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September 30, 1954, Toulouse, Tarn:

Reference number for this case: 30-sep-54-Toulouse. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

In their catalog of close encounters of the third kind composed in the end of the 1970s, the American ufologists Ted Bloecher and Walter Webb noted a case which they said came from an unpublished manuscript "Les Humanoïdes en France", by the French ufologists Joël Mesnard and Jean-Marie Bigorne; the latter citing the newspaper La Dépêche for October 8, 1954, as their source.

The narrative says that on September 30, 1954, at 1:30 p.m., near Toulouse, two unidentified witnesses observed two shiny disc-shaped objects suspended near the ground, several meters apart.

Two small men about the size of a 12-year-old were seen approaching each other as if to converse; then they separated, each returning to one of the craft, in which they seemed to "melt". After the entities disappeared into the objects, the latter took off and flew away at very high speed.

The figures appeared to be dressed in aluminum outfits, but no further details were noted, as the witnesses were nearly 400 meters away from the witnesses.

In 1979, in their own catalog, the French ufologists Michel Figuet and Jean-Louis Ruchon indicated for this observation that the weather was stormy, and that Mrs. X, fearing a downpour, went to pick up her laundry, in her garden, behind her home, where the view stretches over a valley to a height overlooked by an old mill.

In a field about a hundred meters from her home, to the left of a small road that leads to the mill, she saw two shiny disc-shaped objects lying on the ground, a few meters from one of the other.

Mrs. X called her husband, and they both observed two little beings tall like 12-year-old children, dressed in clothes shiny like aluminum, who came closer to each other like to converse, and went to their respective craft which they reinstated as if they were merging into it.

Both objects rose and went quickly. The total duration of the sighting was 5 minutes.

Figuet and Ruchon gave the date of the case as September 30 or October 1st, 1954, and indicated La Dépêche for October 8, 1954 and M. Navarro's LDLN file as sources.

The case later appeared in other publications, either in the Bloecher and Webb version, or in the Figuet and Ruchon version, but without additional information.

Reports:

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

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HumCat # 1888

September 30, 1954 -0130 Near Toulouse (Haut-Garonne) [sic], France Type C

Two unidentified witnesses observed two brilliant disc-shaped objects suspended near the ground, several meters from one another. Two little men about the same size as a 12-year-old were seen approaching one another as if to converse; they then separated, each one returning to his prospective vehicle, into which both seemed to "melt". The figures seemed to be dressed in aluminum outfits. No further details were noted, as the witnesses were approximately 400m distant. After the entities disappeared into the objects, they ascended and flew off at very high speeds.

Investigator:

Source: Mesnard and Bigorne, "Les Humanoides en France" (unpublished ms.), p. 133, citing (Toulouse?) La Depeche, October 8, 1954.

[Ref. agd1:] ALAIN GAMARD:

September 30th., 1954: 13.30 hours. Toulouse (Haute-Garonne).

Witnesses: two.

Refs: La Dépêche, 8.10.1954.

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

The two authors indicate that in Toulouse in the Haute-Garonne on September 30, 1954, or October 1, 1954, at 01:30 p.m., the weather being stormy, Mrs. X, fearing a rain shower, took her linen inside. In her garden, behind hers residence, the sight extends over a small valley up to an elevation on which an old mill overhangs. In a field, on the left of a small road which goes up to the mill, she sees two brilliant objects in the shape of discs posed on the ground, at a few meters the one from the other. The field is at a hundred meters of the residence of the witnesses.

Mrs. X calls her husband who also witnesses phenomenon. They observe two small beings tall like twelve years old children and dressed of brilliant clothes as of aluminum who approach one towards the other like exchanging a conversation, and move towards their respective apparatus which they reinstate as if they melted in them.

The two objects take off and disappear fast. The sighting duration was 5 minutes.

Figuet and Ruchon indicated La Dépêche for October 8, 1954 and M. Navarro's LDLN file as sources.

[Ref. mft1:] FRANCAT, MICHEL FIGUET:

Michel Figuet noted in his listing of dubious cases:

09/30/1954

Toulouse

Press. No investigation, no counter-investigation.

[Ref. jsr1:] JEAN SIDER:

Jean Sider indicates that on September 30 or October 1, 1954, at 01:30 p.m. in Toulouse, the Haute-Garonne, the wife of an anonymous couple in the garden saw in a field nearby two brilliant disks posed on the ground.

The called husband observed the same scene.

Two small beings were seen seeming to discuss, they were then entered in their respective craft as if they were melting into the hull, and the two UFOs rose to faint quickly.

Jean Sider indicates that the source is Figuet, p. 99.

[Ref. lgs1:] LOREN GROSS:

30 September. Near Toulouse, France. (1:30 a.m.)

Occupant case from HumCat.

'Two unidentified witnesses observed two brilliant disc-shaped objects suspended near the ground, several meters from one another. Two little men about the same size as a 12-year-old were seen approaching one another as if to converse; they separated, each one returning to its prospective vehicle, into which both seemed to 'melt.' The figures seemed to be dressed in aluminum outfits. No further details were noted, as the witnesses were approximately 400 meters distant. After the entities disappeared into the objects, they ascended and flew off at very high speeds." (xx.)

(xx.) HumCat # 1888. Mesnard and Bigorne. "Las Humanoides en France, (unpublished ms.) p. 133, citing (Toulouse?) La Depeche. 8 October 54.

[Ref. ars1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

82.
Location. Near Toulouse Haute Garonne France
Date: September 30 1954
Time: 0130A

Two unidentified witnesses observed two brilliant disc shaped objects suspended near the ground, several meters from one another. Two little men about the same size as a 12-year old were seen approaching one another as if to converse; they then separated, each one returning to its prospective vehicle, into which both seemed to "melt." The figures seemed to be dressed in aluminum outfits. No further details were noted, as the witnesses were approximately 400 meters distant. After the entities disappeared into the objects, they ascended and flew off at very high speed.

Humcat 1954-18
Source: Joel Mesnard and Jean Marie Bigorne
Type: B

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Haute Garonne in Toulouse, on September 30, 1954, at 13:30 hours, "The weather is stormy, a woman fearing a downpour took her laundry inside. In her garden, behind her home, the sight extends over a small valley until a level where an old mill overhangs. In a field, on the left of a small road which leads to the mill, she sees two brilliant objects in the shape of disc posed on the ground, at a few meters one of the other. (The field is at about a hundred meters of the witnesses home.) She calls her husband who also witnesses the phenomenon. They observe two small beings tall like twelve years old children and dressed of brilliant clothes like aluminum who approach one towards the other like exchanging a conversation, and move towards their respective apparatus which they reinstate as if they melted with it. The two objects rise and disappear quickly. Total duration of the observation 5 minutes."

Luc Chastan indicates that the source is "Ovni, Premier dossier complet... par Figuet M./ Ruchon J.L. ** Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979".

[Ref. uda1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 30 September 1954 at 01:30 in Toulouse, France, "Two short little men about size of 12-year-olds approached each other, then returned to own disc vehicles hovering near ground. They "melted" into craft, objects then ascended very fast."

And: "Close encounter with an unidentified craft and its occupants. Two discs were observed by two witnesses. Two 4-foot-tall dwarves were seen."

And: "Two unidentified witnesses observed two brilliant disc shaped objects suspended near the ground, several meters from one another. Two little men about the same size as a 12-year old were seen approaching one another as if to converse; they then separated, each one returning to its prospective vehicle, into which both seemed to "melt." The figures seemed to be dressed in aluminum outfits. No further details were noted, as the witnesses were approximately 400 meters distant. After the entities disappeared into the objects, they ascended and flew off at very high speed."

The sources are indicated as Webb, David, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports; Rosales, Albert, Humanoid Sighting Reports Database.

[Ref. prn1:] PETER ROGERSON:

September 30 1954 (or following day) 1330hrs.

TOULOUSE (HAUTE-GARONNE : FRANCE)

South of here, a woman going to fetch the washing in from the wind, saw two shiny discs on the ground in a field. She called her husband and for four or five minutes they watched these objects. She then suddenly saw two dwarfs by the objects. They appeared to be "aluminum men", less than the height of a twelve year old child. They approached one another as if to talk, then went into one of the discs. Both discs took rapidly and disappeared.

Alain Gamard, citing La Depeche, 8 October 1954)

[Ref. jgz1:] JULIEN GONZALEZ:

The author indicates that there was a close encounter of the third type in the southern suburbs of Toulouse in the Haute-Garonne on 30 September or 1 October 1954 at 01:30 p.m.

The weather being stormy, a Mrs. X., fearing a downpour, was taking her linen inside. In her garden behind her home, she had a view over a valley to a height overhung by an old mill. In a field, to the left of a small road that leads to the mill, she saw two shiny disc-shaped objects lying on the ground, a few meters apart.

She called her husband who also witnessed the phenomenon. They observed two small beings of the height of a 12-year-old child, dressed of "aluminum", who approached each other as if exchanging a conversation, and went to their respective apparatus. They reintegrated it as if they were melting into it. Both objects rose and quickly disappeared.

The author points out that this observation is reported in La Dépêche for Friday, October 8, 1954, where journalists claim that the witnesses are trustworthy. The newspaper does not indicate their name or address, and no investigation has been carried out to his knowledge.

Sources are indicated as La Dépêche du Midi for October 8, 1954; Michel Figuet and Jean-Louis Ruchon, "OVNI: le premier dossier complet des rencontres rapprochées en France", page 99; Jean Sider, "Le dossier 1954 et l'imposture rationaliste", page 175.

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

Case Nr New case Nr Investigator Date of observation Zip Palce of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19540930 30.09.1954 Toulouse France CE III

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

September 30 1954. (or following day) 1330hrs.

TOULOUSE (HAUTE-GARONNE : FRANCE)

South of here, a woman going to fetch the washing in from the wind, saw two shiny discs on the ground in a field 100m. She called her husband and for four or five minutes they watched these objects. She then suddenly saw two dwarfs by the objects. They appeared to be "aluminum men", less than the height of a 12 year old child. They approached one another as if to talk, then went into one of the discs. Both discs took rapidly and disappeared.

Alain Gamard citing La Depeche 8 October 1954.

Figuet and Ruchon 1979)

Explanations:

Scan.

This looks like a case of high strangeness; however the primary source is a newspaper article I did not get yet, and apparently there was no investigation.

Note that one version gives the observation distance as 400 meters, the other gives it as a about a hundred meters.

Keywords:

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

Toulouse, Tarn, multiple, brilliant, disc, discs, disks, two, objects, hovering, occupant, occupants, small, landing, aluminum

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross October 3, 2006 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross February 11, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [lcn1], [uda1].
1.1 Patrick Gross August 13, 2013 Addition [prn1].
1.2 Patrick Gross December 16, 2016 Additions [lg1], [ubk1].
1.3 Patrick Gross December 21, 2016 Addition [jgz1].
1.4 Patrick Gross August 27, 2021 Additions [tbw1], [agd1], [prn2], Summary. Explanation changed, were "Not looked for yet."

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