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October 9 or 10, 1954, Bompas, Pyrénées-Orientales:

Reference number for this case: 910-oct-54-Bompas. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

The Press, for example the regional newspaper Le Havre for October 13, 1954, reported that in the night from Saturday to Sunday, a baker from Bompas (Eastern Pyrenees), Mr. Sebelli had seen, posed in a street of this village, a cigar-shaped object about two meters long, surrounded by iridescent lights.

Still according to the press, Mr. Sebelli had awakened neighbors "who witnessed the rapid departure of the machine."

In L'Est Républicain for October 13, 1954, too, it was reported that a cigar had spread disturbance in the village, because it had landed in the middle of the street, in Bompas, at midnight, and that this was what the baker of the country, Mr. Sebelli, claimed. Le Quotidien de la Haute-Loire gave the same story the next day.

In his 1956 book on flying saucers, Science Fiction writer Jimmy Guieu places the case on "October 10, 1954, in the night," the craft is "rocket-shaped", posed in a street of the village, and the neighbors called by the witness had gone to their windows and had been able to see "the miniature spacecraft take off and leave quickly, surrounded by iridescent glow."

Guieu felt it was a reconnaissance craft "most certainly" remote-controlled from a mothership moving in the upper atmosphere and endowed with "no less certainty, of a television system", and he said that logically more and more saucers should land in the cities in the coming times.

In 1958, Aimé Michel proposed his theory of "orthoteny": not being able to verify each case, he was however quite amazed that the observations of one day, like those of October 7, 1954, would be, according to him, aligned on straight lines that intersect to form a star-shaped network. Without giving any details on this affair, he put it thus on one of these lines of October 7th, 1954.

Jacques Vallée would then give a short summary of the case, which he dated October 7, 1954, at midnight, and having as source Paris-Presse, and Le Figaro, for October 13, 1954.

The case continued to appear like this til the era of the Web with the date of October 7, 1954.

In 1979, the two ufologists Gérard Barthel and Jacques Brucker, who became "skeptics", claiming to have investigated the famous wave of 1954 in France, criticized the "alignments" of October 7, 1978. About this case of Bompas, they did not provide a trivial explanation, but cast doubts on the date, since whereas Jacques Vallée gave October 7, the "Figaro" for October 13 gave October 9, and Guy Quincy gave the night of October 7 to 8.

The correct date for me is obviously probably the one indicated in full writing in the Press of the time, indicating that it was around midnight "in the night from Saturday to Sunday" so in the night of October 9, 1954 to October 10, 1954, without any way to decide between the 9th and the 10th since it was at midnight.

Reports:

[Ref. ha1:] "LE HAVRE" NEWSPAPER:

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FLYING SAUCERS

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above Machault a circular craft emitting a fairly bright light, of orange color. The disc, which was about the diameter of a full moon, was moving at relatively slow pace, crossing the sky horizontally.

MELUN. -- Mr. Demarchy, butcher in Seine-Port, and one of his friends, who were traveling by car in Nandy, reported seeing a luminous disc flying at an altitude of about 800 meters. The two butchers left their car and followed the evolution of the craft for about a minute.

QUIMPER. -- Mr. Correntin Couarch, 58-year-old, resident of the village of Elliant (the Finistère), farm worker, saw in the sky, at 200 meters above sea level, a luminous craft which he cannot specify the shape and size. He said that, frightened, he had turned off the lantern of his bicycle to avoid attracting attention and walked away quickly. At one kilometer, he said, he looked back and saw the light stopped at ground level.

TOULOUSE. -- In the night from Saturday to Sunday, a baker from Bompas (Pyrénées-Orientales), Mr. Sebelli saw, landed in a street of this village a cigar-shaped object about two feet long, surrounded by iridescent glow.

Mr. Sebelli woke up neighbors who witnessed the fast departure of the craft.

Elsewhere, three young hunters yesterday saw the moves above Gaillac (Aveyron), at high altitude, of a cigar-shaped object in the sky which followed a series of large "S". Each course was accompanied by a noise comparable to a jet of pressurized steam. The craft disappeared suddenly towards the North.

Lastly, in Pont-de-Salars (Aveyron), a person saw in the sky, toward the Couhant, a disc surrounded by a wide luminous circle of an unsustainable shine. Slowly descended toward the horizon, the disc disappeared at breakneck speed.

RIOM. -- During the last night, the police officers Roger Thévenin and Albert Daury, of the Riom urban squad, who were on patrol saw in the sky a cigar-shaped craft that was heading from South to North. Three balls of red fire detached and illuminated for a few moments a part of the sky. The cigar was of a metallic appearance, similar to duralumin.

NANCY. -- During the night from Sunday to Monday, the residents of a farm located a few hundred meters from the village of Moncourt (the Meurthe-et-Moselle), have been excited by an abnormal whistling sound outside. Through the shutters, they distinguished a blinding light that seemed set on a hillside and disappeared soon after by rising vertically. This afternoon, the research undertaken towards the place indicated by the witnesses discovered on a dirt road, traces of intense burn. Samples of rock and dirt were taken to be submitted to experts.

LA ROCHELLE. -- A colonial teacher currently on vacation in the Oléron Island, Mr. Martin, claims to have met two lovely Martian, measuring about 1 m. 70, booted, gloved and helmeted of leather. Both Martians seized Mr. Martin's pend and traced incomprehensible signs in his notebook while trying to make themselves understood. Mr. Martin reportedly carefully kept this manuscript.

[Ref. er1:] "L'EST REPUBLICAIN" NEWSPAPER:

And here are the "Martian girls"!

Lacking conversation skills they give autographs

Paris. -- The saucers are inhabited: dozens of French people say so, and the descriptions roughly match: small hairy men, not mean, but using an incomprehensible language and gifted with an uncommon talent for escaping.

Here is now the visit that everybody hoped for: that of the Martian girls. Mr. Martin had the pleasure to be the first to welcome them.

Mr. Martin is currently on vacation on the Oléron island. He is resting, contemplating the waves and the pine trees forest, from the heavy climate of Africa under which he teaches the little black kids to read and write. Hiking is his favorite pastime. The walk he made on Monday will surely stay in his memory. At the turn of the path that smelled a good autumn air, he saw two pretty girls he identified as Martian. They were about 1m70, were wearing boots, glove and had leather helmets. Mr. Martin, barely recovering from his surprize, wanted to start a conservation, but failed to be understood.

Then the two Martians grabbed his pen and his notebook to trace signs that were incomprehensible all the same.

The interview was over.

Mr. Martin reportedly faithfully kept this manuscript. Probably to show it to his young pupils...

The noisy ballet of the Aveyron cigar

Apart from that, the descriptions of the last twenty-four hours are really lacking originality. Let's note all the same the testimony of Mr. Jean-Pierre Mitto, technical agent. "Coming back from Toulouse with two relatives, he said, I suddenly distinguished in the beam of my headlights two small beings who crossed the road only a few meters above my car, I immediately stopped and, to our great amazement, we saw a big red disc take off from a nearby meadow, of a six meters diameter approximately, rising vertically. The craft disappeared in the sky in a few seconds."

The cigar of Bompas (Pyrénées Orientales) spread a commotion in the village, because it landed in the middle of the street, at midnight, however. It is the country's baker, Me. Sebelli, who saws this. In the Aveyron, three hunters followed, above Gaillac, the moves of a two meters long cigar; which followed in the sky a series of big "S". Each move was made with a noise comparable to a stream of vapor under pressure.

Three balls of fire and a red cigar disturbed the night patrol of two police officers of Riom, Roger Thévenin and Albert Daury, and a luminous disc moving at 800 meters of altitude approximately interrupted the travel of two butchers of Melun, who came out of the car to better see the phenomenon.

[Ref. qh1:] "LE QUOTIDIEN DE LA HAUTE-LOIRE" NEWSPAPER:

[...]

A cigar in the village

In the night of Saturday to Sunday, a baker of Bompas, Eastern Pyrénées. Mr. Sebelli [or Sibelli] saw, posed in a street of this village an object in the shape of a cigar of approximately two meters length, surrounded by curly gleams. Mr. Sibelli [or Sebelli] awoke neighbors who attended the fast departure of the machine.

[...]

Full article here.

[Ref. fs1:] "FRANCE SOIR" NEWSPAPER:

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A GIANT ROCKET, taking off from a field, was seen by M. Pierre Vidal, cook, residing at Croix Daurade, near Toulouse, and his nephew, Ange Hurle. It disappeared in a bright orange and pale green wake. At the presumed location of the rocket, the grass was covered with a fatty vapor with an oil smell.

A professor of mathematics from Lisieux, Mr. Bon, saw in Saint-Germain-de-Livet, above a wood, a silvery disk seven or eight meters; which rose silently in the sky, rotating on itself. After diving to the ground from an altitude of about 800 meters, it left again at the horizontal at a dizzying pace.

A GENERAL COUNCILMAN, a coffee-maker, a rugby player and a swimming champion, saw above the chapel of Romilly in the direction of Montgelas (Rhone) a flying saucer looking like a ball of fire.

A three meters high bell, moving with twelve meters jumps in an orange glow and emitting greenish sparks, was seen for an hour on the Evreux Louviers railway by an artisan, his apprentice and a farm worker.

A LUMINOUS MUSHROOM, which moved quickly and silently, was seen Monday evening around 9:30 p.m., by Mrs. Drouillard, at La Roche-sur-Yon.

A FLYING CIGAR, of metallic appearance, from which three red balls detached, was seen by Messrs. Roger Thévenin and Albert Daury, guardians of the peace of the urban body of Riom (Puy-de-Dôme).

ANOTHER CIGAR, surrounded by iridescent lights was observed in Bompas (Pyrénées-Orientales) by the baker M. Sebelli.

AN OBLONG-SHAPED ENGINE, moving in the sky as in a big "S" and making a sound of steam under pressure was seen by three young hunters above Gaillac (Aveyron). The same machine was reportedly observed in Pont-de-Salars.

[Ref. jg1:] JIMMY GUIEU:

Jimmy Guieu indicates that on October 10, 1954, in the night, a baker of Bompas in the Pyrénées Orientales saw a spindle-shaped machine posed in a street of the village.

The amazed witness had called neighbors who whent at their windows and managed to see the miniature spacecraft taking off and leaving quickly, surrounded by iridescent gleams.

Guieu comments that it was "very certainly" a reconnaissance device "radio-controlled from a mother-spacecraft moving in the upper atmosphere" and equipped "without doubt, of a televisionnor system", and said that logically more and more saucers should land in the towns in the future.

[Ref. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

Michel mentions the case as one of several aligned observations on this date but does not give additional information.

[Ref. am2:] AIME MICHEL:

Noting the sighting for October 7, 1954, Aimé Michel indicates:

27. BOMPAS: "a formation of saucers" ("Black out sur les soucoupes volantes, Jimmy GUIEU, Editions du Fleuve Noir).

[Ref. jv5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

269 -002.93301 42.73110 07 10 1954 24 00 1 BOMPAS PY.ORIENT. F 0011 1C 250

[Ref. jv1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

October 7, 1954, midnight, Bompas (France):

Mr. Sebelli saw an object land in the village. He called his neighbors, and they observed the departure of the craft. (Paris-Presse, le Figaro, 13 Oct. 1954.)

[Ref. jv2:] JACQUES VALLEE:

The author indicates that on October 7, 1954, in Bompas, Mr. Sebelli saw an object landing in the village around midnight. He called his neighbors and they observed the departure of the aircraft.

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

The two authors indicate that in Bompas in the Pyrénées-Orientales, on October 7, 1954, according to a dispatch by the A.F.P. and their personal files, a baker of the country, Mr. Sebelli, saw an object in the shape of a cigar, of approximately 2 meters length posed in a street of the village. The craft was surrounded by iridescent gleams. Mr. Sebelli awoke his neighbors and all witnessed the departure of the craft, which flew off almost immediately.

[Ref. pr1:] PETER ROGERSON - "INTCAT":

386 7 October 1954 2400 hrs

BOMPAS {FRANCE ) M. Sebelli saw an object land in the village. He called his neighbours and they observed the departure of the craft. (M210; Paris-Presse, Figaro, 13 Oct 1954; Michel II, 146)

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

The authors indicate that in Bompas on October 9, 1954, Mr. Sebelli found posed in a street of the village an object in the shape of a cigar, approximately two meters long, surrounded by curly gleams.

He woke up neighbors who attended the fast departure of the apparatus.

The authors indicate that the sources are case 21 of the Vallée catalogue, C. Garreau and R. Lavier in "Face aux E.T." page 172, and Le Figaro for October 13, 1954.

[Ref. bb2:] GERARD BARTHEL AND JACQUES BRUCKER:

For the day of October 7, Aimé Michel noted among others, two alignments: Hennezis-Montlevicq-Bompas and Plozevet-Montlevicq-Beauvoir; which was conform to the theory of the star-shaped networks.

That is to say: in the center of the stars that appeared by the crossing of several orthotenic lines, always appeared a cigar or a sphere of clouds. It is so here, with the observation of Montlévicq, sometimes recorded at Saint Plantaire (Indre).

Let's go back to the first line: Hennezis, no credibility at all anymore; Bompas doubts on the date, Jacques Vallée gives October 7, the "Figaro" for October 13gives the 9th, Quincy says it is in the night from the 7th to the 8th. As of the second one: Plozevet recorded by Quincy at about 0 o'clock, investigation is impossible; Beauvoir, the weather balloon cannot be excluded. These two alignments intersect over the department of the Indre. So we find here the observation noticed by Aimé Michel. Only here, on the admission of a witness, the affair is a hoax. Aimé Michel was right, in the center of a network one always observes a cigar of clouds or a sphere... devoid of any interest.

[Ref. mf3:] MICHEL FIGUET:

Nr of the J. C. Fumoux list Nr of Francat list Localization Date Class Credibility Sources Number of W
058 161 Bompas 09/10 CE1 NI RS PCV 2-p 140 1 T+

[Ref. lg1:] LOREN GROSS:

October 7th. Bompas, France. (12:00 p.m.)

A mysterious flying object was supposed to have made a brief landing in the village of Bompas, France, at midnight. A resident. M. Sebelli, saw the object touch down so he alerted his neighbors. A number of people gathered in time to see the object before it rose and made its departure. 78.

  • 78. Paris, France. Paris-Presse. 13 October 54.

[Ref. mc1:] MARK CASHMAN:

Bompas (France).

10/8/1954 0:00

Mr. Sebelli saw an object land in the village. He called his neighbors, and they observed the departure of the craft.

[Ref. lh1:] LARRY HATCH - "*U* COMPUTER DATABASE":

4040: 1954/10/09 23:50 3 2:56:00 E 42:44:00 N 3333 WEU FRN PYO 8:8

BOMPAS,FR:BAKER SEBELLI++:2M CGR/VILLAGE STREET:LITES/RIM:AWAY FAST:/r30p140

Ref#197 WEINSTEIN, D: French Newsclips 1954 Page No. 78 : FOREST

[Ref. djn1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

On this Day

October 7

[...]

1954 - Mr. Sebelli saw an object land in the village of Bompas, France shortly before midnight. He called his neighbors, and they observed the departure of the craft. (Sources: Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 146; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia, p. 220).

[...]

[Ref. jb1:] JEROME BEAU:

Thursday, October 7, 1954

[...]

Midnight - In Bompas (France), Mr. Sébelli sees an object land in the village. He calls his neighbors. They observe the departure of the craft together.

[...]

Jérôme Beau indicates that his source is "Paris-Presse, Le Figaro, October 13, 1954".

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Pyrenees Orientales in Bompas, on October 7, 1954, "a witness saw an object landing in the village. He called his neighbors. They observed the departure of the apparatus together."

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

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 7 October 1954 at 24:00 in Bompas, France "Mr. Sebelli saw an object land in the village of Bompas, France shortly before midnight. He called his neighbors, and they observed the departure of the craft."

The website adds: "An object was sighted that had an appearance and performance beyond the capability of known earthly aircraft. One object was observed by several male witnesses in a city."

The sources are indicated as Guieu, Jimmy, Flying Saucers Come from Another World, Citadel, New York, 1956; Michel, Aime, Flying Saucers and the Straight-Line Mystery, S. G. Phillips, New York, 1958; Bowen, Charles, The Humanoids: FSR Special Edition No. 1, FSR, London, 1966; Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073); Vallee, Jacques, Challenge to Science: The UFO Enigma, Henry Regnery, Chicago, 1966; Vallee, Jacques, Preliminary Catalog (N = 500), (in JVallee01); Vallee, Jacques, A Century of Landings (N = 923), (in JVallee04), Chicago, 1969; Schoenherr, Luis, Computerized Catalog (N = 3173).

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

*Oct. 7, 1954 - Mr. Sebelli saw an object land in the village of Bompas, France shortly before midnight. He called his neighbors, and they observed the departure of the craft. (Sources: Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 146; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 220, case # 210).

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

This database recorded this case 11 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
19541007 07.10.1954 Bompas France 00.00 CE I
19541007 07.10.1954 Bompas France 00.00 CE I
19541007 07.10.1954 Bompas France 00.00 CE I
19541007 07.10.1954 Bompas France 00.00 CE I
19541007 07.10.1954 Bompas France 00.00 CE I
19541007 07.10.1954 Bompas France 00.00 CE I
19541007 07.10.1954 Bompas France
19541010 10.10.1954 Bompas France 00.00 CE I
19541010 10.10.1954 Bompas France 00.00 CE I
19541010 10.10.1954 Bompas France
19541007 07.10.1954 Bombat France

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

October 7 1954. 2355hrs.

BOMPAS (PYRENEES ORIENTALES : FRANCE)

A baker, Mr Sebelli or Sibelli saw, in the street, a cigar shaped object 2m long, surrounded by small lights. He awoke his neighbours, who saw the thing take off.

Gross 1954. citing Le Quotidien de Haute Loire 14 October 1954. + Guieu 1956b : : Vallee Case 210 citing Paris Presse + Figaro 13 October 1954.

"Gross 1954" is supposed to indicate my web page; no link was provided and my page was not just a quote from Le Quotidien de la Haute-Loire!

Explanations:

Either it was the visit of an extraterrestrial craft, or it was an invention by Mr. Sébelli.

The fact that a newspaper indicates that the neighbors who also witnessed it would also be witnesses only according to the words of Mr. Sébelli is not in favor of the case.

Keywords:

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

Bompas, Pyrenées Orientales, Sebelli, Sibelli, object, landing, multiple

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross April 5, 2003 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross May 1, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [fr1], [dj1], [jb1], [lc1], [ud1].
1.1 Patrick Gross March 13, 2010 Addition [jg1].
1.2 Patrick Gross June 28, 2010 Addition [jv5].
1.3 Patrick Gross September 21, 2014 Additions [ha1], [ni1].
1.4 Patrick Gross November 20, 2016. Additions [er1], [ub1].
1.5 Patrick Gross December 19, 2016. Addition [lg1].
1.6 Patrick Gross December 30, 2016 Addition [fs1].
1.7 Patrick Gross May 2, 2019 Additions [am2], [pr1], [bb2], [mf3], [lh1], [prn2], Summary. Day changed from 7 to 9-10. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet."

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