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October 9, 1954, Montaren, Gard:

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

Reports:

[Ref. lp1:] "LE PROVENCAL" NEWSPAPER:


BETWEEN MONTEUX AND ALTHEN-LES-PALUDS

A farmer affirms to have seen an unknown and phosphorescent craft in a field

Avignon (C.P.).

Thursday around 02:30 p.m. Mr. Rene Margaillon, 40 years old, living in the community of Monteux (Vaucluse), district of Pourpiasse, went to his agricultural occupations with his cart. Suddenly, at approximately a hundred meters in a field, he saw a mysterious craft. Keeping all his coolness, he stopped his cart, blocked the brake and advanced in direction of the machine. This craft, in his opinion, measured 2 m 50 in height and it was phosphorescent. All of a sudden, he did not see anything anymore and remained breathless during a few seconds.

Telling his adventure to whom wanted to hear it, Mr. Margaillon was the subject of jokes in particular from friends that came to see him. But the farmer is formal in his statement. He really saw a mysterious machine which did not leave any trace.

What is it? We do not know.

In any event, this adventure made a great fuss in the vicinity.

An incandescent oval mass on the area of Uzès

Observed by several people

Uzès (C.P.).

USSEZ (C.P.). -- Last saturday, around 8 p.m., Mr. Court, farmer at Le Mas Blanc, close to Uzès, saw when he was closing the gate of his house a mass, oval, orange, incandescent, which shone of a very sharp glare. It was roughly between Montaren and Cerviers, at 1 km approximately of Le Mas Blanc and seemed slightly elevated above ground-level.

This lengthened mass was subject to an oscillatory movement.

[illegible] called his wife in all haste. The latter, after having seen the phenomenon, called in her turn Doctor Fabre, city council man, and his family, who was having dinner at this time.

The doctor, Mrs. Fabre, and her girls, Catherine and Claude, realized of the reality of the phenomenon. At the time when Doctor Fabre was on the verge of phoning to the gendarmerie, the orange shape reduced in size and disappeared in the distance.

A cigar in the sky of Saint-Menet

Saint Menet.

"It was exactly 02:16 p.m., I was with my wife in the caretaker's lodge of the Nestlé factory, in Saint-Menet, when the craft appeared to me." Thus expresses Pascal Panzani, caretaker the said factory. And Mr. Panzani who swears on his honor of former gendarme of saying all the truth adds: "Of cylindrical form, the object which seemed made out of aluminium was very brilliant. After its appearance above Saint-Menet and Millière at approximately 500 meters altitude, it disappeared in a few seconds in the direction of the hills of Cassis."

[Ref. jv1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

214

Oct. 09, 1954 Montaren (France).

Between Montaren and Serviers, 1 km from "Le Mas Blanc," Dr. Fabre, Mr. Court, and six others saw an orange oval object oscillating in mid-air. It was very bright and "fiery," and it came very low. (Personal).

[Ref. jv2:] JACQUES VALLEE:

The author indicates that on October 9, 1954, between Montaren and Uzès, within one kilometer of the farm the farmhouse Le Mas Blanc, a doctor, a farmer and six other people saw an orange object, ovoid, "oscillating" in the air, at a small distance from the ground. It was very shining and "on fire". No structure was distinguished.

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

The two authors indicate that on October 9, 1954, between Montaren and Serviers in the department of the Gard, at 1 kilometer of the "Mas Blanc" (the "White Farmhouse"), eight people, among them Doctor Fabre and Mr. Court, saw an object of orange color and oval shape, which oscillated, very shining and "fiery." It descended at low altitude.

The authors indicate that their sources are the Vallée catalogue and "V.E.R.O.N.I.C.A."

[Ref. rs1:] RAY STANFORD:

Ray Stanford indicates that on 9 October 1954, between Montaren and Uzes, France, a doctor and a farmer, plus six other persons, saw a brilliant ellipsoidal object 'oscillating' in the air at a short distance above the ground.

[Ref. go1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

The Belgian ufologist indicates in her catalogue that in 1954, on October 9, in France, in Montaren, Serviers, "At 1 km from the the Mas-Blanc" Dr. Fabre, Mr. Court and six other witnesses saw an oval object of orange color oscillating at a half height. It was very brilliant and fiery. It went down at low altitude."

The source is indicated as "Jacques Vallée: 'Chronique des apparitions ET' - DENOEL 1972 - COLL. J'AI LU - p. 272."

[Ref. mc1:] MARK CASHMAN:

Montaren (France).

10/9/1954

Between Montaren and Serviers, 1 km from "Le Mas Blanc," Dr. Fabre, Mr. Court, and six others saw an orange oval object oscillating in midair. It was very bright and "fiery, " and it came very low.

[Ref. dj1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

On this Day

October 9

[...]

1954 - Between Montaren and Serviers, France, 1 kilometer from "Le Mas Blanc," Dr. Fabre, Mr. Court, and six others saw an orange oval object oscillating in midair. It was very bright and "fiery," and came very low to the ground. (Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia, p. 221).

[...]

[Ref. jb1:] JEROME BEAU:

Saturday, October 9, 1954

[...]

Between the village of Montaren (France) and that of Serviers, at 1 km of the "Mas Blanc", Doctor Fabre, Mr. Court and 6 other people see 1 oval object of orange color oscillating at middle height. It is very shining and "fiery". It goes down at low altitude.

[...]

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates in his database that in the Gard in Montaren on October 9, 1954, at an unknown hour, "Between Montaren and Serviers, at 1 kilometer from the 'Mas Blanc', eight witnesses see an object of orange color and oval form, which oscillates, it is very shining and 'fiery'. It goes down at low altitude."

The source is indicated as "Ovni, Premier dossier complet... by Figuet M./ Ruchon J.L. ** Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 9 October 1954 in Montaren, France, "An orange oval object oscillating in mid-air". "Between Montaren and Serviers, France , 1 kilometer from 'Le Mas Blanc,' Dr. Fabre, Mr. Court, and six others saw an orange oval object oscillating in midair. It was very bright and 'fiery,' and came very low to the ground."

The website adds: "Between Montaren and Serviers, one kilometer from 'Le Mas Blanc,' Dr. Fabre, Mr. Court, and six others saw an orange oval object oscillating in mid-air. It was very bright and "fiery," and it came very low."

And: "A hovering object was observed. One orange oval object was observed by several witnesses in a town."

The source is indicated as "Vallee Magonia Database".

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

*Oct. 9, 1954 - Between Montaren and Serviers, France, 1 kilometer from "Le Mas Blanc," Dr. Fabre, Mr. Court, and six others saw an orange oval object oscillating in midair. It was very bright and "fiery," and came very low to the ground. (Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 221, case # 214).

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

This database recorded this case four times:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541009 09.10.1954 Montaren France CE I
19541009 09.10.1954 Montaren France
19541009 09.10.1954 Montaren France CE I
19541009 09.10.1954 Uzes Le Mas Blanc France

Explanations:

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Keywords:

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

Montaren, Gard, Serviers, Le Mas Blanc, Fabre, Court, multiple, orange, oval, object, oscillations, bright, fiery, low

Sources:

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross March 26, 2003 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross March 8, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [rs1], [go1], [dj1], [jb1], [lc1], [ud1].
1.1 Patrick Gross October 9, 2014 Addition [ta1].
1.2 Patrick Gross January 9, 2017 Addition [ub1].

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