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The 1954 French flap:

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October 6, 1954, Wassy, Haute-Marne:

Reference number for this case: 6-Oct-54-Wassy. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Reports:

[Ref. rdr1:] "RADAR" MAGAZINE:

HAUTE-MARNE

THE 2 WITNESSES DIDN'T KNOW EACH OTHER...

[Caption of the "Martian" sketch:] Such is the Martian represented by Narcy and Oldut. Our designer has carefully reconstructed it from the descriptions and sketches made by these witnesses.

[Left:] First witness: Grégoire Oldut, 63, farmer. Honourably known. His testimony supports that of Mr. Narcy. We give him the floor: "Leaving my land of the "Bobottes", I set off on the road to Wassy. Suddenly, behind the curtain of trees of the "old tile factory", I see a gold disc in the sky. Am I dreaming? Not at all! The orange spot plunges from the sky and, after a few leaps in the grass, lands. I could not believe my eyes. A one-meter-tall creature comes out of the infernal machine. Suddenly the "bipedal" stranger goes back on board. The apparatus rises and disappears... "

[Right:] Second witness, André Narcy, 48, roadmender in Mertrud, 15 km from Wassy. He says: "It was at 7 a.m. that I saw a saucer and its passenger. The mysterious machine, orange, 10 m in diameter, rested in the field of the "old tiles". I was 100 m. away. The pilot, standing near his craft, was looking at me! He was covered in hair and barely measured 1.20 m. I waved at him. Immediately, he entered the saucer through a window and flew off vertically. "Everything" disappeared very quickly in the clouds. I then noticed in the grass some skid marks caused by the craft."

[Below:] No copying on one another , our reporters point out, seating Narcy and Oldut back to back. The good faith of the two witnesses appears, moreover, to be full and complete. They have never seen each other before. It is our reporters who have just introduced one to the other for the first time and, since then, they have been monitoring them closely. The result is extraordinary. Their sketches resemble each other in a wonderful way. Their descriptions of the passenger also coincide. Narcy and Oldut didn't lie.

[Ref. lie1:] "LIFE" MAGAZINE:

GLOBULAR SPACESHIP SKETCH (right) by Gregoire Odut depicts golden disk he saw zoom from Wassy after two-legged creature leaped out for hasty look.

[Ref. gqy1:] GUY QUINCY:

Scan.

October 5 [, 1954]

07:00 a.m.: Wassy (near--Hte.Marne):disc diameter 10 m + hairy dwarf

[Ref. jve5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

159 -004.96467 48.49920 29 09 1954 WASSY F 151 C** 154

[Ref. cbn1:] CHARLES BOWEN:

And the man who spoke to the police at Vassy (case No. 58) to report that he had just seen the pilot of a strange machine was not a joker: we learned that he was 48 years and was the father of seven children; he was roadmender at Vassy for nineteen years.

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

Scan.

54-48 Oct. 5, 1954 Morning Wassy, France Type B

Gregoire Oldut, 64, saw a golden-orange sphere with a cupola on top plunge from the sky, and after several bounces remain on the ground. A "creature 1 ; meter tall" emerged, then reentered, and the craft rose and disappeared.

Investigator:

Source: Paris Radar, 10/17/54.

[Ref. lgs1:] LOREN E. GROSS:

5 October. Wassy, France. (morning)

Creature one meter tall.

A HumCat entry states: "Gregoire Oldut, 64, saw a golden-orange sphere with a cupola on top plunge from the sky, and after several bounces remain on the ground. A 'creature one meter tall' emerged, then reentered, and the craft rose and disappeared." (xx.)

(xx.) Paris, France. Radar. 17 October 54.

[Ref. djn1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

Encounters with Aliens on this Day

October 5

[...]

1954 - In Wassy, France a golden-orange sphere with a dome on top plunged to the ground and bounced several times across a field this morning. The witness, Mr. G. Oldut, saw a one-meter tall dwarf emerge and then re-enter the craft. It rose up into the sky and disappeared. (Source: Paris Radar, October 17, 1954; David F. Webb and Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT Humanoid Report Database).

[...]

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Haute Marne in Wassy on September 29, 1954 at an unknown hour, there was an "Observation of an object without more precision."

The source is indicated as "M.O.C. par Michel Aimé ** Arthaud 1958".

[Ref. uda1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 29 September 1954 at 20:00 in Wassy, France, "An unidentified object was sighted, but with appearance and behavior that most likely would have a conventional explanation. One object was observed by two witnesses."

The sources are indicated as "Michel, Aime, Flying Saucers and the Straight-Line Mystery, S. G. Phillips, New York, 1958; Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073); Vallee, Jacques, Challenge to Science: The UFO Enigma, Henry Regnery, Chicago, 1966; Vallee, Jacques, Preliminary Catalog (N = 500), (in JVallee01)".

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

*Oct. 5, 1954 - In Wassy, France a golden-orange sphere with a dome on top plunged to the ground and bounced several times across a field this morning. The witness, Mr. G. Oldut, saw a one-meter tall dwarf emerge and then re-enter the craft. It rose up into the sky and disappeared. (Source: Paris Radar, October 17, 1954; David F. Webb and Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: A Catalogue of Humanoid Reports).

[Ref. jgz1:] JULIEN GONZALEZ:

Julien Gonzalez indicates that according to Le Républican Lorrain for October 9, 1954, there was another witness to the case between Laneuville-à-Rémy and Voillecomte, Haute-Marne, of October 6, 1954, around 7.15 a.m.

"Indeed, a farmer from Bobottes, on the road to Wassy-Montier-en-Der, Mr. Grégoire Odut, 64 years old, farmer, had just fed his horses. It was 6 o'clock in the morning. He went out on the road to check the sky to see if the weather would allow him to work outside that day. At this moment, he saw a luminous object of red-orange color which seemed to descend from the heavens and which, after having slowed down, landed gently in the direction of La Vieille Tuilerie, behind the curtain of trees in the forest. Mr. Odut was ignorant of the flying saucers, and he did not mention this. However, Thursday afternoon seeing more people than usual pass by in front of his house, he asked the question: "You have undoubtedly come to see the star that I saw fall?" This is how this second testimony could be noted. (...) It should also be noted that Mr. Odut never met Mr. Narcy and that it was only after hearing him speak that he was told the whole story in his details."

Julien Gonzalez indicates that if we are to believe the Parisian weekly Radar for October 17, 1954, Mr. Odut also saw "a creature one meter high (coming out) of the infernal machine."

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

Location: Wassy, France

Date: October 5 1954

Time: morning

A golden-orange sphere with a dome on top plunged to the ground and bounced several times across a field this morning. The witness, Mr. G. Oldut, saw a one-meter tall Dwarfin (Dwarf) merge and then re-enter the craft. It rose up into the sky and disappeared.

Source: David F Webb & Ted Bloecher HUMCAT, quoting Paris Radar October 17 1954

[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
19541007 07.10.1954 Vassy France

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

October 5 1954. Morning.

WASSY (HAUTE-MARNE : FRANCE)

Gregorie [sic] Oldut [sic] (64) was on his way to Wassy when suddenly behind a curtain of trees he saw a disc which descended to the ground, bounced a few times and then stayed on the ground. The thing was golden –orange in colour and surmounted by a dome. From it emerged a dwarf 1m tall. It then re-entered the object which took off into the sky.

[Ref. dcn1:] DOMINIQUE CAUDRON:

Dominique Caudron documents the Metrud case of October 5, 1954, an admitted hoax, and explains that Julien Gonzalez had tried to "save" this case by citing an "other witness", Mr. Odut or Oldut, of the case of Wassy. He quotes Julian Gonzalez's version, then comments for the report in Wassy:

So these two witnesses who did not know each other would have seen the same thing, drawn the same thing, and therefore would not have lied.

But:

And:

There remains the observation of Mr. Oldut, or Odut, which would have taken place the next day at dawn at the Tuilerie. He might well have seen a meteor, but for his one-meter-tall creature, he only told Radar reporters his story after learning about André Narcy's.

However, we have already seen (case of Nivelle, from October 2 to 3, 1954), a witness recopy details given by others that the Press had mentioned. This brave Mr. Oldut obviously did not know that André Narcy had made up his story, and anyway, the dates and times do not match.

Explanations:

Map.

Not looked for yet.

Keywords:

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

Wassy, Haute-Marne, Grégoire Odut, Grégoire Oldut, sphere, globe, round, craft, object, golden, gold, orange, dome, rebound, landing, field, morning, day, occupant, small, dwarf

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross July 2, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross February 18, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [lcn1], [uda1].
1.1 Patrick Gross June 18, 2010 Addition [jve5].
1.2 Patrick Gross September 30, 2014 Additions [cbn1], [lgs1], [nip1], [tai1], Image.
1.3 Patrick Gross February 20, 2017 Addition [ubk1].
1.4 Patrick Gross August 31, 2021 Additions [gqy1], [rdr1], [tbw1], [prn2], [jgz1], [dcn1]. Case day chaged from 5 to 6.

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