcycling to work when he noticed an orange colored object in a field. Approaching, he saw it to be a 10-meter disc with a large dome on top. He walked up to within 100 yards, and observed a 4-foot tall being dressed in a very hairy overcoat. Narcy called to him, but he re-entered the craft and took off, causing an extensive "wash." At the spot the grass was found crushed within a 3-meter square, and had a milky color. 12 parallel tracks of spherical prints were also found."

The sources are indicated as Webb, David, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports; Michel, Aime, Flying Saucers and the Straight-Line Mystery, S. G. Phillips, New York, 1958; Lorenzen, Coral E., Flying Saucer Occupants, Signet T3205, New York, 1967; Lorenzen, Coral E., Encounters with UFO Occupants, Berkley Medallion, New York, 1976, ISBN:425-03093-8; Bowen, Charles, The Humanoids: FSR Special Edition No. 1, FSR, London, 1966; Wilkins, Harold T., Flying Saucers Uncensored, Citadel, 1955; Pereira, Jader U., Les Extra-Terrestres, Phenomenes Spatiaux, Paris, 1974; 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); Phillips, Ted R., Ted Phillips investigation files; Phillips, Ted R., Physical Traces Associated with UFO Sightings, CUFOS, Chicago, 1975; Delaire, J. Bernard, UFO Register Volume 7 (1976), Data Research, Oxford, 1976; Newspaper Clippings; Civilian Saucer Intelligence-New York; Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002; Hatch, Larry, internet data; Rosales, Albert, Humanoid Sighting Reports Database.

[Ref. ud2:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 5 October 1954 at 07:15 in Mertrud, France, a hairy dwarf climbed aboard a craft, which consisted of a cigar-shaped section under a flat disk. The explanation is: hoax.

The website adds: "A road mender, Mr. Narcy, saw an object near the road between Voillecomte and La Neuville. In a report to police, he stated he saw a hairy dwarf wearing an orange tight-fitting jacket climb aboard the craft, which consisted of a cigar shaped section under a flat disk. Between the two sections was a kind of porthole through which the entity entered the object. Traces were found at the spot."

The website comments: "An object was observed. Physiological effects were noted. One orange saucer was observed by one experienced male witness in a field. One dwarf was seen."

The sources are indicated as Webb, David, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports; Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073); Vallee, Jacques, Challenge to Science: The UFO Enigma, Henry Regnery, Chicago, 1966; Schoenherr, Luis, Computerized Catalog (N = 3173); Newspaper Clippings.

[Ref. ts1:] "TOP SECRET" MAGAZINE:

An unsigned article in the sensationnalist magazine "Top Secret" claims from the very start of the year 1953, the Air Force, the DST and the police force of the air took the subject of the flying saucers very seriously" and that "behind the scenes the French secret services attached the highest importance" to testimonys which "went up from the base to the top of the State via the gendarmerie" and that the air forces regarded as "of the highest importance" the question of knowing if the UFOs were "of human or extraterrestrial origin".

The magazine explains that in their previous issue they showed that French engineer Rene Couzinet was preparing the "first official flight" of the "French flying saucer" for 1956, and that in 1954 the flying saucers did the "FRONT PAGES" of the newspapers.

The magazine indicates that on October 6, 1954 in Mertrud in Champagne-Ardenne, a roadmender of this city saw the pilot of a flying saucer which "corresponds on all the criteria to the 'typical' pilot of these craft", small, covered with hair and who flees in its craft as soon as it sees the witness.

Le magazine then reproduces the La Haute Marne Libéré article [hm1].

The magazine states then that they "analyze the facts", indicating in this paragraph that the witness Mr. Marcy was within 200 meters of the saucer, and that since he speaks of an orang-outang there is "no doubt", it was "really a hair-covered monkey" without clothing. The orange-outang went up in the saucer when the witness shouted in its direction and the craft rose vertically while letting escape by the lower part a slight smoke, and the saucer did not leave a trace on the ground, it did not use a paralysing ray nor oil trace but raises "a big interrogation about its technology".

The magazine then states that monkeys were used to test spacecraft, but since orang-outangs could not control a speccraft, the saucer must have been automatic or remote controled. Photographs of monkeys used in 1961 in rocket launches are shown. It is then asked whether that is credible, it is noted that it would be risky, and it is concluded after some mention of other cases that in "our next file we will see that as regards ufology nothing is simple".

[Ref. pr1:] PETER ROGERSON:

October 5 1954, 0715hrs.

MERTRUD (HAUTE MARNE : FRANCE)

A road mender, Mr Narcy, saw an object near the road between Veillecoate [sic] and La Neuville. In a report to police he said he saw a hairy dwarf wearing an orange tight-fitting jacket, climb aboard an object which comprised a cigar shaped section under a flat disk. Between the two sections was a kind of porthole, through which the entity entered the object. Traces were found at the site. According to Jacques Bonabot citing research by Jimmy Giraud and Mr Dubois this story was a hoax. Jacques Vallee in FSR 10, 3 p22 also labelled it a hoax.

Vallee Case 198, citing Le Parisien 7 October 1954 + Combat + L’Aurore + France Soir 8 October 1954, Journal du Dimanche 10 October 1954.

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

*Oct. 5, 1954 -Mertrud, France. A road crew member, Mr. Narcy, saw an object near the road between Voillecomte and La Neuville at 7:15 a.m. In a report to the police, he stated he saw a hairy dwarf wearing an orange tight fitting jacket climb aboard the craft, which consisted of a cigar-shaped section under a flat disk. Between the two sections was a kind of porthole through which the entity entered the object. Traces were found at the site. (Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 218, case # 198).

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

Location: Mertrud France

Date: October 5 1954

Time: 0715A

Road mender Andre Narcy was motorcycling to work when he noticed an orange colored object in a field. Approaching, he saw it to be a 10-meter disc with a large dome on top. He walked up to within 100 yards, and observed a 4-foot tall being dressed in a very hairy overcoat. Narcy called to him, but he re-entered the craft and took off, causing an extensive “wash.” At the spot the grass was found crushed within a 3-meter square, and had a milky color. 12 parallel tracks of spherical prints were also found.

Source: Jacques Vallee 198.

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

This database recorded the case 22 times!

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19540929 29.09.1954 Wassy France
19540929 29.09.1954 Wassy France 20.00 NL
19541005 05.10.1954 Wassy France Morning CE III
19541005 05.10.1954 Mertrud France CE III
19541005 05.10.1954 Mertrud France CE III
19541005 05.10.1954 Mertrud France CE III
19541005 05.10.1954 Mertrud France CE III
19541005 05.10.1954 Mertrud France CE III
19541005 05.10.1954 Mertrud France CE III
19541005 05.10.1954 Mertrud France CE III
19541005 05.10.1954 Mertrud France CE III
19541005 05.10.1954 Mertrud France CE III
19541005 05.10.1954 Mertrud France CE III
19541005 05.10.1954 Mertrud France
19541005 05.10.1954 Mertrud France CE III
19541005 05.10.1954 Wassy France Morning CE III
19541005 05.10.1954 Mertrud France CE III
19541005 05.10.1954 Mertrud France CE III
19541008 08.10.1954 Mertrud France CE III
19541005 05.10.1954 Voillecomte France CE III
19541005 05.10.1954 Voillecomte France
19541005 05.10.1954 Voillecomte France CE II

Images:

This image shows witnesses Oldut (left) and Narcy (right), with a "reconstitution" of what they claim they saw by the newspaper artist "according to the descriptions and sketches made by these witnesses", with a headline saying that the two men "did not know each other". The image was pubished in "RADAR" magazine, on October 11, 1954:

Explanations:

Hoax by the witness.

Keywords:

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

Mertrud, Haute Marne, Narcy, object, road, Voillecomte, La Neuville, occupant, humanoid, dwarf, clothes, orange, cigar, disc, porthole, traces, landing

Sources:

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

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