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The 1954 French flap:

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October 7, 1954, Le Mans, Sarthe:

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

Reports:

[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. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel indicates that on October 7, at about 06:20 A.M., a group of workmen of the Renault car manufacturer plant were riding their bicycle on the National Road RN 23 at the east of Mans, at about thirty kilometers in the south-east of the place of the sighting by Mr. Tremblay the same day and time.

They suddenly had the sensation of an unpleasant tickling in the entire body, at the moment when an intense greenish light spouted out from a luminous object posed near the road.

They put foot at ground with difficulty for they were almost paralysed. After a few seconds, the luminous object flew away and left at near ground level altitude.

[Ref. mc1:] MICHEL CARROUGES:

The author indicates that the observation of the workmen of Le Mans on October 10, 1954 lasted some seconds. They were riding bicycles in the morning when they saw a greenish light spouting out of a luminous object posed on the edge of the road and felt a "discomfortable prickling in the entire body" so that they had to get down from the bicycles because they felt almost paralyzed.

The source is indicated as "M. II, p. 240."

[Ref. jv5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

261 07 10 1954 06 20 1 LE MANS F 001 C 240

[Ref. jv1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

197

Oct. 05, 1954, 06:30 a.m., Le Mans (France).

East of Le Mans on Route N23, Renault employees were going to work when they saw near the road a luminous object on the ground and felt "pricklings and a sort of paralysis." The object emitted a burst of green light and flew away very low over the fields. (42; Vuillequez; M 143) (France-Soir, 9 Oct. 1954)

[Ref. jv2:] JACQUES VALLEE:

The author indicates that on October 7, 1954, Renault employees who went to work early in the morning, saw close to the road in the east of Le Mans, a luminous object on the ground and felt ticklings and "a kind of paralysis." The object emitted an explosion of green lights and flew away very low on the fields.

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

The two authors indicate that on October 5, 1954, at 06:30, a group of workmen of the Renault car manufacturer went to work, riding bicycles on the main road RN 23. Whereas they arrived at approximately 3 km of the city, and at the east of the city, they felt an unpleasant tickling on all their bodies, while an intense greenish light spout out of a luminous object landed close to the road. They put their feet on the ground, because they were almost paralysed. This lasted a few seconds, after that the luminous object flew away and disappeared quickly, hedgehopping.

[Ref. pd1:] PIERRE DELVAL:

In his chapter on the cases of paralysis or drousiness of UFO witnesses during their experience, Pierre Delval indicates 12 cases from the French flap of 1954, among those, that on National Road 23 in the East of Le Mans in the department of the Sarthe, on October 5, 1954.

Workmen of the Renault factories which were going to work by bicycle suddenly felt unpleasant ticklings in all the body, while an intense greenish gleam spouted out of a luminous object posed close to the road.

With difficulties, half "paralysed", they put foot at ground. The faintness lasted a few seconds, until the object flew away and quickly disappeared flying at near ground level.

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

The two authors indicate that at the same time of the Saint-Jean-d'Assé sighting, i.e. 06:20 p.m., workers of "Renault" [car factory] thirty kilometers East from Saint-Jean-d'Assé felt uncomfortable tickling at the approach of an object posed on the edge of the road.

Further in the same page they indicate that at 06:30 a.m. on National Road RN 23 in the East of Le Mans, Renault workmen rode in group by bicycle when they suddenly felt unpleasant tickling in all the body while a greenish light spouted out of a luminous object posed at the edge of the road.

They put foot at ground with difficulty, almost paralysed.

That lasted some second then the object flew away and disappeared quickly at near ground level.

They indicate that their sources are case 197 of the Vallée catalogue giving the date of October 5; Aime Michel in "A propos des S.V." giving the date of October 7; C Garreau and R. Lavier in "Face aux E.T." giving the date of October 5; the G.A.B.R.I.E.L. group in Ouranos "Special Paralysis" giving the date of October 7.

[Ref. lg1] LOREN GROSS:

October 5th. Le Mans, France. (6:30 a.m.)

A hour and a half later [than the Loctudy alleged CE3 on October 5 at 4 a.m.!] some men driving to work on Rt.N23 near Le Mans passed a luminous object resting on the ground next to the highway. At the same moment the men suffered a strange sensation, a "prickling and a sort of paralysis." With a flash of green light, the object was seen to lift off and speed away over the treetops. 52.

  • 52. Vallee, Jacques. "Letter to the Editor." Flying Saucer Review. May-June 1964. Vol.10, No.3. London, England. p.227.

[Ref. go1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

The Belgian ufologist indicates that on October 7, 1954, in the East of Le Mans, "workmen of 'Renault' ride by bicycle in group towards 6:30. Suddenly they feel unpleasant tickling in all the body. A greenish light spouts out of a luminous object posed close to the road. They put foot at ground with difficulty, they are almost paralysed. This lasts a few seconds, the luminous object flies away and disappears quickly at near-ground level."

She indicates that the sources are "M. FIGUET/ J.L. RUCHON: 'Ovni, Premier dossier complet...' Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979, p. 130" and "Jacques Vallée: 'Chronique des apparitions ET' - DENOEL 1972 - J'AI LU COLL. - p. 269 qui date cela du 5 octobre".

[Ref. kb1:] KEITH BASTERFIELD:

The Australian ufologist indicates that on 7 October 1954 at 0620 in Le Mans, France, several workmen were riding their bikes, when they felt a "prickling" sensation. They saw greenish light coming from a luminous object near the road. Partially paralysed they got off their bikes. The object departed.

He says it is one of the 15 cases in France in 1954 where there was a reported paralysis of the witness or witnesses when they were within a certain distance of a low-level UFO, distances that are 6m (1 case), 20m (2), 50m (2) 100m (1) and 150m (1). He adds that there seems little doubt about a relationship between the UFO and the paralysis, as the paralysis commenced upon observing the UFO and then ceased when the UFO left.

The source is noted "Michel, A. 1958. Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery. New York. Criterion Books. p143".

[Ref. dj1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

Donald Johnson indicates that on October 5, 1954, at 6:30 a.m., east of Le Mans, France on Route N23, some Renault employees were going to work when they saw by the road a luminous object on the ground and felt a prickling sensation and a form of paralysis. The glowing UFO emitted a burst of green light and flew away, very low over the fields.

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

[Ref. jb1:] JEROME BEAU:

Jerome Beau indicates that on Tuesday, October 5, 1954 at 6:30 in the east of Le Mans in France, on the N23, Renault employees going to their workplace see close to the road 1 luminous object on the ground. They then feel tickings and a kind of paralysis. The object emits a gushing of green light then left flying very low above the fields.

Jérôme Beau indicates as source "France-Soir, October 9, 1954. Vuillequez".

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Sarthe in Le Mans on October 7, 1954, at 06:30 hours, "In the east of Le Mans, on main road 23, Renault employees going to their work by bicycle saw close to the road a luminous object on the ground. They then felt 'tickling and a kind of paralysis.' At the time when the object emitted a gush of green light. They had to get down of their bicycles with difficultie. The object left at the end of a few seconds while flying very low above the fields."

Luc Chastan indicates that the source is "Chroniques des apparitions E.T. par Vallée Jacques ** DENOEL 1972 - coll. J'AI L".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 5 October 1954 at 06:30, in Le Mans, France, East of Le Mans on Route N23, Renault employees were going to work when they saw near the road a luminous object on the ground and felt "pricklings and a sort of paralysis." The object emitted a burst of green light and flew away very low over the fields.

The website comments: "An object was observed. Physiological effects were noted. One green ball was observed in clear weather by five male witnesses on a highway."

The sources are indicated as 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; 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); Schoenherr, Luis, Computerized Catalog (N = 3173); Hall, Richard H., The UFO Evidence, NICAP, Washington, 1964; Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002.

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

*Oct. 5, 1954 - At 6:30 a.m., east of Le Mans, France on Route N23, some Renault employees were going to work when they saw by the road a luminous object on the ground and felt a prickling sensation and a form of paralysis. The glowing UFO emitted a burst of green light and flew away, very low over the fields. (Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 218, case # 197).

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

This database recorded this case twice:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541009 09.10.1954 Le Mans France CE II
19541010 10.10.1954 Le Mans France CE II

Notes:

As often, "debunkers" Barthel and Brucker provide insufficient information and no source. But here, their information is even doubtful since they say "the witness" whereas there were apparently several witnesses, which makes it possible to think that they did not investigate at all. Very likely, as nobody named any witnesses, they took no big risk to say that they investigated.

Explanations:

Not looked for yet.

Keywords:

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

Le Mans, Sarthe

Sources:

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross October 22, 2004 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross January 5, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Addition [ud1], [jb1], [lc1].
1.1 Patrick Gross April 25, 2009 Addition [mc1].
1.2 Patrick Gross May 5, 2009 Addition [fr1], [go1], [ud1].
1.3 Patrick Gross June 26, 2010 Addition [jv5].
1.4 Patrick Gross October 8, 2014 Addition [ni1].
1.5 Patrick Gross December 18, 2016 Addition [lg1].
1.6 Patrick Gross January 3, 2017 Additions [fs1], [ub1].

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