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October 4, 1954, Calais, Pas-de-Calais:

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

Summary:

The regional newspaper Le Provençal for October 11, 1954, and the national newspaper La Croix for October 12, 1954, reported that a motorist from Calais had seen in the night of Friday - thus on OCtober 8, 1954 - over the road of Boulogne-sur-Mer, "an unidentified craft that he thought was a flying saucer."

He had told that at 9:15 p.m., to his left, he saw...

"... a glow coming from the fields and that could be the one that the dynamo of a bike produces. The glow, suddenly, rushed towards the road, in my direction and an apparatus of very large proportions appeared to me. It was colored bluish, like the bluish that, the windows painted in blue emitted during the war. I braked short and extinguished my headlights. The craft passed over the road, it was a blue disc with above and clearly visible, a cuppola. The craft moved noiselessly, flew over the road, turned and headed for Calais, and I saw it disappear, and at that moment the bluish glow gave way to the initial white headlight that had appeared to me originally."

In the regional newspaper L'Est Républicain for October 11, 1954, it was said that one reported from Calais that a motorist said he saw a glow diving in his direction and a kind of huge disc appear to him, bluish and including, clearly visible, a dome. The craft had moved noiselessly, flew over the road and sped towards Calais with white reflections.

This last version was then extremely succinctly repeated by Jacques Vallée many times since 1966:

"On the road to Boulogne a bluish object, clearly seen with a dome on top, dived toward the ground, became white and went away."

Vallée would quote in 1974 the newspapers L'Aurore, Le Parisien, Le Figaro of October 11, 1954, as sources, as usual the summary by Vallée will be recopied during decades by others, who will not generally credit Valley but let believe that they read the sources indicated by Vallée.

In 1979, ufologists Michel Figuet and Jean-Louis Ruchon gave the version as in Le Provençal, adding La Montagne for October 11, 1954, among the sources.

The witness name seems to have been unpublished, there seems to have been no further information and no investigation.

Reports:

[Ref. lpl1:] "LE PROVENCAL" NEWSPAPER:

A MOTORIST OF CALAIS SAW

A large bluish disc surmounted of a cupola moving without noise above the road

Calais (A.F.P.).

Several residents of Calais saw Saturday morning, around 09:45 a shining craft that evolved while taking, according to witnesses', odd shapes.

In addition, a motorist of Calais saw, in the night of Friday above the road of Boulogne-sur-Mer, an unidentified craft that he believes to be a flying saucer.

It was 09:15 p.m., told the motorist when towards the left, I saw a gleam coming from the fields and that could be that which the dynamo of a bicycle produces. The gleam, suddenly, dove towards the road, in my direction and a craft of very large size appeared to me. It was of bluish color, as that which released, during the war, windows panes painted in blue. I slowed down clear and extinguished my headlights. The machine passed above the road, it was well a blue disc comprising at the top and clearly visible a cupola. The machine moved without noise. It overflew the road, veered and went away in the direction to Calais. I saw it disappearing and at this time

Continued on page 8 under the headline: THE SAUCERS

[Ref. ern1:] "L'EST REPUBLICAIN" NEWSPAPER:

Flying disc in the sky of Calais

Calais. -- Several residents of Calais spotted Saturday morning a shining craft that moved in the sky while changing shape. A motorist claimed to have seen a gleam diving in his direction and a kind of huge disk appear to him. It was of bluish color, with a clearly defined cupola.

The machine moved without noise, flew over the road and sped towards Calais while taking white reflections.

[Ref. crx1] "LA CROIX" NEWSPAPER:

Scan

Saucers, cigars, etc.

In France

On Saturday and Sunday, the "saucers" were particularly numerous to fly over our country. Here are some witness reports:

Riding a bike towards Rânes (Orne) Mr. C. Couette, son of a plumber from Tesse-la-Madeleine, was overtaken by a strange luminous craft which, at high speed, shaved the treetops. The craft, about 4 feet in diameter, had the shape of a ball of fire domed on top. It was observed for ten seconds.

At 17 km from Angouleme, about thirty people Tourriers saw on the night of the 8th to the 9th, a "kind of cigar" that stood motionless at forty meters above the national road No. 10 for a twenty minutes. The machine, which was provided with two fins, then departed at a speed of about 250 to 300 kilometers an hour.

A motorist of Calais saw over the road to Boulogne-sur-Mer, an unidentified craft he believes to be a flying saucer.

"It was 9:15 p.m., the driver said, when, to the left, I saw a glow coming from the fields and that could have been produced by the dynamo of a bicycle. The glow suddenly dove toward the road in my direction, and a craft of very large proportions appeared to me. It was bluish, like the blue of the painted windows during the war. I stopped short and turned off my headlights. the craft passed over the road. It was indeed a blue disc...

Featuring clearly visible dome on the top, the machine moved noiselessly. It flew over the road, veered and sped towards Calais. I saw it disappear and, at that time, the bluish glow gave way to a white light as it had initially appeared to me."

Sunday night, while he was driving his car, Jean Bertrand, a mechanic at Carcassonne, saw, flying low, a bright spherical craft of metal whose upper part seemed to be made of plastic. He could, he said, easily distinguish two human forms in this craft that disappeared at high speed in the direction of the East.

In Belgium

A "flying cigar" was seen by the rural mail carrier in a village near Huy, between Namur and Liege. The postman said the craft was high in the sky when he came close, but he could clearly distinguish two figures on board of "approximately human" shape.

In Egypt

It is reported in Alexandria, from official sources, that a mysterious craft stayed in the air above the control tower of the Muzha airport for an hour Saturday night.

The machine, in the shape of lengthened "saucer", changed color from red to orange and from green to gray, before moving away at breathtaking speed.

[Ref. jve1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

212 October 8, 1954, 09:15 p.m., Calais, (France):

On the road to Boulogne a bluish object, clearly seen with a dome on top, dived toward the ground, became white and went away. (P. 44, P. 45, M. 154).

[Ref. jve2:] JACQUES VALLEE:

72, Oct. 8. On the road to Boulogne, near Calais, a bluish object, seen clearly with a dome on top, dived towards the ground. It then went away, became white. The next morning, several people in Calais saw a bright object which did not land.

[Ref. jve3:] JACQUES VALLEE:

The author indicates that on October 8, 1954, on the road of Boulogne, close to Calais, a bluish object, with a dome, was clearly seen; it dove towards the ground. It then went away, becoming white. The following morning, several inhabitants of Calais saw a shining object which did not land.

[Ref. jve4:] JACQUES VALLEE:

October 8, 1954, 09:15 p.m., Calais, (France):

On the road to Boulogne a bluish object, clearly seen with a dome on top, dived toward the ground, became white and went away. (L'Aurore, Le Figaro, le Parisien, 11 oct. 1954).

[Ref. prn1:] PETER ROGERSON - "INTCAT":

388 8 October 1954 2115 hrs

CALAIS (FRANCE) On the road to Boulogne a blueish object, clearly seen with a dome on top, dived towards the ground, turned white & went away. (M212; L'Aurore, Le Parisien, 11 Oct 1954: Figaro, 11 Oct 1954: Michel II, 154)

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

The two authors indicate that in Calais in the Pas-de-Calais, on October 8, 1954 at 09:15 p.m., on the left of the road of Boulogne, the witness sees a gleam coming from the fields and resembling that of the lighting of a bicycle. The gleam, suddenly, spade towards the road in the direction of the motorist and a machine of very great dimension appears. It is of bluish color, like the headlights painted in blue of the cars during the war. The witness stops short and turns his headlights off. The machine passes above the road, veers and slips by for Calais. At the time of its disappearance, the initial bluish gleam changed to a white headlight such as it appeared in the beginning of the sighting.

The authors indicate that the sources areL'Aurore, Le Figaro, Le Parisien, La Montagne, 11 octobre 1954; and the Vallée catalogue.

[Ref. mft1:] MICHEL FIGUET:

CASE Nr CLASSIFICATION DATE HOUR PLACE ZIP CODE CREDIBILITY SOURCE
150 CE0 08 10 1954 21.15 Calais 62100 A2 RS OVNI: p. 134

[Ref. lgs1:] LOREN GROSS:

October 8th. Calais, France. (9:15 p.m.)

A domed object, bluish in color, swooped over a road, turned a white hue, and then sped away. 83.

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

4020: 1954/10/08 21:20 3 1:46:00 E 50:54:00 N 3333 WEU FRN PDC 6:8

N1 SW/CALAIS,FR:BLUISH DOMED SCR DIVES/GROUND:TURNS >>NE:SAME THING NEXT DAY.

Ref# 30 FIGEUT[sic]&RUCHON: OVNI: Le 1er Dossier Page No. 134 : PASTURE

[Ref. goe1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

The Belgian ufologist indicates in her chronology that in 1954, on October 8, in France, in Calais, at 21:15 on the road of Boulogne, a bluish object carrying a quite visible dome at the top, doved towards the ground, took a white color and disappeared.

The sources are indicated to be "L'Aurore, Le Figaro, le Parisien, 11 Oct 1954" and "Jacques Vallée: 'Chronique des apparitions ET' - DENOEL 1972 - J'AI LU COLL. - p. 272."

[Ref. mcn1:] MARK CASHMAN:

Calais, (France).

10/8/1954 21:15

On the road to Boulogne a bluish object, clearly seen with a dome on top, dived toward the ground, became white and went away.

[Ref. jbu1:] JEROME BEAU:

Jerome Beau indicates that on Friday October 8, 1954, at 21:15 in Calais in France, on the road of Boulogne, a bluish object, bearing a quite visible dome at the top, plunges towards the ground, takes a white color and disappears.

Jérôme Beau indicates that the sources are L'Aurore, Le Figaro, the Parisien, October 11, 1954.

[Ref. jdt1:] JEAN-PIERRE D'HONDT:

This ufologist indicates that on October 8, 1954, in Calais, in the Pas-de-Calais, "Towards 21 15, the witness, a motorist, sees on the left of the road of Boulogne, a gleam coming from the fields and looking like that which a bicycle's lighting produces. The gleam suddenly, dives towards the road in the direction of the motorist and a machine of very great dimension appears bearing at the top a quite visible dome and moving without noise at low altitude. It is of bluish color, like the headlights painted in blue of the cars during the war. The witness slows down short and extinguishes his headlights. The machine passes above the road, veers and fliesto Calais; at the time of its disappearance, the initial bluish gleam changes to a headlight such as it appeared in the beginning."

Il indique comme source: "livre 'Rencontres rapprochées' de M. Figuet page 134".

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Pas-de-Calais in Calais on October 8, 1954 at 21:15 hours, on the left of the road of Boulogne, the witness sees a gleam coming from the fields that could have been the light that a bicycle produces. The gleam, suddenly, goes towards the road in the direction of the motorist and a machine of very large size appears. It is of bluish color, like the headlights painted in blue of the cars during the war. The witness stops short and turns off his headlights. The craft passes above the road, veers and passes by for Calais. At the time of its disappearance, the initial bluish gleam is replaced with a white headlight such as it appeared in the beginning.

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

[Ref. uda1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 8 October 1954 at 21:15 in Calais, France, an "object was observed. It buzzed a witness. One blue disc was observed by one witness on a highway for over three minutes."

The sources are indicated as "Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073); Vallee, Jacques, A Century of Landings (N = 923), (in JVallee04), Chicago, 1969; Schoenherr, Luis, Computerized Catalog (N = 3173); Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002".

[Ref. uda2:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 8 October 1954 there was a sighting in Boulogne, France.

The source is noted as "Bowen, Charles, The Humanoids: FSR Special Edition No. 1, FSR, London, 1966."

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

*Oct. 8, 1954 - At 9:15 p.m., on the road to Boulogne in Pas de Calais department, France a bluish domed disc-shaped object dove toward the ground, became white and then flew away. (Source: Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 154; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case # 212).

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

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541008 08.10.1954 Calais France 21.15 CE II
19541008 08.10.1954 Calais France 21.15 CE II
19541008 08.10.1954 Calais France 21.15 CE I
19541008 08.10.1954 Boulogne France
19541008 08.10.1954 Calais Boulogne France 21.15

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

October 8 1954. 2115hrs.

CALAIS (PAS DE CALAIS : FRANCE)

A motorist driving to Boulogne saw a light in a field, like that from a bicycle lamp. The object then came over the road, and he could see it was a large devise with its surface and windows blue in colour, and surmounted by a clear dome. It turned white and disappeared towards Calais, silently.

Note: "Gross 1954" is supposed to indicate this web page; no link was provided anf tzhe ontente was not properly reflected since my page was not just "citing Le Provencal 11 October 1954. citing AFP".

Explanations:

Boulogne-sur-Mer is 27 km in the Southwest of Calais. As we only know that the automobilist was from Calais and was driving on the road to Boulogne-sur-Met, the lcation in Calais is of course approximate.

The "skeptical" ufologist Peter Rogerson [prn2] misunderstood the case: it was not a blue craft with blue windows, but a craft without windows, bluish in color with a bluish color that reminded the windows tinted because of curfew during the World War II.

Was it a helicopter? Nothing is less certain since the craft was said to be silent - the witness had stopped his car. Peter Rogerson, like many others, "silenced" this silence.

Keywords:

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

Calais, Pas-de-Calais, road, Boulogne, object, blue, blueish, dome, white, manoeuvers

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross March 7, 2006 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross January 26, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [goe1], [jbu1], [lcn1], [uda1].
1.1 Patrick Gross September 24, 2014 Additions [crx1], [nip1].
1.2 Patrick Gross November 20, 2016 Additions [ern1], [ubk1].
1.3 Patrick Gross December 19, 2016 Addition [lgs1].
1.4 Patrick Gross August 13, 2019 Additions [jve2], [prn1], [mft1], [lhh1], [uda2], [prn2], Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet."

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