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October 8, 1954, Bordas, Dordogne:

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



Saucers visit the land of the Cro-Magnon man

The Dordogne could not fail in its touristic reputation. This is why its sites being known worldwide and even beyond, the mysterious craft trailing no less mysterious characters, came to visit the area...

Mr. Roger Ravidat has just worked with the Progil factory, in Lardin, saw, whereas he was in Lavalade, a sphere of one meter to one meter fifty of diameter flying over the valley of Vézère. This sphere was very luminous and seemed to be a phosphorescent round which moved while whirling in the sky.

The same phenomenon reproduced towards the Chamblon, but then it appeared much more closer.

On October 5, around 09:45 p.m., Mr. Jules Nicolas, domiciled at the mill of Rafalle, perceived a noise as powerful as sudden, in front of his place. He went outside and scanned the sky. He then saw at a height of approximately 200 meters and magnifying as if it made an operation to go down, a whirling and luminous sphere, which suddenly changed color. He called his wife who also noted the presence of the machine which, suddenly taking height, started to slip by at a vertiginous pace in direction of Lajemave, leaving behind itself three luminous trails.

Let's add that Mr. Nicolas, who is a city council man, is absolutely certain of what he saw.

In addition, Mrs. Lamothe, farmer in Trémolat, experienced, on her part, one of these "big scare" that one remembers all his life...

In the early morning of Tuesday October 5, at one o'clock exactly, whereas she had just spent the evening with parents and friends and as she was alone on her doorstep, she was suddenly dazzled by three "balls connected by a luminous cord", very illuminating, one white, the other green, the third red, superimposed, but definitely separate.

This trio, in a perfectly synchronized movement, rose, went down, swung... Then red two new "balls" appeared, each one of the size of the full moon, providing a tender green light lighting perfectly the details of the summits of the close slopes (trees, thickets). The two spheres had just disappeared after an upswing, when the first three balls emerged.

In front of their fast forward movement, Mrs. Lamothe retreated hurriedly and double closed the door of her kitchen.

seen yesterday evening near Bordas

One of our sympathetic compatriots, Mr. Mathias, electrician on street Limogeanne, returned by car yesterday evening, Friday, from Bergerac, when at the famous well known turn, a little before Bordas: "I saw - it is Mr. Mathias himself who speaks now - a large spinning top which occupied the entire width of the road and of 3 meters height approximately. My engine was fixed stalled. Hardly one second after, the object that had become luminous disappeared by flying away above the trees.

"When I started my car car again it started normally. It was impossible to me to know if the famous saucer had occupants or not. I arrived too early or too late and its disappearance above the forest withdrew it from my sight."


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

He indicates that on October 8, 1954, in the Dordogne, Mr. M., electrician in Bergerac, who was in a car, was the witness of a luminous ray coming from a metallic machine posed on the road 150 meters in front of him. Carrouges notes that the car slowed down and then stopped.

He indicates as source the newspaper La Nouvelle République of October 11, 1954.


The two authors indicate that Jacques Vallée's catalogue says:

"On October 8, an electrician, close to Bergerac was stopped on the road by a flying spinning top. Arrived at 150 meters of the apparatus, a luminous ray forced him to slow down and the engine of the car stopped. He also reported that at the approaches of the apparatus, the radio set of his car made static noises and the broadcast was made inaudible by an intense crackling. Mr Massias who was with his brother-in-law, was deeply disturbed. It is said he made a report with the official services."

The two authors indicates that the electrician of Bergerac told them textually in a telephone conversation that he did not exclude the fact of having been able to stall his car because of the suprize for all had been very fast, and that thus this is an example that there is no case with physical effects since the saucers do not exist.

[Ref. js1:] JEAN SIDER:

French ufologist and author Jean Sider announces the case of October 8, 1954, at 08:45 p.m. on National Road RN21, Bordas, in the department of the Dordogne:

Mr. Massias, aged 31, electrician living in Périgueux, Limogeanne street, was returning by car from Bergerac in company of his brother-in-law, Mr. Vigier. AT the great turn of Bordas, the headlights of their vehicle lit a metallic craft posed on the road. When they arrived within 50 meters of the object, a luminous ray forced Mr. Massias to slow down and the engine stopped. The radio set started to make static noises and the brodcast were made inaudible by intense crackling.

According to the two witnesses, the mysterious machine had approximately the shape of a spinning top and was between 2.80 meters and 3 meters broad on 2 to 3 meters height, and had the colour of mate aluminum.

The machine then rose vertically, taking off suddenly with a rocket noise and it disappeared in a luminous halation.

The observation lasted only two seconds. After the machine had left, the engine of the car was restarted.

Jean Sider indicates as sources the newspaper La Gazette du Périgord, of Périgueux, for October 9, 1954 on page 2 and the newspaper La Dordogne Libre, of Périgeux, for October 10-11, 1954, on page 2, in which the name of Mr. Massias is mispelled "Mathias."

Jean Sider notes that Barthel and Brucker claimed to have spoken with the witness who they say has admitted that the engine could have stopped by his own fault because of the surprise, which allows Barthel and Brucker to wrongly dismiss the case and to regard it as an "explained case". Jean Sider specifies that he spoke to the widow of Mr. William Massias, who confirmed the observation and the interferences on the radio operator of the vehicle.

Jean Sider adds elsewhere in his book that counter-investigation by Barthel and Brucker on the CE2 case in Bordas/Bergerac in Dordogne is "imaginary."

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 8 October 1954 at 20:50, there was a sighting in Bordas, France.

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

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Dordogne in Bordas on October 8, 1954 at an unknown hour in the evening, the witness arrives at a turn a little before Bordas coming back from Bergerac when he observes a large spinning top as large as the width of the road and 3 m high approximately. The engine of the vehicle stalled suddenly. At the end of one second the object became luminous and flew away above the trees.

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


On page 223 of their book "La Grande Peur Martienne", Barthel and Brucker, in their list of witnesses whom they say to have contacted and thank, appears the name of Mr. "W, Massias" correctly spelled, but without the whole first name "William."


Not looked for yet.


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

Bordas, Dordogne, Matthias, William Massias, electrician, car, road, landing, night, machine, object, spinning top, failure, engine, operation, ray, radio, statics, sound, halation, luminous, low


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

Document history:

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0.1 Patrick Gross March 9, 2006 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross January 26, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [lc1], [ud1].

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