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Beg. October, 1954, Saint-Pierre-Halte, Pas-de-Calais:

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

Reports:

[Ref. pl1] "LE PARISIEN LIBERE" NEWSPAPER:

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FLYING SAUCERS

False alert in Vaucluse

THE MINISTRY OF AIR DENIES
the observation of a luminous phenomenon
by two aviators from the Orange base

A big event faded yesterday on the front of the flying saucers.

The affair took place in the Vaucluse, in the limpid sky where Mount Ventoux dominates the relief, above Fontaine-de-Vaucluse. At 6:30 p.m., witnesses said that they had just seen a white disk surmounted by a spherical cap. The craft had two powerful lights alternating from white to red and purple colors. The comments went very fast and in good faith, it seems, several people gave reports that confirmed most of the countless phenomena already observed around the world. The nearby Caritat air base was alerted while the craft was still visible. Two jet planes took off and one waited impatiently for the pilots' report.

However, imprudents people ventured to publish premature news: the pilots had spotted the craft they were hunting. But it escaped at a speed much greater than theirs.

In fact, this was not the case, and yesterday the Air Ministry denied these fanciful claims. "Contrary to the information published by some newspapers Friday morning, the two pilots sent in pursuit of the saucer overflew Fontaine-de-Vaucluse at different altitudes and observed no unknown apparatus during their searches. These are experienced officers and their report is formal."

It was therefore necessary to mourn the saucer of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse. But in a field which in the autumn of 1954 offers a vast unknown in the world, that is not enough to conclude that flying saucers do not exist. There remain, alas, too many unexplained cases, and the enigma that remains hardly seems to be resolved.

On the other hand, Mr. Gauffredy, deputy mayor of Roussillon, saw, around 6 p.m., a saucer of greenish color which disappeared in a few seconds. Mr. Pierre Hector, entrepreneur, saw the same craft at the same time at Coustellet.

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-- At 6:30 p.m. yesterday a score of people saw in the sky of Apt a craft in the shape of a cigar with a big white glow at the front. The craft disappeared suddenly leaving two green lights.

-- In Valmon, in Bollène, at the Ponet and L'Isle-sur-Sorgue, between 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., various credible people saw either a luminous disc or a cigar moving at a dizzying speed.

-- A baker, Mr. Elie Théry, aged 43, living on the road from Saint-Omer to Calais, on his way home at around 3:30 a.m. in the morning, saw on the Dunkerque-Calais railway, near the level crossing of Saint-Pierre-Halte, 50 meters from him, a spherical luminous craft about 2 meters high and 4 meters wide. The object was extremely bright.

Mr. Thery, who passes for a very serious and conscientious man, has been deeply moved by this discovery.

-- In Vignory and Brottes, villages of the Haute-Marne, an orange-colored object was seen by different witnesses.

In the first case, it rose at a vertiginous pace towards the sky; the second time, Mr. Taillandier, an employee of the Chaumont buses, his wife and daughter, living at Brottes, saw an identical gleam moving from Neuilly to Vignory, moving very quickly.

In both cases, no noise was perceived.

[Ref. rr1:] "LE ROUERGUE REPUBLICAIN" NEWSPAPER:

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The mystery of the flying saucers

A luminous disc
ESCAPES
two jet aircraft
who had hunted it

AVIGNON, October 15th. - Early in the afternoon of Friday, at 1:30 p.m., the population of Fontaine de Vaucluse was in turmoil.

Indeed, a "white disc" was hovering slowly over the small city and one could clearly distinguish it with good binoculars.

This white disc was surmounted by a spherical protrusion of the same color.

The lower circular border intermittently bears two powerful lights, varying from white to purplish, passing through the red.

The air base of Caritat (Vaucluse), alerted, immediately directed two jet planes which soon made their appearance, and after two turns on Fontaine de Vaucluse, took altitude and dove on the "disc".

The radio on board the planes, which was in communication with the base, announced that the craft was in sight, that it was being hunted, but that it escaped because its speed was higher than theirs.

From Vaucluse, one could see clearly the disc skyrocketing, pursued by the two jets.

CALAIS. - A baker boy

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from Calais said he had seen, at 3:40 a.m., at the place called "Saint Pierre Halte", on the road to Saint-Omer a yellow and shiny craft land on the railway tracks.

According to the baker, the curiously shaped object was two meters in height and four meters in diameter.

NIMES. - Two people saw last night, as they were returning home, a few kilometers north of Nîmes, a greenish glow in a field. They approached and found the presence of a craft in all aspects identical to a rugby ball and seeming to rest on crutches. The strange device suddenly rose into the air, emitting a faint noise and gradually taking on an orange hue.

[Ref. cm1] "CENTRE MATIN" NEWSPAPER:

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THE MYSTERY OF THE SAUCER

In Vaucluse, a luminous machine
escapes two jets

AVIGNON. - In early afternoon yesterday Friday the population of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, was in turmoil.

Indeed, a "white disc" was hovering slowly over the small town and one could clearly distinguish it with good binoculars.

This white disc was surmounted by a spherical cap of the same color.

The lower circular edge carried intermittently two powerful fires varying from white to purple color, passing by the red color.

Caritat Air Base (Vaucluse), alerted, immediately scrambled two jets which soon appeared, and after two turns on Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, they took altitude and dove on the "disc".

The radio installed on the jets was in communication with the base, it announced that the craft was in sight, it was chased, but it escaped because its speed was greater than theirs.

From Vaucluse, one could clearly see the disk go away fast, pursued by the two jets.

Here are also some other information about flying saucers appearances:

Mulhouse. - A trader in a car last night in the company of a friend, between Niffer and Kembs, suddenly saw in the sky a luminous machine in the form of an oval fireball. The latter, according to the trader, followed a large "8" in the sky, moving at a tremendous pace and at an altitude of about 300 meters the craft, which was preceded by a long trail of light, changed color passing from orange to white color, then went to the southeast.

Martigues. - An 8 year old child, who was with his mother and aunt on the road in the hamlet of Saint-Pierre, near Martigues, saw in the sky an elongated luminous machine, from which, she specified, a sort of fireworks came out. The parents have certified to the statements of their child.

Calais. - A baker boy of Calais said he had seen at 3:40 a.m., at the place called "St. Pierre Halte" on the road to Saint-Omer, a yellow and shining craft landing on the railway.

The oddly shaped object was, according to the baker, two meters high and four meters in diameter.

Nimes. - Two people saw last night, returning to their home, a few kilometers north of Nîmes, a greenish glow in a field.

They approached and noted the presence of a vehicle identical in all respects to a rugby ball and appearing to rest on crutches. The strange apparatus suddenly rose in the air while emitting a low noise and gradually taking an orange hue.

Graulhet. - A barrel-maker from Graulhet stated to have seen late yesterday afternoon, at high altitude, a silver craft heading toward the northwest, he first thought it was a jet plane, but discerning no contrail, the barrel-maker fetched binoculars and distinctly saw a broad flexible disc that undulated on itself while moving at a high speed.

That's when the craft seemed to explode in flight. A silver ball, one meter in diameter, escaped the mass and continued on his way, soon disappeared from view, while the rest of the craft fell into pieces similar to sheets of various sizes that hung in the sky and some of which clung to telegraph son. Fifteen people have testified to this singular event and material fragments were collected. They were in the form of agglomerated silver filaments and crumbling to the touch.

Melun. - Near Montargis on National Road No. 7, a resident of this city, said he saw in the sky a yellow mass of rounded and very brilliant form.

Marseille. - Two luminous craft flying high were seen in the sky of the Rove earlier this afternoon. Observers noted that these apparatuses were immobilized a moment and then resumed their flight.

Draguignan. - Several residents of Draguignan observed towards the end of the afternoon, a luminous object crossing the sky at the speed of a meteor.

Casablanca. - Workers of the military logistics of Casablanca stated to have seen this afternoon, above the city, a kind of phosphorescent cigar that, after gently going down like a dead leaf resumed its horizontal course at breakneck speed and eventually disappear.

Angers. - A resident of the village of Méral (the Mayenne), said he saw in the sky, a bright orange ball which landed on the ground.

The disc, with a flattened dome, of a diameter of five to six meters produced a blinding light, illuminating the countryside in a radius of 200 meters.

The craft was transparent and inside, one observed a black shape. The disc remained like this for ten minutes, turned reddish, and quickly disappeared to the north. The observer then went to the place where the object had landed. There was, he says, a kind of brilliant cloud that fell slowly to the ground.

Arrived at his home he noticed that his clothes were covered with a white layer of a slightly sticky material like paraphine [sic].

NO "SAUCER" IN BRITAIN WHERE NATURAL EXPLANATION ARE GENERALLY ENOUGH

London. - The Ministry of the British Air does not believe in the existence of "saucers", "cigars" and other flying contraptions.

While refusing to comment on the craft reported in France, official spokesmen stated that natural explanations are usually given to these phenomena in Britain and that only insufficient explanations let the mystery survive.

No mysterious object was reported in the skies of Britain in recent weeks.

[Ref. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

Ufologist Aimé Michel notes in his book that at 03:40 in the morning, a baker of the southern suburbs of Calais left his bakehouse to take some fresh air. He then saw a sort of luminous craft of yellow color which quickly descended from the sky and landed close to the railway not far from the road RN 43 close to the locality named Saint-Pierre-Halte. The object resembled a mushroom and the witness said that it measured four meter of diameter and two meters in height. The machine soon flew away and disappeared from view.

[Ref. am2:] AIME MICHEL:

In an article in 1963 on orthoteny, Aimé Michel adds:

Thus, at the first glance, something appears. On October 15 for example, there were 8 sightings: in Southend in England, in Calais, one in Aire-sur-la-Lys, one on Main Road 68 between Niffer and Kembs (Franco-German border), one in the mouth of Pô, one in the east of Paris, one on Main Road 7 in the south of Montargis, and finally in Fouesnant, near Quimper.

[Ref. jv5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

350 -001.90251 50.91300 15 10 1954 03 40 102 ST P.HALTE-CALAIS F 0011 3C** 304

[Ref. jv1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

263

Oct. 15, 1954, 03:40, Saint-Pierre-Halte (France).

A baker saw a brilliant yellow craft descend rapidly and land on the railroad tracks. It was shaped like a mushroom, about 4 m diameter, 2 m high. (La Croix, 16 oct 1954) (62; M 180).

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

Garreau and Lavier note that on October 14, 1954, in Saint-Pierre-Halte in the Pas-de-Calais, a baker's assistant told that towards 03:20 he had seen a yellow shiny machine posed on the railway.

He indicated that the object was circular, with approximately four meters in diameter and two meters in height. He had quickly moved away without observing the continuation of the events, because he was frightened.

[Ref. ri1:] ANTONIO RIBERA:

The author ensures that there was an alignment of cases in Western Europe on October 15, 1954, proving that the witnesses neither had dreamed nor invented as one could think by taking each case apart; he says one of the cases is: "Calais (France)".

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

The two authors indicate that in Saint-Pierre Halte close to Calais in the department of the Pas-de-Calais, on October 14, 1954 at 03:40 a.m., whereas he took some fresh air in front of his bakehouse, an anonymous baker's assistant from Calais saw a yellow and shining craft of 2 meters height and 4 meters diameter land on a railway. This object had the shape of a mushroom. Being on the road of Saint-Omer, the frightened witness moved away quickly without observing the departure of the machine.

The authors indicate that the sources are case 263 of the Vallée catalogue; La Croix for 10/16/54; C. Garreau and R. Lavier in "Face aux ET" page 127; Aime Michel in "A Propos des Soucoupes Volantes" page 220.

[Ref. jc1:] JACQUES COSTAGLIOLA:

The author indicates that on October 15, 1954, there were 8 sightings, 5 were in a line, one of them was in Calais.

[Ref. go1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

Godelieve van Overmeire indicates that in 1954, on October 14, in France, in St Pierre Halte (Calais), "at 03:40 a baker saw a yellow and shining craft go down quickly and land on the railway. The shape of the object was that of a mushroom, approximately 4 m in diameter and 2 m in height."

The sources are indicated as "La Croix, 16 Oct 1954" and "Jacques Vallée: 'Chronique des apparitions ET' - DENOEL 1972 - J'AI LU COLL. - p. 282".

She adds that the occurrence happened on the 14th not the 15th according to: "M. FIGUET/ J.L. RUCHON: 'Ovni, premier dossier complet...' - Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979, p. 160".

[Ref. dj1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

On this Day

October 15

[...]

1954 – St.-Pierre-Halte, France. At 3:40 a.m. a baker saw a brilliant yellow craft descend rapidly and land on some railroad tracks. It was mushroom shaped, about four meters diameter, and two meters high. (Sources: Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 180; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 230).

[...]

[Ref. jb1:] JEROME BEAU:

Friday, October 15, 1954

[...]

3:40 : In Saint-Pierre-Halte (France), 1 baker sees 1 yellow and shining machine go down quickly and land on the railway. The shape of the object is that of a musroom, being approximately 4 m in diameter and 2 m high.

[...]

The source is indicated as "La Croix, October 16, 1954."

[Ref. jd1:] JEAN-PIERRE D'HONDT:

This ufologist indicates that on October 14, 1954, in "Saint-pierre Halte", in the Pas-de-Calais, the suburbs of Calais, "As he takes fresh air in front of hiss bakehouse at 3 40, a baker's assistant sees a yellow and brilliant machine land on a railway, near the road of St Omer. This object has the shape of a mushroom of approximately 2 meters in height on 4 meters in diameter. The frightened witness moves away quickly without observing the departure of the machine."

The sources are noted as "Vallée Catalogue, case #263. - La Croix for 10/16/1954. - C. Garreau and R. Lavier Face aux E.T. page 127. Aimé Michel A Propos des S. V. page 220."

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates in his database that in the Pas-de-Calais in "St Pierre Halte (Calais)" on October 14, 1954 at 03:40 hours, "While he takes fresh air in front of his bakehouse, a baker's assistant sees a yellow and shining craft 2 meters in height and 4 meters in diameter, land on a railway, this object has the shape of a mushroom. Being on the road of Saint-Omer, the frightened witness moves away fast without observing the departure of the craft."

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

[Ref. dj2:] DONALD JONHSON:

Donald Johnson indicates that on October 14, 1954, at 3:40 a.m. a brilliant, yellow machine in the shape of a mushroom, two meters in height and four meters in diameter, was seen resting on railroad tracks in Saint-Pierre Halte by a baker's assistant from Calais.

The sources are indicated as Figuet, Michel and Jean-Louis Ruchon, OVNI: Le premier dossier complet des rencontres rapprochees en France, p. 160, citing La Croix, October 16, 1954; Aime Michel, A Propos des Soucoupes Volantes, p. 220.

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

*Oct. 14, 1954 - At 3:40 a.m. a brilliant, yellow machine in the shape of a mushroom, two meters in height and four meters in diameter, descended rapidly and was seen resting on some railroad tracks in Saint-Pierre-Halte, France by a baker's assistant from Calais. (Source: Michel Figuet & Jean-Louis Ruchon, OVNI: Le premier dossier complet des rencontres rapprochees en France, p. 160, citing La Croix, October 16, 1954; Aime Michel, A Propos des Soucoupes Volantes, p. 220; Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 180; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 230--who lists the date as Oct. 15).

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

This database recorded this same case five times:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541015 15.10.1954 St. Pierre Halte France CE I
19541015 15.10.1954 St. Pierre Halte France CE II
19541015 15.10.1954 St. Pierre Halte France CE I
19541015 15.10.1954 St. Pierre Halte France CE I
19541015 15.10.1954 St. Pierre Halte France CE I

[Ref. ub2:] "UFO-DATENBANK":

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541015 15.10.1954 Calais France CE I
19541015 15.10.1954 Calais France CE I
19541015 15.10.1954 Calais France

[Ref. dc2:] DOMINIQUE CAUDRON:

The author checks "the myth of alignment SOUPO ", i.e. the assertion from Jacques Vallée and Aimé Michel about an alignment of 8 UFO observations on October 15, 1954, in Europe. The author shows that none the cases was correctly dated except perhaps one, that the alignment is disproved and the observations also.

He indicates that according to Aimé Michel, the observations of this date are all by night.

About this case, he quotes Aimé Michel in "Mystérieux Objets Célestes", Arthaud 1958, page 304, as saying:

"At 3:40 of the morning, a baker of the southern suburbs of Calais, on the English Channel, comes out of his bakehouse to take some fresh air, like all the bakers of the world do."

He notes that in reality, he was riding a moped.

"He then sees a kind of luminous machine, of yellow color, which goes down quickly and lands on the railway not far from main road 43, close to the place called Saint-Pierre-Halte. The object resembles a mushroom and is, according to the witness, four meters in diameter and two meters high. It flies away soon and disappears."

It notes that in reality, the witness did not stop and did not see the object taking off.

Dominique Caudron notes that Antonio Ribera, in "Procés aux OVNIS", De Vecchi 1975, page 54, says that on Friday October 15, 1954, a series d’observations was reported, including one in Calais, and which, if one studies each fact separately, one can only regret the fragility of human testimonys which gives enthralling stories but one does not know if they are dreams or inventions; Ribera concludes that they are not, with the reason that they are all on a line.

Dominique Caudron then quotes the Nord Littoral local newspaper for October 15, 1954, page 2, as saying about the observation of St-Pierre-Halte:

And here it is that in Calais, another bakery worker had reportdely also seen, on the railway, as he went to his workplace, an enigmatic machine which had chosen the railway which goes from Calais to Dunkirk, very close from Saint-Pierre Halte, to land.

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But let's hear Mr. Thery speak.

- I had just left the house. It was approximately 3:40 of the morning. I rode on the road of Sintt-Omer [Saint-Omer], between Virval and the Station of Saint-Pierre Halte. My motorbike was going fast. I was going to start the turn to engage on the Castre path. The night was rather beautiful and the moon diffused a quite important clearness to distinguish rather far in front of oneself. At the time when I was going to cross the level crossing, my attention was automatically drawn and I turned the head towards the left.

"What I then saw astonished me: at about fifty meters from me, on the railway straightforwardly, on the side of Coulogne, at th very place where the trains going to or coming back from Dunkirk pass, I saw a semi-spherical form.

I said to myself; Hold on, here is a curious construction on the railway. The mass was approximately two meters tall, by three or four [meters] broad. Il was across the railway. I repeat it, his color was of a very brillant yellow."

I DID NOT STOP

...

Obviously, on the spot one sees nothing any more, for during the few days quite a number of trains have passed.

He notes the "odd detail: Mr. Théry does not stop", and alerts that the newspaper clearly says that the sighting took place a few days ago, and thus, even if one would classify this as a landing, it does not belong to the October 15 alignement.

Note:

Garreau and Lavier as well as Figuet and Ruchon date this sighting of October 14, not October 15.

Explanations:

Not looked for yet.

Keywords:

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

Saint-Pierre-Halte, Pas-de-Calais, Elie Théry, baker, craft, object, yellow, bright, shiny, landing, railway, mushroom

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross August 16, 2004 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross April 8, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [go1], [lc1].
1.1 Patrick Gross April 21, 2009 Addition [dj1], [jb1].
1.2 Patrick Gross February 28, 2010 Addition [dj2].
1.3 Patrick Gross October 15,2014 Addition [ni1].
1.4 Patrick Gross October 26, 2016 Additions [cm1], [ub1].
1.5 Patrick Gross November 5, 2016 Addition [dc2]. As [dc2] reveals the case of Calais the next day is this case, merge of the two files in here, now including also [am1], [am2], [jv5], [gl1], [jc1]. New date for the case, "Beg. October" instead of "October 14". Additions [ri1], [ub2].
1.6 Patrick Gross December 5, 2016 Addition [pl1].
1.7 Patrick Gross February 28, 2017 Addition [rr1].

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