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April 24, 1954, Mortagne-par-Bruyères, Vosges:

Reference for this case: 24-Apr-54-Mortagne-par-Bruyères.
Please cite this reference in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Reports:

[Ref. nos1:] "NOSTRA" MAGAZINE:

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I touched a U.F.O...

This letter, sent by Roger M... of Mortagne les Bruyères (the Vosges), reports a fact which goes back to 1954. But it is only in 1974, after Mr. M... saw again twice a similar phenomenon, that he understood that 21 years before, he had been the witness of a ufologic display.

April 24, 1954, 3 o'clock in the afternoon.

"I first heard a great noise. You would have said it was a train passing on a metal bridge or the bursting of a bomb of strong caliber. I threw myself instinctively behind a large rock, while looking up in the air."

"And I saw three enormous machines, without wings, pass above me. Astonishing thing: their slowliness and their mass. At the time, I believed that they were enormous airships. But, shortly, the two first had advanced without making any noise. The 3rd stayed behind, did not move any more and appeared to go down slowly, without making noise either."

Curiosity pushed me to await the continuation. The machine had been posed at approximately 50 meters from me and at 40 centimetres of the ground. It thus did not touch ground and was approximately 300 meters long. Of that I am certain because, after its departure, half an hour later, I measured the ground (at the time, I was a logger), delimited at each end by a small fir tree at an end and by a birch at the other end. As for its width, it reached 60 meters.

I approached the machine, I walked around itit. It was round and, referring to 39 meters a beech which was cut down 8 days later, I estimated that the apparatus was about 60 meters high. Then, I posed my hand on it. It was cold and hard. I tapped it initially with my fist, then with the back of my axe, then with the edge. The sound was deaf, like full. At this time, I moved back, slowly, to my rock on which I leaned, and I started to be afraid. I wanted to resume my work, I could not. Impossible to move, I remained stuck to the rock. The machine then rose slowly in the air and it is only when it disappeared that I was able to move again.

It happened to me 21 years ago and, until now, I had never talked about it. I suspected well that I had not seen an airship for the airships are never made of steel or iron. Moreover, the machine had neither doors nor port-holes... What I had seen (I understood only much later, thanks to a book that one had lent to me and also to Nostra) what I had seen - and touched - it was a A.F.O. I am all the more certain since I again saw "something" first in 1973, then in 1974, in the Moselle and in Mortagne in the Vosges. The machine (1973) completely ruined my compass.

M. Roger M. (88)

Credit: the articles in Nostra magazine in 1975 were scanned and shared on the web by ufologist Patrice Seray in 2011.

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

The two authors indicate that on April 24, 1954 at 15:00 p.m. in Mortagne-par-Bruyères, according to his letter to Nostra magazine, the witness, Mr. Roger M., logger, was chopping wood when he heard a loud noise. He see three wingless UFOs passing slowly above him, of an enormous volume, giving him the feeling of an enormous mass.

One of the three machines goes down and arrives at 40 centimeters above the ground without touching the ground, within 50 meters of the logger.

The logger approaches, walks around it, evaluates its dimensions as of sixty meters in height and three hundred meters in length. He touches the surface of the object, which appears cold and hard to him. He hits it with the hand, then with the handle of his axe, then with the blade of his axe.

He then moves back to a rock on which he leans, and he then feels paralyzed, stuck to the rock. He witnesses the departure of the machine and when the machine disappeared he "retrieved his capacities."

[Ref. lbs1:] UFOLOGY BULLETIN "LA LIGNE BLEUE SURVOLEE?":

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6°) CASE Nr F/98/88540424 (01)

MORTAGNE PAR BRUYERES - SATURDAY APRIL 24, 1954

3 P.M. Local Time.

Witness: Mr. Roger M ... lumberjack {since deceased)

Sources: OVNI, le premier dossier complet des rencontres rapprochées en France (Michel FIGUET / Jean-Louis RUCHON), page 69 qui cite NOSTRA

Observation:

A round object (the witness says a craft)

Height: 60 m Length: 300 m

40 centimeters above the ground, about fifty meters from the witness.

Before observing this object, the witness had seen three huge, wingless UFOs pass by, with a loud noise like a train passing over a metal bridge, or the bursting of a high-caliber bomb (SIC)

Events:

The witness is chopping wood when he hears a loud noise. He sees three UFOs pass above him. Their slowness and their volume giving the impression of an enormous mass. The witness witnessed the descent of one of the three objects. The object lands about fifty meters from him, not touching the ground. The woodcutter approaches this craft, walks around it. He then places his hand on a "cold and hard" shell, hits it with his fist then with the back of his axe, then with its cutting edge. At that moment, he slowly backs up to a rock on which he leans. Roger M... feels paralyzed, glued to the rock and attends the departure of the craft which rises slowly. When it disappeared, the witness regained control.

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To note: The effects, and one of the rare cases in which the witness touches a UFO. Also that the witness recounted his observation by writing to the editorial staff of NOSTRA magazine.

Comments: An investigation was carried out at the time by Joël MESNARD. We have not yet obtained his manuscript but during a recent meeting he told us that he believed in the sincerity of the testimony.

[Ref. lbs2:] UFOLOGY BULLETIN "LA LIGNE BLEUE SURVOLEE?":

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Num. DATE PLACE TIME SHORT DESCRIPTION 1234 SOURCES EXPLANATIONS
04/24/1954 MORTAGNE-PAR-BRUYERES 3 p.m. A lumberjack observes three huge craft above him making a loud noise. One of them descends close to the ground (without landing), 50m in front of him, he approaches, touches it, goes around it, hits it with the back of his ax and climbs on a rock to try to see its top. Size estimated 300m long and 60m high. Silent hovering and departure. .X.. NOSTRA- M. FIGUET CVDLN

[Ref. mft1:] MICHEL FIGUET:

This ufologist noted:

CASE Nr CLASSIFICATION DATE HOUR PLACE ZIP CODE CREDIBILITY SOURCE
48 CE2 24 04 1954 15.00 Mortagne par Bruyères 88600 B6 D [= dubious], Nostra

[Ref. fsr1:] JOEL MESNARD - "FLYING SAUCER REVIEW":

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THE "STEEL AIRSHIP" AT BOIS-DE-CHAMP (APRIL 1954

Joel Mesnard, LDLN, France (Translation from French)

This extremely interesting report is published in the latest issue of our fine French contemporary (Lumieres Dans la Nuit, No. 275/276, May-June 1987) and we proffer here our usual credit and thanks to Monsieur R. Veillith, Monsieur F. Lagarde, and to their Editorial Committee. Our thanks too to the author, Monsieur Joel Mesnard, who is by no means unknown to our readers, as they will remember several of his extraordinarily interesting reports that have appeared in past issues of FSR, including, in particular, the Algerian case of "The Tranquilizing Visitation at Bouahmama" (FSR 19/3, 1973.) – EDITOR

READERS of Lumières Dans La Nuit will already know something of this case, which was reported briefly in Francois Diolez's Catalogue of Vosges Sightings in 1954 (on page 44 of LDLN 261/262). However, l had an opportunity to go over the case again and interview the chief witness, Monsieur Roger Mougeolle, in February 1976. The episode in question occurred on an afternoon towards the end of April 1954 (the year of France's

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fantastic great "UFO Wave". ED. FSR) in a clearing in a huge forest area at Bois-de-Champ, near the town of Bruyeres, in the Departement of Vosges, North-Eastern France. (Bruyeres lies at Lat. 48°10 N 06°4 E.)

Roger Mougeolle, then aged 37, and a younger work-mate named Gilbert Doridant, aged 19, were engaged in logging in the forest. It is a very sparsely inhabited area. (Gilbert Doridant died in a terrible logging accident two years later, crushed by a heavy load of tree-trunks which fell on him, so he was not available for me to interview when I re-opened the case in 1976.)

The two men were lopping off branches and burning the small stuff, when suddenly, from the sky above them, they heard a tremendous noise "like the sound of a train passing over a metal bridge." After which all was quiet again, but three huge objects shaped like cigars came over the hill towards them. Two passed over in total silence but the third, equally silently slowly descended over the clearing where the two men were. Its surface was quite smooth, devoid of an structural appendages or protuberances, and its general aspect was metallic and its colour grey.

Its size was absolutely enormous. Over 200 metres long, Mougeolle thought, and perhaps 80 or 100 metres wide and equally high, though he thought the height was a bit less than the width.

The monster came to a halt with its base just a few tens of centimetres from the ground. Gilbert Doridant terrified, fled from the spot, and never again dared enter that part of the forest.

Roger Mougeolle, feeling sure that this was an airship, felt not the slightest fear, and stepped boldly forward and soon found himself right beneath it - and this proved to be an unwise and rash mistake... Continuing to approach the stationary, silent monster he put up his hand and touched it. It was smooth cold, and hard like steel. (Maybe in that moment he had already begun to realize that this was no dirigible.)

He raised his woodman's axe, not - as he explained to me - with any aggressive intention of attacking the thing, but rather in order to strike it with the flat of the axe, "just to see what would happen..."

And he saw what happened! For, as he struck, he was instantly hurled a distance of six metres or so. The flat surface of the axe had made a dull sound such as you get when you strike a great piece of steel. Lying where he had been thrown, against the foot of a rock, Mougeolle found himself unable to move. What had hurled him was no blast of air or anything like that but something totally unknown to him, something that seemed to act uniformly upon every part of his body. And now, as he lay there, he realized that what was keeping him pinned down there was the monster itself by its very presence.

This state of affairs, with the huge thing looming over him and blocking out almost his entire field of vision, lasted but a few minutes, and then the craft lifted and disappeared, and Mougeolle's paralysis at once vanished with it.

Roger Mougeolle subsequently suffered no ill-effects that he was aware of. (When I interviewed him in 1976, in a clinic in Bruyeres, he was gravely ill, almost totally bedridden, breathing with great difficulty, and with an oxygen cylinder beside the bed. But this was due to the fact that, soon after his UFO experience) he had quit the logging and gone to work in the construction business, and, over a long period, he had very unwisely been handling fibre-glass without wearing a mask, and so had gravely injured his lungs.)

This case has certain interesting features. Rarely have loud sounds from UFOs been reported - particularly sounds such as Mougeolle reports.

However, it so happens that in France we have the precisely similar case of a vast noise "like a train passing overs a railway bridge"*, and, amazingly enough. it also dates from an afternoon at precisely that same season, mid-April of 1954, and it happened at Flavigny-sur-Ozerain (Cote-d'Or), some 200 kilometres distant from Mougeolle's sighting at Bois-de-Champ! An account of it, given by one of the two eyewitnesses, Mme Desplantes, will be found in issue No. 8 (June 1966) of the now defunct French UFO review Phénomènes Spatiaux, most of the issues of which are still available from the editors and publishers, Monsieur and Mme Fouere, 69 rue de la Tombe-Issoire, Paris XIVe. (I have given the lady's story below. - Ed.)

The estimated size of the three objects seen by Monsieur Mougeolle and his companion is truly stupefying, and it is also astounding that no information is available regarding any other witnesses.** The village of Vanönont is quite close, but the whole area around contains very few inhabitants and in 1954 the traffic on the roads would have been minimal.

Cases are also very rare in which a witness actually claims to have touched a UFO. We recall one such case early in 1966, near the town of Hamilton, in Canada where a thirteen-year-old boy, Charles Cozems (sic) is said to have touched an object some 2.5 metres long and one metre high, which was standing in a field close to another and similar object. As the boy was touching - or maybe just about to touch - an "antenna" projecting from the object, he felt what seemed like a violent electrical discharge, and for some time thereafter there were burn marks on his hand.

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Footnotes by Editor, FSR

* We have certainly seen two or three reports in Britain of this vast overhead noise "like a train", or "like

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a load of coal being discharged", and I recall that a least one of these reports came from Warminster. **It may seem odd that so huge an object is not seen by vast numbers of people. But we must not overlook the fact that, by now, we already possess a lot of evidence that UFOs, and/or their occupants, "can flip in and out of visibility". For all we know, there may be vast things cruising around above our heads all the time.

APPENDIX

From Phénomènes Spatiaux (Paris), No 8 (June 1966). page 15:-

(EDITOR: RENE FOUERE)

(Translation from French) Flavigny-sur-Ozerain (Précis) Côte d'Or May 4, 1966

Dear Sir,

In April 1954, my husband and i were coming home at about 5.00 p.m. from a botanical outing in the mountains. The sky was very clear, and the weather fine and calm, and there was nobody to be seen anywhere around, up there, at a spot some 500 metres from the nearest house, the first farm in the village. I was walking about eight metres in front of my husband. We had neither seen nor heard lightest thing when, to our our vey great surprise and, indeed, fear, we heard a noise just like a train being derailed.

I looked back, and saw that mv husband was beneath an enormous square iron mass, stationary just three metres above his head. I saw no windows, no wheels, but iron ridges... And it was broad daylight. I didn't have time to utter a word to my husband, and then suddenly it had vanished, and there was nothing more to be seen.

Had it been night time and not broad daylight, I can tell you we would have been even more scared. And, I beg youto believe me, it fairly shook us both up...

Yours sincerely,
Mme. Georges Desplantes

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(In the rest of the letter, she compares the huge square thing with the famous "square UFO” seen at Bolazec, in Brittany, on January 16, 1966 by a man named Eugene Coquil. The latter case is described in detail in chapter VII of my translation of Jean-Claude Bourret's first book. (See THE CRACK IN THE UNIVERSE, published by Neville Spearman, 1976.) What the lady claims to have seen had of course no resemblance to the huge cigar-shaped "steel dirigible" seen by Roger Mougeolle. The only features common to her case and to his are (1) the shattering noise "like a train", and (2) the fact that both took place in April 1954. - G.C. [Gordon Creightin, FSR editor.]

[Ref. fdz1:] FRANCOIS DIOLEZ:

F. Diolez of the French ufology group CNEGU set up a catalogue of cases in the Vosges, in November 1984, with the help of ufologist François Lagarde.

The catalogue indicates that in Mortagne Par Bruyère, Saturday, April 24, 1954 at 3 p.m., local time, Roger Mr., logger, deceased since, was the witness of an observation whose source is "OVNI, le premier dossier complet des rencontres rapprochées en France" by Michel Figuet and Jean-Louis Ruchon, page 69, citing NOSTRA.

A round object, that the witness says was an apparatus, 60 meters height and a 300 meters length was within 40 centimeters of the ground and about 50 meters of the witness.

Before observing this object, the witness had seen three enormous and wingless UFOs passing, with a great noise like a train passing on a metal bridge, or the explosion of a bomb of strong caliber, expression which astonishes the author of the catalogue.

The witness was cutting wood when he heard a great noise and saw three UFOs passing above him, whose slowness and volume gave the impression of an enormous mass. The witness saw the descent of one of the three objects which landed at about fifty meters of him without touching the ground. He approached this apparatus, walked around it, then put his hand on its "cold and hard" hull, hit it with his fist then with the back of his axe then with the edge of the axe.

At that moment, he walked back slowly to a rock on which he leaned. He felt paralysed, "stuck to the rock" and witnessed the departure of the machine which rose slowly. When it disappeared, the witness recovered his faculties.

The author of the catalogue notes that there are "effects", and that it is one of the rare cases where the witness touches a UFO, and also notes that the witness reported his observation writing to the NOSTRA magazine.

He notes that an investigation "was made at the time by Joel Mesnard", of which "we did not obtain" the manuscript yet but that they met recently and Mesnard specified to them that he believed in the sincerity of the testimony.

[Ref. jmd1:] JOEL MESNARD - LUMIERES DANS LA NUIT:

Joel Mesnard details the case presented on page 44 of issue 261-262 in the catalogue of the Vosgean cases by François Diollez, under the localization "Mortagne-par-Bruyères". He explains that he managed to find the only surviving witness, Roger Mougeolle, whose health was then critical, because shortly after having been a lumberjack, he worked in an unprotected environment handling glass fiber, which dangers was not realized at that time. He was thus almost permanently confined to bed in a private clinic of Bruyère in 1976, breathing with difficulty at an oxygen bottle.

Although weakened and having difficulties to talk, he was still fully conscious. He gave a clear and precise account to Joel Mesnard:

The sighting took place on the territory of the commune of Bois-de-Champ at eight kilometers in straight line in the North-East of the town of Bruyère, in the department of the Vosges. He and the other witness were on a vast hill timbered with steep slopes at some places, and 585 meters above sea level in the south of the locality "La Grande Cheminée", close to the village of Eaux-Rouges. Joel Mesnard gives some historical background of this hill.

At the end of April 1954, in the afternoon, Roger Mougeolle, then aged 37, was working at the top of this hill helped by Gilbert Doridant, aged 19, a simple-minded which did this work for the very first time and which had much difficulties in learn how to read a watch as Roger Mougeolle tried to teach him, and which was to die 2 years later in a dreadful way, crushed by a loading of tree trunks whose fasteners had broken; which is why he never had an opportunity to testify to the observation.

At this time Gilbert Doridant burned waste branches while Roger Mougeolle pruned trunks of cut down fir trees. They then heard a loud noise coming from the sky, comparable to a train driving on a metallic bridge. Silence fell down at once and three objects of very big size appeared above the hill. Their shape was roughly a lengthened ellipsoid or an immense cigar.

Two of the objects immediately moved away without noise, while the third came down gently towards the clearing where the two loggers worked.

No protuberance or structural details were seen on its surface, expected for an assembly of small black and white spots, which made little by little place to a uniform gray color, of metallic aspect. The dimensions were gigantic, with a length of possibly more than two hundred meters, a width and a height about perhaps eighty or one hundred meters, Roger Mougeolle having had the impression that the thing was broader than it was high.

The object was immobilized just above ground-level, its lower part being at a few tens of centimeters above the grasses of the clearing. It was then rigorously motionless and completely silent. Roger Mougeolle was not frightened because he was believing that it was an airship. Gilbert Doridant was terrorized and had immediately ran away, he would refuse to go up in the forest thereafter.

Roger Mougeolle approached the surface of the immense object that filled all his field of vision, he raised the hand and touched it. The surface was smooth, cold and hard like steel and it is thus probably at this time that he thought that it was not an airship. He took his axe and then struck the object with the side of the blade, "to check."

The shock of the blade on the surface had produced a sound similar to that of striking a large steel part. At the time when the tool hit against the surface, Mougeolle was thrown back at five or six meters, finding himself immobilized at the foot of a rock and incapable of moving.

The way in which he was brutally thrown back was not due to an air blast, but to a force of unknown nature, apparently distributed uniformly on all his body. He had the very clear impression now that the mere presence of the object deprived him of his freedom of movements, and that it was not fear which paralyzed him. At the end of a few moments, the object started to rise, moved away and disappeared, and the paralysis ceased at once.

[Ref. jsr1:] JEAN SIDER:

PRELUDE TO THE WAVE?

A FANTASTIC CASE OF A CLOSE ENCOUNTER IN APRIL 1954

The original investigation into this case appears in the iconographic notebook (O.D. 23 and 24). It was carried out by Joël Mesnard (LDLN 275-276, p. 27).

One afternoon at the end of April 1954, Mr. Roger Mougeolle, 37 years old at the time, a lumberjack by trade, was working in the town of Bois-le-Champ (Vosges) on a wooded hill south of the a place called La Grande Cheminée, not far from Rouges Eaux. He was with Gilbert Doridant, 19, a simpleton who died two years later.

Their attention was caught by a loud noise, and then three very large objects appeared above the hill. Two of them moved away but the third descended slowly towards the clearing where the two witnesses were working. It was a gigantic, uniform, rather ellipsoidal craft. Estimated length: 200 m by about 80/l00m high! This enormous craft remained in levitation a few tens of centimeters from the grass of the clearing.

Mr. Mougeolle approached the thing and he could even touch it. It was smooth, cold and hard as steel. He thought of an airship, then grabbed his ax to test the strength of the hull. As he was about to hit the thing with the flat of the blade, he was thrown several meters back! It was as if an unknown force, spread evenly over his body, had pushed him away. Moreover, while being on the ground, he felt paralyzed. Then, as soon as the huge "vessel" rose to move away and disappear, the man regained his freedom of movement.

[...other cases...]

The sketch which is reproduced on page 87, made by Joël Mesnard, aims to give an idea of ??the gigantism dispensed by the phenomenon, and therefore it does not claim to translate the exact proportions between what has been estimated by the witness and the latter.

[Ref. tgd1:] TIMOTHY GOOD:

The author indicates that in the Spring of 1954 towards the end of April one afternoon, a very large ship was observed in a place close to Bruyère in the department of the Vosges in the North-East of France, at the locality Bois-deChamp, a practically deserted place.

Roger Mougeolle and Gilbert Doridant cut wood when they suddenly heard a great noise, like a train passing on a metal bridge, a sound characteristic of UFOs, which was often described in the same terms.

Then there was a heavy silence, then, three large objects in the shape of cigars appeared, two passed above the head of the two men, the third, just as silent as the others, landed slowly in the clearing where the loggers stood, according to Joel Mesnard who noted Mougeolle's testimony:

"Its surface was completely smooth, of a gray metal. Mougeolle estimated that it measured more than 200 meters in length by approximately 80 to 100 meters broad and as much in height. The monster was immobilized at a few decimetres of the ground."

Terrified, Doridant fled and never returned in this part of the forest. Mougeolle, convinced that it was a conventional plane, advanced and passed the hand on the fuselage, which he found to be cold and smooth like metal.

He then hit the ship with his axe to see what could happen, and the hit produced a deaf noise; at once Mougeolle was thrown at a distance of 5 or 6 meters.

He found himself laying without being able to do any move, according to Mesnard. What projected him was thus undoubtedly not an air blast nor anything like it, but something completely unknown, an absolute force which would have acted on the whole of his body. At this point in time he understood that what nailed him on the ground was nothing else than the monster itself.

The huge ship kept its position during several minutes, blocking Mougeolle's view, then took off and disappeared. Fortunately, the witness suffered no after-effect.

[Ref. tgd2:] TIMOTHY GOOD:

The author indicates that in Bruyeres in April 1954, Roger Mougeolle, aged 37, was logging in the forest at Bois-de-Champ, were logging off branches with another man, when they heard a loud noise, like a train going across a metal bridge. It became silent again, and they then saw three cigar-shaped objects coming towards them. Two of them passed silently over, but the third came down to the clearing where they stood. It had a smooth, grey, metallic surface, with no markings or protrusions, and was over 600 feet long. It stopped and hovered just above the ground. The other man fled, but Mougeolle walked up to the object and hit it with his axe. It made a dull sound when the axe struck it, and Mougeolle was thrown back 20 feet. He lay on the ground totally paralyzed for several minutes. The object left, and when it did, he was able to move again.

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

3511: 1954/04/24 15:00 5 6:45:00 E 48:15:00 N 3333 WEU FRN VSG 8:6

MORTAGNE,FR:2 OBS:200M BLIMP LANDS:OBS FEELS+HITS IT:TEMP PRLZd:/FSRv32#5

Ref#217 Jean SIDER: Le DOSSIER 1954 (2 vol.) Page No. 83 : MOUNTAINS

[Ref. goe1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

1954, April 24

FRANCE, Mortagne par Bruyères

That day, around 15 o'clock, logger Roger Mougeolle, 37-year-old, cuts wood at the Bois-de-Champ, in company of another man, when he hears a great noise. He sees three UFO passing above him. Their slowness and their volume giving the impression of an enormous mass. Two of the objects fly over them. The witnesses (witnesses? who are the others?) attend the descent of one of the three objects, in a noise comparable with that of a train travelling on a metal bridge. The UFO lands at 50 m, not touching the ground (remains at 40 cm). It is enormous: 300m in length, 60 m in height. Mougeolle approaches and walks around it. He puts his hand on a cold and hard hull, slaps it with the fist then with the back of the axe, then with the edge. At this time he moves back slowly to a rock on which he leans: he feels paralysed, stuck to the rock and attends the departure of the machine which rises slowly. (M. FIGUET/J.L. RUCHON: "OVNI, le premier dossier complet..." Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979, p. 69; Janet and colin bord: "Modern Mysteries of the World" - Guild Publishing London, 1989, p. 60, 6) (question by vog: did a possible investigator go on the spot see in khe Bois de Champ, whether there were a clearing measuring at least 300 m in length?)

[Ref. abc1:] UFOS.ABOUT.COM WEBSITE:

BRUYERES
4/54
(Above Top Secret 189)

Roger Mougeolle, aged 37, was logging in the forest at Bois-de-Champ. He and another man were lopping off branches when they heard a loud noise, like a train going across a metal bridge. It became quiet again, and then they saw three cigar-shaped objects coming towards them. Two of them passed silently over, but the third came down to the clearing where they stood. It had a smooth, grey, metallic surface, with no markings or protrusions, and was over 600 feet long. It stopped and hovered just above the ground. The other man fled, but Mougeolle walked up to the object and hit it with his axe. It made a dull sound when the axe struck it, and Mougeolle was thrown back 20 feet. He lay on the ground totally paralyzed for several minutes. The object left, and when it did, he was able to move again.

[Ref. jbu1:] JEROME BEAU:

1954

[...]

At the end of April, afternoon: In Bois-du-Champ (the Vosges), Roger Rougeolle [sic] and Gilbert Doridant [sic] see a gigantic UFO in the shape of airship, motionless at a few centimeters of the ground. Its hull seems to be made out of steel and to make sure of this, Rougeolle approaches at the nearest and tries to give it a hit with the side of his axe's blade. He found himself thrown at a few meters behind by a force applied uniformly on his body. The witness estimates to have felt an effect of paralysis which immobilized him until the departure of the object (LDLN N° 275-276, p. 27).

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Vosges in "Mortagne les bruyères" on April 24, 1954 at 15:00 hours, "That day, around 15 hours, the logger Roger Rougeolle, 37-year-old, cuts wood at Bois-de-Champ, in company of Gilbert Doridant, when they hear a great noise. He sees three UFO passing above them. Their slowness and their volume giving the impression of an enormous mass. Two of the objects fly over them while the third starts a descent, with a noise comparable with that of a train travelling on a metal bridge. The UFO lands at 50 m, not touching the ground (remains at 40 cm). It is enormous. Rougeolle approaches and walks around it. He puts his hand on a cold and hard hull, hits hit with the fist then with the back of the axe, then with the edge. At this time he moves back slowly to a rock on which he leans: he feels paralysed, stuck to the rock and attends the departure of the machine which rises slowly."

The sources are noted as "Ovni, Premier dossier complet... by Figuet M./ Ruchon J.L. ** Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979"; "Mini catalogue chronologique des observations OVNI by Van Overmeire Godelieve ** http://users.skynet.be/sky84985/" and "RR0 ** http://www.rr0.org".

[Ref. sfk1:] DANIEL AND FABRICE KIRCHER:

The two authors indicate that in the end of April 1954, Roger Mougeolles and Gilbert Doridan, two loggers of the Vosges, were working to cut wood at the location Bois-deschamps in the middle of the Vosgean forest close to Bruyère when they were heard like the noise of a train passing on a metal bridge, a very incongruous crashing sound for this deserted place.

In the silence which followed both men saw three large objects in the shape of cigars. The two first passed silently above their heads, the third came down in the clearing where they worked.

The authors quote "itss surface was completely smooth" and " Mougeolles estimated that its length was of more than 200 meters by approximately 80 to 100 meters broad and as much in height. The monster was immobilized at a few decimetres of the ground."

The authors say that Gilbert Doridan chose to obey by anticipation the famous advice by Jimmy Guieu "if you see a UFO, scram", and always refused to go back to this part of the forest, whereas Mougeolles, convinced that it was a plane, approached and passed the hand on the fuselage, which was cold and smooth like metal. By curiosity he hit it with an axe, there was a deaf noise at the time of the impact and he found himself thrown 5 or 6 meters from there. He certified that it was not an air blast which had propelled him but a force that acted on all his body.

The authors quote "Mougeolles found himself laying without being able to do any move... At this point in time he understood that what nailed it on the ground was none other than the monster."

The huge ship blocked his sight by maintaining its position during several minutes, then took off and disappeared. The witness luckily suffered no after-effects.

The authors conclude that it is not wise to rub with the UFOs.

The source is indicated as "Joël Mesnard, cited by T. Good".

[Ref. abt1:] "MY LORRAINE" WEBSITE:

That year [1954], some witnesses even went so far as to tell how their vehicles stalled near one of these mysterious devices, such as on October 20, 1954, in Turquestein and then Saint-Quirin (the Moselle) the next day. The paralysis of witnesses is also a recurring element. In Bois-de-Champ, in the Vosges, on April 24, 1954, a woodcutter attempted to cut a saucer with his axe, which had stood before him when he was thrown back and immobilized against a rock. On October 20, 1954, on his way to work at night in Saint-Rémy (near Raon-l'Etape-Vosges), a worker of Slovak origin reported more surprisingly than a silhouette, holding what resembled a revolver, immobilized him before turning to him in an unknown language and then talking... in Russian! Funny "third kind"... When he could finally leave, the stunned man passed in front of a gray vessel with an antenna in the form of a corkscrew. This astonishing testimony of course suffered from the controversy...

[Ref. prn2:] PETER ROGERSON - "INTCAT":

April 24 1954. 1500hrs.

EAUX-ROUGES, BOIS DE CHAMP (VOSGES : FRANCE)

Roger Mougeolle (37) and a 19 year old assistant were logging on a hillside known as La Grande Cheminee when they heard a loud noise like a train going over a bridge and looking up saw three large elliptical or cigar shaped objects going overhead. Two of these continued on their way but the third descended to just centimetres above the ground. The thing was at least 200m long and 80-100m wide and high and the only marks on it were small black and white spots, otherwise the surface was uniformly grey and metallic. The assistant ran off in terror but Roger, thinking it was an airship, approached and touched it, the surface felt cold and metallic. At this point he hit at it with his axe, it connected with a metallic sound and Roger was thrown back 5 or 6 metres and paralysed. The thing then took off at which the paralysis ended

Map:

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Sketch:

Sketch.

Sketch published in [ld1] and [tgd1] and said to show Roger Mougeolle attacking the ship with the axe, while his companion runs away.

Explanations:

Carte.

Not looked for yet.

Keywords:

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Mortagne-par-Bruyères, Bois-de-Champ, Vosges, Roger Mougeolle, Gilbert Doridant, Rouges-Eaux, La Grande Cheminée, three, object, cigar, big, huge, high, large, airship, steel, metallic, landing, paralyzed, shock, silent, motionless, noise, sound, hovering, hard, cold, hill, clearing

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Document history:

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0.1 Patrick Gross January 27, 2007 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross February 25, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [tgd1], [lcn1], [sfk1].
1.1 Patrick Gross October 20, 2011 Addition [nos1].
1.2 Patrick Gross January 26, 2017 Addition [abt1].
1.3 Patrick Gross February 16, 2021 Additions [mft1], [lhh1], [prn2].
1.4 Patrick Gross June 10, 2022 Additions [fsr1], [lbs1], [lbs2].
1.5 Patrick Gross July 1, 2022 Addition [jsr1].

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