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November 26, 1954, Mozé-sur-Louet, Maine-et-Loire:

Reference number for this case: 26-Nov-54-Mozé-sur-Louet. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

French ufologist and author Jean Sider discovered in the newspaper Le Courrier de l'Ouest, of Angers, for November 27-28, 1954, events dated November 26, 1954, around 06:00 a.m., that occurred near Mozé-sur-Louet, in the department of Maine-et-Loire.

Mr. Hardy, resident of Beaulieu-sur-Layon, 40, employed by the company Fonteneau in Angers, went as every morning to his work by bicycle, when at the entrance of Mozé, he saw pass before his eyes, from left to right then from right to left, a light ray of more than one meter.

At the same time, he felt tingling in his hands and a nervous shock that shocked him deeply. Frightened, he took refuge at Mr. Victor Rouvre's.

Once comforted, he resumed his bike ride. Before arriving at Gaigne and being 150 meters from the crossroads, the same phenomenon occurred again.

He was terrified and took refuge this time at Mr. David's, a farmer. It was at this time well 06:30 a.m. Around 07:45 a.m., he preferred to finish the remaining 13 kilometers of his 18-kilometer journey by taking the bus.

Reports:

[Ref. cot1:] "LE COURRIER DE L'OUEST" NEWSPAPER:

This newspaper reports that on November 26 at 6 o'clock in the morning, near to Mozé-sur-Louet, Mr. Hardy, aged 40, was riding his bicycle to go to his workplace when suddenly he felt a tickling in the hands and a nervous shock which strongly commotioned him, at the time when he saw what he described as "a luminous ray of more than one meter" in front of him. A little further on the road, shortly before the arrival in the community of Gaigne, the same incident happened again. The witness so was terrified by these two repeated incident that he gave up the bicycle to finish his travel by bus.

[Ref. ldl1:] LDLN - JEAN SIDER:

November 26, around 6 o'clock, near Mozé-sur-Louet, Maine-et-Loire

(Case without observation of an object on the ground, but which could in fact conceal a landing, taking into account the physiological effects on the witness. J.S.)

Mr. Hardy, 40 years old, of Beaulieu-sur-Layon, worked at the Fonteneau company, in Angers. Every morning, he was on his way to work on a bicycle, and left in the evening.

That day, at the entrance of Mozé, he saw pass in front of him, from left to right, then from right to left. "a luminous ray of more than one meter". At the same time, he felt s tickling in the hands, and a nervous shock that greatly shocked him.

Scared. he took refuge at M. Victor Rouvre'a. Then comforted, he continued on his way. Before arriving at Gaigne, 150 m from the crossroads, he saw the same phenomenon happen again. Terrified, he found refuge at a farmer's, Mr. David. It was then 6:30. A quarter of an hour later, he chooses to take the bus to travel the 13 km (out of a total of 18) that he still has to travel.

source:

Le Courrier de l'Ouest, Angers, 27 and 28.11.54, p.2

Jean Sider indicates that there is no question of "endorsing all these stories with eyes closed" because some are perhaps "jokes made to newspapers by facetious readers", and others are too concise to be analyzed correctly. He nevertheless finds that "the majority of them can" relate to "actually observed phenomena" which even late counter-investigations may clarify, and that many cases show "physiological effects" which he considers to be a constant often noted by investigators for 40 years.

[Ref. jsr1:] JEAN SIDER:

French ufologist and author Jean Sider discovered this case in the newspaper Le Courrier de l'Ouest, of Angers, for November 27-28, 1954. It indicates that these events are dated of November 26, 1954, at approximately 06:00 A.M., and that the location is close to Mozé-sur-Louet, in the department of the Maine-and-Loire.

Mr. Hardy, resident of Beaulieu-sur-Layon, aged 40 years and employed by the Fonteneau company in Angers, went to his work to bicycle like every morning, when at the entry of Mozé, he saw a luminous ray of more than one meter passing in front of his eyes, from the left to the right and then from the right to the left.

At the same time he felt tickling in the hands and a nervous shock which strongly commotioned him.

He was frightened and took refuge at Mr. Victor Rouvre's.

Once comforted, he took again the road on his bicycle. Before arriving at Gaigne and being within 150 meters of the crossroad, the same phenomenon happened again.

He had become terrified and took refuge at Mr. David's, a farmer. It was now well 06:30. At about 07:45, he preferred to finish the 13 remaining kilometers of its way of 18 kilometers by taking the bus.

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

4429: 1954/11/29 06:00 10 0:33:00 W 47:21:00 N 3333 WEU FRN M&L 5:6

MOZE-sur-LOUET,FR:1/BICYCLE:BEAM SEARCHES TO+FRO:SHOCKS:SAME AGAIN:no OBJ seen

Ref#217 Jean SIDER: Le DOSSIER 1954 (2 vol.) Page No. 132 : ROAD+RAILS

[Ref. uda1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 29 November 1954 ŕ 06:00 in Moze-sur-Louet, France, "Beam searches back and forth, hits and shocks bicyclist. Shocked a second time, no object seen. An object was observed. Physiological effects were noted. One beam was observed by one witness on a road."

The source is indicated as "Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002".

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

*Nov. 29, 1954 - At 6:00 a.m. in Moze-sur-Louet, Maine-et-Loire, France a beam of light from the sky searched back and forth, then struck and gave an electric shock to a bicyclist. It then shocked him a second time, but no object was seen. (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case 4196, citing Jean Sider, Dossier 1954 et l'Imposture Rationaliste, p. 132).

Explanations:

Could it have been a distant motorcycle headlight, on another road, for example?

One of the roads entering Mozé-sur-Louet, the D123, makes a sharp left turn, then a sharp right turn.

We are told that he later resumed his trip and finds the same phenomenon "before reaching Gaigne and being 150 meters from the crossroads". I was hoping to find such a double turn, but I could not locate "Gaigne"... Of course, it was "Gaigné", and there is indeed still an entry to Gaigné, called "The Grand Champ", with a right turn then a left turn, and other roads with turns and nearby roads.

So, without any investigation having been conducted, without making a certainty of that, I consider that the witness may have been tricked by a motorcycle or bike or even car (*) headlight, at that time when everyone was talking about flying saucers and their "beams"...

(*) It could have been a car too, seen from a distance and from the side which would result in a single beam of light for both headlights. The bike headlight is perhaps more likely since without a motor, there would have been no noise allowing identification.

Keywords:

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

Mozé-sur-Louet, Maine-et-Loire, Hardy, Victor Rouvre, road, ray, luminous, tickling, shock, commotion, effect, bicycle, scared

Sources:

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross February 24, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross May 25, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [uda1].
1.1 Patrick Gross October 19, 2014 Addition [nip1].
1.2 Patrick Gross December 4, 2018 Addition [lhh1], Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet."
1.3 Patrick Gross January 25, 2020 Addition [ldl1]. In the Summary, "French ufologist" changed to "In 1995, French ufologist".

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