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October 7, 1954, Hennezis, Eure:

Reference number for this case: 7-oct-54-Hennezis. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Reports:

[Ref. ou1:] INVESTIGATION REPORT IN "OURANOS", 1954:

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INVESTIGATION REPORT
on the observation of a disc and its occupants, on the ground, in Hennezis (Eure)

Eye WitnessesLANSSELIN Claude et Françoise, âgés de 10 et 9 ans.
Time06:60 P.M. (sunset).
Atmospheric ConditionsCloudy weather
Shape of ObjectDisc.
Colour:Red and Black.
Dimensions:Undefined.
Duration of Phenomenon:10 minutes.

With the night having arrived down now, we were seized with fright, and we fled up to our parents, without looking back.

Our father wen back with us on the location, but there remained nothing of our observation.

Follow-up on the investigation

Mr. LANSSELIN [sic], Gamekeeper, father of the two children witness of the landing of a "S.V." [soucoupe volante, i.e. flying saucer], is a well considered man in the community where he lives.

His children attend the elementary school; they go to the church. Nothing in their talk let predict the narration of such a story.

The journalist of the regional daily newspaper "PARIS-NORMANDIE" had mentioned in his article of current October 12, that a "flying Cigar" had landed in Hennezis.

It happens, after complementary explanations by the Lansselin children, with a supporting drawing, that is was actually a CIRCULAR OBJECT, topped with a dome, and not of an object of oblong shape.

The description of the object by the young Claude as egg shaped thus created confusion. He simply wanted to indicate the red dome by that, which had intrigued him and drawn his attention.

A detail may have seemed odd in the account of the two children: that of the appearance of the two men.

Young Claude declares indeed:

Witnesses Account

(It is the young person, Claude LANSSELIN, who speaks, his sister Francoise confirms his statements.)

"It may have been 06:30 P.M., the day started to end, we were returning from catechism in Hennezis. The church is within an hour of walk of our residence, which is located in full wood, our father being a gamekeeper. For us to return there, we must follow dirt tracks through the fields and wood.

The weather was overcast, and we hastened to arrive before the rain started to fall.

We skirted a recently plowed and worked on field, when, turning the head, I saw at approximately 200 meters of the house of Marette, an object in the shape an "egg," of red color, the top pointed towards the sky, which exceeded from a depression separating the field from a small wood.

I immediately drew the attention of my younger sister to this odd object, which did not resemble any known farming machine.

Leaving my sister on the edge of the path, I approached to less than 100 meters of the object, and from the small eminence on which I was standing, I managed to distinguish that the object in the "red egg" shape rested on a sort of lid of black color.

At this time, I clearly saw, and my sister too, "two men of a normal size getting down from the egg." They were clothed all in black, and their face also seemed so (sic). They moved towards the lower part of the "lid".

[Ref. hw1:] HAROLD T. WILKINS:

The author indicates that on October 7, 1954, at 06:00 a.m., Claude Lasselin, aged ten, and his sister, Francoise, nine, of Henzies [sic], France, were on their way home, passing a lonely field, newly plowed, when they saw in a hollow about 600 feet away, an object shaped like an egg, red in color, with its top pointing upwards.

They silently approached it, and at about 300 feet away, they saw that it had a sort of black lid, or cover. The boy said: "At this moment, I saw, and so did my sister, two men of normal height come out of the 'egg.' They were all in black, and their faces seemed black. We were seized with fear and flew home, and did not turn our heads."

Their father came back to the field, but the object had gone. Questioned by local authorities, the boy stuck to his story. "Everybody laughs at us, but we saw what we saw."

Wilkins indicates that his source is M. Marc Thirouin of the flying saucer journal "Ouranos".

[Ref. jg1:] JIMMY GUIEU:

Jimmy Guieu, SF writer, wrote about this case:

"At about 06:30 P.M., the two Lansellin [sic] children were witnesses of the landing of a red and luminous object having the shape of an egg posed on a black lid, and saw two occupants who resembled normal men, dressed in black and their face too. Seized by panic, they escaped to their house."

[Ref. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel indicates that on October 7, 1954, in Hennezis in the department of the Eure, Claude Lansselin, aged 10, and Françoise Lansselin, aged 9, witnessed the landing of a machine. Claude Lansselin thought that he saw two men, normal by the size and the aspect, close to the machine, but Michel says that the late hour, the clouded weather and the distance of a hundred meter were at play. He indicates that the two children "nevertheless" describe the machine as a kind of red and luminous half-egg.

[Ref. mc1:] "MICHEL CARROUGES":

Michel Carrouges indicates that the Lansselin observation was made at a distance of 100 meters.

[Ref. jv5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

267 -001.46511 19.19400 07 10 1954 24 00 2 HENNEZIS SE.ANDELYS F 0212 C 249

[Ref. jv1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

203

Oct. 07, 1954 Hennezis (France).

The two Lanssellin [sic] children witnessed the landing of a luminous, red object shaped like a half-egg, and saw two occupants who looked like normal men. (M 145)

[Ref. jv2:] JACQUES VALLEE:

The author indicates that on October 7, 1954, in Hennezis in the Eure, the Lansselin children witnessed the landing of a round and luminous object which had the form "of a half of an egg." Two "pilots" were seen, who were of a normal size.

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

The two authors note this case of October 7, 1954:

"Hennezis -27 - 06:30p.m.: witnesses untraceable after investigation. Have left the country and settled in a foreign country."

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

The two authors indicate that on October 7, 1954 at 06:30 p.m. close to Hennezis, Claude and Francoise Lansselin, aged 10 and 9, saw a black disc surmounted of a red cupola posed in a field, and two men of a normal size of 1.70 meters dressed in black "and their face also seemed likt this (sic)", which were covered with no diving-suit but dressed like us.

The authors quote this:

"It might have been 06:30 p.m., the day started to fall, the weather was cloudy, we returned from catechism in Henneziz. The church is at one hour of travel from our home which is located in full wood. For us to get back there, we must follow the dirt tracks through woods and fields. We hastened to arrive before the rain fell."

"We skirted a recently plowed and flattened field; when, turning the head I saw within approximately 200 meters of the house of 'La Marette' an object in th shape of 'eggs', of red color, resting on a kind of lid of black color."

The authors note that it happens after complementary explanations from the children and supprting sketches that actually it was a circular object, surmounted of a red dome.

"I immediately directed my sister's attention to this weird object, which did not resemble any known farming machine. Leaving my sister on the edge of the way, I approached at less than 100 meters of the apparatus, and from the small hillock on which I climbed, I was able to distinguish the object. At this time I clearly saw, and my sister too, two men of normal size, going down from the red cupola. They were dressed in black, and their face seemed like that also. They moved towards the lower part of the black disc."

"As the night had fallen, we were seized by fright and we ran to parents' without looking back."

The authors note that the description of the object by young Claude lent to confusion because he wanted "simply wanted to tell about the red dome" which had puzzled him and drawn his attention, and that the main black part he called a "lid" was hidden by the terrain slopes.

The authors note that the witnesses saw neither the craft land nor take off and did not hear the conversation between the two men. They note that their father, gamekeeper, returned with them on the spot and did not find any trace, "their footprints left no mark" [in the recently flattened ground.]

The authors note that the witnesses had heard about flying saucers, that in the following days they were anxious when they passed again at the location, and that many people scoffed at them.

The authors indicate that the sources are the Vallée catalogue, case 203; Jimmy Guieu in "Black Out sur les Soucoupes Volantes" page 199 to 202; Aimé Michel in "A Propos des S.V." page 182; an investigation by Mr. Henri Bruch.

[Ref. cc1:] GILBERT CORNU AND HENRI CHALOUPEK:

The authors indicate that on October 7, 1954, a strange vision took place in the end of the afternoon close to Hennezis in the Eure, where two children of 9 and 10 years old saw a black disc topped of a red cupola which was posed in a field.

Besides were two "men" of apparently normal size but dressed in black and with also black faces, who moved towards "the lower part of the disc."

The children observed the scene a moment, then seeing the night coming, they became frightened and run home "without looking back", a detail found in many testimonys of children and sometimes of adults which shows that the strange aspects of the lived displays which initially inspire curiosity start a panic very quickly.

The authors indicate that the sources are A. Michel, "à propos des S.V.", page 182; and J. Guieu, "Black Out sur les S.V." pages 199 to 202.

[Ref. rc1:] ROBERT CREPIN:

In a catalog of observations in the departement of Creuse, a brief record relates to this case. Nothing particular appears in it compared to the Ouranos report above. Lansselin was changed in Masselin and Hennezis in Hennesis.

[Ref. lg2:] LOREN GROSS:

October 7th. Henzies [sic], France. (6:00 a.m.)

"Everybody laughs at us."

Two young French children were questioned by police after they claimed to -have seen something extraordinary 6:00 a.m. October 7th. The oldest of the two, ten-year-old Claude Lasselin, protested: "Everybody laughs at us, but we saw what-we saw." According to Claude, he and his nine-year-old sister Francoise were walking home when they saw a big, red-colored, egg-shaped, object resting in an open field. Curious, the children crept up on the object and when about 100 yards away, saw that the top of the "egg" had what appeared to be a dark-colored hatch, and no sooner had they noticed that particular feature, they witnessed something startling. Said Claude: "At this moment, I saw, and so did my sister, two men of normal height come out of the 'egg.' They were all in black, and their faces seemed black. We were seized with fear and flew home, and did not turn our heads." 76.

  • 76. Wilkins, Harold T. Flying Saucers Uncensored. p.231. (Story taken from the French UFO journal Ouranos, M. Marc Thirouin editor)

[Ref. js1:] JEAN SIDER:

Jean Sider indicates that the counter-investigation by Barthel and Brucker on the CE3 case in Hennezis in the Eure is "imaginary."

He indicates that on October 7, 1954, the children C. and F. Lansselin saw a black disc surmounted of a red cupola, posed in a meadow, and two men of normal size dressed in black.

He indicates that Barthel and Brucker write in their book that the witnesses are "untraceable after investigation" and that they "settled abroad".

They also write in Inforespace special issue #3, page 43, that, after investigation their deductions indicate that the case of Hennezis does "have no credibility any more."

Jean Sider wonders on which basis this conclusion rests, the more so as an investigator of the Ouranos group, Mr. Henri Buch had been able to meet the witnesses who confirmed to him the CE3 version that we know [ou1]; which Sider reproduces in his book.

Furtehr in his book he give his "restored" version of the case:

He indicates that on October 7, 1954 at 06:30 p.m. in Hennezis, Eure, two children, Claude and François Lansselin, were walking to their homes by dirt roads and through fields and woods, when at the level of the locality Marette, they saw an egg-shaped object resting on a sort of black cover which was actually a domed circular object, according to the sketch made by one of the children.

The boy decided to approach the craft and then noticed two normal-sized men dressed in black, heading for the bottom of the disc.

Frightened, the children ran away.

He says his source is Figuet, pages 132-133.

He notes again that the case was trivialized by "Barthel & amp; Brucker" but rehabilitated by him, and that it is "perhaps the first case of MIB (Men-in-Black) observed in France a UFO context."

He invites to see the investigation made at the time by a member of the Ouranos group, Mr. Henry Bruch where it is said that all the people of the village mocked the Lansselin children; "which should not surprise the reader," and therefore, we can understand thefamily was fed up and maintainedd witnesses to "a certain distance, for not to say a huge distance between them and an environment became painful to bear, because it was said to Barthel & amp; Brucker that she emigrated abroad.

Jean Sider adds that "given their propensity to lie," this statement by Bartel and Brucker must also be taken with a grain of salt.

[Ref. go1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

The Belgian ufologist indicates that on October 7, 1954, in Hennezies (Eure), "the two Lanssellin children were witnesses of the landing of a red and luminous object having the shape of an half-egg and saw two occupants who resembled normal men."

She indicates that the source is "unknown source cfr Wim van Utrecht".

She adds that another version is: "Towards 18:30 the two Lansellin children were witnesses of the landing of a red and luminous object having the shape of an egg posed on a black lid, and saw two occupants who resembled normal men, dressed in black and their face also (sic). Seized of fright they flee home."

She indicates that the source of the above is "Jimmy GUIEU: 'Black-out sur les S.V.' - FLEUVE NOIR- p. 199".

She adds that still another version is: "These children are 9 and 10 years old. It is 18:30. The sun is setting at with 17:17 and the night had fallen. The children saw at a hundred meters a red sortofegg, posed on a black lid and, near it, two men of normal size, dressed in black. They did not wear diving-suits. The witnesses did not see it land of take off, thus is is not proven that it is a flying machine."

She indicates that the source of the above is "Michel Carrouges : 'Les apparitions de Martiens' éd. Fayard, 1963, p. 98".

[Ref. lg1:] LOREN GROSS:

7 October. Hennezis, France. (no time)

"Half an egg?"

Michel wrote:

" ... the witnesses were children, Claude and Francoise Lansselin, aged 10 and 9 years. Both described something like 'half an egg,' red and luminous, 300 feet or more away from them; Claude thought he had seen two men of normal height and appearance near the object. It was late in the day, and the sky was overcast." (xx.)

(xx.) Michel, Aime. Flying Saucers and the Straight-Line Mystery. p.145.

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

133.

Location. Hennezis France

Date: October 7 1954

Time: 1830

Claude, 10, and Francoise, 9, Lansselin saw a red luminous object resembling a "red egg," on the ground; Claude also saw two men clad in black and appearing normal looking descend from the object. The witnesses left the scene.

Humcat 1954-71

Source: Humcat quoting Newspaper source

Type: B

[Ref. dj1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

On this Day

October 7

[...]

1954 - Hennezis, France. At 6:30 p.m. Claude and Francoise Lanssellin, ages 10 and 9, witnessed the landing of a luminous, red object. It was shaped like a half egg (sliced lengthwise), They saw two occupants who looked like normal men. (Sources: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia, p. 219; Jimmy Guieu, Black Out sur les Soucoupes Volantes, pp. 199-202; Aime Michel, A propos des Soucoupes Volantes, p. 182; Michel Figuet and Jean-Louis Ruchon, OVNI: Le premier dossier complet des rencontres rapprochees en France, pp. 132-133).

[...]

[Ref. jb1:] JEROME BEAU:

Thursday, October 7, 1954

[...]

In Hennezis (France), the 2 Lanssellin children are witnesses of the landing of a red and luminous object having the shape of an half-egg and see 2 occupants resembling normal men.

[...]

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Eure in Hennezis on October 7, 1954, at 18:30 hours, "Two children tell their observation: 'IT night be 06:30 p.m., the day started to fall, the weather was covered, we returned from catechism in Hennezis. The church is at one hour of road of our home which is located in full wood. For us to return there, we must follow the dirt tracks through the fields and woods. We hastened to arrive before the rain starts to fall. We skirted a recently plowed and flattened field; when, turning the head, I saw, at approximately 200 meters of the house of "La Marette ", an object in the shape of an "egg", of red color, resting on a kind of lid of black color. (IT proves, after complementary explanations by the children, sketch in support, that actually it is a circular object, surmounted of a red dome.) I immediately drew the attention of my sister to this weird object, which did not resemble any known farming machine. Leaving my sister on the edge of the way, I approached the apparatus at less than 100 meters, and from the small hillock on which I climbed, I managed to distinguish the object. At this time, I clearly saw, and my sister too, two men of normal size, go down from the red cupola. They were dressed in black, and their face seemed so too. They moved towards the lower part of the black disc. The night having fallen down, we were seized by fright and we ran to our parents' without looking back." The father who came back on the spot did not find any trace. The ground had been just flttened recently, and their footsteps prints did not leave any trace."

Luc Chastan indicates that the source is "Ovni, Premier dossier complet... par Figuet M./ Ruchon J.L. ** éd. Alain Lefeuvre 1979" et "Black-out sur les Soucoupes volantes par Guieu Jimmy ** Fleuve Noir 1956 omnium 1977".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that 7 October 1954 at 18:30 in Hennezis, France, "The two Lanssellin children witnessed the landing of a luminous, red object shaped like a half-egg, and saw two occupants who looked like normal men."

The website adds: "Hennezis, France . At 6:30 p.m. Claude and Francoise Lanssellin, ages 10 and 9, witnessed the landing of a luminous, red object. It was shaped like a half egg (sliced lengthwise), They saw two occupants who looked like normal men."

And: "Close encounter with a an unidentified craft and its occupants. One red star was observed in overcast weather by two male witnesses, typical age 10, in a pasture for ten minutes. Two 5.4-foot-tall humanoids, each wearing a helmet, were seen. Claude, 10, and Francoise, 9, Lansselin saw a red luminous object resembling a "red egg," on the ground; Claude also saw two men clad in black and appearing normal looking descend from the object. The witnesses left the scene."

The sources are indicated as Webb, David, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports; Guieu, Jimmy, Flying Saucers Come from Another World, Citadel, New York, 1956; Michel, Aime, Flying Saucers and the Straight-Line Mystery, S. G. Phillips, New York, 1958; 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, Preliminary Catalog (N = 500), (in JVallee01); Vallee, Jacques, A Century of Landings (N = 923), (in JVallee04), Chicago, 1969; Schoenherr, Luis, Computerized Catalog (N = 3173); Carrouges, Michel, Les Apparitions de Martiens, Fayard, Paris, 1963; Delaire, J. Bernard, UFO Register Volume 7 (1976), Data Research, Oxford, 1976; Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002; Rosales, Albert, Humanoid Sighting Reports Database.

[Ref. pr1:] PETER ROGERSON:

October 7 1954, 1800hrs.

HENNEZIE [sic] (EURE: FRANCE)

Claude (10) and Francoise (9) Lansselin were returning home an on an overcast evening. They were passing a newly ploughed field, when, in a hollow 200m away, they saw a red, luminous egg shaped object with its top pointing upwards. As they approached with 100m they saw a black “lid”, and at the same time two men of normal height appeared from the object. They were dressed in black and had black faces. The youngsters fled. When their father came to the field the machine and the men had vanished, leaving no traces.

Michel 1958, p 145.
Wilkins 1967b, p.242.
Heiden citing Carrouges 1967, p.129.

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

Location: Hennezis France

Date: October 7 1954

Time: 1830

Claude, 10, and Francoise, 9, Lansselin saw a red luminous object resembling a “red egg,” on the ground; Claude also saw two men clad in black and appearing normal looking descend from the object. The witnesses left the scene.

Source: Humcat quoting Newspaper source; Magonia 203

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

*Oct. 7, 1954 - Hennezis, France. At 6:30 p.m. Claude and Francoise Lanssellin, ages 10 and 9, witnessed the landing of a luminous, red object. It was shaped like a half egg (sliced lengthwise), They saw two occupants who looked like normal men. (Sources: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia, p. 219, case # 203; Jimmy Guieu, Black Out sur les Soucoupes Volantes, pp. 199-202; Aime Michel, A propos des Soucoupes Volantes, p. 182; Michel Figuet & Jean-Louis Ruchon, OVNI: Le premier dossier complet des rencontres rapprochees en France, pp. 132-133).

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

This database recorded the case 14 times instead of one:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541007 07.10.1954 Hennezis France 18.30 CE III
19541007 07.10.1954 Hennezis France 18.30 CE III
19541007 07.10.1954 Hennezis France 18.30 CE III
19541007 07.10.1954 Hennezies France 18.30 CE III
19541007 07.10.1954 Hennezis France 18.30 CE III
19541007 07.10.1954 Hennezis France 18.30 CE III
19541007 07.10.1954 Hennezis France Tagsüber CE III
19541007 07.10.1954 Hennezis France 18.30 CE III
19541007 07.10.1954 Hennezis France 18.30 CE III
19541007 07.10.1954 Hennezis France 18.30 CE III
19541007 07.10.1954 Hennezis France 18.30 CE III
19541007 07.10.1954 Hennezies France
19541007 07.10.1954 Hennezies France
19541007 07.10.1954 Hennezis France 18.30 CE III

Explanations:

Not looked for yet.

Keywords:

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

Hennezis, Eure, landing, object, occupant, occupants, black, humanoid, humanoids, dressed

Sources:

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

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1.1 Patrick Gross March 14, 2010 Addition [mc1].
1.2 Patrick Gross June 28, 2010 Addition [jv5].
1.3 Patrick Gross August 14, 2013 Addition [pr1].
1.3 Patrick Gross October 7, 2014 Additions [lg1], [ta1], [ni1].
1.5 Patrick Gross December 19, 2016 Additions [lg2], [ub1].

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