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October 7, 1954, Saint-Jean-d'Assé, Sarthe:

Reference for this case: 7-oct-54-Saint-Jean-d'Assé. Thank you for including this reference in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

The case was reported in the Press from October 9, 1954, on; the press of October 10, 1954 reported it very widely. In general, it was told like this:

"Mr. Alexandre Tremblais, milk collector, said that the truck he was driving suddenly stopped for an unknown reason on Friday, at 6:20 a.m. on a small departmental road near Saint-Jean-d'Asse (Sarthe), his headlights had gone out. Coming down from his cabin, he saw a luminous red and blue flying cigar pass above him. The craft disappeared on the horizon a few minutes later. The truck's engine then started functioning again and the headlights came back on."

Some versions from the same source, probably an AFP dispatch, instead of writing "the engine started functioning", or "the engine was starting up normally", which could at a pinch indicate that it restarted spontaneously, wrote that "the engine could be restarted", which is not the same thing.

The name "Tremblais" is sometimes written "Tremblay", or "Trembaix", or "Tremblaix". Almost everyone wrote "Saint-Jean-d'Asse" instead of "Saint-Jean-d'Assé."

In his 1956 book "Black-Out Sur Les Soucoupes Volantes", the pioneer of French ufology Jimmy Guieu gave the date of October 8, 1954, for the sighting - no doubt misled by a national newspaper of the 9th which wrote "yesterday", as the national Press often does - when they reported facts a day late on the local press without changing the "yesterday" to "the day before yesterday."

Guieu said that at 06:20 a.m., "A. T.", owner of a café in Le Mans and contractor for collecting milk for a major company, was finishing his collection round, being behind the steering wheel of his truck on a road near Saint-Jean-d'Assé, slowly approaching a slight hill.

The headlights suddenly went out and the engine stopped. "A. T". was very astonished and pulled his starter but the truck stood still. Puzzled, he took a flashlight, which was working fine, unlike the headlights, and got out and lifted the hood.

He said, according to Guieu:

"I didn't notice anything wrong with the engine. But as I stood up, I saw a blue glow pass through the sky, at a low height, resembling sparks given off by a blowtorch."

Jimmy Guieu continued by indicating that the phenomenon disappeared as quickly as it had come, that "A. T." had climbed back into his truck and tried to leave. The engine responded immediately and the headlights came back on, the truck functionned normally. (This falsifies the interpretation of a spontaneous restart of the engine, widely asserted in subsequent ufology sources.)

Jimmy Guieu finally reports that the boss of the dairy for which the witness worked declared that he is a man of confidence "who is not in the habit of multiplying incidents by ten or of distorting what he sees."

In 1958, Aimé Michel's version appeared in his book "Mystérieux Objets Célestes". He did not give his source, dated the case of October 7, 1954, and his version is similar to that of Jimmy Guieu.

He added that this had happened on a small road east of national road 138, that Alexandre Tremblay worked for a large chocolate company, [Poulain?], that he thus collected milk every morning from the pastures of the region.

Near Saint-Jean-d'Assé, he was climbing a slight hill with his engine running fairly fast, when suddenly the headlights went out and the engine stalled. Michel says:

"Mr. Tremblay was surprised, braked, disengaged and actuated the starter, but in vain, the engine did not want to restart. Thinking of an ignition failure, possibly resulting from a short circuit, Mr. Tremblay gets out of the truck, holding his flashlight in his hand. The flashlight was on, unaffected by a blackout, unlike the vehicle's headlights, which were on but not working."

As he opened the engine hood, Mr. Tremblay made the following observation; which Aimé Michel tells us as follows:

"I saw an intense blue glow above the road in the sky that seemed to be directed towards me. It lasted a few seconds, then it disappeared. Not knowing what to think of this incident, I activated the starter again, and the engine started again as the headlights came back on."

The case entered the ufological literature in the form of brief summaries, by Jacques Vallée, Charles Garreau and others, then in 1979, the "debunkers" Gérard Barthel and Jacques Brucker, in their book "La Grande Peur Martienne" supposed to explain all the cases of the French wave of 1954 as misinterpretations and hoaxes, assure that they "examine a case which caught their attention, of October 7 at 6:20 a.m., in St-Jean-d'Assé in the Sarthe".

They gave, without specifying their source (obviously Jacques Vallée's summary), this summary:

"On N. 138, a truck driver, Mr. Tremblay, saw an intense blue glow moving towards him. The object producing this light was shaped like a red and blue cigar. The engine and headlights of the truck stopped working."

They indicate that the facts had been distorted by the "reporters" because the witness told them that he had never seen an object, but a luminous phenomenon. They indicate that the details that the witness provided them can in no way give a notion of altitude, distance, speed etc. According to the authors, Mr. Tremblay was the first surprised to be told about an engine failure, because according to the authors, he is adamant that there was no obstacle whatsoever to the operation of his truck during his observation.

Later in their book, the authors note that the date is uncertain, and that France-Soir for October 9-10 reports the case with the mention "yesterday."

We can see that Barthel and Brucker made the same mistake as Vallée by placing the observation on the Nationale 138, whereas Michel had specified on a small road to the east of the national road 138. It is also clear that one should not understand the expression from the press "flying cigar" literally, and it does not seem that anyone who would have claimed that Mr. Tremblay specified the altitude, the distance, the speed.

In 1997, in his book "Le Dossier 1954 et l'Imposture Rationaliste" about the 1954 wave in France, essentially a critique of that of Barthel and Brucker, Jean Sider questions the "debunkers' version.

He notes that Barthel and Brucker refer to the national newspaper France-Soir, whereas the version that Sider proposes is that of Maine Libre for October 9-10, 1954 , a local newspaper which was the first to report the case, and which is much more certain because its journalists had met the witness. He notes that the claim that there was no engine failure is an invention of Barthel and Brucker, since the Maine Libre published a photo of Mr. Tremblay leaning over the engine of his truck, in a reconstruction of the facts. Sider notes that it was precisely because he had had this failure and had gone out that he noticed the blue glow. Sider notes that Barthel and Brucker fail to report that the failure occurred before the sighting, not during the sighting.

Sider made another, even better, discovery. A few days after the incident, Daniel Léger, resident of Le Mans who will be a collaborator of the ufology magazine Lumières Dans La Nuit a few years later, had chatted with Mr. Tremblay, who had confirmed to him all the details published in Maine Libre.

Jean Sider concludes that Barthel and Brucker had never spoken to Mr. Tremblay and that they distorted his testimony.

The case will still be widely published in the form of summaries based on Michel and Vallée, without mentioning the critical twists and turns of Barthel and Brucker and Jean Sider. It is often presented as a case of electromagnetic effects of a UFO on the engine and headlights of a vehicle; which is by no means justified.

As for the blue glow in the sky, fast, seen a few seconds, nothing can rule out in my opinion that it was just a meteor.

Reports:

[Ref. lcx1:] NEWSPAPER "LA CROIX":

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Saucers, cigars, etc.

- Mr. René Hott, 35, from Jettingen (Haut-Rhin), an S.N.C.F. employee, claimed to have seen in a field, while going to work, a semi-spherical aluminum-colored dome, illuminated inside, which was about three meters from the road.

Frightened, Mr. Ott fled. However, he had time to notice that a door opened in the apparatus. It moved above him for a distance of 800 meters, before disappearing.

- Mr. Alexandre Tremblais, milk collector, said the truck he was driving suddenly stopped for an unknown reason at 6:20 a.m. on Friday on a small departmental road near Saint-Jean-d'Asse (Sarthe), that its headlights went off. Coming down from his cabin, he saw a luminous red and blue flying cigar pass above him. The craft disappeared on the horizon a few minutes later. The truck's engine then started to run again and the headlights came back on.

- Mr. François Cariou, itinerant fish merchant in Plozévet (Finistère), his wife and two daughters saw a bright light in the sky which appeared to be surrounded by dense smoke. This glow, at first motionless, moved towards them, at an altitude of about 10 meters. It looked like an orange sphere.

Frightened, the Cariou family returned into the house. Several fishermen who were preparing to go to sea at the same hour confirmed these statements.

[Ref. nll1:] "NORD LITTORAL" NEWSPAPER:

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The chronicle
of the sky

Mulhouse, October 9. -- Mr. René Ott, 35, of Jettingen, an S.N.C.F. employee, said he saw in a field, on his way to work, an aluminum-colored semi-spherical dome, lit inside; which was about three meters from the road and one meter from the ground.

Frightened, Mr. Ott fled. He had time, however, he said, to notice that a door opened in the craft. The latter moved above him on a distance of 800 meters before disappearing, the gendarmes did not detect any trace.

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Le Mans, October 9. -- Mr. Alexandre Trembaix, milk collector, said that the truck he was driving had suddenly stopped, for an unknown reason yesterday morning on a small departmental road near Saint-Jean d'Asse and that his headlights went off. He got out of his cabin and saw passing over him a flying red and blue cigar, about a meter long. The craft disappeared on the horizon a few minutes later, the engine of the truck started to run again and the headlights went on again.

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Cherbourg, October 9. -- Thursday evening, around 9 p.m., a resident of Octeville (Manche), Mr. Maurice Grestey, designer at the Arsenal, and several of his neighbors saw in the sky at a fairly high altitude a luminous sphere which, after having stopped above the city, disappeared towards the South.

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Châteauroux, October 9. -- Mr. Alfred Ramany, 62, resident of Chasseneuil, who had stopped at the side of the road, heard a whistling sound; looking up, he saw a gray machine immobilized about 100 meters above the ground. The craft left at a very fast pace, leaving a sort of fog behind it.

Also, Mr. Lucien Soulas, 25, of the same commune, declared that on returning from the village of Ligeaud, he had seen a luminous craft of pale orange-red color moving in a north-south direction.

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Quimper, October 9. -- Mr. François Cariou, itinerant fish merchant in Plozevet (Finistère), his wife and two daughters saw, in the sky, a bright gleam which seemed surrounded by dense smoke, this glow, at first motionless, moved towards them at an altitude of about ten meters, it looked like an orange sphere.

Frightened, the Carion family returned to the house.

Several fishermen who were about to set sail at the same time confirmed these statements.

[Ref. nnm1:] "LE NOUVEAU NORD MARITIME" NEWSPAPER:

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THE 'FLYING SAUCERS'
CHANGE TO BALLS...

Cherbourg, 9. -- Thursday evening, around 9 p.m., a resident of Octeville (Manche), Mr. Maurice Crestey, designer at the Arsenal, and several of his neighbors saw, in the sky, at a fairly high altitude, a luminous sphere which, after having stopped above the city, disappeared towards the South.

Quimper, 9. -- Mr. François Cariou, itinerant fish merchants [sic] in Plozevet (Finistère), his wife and two daughters saw a bright glow in the sky which seemed to be surrounded by dense smoke. This glow, initially motionless, directed towards them, at an altitude of about ten meters it had the appearance of an orange sphere.

Frightened, the Cariou family returned to the house.

Several fishermen who were about to set sail at the same time confirmed these statements.

... to half ball...

Mulhouse, 9. -- Mr. René Ott, 35, from Jettingen, an SNCF employee, said he saw in a field on his way to work, an aluminum-colored semi-spherical dome, lit from the inside, which was about three meters from the road and one meter from the ground.

Frightened, Mr. Ott fled. He had, however, he said, time to notice that a door opened in the craft. The latter moved above him on a distance of 800 meters before disappearing the gendarmes did not detect any trace.

... and stop the cars

Le Mans, 9. -- Mr. Alexandre Tremblaix, milk collector, said that the truck he was driving had suddenly stopped, for an unknown reason yesterday morning, on a small departmental road near Saint-Jean d'Asse and that its headlights had gone out. He got out of his cabin and saw a luminous red and blue flying cigar pass over him, about a meter long.

The machine disappeared on the horizon a few minutes later, the truck's engine started to function again and the headlights came on. Isn't that somewhat... chilling? [untranslatable joke about the witness name]

[Ref. ner1:] NEWSPAPER "NORD-ECLAIR":

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THE "SAUCERS"
continue their wild dance in the sky of France

No "Martian" put his nose in the window of his craft yesterday to greet passersby. But other witnesses add to the long list of those who have had the chance to see with their eyes "luminous" and mysterious "objects" in our sky.

Mr. Alfred Rabany, a resident of Chasseneuil, in the Indre, while he was on the road, heard a whistling sound. He looked up and saw a gray object immobilized about 100 meters above the ground. The craft left at high speed, leaving a sort of fog behind it.

Also, Mr. Julien Soulas, 25, from the same town, saw an orange-colored luminous object moving in a north-south direction.

- Mr. François Cariou, itinerant fish merchant in Plozévet (Finistère), his wife and two daughters saw a bright glow in the sky which seemed to be surrounded by dense smoke. This glow, at first motionless, came towards them, at an altitude of about ten meters; it looked like an orange sphere. Frightened, the Cariou family returned to the house.

Several fishermen who were preparing to go to sea at the same time confirmed these statements.

- René Ott, 35, from Jettingen (Haut-Rhin), employee of the S.N.C.F., said he had seen in a field a aluminum-colored semi-spherical dome, lit inside, which was about three meters from the road and one meter from the ground. Frightened, Mr. Ott fled. However, he said he had time to notice that a door opened in the craft.

- Mr. Alexandre Tremblaix, milk collector, said that the truck he was driving had suddenly stopped, for an unknown reason, on a small departmental road near Saint-Jean-d'Asse, near Le Mans and that his headlights had gone out. He got out of his cabin and saw a glowing red and blue flying cigar pass over him, about a meter long; which disappeared on the horizon a few minutes later. The truck's engine started to function again and the headlights came back on.

- M. Maurice Crestey, of Octeville (Manche), and several of his neighbors saw in the sky, at a fairly high altitude, a luminous sphere which, after having stopped above Cherbourg, disappeared towards the south.

[Ref. tbs1:] "THE BALTIMORE SUN" NEWSPAPER:

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'Flying Cigar' Reported Seen

Le Mans, France, Oct. 9. (Reuters) -- A 'flying cigar' which can stop cars and put out their lights was reported today by Alexandre Tremblais, a milkman.

Tremblais said he was driving his milk truck along a road when suddenly the engine stopped and the headlights went out. He got out and saw a shining red and blue "cigar" about three feet long speed over his vehicle.

A few minutes later his engine started and the lights worked again.

Meanwhile a "flying saucer" reported to have crashed near Abbeville turned out to be a meteorological balloon used by the British Royal Air Force. It had burst on touching the ground.

Other reports of strange objects seen in the sky all over France included a "flying illuminated mushroom," a bright smoking orange disc and a gray machine making a loud whistling noise.

[Ref. jps1:] "LE JOURNAL DU PAS-DE-CALAIS ET DE LA SOMME" NEWSPAPER:

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And here is the flying cigar which
shuts down auto engines

Le Mans. -- Mr. Alexandre Tremblaix, milk collector, said that the truck he was driving had suddenly stopped for an unknown reason, on a small departmental road in Saint-Jean-d'Asse, and that his headlights went off.

He got out of his cabin, and saw passing over him a red and blue luminous flying cigar about a meter long. The craft disappeared on the horizon a few minutes later, the engine of the truck started to run again and the headlights came on.

Mulhouse. -- Mr. René Ott, 35, from Jettingen, an S.N.C.F. employee, said he saw in a field on his way to work, an aluminum-colored semi-spherical dome, lit inside, which was about three meters from the road and one meter from the ground.

Frightened Mr. Ott fled. He had, however, he said, time to notice that a door opened in the craft. The latter moved above him for a distance of 800 meters before disappearing. The gendarmes did not find any trace.

Quimper. -- Mr. François Cariou, itinerant fish merchant in Plozevet (Finistère), his wife and two daughters saw, in the sky, a bright gleam which seemed surrounded by dense smoke, this glow, at first motionless, moved towards them, at an altitude of about ten meters, it looked like an orange sphere.

Frightened, the Cariou family returned to the house.

Several fishermen who were about to set sail at the same time confirmed these statements.

Châteauroux. - Mr. Alfred Rabanne, 62, resident of Chasseneuil, who had stopped at the side of the road, heard a whistling sound; looking up, he saw a gray machine stationary about 100 meters above the ground. The craft left at a very high speed, leaving a sort of fog behind it.

Also, Mr. Julien Soulas, 23 years old, from the same town, saw on his way back from the village of Ligeaud, a luminous craft of pale orange red color moving in a North-South direction.

[Ref. nmn1:] "NORD-MATIN" NEWSPAPER:

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STILL STRANGE
APPEARANCES IN
THE SKY OF FRANCE

Mulhouse. -- Mr. René Ott, 35, from Jettingen, employed at the S.N.C.F., said that he had seen in a field an aluminum-colored hemispherical saucer, lit inside, which was about three meters from the road and one meter from the ground.

Frightened, Mr. Ott fled. He had, he said, time to notice that a door opened in the craft. It moved above him over a distance of 800 meters before disappearing.

Le Mans. -- Mr. Alexandre Tremblaix, milk collector, said that the truck he was driving had suddenly stopped, for an unknown reason, on a small provincial road near St. Jean d'Asse and that his headlights went off. He got out of his cabin, and saw passing over him a flying red and blue cigar, about one meter long. The craft disappeared on the horizon a few minutes later, the engine of the truck started to run again and the headlights turned on again.

Cherbourg. -- Around 9 p.m., a resident of Octeville (Manche), Mr. Maurice Grestey, designer at the Arsenal, and several of his neighbors saw in the sky, at a high altitude asset, a luminous sphere which, after having stopped above the city, disappeared towards the South.

Quimper. -- Mr. François Cariou, itinerant fish merchant in Plozevet (Finistère), his wife and two daughters saw, in the sky, a bright gleam which seemed surrounded by dense smoke, this glow, at first motionless, came towards them at an altitude of about ten meters, it looked like an orange sphere.

Frightened, the Cariou family returned to the house.

Several fishermen who were about to set sail at the same time confirmed these statements.

[Ref. cpd1:] "LE COURRIER PICARD" NEWSPAPER:

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The Martians have not been idle
during the weekend

Many saucers and cigars have still been seen in various regions

From all the regions of France still arrived, during the weekend, a lot of information signaling the "passage" of saucers, domes, spheres, cigars or other flying machines.

We learn from Mulhouse that Mr. René Ott, 35, from Jettingen, an S.N.C.F. employee, claimed to have seen, in a field, on his way to work, a semi-spherical, aluminum-colored dome illuminated from the inside, which was about three meters from the road and one meter from the ground.

Frightened, Mr. Ott fled. He had, however, he said, time to notice that a door opened in the craft. It moved above him for a distance of 800 meters, before disappearing.

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THE SAUCERS

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THE SAUCERS

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Near Le Mans, a bizarre phenomenon has been observed. Mr. Alexandre Tremblaix, milk collector, said that the truck he was driving had suddenly stopped, for an unknown reason, on a small departmental road near Saint-Jean-d'Asse and that his headlights had gone out. He got out of his cabin, and saw passing over him, a luminous flying cigar, red and blue, about a meter long. The machine disappeared on the horizon for a few minutes, the headlights turned on again and the engine could be started again.

Also, a resident of Octeville (Manche), Mr. Maurice Crestey, draftsman at the arsenal, and several of his neighbors, saw in the sky, at a fairly high altitude, a luminous sphere which, after having stopped above the city, disappeared towards the south.

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CHATEAUROUX, October 10. -- Mr. Alfred Rabany, 62, resident of Chasseneuil, who had stopped at the side of the road, heard a whistling sound: looking up, he saw a gray machine immobilized about 100 meters above of the ground. The craft left at a very fast pace, leaving a sort of fog behind it.

Also, Mr. Julien Soulas, 25, from the same commune, said that on returning from the village of Ligeaud, he had seen a luminous pale orange-red machine moving in a north-south direction.

[Ref. lln1:] "LE LORRAIN" NEWSPAPER:

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THE "FLYING SAUCERS"

Pose many puzzles

NOW, CARS STOP

PARIS. - The "flying saucers" continue.

They are reported everywhere. And now, they are mingling to stop the engines.

In Le Mans a milk collector, Mr. Alexandre Tremblais, who was riding his truck on the small road near Saint-Jean-d'Assé (the Sarthe), suddenly noticed that the engine of his vehicle stopped and that the headlights extinguished.

M. Tremblais got out of his truck to see a red and blue luminous cigar, one meter long, disappearing on the horizon. A few minutes later, the engine started again and the headlights functioned again.

In Nancy, a true skeptic, Mr. Georges Bou, a 30-year-old driver at Sarrebruk [sic, Sarrebourg], was traveling on National Road 3 between Morsbach and Forbach when he saw a thick wide shadow blocking the road. He stopped, got out of his cabin, thinking of an accident. But he realized that he was stopped by a saucer. It was nine meters in diameter and about four meters high. It was illuminated by several light beams directed towards the ground.

The driver approached the strange device. Suddenly, the latter took off vertically, marked a pause at ten meters, then moved away very quickly.

The gendarmerie Captain Bohler went to the scene today with Mr. Bou. But he could not find any traces.

In the Island of Ré, Mr. Simonnetti said he saw a luminous sphere about 12 meters in diameter, which oscillated about fifty meters from the ground.

The sphere, he said, became red, turned blue and rose very quickly vertically.

Two other residents and two Parisians on vacation have confirmed.

At Duclair (Seine-Inf.), Mr. Landrin, a water attendant who was walking with his wife, was blinded by a light beam. When he opened his eyes, he said, he saw a ball disappear a few minutes later.

- Near Reims, a mechanic of the Panhard factories, Mr. Joseph Roy, 30, saw near the Isles-sur-Suippe a cigar posed on the ground, resembling according to his description to that of Marignane. Witnesses around have confirmed.

At la Montagne-de-Béruges (the Vienne), a farmer, M. Edouard Thébault, observed in his field an enormous luminous machine.

A few minutes later the craft was extinguished and a huge headlight swept the road, and when the witness returned with his father he had fetched, everything had disappeared.

- Several fishermen and the whole family of a fish dealer saw in the sky, in Plozevet (Finistère), a bright glow surrounded by dense smoke. This gleam, at first motionless, came towards them at an altitude of about ten meters. It had the appearance of an orange sphere.

- A whistling machine, gray in color, stood for a moment about 100 meters from Chassevreuil (Indre). The craft went off at a brisk pace, leaving behind it like a fog.

In the same commune, a young man saw a luminous red-orange machine that moved in a north-south direction.

- An aluminum half-spherical dome, illuminated inside, which was about three meters from the road and one meter from the ground, was seen in Jettingen (Haut-Rhin) by Mr. René Ott, an employee of the S.N.C.F. [national railyway company]. Frightened, Mr. Ott fled. He had, however, had the time to notice that a door was opening in the apparatus. The latter moved above him for a distance of 800 meters before disappearing. The gendarmes found no trace.

- A silent machine, moving like a spinning top, was seen in Calais, above the municipal theater, by a peacekeeper, a hairdresser, a taxi driver and a butcher. It moved away towards the sea.

- A flying saucer rising noiselessly vertically was seen at Vigneux (Seine-et-Oise) by Mr. Marais yesterday at 9 p.m.. It was luminous and had portholes.

THE EXPLODED SAUCER OF SAINT-VALERY-SUR-SOMME WAS ONLY A SOUNDING-BALLOON OF THE R.A.F.

ABBEVILLE. "Another false saucer!" The mysterious craft which broke out in the Picardy sky, and whose debris was scattered in a pasture at Boismont, near Saint-Valery-sur-Somme, was but a balloon.

The inhabitants of the region, fearing the famous "paralyzing" green ray, dared not approach the debris. Only Mr. Raymond Boucher, a sugar worker, had the courage to come and contemplate the saucer. It was more simply a balloon used by the meteorological services of the Royal Air Force which, by touching the ground, had burst noisily.

VIENNA. - Thousands of people saw yesterday a formation of flying saucers above Ried, flying from east to west.

THE OPINION OF A SCIENTIST

Asked about cars that stop, said:

- saucers or not saucers, it is necessary to consider as true the information that arrives at this moment. With regard to the sudden stop of engines at the passage of these craft, we must admit the presence and action of unknown rays. This does not mean that these rays have an extraterrestrial origin. Do you remember that famous Z ray, which was talked about so much before the last war? During the hostilities, the belligerents further perfected the process. I saw personally, some fifteen years ago, experiments in laboratories where electric rays ignited at distances of a few meters paper or other combustible materials.

[Ref. afp1] USAF PROJECT BLUE BOOK / AFP:

US Air Force Project Blue Book was in charge of studying UFO sighting reports, and thus collected media information about it. The text below is their translation into English of an Agence France Presse (AFP) news release for October 9, 1954.

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Mans, Cherbourg, Finistere, Indre & Mulhouse, France, October 8, 1954

Paris, Oct. 9 (AFP) -- On Friday, several mysterious craft were once more seen in the sky of France.

1. Near Mans, a milk collector declared that his truck stopped for an unknown reason and that, when he got out, he saw a luminous red and blue flying cigar, about a meter long, pass over him. When the machine had disappeared, the truck motor began again to operate.

2. At Cherbourg, several people saw a "luminous sphere" at a rather high altitude. After hovering over the town, this disappeared toward the south.

3. In Finistere, many people were alarmed by a luminous sphere maneuvering only about a dozen meters from the ground, which seemed to move toward them.

4. A resident of the Indre observed a gray-colored object motionless at about 100 meters of altitude. That craft then departed at a very brisk pace, leaving a sort of fog behind it. Another resident of this department declared that he saw a luminous pale red-orange object moving along a north-south axis.

5. Finally, a road-mender of the Mulhouse region says that he saw a hemi-spherical, internally illuminated cupola in a field. Before taking to his heels he had time to notice that a door was opening on the craft. The object maneuvered above him before disappearing.

[Ref. reu1:] REUTERS NEWS AGENCY:

LE MANS, FRANCE, Oct. 9, 1954 (Reuters) -- A "flying cigar" which can stop cars and put out their lights was reported by milkman Alexandre Tremblais [sic] today.

Tremblais said he was driving his milk truck along a road when suddenly the engine stopped and the headlights went out. He got out and saw a shining red and blue "cigar" about three feet long speed over his vehicle.

A few minutes later his engine started and his lights worked again.

Meanwhile, a flying saucer reported to have crashed near Abbeville turned out to be a meteorological balloon used by the British Royal Air Force. It had burst upon touching the ground.

Other reports of strange objects seen in the skies all over France included a "flying illuminated mushroom," a bright smoking orange disc and a grey machine making a loud whistling noise.

[Ref. hws1:] HAROLD WILKINS:

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October 10, 1954: Milkman at Le-Mans, France, alleges that shining red and blue cigar-shaped saucer, about three feet long, sped over his truck and stopped his engine. As soon as force-field was removed, his engine re-started, and his lights went on.

[Ref. gbr1:] GRAY BARKER:

A Le Mans milkman declared a flying cigar interested with his auto. When the engine stopped and the headlights went out, he got out to see what was wrong and saw a three-ft. red and blue cigar-shaped craft speed over his car. A few minutes after the UFO had disappeared, the lights came on and his engine worked perfectly.

[Ref. jgu1:] JIMMY GUIEU:

Jimmy Guieu indicates that on October 8, 1954, at 06:20, Mr. A.T., owner of a coffee shop in Le Mans and contractor for picking milk for an important company was completed his round.

He was at the steering wheel of his truck on a road close to Saint-Jean d'Assé, approaching a gentle slope, the vehicle was advancing slowly. The headlights suddenly died out and the engine stopped. A.T. was very astonished and used the starter but the truck remained motionless. Perplexed, A.T. took a flashlight, which functioned, contrary to the headlights, went out of the truck and raised the engine's cover.

Jimmy Guieu brings back the story by the witness:

"I did not notice anything abnormal with the engine. But as I stood straight again, I saw a a blue gleam resembling the sparks released by a blowtorch pass at high pace in the sky, at a low altitude."

Jimmy Guieu continues by indicating that the phenomenon disappeared as quickly as it had come. A.T. went up in his truck and tried to start again. The engine answered at once and the headlights came back on. The truck functioned normally.

Jimmy Guieu finally reports that the owner of the dairy for which the witness worked stated that his worker is a right-hand man "who does not multiply incidents by ten neither distorts what he sees."

[Ref. aml1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel reports that on October 7, 1954, at approximately 06:20 in the morning, Mr. Alexandre Tremblay was driving in a truck on a small road East of the national road RN 138. Working for an important chocolate company, [Poulain?] he collected each morning the milk coming produced from the pastures of the area.

Near Saint-Jean-d'Assé, he was driving uphill on a slight slope with his car engine functioning quite fast, when suddenly the headlights died out and the engine stalls.

Mr. Tremblay was surprised, applied the brakes, disconnected and actuated the starter, but in vain, the engine refused to start again. Thinking of a power breakdown, possibly coming from a short-circuit, Mr. Tremblay got out of the truck, holding his flashlight in the hand. The flashlight lit, it was not affected of power failure, contrary to the headlight of the vehicle, which were on but did not function.

At the time when he opened the cover of the engine, Mr. Tremblay made the following observation, of which Aimé Michel gives the account as follows:

"Above the road, I saw an intense blue gleam which seemed directed towards me in the sky. This lasted a few seconds, then it disappeared. Not knowing what to make of this incident, I actuated the starter again, and the engine restarted while the headlights produced light again."

Mr. Tremblay then went up in his truck, without having manipulated the engine, and resumed his milk collecting tour as usual.

[Ref. aml2:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel explained that since December 1957, he was convinced that the "alignments" of cases on straight lines, such as those of October 7, 1954, are inexplicable, or more exactly, that they can only be explained "by the reality of the flying saucers", and that his opinion "is also that of a large number of scientists, among whom several are world-renowned."

He published a map of these alignments for this date, indicating that all the observations of October 7, 1954, are reported there:

For the case of this file, he noted:

9. SAINT-JEAN-D'ASSE: ..a gleam of an intense blue color.. (Aurore for 9-10-54)

[Ref. mcs1:] MICHEL CARROUGES:

Michel Carrouges notes the case in his chapter on physical effects caused by flying saucers.

He indicates that on October 7 in the Sarthe, Mr. Tremblay, in a car, was flown over by a blue gleam, that the engine stalled, that there was an extinction of the headlights.

He gives as source Michel, page 239.

[Ref. jve5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

262 -000.14121 18.15000 07 10 1954 06 20 105 ST JEAN D ASSE F 301133 C** 239

[Ref. jve1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

207

Oct. 07, 1954, 06:20 A.M. Saint-Jean-d'Assé (France).

On Route N138, a truck-driver, Mr. Tremblay, saw an intense, blue light coming toward him. The object producing it was cigar-shaped, red and blue. Engine and headlights died. (41;M 143) (France-Soir, 10 Oct. 1954).

[Ref. jve2:] JACQUES VALLEE:

The author indicates that on October 7, 1954, a truck driver saw a light of an intense blue moving towards him close to Saint-Jean-d'Asse in the Sarthe on the road from Mans in Alençon. The object had the shape of a cigar, red and blue. The truck's engine stalled and the headlights died out.

[Ref. ldl1:] "LUMIERES DANS LA NUIT" UFOLOGY MAGAZINE:

This magazine published in list of cases that needed an investigation or new investigation by their investigators, including:

"207 7-10-54 Saint-Jean-d'Asse"

[Ref. gal1:] CHARLES GARREAU AND RAYMOND LAVIER:

The two authors give the date of October 5, 1954 by association with another case, that at about thirty kilometers of Mans, in the North-West, on the R.N. 138 road, at the height of Saint-Jean-in Asse, a truck-driver saw his engine stall and his headlights die out.

When he was going to open the hood to seek the cause of this failure, he saw a blue gleam above the road, which moved towards him, and disappeared at the end of a few seconds. The engine started again at the first choke.

[Ref. jpr1] JACQUES POTTIER:

The author indicates that on October 7, 1954, luminous discs, landing or not landing, were reported among other places near Saint-Jean D'Assé on national road 138.

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 millimetre." 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. ufa1:] UFOLOGY BULLETIN "UFOLOGIA":

Scan.

October 07, 1954 TREMBLAY - (SARTHE)

A blue gleam flies over an automobile whose engine stops. Headlights off.

(réf . Aimé MICHEL - "MOC")

[Ref. bbr1:] GERARD BARTHEL AND JACQUES BRUCKER:

The two authors indicate that they examine a case which retained their attention, of October 7 at 6:20, in St-Jean-d'Assé in the Sarthe, for which they gave the unsourced following summary:

"On N 138, a truck-driver, Mr. Tremblay, saw an intense blue gleam which moved towards him. The object producing this light had the shape of a red and blue cigar. The engine and the headlights of the truck ceased functioning."

They indicate that the facts were classically changed by the "reporters" because the witness told them to have never seen an object, but a luminous phenomenon. They indicate that the details that the witness provided cannot give any idea on the altitude, the distance, the speed etc. According to the authors, Mr. Tremblay was most surprised when one spoke to him about an engine shut-down, because, according to authors, he is adamant that there was no obstacle with the operation of his truck during his observation.

Further in their book, the authors note that the date is dubious, and that France-Soir for October 9th and 10th accounts for the case with the mention "yesterday."

[Ref. fru1:] MICHEL FIGUET AND JEAN-LOUIS RUCHON:

The two authors indicate that in Saint-Jean d'Assé in the Sarthe on October 7, 1954, at 06:25 a.m., Alexandre Tremblay, coffee shop owner in Le Mans, was driving in a truck on a small road at the east of main road 138 Mans-Alençon.

Close to Saint-Jean-in Asse, whereas he was climbing a gentle hill with his engine running rather fast, the engine suddenly stalled and the headlights extinguished.

Surprised, the man brakes, disengages, and actuates the starter, to no avail. He takes his flashlight while thinking of a power failure and gets out of the truck. He opens the engine's cover. At this time, he sees a blue gleam which seems directed to him (according to Guieu and Michel, the authors say) or a red and blue cigar (according to Vallée quoting the press, the authors say).

This luminous phenomenon lasted only a few seconds. Going up in his truck without having touched his engine, he actuated the starter, engine restarted and the headlights came back on.

They indicate that the sources are case 207 of the Vallée catalogue; Aimé Michel in "A Propos des S.V." page 178; Jimmy Guieu in "Black-Out sur les S.V." and France Soir for 10/10/1954.

[Ref. lgs2:] LOREN GROSS:

October 7th. St-Jean-D'Asse, France. (6:20 a.m.)

Yet another Frenchman on the highways that morning received a surprise. It seems a M. Alexander Tremblay, driving a truck on Rt N138 near St Jean-D'Asse, had trouble making it up a slight grade. It was still dark (6:20 a.m.) and M. Trembley had his headlights on. For no apparent reason the truck's engine quit and the headlights failed. M. Tremblay got out to check under the hood but his attention was suddenly drawn to a powerful blue-colored light speeding in his direction, and as it approached, M. Tremblay could see that the light was being emitted by a flying cigar, blue and red in hue. 67.

[Ref. mft1:] MICHEL FIGUET:

CASE Nr CLASSIFICATION DATE HOUR PLACE ZIP CODE CREDIBILITY SOURCE
143 CE0-2 07 10 1954 06.20 St-Jean d'Asse 72690 C3 E [= explained] bolide B-B p. l87

[Ref. jsr1:] JEAN SIDER:

Author Jean Sider provides a summary identical to Aimé Michel's narrative.

But also, he checks the claim of the two ufologists Jacques Barthel and Gerard Brucker. Jean Sider tells that they wrote: "Never any unspecified obstacle to the operation (of the truck) occurred during his sighting, he is affirmative."

Jean Sider points out that on the contrary, the article of the local daily newspaper Le Maine Libre clearly indicated that the truck had the failures he described: a photographic reconstitution showing Mr. Tremblay bent towards the opened engine cover show it, as does the article. Jean Sider points out that it is precisely because of the failure that Mr. Tremblay was in situation to see something in the sky, which he would probably not have noticed without this halt, and that otherwise he would thus probably had nothing to tell.

Jean Sider adds that a few days after the sighting, Daniel Léger who resided at Le Mans not far and was going to become a collaborator of the UFO investigation network Lumières Dans La Nuit, managed to speak with Mr. Tremblay, and that Mr. Tremblay repeated and confirmed to him all the elements indicated by the reporters of the Maine Libéré newspaper.

Jean Sider concludes: "M. Tremblay was never contacted by B & B (Barthel and Brucker) and his testimony has been altered!"

In addition, Jean Sider found in "Le Quotidien de LA Haute-Loire" for October 24, 1954, a mention of this case, which read:

"The same adventure occurred a few days ago, one morning, to a milk conveyor of Jonzieux", the article being on the case of October 19, 1954 at 08:45 P.M., near Saint-Didier-in-Velay in the Haute-Loire.

[Ref. lhh1:] LARRY HATCH - "*U* COMPUTER DATABASE":

4004: 1954/10/07 06:20 10 0:07:20 E 48:09:00 N 3333 WEU FRN SRT 8:7

St-JEAN-d'ASSE,FR:CGR+BLU BEAM:MILK TRUCK EMEs:RESTARTS!:/r8+/r217p61+/r138#9

Ref#194 LUMIERES dans la NUIT.(LDLN France) Issue No. 319 : ROAD+RAILS

[Ref. goe1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

The Belgian ufologist indicates that on October 7, 1954, in St Jean d'Assé, "At 06:20 on the N. 138, truck-driver Tremblay saw an intense blue gleam which moved towards him. The object producing this light had the shape of a red and blue cigar. The engine and the headlights of the truck ceased functioning."

She indicates that the sources are "France-Soir, 10 oct 1954" and "Jacques Vallée: 'Chronique des apparitions ET' - DENOEL 1972 - J'AI LU COLL. - p. 271".

She adds that another version is: "He came out of the vehicle with the flashlight, which functioned, and lifted the hood to examine the engine, it is only then that he saw, passing at a low height, a blue gleam, resembling sparks released by a blowtorch."

She indicates that the source of the above is "Jimmy GUIEU: 'Black-out sur les S.V.' - FLEUVE NOIR- p. 193".

[Ref. lgs1:] LOREN GROSS:

7 October. Near St-Jean-d'Asse, France. (about 6:20 a.m.)

Motor dies, but strangely enough, the flashlight worked.

Michel wrote:

"About 6:20 a.m. M. Alexander Tremblay was driving his truck along a side road not far from Route N-138, the major highway running between Le Mans and Alencon. Near St-Jean-d' Asse, as he was going up a slight hill, his motor suddenly died and his headlights went out. He braked automatically, put the clutch in neutral, and stepped on the starter. Nothing happened. Flashlight in hand, M. Tremblay got out to investigate; strangely enough, the flashlight worked. "As M. Tremblay raised the hood of his car, he saw in the sky above the road 'an intense blue light which seemed to be directed toward me. After several seconds the light went off. Somewhat baffled, I tried the starter again, the motor began to turn over, and the headlights came back on."' ( xx.)

(xx.) Michel, Aime. Flying Saucers and the Straight-Line Mystery. p.143.

[Ref. djn1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

On this Day

October 7

[...]

1954 - St.-Jean-d'Asse, France. Mr. Alexandre Tremblay, a café owner, was driving on Route N138 at 6:20 a.m. when he saw an intense, blue light coming toward him. The object producing it was a one-meter long cigar, red and blue in color. The engine and headlights of his vehicle died. (Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia, p. 220; Michel Figuet and Jean-Louis Ruchon, OVNI: Le premier dossier complet des rencontres rapprochees en France, pp. 129-130).

[...]

[Ref. jbu1:] JEROME BEAU:

Thursday, October 7, 1954

[...]

06:20 In Saint-Jean-in Asse (France), on the N138, Mr. Tremblay (truck-driver) sees an intense blue gleam moving towards him. The object [which] produces this light has the shape of a red and blue cigar. The engine and the headlights of the truck cease functioning.

[...]

Jérôme Beau indicates that his source is "France-Soir, 10 October 1954".

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Sarthe in St Jean d' Assé on October 7, 1954, at 06:25 hours, "the witness circulates, with his truck, on a small road in the east of main road 138 Mans-Alençon. Close to Saint-Jean-d'Asse, whereas he climbs a gentle hill and that his motor functions rather fast, the latter one suddenly stalls and the headlights turn off. Surprised, the man slows down in vain, disconnects and actuates the starter. He takes his flashlight while thinking of a power breakdown and goes down. He raises the hood of his vehicle. At this time he sees a blue gleam which seems directed on him (Guieu and Michel) or a red and blue cigar (Vallée, newspaper article). This luminous phenomenon lasts only a few seconds. Going up in his truck without having touched its motor, he actuates the starter. The motor restarts and the headlights turn on again."

Luc Chastan indicates that the source is "Ovni, Premier dossier complet... par Figuet M./ Ruchon J.L. ** éd. Alain Lefeuvre 1979".

[Ref. nip1:] "THE NICAP WEBSITE":

*Oct. 7, 1954 - St.-Jean-d'Asse, France. Mr. Alexandre Tremblay, a café owner, was driving on Route N138 at 6:20 a.m. when he saw an intense, blue light coming toward him. The object producing it was a one-meter long cigar, red and blue in color. The engine and headlights of his vehicle died. (Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 220, case # 207; Michel Figuet & Jean-Louis Ruchon, OVNI: Le premier dossier complet des rencontres rapprochees en France, pp. 129-130).

[Ref. ubk1:] "UFO-DATENBANK":

This database recorded the case 19 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
19541004 04.10.1954 Le Mans France NL
19541005 05.10.1954 Le Mans France CE II
19541005 05.10.1954 Le Mans France NL
19541007 07.10.1954 Le Mans France CE II
19541007 07.10.1954 Le Mans France CE II
19541007 07.10.1954 Le Mans France
19541007 07.10.1954 Le Mans France
19541007 07.10.1954 Le Mans France
19541007 07.10.1954 Le Mans France CE II
19541007 07.10.1954 St. Jean Asse France CE II
19541007 07.10.1954 St. Jean Asse France CE II
19541007 07.10.1954 St. Jean Asse France CE II
19541007 07.10.1954 St. Jean Asse France
19541007 07.10.1954 St. Jean Asse France CE II
19541007 07.10.1954 St. Jean Asse France CE II
19541007 07.10.1954 St Jean Asse France CE II
19541008 08.10.1954 Le Mans France
19541007 07.10.1954 St Jean France CE II
19541007 07.10.1954 Saint-Jean-di-Assé France

[Ref. prn2:] PETER ROGERSON - "INTCAT":

October 7 1954. 0620hrs.

ST-EAN-D'ASSE [sic] (SARTHE : FRANCE)

Truck driver, Alexander Tremblay was going up a slight hill on a side road just off Rt-N 138, when his motor and headlights died. When he got out he saw an intense blue light coming towards him. The object producing it was cigar shaped, red and blue. His flashlight was not affected. Several seconds after the light went off he found that his motor and lights were working again.

Notes:

Saint-Jean-d'Assé is on Route Nationale 138 (National Road 138) between Le Mans et Alençon.

Jimmy Guieu dates the case of October 8, other sources date it of October 7.

Explanations:

Probable meteor.

Carte.

Keywords:

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

Saint-Jean-d'Assé, Sarthe, Tremblay, object, cigar, road, blue, red, luminous, effects

Sources:

[----] indicates sources that are not yet available to me.

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