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October 9, 1954, Saintes, Charente-Maritime:

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

Summary:

It is the ufologist author Jean Sider who unearthed a letter from a reader requesting anonymity to the newspaper Sud-Ouest.

Published in the October 12, 1954 issue, "Bruno L"'s letter said that on October 9, 1954, at 9:30 p.m., in Saintes, as he parked his car in the yard of his farm, he saw in the light of its healights a "brilliant monster" set on the ground at a hundred meters, surrounded by shifting shadows.

The object, he said, resembled a barrel or a millstone and was about ten meters long by five meters high. As he approached, he distinguished several silhouettes that seemed to make a round around the machine. Having fetched a shotgun from his home, he shot towards the phenomenon, and when he approached again, everything had disappeared and a ball of fire took off not far from him. He then saw it rise in the sky.

Reports:

[Ref. js1:] JEAN SIDER:

The author indicates that on October 9, 1954, in Saintes in the Charente-Maritime, at 09:30 p.m., Mr. Bruno L..., when parking his car in the court of his farm, saw in the light of its headlights, a "shining monster" posed on the ground at a hundred meters, surrounded by moving shades. The object resembled a little a barrel or a haystack and had approximately ten meters in length on five meters in height. While approaching, the witness distinguished several silhouettes which appeared to make a round around the machine. Having gotten a shotgun at his home, he shot towards the phenomenon, and when he approached again, all disappeared and a ball of fire emerged not far from him. He then saw it rising in the sky.

The source is indicated as "local Source: Sud-Ouest, Bordeaux, October 12, 1954, p. 12."

Jean Sider points out that this is in fact of the letter of a reader who asked for anonymity, but that his report does not have anything eccentric and that he reaction of the witness who gets a weapon and shoots towards what frightens him does not correspond to the usual of a mystification, for it puts the gunner in an unfavourable position owing to the fact that it is not an act of self-defence since he was not attacked.

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates in his database that in Charente-Maritime in Saintes on October 9, 1954 at an unknown hour, "the witness parks his car in the his farmyard when in the light of the headlights he distinguishes a brilliant monster posed on the ground at about a hundred meter and surrounded by moving shades. The object has the shape of a barrel or a haystack ten meters in diameter by five in height. The witness approaches and sees several silhouettes which seem to make a round around the object. He then goes to get a rifle at his place and returns towards the phenomenon. Whereas he approached at a short distance, all disappears and a ball of fire emerges not far from the witness rising towards the sky where it disappears."

The source is indicated as "Lumières dans la Nuit issue 374".

[Ref. jg1:] JULIEN GONZALEZ:

The author indicates that there was a close encounter of the third kind in Saintes, the Charente-Maritime, on October 9, 1954, at 09:30 p.m..

"Bruno L...", when he parked his car in the court of his farm, saw in the light of his headlights, a "shining monster" posed on the ground at some hundred meters, surrounded by moving shades. The object resembled a little a barrel or a haystack and had approximately ten meters in length by five meters in height. While approaching, he distinguished several silhouettes which appeared to make a round around the machine.

He sought a shotgun at his home, shot towards the phenomenon, and when he approached again, all disappeared and a ball of fire emerged not far from the witness who then saw it rising in the sky.

Julien Gonzales points out that this "is actually the letter of a reader who asked to remain anonymous."

The sources are given as Sud-Ouest for October 12, 1954; Jean Sider, Le dossier 1954 et l'imposture rationaliste, page 192.

Explanations:

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Keywords:

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Saintes, Charente-Maritime,

Sources:

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross June 10, 2009 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross December 13, 2016 Additions [jg1], [js1], Summary.

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