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October 7, 1954, Roumazière, Charente:

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



The two authors provide the article of the newspaper "La Nouvelle République" for October 12, 1954 which describes as follows the observation of October 7, 1954, in Roumazière in the department of the Charente:

"Mrs Allègant saw at a hundred meters of her and at low altitude, a luminous machine which had the shape of a barrel. It was not possible to her to stare at the mysterious machine for the yellow violence of its gleams that it projected obliged her to look away. Mr. Léon Dutilleuil who was nearby also observed the phenomenon which disappeared, after a few minutes."

Further on in their book they that the witness [sic] was untraceable when they wanted to investigate.

[Ref. js1:] JEAN SIDER:

Jean Sider indicates that the counter-investigation by Barthel and Brucker on the "CE0" case in Roumazières or more exactly Roumazières-Loubert in the Charente is "imaginary."

He notes that Barthel and Brucker write in their book on page 168 that such observations, "ones guesses", are hoaxes, and others are confusions, and others still are curious ways of describing shooting stars, but that to be objective they investigated and found that none of these cases has any credibility.

Jean Sider notes that the investigation in question for this case is limited to their note saying "untraceable witness after investigation", and that it is silly to consider that the case is an oddball story under the pretext they failed to found the witness.

He adds that actually, on November 24, 1979, a few weeks after the publication of the Barthel and Brucker book, Denise Allignant was interrogated by investigators J.-A. Bouchet, J.-L. Demaille and B. Poeydaban. She confirmed her observation and told them that nobody had asked he on the matter since her observation, not even by phone. Sider specifies that she was not difficult to locate since she still resided in Roumazières, whereas Barthel and Brucker did not even seek to contact her.

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Charente in Roumazières on October 7, 1954, at 11:30 hours, "a woman comes out of her home to feed the rabbits when she observes an object of the shape of a barrel in vertical position close to the ground downwards of the schools in a meadow. The size of the object is approximately 1 m. the witness does not manage to stare at the object because it projects yellow gleams that hurt the eyes. The object starts gently and leaves towards the horizon, passing above the schools at the speed of a car. A second witness who was beside the woman confirms the testimony."

Luc Chastan indicates that the source is "Lumières dans la Nuit".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 7 October 1954 at 11:30 there was a sighting in Roumazieres, France.

The sources are indicated as "Newspaper Clippings".

[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
19541007 07.10.1954 Roumazieres France


Barthel and Brucker name the witness "Allègant", Sider names her "Allignant". Probably, Barthel and Brucker simply took a phone book, did not find the - erroneous - name in there, and were thus simply satisfied to state that the witness is "untraceable" whereas they simply did not find her. To call that an "investigation" and to deduce from it that the case is closed and explained is indeed not very clever on their part. Moreover it is obvious that even an investigator with only a bit of intelligence would have understood from a phonebook that "Allègant" was perhaps "Allignant", a name right below...


Not looked for yet.


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

Roumazière, Charente, Allègant, Léon Dutilleul, multiple, machine, luminous, barrel, plugging, yellow, gleams, duration, craft


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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross January 16, 2006 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 February 20, 2017. Addition [ub1].

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