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October 6, 1954, Puymoyen, Charente:

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

Reports:

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

Mr. Claude Bourneix, aged 17, works in Angouleme and resides in Pierres-Dures, community of Puymoyen, at 4 km from Angouleme. He was returning home Wednesday evening October 6 riding his bicycle, when close to his house, he saw a very sharp orange gleam, in direction of La Couronne, which approached quickly, and moved while losing altitude towards a barley field where it landed, 300 meters off the road. He went to seek his father, his brother, but when they returned, there was nothing any more. They found a heap of ash forming an O. The Gendarmerie [French police forces attached to the army] came on the location, and one also found twelve hollow wicks, black and burned, made out of hard matter, 12 cm. of length, inserted in the ground every 40 cm, and which formed a circle of 1 m 50 of diameter. A lit wick burned very brightly like a rocket.

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

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Petrifying rays, flying eggs throughout France

  • A PETRIFYING RAY of green color nailed to the ground, near Le Mans, on the National Road Le Mans - Paris, workers of the Régie Renault next to whom a saucer had landed.
  • STARS AS LARGE AS THE MOON were seen by two people. This happened in Ballon (the Sarthe).
  • A FLYING EGG was seen in Lavenay (the Sarthe) by Mr. Maurice Burge and several witnesses.
  • A WEATHER TECHNICIAN from the station of Arnage (the Sarthe) saw in the sky two dark red glows moving without smoke. He is going to write a report.
  • A RED DISC was seen at Les Aubiers (the Deux-Sèvres) by Mrs Bremand, Couturie and Girard and by Mr. Camille Blain, city councilman of Bressuire.
  • AT CHALETTE (THE LOIRET), an employee of the Barnaud company saw a luminous apparatus of oval shape moving in the sky.
  • A BIZARRE OBJECT rose in the sky at very fast pace in Dordives (the Loiret).
  • A BRIGHT RED SAUCER was seen on Monday evening around 9:00 p.m, above Vanves (the Seine), by Mr. Baldochi, professor of mathematics. The object moved slowly in the east-west direction and suddenly rose vertically and disappeared.
  • A BRIGHT CIGAR with two discs at its lower part was seen at Corbigny (the Nièvre).
  • LUMINOUS GLOBES were seen by two traders of Saint-Bihy (the Côtes-du-Nord). Consumers of a drinking establishment observed the same phenomenon.
  • A small pile of ash was discovered in Puymoyen (the Charente), where the young Claude Bourneix, 17, had seen an orange disk fall into a field.

[Ref. fl1:] FRANCOIS LAGARDE:

In his book, French ufologist François Lagarde indicates that it is Mrs. Geudelot, who lead the Lumières Dans La Nuit group section of Mont-de-Marsan in the Landes, and archivist of the LDLN magazine, who found the article of the Sud-Ouest newspaper of October 8, 1954, reproduced in the book.

François Lagarde specifies that at the time when the book was goind to be printed, an investigation into the case was not finished, that he does not have any certainty on the authenticity of the facts but that their reality is certain (what lets think that François Lagarde considered that the facts are true but that he is not sure that they relate to a "genuine" flying saucer).

He adds that one cannot help to notice similarities between the circle in this case and a circle in the case known as of Moron.

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

The two authors indicate that in Puymoyen in the department od Charente, Claude Bourneix returned fromf Angoulème in the evening of October 6, 1954, when while approaching his home at the location "La Pierre Dure", on his bicycle, he saw a very sharp orange light in direction of La Couronne.

This gleam approached quickly and moved towards a barley field and lost altitude, then landed there.

The witness seeked his father and his brother, but when they returned, the luminous phenomenon had disappeared.

A heap of ash forming a circle was discovered, as well as twelve black and burned hollow wicks, inserted in the ground every forty centimetres and forming a circle of one meter fifty of diameter. A lit wick burned very strongly like a rocket. There was an investigation by the gendarmerie.

The authors indicate that the sources are "Mystérieuses Soucoupes Volantes" pages 82,83; and Sud-Ouest for October 8, 1954.

[Ref. mf1:] MICHEL FIGUET:

Michel Figuet noted in his listing of dubious cases:

10/06/1954

Pierres Dures
Puymoyen

"Mystérieuses soucoupes volantes" and "OVNI" p. 125. "These buried wicks which burn suggest a human hand rather than extra-terrestrials" (communication P.G.)

[Ref. go1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

The Belgian ufologist indicates in her catalogue that in 1954, on October 6, in France, in Angoulème in Puymayeu, in the evening, Claude Bourneix, aged 17, was going back by bicycle when he saw a sharp orange gleam which approached fast. It moved while losing altitude towards a barley field where it landed 300 m of the road. He went to seek his father, his brother: but when they returned, there was nothing any more. They found a heap of ashes forming a "O". The gendarmerie came on the spot and one also found 12 hollow wicks, black and burned, made of a hard material, 12 cm in length, inserted in the ground every 40 cm which formed a circle, 1,50 m in diameter. A lit wick burned very fast like a rocket.

The source is indicated as "L.D.L.N. "Mystérieuses Soucoupes Volantes" - ALBATROS-ETAPES 1973, p. 82, 83".

[Ref. dj1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

Encounters with Aliens on this Day...

October 6

1954 - 1954 - Seventeen-year-old Claude Bourneix was bicycling home in Puymoyen, France when he saw an orange light shoot off from about 300 meters away and fly in the direction of La Couronne. A circular landing site was discovered in the area. (Source: Sud-Ouest, October 8, 1954; Fernand Lagarde, Mystérieuses Soucoupes Volantes, pp. 82-83; Michel Figeut & Jean-Louis Ruchon, OVNI: Le premier dossier complet des rencontres rapprochees en France, pp. 126).

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Charente in Puymoyen on October 6, 1954, at an unknown hour, the witness returns from Angoulème in the evening. Ad he approaches his home at the place "Pierre Dure", by bicycle, he sees a very sharp orange light in direction of La Couronne. This gleam approaches quickly and moves, losing altitude, towards a barley field where it lands. The witness seeked his father and his brother, but, when they return, the luminous phenomenon had disappeared. A heap of ash forming a circle was discovered, like twelve black and burned hollow wicks, inserted in the ground every forty centimetres and forming a circle of one meter fifty of diameter. A lit wick burned very highly like a rocket. Gendarmerie investigation.

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

[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 Puymoyen France 19.15

Explanations:

Not looked for yet. Attempt of prank?

Keywords:

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

Puymoyen, Charente, Claude Bourneix, light, orange, fast, landing, unique, rocket, petard, Gendarmerie, Gendarme, joke, hoax, hole, ground, traces, burned

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross May 6, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross January 20, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [go1], [lc1].
1.1 Patrick Gross December 3, 2016 Addition [ub1].
1.2 Patrick Gross January 3, 2017 Addition [fs1].

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