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November 11, 1954, La Roche-sur-Yon, Vendée:

Reference for this case: 11-Nov-54-La-Roche-sur-Yon.
Please cite this reference in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


In 1979, the two French ufologists Gérard Barthel and Jacques Brucker, who became "skeptical" about the flying saucers, published a book about the 1954 French saucer flap to explain that there was nothing to it. They cited the newspaper La Vendée Libre for November 14, 1954, about a case in La Roche-sur-Yon, on November 11, 1954, at 7 a.m.:

Mrs. Albert, employee at La Ménagère by Mr. Morillon, had seen what is commonly referred to as a flying saucer: as she was going to the hairdresser, passing the Sadi-Carnot street, when she saw a large luminous ball of every colors that seemed to pass at a very high altitude and at the speed of a lightning.

She saw it above the house of Mrs. Larmanjat, going towards the circular square. The "crat" made no noise and left no trace of smoke behind itself.



The two authors quote the newspaper "La Vendée Libre" for November 14, 1954:

"La Roche-sur-Yon (85). Time: 7 o'clock.

"Mrs. Albert, employee at La Ménagère by Mr. Morillon, has seen what is commonly referred to as a flying saucer."

"- I was going to the hairdresser, when, while passing the Sadi-Carnot street, I saw a large luminous ball. It was of every colors and seemed to pass at a very high altitude and at the speed of a lightning. I saw it above the house of Mrs. Larmanjat. It was going towards the circular place. The machine did not make any noise and did not leave any trace of smoke behind itself."

"... Apparently it is one of these flying saucers which so puzzle our citizens."


The website's author found this observation in Barthel and Brucker's book and notes the following:



There had been a case in the Vendée on the 11th of November 1954 "early in the morning" which seemed to have been caused by a meteor. Does this case relate to it? It is not impossible but it is not certain. The mention of the absence of "trace of smoke behind" the supposed machine makes it possible to remain circumspect as to the explanation by a meteor. But the paucity of the data and the lack of an investigation make it difficult to go beyond that.


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La Roche sur Yon, La Roche-sur-Yon, Vendée, large, ball, luminous colors, fast, silent, Albert


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