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October 5, 1954, Saint-Baudille-de-la-Tour, Isère:

Reference for this case: 5-Oct-54-SteBaudille.
Please cite this reference in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


The regional newspaper Le Dauphiné Libéré for October 8, 1954, wrote among other observations, about a "Mysterious luminous craft in the sky of the Bugey"; reported from Montalieu, October 7, 1954.

The newspaper said that on "Tuesday afternoon", thus on October 5, 1954, as the weather was perfectly clear, several people who were in Saint-Baudille-de-la-Tour, towards Brotel, not far from President Herriot's residence, saw a "mysterious craft" low above the Bugey mountains.

According to the testimony of Mr. Vigano, mattress maker in Montalieu, the elongated craft appeared to measure 4 to 6 meters in length and each of its ends was shining like a sunbeam.




Flying saucer stories

The appearance of a saucer and armed Martians terrifies a bressan schoolgirl

Bourg. October 7. - The small town of Dommartin near Montrevel has been in turmoil on a rather relative manner by the way with the story of a young schoolgirl in the locality, Miss Manigand, 12-year-old, living with her parents in the hamlet of Marsily.

Sobbing a lot and appearing hopelessly plagued by the deepest fear, the girl said that it was around 7 in the morning, going to catechism, that she witnessed the apparition.

She saw, she clarified, a flying saucer hovering close over her head and out of which two strange beings armed with long knives came out.

The emotion of the child was such that when she finally arrived at school, it took all the care of her teacher, Miss Puvilland, to succeed in calming her down.

However, despite the wealth of detail with which she surrounded her statement, the girl is the only one in the country to testify, no other local resident reported the passage of any saucer.

No doubt we should put her fright on the account of a too vivid imagination, the young Manigand having gone alone that day, to the village, whereas she usually goes with a few friends.

As for the Martians - that we "had never seen the weapons in hand" - they went away, as far as the schoolgirl said, without even touching the ground.


A mysterious craft in the sky of Chambéry

Chambery, October 7. - A resident of Bellevue, who asked us to conceal his name, has observed this day, at 1 p.m., along with all members of his family, a mysterious machine operating at very low speed above Beauvoir.

The craft, which had a metallic gray color, suddenly accelerated, took altitude and disappeared towards the Cross of Nivolet.

According to the observer, the phenomenon lasted about five minutes.

Could it be a flying saucer... or a large transport aircraft?

A resident of Lugrin (near Thonon) reportedly saw two Martians!

Thonon, October 7. - Ms. Elise Blanc, of Lugrin, claims that on August 23, she met two strange men near a contraption that looked like an aluminum camping trailer. The two small beings, about 1 m. 20 tall, were dressed in silvery suits.

When they saw Mrs. Blanc, they grunted like pigs and jumped into their machine that rose, becoming the color of fire, to then disappear in a multicolored cloud.

Some years ago, Ms. Blanc had picked up a brown dog she claimed to be the descendant of the wild beasts that ravaged the flocks in the Valais and the Haut-Chablais.

Mysterious luminous craft in the sky of the Bugey

Montalieu, October 7. -- In the afternoon of Tuesday, while the weather was perfectly clear, several people who were at St. Baudille-de-la-Tour, towards Brotel, not far from President Herriot's residence, saw a mysterious craft at low altitude over the mountains of the Bugey.

According to the testimony of Mr. Vigano, mattress maker in Montalieu, the elongated craft seemed to measure 4 to 6 m. in length. Each end was as bright as a sunbeam.

At the same time, people of St. Sorlain-en-Bugey on the bank of the Rhone on the side of the department of Ain, made a similar observation.

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Isère in Ste Baudille de la Tour on October 5, 1954 at an unknown hour in the afternoon, close to the hamlet of Brotel, several people observe an object of lengthened form appearing to have a length from 4 to 5 m and of which each end were shining. The object evolves above the mounts of Bugey.

Luc Chastan indicates that the source is Le Dauphiné Libéré.



Of course the first expanation to check is that of a Sundog ("..each of its ends was shining like a sunbeam").

The place is almost clear: the "residence of President Herriot" is the castle of Brotel aka "La Maison Forte" aka "Le Nid d'Aigle de Brotel", near Brotel, commune of Saint-Baudille-de-la-Tour; which Edouard Herriot had acquired in 1938.

The Monts du Bugey, direction where the phenomenon is located, sit between the East-North-East and the East of the place of observation. It takes place in the afternoon, so it cannot be a parhelion, the sun is in the opposite direction in the afternoon, going from South to South-West.

Even if the witnesses weren't at the castle itself, but at Brotel, or Saint-Baudille, or the surrounding area, that would not change it.

The case remains "unidentified" to me; however the information is very scarce and there has been no investigation to my knowledge.


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

Saint-Baudille-de-la-Tour, Sainte-Baudille-de-la-Tour, Isère, Vigano, object, elongated, bright, multiple, afternoon, beams


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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross January 5, 2009 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross September 25, 2014 Addition [dle1].
1.2 Patrick Gross November 17, 2021 Addition of the Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet."

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