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October 8, 1954, Sainte-Ménehould, Marne:

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

Reports:

[Ref. de1:] "DIMANCHE-ECLAIR" NEWSPAPER:


The trumpeteer was frightened by
the cigar

SAINTE - MENEHOULD (from our correspondant). - Friday evening, at about 8 P.M., Mr. Léger, carpenter with the Dubois company, from Sainte-Ménehould, and living with at La Grange-aux-Bois, two kilometers distant of the city, came at bicycle as usual to the bugles rehearsal from the company "L'Aiglonne", when suddenly, between Crévecoeur and La Grange-aux-Bois, he saw on the road a strange machine, in the shape of a cigar, which appeared to be approximately six meters long.

The interior of the machine seemed enlightened by a pinkish hue.

Astonished by this appearance, Mr. Leger nevertheless continued his way but, at its approach and in the darkness, the mysterious machine started off, rose in the airs at a tremedous speed and disappeared.

While arriving at the rehearsal and totally upset by this odd encounter, Mr. Leger informed his friends of "L'Aiglonne" of his legitimate fright.

[Ref. js1:] JEAN SIDER:

Jean Sider notes that on October 8, 1954 at 08:00 p.m. in La Grange Aux Bois, Sainte-Menehould, in the Marne, a young man of 18 years old, André Légée, working as a carpenter with the Dubois company of Saint-Ménehould and whose parents live in La Grange Aux Bois, national road, had a sighting which he describes as follows:

"I was riding my bicycle towards Sainte-Menehoulde. Arrived at the height of the remains of an old barrack of the military hospital, I saw, immobilized in the middle of the roadway, a dark mass having a light pinkish gleam in his center. Believing that I dealt with a broken down truck, I slowed down, then continued to ride and I distinctly saw in front of me a mass of approximately 1m30 height in the middle of the road, and of three meters in diameter approximately. The machine rose at once in the air while producing a whistle like that of a swarm of bees."

Jean Sider indicates as sources the newspaper Le Lorrain Republican, of Metz, for October 12, 1954 on page 6, and Dimanche Eclair, of Nancy, for October 10, 1954 on page 5.

He notes that Dimanche-Eclair mentions a "Mr. Leger" without firstname instead of "Mr. Légée." He specifies that in LDLN #319, p.16, he had wrongly dated the case as being of October 11, 1954, and he corrects this.

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Marne in Ste Menehould on October 8, 1954 at 20:00 hours, the witness living with in La Grande aux Bois, two kilometers away of the city, came by bicycle as usual to the bugles rehearsal of the "Aiglonne" band, when suddenly, between Crévecoeur and Grange-aux-Bois, he saw on the road a strange apparatus, in the shape of a cigar, which appeared to be approximately six meters long. The interior of the machine seemed enlightened of a pinkish gleam. Astonished by this appearance, the witness nevertheless continued his way but, at its approach and in the darkness, the mysterious apparatus started, rose in the airs at a tremendous speed and disappeared. Arriving at the rehearsal the witness was obviously totally upset by this encounter.

Luc Chastan indicates that the source is my website at http://ufologie.net

Explanations:

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Keywords:

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Sainte-Ménehould, Sainte-Ménehoulde, Crêvecoeur, La Grange-au-Bois, André Légée, Léger, road, object, machine, landing, interior, luminous, pink, cigar, fast, Marne

Sources:

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross October 4, 2004 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross January 26, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [lc1]. Correction: "Ménehoulde" actually spells "Ménehould".

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