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October 6, 1954, Cozes, Charente-Maritime:

Reference number for this case: 6-Oct-54-Cozes. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

In 1979, the two French ufologists Michel Figuet and Jean-Louis Ruchon published in their book on the CE3 cases information they said to be coming from the newspaper Sud-Ouest for October 12, 1954.

On October 6, 1954, at approximately 11:30 p.m., in Cozes, between Bordeaux and Royan in the Charente-Maritime, a lady who remained anonymous returning home by bicycle saw in a field at the edge of the road a light that was first of orange color, then green.

She was then able to see that these gleams came from a turtle-shaped craft surmounted by a dome. The light was then extinguished, and she could see two human forms coming out of the craft.

One of the silhouettes held a rod and seemed to be looking for something. A sudden and powerful light begun to illuminate the machine and the witness was then able to distinguish that the two human forms were two small beings that she thought had only one eye and no nose on their flat faces; which has two holes above the mouth.

The lady was very frightened, uttered a cry of fear, the craft then left. She then heard that the craft made a low buzzing sound.

The same year, very skeptical ufologists Gérard Barthel and Jacques Brucker briefly mention the case to make fun of it, indicating that in "Coze in the Charente Maritime in 1954, a reader of the newspaper 'Sud-Ouest' said to have met two Little beings who had only one eye and left our planet in a turtle-shaped craft."

The existence of the article is still confirmed by the newspaper Sud-Ouest which mentionned it again in 2009; but the original text, which seems to be simply an anonymous mail sent to the newspaper, thus constituting an unverified case, is not yet available to me.

Reports:

[Ref. bb1:] JACQUES BARTHEL AND GERARD BRUCKER:

The authors indicate that in Coze in the Charente Maritime in 1954, a female reader of the "Sud-Ouest" newspaper said to have met two small beings which had only one eye and left our planet in a machine in the shape of a tortoise.

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

The two French ufologists report that on October 6, 1954 at about 11:30 P.M., in Cozes, which is located between the cities of Bordeaux and Royan in Charente-Maritime, an unnamed lady who was going home riding her bicycle, saw a gleam which was first of orange color, then of green color, in a field.

She then saw that these gleams came from an apparatus in the shape of a turtle and topped with a cupola. The light then went out, and she saw two human silhouettes coming out of the apparatus.

One of the silhouettes held a rod and seemed to be looking for something. Suddenly an intense light lightened the apparatus and the witness could see that the two human silhouettes were in fact two small beings which she said has only one eye and no nose, a flat face, with two holes above the mouth.

The lady became very scared and yelled of terror, the apparatus then went away. When the object went away, she heard that it made a weak humming sound.

The source is indicated as Sud-Ouest for October 12, 1954.

[Ref. ge1] GEPAN:

Nr (x) PLACE LOCALISATION JJV MODIFICATION
LOCALISATION JCF
[... other cases ...]
39 099 COZES -0.330 45.580
[... other cases ...]

[Ref. js1] JEAN SIDER:

Jean Sider indicates that on October 6, 1954 at 11:30 p.m., in Cozes in Charente-Maritime, an anonymous lady was riding her bicycle on the D730, between Royan and Bordeaux, when her attention was suddenly drawn to a strange glow in a field adjacent the road. First of orange color, it turned green, and appeared to come from a turtle-shaped craft with a dome. Suddenly a bright light allowed her to distinguish two small cyclops with a flat face with two holes instead of a nose. One of them was holding a rod and seems to get at something. The frightened woman screamed, then the craft disappeared emitting a low humming sound.

Jean Sider says his source is "Figuet, p.128-129."

He wonders what it is to be understood by the disappearance, if it was "erased magically" or took off at very high speed. He adds that Figuet claims this was the only case with cyclops ufonauts, but that is not true since there are at least two other cases, including on the day before, when Pierre Lucas watched a dwarf with a single eye on the forehead.

[Note: There is actually no evidence that Pierre Lucas had claimed his creature did not have two eyes.]

[Ref. go1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

The Belgian ufologist indicates in her catalogue that in 1954, on October 6, in France, in Cozes between Bordeaux and Royan, at toubout 11:30 p.m., a lady returning by bicycle sees in a field bordering the road an orange gleam, then green, coming from a craft in the shape of a tortoise surmounted of a dome. The light dies out, she can see two human forms emerge, one of which having a stem and seelingly looking for something. Suddenly a violent light illuminates the machine and the lady then sees two small cyclops without nose, with a flat face, but marked of two holes above their mouth. Frightened, the witness screams, the craft disappears with a weak buzzing sound.

She indicates that the source is M. Fuguet / J.L. Ruchon in "Ovni, Premier dossier complet..." Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979, p. 128, 129.

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

130.

Location. Cozes Charente Maritime France

Date: October 6 1954

Time: 2330

An unidentified woman, riding a bicycle from Bordeaux to Royan, saw in a field at Cozes an object shaped like a turtle, surmounted by a cupola. It emitted first an orange light, then green, dimming and brightening alternately. Two human forms appeared nearby, one of which carried a shaft or rod and seemed to be looking for something. A violet light from the object illuminated the beings and the woman was able to make out two small human like faces behind the faceplates in their helmets. But instead of noses, she could see only two small holes just above the mouth; and instead of the two usual eyes, she saw a single eye in the middle of the forehead. Letting out a scream, the object (and the two beings, presumably) disappeared emitting a slight hum.

Humcat 1954-22

Source: Joel Mesnard and Jean Marie Bigorne

Type: C

[Ref. lg1:] LOREN GROSS:

6 October. Cozes, France. (11 :30 p.m.)

"Shaped like a turtle?"

A HumCat case # 1890 states:

"An unidentified woman, riding a bicycle from Bordeaux to Royan, saw in a field at Cozes an object shaped like a turtle, surrounded by a cupola. It emitted first an orange light, then green, dimming and brightening alternately. Two human forms appeared nearby, one of which carried a shaft or rod and seemed to be looking for something. A violet light from the object illuminated the beings and the woman was able to make out two small human-like faces behind the face-plates in their helmets. But instead of noses, she could see only two small holes just above the mouth; and instead of the two usual eyes, she saw a single eye in the middle of the forehead. Letting out a scream, the object (and the two beings, presumably) disappeared emitting a slight hum." (xx.)

(xx.) Mesnard and Bigorne, "Les Humanoides en France." (unpublished ms.) p.137, citing Sud-Ouest, October 12, 1954.

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Charente Maritime in Cozes on 6 October 1954 at 23:30 hours a lady returning home by bicycle sees in a field bordering the Bordeaux-Royan road, an orange gleam, then green, coming from an object having the shape of a "tortoise" surmounted of a cupola. The light dies out, she can see two human forms coming out of it, one is armed with a "rod" and seems to seek something. Suddenly, a violent light illuminates the craft, the lady then sees two small cyclops without nose, with a flat face, but marked of two holes above their mouth. Frightened, the witness yells, the craft disappears while causing a weak buzzing sound.

The source is indicated as "Ovni, Premier dossier complet... by Figuet M./ Ruchon J.L. ** Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 6 October 1954 at 23:30, in Cozes, France, "Domed disc in field. two human looking occupants outside, two short cyclops with them." "Close encounter with a an unidentified craft and its occupants. One domed disc, about 40 feet across, was observed by one witness in a field for over three minutes (Guillenoteau). Four beings were seen."

"An unidentified woman, riding a bicycle from Bordeaux to Royan, saw in a field at Cozes an object shaped like a turtle, surmounted by a cupola. It emitted first an orange light, then green, dimming and brightening alternately. Two human forms appeared nearby, one of which carried a shaft or rod and seemed to be looking for something. A violet light from the object illuminated the beings and the woman was able to make out two small human like faces behind the faceplates in their helmets. But instead of noses, she could see only two small holes just above the mouth; and instead of the two usual eyes, she saw a single eye in the middle of the forehead. Letting out a scream, the object (and the two beings, presumably) disappeared emitting a slight hum."

[Note: "Guillenoteau" has nothing to do with this, "Guillmoteau" is the name of the witness of a case in Nessier.]

The sources are indicated as Webb, David, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports; Guieu, Jimmy, Flying Saucers Come from Another World, Citadel, New York, 1956; Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002; Rosales, Albert, Humanoid Sighting Reports Database.

[Ref. so1:] "SUD-OUEST" WEBSITE:

The website of the Sud-Ouest newspaper published a copy of source [lc1].

[Ref. dc1:] DIDIER CHARNAY:

9/ Sud Ouest: Jean-Louis Peyraut informs me of the publication of this article.Sus Ouest for 16 July 2009 begins a series of short articles, titled "Sacred UFOs" to follow on several issues which consists of presenting a case of UFO sightings in Charente-Maritime from the 50s to the present. In this newspaper, the article "Two small cyclops without a nose" returns to the case of Cozes of October 6, 1954, and that of Pont-l'Abbé-d'Arnoult of October 18, 1954. The article is no longer available free of charge on the newspaper's website:

[Ref. ar2:] ALBERT ROSALES:

On October 6 1954, around 2330, near the village of Cozes, Charente Maritime, a woman riding a bicycle saw in a field an object shaped like a turtle, surmounted by a cupola. It emitted first an orange light, then green, dimming and brightening alternately. Two human forms appeared nearby, one of which carried a shaft or rod and seemed to be looking for something. A violet light from the object illuminated the beings and the woman was able to make out two small human-like faces behind the faceplates in their helmets. But instead of noses, she could see only two small holes just above the mouth; and instead of the two usual eyes, she saw a single eye in the middle of the forehead. Letting out a scream she pedaled furiously from the area. The object (and the two beings, presumably), disappeared, emitting a slight hum. (Mesnard & Bigorne). This is indeed a very untypical UFO related alien or occupant, one that curiously has been reported in more modern times.

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

Location: Cozes Charente Maritime France

Date: October 6 1954

Time: 2330

An unidentified woman, riding a bicycle from Bordeaux to Royan, saw in a field at Cozes an object shaped like a turtle, surmounted by a cupola. It emitted first an orange light, then green, dimming and brightening alternately. Two human forms appeared nearby, one of which carried a shaft or rod and seemed to be looking for something. A violet light from the object illuminated the beings and the woman was able to make out two small human like faces behind the faceplates in their helmets. But instead of noses, she could see only two small holes just above the mouth; and instead of the two usual eyes, she saw a single eye in the middle of the forehead. Letting out a scream, the object (and the two beings, presumably) disappeared emitting a slight hum.

Source: Joel Mesnard & Jean Marie Bigorne

[Ref. gz1:] JULIEN GONZALEZ:

L'auteur indique qu'il y a eu une rencontre rapprochée du troisième type à Cozes, Charente-Maritime, le 6 octobre 1954 à 23h30:

Une dame anonyme rentrant à vélo a aperçu dans un champ bordant la route Bordeaux-Royan une lueur orange, puis verte, provenant d'un objet ayant la forme d'une "tortue" surmontée d'une coupole. La lumière s'est éteinte, elle a pu voir sortir deux formes humaines dont l'une était armée d'une "tige" et qui semblait chercher quelque chose. Soudain, une violente lumière a éclairé l'engin, et la dame a alors vu deux petits cyclopes sans nez, à la face plate mais marquée de deux trous au-dessus de leur bouche. Effrayée, elle a crié, et l'engin a disparu en provoquant un faible bourdonnement.

Les sources sont indiquées comme Michel Figuet et Jean-Louis Ruchon, "OVNI: le premier dossier complet des rencontres rapprochées en France", pages 1.28-1.29; Jean Sider, "Le dossier 1954 et l'imposture rationaliste", page 188; Sud-Ouest du 12 octobre 1954.

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

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541006 06.10.1954 Cozes France 23.30 CE III

Explanations:

Cozes is only very approximately "between Saintes and Royan", two cities that I know well. Cozes is 14 kilometers east-south-east of Royan and 21 kilometers south-west of Saintes:

This is all only a simple anonymous letter to a newspaper, so the credibility is rather poorly established.

It will be noted that nothing says that the machine has flown. Was it a craft rolling on the ground? Was it its normal engine noise that was heard by the woman at the time she fled?

If one wants to think of a mistake, I would think of a military armored vehicle, with two occupants wearing glasses or maybe a gas masks, for some exercise: "no nose, flat face, two holes above their mouth". The "rod" that one of them held would be his weapon.

An M8 Greyhound armored vehicle used at that time by the French Army: "a craft in the form of a turtle and surmounted by a dome," the lady wrote.

Thus, a possible invention, or a possible mistake caused by an armored vehicle and its crew.

Keywords:

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

Cozes, Charente-Maritime, night, bicycle, field, road, light, orange, green, dome, occupants, occupant, small humanoid, humanoids, landing, craft, rod, behaviour, eye, nose, mouth, face, sound, humming

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross June 26, 2004 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross January 20, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [go1], [lc1], [ud1].
1.1 Patrick Gross April 22, 2009 Addition [bb1].
1.2 Patrick Gross March 7, 2010 Additions [ge1], [so1].
1.3 Patrick Gross October 6, 2014 Additions [js1], [lg1], [ta1].
1.4 Patrick Gross February 5, 2017 Additions [ar2], [dc1], [gz1], [ub1]. Addition of the Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet."

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