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The 1954 French flap:

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Mid October, 1954, Angles, Vendée:

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

Summary:

In 1958, Aimé Michel reported, without specifying a source, in his book on the 1954 French wave that on October 14, 1954, at nightfall in "Angles in the Vendée", several separate witnesses had reported "a spectacle that clearly characterized the passage of a 'jellyfish saucer'."

He said that a brilliant craft arrived and changed shape by getting closer, emitted multicolored gleams, and descending to a very low altitude.

A peasant who was in the vicinity wanted to approach, and saw the machine throw a blinding glow and then resume its height and disappear, this phenomenon being seen by many people from the village of Angles itself.

Jacques Vallée summarizes the case in 1969, then in 1974, he gave as source the newspaper La Croix for October 16, 1954.

In 1979, Michel Figuet and Jean-Louis Ruchon give the same report, from Vallée, with the same press source, but write "Anglès" - which is in the Tarn, while giving the department as the Vendée; a later source would locate the case at Anglès in the Tarn.

I then realized that this case was reported as "previously unpublished" by Jean Sider in 1994 and again in 1997.

While researching the observations of the 1954 wave in the National Library's press archives, he found that an article in 1954 in the newspaper Les Sables-Vendée Journal reported this:

A sympathetic local, Mr. Auguste Bourget, city councilor, saw about 80 meters from the stable of his property, around 6:15 (in the morning), a big red ball of more than a meter in diameter. Suddenly, its shape changed to take that of a spindle whose lower part ceased to be illuminated.

As he approached, the witness found himself in the presence of a dark unicoloured circular mass, with bars, two meters from him and at ground level. The witness had hardly seen the phenomenon, that in the blink of an eye, there was nothing left! The saucer had disappeared. Mr. Bourget did not recover his poise yet and the town of Angles did not fail to be in agitation.

From the date of publication, Jean Sider said that the case had to occur between October 18 and 22, 1954, which would contradict the existence of the Press source given by Vallée that would have been published on October 16, 1954.

These different dates resulted in many catalogs and websites publishing this case as two separate cases.

Reports:

[Ref. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel indicates that on October 14, 1954 at nightfall in Angles in the Vendée, several separate witnesses reported "a spectacle which clearly characterizes the passage of a "jellyfish saucer"."

This was about the arrival of a shining machine which changed shape while approaching, emitted multicoloured gleams and descended at very low altitude.

A peasant who was in the surroundings wanted to approach it and saw the machine throw a dazzling gleam then take height again and disappear, this phenomenon being seen by several people from the village of Angles itself.

[Ref. jv5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

331 001.40318 46.40940 14 10 1954 18 00 2 (ANGLES-VENDEES) F 301 C** 298

[Ref. jv1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

254) October 14, 1954, nightfall, Anglès (France):

A farmer saw a bright object, which came almost to the ground. When he tried to approach it the object produced an intense "screen of light" and vanished without a noise. Several persons in Angles observed the scene. (P. 62).

[Ref. jv1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

254) October 14, 1954, nightfall, Anglès (France):

A farmer saw a bright object, which came almost to the ground. When he tried to approach it the object produced an intense "screen of light" and vanished without a noise. Several persons in Angles observed the scene. (P 62).

[Ref. jv2:] JACQUES VALLEE:

October 14, 1954, nightfall. Anglès (France):

A farmer saw a bright object, which came almost to the ground. When he tried to approach it the object produced an intense "screen of light" and vanished without a noise. Several persons in Angles observed the scene.

(La Croix, Oct. 16, 1954).

[Ref. cb1:] CHARLES BOWEN:

The author indicates that on October 14, 1954, a farmer of Angles in the Vendée saw a shining object come almost to the ground, but when he tried to approach it, the apparatus produced an intense "screen of light" and disappeared without noise. Several people of Angles observed the same phenomenon.

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

The two authors and ufologists indicate that in Anglès in the Vendée, a farmer who remained anonymous and several other witnesses saw on October 14, 1954 at an unspecified hour of the twilight, a brilliant object which emitted multicoloured gleams and descended close to the ground. When the farmer tried to approach it, the machine produced an intense "screen of light" and disappeared without noise.

The authors indicate Quincy, Vallée and the newspaper La Croix for September [sic, October] 16, 1954, as sources.

[Ref. pr1:] PETER ROGERSON - "INTCAT":

429 14 October 1954 Nightfall

ANGLES (FRANCE) A farmer saw a bright object vhich came almost to the ground. When he tried to approach it, the object produced an intense "screen of light" and vanished without a noise. Several people in Angles observed the scene. (M254: La Croix, 16 Oct 54: Michel II, 177)

[Ref. bb1:] GERARD BARTHEL AND JACQUES BRUCKER:

The two authors note this case of October 14, 1954:

"Angles - 85: investigation. luminous phenomenon vaguely spherical."

[Ref. ld1:] "LUMIERES DANS LA NUIT" UFOLOGY MAGAZINE:

The case as described by Jean Sider below [js1] was published in the ufology magazine "Lumières dans la Nuit" among a list of newly discovered potential landing cases in 1994.

[Ref. js1:] JEAN SIDER:

Jean Sider discovered this so far unknown observation when he searched for sighting reports of the 1954 French flap in the press files at the National Library. He found this 1954 article in the newspaper Les Sables-Vendée, which reported the following:

A sympathetic resident of the area, Mr. Bourget, city council man, saw within 80 meters approximately from the horse stable of his property, at about 06:15, a large red ball of more than one meter in diameter. Suddenly, its shape changed to take that of a spindle of which the lower part ceased to being enlightened.

While approaching, the witness found himself in the presence of a non-illuminated circular mass, of dark gray color and presenting bars at two meters of him and almost at the level of the ground. Hardly did the witness see the phenomenon, that in a wink, there was nothing any more! The saucer had disappeared. Mr. Bourget was amazed and the borough of Angles was to be in an agitation.

On the basis of the publication date, Jean Sider deduces that the case had to occur between the October 18 and 22, 1954.

[Ref. lh1] LARRY HATCH - "*U* COMPUTER DATABASE":

4118: 1954/10/14 19:00 6 1:24:20 W 46:24:40 N 3332 WEU FRN VND 8:9

ANGLES,FR:SVRL SEP.OBS:BLINDING JELLYFISH ^ LOW:CHANGES SHAPE:^:/LDLN#103+/r49

Ref#138 GROSS,L.:UFOs a HISTORY-1954/10 bks Book # 9 Page 46 : FARMLANDS

[Ref. lh2] LARRY HATCH - "*U* COMPUTER DATABASE":

4191: 1954/10/18 06:20 1 1:24:40 W 46:24:00 N 3333 WEU FRN VND 7:6

ANGLES,FR:COUNCILMAN:1M+SCR VCLOSE:BARS PROTRUDE:VANISHES/INSTANT!:/LDLN#321

Ref#217 Jean SIDER: Le DOSSIER 1954 (2 vol.) Page No. 114 : TOWN &CITY

[Ref. dg3:] DIDIER GOMEZ:

Didier Gomez lists this case by indicating that on October 14, 1954, at dawn, in Anglès in the Tarn, a witness then several witnesses saw a shining object producing a screen of light; which might have landed.

[Ref. go1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

Godelieve van Overmeire indicates that in 1954, on October 14, in France, in "Angles (the Vendée), at twilight a farmer and other people saw a shining object go down almost to the ground. Whereas he tried to approach the object emitted an intense screen of light and disappeared without a noise."

The sources are noted "La Croix, 16 Oct 1954" and "Jacques Vallée: 'Chronique des apparitions ET' - DENOEL 1972 - J'AI LU COLL. - p. 280".

[Ref. mv1:] "LES MYSTERES DE VENDEE" WEBSITE:

The author of this website who explored the regional press of the department of Vendée reports:

Angles
October 14, 1954

Angles, city of legends and mysteries in which we will have the occasion to return for another UFO sighting but also for the mysteries engraved in the stones of a close construction which will put to us on the track of the treasure of the Moricq Tower.

For now I have only one lead for this day of October 14, 1954, an observation which is unlikely to have developments, insofar the information is so sparse and seem to have to remain so! In 1997 I received a letter by the ufologist Michel Figuet, deceased since, who taught me the existence of this case among others having occurred in the Vendée, with this short comment: Angles, 14/10/54 (twilight) Witnesses deceased, unverifiable case.

One can thus only suppose that a UFO type display took place above Angles on October 14, 1954, without being able to give more details, unless one day one of the visitors of this website can teach me some more.

[Ref. mv2:] "LES MYSTERES DE VENDEE" WEBSITE:

In his case listing "UFOs in the Vendée", the author notes this case:

Angles, 14 October 1954

[Ref. mv3:] "LES MYSTERES DE VENDEE" WEBSITE:

In his case listing "UFOs in the Vendée", the author notes this case:

Angles, between October 18 and October 22, 1954

[Ref. jb1:] JEROME BEAU:

Thursday, October 14, 1954

In the twilight - A Angles (the Vendée, France), 1 farmer 1 sees 1 shining object go down almost to the ground. While he tries to approach, the object produces an intense screen of light and disappears without a noise. In Angles, several people observed the display.

Jérome Beau indicates that the witness "Died at least in 1997" and indicates that the source is "La Croix, 16 October 1954 cited in Figuet, M. cited in Choloux, Jérôme: "2. La vague de 1954" in "Les OVNIs en Vendée", Les Mystères de Vendée, 2007".

[Ref. jb2:] JEROME BEAU:

Monday, October 18, 1954

[...]

06:15 In Angles (the Vendée), Mr. Auguste Le Bourget, living at 80 m approximately of his stable, sees 1 large red ball, more than 1 m in diameter suddenly taking the shape of a spindle, its lower part ceases being enlightened. The witness advances and was in the presence of a nonenlightened circular mass of dark gray color and presenting bars, within 2 meters of him and at near ground level. In the blink of an eye, the thing disappears.

[...]

The sources are indicated as "Les Sables-Vendée Journal, 24 octobre 1954" selon "Liste de cas inédits d'atterrissages potentiels, LDLN n° 321, début 1994, p. 34".

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates in his database that in the Vendée in Angles on October 14, 1954 at an unknown hour "In the twilight, the witnesses observe a shining object which emits multicoloured gleams and goes down close to the ground. When a farmer tries to approach, the craft produces an intense 'screen of light' and disappears without noise."

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

[Ref. lc2:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in Vendée at Angles on October 21, 1954, at 06:15 "(dubious date between the 18th and the 22nd of October) a witness saw within 80 meters approximately of the stable of his property, towards 6:15, a large red ball of more than one meter in diameter. Suddenly, its shape changed to take that of a spindle of which the lower part ceased being enlightened. While approaching, the witness was in the presence of a non-luminous circular mass, of dark gray color and presenting bars at two meters of him and close to the ground. Hardly had the witness seen the phenomenon, that in a wink, there was nothing any more! The object had disappeared."

Luc Chastan indicates that the source is my website: "Les OVNI vus de près par Gross Patrick ** http://ufologie.net".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 14 October 1954 at 18:00 in Angles, France, "A hovering object was observed. It moved with a falling-leaf motion. One object was observed by several male witnesses (Martin)."

The website indicates as sources 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); Schoenherr, Luis, Computerized Catalog (N = 3173); Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002.

[Ref. ud2:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 14 October 1954 at 18:00 in Angles, France, "A bright object, which came almost to the ground. A farmer saw a bright object, which came almost to the ground. When he tried to approach it the object produced an intense "screen of light" and vanished without a noise. Several persons in Angles observed the scene."

The website adds: "An unidentified object was sighted, but with appearance and behavior that most likely would have a conventional explanation. One ball was observed by several witnesses at a mountain."

The website indicates as sources Guieu, Jimmy, Flying Saucers Come from Another World, Citadel, New York, 1956.

[Ref. dj2:] DONALD JONHSON:

Donald Johnson indicates that on October 14, 1954, at dusk, around 6:00 p.m., a farmer in Angles, Vendee department, France saw a bright object, which came almost to the ground. When he tried to approach it the object produced an intense "screen of light" and vanished without a sound. Several other persons in Angles also observed the scene.

The sources are indicated as Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case # 254, citing La Croix, October 16, 1954.

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

*Oct. 14, 1954 - At dusk, around 6:00 p.m., a farmer in Angles, Vendee department, France saw a bright object, which came almost to the ground. When he tried to approach it the object produced an intense "screen of light" and vanished without a noise. Several other persons in Angles also observed the scene. (Sources: La Croix, October 16, 1954; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case # 254).

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

This database recorded this case 7 times:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541014 14.10.1954 Angles France 18.00
19541014 14.10.1954 Angles France 18.00 NL
19541014 14.10.1954 Angles France Nightfall
19541014 14.10.1954 Angles France
19541014 14.10.1954 Angles France
19541014 14.10.1954 Angles France Nightfall CE II
19541014 14.10.1954 Angle France

[Ref. pr2:] PETER ROGERSON - "INTCAT":

October 14 1954. 1815hrs.

ANGLES (VENDEE : FRANCE)

August M Bourget, a local councillor, saw 80m from his stable, a red sphere over 1m in diameter. The underside then went dark. When he approached he encountered a dark circular mass with grey bars and feet on the ground. The thing then disappeared on the spot.

Gross 1954. citing Jean Sider in Lumieres dans le [sic] Nuit 331 p34 citing Les Sables-Vendee Journal 24 October 1954. p6

Vallee Case 254 citing La Croix 16 October 1954.

Notes:

Most writers had indicated that the place is Angles, in Vendee, however, Figuet and Ruchon write the name of the city with the accent, "Angles."

If the city is Anglès, then the department is the Tarn.

If the city is Angles, then it is in Vendée.

I think that Figuet and Ruchon were mistaken in introducing the accent, since they did indicate the Vendée as department.

The big problem is that the date is very uncertain. The sources before Sider all gave October 14, 1954, but without sources, until Vallée, also giving October 14, 1954, came up with the source said to be the national newspaper La Croix for October 16, 1954; which seems to make sense. But Sider gave a local and later press source, dated October 24, 1954; it would be odd for a detailed local source to appear 8 days after a less detailed national source. It is also not known how Sider deduced that the date of the case should be between October 18 and 22, 1954. For lack of certainty, I therefore "redate" the case as of mid October 1954.

So I stay with a possible extraterrestrial craft but low reliability sources.

Explanations:

Not looked for yet.

Keywords:

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

Angles, Vendée, city counsellor, Auguste Bourget, stable, change, ball, red, spindle, luminous, grey, mass, circular, bars, feet, landing

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross December 21, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross 8 avril 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [go1], [jb1], [lc1], [ud1], [ud2].
1.1 Patrick Gross March 4, 2010 Addition [mv2].
1.2 Patrick Gross June 29, 2010 Addition [jv5].
1.3 Patrick Gross November 15, 2014 Addition [ni1].
1.4 Patrick Gross February 27, 2017 Addition [ub1].
1.5 Patrick Gross July 7, 2019 Additions [pr1], [lh1], [dg3], [pr2]. Merge of files "14 oct. Angles" and "18-22 oct. Angles", meaning [ld1], [js1], [jb2], [lc2], [dj3], [lh2] are added to this file. Addition of the Summary. Case date changed to Oct 14, 1954, and October 18-22, 1954, to mid October 1954.

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