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URECAT - UFO Related Entities Catalog

URECAT is a formal catalog of UFO related entities sightings reports with the goal of providing quality information for accurate studies of the topic. Additional information, corrections and reviews are welcome at patrick.gross@inbox.com, please state if you wish to be credited for your contribution or not. The main page of the URECAT catalog is here.


Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

Ardennes resident and ufologist Jean-Michel Ligeron indicated in 1981 that he collected the testimony of Madeleine Pierrard, aged 14 when she experienced a closer encounter of the 3rd kind in Vaux en Dieulet, in May 1950.

At 06:30, as usual, she went up to the meadows with her father and accompanied by their dog, to go get the cows.

Arrived at the height of the park, she suddenly exclaimed: "Look Dad, look at the sun, it is terribly near?" They heard a strange noise which she transcribed as "hoo! hoo! hoo! hoo!" and immediately afterwards, something like a ball of fire appeared.

When this ball of fire approached, then landed in front of them, and was immobilized, they noted that it was rather a kind of saucer.

Her father asked her not to move and not to approach, for fear she would get burned.

Right in front of her, inside the completely glass-like translucent object, she saw a small being of approximately 1.40 meters in height, arms spread as if it was obstructed by the diving suit that he was wearing. It was absolutely motionless and made her think of the "Michelin man." He carried a kind of motorcyclist helmet with a transparent visor and two pipes were apparently connected to two bottles above its shoulders.

What shocked her the most was that it seemed to stare at her constantly. She felt completely paralyzed during all the observation, and felt a heat stroke similar to that felt when one gets a suntan. She did not move during this period which lasted approximately two minutes.

Then, the object rose like a spinning top, while turning slightly on itself, going up by successive steps, emitting the same noise as at the beginning, and then it moved away and was lost of sight in the direction to Buzancy.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-000231
Date of event: May 1950
Earliest report of event: 1981
Delay of report: 30 years
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: N/A.
First certain record by: Ufology book.
First alleged record type: N/A.
First certain record type: Ufology book.
This file created on: July 3, 2007
This file last updated on: July 3, 2007
Country of event: France
State/Department: Ardennes
Type of location: Meadow.
Lighting conditions: Daybreak
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: Yes
UFO departure observed: Yes
UFO/Entity Relation: Certain
Witnesses numbers: 1 or 2
Witnesses ages: 14, and adult
Witnesses types: Young girl and her father, farmers.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1
Type of entities: Humanoid
Entities height: 1.40 meters
Entities outfit type: Michelin man, with helmet with transparent visor, pipes and bottles.
Entities outfit color: Not reported.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: Normal.
Entities head: Helmet with transparent visor.
Entities eyes: Yes, fixed.
Entities mouth: Not reported.
Entities nose: Not reported.
Entities feet: Not reported.
Entities arms: Spread.
Entities fingers: Not reported.
Entities fingers number: Not reported.
Entities hair: None reported.
Entities voice: None heard.
Entities actions: Was in UFO, stared at witness, departure.
Entities/witness interactions: Stared at witness.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, felt like paralyzed.
Witness(es) feelings: Frightened.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Extraterrestrial visitors.
Explanation certainty: Low.



The author indicates that a man and his 14 years old daughter at the time reported their May 1950 experience in Vaux en Dieulet:

"It was 06:30. As usual we went up in the meadows accompanied by our dog, to go get the cows. Arrived at the height of the park I suddenly exclaimed: "Dad, look at the sun, it is terribly near! We heard a weird noise, it made: hoo! hoo! hoo! hoo! and immediately after a ball appeared. It was like a ball of fire. It approached, then it landed in front of us. My father asked me not to move nor to approach, for fear I would be burned. It is after the ball was immobilized that we noted that it was rather of a kind of saucer. I then saw, right in front of me, inside the completely translucent glass-like object, a small being approximately 1.40 meters tall, arms opened, perhaps because of the diving-suit he was wearing. He was absolutely motionless. You would have said a Michelin man. He carried a kind of motorcyclist helmet with a visor out of Plexiglass and two pipes were apparently connected to two bottles above its shoulders. What shocked me the most, is that he seemed to stare at me constantly. I felt completely paralyzed during all the observation. I felt like a heat stroke similar to that felt when you want a suntan. I did not move during this period which lasted approximately two minutes. The object then rose like a spinning top while rotating on itself, going up by successive steps, emitting this same noise as at the beginning, after what it moved away and disappeared in the direction to Buzancy."


Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that in Vaux en Dieulet, near Buzancy, France, in May 1950, at 06:30 a.m., Mr. Pierrard and his sister's daughter, 14-year old Madeleine had gone to check on the cows accompanied by their dog. As they were crossing the field, the young girl screamed and pointed to the sky to what at first she thought was the sun. They then heard a strange noise, resembling: "hou, hou, hou". It was a ball of fire that approached them and passed in front of the pair.

The object stopped to hover and both noticed that it was in fact a saucer shaped object, made out of a completely translucent material, like glass.

Inside they could clearly see a small "man" about 1.40 meters in height, with arms on its side, wearing what appeared to be a tight-fitting diving suit, he was absolutely motionless. His suit resembled that of the popular "Michelin" man ads. He wore something resembling a motorcycle helmet with a visor made out of a clear Plexiglas like material; it had two pipes that connected to two bottles above its shoulders.

Both witnesses felt totally paralyzed during the observation and felt a heat wave enveloping them. After two minutes the object rose then turned slightly on itself while going up in successive steps, emitting the same noise as the beginning. The object disappeared in the direction of Buzancy. A scorched area was found on the ground.

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is Jean-Michel Ligeron, UFO in the Ardennes, 1981.

Points to consider:

This clearly a high strangeness case, and if it is a true report, then the simplest explanation is that Madeleine saw a space visitor in its craft.

It is unfortunate that apparently no other step than collecting the report was done. It would have been useful for example to inquire whether the impression of paralysis was the ordinary impression caused by fear, or something less ordinary. It would have been, obviously, also useful to have recorded the father's statements, inasmuch it was possible.

Bibendum, the "Michelin man", an advertising symbol of this tyres trademark.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Ufology Severe July 3, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Lack of research to dig deeper into the testimony. Help needed. Opened.


Extraterrestrial visitors.

Sources references:

* = Source I checked.
? = Source I am told about but could not check yet. Help appreciated.

Document history:


Main Author: Patrick Gross
Contributors: None
Reviewers: None
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history

Version: Created/Changed By: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross July 3, 2007 Creation, [jl1], [ar1].
1.0 Patrick Gross July 3, 2007 First published.

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