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October 9, 1954, Soubran, Charente-Maritime:

Reference for this case: 9-oct-54-Soubran.
Please cite this reference in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Résumé:

Aimé Michel indicated in his 1958 book that on Saturday evening, October 9, 1954, several inhabitants of Soubran in the Charente-Maritime saw a luminous spherical object: which landed rapidly in a pasture.

He gave as source the newspaper Ouest-France for October 12, 1954.

Guy Quincy, in the 1950s, listed the case in his catalog without details or sources, giving the time as the evening.

Later, Michel Figuet added that the witnesses included Mr. J. Couillaud, Mr. Moreau, Jean Cotraux, and Emile Doussin.

Reports:

[Ref. aml1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel reports that according to the newspaper Ouest-France, on October 9, 1954, in Soubran in Charente Maritime, several people saw that Saturday evening a luminous ball quickly landing in a meadow.

[Ref. gqy1:] GUY QUINCY:

Scan.

October 9 [, 1954]

[... other cases...]

Evening: Soubran (5 km SE.Mirambeau--Chte-Maritime): landg.lumin.sph.

[... other cases...]

[Ref. gqy2:] GUY QUINCY:

Scan.

[... other cases...]

October 9, 1954: Soubran (5 km ISL SE Mirambeau--Charente-Maritime) several residents (landg. luminous sph.)

[... other cases...]

[Ref. jve5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

275 000.57068 45.37440 09 10 1954 SOUBRAN CHAR-MAR. F 001 C* 263

[Ref. fle1:] FERNAND LAGARDE:

The ufologist Fernand Lagarde believed he found a connection between the locations of UFO sightings and the locations of earthquakes or geological faults.

He published a map centered on the Charente-Maritime department, with parts of the surrounding departments, with these cases (his list is incomplete) represented, all dates October 1954:

"N 150 between Saintes and Royan 10.54"
"Taupignac 10.54"
"Pont L'Abbé 10.54"
"St Savinien 10.54"
"Birac 10.54"
"Soudran [sic] 10.54"
"Tourriers 10.54"
"Angouleme 10.54"
"Puymoyen 10.54"
"Marcillac 10.54"
"Nessier 10.54"
"Béruge 10.54"
"Lusignan 10.54"
"St Maixent 10.54"
"Niort 10.54"
"La Rochelle 10.54"
"Angles 10.54"
"Luçon 10.54"

Carte par Fernand Lagarde

[Ref. fle2:] FERNAND LAGARDE:

Fernand Lagarde states that "Soudran [sic] and Marcillac, without indications, are on recent sedimentary grounds."

[Ref. jve1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

216) October 9, 1954 Soubran (France):

Several local people saw a luminous, spherical object land in a pasture. (46; M 154) (Ouest-France, 12 oct 1954).

[Ref. jve2:] JACQUES VALLEE:

The author indicates that on October 9, 1954, several inhabitants of Soubran in Charente-Maritime, including Mr. J. Couillaud, Mr. Moreau, Jean Cotraux, Emile Doussin, saw a luminous spherical object, which landed in a pasture.

[Ref. ldl1:] "LUMIERES DANS LA NUIT" UFOLOGY MAGAZINE:

The case "216" of "10-9-54" in Soubran is noted by this ufology magazine in a list of cases that require either an investigation or a re-investigation.

[Ref. gal1:] CHARLES GARREAU AND RAYMOND LAVIER:

The two authors, ufologists, journalists, indicate that on October 9, 1954 in Soubran in Charente-Maritime, several inhabitants of this sector saw a spherical luminous object landing in a meadow.

They note that the information is sparse and comes from the catalogue by Jacques Vallée, case #216, in L.D.L.N. of November 1969.

[Ref. cei1] "CERPI" UFOLOGY GROUP:

Scan.

2) SOUBRAN (Charente-Maritime), on October 9, 1954; References: Vallée catalogue, #216, L.D.N for November 1969.

Very succinct information: Several inhabitants of this sector saw a spherical luminous object land in a meadow, about ten kilometers (?) from the corridor.

[Ref. prn1:] PETER ROGERSON - "INTCAT":

Scan.

395 9 October 1954 Night

SOUBRAN (FRANCE)

Several local people saw a luminous, spherical object land in a pasture. (M216; Oest-France [sic], 12 Oct 54; Michel II, 154)

[Ref. fru1:] MICHEL FIGUET AND JEAN-LOUIS RUCHON:

The two authors indicate that on October 9, 1954 several inhabitants of the sector of Soubran saw a luminous object of spherical land in a meadow.

The authors indicate that their sources are the Vallée catalogue, and C. Garreau and R. Lavier in "Face aux ET" page 76.

[Ref. ldn2:] UFOLOGY MAGAZINE "LUMIERES DANS LA NUIT":

ICOD Longitude Latitude
053 1100 SOUBRAN RF 17 541009 216 275

[Ref. mft2:] UFOLOGY MAGAZINE "LUMIERES DANS LA NUIT":

Nr of the J.C. Fumoux list N° of the Francat list Localization Date Class Credibility Sources Number of W
053 154 Soubran 09/10 cei1 NI RS V.C. 2-p. 136 4 T +

[Ref. mf1:] MICHEL FIGUET - "FRANCAT":

CASE NR CLASSIFICATION DATE HOUR PLACE ZIP CODE CREDIBILITY SOURCES
154 CEl 09 10 1954 hnp Soubran 17 150 D7 RS OVNI: p. 136

[Ref. lhh1:] LARRY HATCH - "*U* COMPUTER DATABASE":

4012: 1954/10/07 23:00 3 0:30:40 W 45:21:20 N 3331 WEU FRN CHM 7:9

JONZAC,FR:SVRL OBS:LUMN SPHERE LANDS IN PASTURE:NFD:/r8 #216:/l'Oeste-11 OCT54

Ref# 30 FIGEUT[sic]&RUCHON: OVNI: Le 1er Dossier Page No. 136 : PASTURE

[Ref. goe1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

The Belgian ufologist indicates in her catalogue that in 1954, on October 9, in France in Soubran "Several inhabitants of this area saw a luminous object of spherical form land in a meadow".

The source is indicated as "Ouest-France, 12 Oct 1954".

[Ref. fbn1:] FABRICE BONVIN:

Fabrice Bonvin notes:

Case #010: 09/10/1954, p. 136 (Soubran)

[Ref. fbn2:] FABRICE BONVIN:

In a table, Fabrice Bonvin notes selected cases of the 1954 French flap, including this one:

Case Nmbr witnesses Hours Type objects
Soubran 4 - 1

[Ref. mcn1:] MARK CASHMAN:

Soubran (France).

10/9/1954

Several local people saw a luminous, spherical object land in a pasture.

[Ref. djn1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

Encounters with Aliens On this Day

October 9

[...]

1954 - In Soubran, France several local people saw a luminous, spherical object land in a pasture. (Sources: Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 154; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia, p. 221).

[...]

[Ref. jbu1:] JEROME BEAU:

Saturday, October 9, 1954

[...]

In Soubran (France), several inhabitants of this area see 1 luminous object of spherical form land in a meadow.

[...]

The source is indicated as "Ouest-France, October 12, 1954".

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates in his database that in the Charente Maritime in Soubran on October 9, 1954, at an unknown hour "Several residents of the area of Soubran saw a luminous object of spherical form land in a meadow."

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

[Ref. uda1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 9 October 1954 at night in Soubran, France, "Several local people saw a luminous, spherical object land in a pasture."

"In Soubran, France several local people saw a luminous, spherical object land in a pasture."

And: "An object was sighted that had an appearance and performance beyond the capability of known earthly aircraft. One ball was observed by several witnesses in a rural area."

The sources are noted "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. nip1:] "THE NICAP WEBSITE":

*Oct. 9, 1954 - In Soubran, France several local people saw a luminous, spherical object land in a pasture. (Sources: Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 154; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 221, case # 216).

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

This database recorded this case 6 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 Soubran France Night CE I
19541009 09.10.1954 Soubran France Night CE I
19541009 09.10.1954 Soubran France
19541009 09.10.1954 Soubran France CE II
19541009 09.10.1954 Soubran France Night CE I
19541009 09.10.1954 Soubran France Night CE I

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

October 9 1954. Night.

SOUBRAN (CHARENTE-MARITIME : FRANCE)

Several local people saw a luminous spherical object land in a pasture.

Evaluation - Looks like that bolide again!

Explanations:

Map.

The data is so meager that although unexplained, this case might well have a trivial explanation. The primary source Ouest-France perhaps contains more data...

Keywords:

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

Soubran, Charente-Maritime, object, landing, sphere, luminous, multiple, J. Couillaud, Moreau, Jean Cotraux, Emile Doussin

Sources:

[----] indicates sources that are not yet available to me.

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 [goe1], [djn1], [jbu1], [lcn1], [uda1].
1.1 Patrick Gross June 28, 2010 Addition [jve5].
1.2 Patrick Gross July 9, 2010 Addition [fbn2].
1.3 Patrick Gross October 8, 2014 Addition [nip1].
1.4 Patrick Gross February 12, 2017 Addition [ubk1].
1.5 Patrick Gross March 26, 2019 Additions [ldl1], [cei1], [ldn2, [mft2], [mf1], [lhh1], [prn2]. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet."
1.6 Patrick Gross August 20, 2019 Additions [fle1], [fle2].
1.7 Patrick Gross October 14, 2019 Addition [prn1].
1.8 Patrick Gross April 30, 2022 Additions [gqy1], [gqy2].

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