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October 7, 1954, Marcillac-de-Blaye, Gironde:

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

Summary:

The newspaper Sud-Ouest for October 9, 1954, and probably the newspaper Combat for October 12, 1954, reported a sighting of October 7, 1954, at 2 o'clock, in Marcillac in the Gironde.

Sud-Ouest said that Mr. Jeanty, a baker, saw during one minute a "craft in the shape of an inverted funnel", at an altitude of 70 meters, heading towards Bussac, that is to say the South-East.

Combat reportedly spoke of a "moderate pace".

In 1979, the "skeptical" ufologists Gérard Barthel and Jacques Brucker indicated that the witness is "not found after investigation", and that it "could not be found by the police at the request of the court."

Reports:

[Ref. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

French ufologist Aimé Michel reports that on October 7, 1954, at two 0'clock in the morning, in Marcillac-de-Blaye, near the end of the river Garonne, a baker, M. Guy Janty, who was at work, went outside to get some fresh air because the oven was hot.

He saw a luminous object appearing in the north-west. The object crossed the western part of the sky at an altitude he estimated as being approximately 70 meters. The object moved at a moderate pace and was lost from sight towards the south-east in the direction of Bussac.

[Ref. am2:] AIME MICHEL - "LUMIERES DANS LA NUIT":

Cet ufologue liste:

22. MARCILLAC: shape of funnel turned upside down. (Combat for 10/12/54).

[Ref. jv5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

256 +000.52478 45.27000 07 10 1954 02 00 1 MARCILLAC DE BLAYE F 1511 C** 237

[Ref. ou1:] MAGAZINE UFOLOGIQUE "OURANOS":

October 7, 1954 2 o'clock Marcillac BA V3

Witness: Mr. Jeanty, baker. Machine shaped like an inverted funnel, 70 meters above sea level heading towards Bussac (S.E.). Duration 1 min.

S.O. Oct. 9, 54

[Ref. jp1] JACQUES POTTIER:

The author indicates that on October 7, 1954, luminous discs, landing or not landing, were reported among other places in Marcillac.

The author says that the 28 places of observations [The author indicates 9 of them] formed all spots that were aligned "along a line with a precision of one millimeter." He further adds that these observations spread on "straight lines, which while crossing, drew curious geometrical star figures", and that "alignments seemed to begin around one hour in the morning, covering our areas of a tight network of investigations of unknown origin."

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

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

"Marcillac-de-Blaye - 33 - 2 h: witness untraceable after investigation. Coud not be found by the gendarmerie on court request.

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

The two authors indicate that in Marcillac in the Gironde, on October 7, 1954 at 2 o'clock in the morning, a baker observed a craft in the shape of a funnel turned upside down at 70 meters of altitude.

The authors indicate that the source is Sud Ouest for October 9, 1954.

[Ref. go1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

The Belgian ufologist indicates that on October 7, 1954, in Marcillac (the Gironde), "Around 2 hours of the morning, a baker observes a machine in the shape of reversed funnel, at 70 m. of altitude."

She indicates that the source is "M. FIGUET/ J.L. RUCHON: 'Ovni, Premier dossier complet...' Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979, p. 133."

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Gironde in Marcillac, on October 7, 1954, "a baker who was at work comes outside to refresh himself because of the heat of his bakehouse. He sees a luminous object appear towards the North-West. The object crosses the western sector of the sky at low altitude, approximately at 70 meters according to what the witness estimates. The object moves at moderate pace and is lost from sight towards the south-east in the direction of Bussac. The object is described has being in the shape of a reversed funnel."

Luc Chastan indicates that the sources are "M.O.C. by Michel Aimé ** Arthaud 1958" and "Ovni, Premier dossier complet... by Figuet M./ Ruchon J.L. ** Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 7 October 1954 at 02:00 in Marcillac De Blaye, France, "An unidentified object was sighted, but with appearance and behavior that most likely would have a conventional explanation. One object was observed by one witness on a farm (Jeanty)."

The sources are indicated as Michel, Aime, Flying Saucers and the Straight-Line Mystery, S. G. Phillips, New York, 1958; 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); Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002.

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

This database recorded this case 4 times:

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 Marcillac Blaye France 02.00 NL
19541007 07.10.1954 Marcillac Blaye France 02.00 NL
19541007 07.10.1954 Marcillac France 02.00
19541007 07.10.1954 Marcillac France

Explanations:

Barthel and Brucker, as almost always, say too much or not enough. One gets the impression to read a kind of innuendo that the witness would be a criminal on the run...

The report is too poor for a solid evaluation. Was the "70 meter" altitude well established, or just an impression? No distance is given either. The funnel shape could be reminiscent of a meteor, were it not "upside down"; which can be understood as with the "tube" at the top.

Keywords:

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

Marcillac, Marcillac-de-Blaye, Gironde, object, light, luminous, low, slow, night, nocturnal, funnel

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross September 24, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross May 6, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [go1], [lc1], [ud1].
1.1 Patrick Gross February 28, 2010 Addition [jp1].
1.2 Patrick Gross June 24, 2010 Addition [jv5].
1.3 Patrick Gross February 20, 2017. Addition [ub1].
1.4 Patrick Gross December 26, 2018 Additions [am2], [ou1], Summary.

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