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October 11, 1954, Montbazin, Hérault:

Reference for this case: 11-Oct-54-Montbazin.
Please cite this reference in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


Although Aimé Michel wrote in his 1958 book that there was a case of landing on October 11, 1954, in Montbazin, not to be confused with the case in Montbazens, it seems possible nevertheless that this "Montbazin" case rests only on the misspell.

Let's note however that in 1979, Michel Figuet and Jean-Louis Ruchon also said it was not the same case. They specified that in Montbazin in the Hérault, on October 11, 1954, the 5-meters luminous disc with light outputs was observed on the ground, and a being was also observed - which seems to come from Vallée or Quincy.

But in the 1980's Figuet changed his mind and noted that the Montbazin landing is indeed the Montbazens landing, a hoax.




According to a fairground man near Clamecy:

gets down from his cigar
to light
a cigarette

People down to earth enough to doubt the phenomena duly observed every day by thousands of French people are beginning to wonder whether these stories of flying cigars are not a re-edition of the Garap affair and if it were not an ingenious advertisement mounted by the National Tobacco Board...

A Martian seen smoking!

A fairground merchant from Clamecy who went to the Corbigny fair with a friend said that on the road, at 5 a.m., his car engine stopped suddenly, while the headlights went out.

- I felt, he said, like an electric shock and I saw then about fifty meters away, in a meadow, a machine of cylindrical shape, of a fairly large diameter, of a greyish color, around which three small beings moved. It seemed to me that one of them was smoking, because I could clearly make out a small red glow in the emerging day. My comrade and I were immobilized, unable to make a movement. Then we saw the machine rise and take height. Only then could we restart the car and continue our journey.

A wheelwright from La Carie, near Clamecy, said that he had seen the mysterious machine. But he did not see the Martians smoke. The three witnesses were heard by the gendarmerie.

A resident of Montbazès (Aveyron) also received an electric shock when approaching a "four to five meters in diameter round craft which radiated intense brightness" in the middle of a meadow. Five workers who worked in the workshop of a mechanic saw like him the craft then rise silently and at full speed.

An Iranian was almost kidnapped by Uranians

Finally, in Tehran, Etlaat, the evening newspaper, publishes without comment the story of a resident of the city who complains of having been the victim of an attempted abduction aboard a saucer.

The craft was stopped in the middle of the street in a populous district of Tehran. Approaching it, the Iranian felt attracted by a magnetic force and uttered cries of terror which stirred the neighbors. Whereupon the saucer took off.

- The pilot, the witness said, was small, dressed in black and had the head of an elephant!...

Professor Oberth, a German rocket scientist who gave a new lecture on saucers yesterday in Oldenburg, believes that the Martians - or, to speak like him, the Uranians - "are able to read the minds of men through astro-psychology."

A maths teacher from Lisieux, a doctor and a Beaujolais coffee-maker, a Lyon rugby player, a Limousin transporter yesterday saw saucers, fireballs and luminous mushrooms. Near Louviers, a craftsman and his apprentice saw yesterday around 3 a.m., on the railroad tracks, a bell 3 meters high which launched green sparks and jumped at their approach 10 meters high. The two men also jumped in surprise, but much lower.

Finally near Langres, one not only saw but touched a flying cigar, which was also taken to the gendarmerie. It was made of silver cardboard, pierced with portholes, lit inside by an electric flashlight and suspended from eighteen children's balloons.


[Ref. aml1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel indicates that there was a case of landing on October 11, 1954, in Montbazin in the Hérault, reported in the newspapers Le Figaro, l'Aurore, le Parisien Libéré for October 13, 1954, and Sud-Ouest and Ouest-France for October 14, 1954.

Aimé Michel specifies that the case has nothing to do with the one in Montbazens in the Aveyron.

He put the sighting location on a map supposed to demonstrate cases are lined up:

Map by Aimé Michel

[Ref. gqy1:] GUY QUINCY:


October 11 [, 1954]

[... other cases...]

? [=unknown hour]: Montbazin(7 km NW.Frontignan--Hérault):lum.sph. on the ground + being

[... other cases...]

[Ref. gqy2:] GUY QUINCY:


[... other cases...]

October 11, 1954: Montbazin (7 km ISL in the NW of Frontignan--Hérault): (sph. on the ground + luminous emissions + dwarf)

[... other cases...]

[Ref. jve8:] JACQUES VALLEE:


11 Oct., 1954 Montbazin France -- 1 being 1

[Ref. jve5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

307 -003.69621 43.51500 11 10 1954 22 00 1 MONTBAZIN-HERAULT F 001 I

[Ref. agd1:] ALAIN GAMARD:


Case # Date Time Locality Department Witness(es) name
047 11/10/1954 - Monbazin. 34 -


The two authors indicate that in Montbazin in the Hérault on October 11, 1954, a luminous disc of 5 meters in diameter with light outputs was observed on the ground. A being was also observed. They specify that the case is not the same as the hoax case in Montbazen, the Aveyron, reported the same day.

The authors indicate that the sources are "Quincy" and Charles Bowen in "En Quête des Humanoïdes", J'ai Lu publisher.

[Ref. mft1:] MICHEL FIGUET:

In an extract of his Francat catalogue, Michel Figuet noted that the case of October 11, 1954 in Montbazin in the Hérault would be actually the hoax of Montbazens in the Aveyron that same day.

[Ref. jsr1:] JEAN SIDER:

55 - October 11, time unknown, Montbazin, Hérault.

Anonymous witness.

A luminous disc five meters in diameter is seen resting on the ground. An 'operator' is noticed nearby.

Source: Figuet, p. 145-146.

Note: Figuet, in LDLN 265-266; p. 20, suspects a confusion with the affair of Montbazens, Aveyron, which is only a hoax. Which is quite possible because Le Parisien of October 13 is one of the few sources that cites this case, according to a dispatch from Montpellier, and spelling: Montbazens. In addition, a witness is named: Mr. Névrolty, the name that bears precisely one of the witnesses deceived by the joke of Mr. Carrière in Montbazens. However, no "operator" is mentioned in the Montbazens hoax. So? Does the confusion come only from the fraud of Montbazens, or is there another CE3 in Montbazin confused with the frame-up of Mr. Carrière? I'm more of the same opinion as Figuet (once will not hurt!), but I keep the case in my catalog, just in case, but with the necessary reservations...

[Ref. lhh1:] LARRY HATCH:

! 1954/10/11 MONTBAZENS [sic, Montbazin], FR: Disk + figure/GND. Prank played on co-worker.

[Ref. tgn1:] THIERRY GAULIN:

This ufologist indicates that on October 11, 1954, a luminous disc of a diameter estimated at five meters is reported on the ground, on the commune of Montbazin.

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the "Herault" in Montbazin on October 11, 1954 an an unknown hour, "a luminous disc, 5 meters in diameter, with light outputs, is observed on the ground. A being is also observed."

Luc Chastan indicates that the source is "Ovni, Premier dossier complet... by Figuet M./ Ruchon J.L. ** Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979."

[Ref. men1:] "MERLIN":

In Montbazin in Herault, a 5-meter diameter light disc with light emissions is observed on the ground. A being is also observed.

[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
19541011 11.10.1954 Monbazin France CE III
19541011 11.10.1954 Montbazin France 22.00
19541011 11.10.1954 Montbazin France 22.00 CE II
19541011 11.10.1954 Montbazin France CE I
19541011 11.10.1954 Montbazin France CE I
19541011 11.10.1954 Montbazin France CE I



Very very possibly a confusion with the Montbazens hoax, made by Quincy.


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

Montbazin, Herault, disc, light, landing, occupant, anonymous, single


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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross December 18, 2008 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross March 7, 2010 Addition [lhh1].
1.2 Patrick Gross June 28, 2010 Addition [jve5].
1.3 Patrick Gross February 21, 2017 Addition [ubk1].
1.4 Patrick Gross May 1, 2019 Addition of the Summary.
1.5 Patrick Gross January 10, 2020 Additions [ppe1], [men1].
1.6 Patrick Gross May 18, 2022 Additions [gqy1], [gqy2].
1.7 Patrick Gross June 3, 2022 Addition [agd1].
1.8 Patrick Gross July 18, 2022 Addition [jve8], [jsr1].

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