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September 26, 1954, Chabeuil, Drôme:

Reference for this case: 26-sep-54-Chabeuil.
Please cite this reference in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Reports:

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A FLYING SAUCER IN CHABEUIL (the Drôme)

"The Martian resembled a kid locked up in a cellophane bag and I saw it as I see you"

affirm Mrs. Leboeuf, who had to confine to bed with 39°C fever

Valence (C.P.).

- I saw, Sir, just as I see you, the man of the flying saucer of Chabeuil.

And Mrs. Leboeuf, of Valence, still shaking, lead us to this village [i.e. to Chabeuil]. In a field partly of corn, partly of alfalfa, and bordered on a side by a hedge of acacias, from one path to the other:

- Sunday afternoon, I was in the path, I was picking up mulberries in the hedge. Suddenly, my dog started to bark. I turned over and saw the animal, the hair raised, frozen in front of what seemed to me to be a scarecrow.

"The scarecrows moves toward me"...

"I moved towards the dog to prevent it from barking. At this point in time the "scarecrow" advances towards me. It was a small being; it hardly measured more than one meter. I had the impression that it was a kid locked up in a cellophane bag. What struck me, it is very human face...

"... and disappears in the cornfield"

"But fright took me. I yelled and I hastened to throw myself in the hedge. I do not know how much time I remained there. From there, I saw the corn, but there was nobody anymore.

"Then a circular craft of three meters in diameter approximately, thick of 50 centimetres, took off from behind the corn.

The noise of a spinning top

"The craft flew away initially in skew, it did not go fast, it made the noise of a spinning top which whirrs and one also heard a whistling sound. The craft changed then from the horizontal position to the vertical position. It then rose straight at a tremendous speed.

"Passersby went by and saw me in the hedge, worried about my paleness. A little bit recovered of my fright, I told them what I had seen and I led them to the place from where I had seen the flying saucer take off.

"As you can note, there is on the ground a clearly visible "circular print"."

Disconcerting observations

Indeed, we made on the location several disconcerting observations: seven feet of corn were lying; the grass between the corn and the acacias was pressed; small hawthorn had been broken; a branch of acacia was even broken, as if it had received a top to bottom shock. In short, one can very well imagine that a circular machine was posed there according to the general aspect of the holes.

On the other hand we found no debris, no burned grass, corn or acacia.

39°C of fever

We questioned the inhabitants of the village. Some heard the sinister barking of the dog; others heard a whistling sound "quite different from that of a jet plane"; others, finally, saw a flying saucer above Chabreuil. All this at hours which perfectly match with the account of Mrs. Leboeuf.

The latter, after twenty-four hours spent in bed with 39 degrees of fever, regrets her fright.

- Ah! If I had not been so afraid, perhaps I would have known who it was!

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Reality or Hallucination?

FLYING CIGARS
and FLYING SAUCERS
multiply their appearance in FRANCE
where Martians
reportedly landed!

We are no longer surprised by the statements of witnesses, who allegedly saw Flying Saucers in the sky, or Flying Cigars.

There are many pranksters and their imaginations are fertile.

Despite everything, some testimonies, cannot be doubted and it therefore seems that there is a side of truth, both in all these collective... or individual hallucinations.

Thus, for a few weeks now, appearances of bizarre craft in the skies of France have been more and more numerous and more and more curious. See for yourselves:

IN THE LYON REGION
A ROCKET MOVED
AT A VERTIGINOUS SPEED

A 19-year-old young man, Mr. Roland Marchand, made the following statement to the gendarmes:

- Around 11 p.m. on the 15th, I was about 200 meters from Fort Feyson (Isère), when my attention was drawn by a white light. I was then amazed to see standing out in the sky, about ten meters above the ground, a dark spot, surmounted by a dome from which emerged a bright light similar to the combustion of a magnesium torch.

The black "shape" appeared to be slightly elliptical.

"Arrived about fifty meters from this 'space ship', I was amazed to hear a dull sound like that made by a wet rocket. I saw at the same time a shower of sparks shoot up from below the craft. Then suddenly, like a rocket, it rose at a blazing speed, perhaps 4,000 or 5,000 km.-h.

FLYING SAUCERS
IN PARIS

Yesterday morning, Mrs. Mallet and Miss Lucienne Yriex, 71 route de Daumont, in Montmorency, stateded that they had seen the day before, at 5 p.m. a yellow oval craft, accompanied by a luminous trail and swaying from right to left.

Mr. Hébert, butcher, avenue de la liberation, in Petit-Clamart, saw the same phenomenon, at 9 p.m., moving from east to west.

LUMINOUS OBJECTS
IN THE SKY
OF THE ROUSSILLON

A baker from Canet-Plage, Mr. Etienne Err, declared that upon returning from a delivery round with his van, he had seen above this locality a shining disc, which, after having flown in large circles, moved away in the direction of the sea.

Also, seven workers in a factory in the suburbs of Perpignan claim to have also seen an object of an indefinite color, evolving at high speed and which would have crossed the Pyrenees towards Spain.

A FLYING CIGAR
WAS ALLEGEDLY FILMED

Mr. Valéry, director of an auditorium, in Paris, who was traveling to Lyon with his wife, said he saw a flyind [sic] machine.

- It was around 6 p.m. We were walking around when we saw this craft, at about 700 or 800 meters above the ground and it was climbing, vertically without making the slightest sound of an engine.

Behind it left a wide trail of white smoke.

It could not be, in my opinion, a jet plane, of which I would have heard the hissing, because of the proximity of the craft.

Besides, this cigar didn't have the shape [of a jet plane].

Mr. Valéry was carrying an 8mm camera. He hastened to film the moves of the aerial object.

A film, which could undoubtedly be of real value, if Mr. Valéry really saw the strange craft.

MARTIANS
ON EARTH

If one can conceive even with some reluctance, the presence in the sky, of luminous objects which can

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The Martians

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well be fireballs, the statements of certain witnesses having indeed seen strange individuals, Martians, for example, are otherwise questionable.

This is how a female resident of Chabeuil, in the Drôme, most seriously in the world, came to declare that she had met in a certain field, something that looked like a kid locked in a cellophane bag... It is claimed that after this meeting, she had to go to bed with a fever of 40°C... That is understandable.

Even better, is the encounter, made by Mr. Yves David, 28, farmer in Les Brouloux, commune of Vouneuil-sur-Vienne, who stated he had seen advancing on him, on the road from Cenon to Vouneuil, on September 19, at 10 p.m. a sort of diver. The latter, he said, came to stroke his arm, emitted incomprehensible sounds and withdrew towards a craft which Mr. David cannot describe. A green light beam was projected in its direction, pinning him on the spot, then the craft disappeared in the sky, vertically, without any noise.

Mr. David states that he initially did not want to say anything about this bizarre encounter, for fear that he would be laughed at. However, he shared it with a friend asking him whether other people had seen the diver. This is how the whole country knew about it.

[Ref. cpd1:] NEWSPAPER "LE COURRIER PICARD":

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Aerial carousel
of flying saucers
in the Dauphiné

In the Ille-et-Vilaine, on the other hand
the driver of a locomotive
falls ill at the sight of one of these craft

LYON, September 30. -- In the departments of Rhône, Isère, Drôme and Savoie, many people claim to have seen, in recent days, with more or less clarity, craft having either the shape of cigars or that of discs.

In the Arbresle region, one of these witnesses, director of a Parisian music hall, even filmed a of these mysterious craft which evolved at a height estimated by him at around 700 meters. We will thus know, after development of the film, whether or not it is an optical illusion.

Near Feyzin (Isère), a young man reportedly saw in the country, not far from the ground, a machine having the shape of a dome and from which came a very bright light.

The witness compared it to that caused by the combustion of magnesium. The craft suddenly went up vertically, leaving behind a shower of sparks and disappeared.

In the Drôme, a resident, Mrs. L... who was walking near Chabeuil, claims to have met, in the path that she followed, a small being dressed so oddly that she thought at first that it was a cellophane scarecrow.

The dog accompanying the walker barked furiously, overcome with terror. As for Mrs. L..., also terrified, she hid behind a hedge.

It was then that she saw rising from the cornfield which bordered the path, a disc from which came a whistling sound. Shortly after, the witness and some peasants went into the field where, according to them, a circular trace approximately 3 meters in diameter was clearly distinguished, with ears of corn lying down and broken branches at the edge.

Other residents of Chabeuil also said they saw a flying saucer that day.

Finally, in Savoy, near Lac du Bourget, above Mont Revard, several motorists, a total of fifteen people, simultaneously saw a craft moving for about four minutes in the shape of a disc, -tes [sic], then suddenly disappear.

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FLYING SAUCERS

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Flying saucers

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One of the witnesses, a doctor from Chambéry, is a former artillery observer. He carefully noted the observations and drew a diagram reproducing the path of the craft.

In the Ille-et-Vilaine

MM. Gérard, mechanic, and Paroux, driver, who were driving a high-speed machine coming from Nantes, saw, last night, while they were passing at a place called "La Butte du Rouge", commune of Saint-Nicolas-de-Redon (Ille-et-Vilaine) a craft which rose from the neighboring marshes.

This contraption, of some length, which was followed by a luminous trail, flew during ten seconds above the machine and disappeared in the sky.

Whereas the mechanic kept calm, the driver, however, was frightened, he fell ill and had to undergo a medical examination this morning.

An "interplanetary diver" appears to a farmer

Mr. Yves David, 28, a farmer in Brouloux, commune of Vouneuil-sur-Vienne, said he saw advancing on him, on the road from Cenon to Vouneuil, on September 10 at 10 p.m., a kind of "diver".

The latter, he said, came to caress his arm, uttered unintelligible sounds and withdrew towards a craft (that Mr. David cannot describe). A green beam of light was projected in its direction, nailing him on the spot, then the craft disappeared in the sky, vertically, without any noise.

Mr. David declares that he did not want to say anything about this bizarre encounter, lest someone makes fun of him. However, he shared it with a friend, asking him whether other people had seen the "diver". That's how the whole country learned about this.

Luminous objects in the sky of Roussillon

A baker from Canet-Plage, said that when he returned from a delivery tour with his van, he saw above this locality, a brilliant disc which, after having flown in large circles, moved away towards the sea.

Also seven workers from a factory in the suburbs of Perpignan claim to have also seen an object of indefinite color evolving at high speed; which reportedly crossed the Pyrenees towards Spain.

In Haute-Garonne

Three residents of Lanta, near Villefranche-de-Lauraguais (Haute-Garonne), Mr. and Mrs. Brunet, and Mr. Gadra, local school teacher, say they saw an orange disc yesterday evening above the village.

The object moved at a great height and moved in a north-south direction.

After being visible for thirty to forty seconds, the luminous disc disappeared on the horizon.

[Ref. nnm1:] NEWSPAPER "LE NOUVEAU NORD MARITIME":

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Real carousel
of aerial saucers
flying in the sky
of the Dauphiné

Lyon, September 30. -- In the departments of Rhône, Isère, Drôme and Savoie, many people claim to have seen, in recent days, with more or less clarity, craft having either the shape of cigars or that of discs.

In the Arbresle region, one of these witnesses, director of a Parisian music hall, even filmed one of these mysterious craft which evolved at a height estimated by him at around 700 meters. We will thus know, after development of the film, whether or not it is an optical illusion.

Near Feyzin (Isère), a young man reportedly saw in the countryside, not far from the ground, a craft in the shape of a dome and from which sprang a very bright light. The witness compared it to that caused by the combustion of magnesium. The device suddenly went up vertically, leaving behind a shower of sparks and disappeared.

In the Drôme, a resident, Mrs L... who was walking near Chabeuil, says to have met in the path which it followed, a being of small size dressed so oddly that she believed at first that it was a scarecrow in cellophane. The dog accompanying the walker barked furiously, overcome with terror. As for MrsL..., also terrified, she hid behind a hedge.

It was then that she saw rising from the cornfield which bordered the path, a disc from which came a whistling sound. Shortly after, the witness and some peasants went into the field where, according to them, a circular trace of about 3 meters in diameter was clearly distinguished with ears of corn lying down and broken branches at the edge.

Other residents of Chabeuil also said they saw that day a flying saucer flying over the countryside.

Finally, in Savoy, near the Bourget lake, above Mont Revard, several motorists, a total of fifteen people, simultaneously saw a craft in the shape of a disc, move for about four minutes, then suddenly disappear.

One of the witnesses, a doctor from Chambéry, is a former artillery observer. He carefully noted the observations and drew a sketch reproducing the path of the mysterious apparatus.

[Ref. cdn1:] NEWSPAPER "LA CROIX DU NORD":

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Cigars, discs, saucers in numbers...

A real carousel
from Lille to the South of France
where two "Martians" were seen

Either the most skeptical will soon have to face the facts, or we are currently witnessing a curious phenomenon of collective hallucination from Sweden to the South of France..., unless it is a matter of a vast farce. Everywhere cigars and discs crisscross the sky. They even made a victim in the Redon region. Messrs Gérard, mechanic and Paroux, driver, who were driving a high-speed locomotive from Nantes, saw Tuesday evening, as they passed through the town of Saint-Nicolas-de-Redon, "a craft that rose from neighboring swamps." Whereas the mechanic remained calm, the driver, however, was so frightened that he fell ill and had to undergo a medical examination Wednesday morning. Twice, on the other hand, "Martians" have been seen.

The first, a kind of "diver", was reportedly seen on the road from Cenon to Vouneuil (Vienne) on September 9, 10 p.m., by Mr. Yves David, 23 years old, farmer in the town.

The "diver" came to caress his arm, emitted unintelligible sounds and withdrew towards a craft that Mr. David could not describe and which disappeared silently in the sky while projecting a green luminous beam.

The second "Martian" was very small and oddly dressed. He was reportedly seen by a resident of Valence who was walking near Chabeuil (Drôme). Mrs. L. clarified that she first thought she saw a cellophane scarecrow. The accompanying dog barked furiously, overcome with terror. Mrs. L. then saw rising from the cornfield which bordered the road, a disc from which came a whistling sound. Local peasants claim that there is a circular trace of about 3 meters, with lying ears of corn and broken branches at the edge.

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in the third column, under the title
"SAUCERS"

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Filmed saucer

In addition to these exceptional encounters, there is a real aerial carousel in the sky of the Dauphiné.

In the departments of Rhône, Isère, Drôme and Savoie, many people claim to have seen, in recent days, with more or less clarity, craft having either the form of cigars or those of discs.

In the Arbresle region, one of these witnesses, director of a Parisian music hall, even filmed one of these mysterious craft which was evolving at a height estimated by him at around 700 meters. We will thus know, after development of the film, whether or not it is an optical illusion.

And everywhere we claim to have seen saucers: that makes a total of at least a hundred testimonies.

The Southeast is not the only sector affected by the "invasion". Similar descriptions are reported from the regions of Toulouse and Perpignan.

Finally, a luminous sphere is said to have been photographed Tuesday evening in Bjuv, in the south-east of Sweden.

EVEN IN LILLE...

In the vast international saraband of saucers, the Nord region has recently featured with the adventure of Quarouble. In good capital, Lille could not stay behind. Yes, laugh good people... Lille now also has its saucer or cigar... unless it is a disc.

About twenty people from Lille - everyone knows they are reasonable people and hardly subject to hallucinations - saw Wednesday evening, around 8:30 p.m., a mysterious craft which moved in the sky. Always the same green glow and the same silence.

The observers of one evening were gathered near the Porte de Béthune.

One can laugh, one can call people jokers or more wickedly hallucinated... these facts happen all the same very often and in many latitudes. April's Fool lasts only 24 hours.

And let us hope that the "Martians" - if Martians there are - are understanding and peaceful. Otherwise beware! because they seem to have strong aviation.

[Ref. nmn1:] NEWSPAPER "NORD-MATIN":

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Real aerial carousel
of "flying saucers"
in the sky of France

The testimonies are multiplying about the flying saucers. In various French departments, many people claim to have seen, in recent days, with more or less clarity, craft in either the shape of cigars or that of discs.

In the Arbresle region, the director of a Parisian music-hall even filmed one of these mysterious craft which moved at a height estimated by him at around 800 meters. We will thus know, after development of the film, whether or not it is an optical illusion.

Near Feyzin (Isère), a young man reportedly saw in the countryside, not far from the ground, a craft in the shape of a dome and from which sprang a very bright light. The witness compared it to that caused by the combustion of magnesium. The craft suddenly went up vertically, leaving behind a shower of sparks and disappeared.

In the Drôme, a resident of Valence, Mrs. L., who was walking near Chabeuil, claims to have met in the path that she followed, a small being dressed so oddly, that she first thought it was a scarecrow of cellophane. The dog accompanying the walker barked furiously, overcome with terror. As for Mrs. L ..., also terrified, she hid behind a hedge.

The ears were laid
over three meters

It was then that she saw rising from the maize field that bordered the path, a disc from which came a whistling sound. Shortly after, the witness and some peasants went into the field where, according to them, a circular trace of about 3 meters in diameter was clearly distinguished with ears of maize lying down and broken branches on the edge.

Other residents of Chabeuil also said they saw that day a flying saucer flying over the countryside.

In Savoie, near Lake Bourget, above Mont Revard, several motorists, a total of fifteen people, have seen simultaneously a craft in the form of a disc, move for about four minutes, then suddenly disappear.

One of the witnesses, a doctor from Chambéry, is a former artillery observer. He carefully noted the observations and drew a sketch reproducing the path of the mysterious apparatus.

An "interplanetary
diver" said to have appeared
to a farmer

Also, Mr. Yves David, 28, farmer in Les Brouloux, commune of Vouneuil-sur-Vienne (Vienne), said he saw advance on the road from Cenon to Vouneuil on September 19 at 10 p.m. a kind of diver.

The latter, he said, came to caress his arm, made unintelligible sounds and withdrew towards a craft (which Mr. David cannot describe). A green light beam was projected in his direction, nailing him on the spot, then the craft disappeared in the sky, vertically, without any noise.

Mr. David states that he did not want to say anything about this bizarre encounter, lest someone makes fun of him. He did, however, share it with a friend, asking if anyone else had seen the "diver." This is how the whole country found out.

At the sight of a saucer
flying, a locomotive driver
gets sick

We should also point out that MM. Gérard, mechanic and Paroux, driver, who were driving a high-speed machine from Nantes, saw on Tuesday evening, as they passed by a place called "la butte du rouge", commune of Saint-Nicolas-de-Redon (Ille-et-Vilaine), a craft that rose from the neighboring marshes.

This contraption, of a certain length, which was followed by a luminous trail flew during

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ten seconds above the machine and disappeared into the sky.

Whereas the mechanic kept his cool, the driver, however, was so frightened that he fell ill and had to undergo a medical examination yesterday morning.

A luminous sphere
photographed
in the sky of Sweden

A luminous sphere, which left a trail of fire behind it, was photographed in Bjuv, in the south-east of Sweden. The object, which was moving north, said the witness, was flying fast, "as high, he said, as a jet plane, but without making any noise".

At the Lund observatory, it is stated that no meteor was observed at the time when the witness photographed the phenomenon in question on telephoto.

... and one in the open sea

Less recent but more impressive, is the account of the captain of the "Groote Beer", Mr. J.-P. Boahoff, of the Holland - United-States line.

Detected in the open sea and observed by himself and his five officers using all the optical equipment on board, it was the size of a half-moon and also circular and bright.

The captain formally excluded the possibility that it may be a weather balloon.

At first motionless, the disc, after a few moments, moved west to disappear behind the clouds at an altitude of about 14,000 meters.

[Ref. vdn1:] NEWSPAPER "LA VOIX DU NORD":

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Flying
saucers
in all
the skies
of France?

An amateur filmmaker
reportedly filmed
one of the craft

A rain of flying saucers crossed all the skies of France for a few days, that of the Dauphiné in particular, where a real aerial carousel has attracted the attention of many observers.

In the Rhône, Isère, Drôme and Savoie departments, many people claim to have seen, in recent days, with more or less clarity, craft in the shape either of cigars, or of discs.

One of these witnesses, director of a Parisian music hall, said that he had filmed a mysterious craft which was moving at a height estimated by him at around 700 meters. We will thus know, after development of the film, whether or not it is an optical illusion.

In the Drôme, a resident of Valence, Mrs. L ..., who was walking by Chabeuil, claims to have met in the path she was following, a short being, strangely dressed in some sort of cellophane.

She saw a maize field bordering the edge of the path, a whistling disc. Shortly after, the witness noticed in the field a circular trace of about 3 meters in diameter with lying ears and broken branches. Other residents of Chabeuil confirmed these observations.

Finally, in Savoy, fifteen people simultaneously saw a craft in the shape of a disc move for about four minutes.

One of the witnesses, a former artillery observer, drew a sketch reproducing the path of the mysterious craft.

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A baker from Canet-Plage, Mr. Etienne Err, said that after returning from a delivery tour with his van, he had seen above this locality, a brilliant disc which, after having followed large circles, moved away in direction of the sea. Seven workers of a factory of the Perpignan suburbs confirmed his statements.

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Three residents of Lanta, near Villefranche-de-Lauraguais (Haute-Garonne), Mr. and Mrs. Brunet, and Mr. Gadra, local teacher, say they saw, last night, for 30 to 40 seconds, above the village, a bright orange disc.

[Ref. jps1:] NEWSPAPER "LE JOURNAL DU PAS-DE-CALAIS ET DE LA SOMME":

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The flying saucers
seem to indulge
to a real
CARROUSEL
over France

In the sky
of the Dauphiné

Lyon, 29. -- In the departments of Rhône, Isère, Drôme and Savoie, many people claim to have seen, in recent days, with more or less clarity, craft having either the shape of cigars, or that of discs.

In the Arbresle region, one of these witnesses, director of a Parisian music hall, even filmed one of these mysterious craft which was moving at a height estimated by him at around 700 meters. We will thus know, after development of the film, whether or not it is an optical illusion.

Near Feyzin (Isère), a young man would reportedly saw in the countryside, not far from the ground, a craft in the shape of a dome and from which a very bright light gushed out, comparable to that caused by the combustion of magnesium. The craft suddenly went up vertically, leaving behind a shower of sparks and disappeared.

In the Drôme, a resident of Valence, Mrs. L... who was walking near Chabeuil, claims to have met in the path that she followed, a small being dressed so oddly that she thought at first that it was a cellophane scarecrow.

The dog accompanying the walker barked furiously, overcome with terror. As for Mrs. L..., also terrified, she hid behind a hedge.

It was then that she saw rising from the maize field which bordered the path, a disc from which emitted a whistling sound. Shortly after, the witness and some peasants went into the field where, according to them, a circular trace approximately 3 meters in diameter was clearly distinguished, with ears of corn lying down and broken branches at the edge.

Other residents of Chabeuil also reported having

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FLYING
SAUCERS

A cultivator sees
come towards him
an "interplanetary
diver"...

Châtellerault, 29. -- Mr. Yves David, 28, a farmer in Brouloux, commune of Vouneuil-sur-Vienne, said he saw advancing towards him, on the road from Cenon to Vouneuil, on September 19 at 10 p.m., a kind of "diver."

The latter, he said, came to caress his arm, made unintelligible sounds and withdrew towards a craft (which Mr. David cannot describe). A green light beam was projected in his direction, freezing him on the spot, then the craft disappeared in the sky, vertically, without any noise.

Mr. David said he didn't want to say anything about this bizarre encounter for fear of being laughed at. He did, however, share it with a friend, asking if anyone else had seen the "diver."

This is how the country found out.

In the sky
of the Dauphiné

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spotted a flying saucer flying over the countryside that day.

Finally, in Savoy, near Lac du Bourget, above Mont Revard, several motorists, a total of fifteen people, simultaneously saw a disc-shaped craft move for about four minutes, then suddenly disappear.

One of the witnesses, a doctor from Chambéry, is a former artillery observer. He carefully noted the observations and drew a sketch reproducing the path of the mysterious apparatus.

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SEVERE "SAUCERITIS"?

Flying machines by the dozen
in the sky of France...

Paris, 29 (A.C.P. - A.F.P). - Testimonies are multiplying about flying saucers. Three different people phoned the other night, around 10 p.m., to a Parisian daily, to which they told more or less the same story:

"I saw a luminous craft above the Sacré-Coeur: it was heading north."

Doctor Martinet, dermatologist in Chambéry saw a flying saucer move above the Croix du Nivolet.

"About fifteen people," he said, "can testify to this."

The doctor and his wife were returning by car from the Col du Chat when they saw, directly above the Croix du Nivolet, at an altitude of about 2,000 meters, a dark aluminum gray mass. The doctor stopped his vehicle to follow the maneuvers of the craft. Three other cars also stopped:

"I observed my watch, said the doctor. It was 5:14'30" p.m.. The moves of the saucer lasted until 05:18'40" p.m.. At 5:16 p.m., as it was presented from the front, that is to say in the form of a disc I discerned a lighter zone in the center of the craft and dark spots all around. The craft descended directly to the Revard cable car station, then suddenly disappeared at lightning speed."

In the meantime, around fifteen people had gathered around Doctor Martinet and made the same observations as him.

In the Vienne, a 28-year-old farmer, Mr. Yves David, residing in Les Brouloux, commune of Vouneuil-sur-Vienne, met on the road from Cernon [sic] to Vouneuil, a sort of "scuba diver." The latter came to "caress" his arms, emitted intelligibile sounds, went towards a craft that Mr. David cannot

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describe and which rose silently vertically, then disappeared at full speed.

A resident of Wimereux (Pas-de-Calais), Mr. Raoul Baptiste, 72 years old, retired entrepreneur, stated he had seen, Sunday evening a flying saucer heading north at very low altitude.

In the Drôme, a resident of Valence, Mrs. Leboeuf, who was walking near Chabeuil, claims to have met on the path she followed, a small being and dressed so oddly that at first she thought it was a cellophane scarecrow. The dog accompanying the walker barked furiously, seized with terror. As for Mme Leboeuf, also terrified, she hid behind a hedge.

It was then that she saw a disc rising from the maize field that bordered the path, whistling emanating from it. Shortly after, the witness and the peasants went to the field, where, according to them, there was clearly a circular trace about 3 meters in diameter, with ears of maize lying down and broken branches on the edge.

Other residents of Chabeuil also said they saw a flying saucer that day flying over the countryside.

[Ref. ads1:] NEWSPAPER "L'ARDENNAIS":

FLYING "CIGARS" AND "SAUCERS" PERFORMED QUITE AN AERIAL CARROUSEL IN THE SKY OF THE DAUPHINE

LYON - In the Rhône. Isère, Drôme and Savoy departments, many people claim to have seen, these last days, with more or less sharpness, craft having either the shape of cigars or that of disks.

In the region of the Arbresle, one of these witnesses, director of a Paris music hall, even filmed one of these mysterious craft that was evolving at a height estimated by him at about 700 meters, so we will know, after development of the film, whether or not it is an optical illusion.

Near Fezin (Isère) a young man reportedly saw a dome-shaped craft in the countryside, not far from the ground from where a very bright light sprang up. The witness compared it to that caused by the burning of magnesium. The craft suddenly climbed vertically leaving behind a shower of sparks and disappeared.

The pilot: a small person, dressed oddly

In the Drôme, a resident of Valence, Mrs. L... who was walking near Chabeuil, said to have met in the path she followed a being of small size who was dressed so oddly that she thought at first that it was a cellophane scarecrow. The dog that accompanied the walker barked furiously, in terror. As for Mrs. L..., also terrified, she hid behind a hedge.

It was then that she saw a disk rising from the cornfield along the road, whistling. Shortly thereafter, the witness and some peasants went to the field where, according to them, there was clearly a circular trace of about 3 meters in diameter with corn stalks laid down and broken branches on the edge.

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"Cigars" flying...

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Other residents of Chabeuil also said they saw a flying saucer flying over the countryside that day.

Finally, in Savoy, near the Lake of the Bourget, above Mount Revard, several motorists, in total about fifteen people, saw simultaneously a craft having the shape of a disc, moving for about four minutes, then disappearing suddenly.

One of the witnesses, a doctor from Chambéry, is a former artillery observer. He carefully noted the observations and drew a diagram reproducing the path of the mysterious apparatus.

An "interplanetary scuba diver" near Châtellerault

Mr. Yves David, 28, farmer at the Brouloux, municipality of Vouneuil-sur-Vienne (Vienne) said he saw advance at him on the road from Cenon to Vouneuil on September 19 at 10 p.m. a kind of "scuba diver".

The latter, he said, came to caress his arm, uttered unintelligible sounds and withdrew to a craft (which Mr. David cannot describe). A green light beam was projected in his direction, nailing him on the spot, then the craft disappeared vertically in the sky without any noise.

Mr. David declares that he did not want to say anything about this strange encounter, lest anyone scoff at him. He told a friend, however, asking if other people had seen the "scuba diver". This is how the whole country learned about it...

Bright object in the Roussillon sky...

PERPIGNAN - A baker from Cannet-Plage, Mr. Err, said that when he returned from a delivery tour with his pickup truck, he saw above this locality a brilliant disc which, after having flown in large circles, moved towards the sea. Also, seven workers of a factory of the suburb of Perpignan claim to have also seen an object of an indefinite color, moving at high speed, and which would have crossed the Pyrenees towards Spain.

... And in the sky of the Haute-Garonne

Three inhabitants of Lanta, near Villefranche-de-Lauragais (Haute-Garonne), Mr. and Mrs. Brunet and Mr. Gadra, teacher of the locality, claim to have seen last night, above the village, a luminous disc of orange color. The object was moving at a great height and was moving north south.

After being visible for 30 to 40 seconds, the luminous disc disappeared on the horizon.

[Ref. nll1:] NEWSPAPER "NORD LITTORAL":

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A REAL AERIAL
CAROUSEL OF SAUCER
is observed in the sky of the Dauphiné

Lyon, September 29.

In the departments of Rhône, Isère, Drôme and Savoie, many people claim to have seen, in recent days, with more or less clarity, craft having either the shape of a cigars or that of discs.

In the Arbresle region, one of these witnesses, director of a Parisian music-hall, even filmed a of these mysterious craft which moved at a height estimated by him, approximately 700 meters. We will thus know, after development of the film whether or not it is an optical illusion.

Near Feyzin (Isère), a young man reportedly saw in the countryside, not far from the ground, a craft in the shape of a dome and from which sprung is a very bright light. The witness compared it to that caused by the combustion of magnesium. The craft suddenly went up vertically, leaving behind a shower of sparks and disappeared.

In the Drôme, a resident of Valence, Mrs. L..., who was walking near Chabeuil, claims to have met on the way that she was following, a being of small stature and dressed so oddly that at first thought it was a cellophane scarecrow. The dog accompanying the walker barked furiously, overcome with terror. As for Mrs. L..., also terrified, she hid behind a hedge.

It was then that she saw rising from the field of maize that bordered the path, a disc from which came a whistling sound. Shortly after, the witness and some peasants went into the field where, according to them, a circular trace approximately three meters in diameter was clearly distinguished, with ears of maize lying down and broken branches at the edge.

Other residents of Chabeuil also said they saw that day a flying saucer flying over the countryside.

Finally, in Savoie, near Lac du Bourget, above Mont Revard, several motorists, a total of fifteen people, simultaneously saw a craft in the shape of a disc, move for about 4 minutes, then suddenly disappear.

One of the witnesses, a doctor from Chambéry, is a former artillery observer. He carefully noted the observations and drew a sketch reproducing the path of the mysterious apparatus.

A LOCOMOTIVE DRIVER
SCARED,
FALLS ILL

Redon, Sept. 29

MM. Gérard, mechanic and Paroux, driver, who were driving a high-speed machine coming from Nantes, saw last night as they passed at a place called "La Butte du Rouge", commune of Saint-Nicolas-de-Redon, (Ille-et-Vilaine), a craft that rose from the neighboring marshes.

This craft, of a certain length, which was followed by a luminous trail, flew during ten seconds above the machine and disappeared in the sky.

Whereas the mechanic kept his cool, the driver however was so frightened that he fell ill and had to undergo a medical examination this morning.

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Chronicle of the Sky

A luminous sphere
photographed
in the sky of Sweden

Stockholm, September 29.

- A luminous sphere, which left a trail of fire behind it, was photographed last night in Bjuv, in the south-east of Sweden. The object, which was moving north, said the witness, was flying quickly, "as high, he said, as a jet plane but silenttly."

At the Lund observatory, it is stateed that no meteor was observed at the time when the witness photographed the phenomenon in question on the telephoto lens.

LUMINOUS OBJECTS
IN THE SKY
OF THE ROUSSILLON...

Perpignan, Sept. 29 -- A baker from Canet-Plage, Mr. Etienne Err, said that after returning from a delivery tour with his van he had seen, above this locality, a brilliant disc which, after having described large circles, moved away towards the sea.

On the other hand seven workers from a factory in the suburbs of Perpignan claim to have also seen an object of an indefinite color, moving at high speed and which would have crossed the Pyrenees towards Spain.

... AND IN THE SKY
OF HAUTE-GARONNE

Toulouse, 29 Sept. -- Three inhabitants of Lanta, near Villefranche de Lauraguais (Haute-Garonne), Mr. and Mrs. Brunel and Mr. Gadra, a teacher in the locality, claim to have seen, last night, above the village, a luminous disc of orange color.

The object moved at a great height and moved in a north-south direction.

After being visible for 30 to 40 seconds, the luminous disc disappeared on the horizon.

AN "INTERPLANETARY
DIVER"
APPEAR
TO A CULTIVATOR

Châtellerault, 29 Sep. -- Mr. Yves David, 28, farmer in Les Brouloux, commune of Vouneuil sur Vienne (Vienne), said he saw advancing on him on the road from Cenon to Vouneuil, on September 19 at 10 p.m. a sort of "diver."

The latter, he said, came to caress his arm, emitted unintelligible sounds and withdrew towards a craft (which Mr. David cannot describe). A green light beam was projected in his direction, nailing him on the spot, then the craft disappeared in the sky vertically without any noise.

Mr. David declares that he did not want to say anything about this bizarre encounter, lest someone make fun of him. He did, however, share it with a friend, asking if anyone else had seen the "diver." That's how the whole country found out.

[Ref. lcx1:] NEWSPAPER "LA CROIX":

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IN THE VIENNE

Contact made
between the passenger of a "saucer"
and an Earthling

The travelers from another world", who had come to herbalize on the edge of the Spanish-Portuguese border..., were only mystifiers.

The Duario [sic] de Lisboa today denounces these jokers who had given them the opportunity to publish sensational..., but false information.

But ... One saucer lost, here is another one found. And this time it is in France that an "interplanetary diver" would have made contact with an Earthman.

Mr. Yves David, 28 years old, farmer in Les Brouloux, in Vouneuil-sur-Vienne (Vienne), has, in fact, declared to have seen, on the road from Cenon to Vouneuil, on September 19, at 10 p.m., a sort of "diver" come towards him.

The "sound traveler" approached our peasant and stroked his arm.

Then, the conversation not being engaged given the unintelligible language of the visitor, the later retired towards the machine which had brought him.

Mr. David was about to follow him when a green beam of light pinned him in place. And the machine disappeared silently in the sky.

Mr. David declares that he didn't want to say anything about this bizarre encounter, for fear that he would be laughed at. However, he told it to a friend, asking him whether other people would have seen the diver.

And that's how the whole country knew about it.

A "disk"
in a maize field

A resident of Valence, Mrs L..., who was walking near Chabeuil (Drôme), saw a silhouette in the path that she took at first for a "scarecrow" in cellophane. The dog accompanying the walker barked furiously in terror. As for Mme L..., also terrified, she hid behind a hedge.

It was then that she saw a disc rising from the maize field which bordered the path, whistling emanating from it. Shortly after, the witness and the peasants went to the field where, according to them, there was clearly a circular trace of about 3 m. in diameter, with recumbent maize cobs and broken branches at the edge.

Other residents of Chabeuil also said they saw a flying saucer that day flying over the countryside.

At the sight of a flying saucer
a locomotive driver
gets sick

MM. Gérard, mechanic, and Paroux, driver, who drove a high-legged machine coming from Nantes, saw, as they were passing through the locality "lae Butte du Rouge", commune

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of Saint-Nicolas-de-Redon (Ille-et-Vilaine), a machine that rose from the neighboring marshes.

This craft, of a certain length, which was followed by a luminous trail, flew for about ten seconds above the machine and disappeared in the sky.

While the mechanic remained calm, the driver, on the other hand, was so frightened that he fell ill and had to undergo a medical examination.

Aerial carousel
... in the skies of France

In the departments of Rhône, Isère, Drôme and Savoie, many people claim to have seen, in recent days, with more or less clarity, machines having either the shape of cigars or that of disks.

Near Feyzin (Isère), a young man reportedly saw in the countryside, not far from the ground, a machine in the form of a dome and from which sprang a very bright light. The witness compared it to that caused by the combustion of magnesium. The craft suddenly rose vertically, leaving behind a shower of sparks and disappeared.

In Savoy, near Lac du Bourget, above Mont-Revard, several motorists, in total about fifteen people, saw simultaneously a craft in the shape of a disc, move for about four minutes, then suddenly disappear.

One of the witnesses, a doctor from Chambéry, is a former artillery observer. He carefully noted his observations, and drew a sketch reproducing the path of the mysterious apparatus.

A baker from Canet-Plage, Mr. Etienne Err, declared that upon returning from a delivery round with his van, he had seen, above this locality, a shining disc which, after having described large circles, moved away in the direction of the sea.

A luminous sphere, which left behind a trail of fire, was photographed on Tuesday in Bujv, in south-eastern Sweden. The object, which was moving to the North, flew rapidly "as high as a jet plane, but without making any noise."

At the Lund Observatory, it is declared that no meteor was observed at the time when the witness photographed the phenomena in question with a telephoto lens.

[Ref. lon1:] NEWSPAPER "L'OISE-MATIN":

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OVERABUND
OF SAUCERS

and ones believes to have
met locals
from another planet

Dozens of flying saucers were seen in the last 24 hours in the skies of France, North Africa, the Netherlands and even as far as Denmark and Sweden.

Some believe they have met "Martians"; a witness, manager of a Parisian music hall even went so far as to film one of these mysterious craft which he said was moving at around 700 meters of height, in a sky clear of clouds, for once.

The film is not yet developed and it will only be in a few hours that we will know whether the witness has been the victim, or not, of an illusion.

The craft was one of the many "flying cigars" or "discs" that witnesses said they saw in the departments of Rhône, Isère, Drôme and Savoie.

In this latter region, 15 witnesses saw, for a few minutes, an apparatus in the shape of a disc moving near Lac du Bourget above Mont Revard, then suddenly disappearing.

One of the witnesses, a doctor from Chambéry is a former artillery observer. He carefully noted his observations and drew a sketch showing the path of the mysterious craft.

Another group which claims to have seen "an object of an indefinite color moving at high speed", seven workers in a factory in the suburb of Perpignan specified that the craft would have crossed the Pyrenees towards Spain.

In the Haute-Garonne, three residents of Lanta, near Villefranche-de-Lauraguais, saw Tuesday evening above the village a luminous disc of

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SAUCERS
ARE SPOTTED

and maybe Martians?

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orange color. The object, they said, was flying at a great height and moving in a North-South direction.

In Kourigra, a locality located about 130 kilometers from Casablanca, reliable witnesses said they saw the day before yesterday, a circular-shaped craft of red color moving at a high altitude and at a high speed.

In Denmark, many residents of the town of Strib also said they spotted a "cigar" while in Sweden a luminous sphere that left a trail of fire behind was photographed Tuesday evening in Bjuv, in the south-east of the country, by a witness.

It is in the Netherlands, where the testimonies relating to the passage of "saucers" multiply, that one is most currently passionate about these aerial phenomena. The curiosity of the population was carried to its maximum by the impressive story given by the captain of a freighter, Mr. J. P. Boshoff of the Holland-United States line. The captain says in fact that with five of his officers and using all the optical equipment on board, he was able to observe at leisure an object "the size of a half-moon" which finally disappeared on the way up, at an altitude of about 14,000 meters.

Such sightings are apparently not without danger to human nature judging by the adventure of Mssrs. Gérard, mechanic and Paroux, driver, who, driving a locomotive coming from Nantes, said they saw, while passing near Saint-Nicolas de Redon, in the Ille-et-Vilaine, a craft that rose from nearby swamps to quickly disappear into the sky.

The mechanic said he had kept his cool but the driver was so scared, said the A.F.P. dispatch recounting the incident, that he fell sick and had to undergo a medical examination the next day.

There are also reports of new encounters with strange beings.

The first case is that of Mr. Yves David, 28, farmer in Les Brouloux, commune of Vouneuil-sur-Vienne, in Vienne, who declared - belatedly - to have seen on September 19, at 2 o'clock, a sort of diver who came to stroke him on the arm while emitting unintelligible sounds before flying away inside a saucer.

In the Drôme, a resident of Valence who was walking near Chabeuil also lived, she said, an encounter with a small being which she at first took for a "cellophane scarecrow".

She took refuge, in the company of her dog, as terrified as herself, in a thicket. A few minutes later, she witnessed, she clarified, the start of a disc from which a whistling sound came.

This upsurge in testimonies obviously does not fail to excite public opinion. Will it be possible one day to unravel the mystery of the "saucers"?

[Ref. lqh1:] NEWSPAPER "LE QUOTIDIEN DE LA HAUTE-LOIRE:"

MULTIPLE SIGHTINGS OF FLYING CIGARS

In the departments of the Rhone, of Isère, Drome and Savoy, many people claim to have seen, these last days, with more or less of clarity, crafts having either a cigar shape, or a disc shape. In the area of Arbresle, one of these witnesses, the director of a Parisian variety theater, even filmed one of these mysterious crafts. So we will know, after development of the film, if it is an optical illusion. Close to Fezin (Isère), a young man is said to have seen a machine having a dome and from where a light comparable with that caused by the combustion of magnesium spouted out in the countryside not far from the ground. In Drome, an inhabitant of Valence Miss Leboeuf, which was having a walk near Chabeuil, claims to have met in a pathway, a being of small size oddly dressed which she first believed to be a scarecrow in Cellophane. Miss Leboeuf hid behind a hedge, terrified. At this point in time she saw a disc from where a whistle emanated rising from a cornfield. A little later the witness and peasants went in the field where, according to them, a circular trace approximately three meters in diameter with corn ears lying and branches broken in edge was clearly distinguished. Other inhabitants of Chabeuil also stated to have seen there a flying saucer evolving above the countryside on the same day.

[Ref. lme1:] "LE MONDE" NEWSPAPER:

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FLYING SAUCERS
and the dispiples
of the Christ of Montfavet

The flying saucers continue with obstinacy their prospection of the French sky, in particular, during these last twenty-four hours, above the area of Dauphiné. Without one being able to predict yet big things on the intentions of their occupants, their sympathy to the race of men appears acquired. Undoubtedly, only the fear of a hostile welcome makes them still hesitate to make closer contacts with the Earthmen.

Thus a farmer of the Vienne, Mr. Yves David, living in Vouneuil-sur-Vienne, revealed yesterday that a "celestial diver", met by chance on the road, had caressed his arm" while uttering unintelligible sounds". But, probably disappointed by the little eagerness of Mr. David to tie relations, he had gone up in its machine and had disappeared almost instantaneously in the sky...

An inhabitant of Valence, Mrs. L..., made a similar encounter yesterday. Unfortunately for our knowledge of things Martians, Mrs. L..., seized with terror, hid behind a hedge and closed her eyes. When she reopened them a little later, it was to see rising from the field which bordered the path a luminous disc emitting a whistling sound...

A locomotive driver, Mr. Paroux, was no less frightened than Mrs. L... by seeing the other evening above the marshes of Saint-Nicolas-de-Redon (the Ille-et-Vilaine) a mysterious machine which followed a luminous trail. He fell sick from that and had to pass a medical examination...

Optical errors? Hallucinations? No, answer the disciples of the Christ of Montfavet, who have just stated that these flying saucers of which everyone makes fun are the irrefutable proof that their guide, George Roux, is really the Christ making a second coming...

Nobody so far had thought of that...

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DROME: - They trampled on the maize

VALENCE. -- Mrs. Leboeuf (on the right) is a privileged person: she saw a pilot of a flying saucer face to face. "I was picking blackberries on the edge of a maize field when my dog, an ordinarily very peaceful beast, started to bark madly. He stood up in front of a scarecrow which however did not look terrible. I'm going forward to silence the dog and what do I see? The scarecrow was walking towards me. It could have been 1.10 m. It looked like he was wrapped in cellophane." This is the story of Mme Leboeuf. As can be seen on our photograph, the passengers of the flying saucers shamelessly broke seven feet of corn.

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1. The Valence saucer left traces (in the maize)

MRS. LEBOEUF (opposite) did not yet comfort herself to have been so frightened the other Sunday by seeing in a field of the commune of Chabeuil (Drôme) a "man from another world" - Instead of trying to approach, her fear was such that she went to hide the head between the hands behind a hedge. The man was a being of small size, "like a kid whom one would have put in a cellophane bag. He had a human face, but apparently no arms. When Mrs. Leboeuf looked up, she did not see anybody any more. But soon, she perceived a noise in the maize field opposite and saw a strange machine rising in the sky. It was perhaps three meters in diameter and sixty centimeters in thickness. It flew in skew during a hundred meters, then rocked from the horizontal to the vertical and climbed straight up at a vertiginous speed. One could find, in the field indicated by Mrs. Leboeuf, traces similar to those which a landed apparatus could have left (our photograph above on the left); branches of acacias were broken around (above, in the center). Our drawing, above, on the right, shows finally the respective sites of Mrs. Leboeuf, the scarecrow-man and the "saucer" in the maize field and its surroundings.

To make the sketch more readable, I retyped and translated its captions in English:

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- There are numerous reports of "flying saucers and cigars" at Marcoing, Annoeullin, Abbeville, La Chapelle d'Armentières, etc... All the testimonies are consistent. At Marcoing the whole gerndarmerie observed the phenomenon.

- There are reports of the appearance of numerous saucers in the Rhône Valley and the Perpignan region. A woman is said to have been accosted by a small being who appeared to be dressed in a kind of cellophane. An observer reportdedly filmed a saucer and awaits the development of the photo.

[Ref. hws1:] HAROLD T. WILKINS:

The author indicates that in Valence in the lower Rhone, in Drome, France, 1954, a woman said she saw a whistling saucer in a field and rushed to find eye-witnesses, but it had gone when they came. It left a circle of crops of nine feet across, crushed down by something that had landed.

Further in the book, the author indicates that on September 30, 1954, at Valence, France, a woman with a dog on a leash came face to face, she says, with a form swathed in "cellophane." When the form saw the dog, it climbed into a saucer; which shot up with a deafening hiss.

Police examined the parking-place of this saucer and found that cornstalks were pressed to the ground in a radius of about ten feet.

A few pages further in the book, the author indicates that a saucer grounded at Drome, Dauphiny, South-East of France, emitted sound like a musical top as it took off vertically after a "plastic-garbed being" had approached Madame Leboeuf.

[Ref. fil1:] NOTES OF AN INTERVIEW BY AN INVESTIGATOR TO RAYMOND VEILLITH:

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Translated transcription:

Valence, december 3, 1954

Report of the interview with Mrs LEBOEUF in Valence.

It was on September 26, 1954. I was in CHABEUIL (a small village located at 14 kilometers east of Valence) and I went to the cemetery to bring flowers there. This cemetery is in the east of the village in a shadowy neighborhood (wood, coppice and culture). I had my black bitch Dolly with me, she was running around nearby. I was in a sunken lane at some distance from the cemetery and I collected blackberries.

I called my bitch Dolly and as she arrived near my, she stopped dead and started to howl madly (at this time I noticed that the dogs of the nearby houses, who were on the rope, were also howling madly). Surprised by the barking (bizarre and sinister), I raised my head and I saw at 2 meters 50 from me a living being motionless who stares at me (small height, 1 meter to 1 meter 50), I still wonder for how long it had been looking at me like that.

It appeared to be wrapped in a transparent diving-suit from the feet to the head, face almost human (I did not see ears, vision was little fuzzy through the diving-suit), human eyes stary and brilliant, expressive and intelligent. I did not distinguish arms, those being perhaps stuck along the body. I practically did not examine the body of this living being, I especially looked his eyes (its eyes did not cease to look at me).

When I saw it, it approached me, hopping, without being concerned with my bitch who barked at him (the journalists then raised a print resembling a large dog leg with a heel?). Seized with fear, I run away shouting and I hid in a bush (the fear made my teeth snap together). Almost at once, within five meters of me, I saw a machine in the form of saucer of a diameter of four meters approximately resembling a large mechanical spinning top of child, but with the flat lower part, rising above the cornfield. The weather was dull, it had just rained one hour before and this machine had a dark color, a washed out and dull gray. I noticed neither lights nor porthole (from my place, I could at no time to distinguish the machine when it was on the ground). The machine thus rose slowly above the cornfield (same location that where it was landed and I perceived a light humming during this movement, then, when it arrived above the alfalfa field, it bent of 90° (vertical position) and disappeared in the North-eastern direction at a tremendous speed while emitting an odd whistling sound; I did not notice a gyratory movement (a Doctor of CHAMBERY is said to have seen a flying saucer five minutes afterwards, coming from the direction of CHABEUIL, it could thus be the same one.

The people at the cemetery heard the howls of my bitch as well as the whistle of the machine (my husband who was in the aviation and who was in the vicinity also heard this whistle and perfectly realized that it was not a jet). They came and they found me in the bush; I was like paralyzed and I could not call.

Several people went on the spot of landing of the saucer a few moments afterwards. They noticed a surface approximately four meters in diameter where the ground and the grass were packed; several corn plants were crushed; the branches of the acacias which were around were like scraped and several were broken, this up to ten meters high approximately. They found the leaves on the ground.

I am neither insane nor timorous and it is takes a lot to make me go emotional. I nevertheless stayed two days in bed with fever (confidentially, following this great emotion, her periods reappeared immediately). Moreover, my bitch Dolly trembled and wept during three consecutive nights. It is only at the end of two days that I informed the Press. I now believe in flying saucers and my husband too.

Written in Valence, on December 3, 1954

[Ref. jgu1:] JIMMY GUIEU:

On September 28, 1954 at 2:30 p.m., an event as sensational as that which occurred in Quarouble (in the presence of Mr. Marius Dewilde) occurred in Chabeuil (Drôme ). The investigation was carried out by two different investigators who, without any mutual relationship, each engaged in extensive investigations.

I will therefore reproduce the reports of these investigators which appeared in #13 of Ouranos:

1st Report: Investigator: R. Arnauld, E.C.P. Engineer, Member of the Ouranos Study Committee. Main witness: Ms. Leboeuf, 32 years old, Chabeuil (Drôme).

Note from the investigator: To help me in my research, I had to count on: M. Figou, jeweler expert, 45 years old - who, keenly interested in the problem, delivered a very thorough investigation, helped by my cousin Commander R., a methodical and serious mind - on whom we can absolutely count for an objective description of the facts.

"Ms. Leboeuf, witness of the apparition; it is a real chance that she witnessed the phenomenon; I hold Ms. Leboeuf in real esteem: she is an open and objective mind, above average. I insist on the quality of the witness. In Chabeuil, she was overwhelmed with so much mockery, so many unjust judgments, that she ended up considering it a real calamity to have been the humble witness of the phenomenon. I reassured Ms. Leboeuf about our intentions (some journalists played so much with her!). I assured her of our seriousness, of our concern for the truth. She therefore resumed her story, supported by Mr. Figou, with the acquiescence of Commander R. I personally examined the place, to better understand the explanations. As I present it, this document was never published. The facts were partially distorted and romanticized by the press and locals, which this report does not.

Ms. Leboeuf's story:

- It was Sunday, September 28, 1954, afternoon.

"I went to Chabeuil to spend the day with my grandfather. I went to the woods of the castle to look for mushrooms. It was around 2:30 p.m. The path ran alongside an alfalfa field, the ten last few meters of which are planted with maize. I was busy picking blackberries in the hedge when behind me, my bitch began to bark (1); she was near the cornfield, standing in front of what I have first taken for a scarecrow with sparrows...

"Having approached, I could make out on this "scarecrow" two eyes which stared at me, a little bigger than ours. I discovered then - while terror seized me - that I was in the presence of a being, with a very human face, but small! Instead of the hair, a blackish mass. He was wrapped in a diving-suit of transparent material, his head in a sort of "bell". No arms. (1) He gave me the impression of a child, no taller than 1 m 10, but in a "cellophane bag". As soon as the "scarecrow" made the gesture of approaching me, while I was frozen by fear, I screamed; then I ran off at full speed, throwing myself head first into the hedge where I crouched... In front of the maize, I could no longer see anyone. But from the maize, rose a flying saucer. It left, skimming the ground, making no more noise than a big spinning top that snores, with a slight hiss. It was not going fast. Arrived at the end of the field, from the horizontal position it swung to the vertical position and vrrrr..., it climbed at a dizzying pace."

Observations of M. Figou after the apparition. Description of places:

- Small 2 hectares trapezoidal plateau, two sides of which (South and West) overlook the cemetery and the town (300 meters away) and are surrounded by scrub and acacia trees. The field was planted with alfalfa and ended in the west with ten rows of maize, behind which, at a short distance, were aligned acacias and brushwood.

Observations of the traces: 1) - In the first row of ,aize (closest to the acacias) seven feet are lying in radiant form (apparently under the weight of the circular craft). 2) - An acacia branch is broken under the effect of an effort directed from top to bottom (therefore broken by the spacecraft when it was maneuvering to land); it is a branch eight centimeters in diameter. 3) - On a nearby acacia, a branch 2 m 50 from the ground is completely stripped. 4) - The shrubs under the acacias (hawthorns, daily flowers) are lying, broken, packed, folded as if they had received a significant shock. 5) - There is a hole in the grass, 15 centimeters in diameter, located on the periphery of a raised circular trace.

Thus, everything suggests that a circular-shaped apparatus, with a diameter of 3 meters to 3 m 50, landed obliquely on the ground towards the acacia trees, then lay down on the maize (since there is no packing of it and it is only lying).

Atmospheric conditions: gray, gloomy weather; very light showers after the appearance.

Note: Ms. Leboeuf's husband, a former aviator, who was 200 meters from the scene, allegedly heard a whistle "distinct from the noise of jet planes" at the time of the apparition. On the other hand, certain witnesses (whom Mr. Figou could not contact) would have noticed on the scene footprints "like a big dog's paw, with, behind, a narrow heel.

Second Report. Investigator: Pierre Bouvard, member of the C.I.E.O. and A.M.I. (3), report kindly provided by this organization.

Note from the C.I.E.O. Investigation Service: MM. Pierre Bouvard and R. Arnaud, author of the previous report, carried out their investigation without knowing one another. They do not know each other and have never been in contact.

- It was September 28, 1954. I was in Chabeuil, a small village 14 km east of Valence. I had with me my black bitch Dolly frolicking nearby. I was in a sunken lane near the cemetery and I was picking blackberries. I called my bitch and as she got close to me she came to a stop and started screaming to death (I noticed at this point that all the dogs in the neighboring houses - dogs that were tied up - were also howling to death). Surprised by these weird and sinister barking, I raised my head and saw, at 2.50 m from me, a motionless living being staring at me (small size, 1 m 10 to 1 m 15). I still wonder how long he had been looking at me like this.

"He appeared to be wrapped in a transparent diving suit from head to toe; face almost human; I did not see ears, vision a little blurry through the suit; human eyes, fixed and shining, expressive and intelligent; I could not make out any arms, they were perhaps glued to the body; I hardly examined the body, I mainly looked at the eyes, which kept staring at me. I saw him, he hopped closer to me, ignoring my dog barking after him.

"Distraught, I ran away screaming and hid in a bush. Fear made my teeth shake. Almost immediately, five meters from me, I saw the field rise above the field of maize a saucer-shaped craft, with a diameter of about 4 meters, resembling a large mechanical child's spinning top, but with the flat underside. (3) The weather was gray, it had just rained an hour earlier. I did not notice any light or porthole. From my position, I could not at any time distinguish the craft when it was resting on the ground. It rose slowly above the maize field, horizontally, and I heard a slight humming sound during this movement, then, when it got over the alfalfa field, it tilted 90° (vertical position) and disappeared in a northeast direction, at a breakneck speed, emitting an odd whistling sound. I didn't notice any gyrating motion.

"The people at the cemetery heard the howls of my dog as well as the hiss of the craft. My husband, who was an aviator, and who was nearby, also heard this whistling sound and perfectly realized that it was not a jet plane...

"I'm neither crazy nor afraid, and it takes a lot to move me. I nevertheless stayed two days in bed with a fever. In addition, my dog Dolly shivered and cried for three consecutive nights...

These two reports and their accumulations of data and observed facts should suffice to make this adventure admitted from the outset, frightening, certainly, but not unique in its kind. Alas! this is not the case and the verdict of the "official scholars" and the pontiffs was: mystification or hallucination.

If it is a hoax, I would like to publicly congratulate Mme Leboeuf for the consummate art with which she trained her dog! What mastery! What treasures of patience she must have displayed in order to oblige the poor beast to obey her at the finger and the eye! Didn't Dolly - proof of her "training" - for three consecutive nights, tremble and cry to satisfy her mistress?

So much naivety (or bad faith) on the part of detractors crying hallucination or mystification, this is something disarming... or revolting!

(1) Facts and details identical to those reported by Mr. Marius Dewilde.

(2) Association Mondialiste Interplanétaire [Worldwide Interplanetary Association], already cited.

(3) See the pictures of the craft photographed in Paissac (New Jersey) U.S.A., and matching the description made by Ms. Leboeuf: "top with flat bottom". Photos #1, 2 and 3 pages 16, 17 and 32, as well as photo #17, page 208.

[Ref. tbr1:] TED BLOECHER:

On the 26th [of September 1954 ] came another report of a "little man" with no visible arms, seen by Mme. Leboeuf in Chabeuil. She thought at first it was a "new-type plastic scarecrow," for it appeared to be wrapped in a cellophane bag. When it began to approach her, she fled in fright and hid behind a hedge with her head in her hands. (This ostrich-like reaction impressed the Research Section with its quality of naive genuineness.) A few moments later she saw an object rise swiftly. In her garden, where the device had apparently rested, searchers found a 10-foot circular impression in the ground. The cornstalks within the area had been flattened, and several branches of trees had been broken overhead.

[Ref. gqy1:] GUY QUINCY:

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September 26 [1954]

04:30 p.m.: Chabeuil (10 km ESE.Valence--Drôme):"top"+ dwarf on the ground

[Ref. pmi1:] PAUL MISRAKI:

According to the same source ["the book of Aimé Michel: Mystérieux Objets Célestes (Arthaud publisher)"], on September 26 of the same year [1954], in a village located a few kilometers east of Valence, around 2:30 p.m., a lady was peacefully busy picking blackberries when her bitch began to howl to death. Looking in the direction of a maize field, she thought she saw a small scarecrow one meter high, made up of a translucent plastic diving suit, surmounted by a globe. She approached, intrigued, and distinguished through the transparency of the suit something which looked at her with two very large eyes. At that moment, the scarecrow started walking in the direction of the lady, waddling slightly, but at a very rapid pace. The lady cried out, fled and ran to hide in a thicket. Now all the dogs in the village were howling. A few moments later, a circular metallic object of rather large dimensions appeared from behind a clump of trees and moved away, skimming the maize sprouts with a kind of hiss; it gained altitude and moved away towards the northeast.

All the sounds of this scene had been heard by the neighbors. At the place of the copse from which the craft had risen, a circular trace of crushed shrubs and bushes was found; a few feet of maize had been laid in radiating rows.

The lady had to go to bed, in the grip of a high fever. The gendarmerie report mentioned that fear had caused the unfortunate woman to have certain specifically feminine disorders. The little dog remained trembling for three days.

(Nothing would oblige us to take this story seriously if the event in question - which took place in Chabeuil, in the Drôme - did not come to illustrate the thesis of observations "in straight lines", defended by Mr. Aimé Michel.

[Ref. mcs1:] "MICHEL CARROUGES":

Michel Carrouges indicates that the Leboeuf observation was made at a distance of 2.50 meters.

Michel Carrouges indicates that in the Leboeuf case the precise details provided on the topography of the places and the respective localization of the witnesses and the objects or the pilots enforced the extreme closeness of the encounter.

[Ref. jve8:] JACQUES VALLEE:

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26 Sep., 1954 Chabeuil France Mme. Leboeuf Small man in "divers's suit" 1 metre to 1 metre 10 in height; appeared to be wearing transparent plastic material; head blurred, eyes larger than human eyes 1

[Ref. jve6:] JACQUES VALLEE:

Jacques Vallée says that a report for a September 26, 1954, case, in France, said:

"The little dog began to bark and howl miserably. She saw it standing in front of something that looked like a scarecrow. But going closer she saw that the scarecrow was some sort of small diving suit, made of .translucent plastic material. Behind the blurred transparency of the helmet, two large eyes were staring out at her. The suit began moving toward her with a kind of quick, waddling gait."

"She uttered a cry of terror and took to the fields. Looking back she saw a big metallic object, circular and rather flat, rise behind some nearby trees, move toward the northeast with considerable speed, gaining altitude as it did so."

"Neighbors gathered quickly and at the spot where the object had risen they found a circle, ten or so feet in diameter, where the shrubs had been crushed. Trees at the edge of this imprint had some branches broken and the bark rubbed off, and the wheat in the direction of takeoff was flattened out in radiating lines. The original witness was found in a state of nervous collapse. She was put to bed, where she remained for two days with a high fever."

[Ref. jve3:] JACQUES VALLEE:

Some of the humanoids as well as the human operators are described as air-breathing creatures. In at least eight instances dwarfs whose faces and bodies were covered with abundant hair have been described. Diving suits are occasionally mentioned, but they are reserved to the humanoids, whose suits are compared to armor, glowing suits, or shiny coveralls:

It was a small creature, with a normal human face, from 1 meter to 1.20 meters tall; he was wearing a transparent suit that covered him completely: he reminded me of a child wrapped in a cellophane bag.

[Ref. ton1:] THOMAS M. OLSEN:

DATE GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION SOURCE PAGE
SEPT. 26, 1954 CHABEUIL (DROME), FRANCE (MICHEL-1958 P 82) 5 W. 3-34

[Ref. lcp1:] LEONARD G. CRAMP:

Here is another case which also includes a description of a saucer occupant, and again I have selected it because of its technically corroborative nature. This dramatic sighting occurred in Chabeuil, about eight miles east of Valence, southern France, in September of that epic year of 1954.

M and Mme Leboeuf, of Valence, were visiting their grandfather in Chabeuil. Later, in the afternoon, they took their dog for a walk and Mme Leboeuf wandered about one hundred yards away to gather mushrooms in the nearby wood. After a little while the dog began to bark and howl miserably. Turning, Mme Leboeuf saw the little animal standing at the edge of an adjacent wheat field confronting something she took at first to be a scarecrow. She went closer to investigate and saw that the 'scarecrow' was in fact wearing some kind of 'small diving suit' made of translucent plastic material, three feet tall or a little taller, with a helmet that was also translucent. Suddenly the startled woman realized that something inside the diving suit was watching her through the blurred transparency of the helmet. She had the impression of two eyes, larger than human eyes. She had no sooner realized this when the diving suit moved towards her 'with a kind of quick waddling gait'.

Mme Leboeuf had until then felt little more than mild surprise or curiosity. But the rapid approach of the 'diving suit' terrified her. Uttering a cry of horror she fled to the comfort of a nearby thicket, from where, looking back, she could no longer see the thing, but the dog continued to howl pitifully and all the dogs in the district joined in. Then, from behind some nearby trees, rose a large metallic object, circular and rather flat, emitting a slight whistling noise. It moved across the wheat field, then suddenly veered off and up at a tremendous speed. Hearing the commotion and his wife's cry of terror, M Leboeuf, accompanied by people from a nearby cemetery, came running. They, too, had heard the strange whistling sound.

Gradually the dogs ceased their howling and practically the whole village was soon on the spot. They found, among the trees from which the 'aircraft' had risen, an lift diameter circle, where shrubs and bushes had been crushed. At the edge of the circular depression stood several acacia trees. From one of them hung a 3 1/2 in thick branch, smashed downward by a great pressure from above. Hanging 8 1/2 ft above the circular patch, yet another branch was stripped of its leaves, while in the path of the object as it took off over the field 'the first few yards of wheat were flattened out in radiating lines'.

Mme Leboeuf was found in a state of nervous shock. For the following two days she suffered a high fever and the little dog was still trembling with fright three days later. Do what they will, the sceptics of flying saucer stories like this cannot offer plausible alternative explanations, for clearly in a case like this, fraud cannot be entertained seriously. For even a boyish prank which might shock a human, would certainly not reduce a little dog to a state of physical tension for a period of days. No, a prank would not do this, but an extremely high-frequency force field might!

[Ref. jsr1:] JEAN SIDER:

20 - Case of Chabeuil, Drôme.

It is a well-known CE3 from the 1954 wave. On September 26, around 2:30 p.m., Mrs. Lucette Leboeuf observed a small being dressed in an outfit resembling a "cellophane diving suit". The character advanced towards the witness and approached her at 2m50. Frightened, Mrs. Leboeuf went to hide in a hedge, truly seized with panic. A few moments later, she saw a craft in the shape of a large, flat-bottomed spinning top, rising into the sky at a rather low pace.

In Inforespace Special Issue, nr 3, B & B [Barthel and Brucker] blindly trust France-Soir of October 1, which explains this incident by a misinterpretation. When the Parisian press serves their purposes, they find it credible, but when it goes in the opposite direction, they find it delirious!

However, the Chabeuil affair is one of the best documented, because in addition to the investigation by Henri Buch (Ouranos) included in the iconographic notebook, it is the spearhead of Figuet's ufological career, from the time when he was not yet flirting with "socio-psychology", with J.-L. Ruchon. Their investigations established that other people had seen the "flying top" shortly after it took off, and some even heard the whistling sound it emitted.

Should we believe France-Soir, which did not send a reporter to Chabeuil if I judge by the AFP summary reports that this Parisian daily is content to publish, or rather to trust the various investigators concerned with verification who met the witness as well as his neighbors? For me, as for the reader who is not afflicted with conceptual blockages, the question does not even arise! Given the incredible regularity with which B & B have tampered with their work of demolition, we can dismiss the choice they made without the slightest hesitation.

Let the reader ponder this assessment of Monnerie, page 14: "They then decided, no longer to verify a case here, a case there, but to submit to a rigorous counter-investigation all the known cases of the richest year, 1954..."

Rigorous counter-investigation? As Goebbels said:

"The bigger the lie, the best it works!" (D.S. [Document section] 14 to 16).

Further on in his book, the author wrote:

September 17 - 26, 2:30 p.m., Chabeuil, Drôme.

Mrs. Lucette Leboeuf.

The witness first sees a small being (l.10m) emerging from a maize field, wearing a transparent spacesuit from head to toe. It hops towards Madame Leboeuf. Frightened, she hides behind a hedge from where she notices a saucer resembling a large child's mechanical top but with a flat top (sic) rising from behind the maize field. The craft emits a slight hum and disappears at very high speed with a strange hiss. It should be noted that the witness's dog and those in the vicinity began to howl to death just before the incident.

Sources: Ouranos #13, 1st Quarter 1955, pages 19 to 21 (Investigation by R. Arnaud who places the case on the 28th, manifest error. See O.D. 15 and 16).

Note: Here too the "socio-psychologists" had a great time trivializing this incident. One Caudron even claimed that it was a story invented by Mme Leboeuf to hide cheating on her husband! See also in chapter 2, case #20, where the rantings of Barthel & Brucker are debunked by the counter-investigation of... Michel Figuet (His catalog, p. 86).

The report by R. Arnaud (Ouranos) indicates that Mrs. Leboeuf had to face the mockery of those around her at the time... and of the journalists! Already, could I say...

[Ref. krs1:] KEVIN RANDLE AND RUSS ESTES:

The authors indicate that on September 26, 1954, in Valence, France, while gathering mushrooms in the woods, a woman saw a small humanoid, which she thought was a scarecrow. It seemed to be wearing a diving suit with a clear helmet. When it began moving toward her, she fled, badly frightened. When she looked back, the creature was gone. A few moments later she heard a loud whistling and saw a disc-shaped object lift from the woods. Evi¬dence of a landing was later found.

[Ref. jve5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

144 -005.01930 44.90100 26 09 1954 14 30 1 CHABEUIL -DROME F 011122 C** 131

[Ref. agd1:] ALAIN GAMARD:

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Case # Date Time Locality Department Witness(es) name
022 26/09/1954 14.30 Chabeuil. 26 Mme.Leboeuf.

[Ref. cgu1:] CHARLES GARREAU:

On September 26, 1954, in Chabeuil (Drôme), Mrs. Leboeuf, taking a walk, is in the presence of a being "with a very human figure but very small." It wore a diving-suit, which seemed transparent: one would have said "a kid under cellophane. He did not have arms, or those were stuck to the body." Continuing her account, Mrs. Leboeuf explains then that she saw "a machine rising from the field. It moved away close to the ground..." The gendarmes find the traces left by the machine: a circular surface of 3,50 m approximately of diameter, crushed shrubs and bushes, broken branches. Moreover, the first feet of corn met by the machine at the time of its takeoff were flattened. All these evidence confirm at a 100% Mrs. Leboeuf's account, and attests that she was not victim of hallucination or "daydream."

[Ref. gab1:] UFOLOGY GROUP "G.A.B.R.I.E.L.":

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The "Compact Saucers"

[... other cases...]

Nr 3. 09/26/1954 Chabeuil (Drôme) 02:30 p.m.; diameter 4m.

[... other cases...]

These four craft correspond to what is commonly called "Flying Saucers", they often look like upside-down plates. We called them "Compact" because they do not reveal any structure and the only elements that can be detected on each of them are often made up of simple spots of light.

[Ref. gab2:] UFOLOGY GROUP "G.A.B.R.I.E.L.":

A N T-type "Martians"

09/26/1954 Chabeuil (Drôme)

This Sunday, around 2:30 p.m., Mrs. Leboeuf suddenly found herself face to face with a "scarecrow". It was a kind of small spacesuit in transparent material from 1m to 1.10m high. The head was a kind of bell-shaped helmet, also translucent... Suddenly, Mrs. Leboeuf realized that there was something inside and that this something was looking at her. Behind the rather fuzzy transparency of the head were two eyes much larger than ours. The figure seemed human and instead of the hair there was a kind of blackish mass... The arms were not visible (as in the Delwide case). The being advanced with a waddling gait. The witness fled. Later, Mrs. Leboeuf was to say that the eyes were surprisingly human, fixed, brilliant, expressive and intelligent... (J. Guieu; OURANOS)

This description is quite typical. It remains vague, only one point is specified: the eyes. If only this feature existed, it would be impossible to establish a standard portrait of the character. Fortunately, it is supplemented by dozens of others. The "Martians" of this type are by far the best known. They also appear in the majority of cases (more than 50% of observations), their particularity being the abnormal size of their head (T) and their eyes.

[Ref. gab3:] UFOLOGY GROUP "G.A.B.R.I.E.L.":

We also noted the fact that sometimes the transparency of the helmet was quite imperfect (fuzziness noted by Mr. Gatey on 09/30/1954 in Marcilly sur Vienne and by Mrs. Leboeuf on 09/26/1954 in Chabeuil). We put it down to a reflection or a particular form of material that could be perfectly transparent on the inside and semi-opaque on the outside. Such material also exist in our own technology. Then we closed the case. At first glance, we had solved the problem, but one day one of us had this thought: "What if their vision was different from ours?".

[Ref. dbr1:] ISABEL DAVIS AND TED BLOECHER:

33. Encounter at Chabeuil (Drome), September 26, by Mme. Lucette Laboeuf-Salin: London Evening News, October 1; France Dimanche, October 3; wire reports October 1-3 and later, in many U.S. newspapers; special report of personal inquiry by Pierre Bouvard, December 3, 1954 ; Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery: Criterion Books, New York, N.Y. (1958), pp. 82-84.

[Ref. cgu2:] CHARLES GARREAU, HISTORIA:

For Historia magazine, Charles Garreau recalls the case. He indicates that Chabeuil is a large borough in the department of the Drôme, at ten kilometers in the south-east of Valence. He indicates that the weather of this Sunday September 26, 1954, was very nice, when at about 02:30 P.M., Mrs. Leboeuf decided to go search for mushrooms in the wood of the castle. Her small bitch, Dolly, was jumping around at her side, when suddenly the animal started to bark, as wanting to draw the attention of her mistress.

Garreau gives the following account of Mrs. Leboeuf:

"She froze, in edge of a cornfield. I first believed that she barked at a scarecrow. But, by getting nearer, I realized that this "scarecrow" had two eyes, a little larger than ours, which stared at me. I realized that I was in front of a "being", with a quite human figure, but very small. It wore a diving-suit, which seemed transparent. One would have said it was a kid under cellophane. He did not have an arm, or those were stuck to the body. I was paralyzed on the spot by the fear. This creature started to advance towards me. I cried of terror, and I fled towards the hedge, where I hid. I did not see anybody any more in front of the cornfield. But almost immediately, a machine in the shape of large spinning top rose from the field, it had a flat lower part. It moved away while making a light whistling sound."

"Arrived at the end of the field, it passed from the horizontal position to the vertical, and it is went up at an incredible speed..."

Charles Garreau points out that at the place of the small wood from where the "machine" had risen, the gendarmes had discovered a circular surface of 3,50 m approximately of diameter, with crushed shrubs and bushes, broken branches. Moreover, the first feet of corn plants met by the machine at the time of its takeoff were lying in radiant lines.

He specifies that Mrs. Leboeuf was extremely shocked and had to remain confined to bed for two days, suffering of a strong fever. He adds that in their investigation report, the gendarmes noted that the fear had involved disorders described as "strictly feminine". As for the dog Dolly, it remained trembling and apprehensive during three days.

[Ref. cln1:] CORAL AND JIM LORENZEN:

These American authors noted that on September 26, 1954, Mrs Leboeuf of Valence, France, had gone to gather mushrooms in the woods not far from the cemetery at Chabeuil about four o'clock when there were a few people visiting the cemetery. Her dog began to bark and then howling as if in misery, so Madame Leboeuf looked around and saw that the animal was standing at the edge of a wheat field in front of something which she initially thought was a scarecrow. But upon approaching the dog, she saw that the "scarecrow" was some kind of a small diving suit which appeared to be made of translucent material, of some 3 feet or a little more, with a helmet also translucent.

She suddenly realized that something was inside that suit and was looking at her, she said later that she had impression of eyes that seemed larger than human eyes. This thing then began to move toward her with a sort of quick waddling walk. Mrs Leboeuf who was only slightly surprised and curious at first became frightened, screamed and hid in a nearby thicket. When she turned to look again there was nothing unusual anymore. However, the dog had begun to howl again and the other dogs in the village now also howled.

She next saw a large, circular and somewhat flattened object of metallic appearance rise from behind nearby trees and move away at low altitude, with a whistling sound as it flew. That disk gained elevation as it crossed above the wheat field, then veered, and flew away faster and higher all the time, towards the northeast.

Her husband had heard her scream, and heard the whistling sound, and ran to her, as did some of the people at the cemetery so that almost the whole village was on the spot soon. At the place where the disk had been, there was a circular area about ten or eleven feet in diameter in which the shrubs and bushes were crushed. A three-inch branch on an acacia tree at the edge of the circular area was broken as if from pressure from above. A branch on another acacia tree hung over the circular area was stripped of leaves. For a few meters at the beginning of the wheat field across which the object had flown, the wheat was flattened out in radiating lines.

Police and reporters noted that Mrs Leboeuf was in a nervous shock, they noted the ground and vegetation traces, and the number of people who had heard the whistling sound. Mrs Leboeuf suffered a state of nervous collapse and spent two days in bed with high fever, while her dog was appeared still frightened for the next three days.

[Ref. jve2:] JACQUES VALLEE:

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Sep. 26, 1954 02:30 P.M. Chabeuil (France).

Mrs. Leboeuf was suddenly confronted with a creature resembling "a child in a plastic bag, with eyes larger than human eyes." This creature entered a flat, circular machine, which took off toward the northeast with a soft whistling. Traces. Witnesses in state of shock. (Le Figaro, Combat, le Parisien, 30 Sept. 1954) (17; Carrouges 116; Anatomy 70; Magonia.)

[Ref. obr1:] OTTO BINDER:

September 26, 1954, Chabeuil, France, 4:00 P.M. M. and Mme. Leboueuf [sic] went to gather mushrooms in the fields. In a wheat field the woman screamed as she saw a three-foot-tall man in a "diving suit."

She ran and hid in a thicket. Peering out, she soon saw a big, metallic object, circular but rather flattened, rise up behind nearby trees with a slight whistling sound. Crossing the wheat field at a low level, the UFO then veered northeast at tremendous speed.

After Mrs. Leboueuf called her husband and neighbors, they found a patch where shrubs had been flattened in a diameter of 11 feet. Bedded for three days with a nervous collapse, the woman described how two eyes had stared out of the diving suit's helmet at her, but they were "larger than human eyes," and the creature, whoever it was, walked with a waddling gait. (From "The Reference.")

This woman's story, most likely honest, is not to be confused with the "contactees" elaborations. The contactee would go on and claim he talked telepathically with the little men, who invited him for a ride in their saucer and told him they were on earth to save us from nuclear war or to bring universal prosperity. Depending on the contactees imagination and nerve, he might even baldly state they flew him back to Venus, then- home world, and he saw a mighty civilization, etc., etc., etc.

[Ref. ous1:] "OURANOS" UFOLOGY MAGAZINE:

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INVESTIGATION REPORTS
on the observation of an inhabitant of the skies, on Sept. 26 in Chabeuil (Drôme)

1st report.

Investigator: M.R. ARNAUD, eng. E.C.P., Member of the Ouranos Studies Comittee.
Main witnesses: Mre LEBOEUF, aged 32, in Chabeuil

NOTE BY THE INVESTIGATOR. - To help me on the research, I could count on:

I reassured Mrs. Leboeuf on our intentions (because certain journalists have fooled her too much!) and I ensured her of our seriousness, of our concern for the Truth, and that we will not reveal her personal address.

So she told us again her account - that I communicate to you - supported by the observations of Mr. Figou, with the consent of the commander R.

I personally checked the location, for better understanding the explanations.

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- 20 -

As I present it, this document has never been published before. The facts were partially deformed and fictionalized by the press and people of the country who made fun of Mrs. Leboeuf. Testimonies of Mr. Figou and the commander R. were never used; they made their investigation for their personal information.

ACCOUNT BY MRS LEBOEUF. - "It was on Sunday September 23 [26], 1954, after midday. I had gone to Chabeuil to spend the day at my grandfather's. I had gone in the wood of the castle to collect mushrooms. It was approximately 02:30 P.M.

The way skirted a field of alfalfa of which the last ten meters were planted with corn. I was busy gathering blackberries in the hedge when, behind me, my dog started to bark; she was close to the corn field, frozen still in front of what I initially took for a scarecrow.

- You must be silly, my dog, to be afraid of a scarecrow! I said at him.

However, when I got closer, I distinguished, in this "scarecrow," two eyes which fixed me, a little larger than ours. I then discovered - while terror took over me - that I was in the presence of a being, with the a quite human figure, but small. At the place of the hair, a blackish mass. It was wrapped in a transparent matter diving-suit, the head in a transparent round helmet. It did not have arms. It made me the impression of a child, not higher than 1 m 10, put in a cellophane bag.

As soon as the "scarecrow" made the gestures to approach me whereas I was frozen by fear, I yelled; then I fleed at full speed, throwing myself head first in the hedge where I reomained hidden.

How much time did I stay there? I do not know at all. In front of the corn, I did not see anybody anymore. But from the corn, a flying saucer rose and left at low height. It did not make more noise than a large spinning top which whirrs, with a light whistle. It did not go fast. Arrived at the end of the field, from its horizontal position, it rocked towards a vertical position, and "whoosh... " it went up at a tremendous pace."

OBSERVATION BY M. FIGOU AFTER THE APPEARANCE. - Description of the location. - Small plate of 2 hectares, in a trapezoid shape, whose two sides (southern and western) overhang the cemetery and the city (at 300 m.) and are surrounded by undergrowth and acacias. The field was planted in alfalfa and ended in the west by ten corn lines, behind which, at short distance, acacias and undergrowth were aligned.

Les lieux

Observation of the traces. - 1° In the first corn line (nearest to the acacias) 7 corn pieces are flattened in radiant form (apparently under the weight of a craft of circular shape);

2° A branch of an acacia is broken under the effect of an effort directed downwards; it is a branch of about 8 cm. of diameter;

3° On a close acacia, a branch at 2 m 50 above the ground is completely leafless;

4° The shrubs under the acacias (hawthorns) are flattened, broken, packed, crushed as if they had received an important shock;

5° There is a hole in the grass, of 15 cm in diameter, located on the periphery of a raised circular trace.

So everything points at the idea that a machine of circular shape, of a diameter of 3 meters to 3 meters 50, had landed obliquely on the ground towards the feet of acacias, then lay down on corn (since there is no compressing of the corn and that it is only flattened).

Weather. - Gray and gloomy weather. Very light rain after the appearance.

Note. - Mrs. Leboeuf's husband, a former aviator, who was at 200 meters from the location, is said to have heard a whistling sound "distinct from the noise of jets" at the time of the appearance. In addition, certain witnesses, that Mr. Figou could not contact, are said to have noticed footprints at the location, "like a large dog's leg with, behind it a narrow heel".

2nd Report.

- Investigator: M. Pierre BOUVARD, Member of Ouranos C.I.E. and of A.M.I. (Report forwarded by this organisation).

NOTE BY THE INVESTIGATION SERVICE OF THE OURANOS C.I.E. - Mr. Pierre Bouvard, and Mr. R. Arnaud, author of the preceding report, carried out their investigations without the knowledge of one another. They did not know each other and were never in contact.

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- 21 -

STATEMENT BY MRS LEBOEUF.

- "It was on the 23 [26] September 1954. I was in Chabeuil, a small village located at 14 km in the east of Valence. I had with me my black dog Dolly which was playing around nearby. I was in a sunken lane, at some distance from the cemetery and I collected blackberries. I called my dog and, as she arrived close to me, she stopped short and started to howl madly (I noticed at this time that the dogs of the houses there, which were attached, also howled like mad). Surprised by these odd and sinister barkings, I looked up and I saw, at 2 m 50 of me, a motionless living being who was staring at me (small size, 1 m 10 to 1 m 15). I still wonder since how much time it was staring at me like this.

It appeared to be wrapped of a transparent diving-suit from the feet to the head; almost human face; I did not see ears; my vision was a little fuzzy through the diving-suit; human eyes fixed and brilliant, expressive and intelligent; I did not distinguish any arm, those were perhaps stuck to the body; I practically did not examine the body, I especially looked at his eyes which did not cease to stare at me.

When I saw it, it approached to me, hopping, without caring for my dog which barked after him. The journalists have allegedly later noted a print resembling a large dog's leg with a heel.

Seized by panic, I run away while shouting and I hid in a bush. The fear made my teeth stutter. Almost at once, at five meters of me I saw a machine in the shape of saucer rising above the corn field, it had a diameter of 4 meters approximately, resembling a large mechanical spinning top for children, but with a flat bottom.

The weather was dull; it had just rained one hour before. The machine had a dark color, a dirty and dull gray. I did not notice any lights nor portholes. From my place, I could at no time distinguish the craft when it was landed on the ground. It rose slowly above the corn field, horizontally, and I perceived a light humming during this movement, then, when it arrived above the field of alfalfa, it rocked of 90° (vertical position) and disappeared in the north-eastern direction, at a vertiginous speed, while emitting an odd whistle. I did not notice any rotating movement.

A doctor of Chambéry is said to have seen a flying saucer 5 minutes afterwards, coming from the direction of Chabeuil, it could thus be the same one. (1)

People in the cemetery heard the howls of my dog as well as the whistle of the craft. My husband, who was in the aviation, and which was in the vicinity, also heard this whistle and perfectly realized that it was not the sound of a jet. They came and they found me in the bush; I was like paralyzed and I could not call.

Several people went a few moments afterwards on the landing spot of the saucer. They noticed a surface of approximately four meters in diameter where the ground and the grass were packed; several corn seedlings were crushed; the branches of the acacias which were around were like scratched and several were broken, this up to ten meters height, approximately. They found the leaves on the ground.

I am not insane, nor timorous and it takes a lot to move me. I nevertheless remained two days in bed, with fever. Moreover my dog Dolly has been shaking during three consecutive nights. It is only at the end of two days that I informed the press.

Now I believe in flying saucers and my husband too."

[Ref. mtn1:] MARC THIROUIN:

This ufologist gave examples of the effect of journalistic mockery on witnesses, including:

The Leboeuf case, Chabeuil. As for this affair, we can always, if we have the heart, try to glean new information from the witness, provided we have discovered her address, as experience has shown three months ago to a well-meaning individual who had put himself in charge of repeating our investigation under his own responsibility. In no case should we be surprised by the reactions of the witness...

[Ref. jve2:] JACQUES VALLEE:

The author indicates that on September 26, 1954 in Chabeuil, Mrs. Leboeuf was suddenly confronted with an individual who had the appearance of a "child in a plastic bag, with eyes larger than human eyes." The individual entered a flat circular machine which flew away in direction of the North-East with a soft whistling sound.

[Ref. gcn1:] GORDON CREIGHTON:

35. Chabeuil, France (September 26, 1954)

Mme Leboeuf encountered a small plastic-clad "scarecrow" and shortly afterwards saw a disc take off. Meanwhile her dog Dollie, and all the other dogs in the village, were barking frantically.

Aimé Michel: Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 82.

[Ref. amn1:] AUGUSTE MEESSEN:

After an encounter with a small humanoid being, a disc was seen taking off and it was found that at this place the bushes and shrubs had been crushed, that an acacia branch more than three inches was bent downwards and that another acacia branch of more than 3 inches, lying at 2.5 m, was completely defoliated. Also in the direction of the takeoff of the craft, the wheat was flattened in radiating lines (26.9.1954, France: 1, 34).

The source "1" is detailed in the references as "The reference for outstanding UFO sighting reports, UFO Information Retrieval Center, 1966 (P.O. Box 57, Riderwood, Maryland, 21139, USA)."

[Ref. ldl3:] UFOLOGY MAGAZINE "LUMIERES DANS LA NUIT":

In a list of cases that the magazine called for investigation or re-investigation, there was:

"156 26-9-54 Chabeuil"

[Ref. gcn2:] GORDON CREIGHTON:

39. Chabeuil, Drôme, France - September 26, 1954.

Mrs. Leboeuf, who was picking plants on the side of the road, found herself face to face with a small being who appeared to be wrapped in cellophane and was waddling towards her. Meanwhile, her bitch was howling to death, as were all the dogs in the village. Traces of a circular object discovered shortly afterwards in a field and on a tree.

Ref. Aimé Michel: Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 82.

[Ref. prn1:] PETER ROGERSON:

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330 26 September 1954 1430 CHABEUIL (FRANCE)

While gathering from the woods, Mme. Leboeuf, alerted by the howling of her dog, was suddenly confronted by a creature 1 m tall, resembling "a child in a plastic bag, with eyes larger than human eyes", which moved with a quick waddling gait. This creature entered a flat, circular machine, which took off towards the northeast with a soft whistling which several other people heard. Many traces were found. The witness was in a state of shock.

(Ml56; Le Figaro, Combat, Le Parisien, 30 September 19541 Carrouges, 116; Anatomy, 70; Magonia, 54; Michel II, 82; Constance, 245)

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Notes

330 Michel gives the time as 1605.

[Ref. tps1:] TED PHILLIPS:

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Sep. 26, 1954
071 1600

FRANCE, Chabeuil. Madame Leboeuf had gone to gather mushrooms in the woods not far from the cemetary at Chabeuil. The dog began to bark and then began howling as if in a misery. Madame Leboeuf looked around and saw that the dog was standing in fromt of something which she thought at first was a scarecrow. Upon approaching the dog, she saw that the scarecrow was some kind of a creature in a diving suit. The creature was less than 3.5 feet tall. It moved toward her with a sort of quick, waddling walk. The witness ran into a nearby thicket, by this time the dog was howling again, accompanied with the howls of the other dogs in the village. A large, circular and somewhat flattened metallic-appearing object ascended from neaby trees and moved away at low altitude making a whistling sound as it flew. At the place where the object had risen a circular area was found. About 11 ft. in diameter, the shrubs and bushes were crushed. For a few yards at the beginning of the wheat field, over which the object had flown, the wheat was flattened in a radiating line (APRO)

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

The two authors and ufologists note that the case in Chabeuil in the department of the Drôme on September 28, 1954 at approximately 14:30 is one of most known of this year and they provide the following outline, indicating that their sources are newspaper clippings and their personal file.

Mrs. Leboeuf was in walking at the edge of the wood of the castle while picking up mulberries, when her small bitch started to bark behind her. The bitch was in stop in front of what Mrs. Leboeuf initially took for a scarecrow.

Garreau and Lavier give her statement:

"But when I got closer, I realized that this scarecrow had two eyes, larger than ours, which stared at me. I realized that I was in front of a being, with a quite human figure, but very small. It wore a diving-suit which seemed transparent. One would have said a "kid under cellophane." He did not have arms, or its arms were stuck to the body. I froze on the spot with fear. This creature started to advance towards me. I yelled of terror and I fled in the hedge, where I hid. I did not see anybody any more in front of the cornfield. But almost at once a machine in the shape of spinning top rose from the field, with a flat bottom part. It moved away close to the ground, with a light whistle. Arrived at the end of the field, it passed from the horizontal position to the vertical position, and it ascended at a vertiginous speed."

The authors indicate that the investigators found very clear traces in the cornfield, and that the bitch of Mrs. Leboeuf, Dolly, trembled and cried during three days.

[Ref. mft1:] MICHEL FIGUET:

Ufologist Michel Figuet publishes in August 1978 a counter-investigation concerning this case in "Lumières dans la Nuit" magazine. He provides again the case story as given in the testimony of Mrs. Lebeuf.

He gives some additional information: the event occurred at a place dubbed "Gontardes", which locates on a 1/25000th map as VALENCE 7-8 26120 B.3 M.77.

Mrs. Lebeuf tells him that as opposed to what the preceding investigators noted, she never said that the eyes of the being stared at her and that it was false to say that they were human eyes or that it was a human face. She specified that the being had a helmet which made his face blurry.

The remainder of the account that Mrs. Lebeuf gives to Michel Figuet is strictly identical to what was noted by the investigators in 1954.

Michel Figuet indicates that "young people who went to the movies by the road of Montvendre saw the "saucer" in flight." He also mentions the observation by the MD of Chambéry at the pass of Le Chat 5 minutes after Mrs. Lebeuf's encounter.

Mrs. Lebeuf tells Michel Figuet who shows him the supposed drawings of Lob and Gigi's book, that she never said to her bitch "don't be afraid, Dolly, it is a scarecrow," for when the being was seen it had come out of the corn field and measured only 1 m 10. She notes that the drawing in Lob and Gigi's book showing the being in the middle of the field is thus erroneous.

Michel Figuet notes that when the journalist and ufologist Jean-Louis Ruchon asked her to draw the being, she refused to specify certain details on the drawing, "without wanting to give the reason of her refusal but specifying that Scandinavians had asked her in 1954 not to reveal certain details."

He notes "the proximity of a cemetery as in many cases" and writes that "in these cases it cannot be a will-o'-the-wisp" which emerge from the places "where animal materials decompose."

Scan. The flying saucer, sketched by Mrs. Lebeuf.
Scan. Drawing of the being by Mrs Lebeuf, put in proportion in front of a corn field.

[Ref. tbw1:] TED BLOECHER AND DAVID WEBB:

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54-28 Sept. 26, 1954 1430 Chabeuil, France Type C

Hearing her dog barking & howling, Mme. Lucette Leboeuf saw in a cornfield a "scarecrow", which on approaching within 8 ft she saw to be a "diving suit" of transparent plastic, 3.5 ft high. Inside it was visible a little man with large eyes. She could see no arms. When this began waddling toward her, she fled. A 4-meter disc was seen to rise up with a whistling sound & fly away. At the site was found an 11-foot circle of broken-down bushes. Mme. Leboeuf was in bed for 2 days.

Investigator:

Sources: Michel, Straight Line Mystery, pp. 82f., & UFO-GIDS IV #7/8, pp. 15f.

[Ref. bbr2:] GERARD BARTHEL AND JACQUES BRUCKER:

In a recent issue of LDLN (10), Figuet (11) is conducting a counter-investigation of the Chabueil [sic] case. We will not dwell on this observation (?). At the end of the article, the investigator seems to want to accredit the observation of Madame Leboeuf by the fact that a doctor from Chambery (Savoie) saw a flying saucer less than five minutes after the vision of the humanoid: the case of Dr. Martinet entered indifferently, Col du Chat, Croix deNivolet or Challes the events of the Col du Chat are located according to our sources around 5:10 p.m., 5:15 p.m.! Consequently, this case cannot in any case accredit the observation of Chabeuil. Moreover, and it is written in black on white in "France Soir" of October 1st, 1954, this incident is due to a misinterpretation. Moreover, according to this same newspaper the date would not be the 26th but the 29th! This constitutes (in our eyes) what would be known as a scam in the credibility of the observation.

10. #177, August/September, page 16.
11. Investigator of the AAMT, Association des Amis de Marc Thirouin.

[Ref. mft2:] MICHEL FIGUET:

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FLUX and RE-FLUX

Stupor and indignation are the words which are appropriate for the reading of an article entitled "the undertow of a wave" published in Special Issue #3 of our Belgian fellow-member, the S.O.B.E.P.S. (1). I make a point of bringing precise details about the affair of Chabeuil (Drôme) of the 09/26/1954, committed for trial by Misters BARTHEL and BRUCKER since I am accused and calls a dishonest person.

The latter who spit in the soup after having reversed their jacket, have the reputation to be ufologists in slippers working for the search of "their" truth, on the telephone and in a good armchair.

They never met Mrs. LEBOEUF Lucette.

The authors of the article quote: "If we must believe the various sources of information we have, etc...". I think that the readers of L.D.L.N. who also subscribed with INFORESPACE see like I see that these sources of information are never quoted.

On which basis these this Messrs work, perhaps in the manner in which we had the opportunity to see them at work on the TV during the V3 show on FR3 channel. I.e. with the telephone in a hand and the telephone directory in the other hand.

The hour of the observation of CHABEUIL is indeed 02:30 p.m. (there, these Messrs agree with me). The date of the observation is indeed that of September 26 (a Sunday) and not that of the 29 (a Wednesday) as claim the authors of the article.

Mrs. LEBOEUF was returned from flowering the tomb of her grandmother. The article of Chabeuil was published in Le Progrès and Dauphiné-Libéré for September 29. I may agree that information circulates quickly but to have the report of the observation made at 2 p.m. appear in the newspaper of the same day, this is impossible.

MISTERS Barthel and Brucker refer to France-Soir of the 10/1/1954 in spite of their annoying practice to criticize the press of 1954 and the journalists about UFOs.

I am not the kind of ufologist who believes, without control, everything the newspapers of the time could publish in connection with the Flying Saucer or other ineptitudes of the same kind cuch as: "Flying Soup tureens", "Pile of cigars in the sky" "Flying Gherkins", " Flying Bathes" without counting any kinds of vegetables or no less flying kitchenware.

Why Mrs. GUEUDELOT about a misprint published in the press of the time that she entered in her file while adding to it the errors of Jacques Vallée (2). This is about the names of the two witnesses allegedly victims of a so-called joke in Cisternes-La-Forêt the 18/10/1954. Orthography of the proper names is of a great importance when they are location names (3). But where is the importance of the orthography of the names of witnesses even when they are sought twenty years later? The inhabitants of a village do not know the exact pronunciation nor even the orthography of a person but by asking for "The one who saw a UFO", you have great chances to be able to talk to them as soon as possible.

I do not believe the observation of CHABEUIL (and not CHABUEIL, INFORESPACE misprint) by quoting the observation of the Col du Chat. I note it down, that's all. The CE3 with physical evidence and traces is interesting enough per se.

Mrs. LEBOEUF, returned to Valence, went to bed with 40°C fever, looked after for two days by Dr. MARGOT. It is only then that she spoke; the newspapers were already informed. Then, it was at Mrs. LEBOEUF's a procession of important characters, and a rain of letters coming from all countries. She had a lot to do to answer this. One of these envoys by the Minister for the Air would have said: "If Mrs. LEBOEUF saw nothing, she could not have informed as she did on matters that are kept "secret".

Let us not forget that two young people coming to the movies did see, from the road of Montélimar, the "saucer" go up and then disappear.

With regard to the observation of Dr. Martinet, it is really 05:12 p.m., 05:14 p.m. or 05:18 p.m. according to the various newspapers of the time. There is a 35 minutes variation approximately between this observation and the departure of the UFO observed in Chabeuil and not 5 minutes. This is a misprint.

Is the business of Missancourt (4) authentic?

One can shoot down everything in ufology in doing like these Misters, but it is malevolent and useless work, organized sabotage. Of course it is useful to purify the files of the hoaxes and the errors of interpretation, but not with the total sabotage of the ufology. There are underlying things. Dr. Edward U Condon was interested almost exclusively - like JUNG, WARREN and now the new French ufologists with the psychology of the witnesses, which is creditable. I, and others, are interested in psychology of those who reduce the phenomenon without investigating on location.

  1. Our Belgian colleagues of the S.O.B.E.P.S. publish "INFORESPACE".
  2. Jacques VALLEE, author of "A century of landings", also made mistakes by reading only the Press article. It was impossible to him to investigate on the location for all the close encounters reported in 1954.
  3. About the case that took place between La Tessouale 493fX E2 and Loublande 79700A2M. 6716 and not LOUPLANDE, see "OVNI: le premier dossier des rencontres rapprochées en France".
  4. Missancourt : L.D.L.N. #149 p. 4 to 6, investigation and reconstitution on the cover by MMrrs. Barthel and Brucker.

Michel FIGUET

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

LA GRANDE PEUR MARTIENNE - Gérard Barthel and Jacques Brucker

It is no longer necessary to introduce the authors, former members of LDLN, who are known to all ufologists. We are surprised to read from the pen of Evry Schatzman that the authors studied 572 cases of the 1954 wave. For we find only about forty in their book. Of course the explanation is given: for not to weary the reader. We think the reader would have liked to know the reductions of all these cases. Because of course all the cases cited in the book are explained by a misinterpretation or a hoax, we deduce that the few missing 530s are of the same kind. Another shocking thing: the fact that the investigators investigated on the ground. They surely did it for a few cases, but we know that in reality it was the telephone which was the main instrument of investigation... In addition, our friend Bertrand Méheust carried out a small calculation showing the impossibility of carrying out all the investigations on the field due to lack of time.

Despite everything, let's be honest and recognize that their work still has qualities. Indeed some cases are very well explained and are reduced either to a hoax or to a misinterpretation. To cite just one example, let's take the Prémanon affair of September 27, 1954. In reality, there were no UFOs, no traces on the ground, no humnoids. But simply a childish prank born out of a school essay that was about aliens! This encounter of the 3rd kind was one of the great French classics of the genre. The authors put us in front of another aspect of the UFO phenomenon, but let us point out all the same that we were not fooled on this side of things, and were aware of the fragility of ALL investigations.

The reproach that we can make to this book is to have wanted to make its demonstration (systematic reductions by hoaxes or misinterpretations) a generality, that is to say to explain that ALL the testimonies can fall into these categories and therefore present no enigma. We think that some cases, even if they are rare, even very rare, do not stick to Barthel and Brucker's thesis.

Let's take a case that is also a classic of the genre: the case of Mrs. Lucette Leboeuf of September 26, 1954 in Chabeuil in the Drôme. Let us recall very briefly that the witness observed from two meters 50 away a being dressed in a jumpsuit, measuring approximately 1.10. The being moves and a few moments later a saucer-shaped object rises from the maize field where the character has just been seen. Traces were observed on the ground, and effects observed on the witness, and Mrs. Leboeuf's dog who was accompanying her at the time. The counter-investigation carried out 20 years later by our friend Michel Figuet perfectly matches the testimony of the time. Let us also announce that witnesses in the surroundings heard the noise of the object rising from the fields, others saw a strange gleam approximately at the same hour and in the same sector. Well, we don't find this case anywhere in "La Grande Peur Martienne". The witness is also not cited anywhere. Can we imagine a reason? Perhaps this one: this case could not be reduced by Barthel and Brucker because it really corresponds to an authentic observation!

Logically, since our authors have explained everything, they had to publish the explanations attached to this CE3 because it is part of ufological mythology. We are forced to note that not everything can be reduced to a hoax or a misinterpretation, not to mention all those witnesses from 1954 who touched the bottle too much...

[Ref. gep1:] UFOLOGY GROUP "GEPO":

09/26/54 (14) Chabreuil [sic] (Drôme) F RB 101 XVC m4

[Ref. jgs1:] JEAN-FRANCOIS GILLES:

French ufologist Jean-François Gilles had established a computerized catalogue of landings on the French territory between September 26 and October 18, 1954 in order to study if their geographical distribution were the fact of the chance or not.

UFO LANDINGS ON THE CONTINENTAL TERRITORY OF FRANCE
FROM SEPTEMBER 26, 1954 TO OCTOBER 18, 1954

ICOD Designation (57) Date JV4 jve1 COMMENTS
001 0490 CHABEUIL RF26 540926 156 144 CE2, CE3

ICOD is an internal code of this listing. (57) refers to column 57 of the Condon group's computerized UFOCAT, where RF is France and the number is the department. JV4 and jve1 are case numbers in Jacque Vallée's Magonia listing and "Passport to Magonia" book. CE2, CE3 refers to the Hynek classification.

V F G
ICOD Longitude Latitude Longitude Latitude Longitude Latitude
0490 -5.019 44.901 -5.019 44902 -5.019 44.901

V,F,G are codes for people who determined the coordinates: V = Jacques Vallée, ufologist, F = Jean Charles Fumoux, officer of the French Air Force, G = Jean François Gille, ufologist.

[Ref. via1:] UFOLOGY BULLETIN "VIMANA 21":

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30: CARROUSEL OF FLYING SAUCERS IN THE SKY OF FRANCE -

One of the craft was reportedly filmed.

Lyon - In the departments of the Rhone, Isère, Savoie, Drome, many people claim to have seen, in recent days, with more or less sharpness, craft having either the shape of cigar, or of disk.

In the Arbresle region (the Rhône), one of these witnesses, director of a Parisian music hall, even filmed one of these mysterious apparatuses, which moved at a height estimated by him at about 700m. We will know, after development, whether or not it is an optical illusion.

Near Feyzin (the Isère) a young man reportedly saw in the countryside, not far from the ground, a craft shaped like a dome and from which a very bright light burst out. The witness compared it to that caused by the burning of magnesium. The apparatus suddenly climbed vertically leaving behind it, a shower of sparks and disappeared.

In the Drôme, a resident of Valence, who was walking near Chabeuil, claims to have encountered, in the path she followed, a small being, dressed so oddly that she first thought it was a scarecrow in cellophane. The dog that accompanied the walker barked furiously, seized with terror. As for her, terrified as well, she hid behind a hedge. That's when she saw rise from the maize field that bordered the road, a disc from which came a hissing sound.

Shortly thereafter, the witness and the peasants went to the field where, according to them, a round trace of about 30 meters diameter, with maize lying down and branches broken at the edge. Other residents of Chabeuil also said they saw that day, a flying saucer moving over the countryside.

Finally, in the Savoy, near the Bourget Lake, above Mount Revard, several motorists, fifteen people, saw simultaneously a craft in the shape of a disc, move for about 4 minutes then disappear suddenly. One of the witnesses, a doctor in Chambéry is a a former artillery observer, he carefully noted the observations and drew a sketch reproducing the path of the mysterious apparatus.

The source is said to be the newspaper Le Bien Public.

[Ref. cck1:] GILBERT CORNU AND HENRI CHALOUPEK:

The two French ufologists Gilbert Cornu and Henri Chaloupek indicate that on September 26, 1954, at the beginning of the afternoon in Chabeuil, Mrs. Leboeuf collected blackberries in a sunken lane when her bitch which accompanied her started to howl madly at the same time as the dogs of the vicinity. Raising the head, she saw what she initially took for a scarecrow in a close corn field. while looking better, she saw that it was a living being who approached her, dressed with a sort of diving suit letting see under its helmet of the eyes larger than natural. The being advanced towards it while hopping, and it was taken of terror and hid in the hedge.

A few moments later, a machine similar to a gross spinning top of child to the flat lower part rose corn field and disappeared in the sky covered after having rocked with 90 degrees. The whistle emitted by the machine was heard by several other people, who found Mrs. Lebeuf looking as if she had been paralyzed in the bush, unable to call for help.

[Ref. jve7:] JACQUES VALLEE:

Jacques Vallée indicates a classic case happened on Sunday, September 26, 1954, in Chabeuil, Drome, France, at about 2:30 p.m. as Mrs. Leboeuf was gathering blackberries along a hedge:

The dog began to bark and then started howling miserably. She looked around and saw the little animal standing at the edge of a wheat field, in front of something that she thought at first was a scarecrow, but going closer, she saw that the "scare-crow" was some kind of small diving suit, made of translucent plastic material, three feet tall or a little taller, with a head that was also translucent - and suddenly she realized that inside the diving suit was a Thing, and that behind the blurred transparency of the "helmet" two eyes were looking at her; at least she had the impression of eyes, but they seemed larger than human eyes. As she realized this, the diving suit began to move toward her, with a kind of quick, waddling gait.

At this point, Mrs. Leboeuf fled in terror and hid in a nearby thicket. When she tried to locate the entity, there was nothing to be seen, but all the dogs in the village were furiously barking. All of a sudden, a large metallic, circular object rose from behind some trees and took off toward the northeast. People who had heard the witness's cries soon gathered around her. At the site where the disk had been seen to rise, a circle was found, about ten feet in diameter, where shrubs and bushes had been crushed:

From one of the acacia trees at the edge of this circular imprint hung down a branch more than three inches thick, broken by pressure from above. The branch of another acacia, which hung over the circular mark eight and a half feet above the ground, was entirely stripped of its leaves. The first few yards of wheat, in the path of the object as it took off through the field, were flattened out in radiating lines.

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

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The magazine published an article consisting of verifications of claims of explanations of cases of 1954 in France by Barthel and Brucker in their 1979 book [bbr1]. For this case, the magazine wrote:

12. Chabeuil (Drôme), September 26, 1954. B&B version: ... it is written black on white in France Soir of October 1, 54, this incident is due to a confusion. (Inforespace Special Issue No. 3). LDLN version: B&B, who constantly castigate the press, this time blindly trust France Soir, even though the case of Chabeuil remains one of the best investigated and counter-investigated in 54. Michel Figuet, who met the witness (Mrs. Leboeuf) unlike B&B, responded convincingly to B&B for this case. (LDLN 198).

[Ref. lgs4:] LOREN GROSS:

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At the city of Drome on the Rhone river a strange whistling noise was heard by a woman who suspected a "saucer" was in the area. She alerted a number of people, and after a search no saucer was found but a check of the area did locate a nine foot wide circle of crushed grass. 155.

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155. Wilkins, Harold T. Flying Saucers Uncensored. New York, N.Y.: The Citadel Press, 1955. pp. 58-59.

[Ref. goe1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

1954, September 26

FRANCE, Chabeuil

Around 2:30 p.m. Mrs. Leboeuf née Lucette Salin, in search of blackberries (mushrooms?), suddenly found herself, following the barking of her dog, Dolly, in front of a creature resembling a child in a plastic bag, which she had taken at first for a scarecrow. He had eyes larger than human eyes. In place of the hair a blackish mass, and dressed in a transparent diving suit, his head in a kind of bell. He had no arms. She was terrified and when this being wanted to come hopping up she screamed and ran away, hiding in the bushes and chattering her teeth in fear. This creature entered a flat, circular craft which took off towards the northeast with a low hiss. Traces. Witnesses strongly impressed. (Jimmy GUIEU: Black-out sur les S.V." - FLEUVE NOIR 1956 - p. 157 to 160) Mrs. Leboeuf, terrified, sees a little being approaching her in a spacesuit while her dog and those in the neighborhood bark. Disc rises from the ground whistling, tilts and disappears at very high speed. Traces are discovered on the ground and the vegetation. (Science et Vie, special edition 1997: 50 ans d'ovni, Atlas des cas Inexpliqués, p. 60 à 63)

[Ref. lgs1:] LOREN GROSS:

Loren Gross reproduced this newspaper article without giving its source:

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CARROUSSEL OF FLYING SAUCERS
in the sky of France

One of the craft was reportdely filmed

Lyon, September 29. -- In the departments of Rhône, Isère, Drôme and Savoy, many people claim to have seen in recent days, with more or less clarity, craft either in the shape of cigars or in the shape of discs.

In the region of Arbresles (Rhône), one of these witnesses, director of a Paris music hall, even filmed one of these mysterious apparatuses that moved at a height estimated by him at about 700 meters. We will thus know after development of the film whether or not it is an optical illusion.

Near Feyzin (Isère), a young man reportedly saw in the countryside, not far from the ground, a machine in the shape of a dome and from which a very bright light sprang forth. The witness compared it to that caused by the burning of magnesium. The craft suddenly climbed vertically leaving behind a shower of sparks and disappeared.

In the Drôme, a resident of Valence, Mrs. L... who was walking near Chabeuil, claims to have met in the path she followed, a being of small size dressed so oddly that she thought at first that it was a cellophane scarecrow. The

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dog that accompanied the walker barked furiously in terror. As for Mrs. L... also terrified, she hid behind a hedge.

It was then that she saw rising from the corn field that bordered the road, a disc whence emanated a hissing sound. Shortly after, the witness and some peasants went to the field where, according to them, a circular trace of about three meters in diameter was clearly visible, with maize laid on the ground and broken branches on the border.

Other residents of Chabeuil also said that on that day they saw a flying saucer flying over the countryside.

Finally in Savoie near Lake Bourget, above mount Revard, several motorists, in total about fifteen people, saw simultaneously a craft with the form of a disc molve for about four minutes, then suddenly disappear.

One of the witnesses, a doctor from Chambéry, is a former artillery observer. He carefully noted the observations and drew a sketch reproducing the path of the mysterious craft.

In the Southwest

Perpignan, September 29. -- A baker from Canet-Plage, Mr. Etienne Err, said that after returning from a delivery tour with his van, he had seen above this locality, a brilliant disc which, after having described large circles, moved towards the sea.

On the other hand, seven workers from a factory in the suburbs of Perpignan claim to have also seen an object of an indefinable color moving at high speed, and which would have crossed the Pyrenees towards Spain.

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Toulouse, September 29. -- Three inhabitants of Lanta, near Villefranche-de-Lauraguais (Haute-Garonne), Mr. and Mrs. Brunet and Mr. Gadra, teacher of the locality, affirm they saw, yesterday evening, above the village, a luminous disk of orange color.

The object was moving at a great height and was moving north-south.

After being visible for thirty to forty seconds, the luminous disc disappeared on the horizon.

At the sight of a "saucer" a locomotive driver falls ill

Rennes, September 29th. - MM. Gérard, a mechanic, and Paroux, a chauffeur, who drove a top-of-the-line machine from Nantes, spotted last night as they passed the place called "La Butte du Rouge", municipality of Saint-Nicolas de Redon (Ille-et-Vilaine), a craft that rose from neighboring marshes.

This craft of some length which was followed by a luminous train flew for about ten seconds above the machine and disappeared in the sky.

If the mechanic kept his composure, the driver was so frightened that he fell ill and had to get a medical examination this morning.

[Ref. lgs2:] LOREN GROSS:

A front page story.

October 3rd. London's Sunday Dispatch.

So much was happening in France the English press was forced to take note. Actually the story was too big. The London Sunday Dispatch could only print a summary on its front page. With the situation unclear, errors and the lack of detail was inevitable in the reporting. The Dispatch informed its readers:

"Near Grenoble farmer Joseph Habrat saw a luminous engine moving at great speed.

"His daughter, Yvette, said it came to within 600 yards with a gentle snoring sound.

"A little later two thousand people saw a dozen of them 'dancing a ballet' in the sky.

"Two people at Rixheim, near Mulhouse, watched a cigar-shaped luminous engine surrounded by twelve smaller satellite cigars.

"Three holiday-makers on Carry-le-Rouet beach saw a half-cigar over the port. Three women who saw it described it as leaving a trail of smoke.

"A flying mushroom was reported by a lorry-driver and his friend at Faremontiers. It was in a field and had three tripod-like legs.

"'I tried to approach it,' he said, 'but about four hundred feet away I was stopped by a ray. I felt little prickings. My head swam. I had a cold sweat. I could not move.'

"The mushroom then rose slowly and flew off.

"Dr. Martinet, skin disease specialist at Chambery, watched a flying saucer manoeuvring in the sky for four minutes.

"In the gulf of Gascony the mate and two seamen of a cargo boat saw a moving disc with a greenish glow.

"Actress Michele Morgan saw a luminous disc over the Invalides air terminal in Paris.

"There have been three reports of men from another planet landing in France.

"At Vienne a farmer said the visitor, who wore a kind of diving suit, caressed his arm.

"A woman at Drome> saw a being about the size of a child and with a human face. He seemed to be wrapped in a transparent sack.'

"Both visitors to France returned to their saucers and took off vertically.

"A little helmeted and booted man with a revolver firing 'luminous and paralysing rays' was seen by the foreman of a quarry at Marcilly-sur-Vienne and six of his workmen.

"A whistling sound drew the attention of two men at Blanzy to a cigar-shaped machine in a freshly ploughed field.

"The men said the machine was about six feet in length. The pointed tip was yellow, the rest of the cigar brown.

"As they approached the machine it rose vertically.

"A policeman, a grocer, and eight other people saw an incandescent 'cigar' at Agen.

"A brilliant ball appeared to a stallkeeper at Belesta. He said it left a trail of grey smoke as it shot through the sky."

The author of the aforementioned account noted that at the same time that day (October 3, 1954) 40 miles away an amazing "sky display" was taking place above a wooded area near the village of Marcoign, France, before 20 witnesses. That so many people at the same moment at different locations should have a similar hallucination boggled the writer's mind, so much so he consulted a psychiatrist assigned to the Law Courts of the Seine, a Dr. Gouriou.

"Is mass "delusion upon this scale possible?"

The above question was put to the mental health expert who replied he had never known a flying saucer to play a role in any of his patient's hallucinations, and that hallucinations were usually sounds rather than visual images. Moreover, when on rare occasions visual disorders did occur, such problems were nearly always due to toxemia or cerebral lesions which would certainly help to rule out the possibility of a "mass visual delusion." 24.

Dr. Gouriou then wisely ended the interview with: "...I for one think that those who maintain that they have seen saucers do so in good faith, unless of course they are trying to hoax us. But we must never forget that whatever a normal human being sees, he, to a considerable extent interprets, and this fact alone renders all human evidence fallible." 25.

[Ref. mtb1:] MARIE-THERESE DE BROSSES:

The author indicates that on September 26, 1954, Mrs. Leboeuf picked up blackberries in a sunken lane close to Chabeuil in the Drôme. Her bitch barked and grunted unceasingly because of what she initially thought to be a scarecrow at the edge of the nearby corn field.

She called her bitch in vain and while approaching to calm her, she realized in terror that the "scarecrow" moved by jumps towards her, and that instead of a scarecrow it was really a small helmeted being, deprived of arm and wrapped in a kind of diving-suit of a transparent material resembling cellophane. She could not distinguish the face of the being through the protective visor of its helmet.

She yelled in fright and tried to hide in the hedge of the sunken lane in the middle of the bushes, from where she observed through the branches an apparatus of a "very dirty" gray and of a form like some gigantic mechanical spinning top. This object took off slowly then disappeared at a vertiginous speed while emitting a strong whistling sound.

Her husband, a former aviator, heard this strong sound from nearby, and moved with three farmers towards the place from where the noise came. Taking the lane, he discovered his wife in the coppice, inert, like paralyzed.

When Mrs. Leboeuf came back to her sense, she was unable to explain what happened to her and did not know how the being disappeared, nor how much time she had remained in the bushes. The author evokes an episode of amnesia, or "missing time", and wonders about what could have occurred during this time, with the possibility that she might simply have fainted due to the scare, and that maybe she had been abducted without having memory of that.

[Ref. jsr2:] JEAN SIDER:

The author indicates that on September 26, 1954, at 02:30 p.m. in Chabeuil in the Drôme, Mrs. Lucette Leboeuf experienced a close encounter of the third kind with paralysis "but perhaps it was due to fear?". She stayed for two days with a high fever. At the time of the incident, her dog started to scream to death and shivered for three days.

The sources are indicated as Figuet, p. 86-88 and the Ouranos investigation at the time, of which he gives a copy.

[Ref. jca1:] JACQUES COSTAGLIOLA:

The author indicates that on September 26, 1954, in Chabeuil in the Drôme, Mrs. Leboeuf saw a cosmonaut with a cylindrical transparente bubble on the head and attended the takeoff of the disc. The grass was flattened on 4 meters in diameter, the maize crushed in wheel's ray towards the center. She and are dog were sick during two days.

The source is indicated as "Sc et Vie 1997".

[Ref. jca2:] JACQUES COSTAGLIOLA, MD:

French ufologist and MD Jacques Costagliola entered in his listing:

date place witnesses wounds bibliography
09.26.1954 9F, Chabeuil Mrs Leboeuf 1EB, fever, in bed 2 days, bitch sick, corn flattened Lob, Gigi

[Ref. djn1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

Encounters With Aliens On This Day

September 26

[...]

1954 - Hearing her dogs barking and howling at 2:30 p.m., Ms. Lucette Leboeuf of Chabeuil, France saw what first resembled a "scarecrow" in a cornfield. After approaching to within eight feet she saw it to be a "diving suit" of transparent plastic, 3.5 feet high. A little man with large eyes was inside, resembling "a child in a plastic bag, with eyes larger than human eyes." She could see no arms on the creature. When he began waddling toward her she fled. A flat, circular four meter wide disc was seen to rise up making a whistling sound and fly away toward the northeast. An eleven foot wide circle of crushed foliage was found at the site. Ms. Leboeuf was in a state of shock and was in bed for the next two days. (Sources: Jacques Vallee, Anatomy of a Phenomenon, p. 70; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 211; Gordon I. R. Lore, Jr., Strange Effects from UFOs, p. 67; David F. Webb and Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1954-55, citing Aime Michel).

[Ref. rhh1] RICHARD HALL:

TABLE 1. UFO OCCUPANT SIGHTINGS, 1954-1963

[...]

September 26, 1954 Mme. Leboeuf, Chabeuil (Drome), France 4:00 P.M.

One being 3 ft. tall, diving suit, helmet, large eyes; flat circular craft; dog barked, being approached, witness fled; circle of crushed foliage found at site.

[...]

[Ref. lgs5:] LOREN GROSS:

Mme. Leboeuf and "the thing," September 26th.

A Mme. Leboeuf went to Chabeuil, France, the afternoon of September 26th to visit her grandfather. She ended up being terrorized.

It seems that after arriving at Chabeuil, Mme. Leboeuf and her husband decided to search a local area for edible mushrooms. While combing the ground near a stand of corn, Mne. Leboeuf became separated (100 yards) from her husband. Only Dolly, the family dog, was in her immediate vicinity. This same animal suddenly began to bark and howl, drawing the attention of her mistress who glanced around to determine the cause of Dolly's protest. Mlle. Leboeuf spotted Dolly near the corn not many feet away confronting an odd figure she initially assumed was some kind of scarecrow. Peering more intently, Mme. Leboeuf made out the "scarecrow" to actually be a "small man" about three feet high dressed in a translucent "diving suit." She also believed she could make out a pair of "larger-than-hunan-eyes" that were staring right at her, eyes not clearly discernable behind the semi-transparent material of the "thing's" helmet. 124.

Another source quotes Leboeuf as saying:

"He seemed to be wrapped from head to foot in a kind of diving suit - his ears and part of his face were hidden by it. What I could see of his face was near-human - he had human eyes, expressive and intelligent. I could not distinguish his arms: they seemed to be held close to his body. But I could not take his eyes from his, which never left my face for a moment. After a while he came towards me in a hopping manner, taking no notice of my dog, which was barking violently at him." 125.

As the "small man" carne at her, Mme. Leboeuf screamed and ran off, trying to escape by plunging into some shrubbery. Meanwhile, Dolly, the dog started a miserable howling which set off every other dog within hearing. If this wasn't enough to unnerve the woman, what happened next should have as a big saucer-like machine rose up behind the trees close by, the machine zooming away and making an acute piercing sound.

The dog's howling, the scream, and the strange whistling caused the husband to rush to the rescue and just in a matter of moments the fellow reached his wife who had collapsed from fright. Dolly was also in an extreme nervous state, the animal trembling so much it did not stop shaking for three days.

Some people who happened to be visiting a nearby cemetery had also heard the commotion and they quickly appeared on the scene to render aid. Word spread fast and soon all the inhabitants of the village of Chabeuil gathered at the site of the encounter with the "small man."

In spite of being in shock, Mme. Leboeuf managed to relate the details of her strange experience. Many villagers said they had heard a shrill sound which tended to confirm Mme. Leboeuf story, but more impressive were the physical traces apparently caused by the "ship." At the spot where the strange machine had apparently rested, a circle of crushed vegetation was found that measured about a dozen feet in diameter. Also, a tall acacia tree that extended over the circular impression had a three inch thick limb snapped off by pressure applied from above, and another branch that extended into the "landing site" was stripped of all its leaves. Furthermore, in the direction the machine departed, there was flatten grass in a pattern of radiating lines.

The Mme. Leboeuf encounter was widely publicized, causing a sensation. 126. UFO researcher Bill Chalker commnnted much later: "Critics that favored UFO reports being the result of the misperception of the prosaic considered Chabeuil (Leboeuf case) as 'sound." 127.

The sources are described further on as:

124: "Paris, France. Le Parisien Libere. 30 September 54."
125: "Ibid"
126: "Ibid"
127: "Chalker, Bill. "Physical Traces." UFOs 1947-1987, The 40-Year Search for an Explanation. ed. Hilary Evans. London-England: Fortean Time, 1987. p. 183."

[Ref. lgs3:] LOREN GROSS:

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1? October. Valance [sic], France. (no time)

Circle of vegetation crushed.

According to our source: "A Valance woman said she saw a 'flying saucer' making a whistling noise in a field. She rushed to find witnesses, but the 'saucer' had disappeared when they returned, leaving a circle of crops 9 feet across broken down as if something had landed there." (xx.)

(xx.) Ibid. (Unless otherwise designated, all New Zealand clips are from the files of Murray Bott, Auckland, New Zealand)

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

3840: 1954/09/26 14:30 10 5:01:00 E 44:54:00 N 3333 WEU FRN DRM 9:7

CHABEUIL,FR:3' OID/DIVING SUIT NEARS:DOMED SCR >>NE:CRUSHED PLANTS:/r217p170

Ref# 49 MICHEL,Aime: FS & STRAIGHT LINE TH: Page No. 82 : FARMLANDS

[Ref. sdn1:] STEVEN DUNN:

Valence, FR
26 Sep 54

While gathering mushrooms in the woods, a woman saw a small humanoid wearing a diving suit with a clear helmet. She ran. A moment later she heard a loud whistling and saw a disc-shaped object lift from the woods. Evidence of a landing was found.

CE-3-013 Randle/Estes, FOV pg 165

Chabeuil, FR
29/09/1954

19 SEP 1954
Mme. Leboeuf, out gathering mushrooms at about 1600, was startled by her dog barking at what looked like a scarecrow at the edge of a wheat field. The "scarecrow" was a humanoid about 3 FT tall, encased in a translucent material that made him look like he was done up in a plastic bag. Mme. Leboeuf had the impression of two very large eyes. The sack-man began waddling towards her and she turned and ran. Shortly after a metallic saucer-shaped object rose from amongst some nearby trees. M. Leboeuf later found that shrubs and bushes in the area where Mme. said the object took off were crushed as if something had been resting on them.

CE-3-013 Lorenzen, UTWS, pg 167

[Ref. ars1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

91.

Location. Chabeuil France

Date: September 26 1954

Time: 1430

Hearing her dogs barking and howling, Ms Lucette Leboeuf saw in a cornfield a "scarecrow," which on approaching within 8 ft she saw it to be a "diving suit” of transparent plastic, 3.5 ft high. Inside it was visible a little man with large eyes. She could see no arms. When this began waddling toward her, she fled. A 4-meter disc was seen to rise up with a whistling sound and fly away. At the site was found an 11-foot circle of broken down bushes. Ms Leboeuf was in bed for 2 days.

Humcat 1954-55

Source: Aime Michel

Type: C

[Ref. tps2:] TED PHILLIPS:

09/26/54 1430 France, Chabeuil: Madame Leboeuf had gone to gather mushrooms in the woods not far from the cemetery at Chabeuil. Her dog began to bark, and then began howling as if in misery.

Madame Leboeuf looked around and saw that the dog was standing in front of something which she thought was a scarecrow. Upon approaching the dog, she saw it was some kind of a creature in a diving suit.

The creature was about 1 m tall. It moved toward her with a sort of quick, waddling walk. The witness ran into a nearby thicket. By this time the dog was howling again, accompanied by the howls of the other dogs in the village. A large, circular, and somewhat flattened metallic-appearing object ascended from behind nearby trees and moved away at low altitude, making a whistling sound as it flew.

At the place where the object had risen, a circular area was found. About 11 feet in diameter, the shrubs and bushes were crushed. For a few yards at the beginning of the wheat field, over which the object had flown, the wheat was flattened out in a radiating line. From one of the acacia trees at the edge of this circular imprint hung down a branch more than three inches thick, broken by pressure from above. The branch of another acacia, which hung over the circular mark eight and a half feet above the ground, was entirely stripped of its leaves. - Aime Michel.

[Ref. cir1:] "THE CIRCULAR":

The magazine says threre was a singleton crop circle in Chabeuil in France in 1954.

[Ref. amr1:] ANDREAS MULLER:

Andreas Müller indicates that in Chabeuil, France, in 1954 there was "a single circle".

The "Date created" and "Date reported" are noted as "unknown". No source is given.

[Ref. amo1:] ANNE MORO:

Anne Moro indicates in English that in Chabeuil in France, in 1954, "a single circle was reported from Chabeuil. No further details known."

Anne Moro indicates that the source is the database by Andreas Müller "ICCA-The international Crop Circle Archive".

Elsewhere she indicates:

1954 26
DEP: DROME
REGION : RHONE-ALPES
Chabeuil A single circle. no other known details
Extract of the magazine "The Circular" page 13

This is said to be a translation of "Andréas Müller's data compared to the magazine 'The Circular' #41 - Spring 2001."

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that "many ufologists and journalists investigated on" the case in Chabeuil in the Drôme on September 26, 1954 at 14:30.

He indicates that the text below is "an interview made on December 5, 1954."

"It was on September 26, 1954. I was in CHABEUIL (a small village located at 14 kilometers east of Valence) and I went to the cemetery to bring flowers there. This cemetery is in the east of the village in a shadowy neighborhood (wood, coppice and culture). I had my black bitch Dolly with me, she was running around nearby. I was in a sunken lane at some distance from the cemetery and I collected blackberries."

"I called my bitch Dolly and as she arrived near my, she stopped dead and started to howl madly (at this time I noticed that the dogs of the nearby houses, who were on the rope, were also howling madly). Surprised by the barking (bizarre and sinister), I raised my head and I saw at 2 meters 50 from me a living being motionless who stares at me (small height, 1 meter to 1 meter 50), I still wonder for how long it had been looking at me like that."

"It appeared to be wrapped in a transparent diving-suit from the feet to the head, face almost human (I did not see ears, vision was little fuzzy through the diving-suit), human eyes stary and brilliant, expressive and intelligent. I did not distinguish arms, those being perhaps stuck along the body. I practically did not examine the body of this living being, I especially looked his eyes (its eyes did not cease to look at me)."

"When I saw it, it approached me, hopping, without being concerned with my bitch who barked at him (the journalists then raised a print resembling a large dog leg with a heel?). Seized with fear, I run away shouting and I hid in a bush (the fear made my teeth snap together). Almost at once, within five meters of me, I saw a machine in the form of saucer of a diameter of four meters approximately resembling a large mechanical spinning top of child, but with the flat lower part, rising above the cornfield. The weather was dull, it had just rained one hour before and this machine had a dark color, a washed out and dull gray. I noticed neither lights nor porthole (from my place, I could at no time to distinguish the machine when it was on the ground). The machine thus rose slowly above the cornfield (same location that where it was landed and I perceived a light humming during this movement, then, when it arrived above the alfalfa field, it bent of 90° (vertical position) and disappeared in the North-eastern direction at a tremendous speed while emitting an odd whistling sound; I did not notice a gyratory movement (a Doctor of CHAMBERY is said to have seen a flying saucer five minutes afterwards, coming from the direction of CHABEUIL, it could thus be the same one."

"The people at the cemetery heard the howls of my bitch as well as the whistle of the machine (my husband who was in the aviation and who was in the vicinity also heard this whistle and perfectly realized that it was not a jet). They came and they found me in the bush; I was like paralyzed and I could not call."

"Several people went on the spot of landing of the saucer a few moments afterwards. They noticed a surface approximately four meters in diameter where the ground and the grass were packed; several corn plants were crushed; the branches of the acacias which were around were like scraped and several were broken, this up to ten meters high approximately. They found the leaves on the ground."

"I am neither insane nor timorous and it is takes a lot to make me go emotional. I nevertheless stayed two days in bed with fever (confidentially, following this great emotion, her periods reappeared immediately). Moreover, my bitch Dolly trembled and wept during three consecutive nights. It is only at the end of two days that I informed the Press. I now believe in flying saucers and my husband too."

Luc Chastan notes that Michel Figuet indicates that "young people who went to the movies by the road of Montvendre saw the 'saucer' in flight."

The sources are indicated as "UFO at Close Sight by Gross Patrick ** http://ufologie.net" and "Enquêtes sur les enlévements extra terrestre by De Brosses Marie Thérèse ** J'ai Lu 1997".

[Ref. uda1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 26 September 1954 at 14:30 in Chabeuil, France, "Little man 3.5' tall seen in a diver suit made of transparent plastic. No arms could be seen. It had large eyes, and waddled toward the female witness, who fled. The creature entered a 4 m disc that departed with a whistling sound. Explanation: Planet."

"Hearing her dogs barking and howling at 2:30 p.m., Ms. Lucette Leboeuf of Chabeuil, France saw what first resembled a "scarecrow" in a cornfield. After approaching to within eight feet she saw it to be a "diving suit" of transparent plastic, 3.5 feet high. A little man with large eyes was inside, resembling "a child in a plastic bag, with eyes larger than human eyes." She could see no arms on the creature. When he began waddling toward her she fled. A flat, circular four meter wide disc was seen to rise up making a whistling sound and fly away toward the northeast. An eleven foot wide circle of crushed foliage was found at the site. Ms. Leboeuf was in a state of shock and was in bed for the next two days."

"Mrs. Leboeuf while walking along a road in muddy conditions, was suddenly confronted with a creature resembling "a child in a plastic bag, with eyes larger than human eyes." This creature entered a flat, circular machine, about 20 feet across, which took off toward the northeast with a soft whistling. Traces. Witnesses in state of shock. (Leboeuf, Lucette)."

"Hearing her dogs barking and howling, Ms Lucette Leboeuf saw in a cornfield a "scarecrow," which on approaching within 8 ft she saw it to be a "diving suit" of transparent plastic, 3.5 ft high. Inside it was visible a little man with large eyes. She could see no arms. When this began waddling toward her, she fled. A 4-meter disc was seen to rise up with a whistling sound and fly away. At the site was found an 11-foot circle of broken down bushes. Ms Leboeuf was in bed for 2 days."

The sources are indicated as "Webb, David, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports; Guieu, Jimmy, Flying Saucers Come from Another World, Citadel, New York, 1956; Constance, Arthur, The Inexplicable Sky, Citadel Press, New York, 1957; Sparks, Brad, Computer Catalog of Type 9 Cases (N=150); Lorenzen, Coral E., Flying Saucer Occupants, Signet T3205, New York, 1967; Lorenzen, Coral E., UFOs: The Whole Story, Signet T3897, New York, 1969; Lorenzen, Coral E., Encounters with UFO Occupants, Berkley Medallion, New York, 1976, ISBN:425-03093-8; Poher, Claude, Etudes Statistiques Portant sur 1000 Temoignag, Author, undated; FSR, FSR (formerly Flying Saucer Review), FSR, London, 1966; Bowen, Charles, The Humanoids: FSR Special Edition No. 1, FSR, London, 1966; Lore, Jr., Gordon I. R., Strange Effects from UFOs, NICAP, Washington, 1969; Pereira, Jader U., Les Extra-Terrestres, Phenomenes Spatiaux, Paris, 1974; Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073); Vallee, Jacques, Challenge to Science: The UFO Enigma, Henri Regnery, Chicago, 1966; Vallee, Jacques, Preliminary Catalog (N = 500), (in JVallee01); Vallee, Jacques, Anatomy of a Phenomenon, Henry Regnery, Chicago, 1965; Vallee, Jacques, A Century of Landings (N = 923), (in JVallee04), Chicago, 1969; Vallee, Jacques, Passport to Magonia, Henry Regnery, Chicago, 1969; Cramp, Leonard G., Piece for a Jig-Saw, Somerton, Isle of Wight, 1966; Schoenherr, Luis, Computerized Catalog (N = 3173); Carrouges, Michel, Les Apparitions de Martiens, Fayard, Paris, 1963; Binder, Otto, What We Really Know About Flying Saucers, Fawcett T1863, Greenwich, 1967; Rogerson, Peter, World-Wide Catalog of Type 1 Reports; Hall, Richard H., The UFO Evidence, NICAP, Washington, 1964; Olsen, Thomas M., The Reference for Outstanding UFO Sighting Reports, UFOIRC, Riderwood, 1966; Phillips, Ted R., Ted Phillips investigation files; Phillips, Ted R., Physical Traces Associated with UFO Sightings, CUFOS, Chicago, 1975; Hall, Richard H., Uninvited Guests, Aurora Press, Santa Fe, 1988, ISBN:0-943358-32-9; Delaire, J. Bernard, UFO Register Volume 7 (1976), Data Research, Oxford, 1976; Newspaper Clippings; Hall, Richard H., The UFO Evidence, Volume II: A Thirty-Year Report, Scarecrow Press, Lanham, 2000, ISBN:0-8103-3881-8; Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002; Smith, Willy, UNICAT computer database; Vallee Magonia Database; Rosales, Albert, Humanoid Sighting Reports Database."

[Ref. uda2:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 26 September 1954 at 14:30 in Chabeuil, France, "Mrs. Leboeuf was suddenly confronted with a creature resembling "a child in a plastic bag, with eyes larger than human eyes."

"Mrs. Leboeuf was suddenly confronted with a creature resembling "a child in a plastic bag, with eyes larger than human eyes." This creature entered a flat, circular machine, which took off toward the northeast with a soft whistling. Traces. Witnesses in state of shock."

"An unidentifiable object and its occupants were observed at close range."

The source is indicated as "Vallee Magonia Database".

[Ref. uda3:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 28 September 1954 at 14:30 in Chabeuil, France, "Mysterious weather phenomena reported. One object was observed in muddy conditions by several witnesses at a cemetery."

The source is indicated as "Guieu, Jimmy, Flying Saucers Come from Another World, Citadel, New York, 1956".

[Ref. dle1:] "LE DAUPHINE LIBERE":

CROP CIRCLES

The story of the "flying saucer" in Chabeuil in 1954

by the Editors of the DL | on 07/23/08 at 06:45

I saw, Sir, as I see you, the man of the flying saucer of Chabeuil. And Mrs. Leboeuf, of Valence, still trembling, lead us to this field. "Sunday afternoon, I was in a path, I collected blackberries in the hedge. Suddenly, my dog started to bark. I turned back and saw the animal, hair raised, frozen, in front of what seems me to be a scarecrow.

"The scarecrow advances towards me"

I moved towards the dog to prevent it from barking. At this point in time the scarecrow advances towards me. It was a small being: it hardly measured more than one meter. I had the feeling that it was a kid locked up in a cellophane bag...

Fright seized me. I yelled and I hastened to throw myself in the hedge. I do not know how much time I stayed there. From there, I saw the maize, but there was nobody any more. Then a circular machine three meters in diameter approximately, thick of fifty centimeters, took off from behind the maize. The craft flew away, initially askew, it did not go fast, it made the noise of a spinning top which whirrs and one heard also a whistling sound, the craft then changed from the horizontal position to the vertical position. It then climbed straight at a vertiginous speed. Passersby came, saw me in the hedge, worried about my paleness. I told them what I had seen and I led them to the place where I had seen the flying saucer take off. As you can see, there is a clearly visible circular print on the ground". Indeed, we made on the spot, various observations: seven maize feet were laid down, the grass between the maize and the acacias was pressed, the small feet of hawthorn had been broken, a branch of acacia, even, was broken, as if it had received a from top to bottom shock. As for Mrs. Leboeuf, after 24 hours spent in the bed with 39 degrees of fever, she regrets her fright a little. "Ah! If I had not been frightened, I would have perhaps known who it was!"

Extracted from the newspaper "Le Provençal" published on September 26, 1954

[Ref. cri1:] CHRIS RUTKOWSKI:

Chris Rutkowski indicates that Aimé Michel investigated and documented remarkable cases, such as the case on September 26, 1954, in the village of Chabeuil. At about 4 o'clock a woman went walking her dog in the woods, looking for mushrooms. As they went through the trees her dog began to bark and howl and she looked to see what caused this. At the edge of a wheat field bordering the woods, there was an object she first thought to be a scarecrow but she soon saw that it was a "small diving suit, made of transparent plastic material" only about a meters - three feet - tall. The head portion was also translucent and a face with two large eyes was staring at her. Terrified, she screamed and fled back into the trees.

The dog continued to howl, and she heard many other dogs joining the chorus. She looked out of the thicket and saw that the creature was gone. Suddenly a large metallic disc-shaped object rose up ou of some nearby trees and flew over the wheat field with a whistling sound, then gained altitude and disappeared into the distance.

The dogs howling, her scream and the whistling noise of the craft brought some local towns poeple running to the woods to see what was wrong. When they went to the treed spot where the object seemed to have risen they found a circular area about three meters - 10 feet - in diameter where the bushes had been crushed, branches of the surrounding trees have been snapped, leaved stripped off, and the wheat field had some kind of lines radiating through it.

Rutkowski suggests perhaps this was a forerunner of the British crop formation that would be found decades later.

When the people arrived the woman was in "a state of nervous collapse", she remained in bed with a high fever for two days following the sighting and her dog was agitated and nervous for several days too.

Rutkowski says Michel pointed out this case and two others on the same day, including one that was explained as a flock of starlings seemed to have occurred in line with one another. Michel suggested something was causing people to see unusual objects along lines and perhaps there was something else causing the reports, that could affect people's perceptions of reality.

[Ref. ovo1:] "OVNI 61" BLOG:

September 26, 1954, Mrs. Leboeuf, in Chabreuil, in the Drôme, sees a small being in of diving-suit approaching; the dogs bark, a disc rise from ground while whistling, rocks and disappears. Traces were discovered on the ground, the corn is flattened, a broken branch, another thinned out the leaves of, shrubs crushed as well as a hole in grass of 15 cm, located in the periphery of a circular trace.

[Ref. mre1:] MICHEL RIBARDIERE:

September 20, 2010

1954 Return on the wave of demonstrations of unknown machines on the national territory

1954 is an important year in the history of French ufology.

[General information]

Here some one of the encounters:

[... Other cases... ]

September 26, 1954, Mrs. Leboeuf, in Chabreuil [sic], in the Drôme, sees a small being in a diving-suit approaching; the dogs bark, a disc rise from ground while whistling, rocks and disappears. Traces were discovered on the ground, maize is flattened, a broken branch, another has its leaves oit, shrubs crushed as well as a hole in the grass of 15 cm, located in the periphery of a circular trace.

[... Other cases... ]

[Ref. prn2:] PETER ROGERSON:

September 26 1954, 1430hrs.

CHABEUIL (DROME : FRANCE)

Mrs Leboeuf was gathering mushrooms from the wood near the cemetery, when her dog started to bark and howl. She saw the dog standing at the edge of the wheat field confronting what at first looked like a scarecrow. Going closer she saw it was a creature with eyes larger than human ones, about 1m tall, wearing a sort of plastic translucent diving suit and helmet. The creature moved towards her with a quick waddling gait, at which she fled. Her dog was joined by the howling of other dogs, as a large circular flattened metallic object rose from behind some trees, with a whistling sound, crossed the wheat field and headed off to the north east. Her husband and some other people in the cemetery heard the howling and the whistle and so rushed to the scene, where they found Mrs Leboeuf in a state of collapse. At the site they found a circle of crushed shrubs and bushes 3m in diameter. A branch on an acacia at the edge of the circle was broken down; another acacia was stripped of its leaves at the height of 2.5m., and the first few metres of wheat in the track of the object were flattened out in radiating lines. Mrs Leboeuf was in bed with a high fever for two days, and was still shaking three days later.

Michel 1958, pp.83 + Vallee Case 156, citing Le Figaro + Combat + Le Parisien all of 30 Sept 1954.
Carrouges 1967, p.116
Vallee 1966a, p70.
Vallee 1969, p.54
Constance 1956, p.256.

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

*Sep. 26, 1954 - Hearing her dogs barking and howling at 2:30 p.m., Ms. Lucette Leboeuf of Chabeuil, France saw what first resembled a "scarecrow" in a cornfield. After approaching to within eight feet she saw it to be a "diving suit" of transparent plastic, 3.5 feet high. A little man with large eyes was inside, resembling "a child in a plastic bag, with eyes larger than human eyes." She could see no arms on the creature. When he began waddling toward her she fled. A flat, circular four meter wide disc was seen to rise up making a whistling sound and fly away toward the northeast. An eleven foot wide circle of crushed foliage was found at the site. Ms. Leboeuf was in a state of shock and was in bed for the next two days. (Sources: Jacques Vallee, Anatomy of a Phenomenon, p. 70; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 211; Gordon I. R. Lore, Jr., Strange Effects from UFOs, p. 67; David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1954-55, citing Aime Michel).

[Ref. jgz1:] JULIEN GONZALEZ:

The author indicates that there was a close encounter of the third kind in Chabeuil, in the Drôme, on September 26, 1954 at 2:30 p.m.:

Mrs. Lucette Leboeuf, 32, was busy picking blackberries in a sunken lane, on a small plateau of 2 ha, in the shape of a trapezoid whose two southern and western sides overlook the cemetery where she had passed some time before to flower the family vault.

"I called my dog Dolly, a black cocker spaniel who frolicked nearby," she said. "As she came near me, she fell to a halt and began to howl to death (I noticed that the dogs in the neighboring houses who were tied were also howling to death). By looking up I saw coming out of the maize 2.50 m from me a small being of 1.10 m to 1.15 m who seemed wrapped in a transparent diving suit from head to toe (like cellophane). Hw was wearing a helmet, his face was not visible because the front of this bell-shaped helmet was blurred. His arms were not visible (which does not mean that he did not have arms). I screamed and I hid in the hedge, fear made my teeth chatter, he came hopping towards me. Then (I don't know how long I stayed hidden in the hedge), from the field behind the square of maize, rose a saucer-shaped craft resembling a large child's mechanical top, but the underside was flat. The weather was gray, it had just rained an hour before, and this craft had a dark, dirty gray and earth color. I noticed neither light nor porthole (from my place, I could not at any time see the craft when it was on the ground). It rose slowly above the maize field horizontally, I heard a slight hum during this movement, then it tilted 90° (vertical position) and disappeared in a northeasterly direction at dizzying speed while emitting a bizarre whistle; I didn't notice any spinning motion. The people who were at the cemetery heard the howls of my dog and the whistle caused by the "saucer". My husband who was in the cemetery heard the sound of the "saucer" and he who was in the air force realized perfectly that it was not a jet plane. People came, including three farmers who, seeing my face, saw that something fantastic had happened to me. They found me in the bushes, I was paralyzed and couldn't call. The first thing the farmers did was take me to Mr. Masso's farm and pour me a big cup of brandy."

Julien Gonzalez comments that Mrs. Leboeuf stayed in bed for two days with a fever. Fear had led to her disorders qualified as strictly feminine, according to an investigation by Mr. Pierre Bouvard of the World Interplanetary Association). Dolly, Mrs. Leboeuf's dog, trembled for three days and three consecutive nights.

He adds that at the place of the landing, traces were found: in the first row of corn, the furthest from the path but the closest to the locusts which border the field of acacia, seven feet were lying in radiant form; an acacia branch was broken under the effect of an effort directed from top to bottom, it was a branch 8 cm in diameter; on a nearby acacia, a branch was completely leafless, it was 2.50 m from the ground; shrubs, under the acacias (daily hawthorns) were lying, broken, packed, bent, as if they had received a major shock; a hole in the grass 15 cm in diameter, located on the periphery of a circular track. Also, some witnesses reportedly noticed footprints at the scene like a large dog paw with a narrow heel.

He adds that when drawing the craft at the request of Jean-Louis Ruchon in 1974, Mrs. Leboeuf refused to specify certain details without wanting to give the reason for this refusal, but specifying that Scandinavians had asked her in 1954 not to disclose certain details!

He adds that in 1954, the journalists and certain ufologists who came to interview her reported that Mrs. Leboeuf stated that the eyes of the being were staring at her and that her face was indeed human; but this fact was disputed by Mrs. Leboeuf during the counter-investigation carried out by Michel Figuet and Jean-Louis Ruchon in 1974.

He notes that the weekly France-Dimanche devoted a photo report to the Chabeuil affair in its October 10, 1954 issue.

He lists the sources of the case as Jimmy Guieu, Black-Out sur les Soucoupes Volantes, pages 137-140; Aimé Michel, Mystéreux Objets Célestes, pages 132-135; Michel Carrouges, les Apparitions de Martiens, pages 116-118; Ouranos, n° 13, pages 19-21 (investigation by Mr. R. Arnaud of the C.I.E. Ouranos and Mr. Pierre Bouvard of the World Interplanetary Association); Michel Figuet and Jean-Louis Ruchon, OVNI: tle premier dossier des rencontres rapprochées en France, pages 86-89; Lumières dans la Nuit, n° 177, pages 16-18 with a counter-investigation by MM. Michel Figuet and Jean-Louis Ruchon.

[Ref. tai1:] "THINK ABOUT IT" WEBSITE:

Location: Chabeuil France

Date: September 26 1954

Time: 1430

Hearing her dogs barking & howling, Ms Lucette Leboeuf saw in a cornfield a “scarecrow,” which on approaching within 8 ft she saw it to be a “diving suit” of transparent plastic, 3.5 ft high. Inside it was visible a little man with large eyes. She could see no arms. When this began waddling toward her, she fled. A 4-meter disc was seen to rise up with a whistling sound & fly away. At the site was found an 11-foot circle of broken down bushes. Ms Leboeuf was in bed for 2 days.

Source: Aime Michel; Magonia 156

[Ref. jbu1:] JEROME BEAU:

The Chabeuil encounter

On Sunday, September 26, 1954, at 02:30 p.m., in Chabeuil (the Drôme), witness walks with her small bitch Dolly and stops to gather blackberries along a hedge. Returning towards her mistress, the bitch falls suddenly short: "The dog started to bark, then to howl lamentably. She looked back and saw the small animal at the edge of a wheat field, in front of something which she initially took for a scarecrow. But while approaching she saw that "the scarecrow" was nothing other than a small diver's suit of a translucent plastic; high of 90 cm or a little more, with an also translucent head, and suddenly she understood that inside the combination was a Thing, and that behind the "helmet", whose transparency a bit was scrambled, 2 eyes looked at her; at least, she had the impression that they were eyes, but they were larger than human eyes. While she became aware of all that, the diver's suit started to advance towards her, with pressed steps, while being dandled."

The witness, terrified, yells and flees by running to hide in a thicket. "The fear made my teeth shock." When she tries to again locate the small helmeted being "helmeted and with nonvisible arms" she does not see anything, but all the dogs of the village bark furiously. Suddenly, a large metal and round object, resembling " a large mechanical child spinning top, but whose lower part was flat" raises while whistling from behind a clump of trees, rocks, and takes the north-eastern direction at high speed. The people located in the vicinity and who heard the woman shout, among those Mrs Leboeuf's husband, run towards her. They find her prostrate, without voice. At the place where one saw the round object rising, one discovers a circle approximately 3 m in diameter where the mulberry trees and the bushes were crushed: "On the edge of this circular print, a branch of one of the acacias, large of more than 6 cm, hung, broken by a pressure that came from the top. A branch of another acacia, which hung at approximately 2,30 m above the circle, was entirely stripped of its leaves. The few first meters of wheat in the wake of the object at the time of its take-off were flattened in the shape of wheel rays."

She had according to all likeliness observed the same creature as a farmer 10 days earlier, and than Marius Dewilde the previous Friday. She would also describe it like "a child in a plastic bag, with eyes larger than the human eyes".

[Ref. tai2:] "THINK ABOUT IT" WEBSITE:

Date: September 29 1954

Location: Chabeuil, France

Time: 1600

Summary: Mimi Leboeuf, out gathering mushrooms at about 1600, was startled by her dog barking at what looked like a scarecrow at the edge of a wheat field. The “scarecrow” was a humanoid about 3 FT tall, encased in a translucent material that made him look like he was done up in a plastic bag. Mme. Leboeuf had the impression of two very large eyes. The sack-man began waddling towards her and she turned and ran. Shortly after a metallic saucer-shaped object rose from amongst some nearby trees. M. Leboeuf later found that shrubs and bushes in the area where Mme. said the object took off were crushed as if something had been resting on them.

Source: Lorenzen, UTWS, pg 167

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

This database managed to record this same case 38 times instead of one!

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19540900 00.09.1954 Chabeuil France Après-midi CE III
19540919 19.09.1954 Chabeuil France 16.00 CE III
19540919 19.09.1954 Chabeuil France 16.00 CE III
19540926 26.09.1954 Chabeuil France 14.30 CE III
19540926 26.09.1954 Chabeuil France CE III
19540926 26.09.1954 Chabeuil France 14.30 CE III
19540926 26.09.1954 Chabeuil France CE III
19540926 26.09.1954 Chabeuil France CE III
19540926 26.09.1954 Chabeuil France CE III
19540926 26.09.1954 Chabeuil France CE III
19540926 26.09.1954 Chabeuil France 14.30 CE III
19540926 26.09.1954 Valence France 14.30 CE III
19540926 26.09.1954 Chabeuil France 16.00 CE III
19540926 26.09.1954 Chabeuil France 14.30 CE III
19540926 26.09.1954 Chabeuil France CE III
19540926 26.09.1954 Valence France 16.00 CE III
19540926 26.09.1954 Chabeuil France 14.30 CE III
19540926 26.09.1954 Chabeuil France 14.30 CE II
19540926 26.09.1954 Chabeuil France 14.30 CE III
19540926 26.09.1954 Chabeuil France 16.00 CE III
19540926 26.09.1954 Chabeuil France 16.30 CE III
19540926 26.09.1954 Chabeuil France CE III
19540926 26.09.1954 Chabeuil France 16.00 CE III
19540926 26.09.1954 Chabeuil France CE III
19540926 26.09.1954 Chabeuil France CE III
19540926 26.09.1954 Chabeuil France CE III
19540926 26.09.1954 Chabeuil France 16.00 CE III
19540926 26.09.1954 Chabeuil France CE III
19540926 26.09.1954 Chabeuil France 16.00 CE III
19540926 26.09.1954 Chabeuil France 14.30 CE III
19540926 26.09.1954 Chabeuil France 14.30 CE III
19540926 26.09.1954 Chabeuil France 16.00 CE III
19540928 28.09.1954 Chabeuil France 14.30 CE I
19540928 28.09.1954 Chabeuil France 14.30
19540928 28.09.1954 Chabeuil France CE III
19540928 28.09.1954 Chabenil France
19540928 28.09.1954 Chabeul [sic] France
19540930 30.09.1954 Valence France CE III

[Ref. prn3:] PETER ROGERSON - "INTCAT":

September 26 1954. 1430hrs,

CHABEUIL (DROME : FRANCE)

Mrs Lucette Leboeuf was gathering mushrooms from the wood near the cemetery, when her dog started to bark and howl. She saw the dog standing at the edge of the wheat field confronting what at first looked like a scarecrow. Going closer she saw it was a creature with eyes larger than human ones, about 1m tall, wearing a sort of plastic translucent diving suit and helmet. The creature moved towards her with a quick waddling gait, at which she fled. Her dog was joined by the howling of other dogs, as a large circular flattened metallic object rose from behind some trees, with a whistling sound, crossed the wheat field and headed off to the north east. Her husband and some other people in the cemetery heard the howling and the whistle and so rushed to the scene, where they found Mrs Leboeuf in a state of collapse. At the site they found a circle of crushed shrubs and bushes 3m in diameter. A branch on an acacia at the edge of the circle was broken down; another acacia was stripped of its leaves at the height of 2.5m abs the first few metres of wheat in the track of the object were flattened out in radiating lines. Mrs Leboeuf was in bed with a high fever for two days, and was still shaking three days later.

Michel 1958 pp. 83 + Vallee Case 156 citing Le Figaro + Combat + Le Parisien all of 30 September 1954.

Carrouges 1967 p116

Vallee 1966a p70 : : Vallee 1969 54

Constance 1956 p256

Gross 1954. with extensive bibliography, most important sources are an investigation by a coworker of Raymond Veillith conducted on 3 December 1954. + Mr Arnaud and Pierre Bouvard in Ouranous 1955/1 p19 citing their independent investigations

Michel Figuet in Lumieres dans le [sic] Nuit 177 p16

[Ref. wia1:] "WIKIPEDIA FR" WEBSITE:

Screenshot.

In their web page about the 1954 French flap in France, Wikipedia FR mentions 21 sightings of the "flap", including:

[... other cases...]

September 26, [1954]: a "close encounter of the third kind" in broad daylight is reported1 by a resident of Chabeuil.

[... other cases...]

The source "1" is noted as "RR3 de Chabeuil [archive]." A link leads to a no longer existing Web page.

Explanations:

Not looked for yet.

Note: villages generally do have a cemetery.

Map.

Keywords:

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

Chabeuil, Drôme, Leboeuf, occupant, landing, saucer, disc, eyes, noise, whistling, traces, suit, humanoid

Sources:

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

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