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October 7, 1954, Montpezat, Lot-et-Garonne:

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

Reports:

[Ref. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

French ufologist Aimé Michel reports that on October 7, 1954, in Montpezat, a small village north of the City of Agen, an unidentified object has been reported in the second half of the night.

[Ref. mc1:] MICHEL CARROUGES:

Michel Carrouges tells of the mystifications of two journalists of the Samedi-Soir weekly newspaper, according to their articles in this newspaper from October 21 to 27, 1954: these journalists left Paris by car, and went in the South, the areas of Cahors, Montauban and Toulouse, equipped with accessories such as divin suits, fireworks and various products of pyrotechnics, to play Martians.

The journalists concluded that all testimonys of flying saucers are stupidities and especially the testimonys of October 13, 1954, one by "Mr. Ott in Toulouse", anoother by Mr. Carcenac in Graulhet, in the Tarn and also that of Mr. Mitto on October 9 in the Tarn, but without naming him.

Carrouges considers it regrettable that what could have been an interesting experiment on the psychology of perception turned into a joke, and that the roads that they followed was given only very partially, the journalists not having specified any date. He also specifies that they actually did not give any proof of their effective passage in the localities they claim to have been in and, ultimately, it is not so outrageous to even wonder whether their reports were not completely made up.

He notes all the same that there are some photographs of witnesses whose good faith was fooled by the journalists in the articles and that it seems difficult that they were invented; that it can thus be admitted these journalists actually operated a round of hoaxes, but that its importance, the precise places and the exact hours are so lacunar that nothing certain can be concluded form the whole.

Michel Carrouges reconstitutes that they have apparently followed the road of Brive, Cahors, Montauban, Toulouse, stopping their car and putting on their disguise and shooting earthly fireworks from time to time at the following places: Pouzergues (in the south of Cahors), Varreye (on the road of Montpezat de Quercy), Montalzet (on main road 20), Saint-Gomhiez (between Fronton and Bouloc, on secondary road 4), from there, or from near there, they made a turn towards Graulhet, then returned at the entry of Toulouse, near the Blagnac airfield, and that thus any testimony on this route, and at this time, is suspect to be illusory.

[Ref. jv5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

258 -000.52191 44.34930 07 10 1954 02 00 2 MONTPEZAT D AGENAIS F 151 C** 238

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

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

"Montpetaz-d'Agenais - 47 - 07:45 p.m.: untraceable witness after investigation. Luminous phenomenon, plus clouds."

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Lot et Garonne in Montpezat on October 7, 1954, at an unknown hour, "an unidentified object is reported in the second half of the night."

Luc Chastan indicates that the source is "M.O.C. par Michel Aimé ** Arthaud 1958".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 14 October 1954 at 05:00 in Montpezat, 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. Explanation: EM."

The source is indicated as "Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073)".

[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 Montpezat France 00.40 NL
19541007 07.10.1954 Montpezat France Morning
19541007 07.10.1954 Montpezat France 02.00
19541007 07.10.1954 Mont Pezat France

Notes:

It so happens that the assertions of the two pranksters - journalists of Samedi-Soir offer at least one proof that they invented at least one of their mystification; this casting further doubt on the whole of their claims.

As a matter of fact, they claim that they were the pranksters that fooled Mr Ott, in Toulouse. However, if Toulouse was indeed on their claimed route, the observation of Mr. Ott by no means took place in Toulouse in the South but in Mulhouse, in the East, in Alsace, almost at the other end of France!

The mistrust of Michel Carrouges with regard to these claims of hoaxes by these journalists is thereby reinforced.

Explanations:

Not looked for yet.

Keywords:

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

Montpezat, Lot-et-Garonne, object, night, nocturnal

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross December 22, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross May 6, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [lc1], [ud1].
1.1 Patrick Gross June 24, 2010 Addition [jv5].
1.2 Patrick Gross February 20, 2017 Addition [ub1].

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