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October 14, 1954, Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, Vaucluse:

Reference number for this case: 14-oct-54-Fontaine-de-Vaucluse. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

The affair in the afternoon of October 14, 1954, in Fontaine-de-Vaucluse was one of the most publicized of the 1954 French wave. It was first told in an article in the regional newspaper Le Méridional for October 15, 1954:

According to their press correspondent, at 12:30, children shouted "A saucer! A saucer!" and the whole population became emotional, because a white disk hovered slowly over the locality.

With artillery binoculars, it was possible to clearly distinguish a large white disk, surmounted by a spherical cap of the same color, quite similar to a silver bowler hat. The lower circular border intermittently carried two powerful lights ranging from white to purplish, passing through the red. Oscillating on the axis of the large lower disk, the ensemble presented itself, sometimes in the form of a bowler hat, sometimes of a rhombus, sometimes of a simple disc with brilliant edge where two diametrically opposed lights were intermittently very clearly visible to the naked eye. There was no smoke or noise.

The Caritat air force base was alerted, and immediately sent two jet planes that arrived in the sky of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse around 2 p.m.

The press correspondent of the newspaper was in telephone contact with the air base, from where one communicated by radio with the planes; which made it possible to guide the planes towards the "saucer".

After two turns on Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, the planes took altitude and sharply dove towards the reported object. The planes' radio announced that the saucer was in sight, that they were hunting it, but that it was escaping with a speed higher than theirs. And from the ground in Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, one clearly saw the saucer start soaring away with the two jet planes in pursuit.

But the same newspaper announced that while this was the version that had just been communicated to them by the inhabitants of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, they have another version coming from their manager Mr. Roland Fraissinet who was by chance at the Orange Air Base at that time, where he was doing his weekly flight on a "Mistral" plane.

The newspaper then gave the version of the pilots of the Orange base; which differs quite significantly from the version of the Fontaine-de-Vaucluse residents:

Around 1 p.m., the secretary of the town hall of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse phoned the officers' mess of the Orange Air Base to report there was a saucer at the vertical of his town hall. This was greeted with a mixture of enthusiasm and circumspection, but as the report was detailed, the commander of one of the base's squadrons phoned a few moments later to the Mayor of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, who confirmed to him the indications given by his secretary. This provoked general hilarity of the pilots around the phone. The mayor said the saucer was motionless at four hundred meters above the fountain "(no doubt the pilot was thirsty)." At that moment, a squadron commander was preparing to take off for a routine mission and when the presence of the object was reported to him, he flew moments later at the vertical of "the fountain" without seeing the slightest saucer.

During the rest of the afternoon, several pilots, including the manager, passed over the famous Fountain, during various missions, without managing to locate the "object" in the cloudless sky.

At 03:30 p.m., a new phone call reported that the saucer was at the vertical of Mont-Genèvre, but this time no one took it seriously, and no jet fighter of the base was diverted to intercept it.

The newspaper adds that some mischievous pilots even planned to go to Fontaine-de-Vaucluse that night "to present to the local population two Martians in chains, whose roles were to be held by two pilots of the base wearing their impressive high-altitude outfit."

As for the mysterious object, Orange was finally wondering if it was not just a weather balloon that was seen passing a few hours earlier in the south-east direction.

Many newspapers republished the case, often noting the contradiction between the people on the ground ensuring that the two planes dove onto the escaping saucer, and the official version that became a statement from the State Secretariat for Air that said: "Both pilots of the Orange base who flew over Fontaine-de-Vaucluse at different altitudes on October 14 afternoon, observed no unknown craft during their search."

Another statement seems to have been given to the press by the Air Ministry, saying: "Contrary to the information published by some newspapers on Friday morning, the two pilots sent in pursuit of the saucer flew over Fontaine-de-Vaucluse at different altitude and did not observe any unknown craft during their search. The two pilots are experienced officers and their report is formal."

The case then appeared in the foreign press, situating the case in "Avignon", and saying most often only that two jet aircraft of the French Air Force pursued an object described as "a white disk emitting white, red and purple lights", but this object moved away before the pilots could identify it.

In 1958, ufologist Aimé Michel reported the case, as well as the official denial statement; Michel was adamant that this statement prompted a flood of protest letters written by angry readers who had been among the innumerable witnesses. They expressed strongly that the communiqué took them for fools, and that they knew what they had seen.

Ufologists Charles Garreau and Raymond Lavier did the same, indicating in addition that one of the witnesses was Mr. Armand Boudin, and that it was him who had been in radio contact with the air base, and that the jet fighters were "Vampires".

Reports:

[Ref. lml1:] "LE MERIDIONAL" NEWSPAPER:

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EMOTION

in Fontaine-de-Vaucluse

where the residents have seen two jet airplanes chase a saucer

FONTAINE-DE-VAUCLUSE. (C.P.). -- 12:30 p.m.: "A saucer! A saucer!" Alerted by the children, who first saw it in the sky, all the population was soon in agitation. A white disc hovered slowly above Fontaine-de-Vaucluse.

Large artillery binoculars on the eyes, it was possible to clearly distinguish a large white disc, topped by a segment of a sphere of the same color, entirely similar to a silver colored bowler hat.

The lower circular edge carried intermittently two powerful fires varying from white to purplish, passing through red. Oscillating on the axis of the large lower disc, the whole rose up, sometimes in the shape of a bowler hat, sometimes of a rhombus, sometimes as a simple disc with brilliant edge where two fires diametrically opposite were intermittently very visible to the naked eye.

No smoke, no noise. The air base of Caritat, alerted, at once scrambled two jet planes which, at approximately 2 p.m., made their appea-

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Saucer in Fontaine-de-Vaucluse

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rance in the sky of Vaucluse.

Our correspondent being on the phone with the air base, from where one communicated by radio with the planes, it was easy to guide the planes towards the saucer.

After two turns on Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, the planes took altitude and dove right at the reported object.

The radio of the planes announced that the saucer was in sight, that they took it in pursuit, but that it escaped at a speed higher than theirs. Indeed, from Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, the saucer was clearly seen rushing away with the two jets in pursuit.

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Such is the version which has been just communicated to us by the inhabitants of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, and it is that which we would have published if our manager Mr. Roland Fraissinet had not precisely been yesterday, at the Orange air base, where he performed his weekly flight on "Mistral".

Thus we can give to our readers the version of the pilots of Orange, which differs rather appreciably from that of the inhabitants of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse.

Around 1 p.m., the secretary of the town hall of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse phoned the officers lunchroom of the Orange base to announce a saucer at the vertical of his town hall. This information was received with a mixture of enthusiasm and circumspection, but the precise details given were such that the commander of the one of the wings of the base phoned a few moments later with the mayor of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse.

The latter confirmed the indications given by its secretary and caused the general hilarity of the pilots present around the phone by specifying that the saucer was motionless within four hundred meters at the vertical of the fountain (undoubtedly the pilot was thirsty). At this precise moment, a commander of the squadron was on the point of taking off for a routine mission and the presence of the object was reported to him. A few moments later he was at the vertical of Fontaine without seeing the least saucer.

During the remainder of the afternoon, several pilots, among those our manager, passed at the vertical of the famous Fontaine, during various missions, without managing however to locate "the object" in a sky without clouds.

At 03:30 p.m. a new phone call announced the saucer at the vertical of the Mount-Genèvre, but this time nobody took it seriously, and no fighter plane from the base was diverted to intercept it.

Some facetious pilots even planned to go last night to Fontaine-de-Vaucluse to introduce to the local population two chained Martians, whose roles were to be held by two pilots of the base covered with their impressive equipment of altitude flight.

As for the mysterious object, one finally wondered in Orange if it were not quite simply a weather balloon which one had seen passing a few hours earlier in the direction of the south-east.

And so are born and killed many saucers, undoubtedly!

Saucer and cigar in Vic-le-Fesq and in the sky of Nimes

One of our important Parisian newspaper publishes an important report on saucers, cigars and Martians.

Each day, a French locality is visited by the Martians or Martian girls and everyone tackles the problem of the veracity of these appearances.

Many witnesses of these appearances do not dare to report it by fear of drowning in the ridiculous.

It is not our idea to give an opinion on the existence or non-existence. Let us simply report these facts, which are reported to us.

In the night from Wednesday to Thursday, at 00:40 a.m. exactly, a resident of Nîmes, Mr. Dupuy, returning from the movie theater in company of his wife, saw, near the camp of the Garrigues, at the place known as the Farmhouse of Rouvière, an object having the shape of a "rugby ball", having green port-holes and seemingly resting on crutches.

For an unknown reason, the machine suddenly took its flight, passed from dark red to orange, and disappeared in the sky while leaving behind a trail of fire...

Other witness:

In Vic le Fesc, Mr. Reynaud, returning to his place towards 7 p.m., saw in the sky "a blazing cigar in the shape of a bread flute", which moved quickly towards the North-East..."

A "round object" in Saint-André-les-Alpes

SAINT-ANDRE-LES-ALPES (C.P.). -- Yesterday evening, many people saw for the first time in the sky dominating the Chalvet mountain, a round object.

With the observation glasses, a disc showing green, yellow and red reflections, seemed to make rotations on itself. This phenomenon lasted 45 minutes approximately.

ABOVE AUBAGNE

AUBAGNE (C.P.). -- Yesterday, at 06:15, p.m., residents of Aubagne saw a kind of cigar flying across the sky in the south-north direction. Testimonies coincide as for the color of the craft, green with white reflections.

Some ten employees of the S.N.C.F. station were witnesses of this display.

One of them told us: "I saw a kind of ball, but whose contours were rather vague. I saw it during three seconds approximately."

In addition, Mr. Alexis Artufel, fruit and vegetables wholesaler, told us: "I was at the steering wheel of my car, on the bridge of La Demande, when I saw a kind of rocket having the shape of a cigar suddenly fly fast towards the north; it was of green color with a white halation."

A FLYING CIGAR IN THE SKY OF MANOSQUE

MANOSQUE (C.P.). -- Yesterday, at nightfall, a score of inhabitants of our city, among whom misters Maurel, café owner, Entressangle, transporter, Rose, E.D.F employee, Dini, conveyor, and several of our police officers saw a craft in the shape of a cigar stopped just above the Mount-d'Or. At the end of a few moments, the craft resumed its travel while spreading a strong gleam.

Two witnesses saw a saucer in Tourves (Var)

TOURVES (C.P.). -- Misters Maurice Brémond and Henri Ollivier, resident of Tourves, in the Var, saw in the evening of yesterday, at approximately 6 p.m., a craft having the shape of a flying saucer, at approximately 1.000 meters of altitude, and moving towards Marseilles. Sparks spouted out of the "saucer."

A green ball in the sky of Marseilles

One of our readers, Mr. L.J., who was yesterday, around 06:10 p.m., opposite the Samaritaine on the quay of the Port, clearly saw passing while moving towards the North, a light-green ball, leaving behind itself a luminous trail.

"Is it a flying saucer, he told us, I do not know at all. However, the green ball, I really saw it..."

[Ref. lpl1:] "LE PROVENCAL" NEWSPAPER:

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A "flying saucer" pursued by by two jets planes
of the Caritat base (Vaucluse)

Fontaine-de-Vaucluse.

13 h. 30. A saucer! a saucer!

Alerted by children who first saw it in the sky, all the population was soon in agitation. A white disc hovered slowly above Fontaine-de-Vaucluse. Large artillery binoculars at the eyes, it was possible to clearly distinguish a large white disc surmounted of a segment of a sphere of the same color completely similar to a silver-colored bowler hat.

The lower circular edge carried, intermittently, two powerful fires, variable from the white to the purplished, passing by the red, oscillating on the axis of the large lower disc. The whole sometimes appeared in the shape of a bowler hat, sometimes of a rhombus, sometimes of a simple disc with brilliant edge, from where two fixed lights, diametrically opposite, were intermittently quite visible to the naked eye. No smoke nor noise.

The air base of Caritat, alerted, at once sent two jet planes which, at about 2 p.m., made their appearance in the sky of Vaucluse. Our correspondent was on the telephone with the air base, from where one communicated by radio with the planes. It was easy to guide the apparatuses on the saucer.

Too fast for the planes

After two turns on Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, the planes took altitude and dove fast on the reported object.

The radio of the planes announced that the saucer was in sight, that they chased it, but that it escaped with a speed higher than theirs.

Indeed, from Vaucluse one saw the saucer clearly starting out like an arrow with the two jets following.

A "rugby ball on crutches" in the sky of Nimes...

Nimes (A.F.P.).

After the orange and red gleams accompanying the "packs

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FLYING SAUCERS

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Descended from a mysterious craft
a diver,
with huge, small eyes,
appeared to a
former Toulouse aviator

Toulouse. -- A small diver with a big head compared to the body, huge eyes, such is the description given by a Toulouse resident, Mr. Olivier, of a mysterious character, coming down from a spherical object which had just landed at 7:35 p.m., on a vacant lot.

Mr. Olivier, owner of the Javel-Neto establishments, rue des Fontaines, in Toulouse, was accompanied by an employee, Mr. Perano, and a young boy of about fifteen. All three saw the luminous object, spherical in shape and reddish in color. Then, [they] saw the figure coming towards them, whose suit, according to witnesses, shone like glass.

The mysterious individual, measuring approximately 1.20 m., protruded by the head and therefore had to bend to enter it.

One of the witnesses assured that the saucer was surrounded by iridescent reflections and emitted around it a light mist. He added that having wanted to approach, he had been held at about twenty meters by a paralyzing force and that, when the spacecraft rose in the sky, he was violently thrown to the ground.

Subsequently, Mr. Olivier, a former aviation pilot, drew in chalk, in a striking manner, on a door, the diver. "I didn't believe it," added Mr. Perano, "but I saw it like I see you. It is quite a shock."

After a very short time, about a minute, the diver returned to the luminous sphere, which flew away vertically, silently, and disappeared into the sky at a prodigious speed, leaving a trail of fire.

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A torpedo in Montluçon

For his part, Mr. Laugère, from Montluçon, was leaving his work and crossing the tracks near a S.N.C.F. bridge, when he saw a metallic object placed a short distance from a diesel tank intended for the railcar supply. Beside the apparatus, which was in the shape of a torpedo and could be four meters long, was a man covered in hair, unless he was dressed in a long-hait

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coat. Mr. Laugère, surprised, asked him what he was doing. The stranger replied in unintelligible terms, but the railwayman though he distinguished the words "diesel", however.

Mr. Laugère did not ask for more and went to alert his comrades. No sooner had they made 100 meters than he saw the craft rise vertically, without any noise. It soon disappeared from view. Only the fear of the irony of his comrades had prevented him from telling his adventure; which dates back to Sunday evening.

Seven tiny beings
and weird seeds

Several hunters in the town of Saint-Ambroix (Gard) have recently seen seven tiny beings whose shape vaguely recalled that of a human body. When they tried to approach, the beings rushed towards a phosphorescent object, which flew away immediately.

At the place where the pilots of the flying saucer were, the hunters discovered on the ground a number of seeds of bizarre appearance, which they had examined by seed makers. The latter were unable to classify them in a known species.

The army says "No"

As a result of the investigation which had been opened by the military authority, after the publication of information announcing that the soldiers charged of the handling of a headlight installed at the Metz fair, had seen, and Sunday evening, a mysterious luminous circle, the military governor published the following press release:

"It is reported in the press about the observation of unknown craft by a post of the antiaircraft forces deployed at the Fair-Exhibition of Metz. It is not necessary to take into account this information in this particular case."

Note that the military authorities rarely recognized the existence of these saucers, even if the testimony of many and often serious people are sometimes very disturbing.

Plants endowed with reason

"The pilots of the "flying saucers" are plants endowed with reason" - such is the theory which exposed to a correspondent of Agence France-Presse professor Hermann Oberth, inventor and builder of the famous "V 2" rocket.

According to the German scientist, the "Uranids" (this is the name he named these plants with) are thousands of years ahead of Earth men, both in terms of their spiritual development and their technique. The homeland of Uranids is a planet where there is no oxygen in the gaseous state; which prohibits the development of animal life. Plants, on the other hand, get the oxygen they need from the oxides in the soil.

This planet would be outside the solar system, but the mysterious craft in which intelligent plants travel could move at a speed close to that of light (200,000 km per second).

Those of these craft seen above the Earth would be responsible for monitoring the progress of Earth's humanity in the atomic sciences, because these advances "represent a danger for the whole Cosmos."

Two jet planes
are chasing
a saucer

MARSEILLE. -- In the sky of Vaucluse, two jet planes chased a flying saucer.

Around 2 p.m., in Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, yesterday afternoon, two children signaled in the sky a white disc surmounted by a spherical cap. This craft that part of the population was able to see for a long time launched two powerful fires, varying from white to purplish.

Alerted, the Caritat air base sent two jet planes. Shortly after, the airmen announced by radio: "We spotted the craft which escaped at a speed higher than that of our aircraft."

The vision of the craft lasted nearly ten minutes above Fontaine-de-Vaucluse.

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THE CHRONICLE OF THE SAUCERS

Angers. -- A resident of the town of Méral (Mayenne) said he saw in the sky a bright orange ball that landed on the ground. The flat, domed disc, with a diameter of five to six meters, give off a blinding glow, lighting up the countryside within a radius of 200 meters.

The craft was transparent and from the inside a black shape was observed. The disc remained like this for about ten minutes, reddened, and quickly disappeared towards the North. The observer then went to the place where the object had landed. There was, he says, a sort of bright cloud that slowly fell to the ground.

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

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La Roche sur Yon. -- A grower of Angle (Vendée) said he saw in the sky a brilliant craft which, while advancing, changed shape and color. The craft was at a low height and a short distance from the cultivator. When he wanted to approach it, the craft emitted luminous rays which soon formed a screen behind which it disappeared without noise. The same phenomenon was observed by several other people from Angles.

ABOVE THE VAUCLUSE

A luminous disc escapes
two jet planes

Avignon, October 15. -- At the beginning of the afternoon, at 1:30 p.m., the population of Fontaine de Vaucluse was in turmoil.

Indeed, a "white disc" hovered slowly over the small city and it could be clearly distinguished with good binoculars.

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

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

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

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

From Vaucluse, one could clearly see the disc moving away like an arrow, chased by the two jet planes.

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The British Air Ministry
does not believe in flying saucers...

London, 15. - The British Air Ministry does not believe in the existence of flying saucers, cigars or other flying craft, in fact, while refusing to comment on the craft reported in France and in other European countries. [?] Ministry states that 99 times out of 100 there are natural explanations for similar occurrences reported in Britain. These are most often weather balloons, when no explanation can be given, the Air Ministry adds, it is generally because the testimonies of people who claim to have witnessed such appearances are insufficient.

However, no such craft has been reported in Great Britain in recent [?]

And yet...

Mulhouse, 15. - A salesman driving on Thursday evening, in the company of a friend, saw a luminous craft in the shape of an ovoid fireball.

This, according to the salesman, described a large "S" in the sky, moving at a dizzying pace and at an altitude of about 300 m. The craft which was preceded by a long luminous trail, changed color from orange to white, then disappeared.

Martigues, 15. - An eight-year-old child, who was with her mother and her aunt on the road to the hamlet of Saint- Pierre, near Martigues, saw in the sky a luminous craft of elongated shape, from which, she specified, came a kind of fireworks display. The parents have certified their child's statements.

Marseille, 15. - Two luminous craft flying at high altitude were seen in the sky of the Rove at the beginning of the afternoon of Thursday. Observers noted that these craft stopped for a few moments and then resumed their flight.

Draguignan, 15. - Several residents of Draguignan observed Thursday towards the end of the afternoon a luminous object crossing the sky at the speed of a meteor.

Casablanca, 15. Workers of Subsistances Militaires de Casablanca said they saw Thursday afternoon, above the city, a sort of phosphorescent cigar which, after having descended gently like a dead leaf, resumed its horizontal course at breakneck speed to finally disappear.

Angers, 15. - A resident of the town of Méral (Mayenne) stated he saw a shiny orange ball in the sky which landed on the ground. The flattened, dome-shaped disc, five to six meters in diameter, gave off a blinding glow, lighting up the countryside within a 200-meter radius.

The craft was transparent and a black shape was inside. The disc remained like this for ten minutes, reddened, and quickly disappeared towards the north. The observer then went to the place where the object had landed. There was, he assures, a sort of bright cloud that was slowly falling to the ground. When he got home, he noticed that his clothes were covered with a white layer of something a little sticky, like paraffin.

La Roche-sur-Yon, 15. - A farmer from Angle (Vendée) said he saw a shining craft in the sky which, as it advanced, changed shape and color. The craft was at a low height and a short distance from the cultivator. When the latter wanted to approach it, the craft emitted luminous rays which soon formed a screen behind which it silently disappeared. The same phenomenon was observed by several other people from Angles.

Nîmes, 14. - Two people saw last night, on their way back to their home, a few kilometers north of Nîmes, a greenish gleam in a field. They approached and noticed the presence of a craft totally identical to a rugby ball and appearing to rest on crutches. The strange craft suddenly rose into the air, emitting a weak noise and gradually taking an orange hue.

Graulhet, 14. - A barrel maker of Graulhet declared to have seen Wednesday at the end of the afternoon, at high altitude, a silvery craft heading northwest, which he at first took for a jet plane, but not discerning any contrail, the barrel maker went to look for a pair of binoculars and distinctly saw a large flexible disc, which undulated on itself, while moving at high speed.

It was then that the craft seemed to explode in mid-flight. A silver ball, about one meter in diameter, escaped from the mass and continuing on its way, soon disappearing from view, while the rest of the craft fell in several pieces similar to sheets of various dimensions which hovered in the sky and some of which cling to the electric wire. About fifteen people testified about this singular case and fragments of material were collected. They appear as agglomerated silvery filaments which crumble when touched.

Melun, 15. - Near Montargis, on the National Road Nr 7, a resident of this town, declared to have seen in the sky a yellow mass of rounded and very bright shape.

The "saucer" is faster than the jet plane

Avignon, 15. - Early Thursday afternoon at 1:30 p.m., the population of Fontaine de Vaucluse, was in a turmoil.

Indeed, a "white disc" hovered slowly above the small city and could be clearly distinguished with good binoculars.

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

The lower circular border intermittently emitted two powerful fires, varying from white to purplish, passing through red.

The air base of Caritat (Vaucluse), alerted, immediately directed two jets which, soon, made their appearance, and after two turns on Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, gained altitude and dived on the "disk".

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

From Vaucluse, the disc could clearly be seen sweeping away, pursued by the two jets.

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CONTRADICTORY TESTIMONYS IN THE VAUCLUSE

Visible from the ground, a white disc disappears in front of two jet planes

Paris. -- One could expect one moment on Thursday afternoon that one of these mysterious objects which furrow the sky of France and Navarre was going to give up its secret. Alas! It was not so, and the claims of the ones and others are so contradictory that one does not know any more who speaks seriously and who is joking.

Around 01:30 p.m., Thursday, the residents of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse were in agitation because of the maneuvers of a white disc slowly hovering above the city, and which was clearly distinguished with the binocular.

This white disc was surmounted by a segment of a sphere of the same color, and the lower circular edge carried, intermittently, two powerful fires, variable from the white to the purplished, passing by the red color.

Then, who is to be believed?

The air base of Caritat (Vaucluse) was alerted at once and two jet fighters took off. A few moments later, they veered above Fontaine-de-Vaucluse.

It is here that testimonys do not agree any more: the residents stated "the two planes took altitude immediately and dove right on the disc which was still visible. But they could not reach it, for their speed was lower than the speed of the disc. Soon, planes and disc disappeared at the horizon."

This report is the topic of an official statement of the secretary of State to the Air who states: "the two pilots of the Orange [Orange-Caritat] air base who flew over Fontaine-de-Vaucluse at various altitudes on October 14 in the afternoon did not observe any unknown machine during their search.

"The two pilots are experienced officers and their report is bulletproof."

Then, who is to be believed?

Mysterious explosion in the sky of Graulhet

The testimony of an inhabitant of Graulhet (the Tarn) also deserves a stop for the novelty it brings to the "saucers" file. This man, who is a craftsman, stated to have seen Wednesday evening, at high altitude, a silver-colored craft which he initially thought to be a jet plane.

But he soon saw, binoculars at the eyes, a large flexible disc which undulated on itself while moving at high speed.

At this point in time the machine seemed to explode in full flight. A silver-colored ball, from a diameter of one meter approximately, escaped from the mass and soon disappeared from sight, while the remainder of the machine fell in several pieces similar to cloths of various dimensions which hovered in the sky, and of which some clung to telegraph poles.

About fifteen people collected pieces of this material which appeared as silver-colored agglomerated threads that fell to pieces when touched.

Rugby ball and strange beings

Apart from these observations of some interest, the other statements by witnesses in good faith differ little from those told many times already.

Two people, close to Nîmes, saw in a field, at nightfall, a craft absolutely similar to a rugby ball and appearing to rest on crutches.

The strange apparatus raised in the airs while emitting luminous rays which soon formed a screen of orange color.

An engineer from Meknès, who went to Port-Lyautey by car, stated to have been stopped Thursday afternoon on the road, in the forest of Mamora, by a man covered of a shining outfit.

This man, who measured 1 m 20 approximately, then moved to the right of the road. Hardly had he taken seat inside that the craft flew away and disappeared at high speed.

A resident of Bourg-de-Méral (the Mayenne) saw a transparent machine which released a dazzling gleam on a radius of two hundred meters at ground level. Inside the craft a black shape was distinguished.

The disc remained like this for ten minutes, reddened and disappeared towards the north. The observer went then to the place where the object had been posed. There was, he claims, a kind of shining cloud which fell slowly on the ground. Arrived home, it realized that his clothes were covered with a matter, a bit sticky, like parafinne [sic].

The common sense of Savoy people

People in Savoy, balanced people if there ever were, were not fooled by the machine which flew over their mountains Thursday. It had too much the shape of a sounding-balloon for not being one. And to see a parachute descending to which scientific devices hung did not surprise them more. The sounding-balloon continued its travel towards Gap where, today undoubtedly, there will be a report of a mysterious machine which... etc, etc...

[Ref. lrr1:] "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.

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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, imprudent 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.

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IN FONTAINE-DE-VAUCLUSE
TWO JET PLANES
ARE DISTANCED
BY A SAUCER

The saucer file is enriched with new elements every day. Today, intrigued by a mysterious craft, two jet planes chased it. But the military authorities, both French and English, remain reserved.

Yesterday at 1:30 p.m., the population of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, was in turmoil. A "white disc" hovered slowly over the small city and could be seen clearly with good binoculars. This white disc was surmounted by a spherical cap of the same color. The lower circular border intermittently carried two powerful lights, varying from white to purplish, passing through the red. The Caritat air base (Vaucluse) was alerted and immediately directed two jet planes which soon appeared and after two turns on Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, gained altitude and dove on the disc.

The radio of the planes in communication with the base announced that the craft was in sight, that it was being chased, but that it was escaping because its speed was higher than theirs.

From Vaucluse, one could clearly see the disc moving away like an arrow, followed by the two jet planes.

However, the Secretary of State for the Armed Forces (Air) specifies that the two pilots from the Orange base who flew over Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, did not observe any unknown craft during their searches. The two pilots are experienced officers and the report is formal.

Careful reserve

The British Air Department does not believe in the existence of flying saucers, cigars or other flying craft.

Official spokesmen for the ministry declare that 99 times out of 100, there are natural explanations for the apparitions reported in Great Britain: they are most often sounding balloons. And when no explanation can be given, the Air Ministry adds, it is generally because the testimonies of people who claim to have attended these appearances are insufficient.

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A "LUMINOUS DISC"
was reportedly chased
by two jet planes
but reporteldy escaped them

AVIGNON, October 15. -- At the beginning of yesterday afternoon, at 1:30 p.m., the population of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, was in turmoil. Indeed, a "white disc" hovered slowly over the small city and one could clearly distinguish it with good binoculars. This white disc was surmounted by a spherical cap of the same size.

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

The Caritat air base (Vaucluse), alerted, immediately directed two jet planes which soon appeared, and after two turns on Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, gained altitude and dove on the disc.

The radio installed on board the planes and which was in communication with the base, announced that the craft was in sight, that it was chased, but that it was escaping because its speed was higher than that of the planes.

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After the publication of this information, the Secretary of State for the Armed Forces (Air), published a statement affirming "that the two pilots of the base of Orange, who flew at several altitudes over Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, on October 14 afternoon, did not observe any unknown craft during their searches. The two pilots are experienced officers and their report is formal."

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A ghost saucer
mobilizes
- in vain -
jet planes

above the Vaucluse

TWO phone calls could have made it seem, yesterday afternoon, to the aviators of the Orange-Caritat base (Vaucluse) that the flying saucers file would, thanks to them, be enriched by serious testimonies, but reality quickly made them disillusioned. The saucer which had been pointed out to them above Fontaine-de-Vaucluse and in pursuit of which, in good faith, they had immediately came, did not exist. The villagers had an imagination bigger than their eyes.

It was around 1 p.m. that the first communication arrived at the base. It came from the secretary of the town hall of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, Mr. Boudin.

"I'm calling you," he said, "because you are fighter pilots, to point out that for about an hour, a flying saucer has stood motionless in the sky, exactly above the town hall of the village."

While it caused a certain surprise, this news was especially met with skepticism among the officers. The base commander, however, himself called the mayor, Mr. Jean Garcin, that an order prohibiting "the manufacture, transport and use of the atomic bomb on the territory of the commune" made famous in his time.

"It is motionless"

"The saucer," replied the mayor, "is motionless. It is still before the eyes of the villagers who are gathered in the square and it is at an altitude of about four hundred meters."

As pilots were soon to take off for their usual training flight, the base commander gave them the mission to head towards Fontaine-dc-Vaucluse.

In an instant, the jet planes took to the air, circled over the Vaucluse valley and returned to their base without having seen anything. They had just noticed that a large crowd had followed their maneuvers with interest. But a saucer, nope.

The incident seemed closed when at 3:30 p.m., a new telephone call signaled to the Caritat base that the saucer which had just disappeared from the sky of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse was now on the Italian border, vertically above Mont Genèvre.

But this time nobody bothered.

(Read our investigation on the problem of "saucers" on the last page.)

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The saucers continue
to be discussed...

A resident of the town of Méral (Mayenne) said he saw in the sky a bright orange ball that landed on the ground. The flat, domed disc, five to six meters in diameter, gave off a blinding glow, illuminating the countryside within a 200-meter radius.

The craft was transparent and from the inside one observed a black shape. The disc remained like this for about ten minutes, blushed and disappeared towards the North. The observer then went to the place where the object had landed. There was, he assures, a king of bright fog that slowly fell to the ground. When he got home, he noticed that his clothes were covered with a white layer of a slightly sticky material, like paraffin.

On the railway in Calais...

A baker boy from Calais said he saw at 3:40 a.m., at a place called "Saint-Pierre-Halte", on the road to Saint-Omer, a yellow and shiny machine landing on the railway.

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

A silver craft explodes
in flight

Other appearances include this one:

A barrel maker from Graulhet said that he had seen a silvery craft heading northwest at the end of the afternoon; which he first took for a jet plane, but not discerning any condensation trail, the observer went to get a pair of binoculars and distinctly saw a large flexible disc which undulated on itself, while moving at high speed.

It was then that the craft seemed to explode in mid-flight. A silver ball, about a meter in diameter, escaped from the mass and continued on its way, while the rest of the craft fell in several pieces similar to sheets of various dimensions which hovered in the sky and some of which hung on the telegraph wires. About fifteen people testified to this singular case and fragments of material were collected. They come in the form of agglomerated silver filaments which crumble when touched.

New official denial...

In our section devoted to flying saucers yesterday, we cited the following information: a "white disc" had hovered over Fontaine-de-Vaucluse.

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

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

From Vaucluse, one could clearly see the disc moving away like an arrow, chased by the two jet planes.

As expected, the "authorities" denied the information in these terms:

"The Secretary of State for the Armed Forces (Air) wishes to point out that the two pilots from the Orange base who flew at different altitudes over Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, on October 14 in the afternoon, did not observe any unknown craft during their search. The two pilots are experienced officers and their reports are formal."

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A cyclist from Antibes
almost crushed
a flying cigar

A cyclist from Biot, near Antibes, bordered on a disaster: he almost collided with a flying cigar that was parked on the road.

- I had, he said, just the time to brake.. In front of me: a kind of cylinder, terminated by a metallic tail in gray color. The craft went to the vertical with a slight hissind sound.

"Above all, do not reveal my name, I would not like to be taken for a crackpot," asked the witness, telling his story to the first deputy of the town hall of Antibes.

A few hours later, workers announced that they too had seen the cigar. Antibes newspaper "L'Indépendant" has published a special edition.

The Midi, currently, is invaded by saucers. Martians must fear the cold...

One saw above Nice an orange disc, above Cannes a "green tailed yellow craft"; grape pickers from the Var saw a white and blue flying cigar. A pensioner met, near the swimming pool of Perpignan, a Martian dressed in a diving suit, descended from a large reddish sphere, which flew away without a trace.

As for the flying cigar of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, it turned out, after investigation, that it was only a saucer ghost. Local residents, mayor first, say they saw it. But the two fighter pilots sent to chase it vainly sought it in the sky. They did not even distinguish the slightest weather balloon. One reported another cigar a little later at the Italian border, but this time no one bothered.

Moreover, many cigars were seen yesterday in Italy. The most curious information concerns one who would have landed near Rovigo: at the place where the locals claim to have seen it take off, a crater, six meters in diameter opens, and six poplars trees which stood nearby were half charred.

Finally yesterday afternoon, the residents of Tulle and Brive examined under the binocular a gigantic "elongated drug drop container" which flew over the region until nightfall. It was also seen from the weather station of Puy-Chadrac and from that of Rueyres (Cantal), but observers compare it to an olive surmounted by an antenna...


MONDAY, the continuation of our investigation:

"What you need to know about flying saucers"

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The saucers continue
to be talked about...

A resident of the town of Méral (Mayenne) said he saw in the sky a bright orange ball which landed on the ground. The flat, domed disc, five to six meters in diameter, giving off a blinding glow, lit the countryside within a 200-meter radius.

The craft was transparent and from the inside a a black shape was observed. The disc remained like this for about ten minutes, reddened and disappeared quickly towards the north. The observer then went to the place where the object had landed. There was, he assures, a kind of bright cloud that slowly fell to the ground. Arrived at his home, he noticed that his clothes were covered with a white layer of a slightly sticky material, like paraffin.

ON THE RAILWAY IN CALAIS...

A boy baker from Calais said he saw at 3:40 a.m., at a place called Saint-Pierre-Halte, on the road to Saint-Omer, a yellow and shiny craft landing on the railroad tracks.

The object of weird shape, was according to the baker, two meters high and four meters in diameter.

A SILVER MACHINE EXPLODES IN FLIGHT

Among the other appearances, let us also note this one:

A barrel maker from Graulhet said that he had seen a silvery craft heading northwest at the end of the afternoon; which he took at first for a jet plane, but not discerning any trail of condensation, the observer went to get a pair of binoculars and distinctly saw a large flexible disc, which was undulating on itself, while moving at high speed.

It was then that the craft seemed to explode in flight. A silver ball, about one meter in diameter, escaped from the mass and continued on its way, soon disappeared from view, while the rest of the machine fell in several pieces similar to sheets of various dimensions which hovered in the sky and some of which clung to telegraph wires. About fifteen people testified to this singular case and fragments of material were collected. They come in the form of agglomerated silver filaments which crumble when touched.

NEW OFFICIAL DENIAL

In our section yesterday devoted to saucers, we quoted the following information: a "white disc" hovered over Fontaine-de -Vaucluse.

The air base of Caritat (Vaucluse), alerted, immediately directed two jet planes which, soon appeared, and after two turns on Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, gained altitude and dove on the disc.

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

From Vaucluse, one could clearly see the disc moving away like an arrow, chased by the two jet planes.

As expected, the "authorities" denied the information in these terms:

The Secretary of State for the Armed Forces, (Air) wishes to specify that the two pilots of the Orange base who flew over Fontaine-de-Vaucluse at different altitudes, on October 14 in the afternoon, did not observe any unknown craft during their search. Both pilots are experienced officers and their reports are formal.

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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.

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Flying Saucers Seen In France and Italy

AVIGNON, France (INS) -- "Flying saucers" are reported to have been sighted again in France and Italy.

Two French air force jet planes chased an object described as "a white disc giving out white, red and violet lights," but it moved away before the pilots could identify it.

In Italy, a motorist near Modena said he saw an incandescent cigar-shaped object fly past at tremendous speed. A 13-year-old boy reported he saw an object over the city at Florence "whirling like a top."

A silvery object reportedly flew at great speed over Luino, near the Swiss border at 1000 feet altitude. Many witnesses reported it made no noise and left no vapor trail.

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'Flying Saucer' Reports Revived

AVIGNON, France (INS) -- "Flying saucers" are reported to have been sighted again in France and Italy.

Two French Air Force jet planes chased an object described as "a white disc giving out white, red and violet lights," but it moved away before the pilots could identify it.

In Italy, a motorist near Modena said he saw an incandescent cigar-shaped object fly past at tremendous speed. A 13-year-old boy reported he saw an object over the city at Florence "whirling like a top."

A silvery object reportedly flew at great speed over Luino, near the Swiss border at 1000 feet altitude. Many witnesses reported it made no noise and left no vapor trail.

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'Flying Saucer' Alarm Sounded by French, Italian Observers

AVIGNON, France. Oct. 18 INS -- "Flying saucers" are reported to have been sighted again in France and Italy.

Two French air force jet planes chased an object described as "a white disc giving out white, red and violet lights," but it moved away before the pilots could identify it.

In Italy, a motorist near Modena said he saw an incandescent cigar-shaped object fly past at tremendous speed. A 13-year-old boy reported he saw an object over the city at Florence "whirling like a top."

A silvery object reportedly flew at great speed over Luino, near the Swiss border at 1000 feet altitude. Many witnesses reported it made no noise and left no vapor trail.

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Saucers Sighted In France And Italy

AVIGNON, France (INS) -- "Flying saucers" are reported to have been sighted again in France and in Italy.

Two French Air Force jet planes chased an object described as "a white disc giving out white, red and violet light," but it moved away before the pilots could identify it.

In Italy, a motorist near Modena said he saw an incandescent cigar-shaped object fly past at tremendous speed. A 13-year-old boy reported he saw an object over the city at Florence "whirling like a top."

A silvery object reportedly flew at great speed over Luino, near the Swiss border at 1000 feet altitude. Many witnesses reported it made no noise and left no vapor trail.

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'Flying Saucers' Again Reported in France

AVIGNON, France -- INS -- "Flying saucers" are reported to have been sighted again in France and Italy.

Two French Air Force jet planes chased an object described as "a white disc giving out white, red and violet light," but it moved away before the pilots could identify it.

In Italy, a motorist near Modena said he saw an incandescent cigar-shaped object fly past at tremendous speed. A 13-year-old boy reported he saw an object over the city at Florence "whirling like a top."

A silvery object reportedly flew at great speed over Luino, near the Swiss border at 1000 feet altitude. Many witnesses reported it made no noise and left no vapor trail.

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The problem of the day...

The Flying Saucers..!

Flying saucers are the topic of the day. Their presence is reported everywhere, however none of these mysterious craft could be identified with any precision.

The differences are so important both in the form of the craft and in the description of the passengers who would occupy them that it is impossible to give any credit to the majority of the visionaries or supposed such.

Does that mean that everything is pure invention.

We do not believe it and yet it seems essential to reject as fanciful all the details given on alleged craft that would arrive from Planet Mars.

A "Stratojet" plane which, every day flew over the Rhône valley, at an altitude of about 10.000 meters, was mitaken, by some people, for a flying saucer.

The monitor instructors of the Aéro-Club of Vienne immediately dissuaded the overly imaginative witnesses, but a strange phenomenon occurred after the passage of the powerful jet plane. In fact, there formed in the sky, kinds of parachutes animated by bizarre movements and having the appearance of light sails which soon reached the ground.

Witnesses of the phenomenon seized this material very soft to the touch and having a bit the consistency of rubber. On reaching the ground, it vanished.

One of the witnesses put some of the stuff in a box and had it photographed immediately. A few hours later, what remained in this waterproof box was evaporated.

This scientifically explained phenomenon is due to the condensation in the rarefied and cold atmosphere of certain compounds of the fuel of the "Stratojet" that can cause white or iridescent formations moving at high speed and high altitude and thus give rise to more or less fanciful interpretations.

This observation, made above the Vienne airfield is identical to that already reported in its time by a resident of Oloron.

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"Flying saucers"

The French Air Ministry, for its part, strongly denied the pursuit of a saucer by jet planes.

Informed of the alleged presence of such a craft, 2 planes took off but... did not notice anything while the whole press orchestrated a purely imaginary pursuit through space.

AND NOW
THEY EXPLODE
IN FLIGHT
BEFORE CONTINUING
THEIR ROUTE

What else do the saucers and these gentle four-feet-tall "Martians", which appear to us so far as fugitive and peaceful beings, reserve for us? Fortunately, because now the saucers are bursting in flight, which does not prevent them from doing well. Laugh, good people, it will end up disturbing my sleep, especially since I have not had the chance so far to see even in the blink of an eye these cigars of a new age, and these discs of progress... One night will end up being good for me, because the proliferation of always luminous vehicles is a real proliferation, not a proliferation for laughs. At the rate of these last weeks all the French will soon have seen their saucer and the only ones who will be able to stand proud are those who will have known "Martians", will have spoken to them, even, will have kissed them since its charming neighbors are said to be very affectionate.

Enough jokes. Let's be realistic and tell the wonderful story of the Graulhet barrel-maker. Thursday, late afternoon, he said he saw at high altitude a silver craft heading to the northwest. He first believed a jet plane. But these craft from an already very remote era leave a white trail behind them. However, there was no trail. The barrel-maker, a skeptical and common sense man, went to fetch a pair of binoculars (don't forget to always take yours with you if you don't want to miss your saucer or your "Martian").

Optically equipped, he distinctly observed a large flexible disc which undulated on itself, while moving at high speed.

It was then that the craft seemed to explode in mid-flight. A silver ball of about one meter, escaped from the mass and continued on its way, to disappear from view (I am not surprised given the time required for all these operations and the high speed of the craft. The best things unfortunately have an end).

The rest of the craft fell in several pieces, like sheets of various sizes, hovering in the sky, some of which clung to telegraph wires.

Don't take the Graulhet too fast for a teaser and a joker; around fifteen people testified to this peculiar phenomenon and, even more, fragments of material were collected. They will not be canned and not even in the museum, because these agglomerated silver filaments crumble when touched. Too bad!

SOMEBODY DISTURBED
THE PARTY

After such a demonstration, details and also sensational, how to understand that the English remain skeptical. These gentlemen now come to disturb the party, the great interplanetary ballet of saucers, which does no harm to anyone, feeds conversations, provides themes for good jokes endlessly.

The British Air Department, presumably not to be like everyone else, does not believe in the existence of flying saucers, cigars and other flying craft. They only believe in the flying "cage bed". While refusing to comment on the craft reported in France and in other European countries, the official spokespersons of the ministry declare that 99 times out of 100, natural explanations are found for similar appearances reported in Great Britain. Most often these are weather balloons. When no explanation can be given, it is generally because the testimonies of people who claim to have attended his appearances are insufficient. No such craft has been reported in Britain in recent weeks.

Here are these gentlemen of the air ministry of Great Britain wanting to "deflate" our saucers and cigars (it is true that the "Martians" seem to have a very particular interest in France) in vulgar sounding balloons. What a disillusionment .. But beware, raise your head "your" saucer may be happening right now.

SKEPTICOS.

[Ref. aml1:] AIME MICHEL:

French ufologist Aimé Michel reports in his book that on October 14, 1954, at about 12:30 P.M., a machine appeared in the sky of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, in sight of several hundreds of witnesses.

The object remained there during an hour and half without changing position but playing varied lights and showing strange evolutions on its axis.

Aimé Michel reports that all the binoculars of the area were soon directed at it. A correspondent of a newspaper of Marseilles whom was there alerted the air force base of Orange-Caritat, which sent two jet planes towards the location.

The two jet fighters arrived, being in radio contact with their base, while at the same time the base was connected by phone link with the journalist who practically did not leave the object of the eyes.

The journalist thus guided the two jets towards the object. The base announced to him that the two pilots now saw the object, and that they started to chase it.

People in Fontaine-de-Vaucluse saw the jets then diving towards the mysterious machine. The machine then started moving and buzzed away in the distance in a few seconds.

The pilots informed their base by radio of that they did not manage to follow the machine, which the witnesses on the ground noted. The jets returned at their Orange-Caritat base, it was at this time a little more than 02:00 p.m.

Aimé Michel indicates that two days later, the following official statement appeared in all the French newspapers:

"The secretariat to the Air communicates: as opposed to what certain daily newspapers announced yesterday morning, the secretariat of the armed Forces (Air) makes a point of specifying that the two pilots of the Orange base which flew over Fontaine-de-Vaucluse at various altitudes observed no unknown machine during their search. The two pilots are experienced officers and their report is certain."

Michel reports that the official statement caused a flood of letters written by indignant readers who had been among the innumerable witnesses. Those expressed strongly that the official statement took them for idiots, and that they well knew what they had seen.

Aimé Michel quotes an extract of one of the letters:

"This official statement is very instructive. Now, I know what to think of the official denials on this matter."

[Ref. ldl2:] "LUMIERES DANS LA NUIT" UFOLOGY MAGAZINE:

Editor's note. - The four straight lines are about the network of October 2, 1954. The first includes the places of: Jeumont, Dijon, Louhans, Morestel (On this straight line are also located: Chevigny en Valière (on 10/14/54), and Le Pin (on 9/16/54). The second includes the places of Poncey-Pellerey, Bourg (on this straight line are also located: Meursanges (on 10/14/54). The third includes the places of Saint-Brieuc, Saint-Paulien (on this straight line are also located: Angers (on 9/1/54). The fourth includes the places of Aiguillon, Avignon (on this straight line is also located: Fontaine de Vaucluse (on 10/14/54).

[Ref. jve5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

330 -005.13351 43.91100 14 10 1954 13 30 180 *FONTAINE-VAUCLUSE F 151700 C** 300

[Ref. hdt1:] HENRI DURRANT:

The author indicates that on February 14, 1954 towards 12:30 a craft appeared above Fontaine-de-Vaucluse in the Vaucluse in France and remained stationary there during one hour and half while changing color and position relative to its axis.

He then quotes Aimé Michel in the fourth edition of his book Mystérieux Objets Célestes: A Propos des Soucoupes Volantes, pages 216,217:

"... All the binoculars of the area were soon directed towards it. The correspondent of a newspaper of Marseilles, who was there, alerted the air base of Caritat, who dispatched two jets. What then happened completely resembles the stories reported by Ruppelt in his book."

"The two jet fighters arrive. They are in radio connection with the base, which is itself in telephone connection with the journalist, who hardly leaves the object out of sight. The journalist guides the two jets via the base. The latter soon informs the guide that 'the two pilots see the object, and that they start to chase it.' And indeed from Fontainr-de-Vaucluse, one can see the two jets diving towards the mysterious craft. But the latter then starts and disappears in the distance in a few seconds."

"The pilots informed by radio that they cannot follow, which the witnesses of the operation already knew, and returned to Caritat. It was a little more than 14 hours."

"Two days later, on October 16, one could read this in all the French newspapers:"

"'The Secretariat for the Air communicates: As opposed to what certain daily newspapers announced yesterday morning, the secretariat of the armed Forces (Air) makes a point of specifying that the two pilots of the Orange base which flew over Fontaine-de-Vaucluse at various altitudes on October 14 after midday, did not observe any unknown craft during their research. The two pilots are experienced officers and their report is formal.'"

"This official statement caused a flood of indignant letters on behalf of the innumerable witnesses. 'One takes to us for idiots... We do know what we saw', they said. And one of them added 'This official statement is very instructive. Now I know what to think about the official denials on this matter'."

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

The authors note that this attempt at interception of a flying saucer of October 14, 1954 had a whole village, that of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, as witness.

A group of children had something strange in the sky at 01:30 p.m. and thus alarm had been given: soon, all the population attracted by the shouting of the children had crowded in the street and looked at a white object which hovered above the village.

The authors indicate that one of the witnesses, Mr. Armand Boudin, gave the following report:

"Using large artillery binoculars, it was possible to clearly distinguish a large white disc surrounded by a segment of a sphere of the same color, completely similar to a silver plated bowler hat. The lower circular edge carried, intermittently, two powerful lights passing from white to purplish, oscillating on the axis of the large lower disc. Sometimes the unit was appearing as a bowler hat, sometimes as a rhombus, sometimes as a simple disc with shiny edges. No smoke, no noise."

The disc moving slowly in the clear sky, it is Mr. Armand Boudin who took the initiative to alert by phone the air base of the French Air Force of Orange-Caritat.

The person of the air base answered to him that two planes will be sent and asked him to remain on line to help guiding them towards the object.

The arrival of the planes was awaited by a crowd of Vauclusians who had accompanied the secretary at the office of the town hall, and they awaited the arrival of the planes anxiously. They arrived at about 02:00 p.m., seen while arriving right towards Fontaine-de-Vaucluse.

Mr. Boudin was still in phone contact with the air base which was itself in radio operator contact with the two jets of the "Vampire" type. Those made a turn above Fontaine-de-Vaucluse and quickly gained altitude, then darted towards the object. From the village, people then saw the object starting suddenly and quickly, as if it had the two jets chasing it.

Late in the evening, people still awaited news of the result of the chase. But it was only two days later that an official statement of the Orange-Caritat air base claimed:

"The pilots did not discover any unknown object..."

The authors indicate that this irritated the hundreds of witnesses among whom Mr. Boudin, and they slapped back: "if the aviators saw something of a known nature, they must tell us what it was!"

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

The two authors indicate that in Fontaine de Vaucluse in the department of Vaucluse, on October 14, 1954, at 01:30 p.m., many people observed a white disc hovering slowly above the city. The lower edge carried intermittently two powerful fires varying from the white to purple while passing through the red.

Two jets are said to have pursued the disc without being able to join it. The authors make a point that in follow up to this case, the secretariat of the Air Forces published an official statement in which it was indicated that the pilots of the jets being scrambled over Fontaine de Vaucluse had not observed any unknown craft.

The authors indicate that their sources are La Montagne for October 16, 1954; Le Provençal for October 15, 1954 and October 16, 1954; their personal archive.

[Ref. lgs1:] LOREN GROSS:

Scan

Jet chase.

Leonard Stringfield informed his C.R.I.F.O. Newsletter readers that on October 19th: "Two French Air Force jets chased a 'white disc giving out white, red, and violet light,' near Avignon, but it moved away before the pilots could identify it." 159.

[... other cases...]

159. C.R.I.F.O. Newsletter. November 5, 1954. Vol.I, No.8. p.5.

[Ref. jca1:] JACQUES COSTAGLIOLA:

The author indicates that on October 14, 1954, at 12:30 above Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, a craft was chased by two jet planes, it is seen with the glasses, the army denies it.

The source is noted "R. Otahi, 1973".

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

4206: 1954/10/19 00:00 10 4:49:00 E 43:56:00 N 3331 WEU FRN VCL 6:7

ovr AVIGNON,FR:2 FR.AF JETS CHASE WHT SCR/CLRD LITES:TOO FAST:/Crifo NL+/r171

Ref#138 GROSS,L.:UFOs a HISTORY-1954/10 bks Book # 4 Page 67 : IN-FLIGHT

Larry Hatch recorded the same case twice:

4105: 1954/10/14 13:30 1 5:08:00 E 43:56:00 N 3333 WEU FRN VCL 8:A

FONTAINE,VCL,FR:VERY ODD OBJ HANGS/SKY/90min:2 JETS CHASE:ESCAPES:GOVT COVERUP

Ref# 49 MICHEL,Aime: FS & STRAIGHT LINE TH: Page No. 178 : PASTURE

[Ref. goe1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

Godelieve van Overmeire indicates that in 1954, on October 14, in France, in Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, "towards 12:30 a craft appears above Fontaine de Vaucluse; it remains there stationary during one hour and a half while changing color and position on its axis. Now let us quote Aimé Michel, 4th edition of Mystérieux Objets Célestes: A Propos des Soucoupes Volantes, pp. 216, 217: '... All the binoculars in the area were soon directed towards it. The correspondent of a newspaper of Marseilles, who was there, alerted the air base of Caritat, which dispatched two jets. What then happened completely resembles the stories reported by Ruppelt in his book. The two jet fighters arrive. They are in radio connection with the base, which is itself on the telephone link with the journalist, who hardly leaves the object out of sight. The journalist guides the two jets via the base. The latter soon informs the guide that the two pilots see the object and that they go after it. And indeed, in Fontaine de Vaucluse one can see the two jets diving towards the mysterious craft. But the latter then starts and disappears in the distance in a few seconds.'"

The source is noted "Henry DURRANT 'Le livre noir des S.V.' - LAFFONT 1970 - p. 118".

She adds that in reality it was a stratospheric balloon observable in France and Italy.

[Ref. dwn1] DOMINIQUE WEINSTEIN:

Date 54.10.15
Time 13:30
Country France
Location Fontaine de Vaucluse, Vaucluse
M [=Military]
Type of plane and witness two French Air Force fighters pilots
UFO description one white domed-disc with two powerful lights moved faster than jets.
G [=Ground witnesses]
Radar
Codes G X E
Sources 00 [=Author's files]

[Ref. djn1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

Encounters with Aliens on this Day

[...]

October 19

1954 - On this day two French Air Force jets chased a white disc-shaped object with colored lights over Avignon, Vaucluse, France. The flying disc easily outpaced them. (Sources: Leonard H. Stringfield, CRIFO Orbit, November 1954, p. 5; Loren E. Gross, The Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse: UFOs: A History. 1954: October, p. 67).

[...]

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates in his database that in the Vaucluse in Fontaine de Vaucluse on October 14, 1954, at 13:30 hours, "Many people observe a white disc hovering slowly above the city. The lower edge carried intermittently two powerful fires varying from the white to the purple while passing by the red."

"Two jet planes are said to have chased the disc without being able to join it. It will be noted that following this affair, the secretariat of the Air Force published an official statement in which it was said that the pilots of the apparatuses having flown over Fontaine-de-Vaucluse had not observed any unknown craft."

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

[Ref. uda1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 19 October 1954 in Avignon, France, "Two French AF jets chase white disc with colored lights. Disc outpaces them. A flying disc was observed. One white disc was observed for ten minutes."

The sources are indicated as "Stringfield, Leonard H., CRIFO Newsletter and CRIFO Orbit; Gross, Loren E., The Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse: UFOs: A History. 1954: October, Author, Fremont; Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002".

[Ref. nip1:] "THE NICAP WEBSITE":

*Oct. 19, 1954 - On this day two French Air Force jets chased a white disc-shaped object with colored lights over Avignon, Vaucluse, France. The flying disc easily outpaced them. (Sources: Leonard H. Stringfield, CRIFO Orbit, November 1954, p. 5; Loren E. Gross, The Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse: UFOs: A History. 1954: October, p. 67).

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

This database recorded this case 9 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 Fontaine France 13.30
19541014 14.10.1954 Vaucluse France 14.00 DD
19541014 14.10.1954 Fontaine Vaucluse France
19541014 14.10.1954 Fontaine Vaucluse France
19541014 14.10.1954 Fontaine Vaucluse France
19541014 14.10.1954 Fontaine Vaucluse France
19541014 14.10.1954 Fontaine Vaucluse France
19541014 14.10.1954 Fontaine France
19541015 15.10.1954 Fontaine de Vaucluse France

Explanations:

This is a case of word against word. There are many possibilities:

Either the local witnesses did see the "disc" speeding away with the jet planes in pursuit, and in this case, we have an "unidentified" that may well be an extraterrestrial craft and the Air Ministry lied.

Either the Air Ministry was right, with two variants: the pilots really did not see anything, or they saw a balloon and preferred to say they saw "no unknown craft" than to admit that they chased a balloon.

For the moment, there is no official document to let me decide.

In support of the balloon thesis, there is the fact that it was evoked by pilots who had knowledge of a balloon seen a few hours before according to Le Méridional for October 15, 1954. There is also the fact that one might think that the "changing colors" would have been seen only in binoculars (chromatic aberration), except that the newspaper mentions that the colored lights were also visible to the naked eye.

As Le Provençal for October 15, 1954 asked: "So, who to believe?"

Keywords:

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

Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, Vaucluse, Armand Boudin, machine, craft, object, apparatus, multiple, Orange-Caritat, air force, pilots, lights, hovering, maneuvre, fast, duration, official

Sources:

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

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