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October 2, 1954, Carry-le-Rouet, Bouches-du-Rhône:

Reference number for this case: 2-Oct-54-Carry-le-Rouet. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

The British author Harold T. Wilkins indicated in his book "Flying Saucers Uncensored" of 1954 that in the first week of October 1954, in France, above the beach of Carry-le-Rouet, three women saw a "half-cigar in the sky," throwing smoke.

Much later, Joseph Trainor wrote on the Web that it was on October 2. 1954.

Reports:

[Ref. hws1:] HAROLD T. WILKINS:

The author indicates that in the first week of October 1954, in France, over the beach of Carry-le-Rouet, three women saw a "half-cigar in the sky," throwing out smoke.

[Ref. lgs1] 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. jtr1:] JOSEPH TRAINOR, UFOROUNDUP:

Joe trainor reports on a case in Carry-le-Rouet in the department of Bouches-du-Rhône on October 2, 1954:

Over the beach at Carry-le-Rouet, three women saw "a half-cigar in the sky, throwing out smoke."

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicatesin his database that in the Bouches du Rhone in Carry le Rouet on October 2, 1954 at an unknown hour, on the beach, "three women saw a half-cigar in the sky, emitting smoke (uncertain date)".

The source is noted: "UFO Roundup".

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

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19540000 00.00.1954 Carry Rouet France
19541011 11.10.1954 Cary France CE I

Explanations:

Map.

Possible meteor.

Keywords:

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

Carry-le-Rouet, Bouches-du-Rhône, cigar, smoke

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross November 8, 2006 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross February 27, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [lcn1].
1.1 Patrick Gross February 5, 2017 Addition [ubk1].
1.2 Patrick Gross March 16, 2021 Addition [lgs1].

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