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The 1950's, Saint-Saturnin-lès-Avignon, Vaucluse:

Reference for this case: 50s-Saint-Saturnin-lès-Avignon.
Please cite this reference in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

The sensationalist magazine Nostra stated that in the 1950s, in Saint-Saturnin-lès-Avignon, "at the beginning of the great waves of observation of flying saucers, perhaps...", a Mr. Henri E. was working in one of his lands, a field or a vineyard, when he saw an unknown object land nearby on his own land.

"From reliable source", Nostra knows that Mr. E. "would have met" "inhabitants of a flying saucer"... "Thus, Henri E. is confronted with a contact with other beings of a race of space." Be that as it may, he told "later" around him that he had seen a flying saucer, he was mocked and no longer spoke about it.

But "some time later", he asked for help to "recover and clean a hole in his field that would have been caused by this landing of a flying saucer... And one spoke again of the case, or " one" thought about it again.

Then he - again - no longer spoke about it, he fell ill and "was assisted in these last moments by the doctor of a neighboring village who was treating him, and he died, but before he disappeared, he had time to tell his adventure to Doctor X., asking him beforehand never to reveal what he was going to hear, and the secret was kept. The doctor was bound by professional secrecy and the word given to a dying person, who were there and are always there to prevent anyone from knowing more, but that did not prevent Doctor X from indulging in confidences to a patient, mother of our informant, knowing that his son was interested in these stories. He had a sister, Marie, who died at the age of 76, in June 1975. She stood against her brother's decision to reveal his adventure to the doctor, when he had never wanted to share it with his entourage and his family, and his sister, his closest relative."

The magazine assures that the informant's mother-in-law is from Saint-Saturnin, and remembers hearing about the affair in her youth, and confirmed the story of her son-in-law.

Reports:

[Ref. nos1:] "NOSTRA" MAGAZINE:

In the Fifties, in Saint Saturnin lès Avignon, maybe at the beginning of the large flap of observation of the flying saucers... Mr. Henri E. worked in one of his grounds, a field or a vine, when he saw an unknown object land not far from there. In his own ground.

From a reliable source, we know that Mr. E. "encountered" the inhabitants of a flying saucer... Thus, Henri E is confronted with a contact with other beings of a race from space. Whatever, he later told around that he saw a flying saucer. And, the reaction was that he was consequently regarded as a poor "moron" and all make fun of this man who decides not to speak anymore about the story and to keep it for himself.

But a few times after, he asks for assistance "to fill and clean a hole which this landing of a flying saucer had caused in his field "... And the case was talked about again. At least, one thought of it.

Time went by and Henri E did not speak any more of this strange adventure which had gotten only vexations to him. Then, he fell sick and was assisted in these last moments by the doctor of a nearby village which looked after him, and he died. But before passing, he had the time to tell his adventure to doctor X., while asking him before never to reveal what he was going to hear. And the secrecy was kept. The doctor was held by professional secrecy and the word given to someone dying, which were there to prevent whoever from knowing more. But that did not prevent doctor X from letting out confidences towards a patient, mother of our advisor, knowing that her son was interested in these stories. Henri E had a sister, Marie, who died at the age of 76, in June 1975. The latter protested against the decision of her brother to reveal his adventure to the doctor, whereas he had never wanted to share it to his entourage and his family, and his sister, her nearest relative.

The mother-in-law of our informer is originating from Saint Saturnin, and remembers to have intended to speak about the case in her youth. She confirms to us the account of her son-in-law.

[Ref. vau3:] UFOLOGY BULLETIN "VAUCLUSE UFOLOGIE":

THE SECTION OF THE FIFTIES.

With Vaucluse Ufologie #7, we gave you the list of all the cases of observation that we had for the period of the fifties, from 1950 to 1959. But since this publication we have been able to update this list, complete it and, sometimes, specify it further. It is above all because Jean Pierre Troadec endeavored to update his file for this period, with the aim of compiling a catalog of all the cases of UFO sightings on the Vaucluse that GREPO will make known in some time in a special issue of our bulletin, which I can give you today a new list. This new list obviously eliminates the previous one which contained many date errors, but it is still imprecise in certain cases. I hope that it can serve you usefully, or even generate investigations or counter-investigations; and, if you have new elements or other cases that we do not have, let us know and I will communicate them in this section with your references.

1° - In the 50s - Saint Saturnin lès Avignon. A landing of which we know nothing with precision, according to information from Camille Ferrier (Vaucluse Ufologie #10).

[... other cases...]

[Ref. vau2:] UFOLOGY BULLETIN "VAUCLUSE UFOLOGIE":

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CLOSE ENCOUNTERS AND FIFTIES YEARS SECTION

The case that we bring to your attention here (and that we have already given you in Vaucluse Ufologie nr 10) indeed falls under these two headings. Because it would have taken place in the fifties, and it would seem to be a close encounter, although we do not have the details. It is from Camille Ferrier that we know the information we have on this case.

Saint Saturnin lès Avignon in the fifties:

St Saturnin is currently a village of 2200 inhabitants, 11 km east of Avignon, at the crossroads of the D 28 from Avignon to Pernes les Fontaine and the D 6 from Sorgues & Caumont sur Durance (Michelin map 81, fold 12). In the fifties, in St Saturnin lès Avignon, at the beginning of the great waves of observation of flying saucers, perhaps... Mr. Henri Estellon was working in one of his lands, a field or a vineyard, when he saw a strange object land not far from there. From a recognized source we know that Mr. Estellon would have met the inhabitants [sic] of a flying saucer. Anyway, he later tells around him that he saw a flying saucer. And the reaction will be that he is therefore taken for a "poor sod" and everyone laughed at him. But, some time later, he asked for help to plug and clean a hole in his field that would have been caused by this landing. And one talked about this story again, or so we thought.

Time passed and Henri Estellon spoke no more of this strange adventure which had brought him nothing but setbacks. Then, he fell ill and was assisted in his last moments by the doctor (Doctor G.) who was treating him and he died. But before disappearing, he had time to tell his adventure to the doctor, asking him beforehand never to reveal what he was going to hear. And the secret was kept. The doctor was bound by professional secrecy and the word given to a dying person who were there, and are still there, to prevent anyone from knowing more. But, that does not prevent

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the doctor to confide in a patient mother of our informant, knowing that he was interested in his stories.

Henri Estellon had a sister, Marie, who died at the age of 76, in June 1975. The latter protested against her brother's decision to reveal his affair to the doctor. While he had never wanted to talk about it in his entourage, to his family and to his sister, his closest relative. Our informant's mother-in-law is from St-Saturnin and heard of the affair when she was young. She confirmed the story of her son-in-law.

An investigation of this case is delicate. The doctor, the sole living custodian of the story, is bound by professional secrecy. The entourage of Mr. Estellon, at least those of his family who may have received some confidences, is deceased. Only the doctor could tell us more, if he reads these lines, or if he knows about it, we ask him to contact us. Despite the little information we have, we retain this case, because the information we have is of high credibility and comes from people who could not invent such a story in order to "get people talking"; they are all dead. Our informant is too aware of the U.F.O. phenomenon and its outcomes to peddle a false story. However, over the years, this story may have been distorted. We therefore retain, without excluding the results of an investigation which is still possible despite everything, that a U. F. O. was observed above Saint Saturnin lès Avignon during the 1950s.

Michel Sorgues.

[Ref. vau1:] "VAUCLUSE UFOLOGIE" UFOLOGY BULLETIN:

IN THE 50's
SAINT SATURNIN LES AVIGNON

File by René Faudrin.

In the 50's, in Saint Saturnin lès Avignon, at the beginning of the big waves of observation of the Flying Saucers, maybe....

Mr. Henri E. was working in one of his lands, a field or a vineyard, when, he saw an unknown object land not far from there, in his own land. From a reliable source, we know that Mr. E. "would have met inhabitants of a flying saucer"...

Thus, Henri E. is confronted with a contact with other beings of a space race. Be that as it may, he later recounts around him that he saw a flying saucer.

And, the reaction will be that he is from then on taken for a "poor fool" and, all make fun of this man who decides not to speak any more about his story and keeps it for himself. But, some time later, he asks for help to reseal and clean in his field a hole that this landing of a flying saucer would have provoked... And one speaks again of this story. At least we thought so.

Time went by and Henri E. spoke no more about this strange adventure that had only given him trouble. Then he fell ill and was assisted in his last moments by the doctor who was treating him and he died. But before disappearing, he had time to tell his story to the doctor, asking him before to never reveal what he was going to hear. And the secret was kept. The doctor was bound by professional secrecy and the word given to a dying person who were there, and are still there, to prevent anyone from knowing more. But this did not prevent the doctor from indulging in confidences with a patient, mother of our informant, knowing that she was interested in these stories. Henri E. had a sister, Marie, who died at the age of 76, in June 1975. She rose against her brother's decision to reveal his adventure to the doctor. While he had never wanted to talk about it in his entourage and his family and his sister, his closest relative. Our informant's mother-in-law is from St Saturnin, and heard about the affair in her youth. She confirmed the story of her son-in-law.

An investigation into this case is delicate. The doctor, the only living repository of the story, is bound by professional secrecy. The entourage of Mr. E., at least those of his family who may have received some confidences are missing. The mother of our informant, to whom the doctor has let himself be confided, has died. Only the doctor could tell us more. If he reads this book, we ask him to contact us.

Despite the little element we have on this case, we include it in our catalog. Because the information we have is highly credible and comes from people who could not invent such a story to make "talk about them", they are all dead. Our informant is too awares [sic], of the U.F.O. phenomenon O.V.N.I. and its bottomöines to invent a false story.

We will remember that a U.F.O. landed, in the 50s, in a field of Saint Saturnin lès Avignon.

Explanations:

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Nostradamus aka Nostra was a French sensation magazine of the Seventies that published all sorts of nonsense; such as in this two examples:

Thus: probable invention by Nostra magazine.

Keywords:

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

Saint-Saturnin-lès-Avignon, Vaucluse, saucer, landing, trace, object

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross June 4, 2005 First published, [nos1].
1.0 Patrick Gross July 5, 2007 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version.
1.0a Patrick Gross October 18, 2009 I checked whether new information of new mentions of the case surfaced but found nothing.
1.0a Patrick Gross October 13, 2014 I checked whether new information of new mentions of the case surfaced but found nothing. Explanation changed from "Not looked for yet" to "Probable invention by Nostra magazine."
1.2 Patrick Gross August 9, 2019 Additions [vau1], Summary. Explanations changed, were "Probable invention by Nostra magazine."
1.3 Patrick Gross July 2, 2022 Additions [vau2], [vau3].

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