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November 8, 1954, La Tessoualle, Maine-et-Loire:

Reference number for this case: 8-nov-54-LaTessoualle. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Reports:

[Ref. lr1:] "LE REPUBLICAIN" NEWSPAPER:

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Maine-et-Loire

A BLACKSMITH OF TESSOUALLE GOING BACK TO LOUBLANDE BY MOPED IS A VICTIM OF A MYSTERIOUS "BLUE RAY"

A new element is added to the already extensive record of flying saucers and other more or less interstellar gear. The evidence gathered is all the more value as it has many specific points and it comes from a man accustomed to danger and of perfectly balanced judgment.

André Chaillou is blacksmith in the village of La Tessoualle and lives in Loublande (Deux-Sèvres). He is a Veteran of 1939-1945 and Indochina. Every morning he comes to work at his workshop where he joins his father and his brother. He ceases to work at 7 p.m.. Each day for the return trip, he uses a moped.

Let's add that the events took place on Monday, November 8. It is to avoid the incredulous comments and the inevitable "scoffing" that Mr. Chaillou kept an understandable discretion so far.

The findings he made seemed to him so compelling that he ended up sharing it with some friends. The news spread and it came to us.

Paralyzing ray

André Chaillou gave the following account:

"It might have been 7:30 p.m.. Having a meeting in the evening with friends and finding myself a little late, I was riding at a good pace.

"The sky was clear and the moon almost full.

"At about 1 kilometer from the town of Loublande, near the road to Puy-Saint-Bonnet, I noticed a little blue light ahead of me.

"The headlight of the moped is powerful and for a second I thought it was an animal crossing the road with the eyes glistening in the beam of my light.

"I did not lose time in assumptions, because in less time than it takes to say it, my machine stopped dead and I was thrown forward on the handlebars, having had great difficulty to avoid a dangerous fall.

"My first thought was it was a failure. When I looked up, about fifty meters ahead of me and at a height of 1 m 50 from the ground approximately, the blue dot had taken the diameter of a car's headlight and threw in my direction a blinding light comparable to that of an electric arc.

"I then found it impossible to make a move or utter a word. My hands glued on the handlebars, felt a painful tingling, despite the gloves that protected me.

"Did this last one minute or one second? I cannot tell.

"The light went out and suddenly I found the use of movement and speech. At the same moment."

Mr. Chaillou added "I was sometimes on the frontline in Indochina, in dangerous situations and I did not shake, but this time, I say without shame, I was scared!"

At 200 meters the adventure continues

The adventure of the young blacksmith does not end there.

Having started his moped on the road without the slightest difficulty, he continued his journey and quickly took a good pace. As one can imagine, he was anxious to get home.

It is about 200 meters away in a field on the right, 150 meters maybe from the edge of the road, that he saw a big glow.

A firebrand, he thinks, but immediately, he links it to the light that just happened.

Our man is not a coward. The time to stop the moped, to park on the side of the road, and he went through the fields.

An elongated shape and glow stood close to the ground; which may have measures 5-6 meters long.

A hedge stands between him and the apparatus, he still has a hundred meters to go, when at breakneck speed and with a slight wheezing sound, the oblong object rises vertically, then along a horizontal path, to disappear in about fifteen seconds.

Today, Mr. Chaillou has questions that one day perhaps will find answers. The evidence he provides, in complete good faith, only makes the issue more acute. Time elapsed only gives it more value. We can only regret together with our friendly interlocutor that we cannot give these facts a... touchable conclusion.

[Ref. jg1:] JIMMY GUIEU:

Science fiction writer and French ufologist pioneer Jimmy Guieu indicates that on November 8, 1954, at the fall of night, Mr. André Chaillou, blacksmith, resident in Louplande in the Deux-Sèvres, was returning to his home by mptorcycle, when his attention was drawn by a blue disc evolving in the sky.

The headlight of its motorcycle suddenly died out, and the engine was blocked.

The luminous disc approached the witness who was then wrapped in a blue light as violent as that of an electric arc.

During several minutes, he was unable to move the arms, neither the legs, nor to articulate a word, and remained paralyzed, a foot on the ground, on his motorcycle. He moreover felt a tickling in the hands, in spite of the gloves which protected them.

The blue ray disappeared and Mr. Chaillou spontaneously recovered his abilities. His motorcycle functioned again normally and he resumed his trip.

But 200 meters further, he saw a new gleam. He approached but darkness fell. He heard a gentle whistling sound and he saw a dark mass which rose vertically to disappear horizontally in the direction of the North. The mass was illuminated gradually, presenting a cone of 5 to 6 meters length approximately.

[Ref. mc1:] MICHEL CARROUGES:

Michel Carrouges indicates that on November 23, in the département of Deux-Sèvres, Mr. Chaillou, on motorcycle, was overflown by a blue disk which went towards him and bathed him in a blue light "as violent as a welding torch light." The engine stalled. the headlight died out. The witness felt ticklings in the hands. He was paralyzed during several minutes in the arms and the legs and could not speak.

Carrouges notes this case in his listing of cases with physical effects, and newspaper France-Soir of November 24, 1954, as the source.

[Ref. jv5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

405 -000.04221 47.94300 08 11 1954 LOUPLANDE-SARTHE F 001 1333 I

[Ref. jv1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

333

Nov. 08, 1954, dusk, La Tessoualle (France).

Andre Chaillou felt pricklings in his hands, "in spite of his gloves," when a blue disk came close to his motorcycle and his electrical system failed. He was unable to move or articulate a word for several minutes. As soon as the blue light was turned off, he started again and went near the light when it reappeared 200 m away. He saw the object, a cone 5.5 m in size, rise vertically with a soft whistling, then fly horizonally to the north. (Combat, 23 nov, Paris-Presse, 24 nov 1954) (98).

[Ref. jv2:] JACQUES VALLEE:

Jacques Vallée indicates that on November 8, 1954 in the twilight in Tessoualle close to Cholet, a man returned at his place and saw a blue disc in the sky, at the moment when his engine stopped and his headlights died out.

This disc approached and the man was surrounded by an intense blue light and remained unable to move during several minutes, unable to articulate a word and feeling swarmings in the hands in spite of his gloves.

As soon as the blue light turned off, he could move and start the engine, but the light reappeared 200 meters further and he decided to approach. But the UFO darkened and flew away with a soft whistling soud, vertically, then horizontaly towards the north.

The UFO is described as a cone of approximately 5 to 6 meters in height.

The author does not indicate sources.

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

The two authors indicate that in Louplande in the Sarthe, on November 8, 1954, André Chaillou, the blacksmith of Louplande, returned home by motorcycle whereas the night had fallen.

His attention was suddenly drawn by a blue disc which evolved in the sky. Almost at the same moment, the headlight of its motorcycle died out and the engine stalled. The disc approached.

The two authors give this account:

"I was wrapped of a bluish light, as violent as that of an electric arc. During several minutes, I remained frozen on my motorcycle, a foot on the ground, not being able to move neither arm neither legs, nor to articulate a word. In spite of my gloves, I felt ticklings on my hands. The blue ray died out. I found all my faculties instantaneously. My motorcycle functioned normally again. I resumed my trip. But at the end of 200 meters hardly, I saw a new gleam. I however continued to advance. The darkness was down again. I heard a gentle whistling sound, at the same time as I saw a dark mass sinks rise vertically and disappear then horizontally in the direction of the North. This mass illuminated gradually, taking the appearance of a cone of 5 to 6 meters approximately..."

The two authors provide as reference the book "Black-out sur les soucoupes volantes", by Jimmy Guieu.

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

The two authors note that on November 8, 1954 in the twilight between Tessoualle, community of Cholet, and Loublande, community of Mauléon, André Chaillou, blacksmith of Loublande (department of the Deux-Sèvres) returned from Tessoualle (department of the Maine-et-Loire) by motor cycle on the road D258 then D358. Suddenly, the headlight of the motorcycle died out and the engine stopped.

He then saw a blue luminous disc then that he had already seen evolving in the sky, resembling a bluish light as violent as an electric arc. The disc evolved at low altitude.

During several minutes, he remained with a foot on the ground on his motorcycle while being unable to move neither arm neither legs, nor to articulate a word. In spite of his gloves, he felt ticklings in his hands.

When the light disappeared, he recovered his move, his motorcycle functioned again, and he could go.

200 meters farther, he heard a gentle whistling sound and saw a dark mass which rose vertically; it gradually illuminated, presenting a cone from 5 to 6 meters of length approximately.

The authors note that Jimmy Guieu and C. Garreau speak of Loublande; Quincy speaks of Louplande at 5 km in straight line, at the north-north-east of the Suze-sur-Sarthe (the Sarthe), and that actually, the witness was crossing the 5 km that separate the village of Tessouale, in the south of the Maine-et-Loire, from the village of Loublande, in the north of the Deux-Sèvres.

They note as effect on the witness: paralysis and the feeling of tickling in the hands. They point out that the feelings of ticklings in the hands of motorcycle riders are often due to a bad blood circulation caused by the numbness of the hands and the vibrations of the handlebar.

They note as effect on vehicle the failure of the engine of the motorcycle.

They indicate that their sources are the Vallée catalogue, case 333, the book "Black-out sur les S. V" by Jimmy Guieu, page 234 and "Face aux E.T." by C Garreau and R. Lavier, page 89, the bulletin "U.F.O. Info" of the A.A.M.T., N.15, "OVNI et géographie" by Mr. Figuet., as well as Guy Quincy, and the newspapers Combat and Paris-Presse for November 24, 1954.

[Ref. lg1:] LOREN GROSS:

November 8th. La Tessoualle, France, (twilight)

A 12-foot-high cone, blue in color, apparently killed the engine of Andre Chaillou's motorcycle. The bike's electrical system failed at the approach of the object at a place near Tessoualle, France. Besides trouble with the bike, Chaillou himself felt something effect him, a prickling feeling accompanied by an inability to move or speak. The blue light went off and the Frenchman regained his strength. The UFO then came back into view, about 200 yards away, rising straight up then shooting away horizontally on a northern course. During the thing's departure, the UFO emitted a low whistling sound. 45

  • 45. Paris-Presse . Paris, France. 24 November 54.

[Ref. js1:] JOHN F. SHUESSLER:

1954/11/08 FRANCE, LA-TESSOUALLE

Dusk Source [sic]:
UFO Reports Involving Vehicle Interference, CUFOS
Official UFO, Feb. 76
The Humanoids

A witness in a car was paralyzed when a blue disk came over the car. The witness felt prickling in his hands and was unable to move or speak for several minutes. The car engine and lights failed.

EFFECTS:
Paralysis
Prickling
Mute
EM effects on car

[Ref. go1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

The ufologist indicates that in 1954, on November 8 in France in La Tessoualle "André Chaillou by motor cycle, in the twilight, felt prickling in the hands in spite of the gloves, when a blue disc arrived close to him. The motor cycle had a failure then. The witness remained unable to move or speak during several minutes. As soon as this light died out, he set tout and it reappeared 200 m further: he saw a cone of 5,50 m rising vertically with a slight whistling sound, to then fly horizontally towards the north. (Combat, 23 nov, Paris-Presse, 24 nov 1954) (Jacques Vallée: "Chronique des apparitions ET" - DENOEL 1972 - J'AI LU COLL. - p. 292)".

[Ref. jb1:] JEROME BEAU:

November 1954

08

Twilight In La Tessoualle (France), André Chaillou feels prickling in his hands in spite of his gloves when a disc of blue color arrives close to his motor cycle whose lighting circuit has a failure then. He remains unable to move and articulate a word during several minutes. He starts again at once when the blue light dies out, and moves towards it when it reappears 200 m further, he sees the object, a cone of a size of 5,5 m, rise vertically with a gentle whisting sound then to fly horizontally towards the north.

Jérôme Beau says his sources are "Combat, November 23", "Paris-Presse, November 24, 1954".

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Maine et Loire in La Tessoualle on November 8, 1954 at an unknown hour "the witness rides in the twilight, by motor cycle coming from Tessoualle to go to Loublande (79). He is on the D358. He observes an object moving in the sky. Suddenly, the headlight of his vehicle dies out and the engine stops. The object approaches. It is a blue luminous disc. It goes towards another source of bluish and violently enlightened light. The witness remains foot on the ground sat on his motorcycle, unable to move, neither arm, neither legs, nor to speak. He feels tickling in the hands, whereas he wears gloves. The light disappears, he can move and his motor cycle functions again. He sets out again, 200 meters further, he hears a slight whistling sound and sees a dark mass which rises vertically, it is illuminated gradually in the shape of a cone from 5 to 6 m in length approximately."

The source is noted "Ovni, Premier dossier complet... by Figuet M./ Ruchon J.L. ** Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 8 November 1954 at 18:00 in La Tessoualle, France, "A blue cone 5.5 meters in size", and "In La Tessoualle, France Andre Chaillou felt pricklings in his hands, 'in spite of his gloves,' when a blue disc came close to his motorcycle and his electrical system failed. He was unable to move or articulate a word for several minutes. As soon as the blue light was turned off, he started again and went near the light when it reappeared 200 meters away. He saw the object, a cone 5.5 meters in size, rise vertically with a soft whistling, then fly horizontally to the north."

And: "Andre Chaillou felt pricklings in his hands, "in spite of his gloves," when a blue disk came close to his motorcycle and his electrical system failed. He was unable to move or articulate a word for several minutes. As soon as the blue light was turned off, he started again and went near the light when it reappeared 200 meters away. He saw the object, a cone 5.5 meters in size, rise vertically with a soft whistling, then fly horizonally to the north."

The source is indicated as Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002.

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

*Nov. 8, 1954 - At dusk in La Tessoualle, France Andre Chaillou felt pricklings in his hands, "in spite of his gloves," when a blue disc came close to his motorcycle and his electrical system failed. He was unable to move or articulate a word for several minutes. As soon as the blue light was turned off, he started again and went near the light when it reappeared 200 meters away. He saw the object, a cone 5.5 meters in size, rise vertically with a soft whistling, then fly horizontally to the north. (Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 243, case 333).

[Ref. ta1:] "THINK ABOUT IT" WEBSITE:

Date: November 8 1954

Location: La Tessoualle France

Time: dusk

Andre Chaillou felt pricklings in his hands, “in spite of his gloves,” when a blue disk came close to his motorcycle and his electrical system failed. He was unable to move or articulate a word for several minutes. As soon as the blue light was turned off, he started again and went near the light when it reappeared 200 m away. He saw the object, a cone 5.5 m in size, rise vertically with a soft whistling, then fly horizontally to the north.

Source: Magonia 333

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

The same case was recorded several times in this database:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541108 08.11.1954 La Tessoualle France
19541108 08.11.1954 La Tessoualle France Nightfall CE II
19541108 08.11.1954 La Tessoualle France
19541108 08.11.1954 La Tessoualle France Nightfall CE II
19541108 08.11.1954 La Tessoualle France CE I
19541108 08.11.1954 Louplande France Nightfall CE II
19541108 08.11.1954 Louplande France Nightfall
19541108 08.11.1954 Louplande France 19.00 CE II
19541108 08.11.1954 Louplande France
19541108 08.11.1954 Louplande France

Notes:

Obviously there is a problem with the date. Is is not unlikely that Jacques Vallée once again has the date wrong, since newspapers generally do not wait so long to report such events. The real date can probably be found in the newspaper sources. Besides, John Schuessler has changed the motorcycle to a car, probably due to a translation error.

Explanations:

Not looked for yet.

Keywords:

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

La Tessouale, Maine-et-Loire, Andre Chaillou, disc, blue, object, craft, car, motorbike, stall, failure, motor, engine, headlights, prickings, effects, mute, cone, whistling, horizontally, manoeuvers

Sources:

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

Document history:

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1.2 Patrick Gross September 17, 2014 Additions [lr1], [ni1].
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