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October 9, 1954, Lavoux, Vienne:

Reference number for this case: 9-oct-54-Lavoux. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Reports:

[Ref. ml1:] "MIDI LIBRE" NEWSPAPER:


STILL APPARITIONS OF MARTIANS

"I was stopped by a ray of light emanating from a diver"

claims an inhabitant of the Vienne

Poitiers, October 11. -- In all the corners of France and the world, several people worthy of faith claim to have been the witnesses of these phenomena that one calls "flying saucers".

But in Vienna, Mr. Roger Barrault, handworker in Lavoux, declared that, riding his bicycle, Saturday, around 7 p.m., he had been suddenly stopped by a double ray of light emanating from a kind of "diver", tall hardly of 1 m. 30 with boots without heels, very brilliant eyes and a strong moustache.

The diver walked approximately a minute on the road, claims Mr. Barrault, then disappeared suddenly towards the very close forest.

A cylindrical object with a dark core

Nelson. -- An inhabitant of Nelson (New Zealand), Mr. K.M. Gibbons, succeeded in taking with the teleobjective a series of photographs of three flying saucers.

When he had taken two shots of the three mysterious craft, those disappeared vertically, at high speed. He however continued to take photographs in the direction of the saucers. The developed film shows cylindrical objects, having a kind of dark core.

A SAUCER LANDS ON THE ROAD CLOSE TO CARCASSONNE

Mr. Louis Vessières, an inhabitant of Cavanac, locality very close to Carcassonne, saw, Sunday morning, a flying saucer which was posed on the ground in the middle of the road.

Mr. Louis Vessières, returning by motorbike, Sunday morning around 4:30, from the Talmier factories, close to Carcassonne, where he is employed, and moving towards Cavanac where he lives, found himself in the presence of a convex machine, oval, and very shining which, at its approach, released sparks and, without noise, flew away.

Mr. Vessières took a shortcut to avoid approaching the machine.

Arrived at the countryside of Lafarguette, Mr. Vessières stopped and saw then in the sky the gleam of this craft at approximately 500 meters in the direction of the "route neuve" which leads to Couffoulens.

Mr. Vessières returned at his place, very moved, and quickly had his wife stand up.

Both went up on the terrace of their house but it was too late. The saucer had disappeared.

A flying cigar has landed close to Munster

Munster, October 11. -- An cinema operator of Munster [Germany], Mr. Hoge, claimed to have observed, Saturday evening, during ten minutes an "unidentified craft" having the shape of a motionless cigar at approximately 1 Mr. 50 above the ground and under which four "men" of crew of 1 m. 20 were busy.

These beings had, according to him, a rather broad chest, a head proportionally too large for their slender body and legs. Mr. Hoge specified that they wore a kind of one-piece suit whose fabric resembled rubber.

[Ref. le1:] "L'EST REPUBLICAIN" NEWSPAPER:

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Mysterious craft increase activity

A flying mushroom above the Yaoundé hospital (Cameroun)

Paris. -- Clear recrudescence of activity of the flying saucers during the last weekend and not only in the sky of France. Mysterious craft, indeed, were seen in Cameroun, Namur, in Lebanon, in Egypt and Germany.

The appearance in Cameroun deserves a particular attention. In Yauondé [the capital], a certain number of people were together at the head doctor of the hospital, Dr. Menu, and were on the point of going to the movies when they were puzzled by the attitude of the dog who suddenly started to grunt and whose hairs stood up.

An enormous and illuminated mushroom

Thinking that strangers were on the prowl near his residence, Dr. Menu went outside and saw, in the sky, a brilliant object. He immediately called his guests who all then stated to have seen, almost at the vertical of the plate where the hospital is located, an enormous violently illuminated disc, motionless at an altitude of approximately 600 meters.

This "appearance" lasted fifteen seconds. The machine had very exactly the shape of a mushroom, i.e. a very illuminated disc, whose people present could not evaluate the diameter exactly, under which a cylinder of a length equal to the diameter of the hat swung very gently, also very illuminated.

Suddenly, the craft took the direction of the East and its volume seemed to decrease at eyesight. Then it was immobilized during a few seconds before taking altitude quickly and disappearing.

The witnesses of this phenomenon are worthy of faith, since, in addition to Dr. Menu, they were colonel Cauvin, head of the services of hygiene and the disease prevention of Cameroun; Misters Dumont, director of the Services of Safety of Cameroun; Poilleux, adviser of the territorial Assembly of Cameroun; Moreau, administrator, assistant mayor of Yaoundé and their wives.

Two silhouettes in a cigar

Close to Namur, the rural mailman made its usual round, when he saw a flying cigar which rose towards the sky at his approach at a vertiginous pace. However, he had the time to clearly distinguish on board two "roughly human" silhouettes.

In Lebanon, it is a German firm's representative in Beirut, Mr. Max Favell, who stated to the newspaper "L'Orient" to have seen Saturday evening, at the seaside, a motionless machine in the sky which emitted a whitish light. The machine landed a few moments, then rose suddenly vertically without leaving traces.

Several hundreds of Alexandria residents followed the maneuvers of a luminous object which changed from the red to the orange and the green to the blue gray. The observatory of Helouan, close to Cairo, was alerted, but before the special telescope could be set up to photograph it, the craft had disappeared.

The sub-manager of the observatory, Mr. Azouz Ismail, stated that it was undoubtedly an aurora borealis, for a magnetic storm was observed since forty-eight hours. An extremely probable scientific explanation.

"Four men in rubber outfits"

A movie projectionist of Munster, Mr. Willi Hoge, declared that, going back home in the suburbs of Munster, Saturday after midday, he saw in a field at about fifty meters of the road, a rather sharp blue gleam. Believing initially that it was a broken plane, he approached a few meters and then saw a machine having the shape of a cigar and immobilized in the air at approximately 1 m 50 from the ground.

Under the craft, surrounded by a bluish gleam, the movie projectionist distinguished four "men" whose size was approximately 1 m. 20. These beings had, according to him, a rather broad chest, a head proportionally too large for their bodies and thin legs. Mr. Hoge specified that they wore a kind of combination whose fabric resembled rubber.

Not daring to approach more, the witness restricted himself to observe the whereabouts of the occupants of the craft. After ten minutes, the crew went up on board using a kind of ladder, and the craft rose quickly almost vertically, taking, after a few seconds of rise, the shape of a brilliant disc.

Mr. Willi Hoge finally claimed to have tried that very evening to cause an investigation, but he added that no police officer had agreed to go to the site to check his statements!

Lastly, close to Frankfurt, thirteen pilot pupils of a sailplane school followed the maneuvers of their teacher when they had their attention drawn by an "extremely reinflated silver disc" which moved without the least noise.

Brief meeting with a "diver" man with a moustache

In France, in the long list of the celestial appearances, it is necessary to note in particular the unexpected meeting which Mr Roger Barrault, workman in Lavoux (Vienna) made. Mr. Barrault drove a bicycle, Saturday evening, around 7 p.m., when he was stopped short on the road by a double beam of light emanating from a kind of "diver" hardly 1 m. 50 tall, with boots without heels, very brilliant eyes and a big moustache!

He must however have been a good man, for he walked one minute on the road without making the least evil to the awestruck Mr. Barrault who saw him disappearing in the nearby forest, walking.

New fact also in Mâcon where circulating on the bridge of Saint-Laurent-les-Mâcon who spans the rivers Saône, several people saw a disc, which for once was not brilliant, but dark.

In Tourriers, close to Angouleme, and in la Ferté-Macé (the Orne) it was two cigars who held the attention of the Sunday strollers, while a convex ball of fire shaved the summit of the trees in Beauvain, in the Orne too, under the amazed eyes of Mr. Christian Couette.

[Ref. ss1:] "SAMEDI-SOIR" NEWSPAPER:


[...]

Must we go on?
Do we need to mention the furry being, bearing for it around the size a broad corset of orange color, seen close of a saucer by Mr. Narcy, in edge of the road of Wassy (Haute-Marne), October 5 with 7 a.m.. 15 of the morning?

Or also, the 96 centimeters man, carrying a broad leather belt, shoes and panties, which rose in the airs thanks to two boxes in the shape of pears, placed under each arm. This being was seen by Mr. Lacambre, forestry workman in Saint-Pardoux (the Lot), on Monday, October 4, at 8:10 a.m., and the witness has even determined from the footprints that the small being fitted shoesize 21 [Europe standard]...

What to think of the assertion of Mr. Garreau, who swears "on his honor" to have seen a "flying soup tureen" landed in his property, and two perfectly normal men get down of it, who shook hands with him and cuddled his dog before leaving as quickly as they came...

And this handworker of Lavoux (Vienna), Mr. Roger Barrault who, on Saturday October 9, at 7 p.m., was paralyzed by a luminous ray emanating from a "diver" high of 1 m. 50, fitted with boots, with shining eyes, and carrying a heavy moustache...

And the cigar posed in a clearing, in Diges in Yonne, near which Mrs. widows Gaffroy [sic, Geoffroy] saw a man, from the back, in combination and capped of a khaki bonnet...

And Mr. Jean Labonne, of Bergerac, who, on October 2, at 10 p.m., saw a metal mushroom in his garden. "Who's there?" he shouted when distinguishing a shade. "What do you want from me?" But the shade climbed in the mushroom which rose in the airs at an extraordinary speed.

Even in England which started to worry and almost become indignant that not the least saucer, not the least "cigar" or cigarillo, had made the honor of an appearance to the people which had won the battle of Trafalgar. This gap has been just been largely filled by the sensational revelations of an ornithologist, Mr. Cedric Allingham, who claims to have met, on February 18, in the north of Scotland, not a Martian, but a Venusian with whom he had a lengthy and difficult conversation!

This Venusian measured about 1 m 73, he short brown hair, and his skin seemed tanned. He was completely wrapped in a kind of combination which had the appearance of a armored coat. In his nose were two small tubes joined by a metallic wire... Mr. Allingham managed to touch the saucer whose metal was slightly warm, and he finally took the leave of Venusian, not without having offered him his pen, which the man carefully put in a pocket of his combination and after having taken on the run a photograph of the strange character. This rather fuzzy image is, it should be acknowledged, rather unrevealing. One sees the silhouette of a man seen from the back, walking slightly curved, and that, without a little imagination, could easily be matched with the silhouette of any earthman.

Lastly, with the latest news, it is a true avalanche of Martians that comes falling on our grounds.

In Pournoy La Chétive, in the Moselle, three children were roller skating, when a round machine, of 2.50 meters of diameter, lands close to them. A man left from there, holding in the hand a lit lamp which dazzled the children.

He was dressed of a black cassock "like that of our priest", and after having said some unintelligible words, he flew away in his saucer.

In the island of Oléron, for the first time, it was two Martian girls who put foot on the ground. It is Mr. Martin, a colonial teacher on holiday, who brings their description to us. They carried small boots and leather gloves, as well as brilliant helmets. They were extremely pretty and nicely agreed to sign an autograph to the teacher.

I would take a whole book to bring back all the cases in detail. But all these good people swear to god that they invent nothing. Their entourage echoes that. Him, to invent such a story? A family man known for his respectability... A boy who never drank any drop of alcohol in his life? Come on!

So what? Should it be concluded from this that they really saw strange beings, hairy, helmeted, in boots, speaking an incomprehensible language? Do we need to have faith to this story of mysterious green ray which paralyze human beings? Are their accounts, on the contrary, totally invented? Do they rest on a serious basis exaggerated thereafter?

Nothing, absolutely nothing in the current state of the collected information which was made available to the public allows to conclude in the sense of the authenticity. The investigations were led as if it were a question of "checking" the statements of the witnesses and not in the spirit to eliminate all the assumptions leading to plausible and relatively simple explanations. These assumptions are numerous, they go from the joke to the hallucination not to mention the optical illusion. To eliminate them, one would need extremely thorough police information, doubled, in all the cases, of a thorough psychological investigation.

Then only the facts would remain, logically unexplainable, which would constitute the true file on the Martians. One would then notice that this file is extremely thin, if not non-existent, and that in this business, there is much, far too much, literature.

[Ref. ti1:] "TIME" MAGAZINE:

The article underneath has been published in the Time magazine, USA, for October 25, 1954.


SCIENCE

Martians over France

One morning last October, Jean Narcy, a road mender of Haute-Marne, France, was riding to work on his bicycle. In a wheat field he saw a little whiskered man just under 4 ft tall, who wore a fur coat, an orange corset and a plush cap.

"Bonjour, [Hello]" said Mr. Narcy.

The little man muttered something like "I'll be seeing you." Then he jumped into a small (10 ft. in diameter) flying saucer, took off with a buzzing sound and disappeared into the clouds.

With Narcy's "Hairy Martian" as a starting point, the French press run wild, and a deluge of Martians have been raining down ever since. They have come in flying cigars, crowns, comets, winged mushrooms, even a flying chamber pot. Unlike Americans who have seen flying saucers, the French "sighters" paid little attention to the vehicles. They were interested in the people from space.

The Martians were anything but standardized. One who stopped Mr. Roger Barrault near the town of Lavoux had brilliant eyes, an enormous moustache, wore rubbers and spoke Latin. Another asked Mr. Pierre Lucas, a Breton baker, for a light. He was bearded and had a single eye in the middle of the forehead. Mr. Lucas could not remember what language he spoke.

Paralysing Pygmies. As the Martian invasion of France proceeded, the invaders became more bizarre. A troup of pygmies in plastic helmet gamboled down a railroad track near Quarouble and transfixed Mr. Dewilde with "a paralyzing beam of light." Some Martians were blue, others were yellow or pink. A traveling salesman of the Côte du Nord saw a wonderful sight: a deep rose flying cigar from which stepped a zebra-stripped Martian. As he alighted, he changed color, chameleon-like, from yellow to green.

The Martians marched en masse into French affairs. Cartoonists welcomed them delightedly (see cuts). As they multiplied, they even gained respectability. Le Figaro reported: "Counsellor General of Alpes Maritimes greets flying saucers' first appearance on the Côte d'Azur." France Soir announced that "a daily flying-saucer service seems to have been established between Marais-Poitevin and La Rochelle." A man from space even made the social columns of Paris-France: "Mustached Martian spends weekend at Vienna." Angry deputies asked questions in Parliament. Air Force Authorities (even as in the US) were badgered for explanations.

Before the many-colored Martians rained down on France, fames Swiss Psychiatrist C. G. Jung was asked what he thought about the saucer epidemic.

"Something is being seen," said Jung. "What is seen may be, in the case of a single observer, a subjective vision (hallucination). In the case of many observers, it may be a collective vision. such a psychic phenomenon... could be a spontaneous reaction of the subconscious to the present conscious situation; the fear of an apparently insoluble political situation in the world... At such times eyes turn heavenwards ... and miraculous forebodings of a threatening or consoling nature appear from on high."

No More Dreams. Dr. Jung blames the U.S. air Force for mishandling the saucer epidemic and for permitting irresponsible journalists to pump it for bits of sensational-sounding information. He does not believe that the saucers are space ships. Those that are not hallucinations, he thinks, are probably misinterpretations of physical objects or effects. But he was willing to speculate about the effect on the human race of an invasion by beings from another world.

"Should the origin of the phenomenon turn out to be an extraterrestrial one," said Dr. Jung, "it would prove an intelligent interplanetary link. The impact of such a fact on humanity is unforeseable. But, without doubt, we would be placed in the very questionable position of today's primitive societies that clash with the superior culture of the white race. All initiative would be wrested from us. As an old witch doctor once said to me, with tears in his eyes: We would 'have no more dreams.'

Our sciences and technology would go to the junk pile. What such a catastrophe would mean morally we can gauge by the pitiful decline of the primitive cultures that takes place before our eyes. The capacity to manufacture (interplanetary space ships) points to a technology towering sky sky high over ours."

"Just as the Pax Britannica made an end to the tribal warfare in Africa, so our world could roll up its Iron Curtain and use it for scrap ... This might not be so bad. But we would have been 'discovered' and colonized."

[Ref. hw1:] HAROLD T. WILKINS:

The author indicates that on October 3, 1954, Roger Barrault was halted near Lavaux [sic], in southern France, by a singular being with "brilliant eyes, and an enormous moustache, who spoke Latin." The author notes that it cannot be said whether Barrault knew Latin or not.

[Ref. gb1] GRAY BARKER:

One saucerian who met Roger Barrault near Lavous [sic], France, was described as having brilliant eyes, an enormous mustache [sic], and wearing rubbers. He also spoke Latin.

[Ref. jg1:] JIMMY GUIEU:

Jimmy Guieu indicates that on October 9, 1954, at 7 p.m. close to Lavoux, in the Vienne, Roger Barrault, handworker in Lavoux, ride a bicycle when he was suddenly stopped by a double ray of light projected by "a kind of diver, high of 1,50 meters maximum, with boots, very brilliant eyes and... a heavy moustache!"

The being walked approximately a minute close to the road then fled in the forest.

Guieu comments on that since is described as having a hairy face, it is probably that it did not wear a helmet, thus he was able to breathe our air, and it must have been of the same species as the one seen in Pournoy-La-Chétive.

[Ref. mc1:] MICHEL CARROUGES:

The author notes that the Barrault observation lasted a minute.

[Ref. jv5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

279 -000.52677 46.59660 09 10 1954 19 00 1 LAVOUX E.POITIERS F 301144 C *262

[Ref. jv1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

The author indicates that on October 9, 1954, in Lavoux in Vienna, in France, a farmer was riding a bicycle and suddenly stopped while seeing a silhouette equipped with a "diving suit" which aimed at him with a double ray of light. "The individual" seemed to have "boots without heels", very brilliant eyes, and a hairy chest, and carried two "headlights", one below the other, fixed on the front on his clothing.

[Ref. lo2:] CORAL AND JIM LORENZEN:

The authors indicate that in France on October 9, 1954, a "little man" wearing boots "without heels" and a diving suit was seen by a farmer in Lavoux (Vienne). He was riding his bicycle when he saw the creature which shone a "double-beamed" light at him. The witness reported that he was paralyzed throughout the incident. The creature, which had "very bright eyes," a very hairy chest and two "headlights" walked along the road for a minute, then entered the forest and did not reappear. No object or craft was seen in conjunction with this appearance of a strange entity.

[Ref. lo1:] CORAL AND JIM LORENZEN:

The authors indicate that on October 9, 1954, in the village of Lavoux, about 12 miles east of Poitiers, Roger Barrault told of an encounter he had while riding his bicycle near the village. He claimed that about 07:00 p.m., he was confronted by a little man about 4.5 feet tall, wearing what appeared to be a "diver's suit" and looked like it was covered with shaggy hair, out of which shined two "dazzling" eyes. Barrault only saw home for about a minute, ahead of him, but discerned what appeared as bright headlights which were located about halfway up the front of his body, one above the other. The weird little man shortly disappeared among the trees of the woods by the road.

The authors indicate elsewhere in the same book that a figure in a diving suit was observed by a farmer in Lavoux, France, on October 9, 1954. The farmer, on a bicycle, said the creature seemed to have "boots without heels" and very bright eyes, and pointed a double-beamed light at him which seemed to paralyze him.

[Ref. jv1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

221

Oct. 09, 1954, 07:00 P.M. Lavroux (France).

Mr. Barrault was riding his bicycle when he suddenly saw a figure in a diving suit aiming a double beam of light at him. The individual had boots without heels and very bright eyes, walked on the road for one minute and went into the forest. The witness was "paralyzed" throughout the incident. The entity had a hairy chest and two lights, one above the other, in front of him. (45, 48; M 153; Magonia) (Le Figaro, 11 oct. 1954, Paris-Presse, 12 oct. 1954).

[Ref. jv2:] JACQUES VALLEE:

The author indicates that on October 9, 1954, in Lavoux in the Vienne, a farmer who was riding his bicycle stopped suddenly when he saw a form, dressed in a diving suit, who directed a double ray of light at him. The individual seemed to have "boots without heels" and of very shining eyes. He went on the road one minute approximately, then moved towards the forest and did not reappear. No UFO was described in the account. The witness was "paralyzed" throughout the incident. The entity had a very hairy chest and carried two "head lights" one under the other on his chest.

[Ref. no1:] "NOSTRA" MAGAZINE:

[... Other cases ...]

The two creature who stole a hen from Marius de Wilde, in Quarouble, about the same time, were of the same size. As for the one who was seen in Lavoux, in Vienna, by Mr. Barrault and three children, it was a little larger and had "large eyes" and a hairy face.

[... Other cases ...]

Credit: The Nostra magazine articles for 1974 were scanned and shared on the web by ufologist Patrice Seray in 2011.

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

The two authors indicate that the case of October 9, 1954, in Lavoux, was a prank, exposed by the investigation of ufologists of the Lumières Dans La Nuit group.

[Ref. ls1:] LEONARD STRINGFIELD:

The American ufologist indicates that on October 9, 1954, in France, in Lavoux, Mr. Barrault rode his bicycle when he suddenly saw a silhouette in "diving suit" which directed a double luminous ray towards him.

The being had very brilliant eyes, walked on the road then entered the forest. During all this time, the witness remained paralysed, but he however noted two lights one above the other, in front of the entity.

The author indicates that this example of case of a close encounter of the third kind comes from the catalogue by Jacques Vallée who extracted it from the Aime Michel's book.

[Ref. fl1:] FERNAND LAGARDE / LDLN GROUP:

In the chapter devoted to confusions in their book, the authors give the summary of the information published in the newspapers Le Figaro of October 11, 1954 and Paris-Presse of October 12, 1954:

Mr. Barrault was returning home ridin his bicycle when he suddenly saw a being equipped as with a diving suit who moved towards him two luminous rays. He carried boots without heels and his eyes were very shiny. He went on the road during one minute then penetrated in the forest. The witness was paralysed throughout the incident. The being had a hairy chest, and had two lights, one above the other, in front of him.

Mr. Baillon, investigating ufologist, announced that he managed to meet the witness who had moved from Lavoux to a small farm of Chauvigny, and he stated to him:

"I was going by the surroundings of Lavoux when I saw a 17 year old young man that I recognized perfectly. He had been disguised using a paratrooper dressing, a German helmet "cut on the side", and some sort box which shone. I chased him to the wood but I lost sight of the him. I told this story in the bar and the largely distorted story came into the ears of a journalist, hence the article of Le Figaro."

Mr. Baillon adds that Mr. Barrault went protest at the newspaper whereas he was in Paris a few days later, but that he had only gotten some vague excuses, the newspaper did not publis any corrigendum.

Mr. Baillon specifies that he found Mr. Barrault very sincere, and that it is important to note that the witness identified the prankster precisely, prankster who according to him "had fun in frightening the women" of the area.

[Ref. in1:] "L'INEXPLIQUE":

On October 9 [1954], at 7 o'clock in the morning, it is a farm labourer of Lavoux, close to Poitiers, who sees a 1 m high creature, dressed of a kind of diving suit, with the brilliant eyes and long hair.

[Ref. fr1:] MICHEL FIGUET:

A field investigation whose result was published in the ufology magazine Lumières Dans La Nuit and also in the book by Figuet and Ruchon, showed that Mr. Barrault had been the victim of a 18 years old prankster. Mr. Barrault had actually recognized the prankster, but a newspaper journalist found it more interesting to promote his version deprived of the explanation.

[Ref. mf1:] FRANCAT, MICHEL FIGUET:

09.10.1954

Lavoux

The witness was the victim of a prank. "OVNI" p. 666

[Ref. jv7:] JACQUES VALLEE:

Jacques Vallée indicates that on October 9, 1954, in Lavoux, Vienne, France, a farmer who was riding his bicycle suddenly stopped as he saw a figure, dressed in a sort of "diving suit," aiming a double light beam at him. The individual, who seemed to have "boots without heels," very bright eyes, and a very hairy chest, carried two "headlights," one below the other, on the front of his suit.

[Ref. se1:] JOHN SCHUESSLER:

1954/10/09 FRANCE, LAVOUX

Source: Official UFO, Feb. 76
October Scenario

A cyclist was paralyzed from two beams of light coming from the chest of a small being along the road.

EFFECTS:
Paralysis
Light beam

[Ref. lg1] LOREN GROSS:

Lavaux [sic], France, (no known time)

Perhaps the most bizarre tale of the day was M. Roger Barrault's, a resident of Lavaux, who told everyone he had encountered a singular being, a being with: "...brilliant eyes, arid an enormous moustache, who spoke Latin." 37.

    37. Keyhoe, Donald. Flying 5aucers Uncensored. p.231.

[Ref. lg2] LOREN GROSS:

October 9th. Lavoux, France, (no known hour)

Another "mysterious figure in a diving suit" encountered a Frenchman on October 9th when a farmer, on his way home on his bicycle, found the road barred by a "bright-eyed, hairy-chested" figure wearing "boots without heels" and a device on its chest that "beamed two headlights." 87.

  • 87. Vallee, Jacques. Dimensions. New York, N.Y.: Ballantine Rooks, 1988. pp. 108-109.

[Ref. go1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

The Belgian ufologist indicates in her catalogue that in 1954, on October 9 in France in Lavroux, the Vienne, "At 19:00 Mr. Barrault drove by bicycle when he suddenly saw a being dressed like a diver who directed two luminous rays at him. He had boots without heel and its eyes were very shiny. It walked on the road during one minute then entered the forest. The witness was paralysed throughout the incident. The being had a hairy chest and there were two lights one above the other in front of it."

The sources are indicated as "Le Figaro, 11 Oct 1954, Paris-Presse, 12 Oct 1954" and "Jacques Vallée: 'Chronique des apparitions ET' - DENOEL 1972 - J'AI LU COLL. - p. 273, 274".

She adds that "IN REALITY: a counter-investigation by L.D.L.N. showed that the witness had dealt with a prank organized by a 18-year-old young man who had disguised himself and whom he had recognized perfectly. All the remainder was only the invention of a journalist looking for sensation."

The source for this is indicated as "M. FIGUET/ J.L. RUCHON: 'Ovni, Premier dossier complet...' Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979, p. 666.

[Ref. kb1:] KEITH BASTERFIELD:

The Australian ufologist indicates that on 9 October 1954 in Lavoux in France, a male farmer on a bike saw a figure in a diving suit aiming a double light beam at him. The entity, after walking on the road for a minute disappeared into forest. The witness was paralysed throughout the incident.

He says it is one of the 15 cases in France in 1954 where there was a reported paralysis of the witness or witnesses when they were within a certain distance of a low-level UFO, distances that are 6m (1 case), 20m (2), 50m (2) 100m (1) and 150m (1). He adds that there seems little doubt about a relationship between the UFO and the paralysis, as the paralysis commenced upon observing the UFO and then ceased when the UFO left.

The source is noted "Bowen, C. 1969. The Humanoids. Neville Spearman. London. p40.".

[Ref. lh1:] LARRY HATCH:

! 1954/10/09 LAVOUX, Vienne, FRANCE: Teen in costume with lights.

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

142.

Location. Lavoux France

Date: October 9 1954

Time: 1900

Roger Barrault, bicycling in the dusk, found himself confronting a humanoid about 4.5 ft tall, dressed in a "diver's suit." Its feet "had no heels" & its helmeted head looked like a shaggy bunch of hair out of which shone dazzling eyes. Two lights, like very bright headlights, one above the other, were on its front. It moved along the road for a minute and disappeared in the woods.

Humcat 1954-82

Source: Aime Michel

Type: E

[Ref. rh1] RICHARD HALL:

TABLE 1. UFO OCCUPANT SIGHTINGS, 1954-1963

[...]

October 9, 1954 Roger Barrault, Lavoux, France 7:00 P.M.

One 4-1/2 ft tall being, diver's suit, bright eyes, two lights on chest; bicyclist at dusk encountered being, who disappeared into woods; no craft seen".

[...]

[Ref. sd1:] STEVEN DUNN:

Louvoux, FR
9 oct 54

A cyclist (Roger Barrault) saw a small creature carrying a double-beam light, which it used to paralyze the man. The little man was about 4.5 FT tall and was wearing a "diver's suit." The head was covered by shaggy hair out of which shined two "dazzling" eyes. Incident happened about 1900.

CE-3-101 Randle/Estes, FOV pg 268; Lorenzen, UTWS, pg 167
Lavoux, FR
9 oct 54

A farmer saw a humanoid much like the one Roger Barrault saw, i.e., in a diving suit, and was also paralyzed by a double-beam light. The farmer said the suit had "boots without heels."

CE-3-101 Lorenzen, UTWS, pg 172

[Ref. dj1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

On this Day

October 9

[...]

1954 - Mr. Barrault was riding his bicycle in Lavoux, France at seven o'clock in the evening when he suddenly saw a figure in a diving suit aiming a double beam of light at him. The individual had boots without heels and very bright eyes. It walked along the road for about a minute and then went into the forest. The witness was paralyzed and was unable to movethroughout the incident. The entity had a hairy chest and two lights, one above the other, in front of him. (Sources: Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 153; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia, p. 222).

[...]

[Ref. jb1:] JEROME BEAU:

Saturday, October 9, 1954

[...]

At 07:00 a farm labourer (rifding a bicycle?) close to Lavoux, close to Poitiers (the Vienne), sees a 1 m high creature, dressed of a kind of diver's suit, with shining eyes and the long hair. The creature aims a double beam of light at him, and seems to have boots without heels, a hairy chest, and carries 2 headlights, one below the other, in front of its clothing.

[...]

No source is indicated.

And further in the same web page:

[...]

Mr. Barrault rides a bicycle when he suddenly sees 1being dressed like a diver who aims at him 2 luminous rays. He wears boots without heels and his eyes are very shining. He walks on the road during 1 mn then enters in the forest. The witness is "paralysed" throughout the incident. the being has a hairy chest and there are 2 lights one above the other, in front of him.

[...]

The latter double-entry sources are indicated as "Paris-Presse, October 12, 1954" and "Sud-Ouest, October 9, 1954".

[Ref. jb2:] JEROME BEAU:

Examples of testimonies reporting hairy beings

[... Other cases ... ]

[...] Lavroux on October 9, 1954

[... Other cases ... ]

[Ref. ri1] "RIGOROUS INTUITION" BLOG:

[... Other cases ...]

October 9: A man on a bicycle in Lavoix saw a figure in a diving suit with very bright eyes aiming a double beam of light at him, which paralyzed him. The being then walked into the forest. In Carcassone, a man saw a metallic sphere in the road. The top half of the object was transparent, and he saw two human-shaped figures standing inside. The craft soon left at high speed. (Dolan) The individual seemed to have "boots without heels" and very bright eyes.... The entity had a very hairy chest and carried two "headlights" placed one below the other on his chest. (Vallee)

[... Other cases ...]

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 9 October 1954 at 19:00 in Lavoux, France, "Little men observed. Nocturnal lights were observed by three male witnesses, one of them an experienced observor, in a forest for over one minute. One 4.5-foot-tall humanoid, wearing a diver's suit and helmet, was seen. Explanation: Prank."

The website adds: "Roger Barrault, bicycling in the dusk, found himself confronting a humanoid about 4.5 ft tall, dressed in a "diver's suit." Its feet "had no heels" and its helmeted head looked like a shaggy bunch of hair out of which shone dazzling eyes. Two lights, like very bright headlights, one above the other, were on its front. It moved along the road for a minute and disappeared in the woods."

The sources are indicated as Webb, David, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports; 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; Lorenzen, Coral E., Flying Saucer Occupants, Signet T3205, New York, 1967; Lorenzen, Coral E., UFOs: The Whole Story, Signet T3897, New York, 1969; Lorenzen, Coral E., Encounters with UFO Occupants, Berkley Medallion, New York, 1976, ISBN:425-03093-8; Poher, Claude, Etudes Statistiques Portant sur 1000 Temoignag, Author, undated; Bowen, Charles, The Humanoids: FSR Special Edition No. 1, FSR, London, 1966; Wilkins, Harold T., Flying Saucers Uncensored, Citadel, 1955; Pereira, Jader U., Les Extra-Terrestres, Phenomenes Spatiaux, Paris, 1974; 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; Vallee, Jacques, Passport to Magonia, Henry Regnery, Chicago, 1969; Schoenherr, Luis, Computerized Catalog (N = 3173); Carrouges, Michel, Les Apparitions de Martiens, Fayard, Paris, 1963; Newspaper Clippings; Hall, Richard H., The UFO Evidence, Volume II: A Thirty-Year Report, Scarecrow Press, Lanham, 2000, ISBN:0-8103-3881-8; Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002; Stringfield, L; Rosales, Albert, Humanoid Sighting Reports Database; Hatch, Larry, internet data.

[Ref. ud2:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 9 October 1954 at 19:00 in Lavoux, France, "A figure in a diving suit paralyzed an observer. Explanation: Prank."

The website adds: "Mr. Barrault was riding his bicycle in Lavoux, France at seven o'clock in the evening when he suddenly saw a figure in a diving suit aiming a double beam of light at him. The individual had boots without heels and very bright eyes. It walked along the road for about a minute and then went into the forest. The witness was paralyzed and was unable to movethroughout the incident. The entity had a hairy chest and two lights, one above the other, in front of him."

And: "Mr. Barrault was riding his bicycle when he suddenly saw a figure in a diving suit aiming a double beam of light at him. The individual had boots without heels and very bright eyes, walked on the road for one minute and went into the forest. The witness was "paralyzed" throughout the incident. The entity had a hairy chest and two lights, one above the other, in front of him."

The website comments: "Little men observed. An unidentified object at close range and its occupants were observed by one male witness in a forest."

The sources are indicated as Vallee, Jacques, Challenge to Science: The UFO Enigma, Henry Regnery, Chicago, 1966; Vallee, Jacques, Preliminary Catalog (N = 500), (in JVallee01).

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

*Oct. 9, 1954 - Mr. Barrault was riding his bicycle in Lavoux, France at seven o'clock in the evening when he suddenly saw a figure in a diving suit aiming a double beam of light at him. The individual had boots without heels and very bright eyes. It walked along the road for about a minute and then went into the forest. The witness was paralyzed and was unable to movethroughout the incident. The entity had a hairy chest and two lights, one above the other, in front of him. (Sources: Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 153; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 222, case # 221).

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

Location: Lavoux France

Date: October 9 1954

Time: 1900

Roger Barrault, bicycling in the dusk, found himself confronting a humanoid about 4.5 ft tall, dressed in a “diver’s suit.” Its feet “had no heels” & its helmeted head looked like a shaggy bunch of hair out of which shone dazzling eyes. Two lights, like very bright headlights, one above the other, were on its front. It moved along the road for a minute and disappeared in the woods.

Source: Aime Michel; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia 221

Possible Kid in costume with lights.

[Ref. gz1:] JULIEN GONZALEZ:

The author indicates that there was a false close encounter of the third type in Lavoux, the Vienne, on October 9, 1954, at 7:00 p.m.:

Mr. Roger Barrault was riding home by bicycle when he found himself face to face with a being of 1.50 m clad in a diving suit. His legs did not have a heel and his head looked like a huge tuft of hair with bright eyes. He was carrying two kinds of headlights placed one above the other on his forehead. He was moving on the road in front of M. Barrault who was paralyzed, then disappeared in the forest.

The sources are indicated as Jimmy Guieu, "Black-Out sur les Soucoupes Volantes", page [sic]; Aimé Michel, "Mystérieux Objets Célestes", page [sic]; Michel Carrouges, "Les apparitions de Martiens", page 108.

Julien Gonzalez indicates that Mr. Baillon, an investigator with the LDLN group, had actually found the witness who told him that he had seen a 17-year-old boy that he had perfectly recognized, disguised with the help of a paratrooper's uniform, a German helmet "sawn on the sides" and a kind of shiny box. Mr. Barrault pursued the joker but lost sight of him. He told his story at the bar, and it was a widely distorted version that was published in the newspapers.

Julien Gonzalez indicates that the source for the explanation is "Mystérieuses Soucoupes Volantes", by the LDLN group, page 143.

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

This database recorded this case 24 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
19541003 03.10.1954 Lavaux France CE III
19541003 03.10.1954 Lavoux France CE III
19541009 09.10.1954 Lavoux France
19541009 09.10.1954 Lavoux France 19.00 CE III
19541009 09.10.1954 Lavoux France 19.00 CE III
19541009 09.10.1954 Lavoux France 19.00 CE III
19541009 09.10.1954 Lavoux France 19.00 CE III
19541009 09.10.1954 Lavoux France 19.00 CE III
19541009 09.10.1954 Lavoux France 19.00 CE III
19541009 09.10.1954 Lavoux France 19.00 CE III
19541009 09.10.1954 Lavoux France 19.00
19541009 09.10.1954 Lavoux France 19.00 CE III
19541009 09.10.1954 Lavoux France 19.00 CE III
19541009 09.10.1954 Lavoux France 19.00 CE III
19541009 09.10.1954 Lavoux France 19.00 CE III
19541009 09.10.1954 Lavoux France Nacht CE III
19541009 09.10.1954 Lavoux France Nacht CE III
19541009 09.10.1954 Lavoux France 19.00 CE III
19541009 09.10.1954 Lavoux France Nachts CE III
19541009 09.10.1954 Lavoux France 19.00 CE III
19541009 09.10.1954 Lavoux France 19.00 CE III
19541009 09.10.1954 Vienne France
19541009 09.10.1954 Lavoux France
19541009 09.10.1954 Lavoux France
19541009 09.10.1954 Lavoux France

Explanations:

Quickly discovered prank, but promoted as non-prank by a journalist.

Keywords:

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

Lavoux, Vienne, Barrault, humanoid, diving suit, beam, boots, eyes, joke, hoax

Sources:

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

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