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September 23, 1954, Lencouacq, Landes:

Reference for this case: 23-sep-54-Lencouacq.
Please cite this reference in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

The regional newspaper Sud-Ouest reported on September 27, 1954, that Mrs. Irene Vrignolles, of Lencouacq, said she saw "last Thursday" so on September 23, 1954, a "flying cigar that landed slowly in a meadow behind the presbytery. Searches yielded no results."

Reports:

[Ref. sot1:] NEWSPAPER "SUD-OUEST":

[...]

Mont-de-Marsan. -- Mrs Irène Vrignolles, of Lencouacq, stated to have seen last Thursday, a flying cigar which was slowly landing in a meadow behind the presbytery. Research yielded no result.

[...]

[Ref. ppe1:] NEWSPAPER "PARIS-PRESSE":

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"Saucers" and
"cigars" in Tulle
and in the S.-W.

More saucers and flying cigars: In Lencouacq (Landes), Mrs. Vignolles stated she saw a flying cigar which landed gently in a meadow behind the presbytery. In Mansles (Charente), Mr. Martin saw the other night at around 2 a.m. a luminous disc heading from south to north. Several inhabitants of Villebois-Lavalette (Charente) also saw a craft which, after being immobilized for a few moments, quickly moved away.

Finally a P.T.T. employee of Bourges, Mr. Robert Patient, revealed that on the road to Vasselay he had been followed for several hundred meters by "a hemispherical and shining object" which had landed in a field and immediately left.

[Ref. aml1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel indicates that there was a sighting with many witnesses in Lencouacq on September 24, 1954.

Further on in his book, he indicates that the case of Lencouacq has only one witness, Mrs. Vignolles, living in this village, who describes a phenomenon at nightfall, completely similar to that of Ussel: a luminous object which arrives at a sharp pace in silence and at very low altitude, stops at ground level in the meadow located behind the presbytery, and sets out again after a stop of a few seconds without leaving traces.

He specifies that the source is the national newspaper "Paris-Presse", for September 28, 1954.

[Ref. aml3:] AIME MICHEL:

Friday September 24. Nine groups of observations: [... other cases ...], Lencouacq (Landes) [actually on the 23rd], [... other cases ...].

On the millionth map, Bonne projection (the Michelin [map] of highways), let's join Bayonne [actually on the 23rd] to Lencouacq, and follow the right line as well traced in its continuation towards the northeast: it leads us successively to Tulle [in reality the 22nd], then to Ussel [actually on the 20th], then to Gelle [actually on the 17th], and finally to Vichy [actually without a precise date]. Of the nine observations made today, six are therefore located on a single line 480 kilometers long. Among these six observations, one notes a "landing" (Lencouacq), and [... other cases ...].

[Ref. gqy1:] GUY QUINCY:

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September 24 [1954]

20 h 30 or: Lencouacq (10 km Roquefort--Landes): Brief craft stop

[Ref. mcs1:] MICHEL CARROUGES:

The author notes that the Vignolles observation lasted a few seconds.

[Ref. jve6:] JACQUES VALLEE:

Jacques Vallée indicates that for the day of September 24, 1954, the French Press mentioned a number of sightings, including one in Lencouacq in the Landes 4 hours after the afternoon period, of a "single phenomenon".

Jacques Vallée indicates that the observation of type "I"; which he defines as a "manifestation of the 'phenomenon' as the vision by the witnesses of an unusual image, this image being that of a craft of spherical or discoid or more complex form, and being on the ground or near the ground ", "associated or not" with physical effects or traces.

He notes that the observation in Lencouacq had only one witness.

[Ref. aml5:] AIME MICHEL:

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Published in 1958 by Arthaud, Mystérieux Objets Célestes was printed in Vichy, where one remember that an essential observation of the alignment took place (since Bavic means Bayonne Vichy). The technical editor of the Arthaud editions, Jacques Roblin, had personally checked on maps, controlling each alignment in detail.

Based on two of the most accurate points of the alignment, namely the landing of Lencouacq and the zenith of Bayonne, he had obtained a line which passed exactly south of Vichy.

[Ref. jve7:] JACQUES VALLEE:

Among the alignments Michel thought he had succeeded in tracing, one in particular catches the attention at first glance. We will take it as an example.

For the single day of September 24, 1954, the French press reported the following sightings, here listed with their classifications: Lantefontaine [Actually Sep. 23], Type IV; Le Puy [Actually Sep. 23], Type IV; Langeac [Actually Sep. 22], Type IV; Tulle [Actually Sep. 22], Type IV; Ussel [Actually Sep. 20], Type I; Gelles [Actually Sep. 17], Type IV; Vichy [exact day not known], Type IV; Lencouacq [Actually Sep. 23], Type I; Bayonne [Actually Sep. 23], Type III.

At least half these eyewitness accounts would be rejected if studied within the limits of the usual official criteria. The Type IV sightings in particular could be judged insufficiently documented. Moreover, the phenomena reported at Tulle and Lencouacq were seen by only one witness. The Gelles sighting was of a "luminous cigar-shaped machine crossing the sky at a quite high speed and without sound." Must we immediately exclude it as being a meteor?

It is clear that the problem is one of method. To reject a measurement made on a known and reproducible physical phenomenon is certainly permissible when a new measurement may improve the accuracy; but to reject a piece of testimony concerning an unknown phenomenon deprives us of a certain quantity of information about the phenomenon and implies that the lost quantity is negligible. But how can we tell whether it really is negligible, since the phenomenon is unknown?

What Michel does is this. He draws a straight line from Bayonne to Vichy (see Figure 12.) This line passes through Lencouacq, Tulle, Ussel and Gelles; of the nine groups of sightings, six are along one and the same straight line. Tracing the straight line from Le Puy to Tulle, we see that it passes through Langeac. No single standard phenomenon (release of a balloon, aircraft flight, etc.) will account for this arrangement. To convince ourselves of this, it is enough to look at the times. The Bayonne and Vichy sightings are dated some time in the afternoon. The Lencouacq sighting falls four hours later. The Gelles sighting is at the beginning of the night. The one at Ussel is still later, and the Tulle case is at 11 P.M. Furthermore, the Bayonne sighting involves a triple object, whereas the other reports speak of single phenomena.

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[Ref. jve5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

141 000.40761 44.10216 24 09 1954 21 00 1 (LENCOUACQ-LANDES) F 0011 C** 115

[Ref. fsc1:] FRANCIS SCHAEFFER:

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Francis SCHAEFER.

ORTHOTENICAL STUDY OF "BRUTUS"

On September 24, 1954, six observations of Spacecraft of Undetermined Origin were found on a 485 kilometers long single line, a line connecting Bayonne and Vichy via Lencouacq, Tulle, Ussel and Gelles; readers who have followed the research of the past years in the orthotenic branch recognize the famous "BAVIC" line which resists all the examinations of the skeptics.

[...]

[Ref. aml4:] AIME MICHEL:

This is how on September 24, 1954, there are in France (and there is only) nine observations: at Lantefontaine [Actually on the 23rd], Vichy [Actually without exact date], Gelles [Actually on the 17th], Ussel [Actually on the 20th], Tulle [Actually on the 22nd], Lencouacq, Bayonne [Actually on the 23rd], Langeac [Actually on the 22nd], Le Puy [Actually on the 23rd]. To check this, one just needs to read "France-Soir" for the 26th, "Paris-Presse" fot the 28th, "La Croix" for the 28th, "Le Parisien Libéré" for the 27th, where these observations are recorded.

Checking four Parisian newspapers, it this so tiresome? This being done, let's search this places on a map. One finds that Vichy, Gelles, Ussel, Tulle, Lencouaq and Bayonne are on a single line that is absolutely straight, and that Le Puy and Langeac are on a line with Tulle. Only Lantefontaine is not on a line. So: a) is this true?; b) is this explainable? It is Vallée who went the deepest in the explanation. However he did let this alinement and numerous others unexplained; c) did I invent the four newspapers?; d) is it likely that local correspondents who did not know each other invented all this so that, three years later, it is discovered that they are in line on a large circle?

[Ref. jve3:] JACQUES VALLEE:

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152) September 23, 1954, 09:00 p.m., Lencouacq (France):

Mrs. Vignolles saw a luminous object come down rapidly, without noise, and land in a field near the church. It took off very fast a few seconds later. (P 15; M 77).

[Ref. jve1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

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September 23, 1954, 09:00 p.m. Lencouacq (France).

Mrs. Vignolles saw a luminous object come down rapidly, without noise, and land in a field near the church. It took off very fast a few seconds later. (Paris-Presse, Sept. 18, 1954).

[Ref. fle1:] FERNAND LAGARDE:

Studying what he thinks to be a relation between UFOs and geological faults, this ufologists cites "Lencouacq", in the Landes, as a case of UFO on or near the ground, with the source "M.O.C." by Aimé Michel page 99.

[Ref. jve2:] JACQUES VALLEE:

The author indicates that on September 24, 1954, Mrs. Vignolles sees a luminous object going down quickly without noise and land in a field in Lencouacq. It flies away very quickly after a few seconds.

[Ref. fsy1:] FRANK B. SALISBURY:

5. Lencouacq, nightfall: A single witness watched a luminous object arrive at high speed in silence, hover above a meadow, and then leave again at high speed.

[Ref. aml2:] AIME MICHEL:

And on the most difficult to explain, there were landings. The most remarkable of these lines was BAVIC, with its six perfectly aligned cases, including the landing of Lencouacq.

[Ref. pdl1:] "PHENOMENES INCONNUS" UFOLOGY MAGAZINE:

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- Map rep. A

(I): BAVIC (Bayonne - Vichy)

  1. Bayonne [actually on the 23rd]
  2. Lencouacq [actually on the 23rd]
  3. Tulle [actually on the 22nd]
  4. Ussel [actually on the 20th]
  5. Gelles [actually on the 17th]
  6. Vichy [actually without precise date]

"BAVIC" is an orthotenic alinement (day of 9/24/1954, map Nr 1 of "MOC" by Aimé Michel.)

[Ref. cfs1:] UFOLOGY GROUP "CFRS":

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Among these 23 cases of observations of unknown crat, there are 5 LANDINGS: LENCOUACQ (40), 1954 [... other cases...]

[Ref. prn1:] PETER ROGERSON:

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327 23 September 1954 2100 LENCOUACQ (FRANCE)

Mrs Vignolles saw a luminous object come down rapidly, without noise, and hover just above the ground in a field behind the rectory. It took off very fast a few seconds later.

(Ml52; Paris-Presse, 28 September 1954; Michel II, 77)

[Ref. tps1:] TED PHILIPS:

In a section of his catalogue for cases with "no details available", Ted Philipps listed:

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069 SEP 23, 2100 FRANCE, Lencouacq. Touched ground.

[Ref. ioi1:] "INFO-OVNI" UFOLOGY MAGAZINE:

WHAT ABOUT BAVIC IN ALL THIS!

And yes, BAVIC remains! because orthoteny, more or less consciously, has finally identified with this line. For this memorable day of 09/24/1954, it remains undeniable at the challenge of all the "certainties of chance", six places of observation (Vichy, Gelles, Ussel, Tulle, Lencouacq and Bayonne) are yet perfectly alined.

Unable to refute the alignment, many researchers tried to deny any meaning to it.

[Ref. jsx2:] JACQUES SCORNEAUX:

One point in your argument about the 1954 wave, however, startled me. You write, on p. 24: "Does the BAVIC line, sole survivor of orthoteny, prove that anxiety propagates in a straight line?"

Alas! If we were able to believe for a while that BAVIC survived the general collapse of orthoteny, we must now make up our minds BAVIC has also joined the herd of lines explicable by chance alone, because from the initial six points, there are (latest news...) only three left!

At the time when I was writing my study: "Orthoteny: a disappointed great hope?", published in Inforespace #23 to 27, Pierre GUERIN had already informed me that the so-called case of USSEL had in fact taken place 7 km from the city center, located on BAVIC, and 4.3 km from the line [and October 20]: and one!

Subsequently, the Parisian ufologist M. Jeantheau, who undertook a study investigating the 1954 wave, discovered that the sighting of Bayonne had taken place on September 23 and not 24. Here is how the error occurred: the 24 is the date of publication of the local newspaper, found by Jeantheau, who published the original information, and the article specified: "yesterday, one observed..." The national dailies, which then picked up the news, and that Aimé MICHEL consulted, gave as date that of the local newspaper omitting the "yesterday": and two. Even more recently, Michel Jeantheau found that the case of TULLE was on the 22nd: and three! There are therefore 3 points left on BAVIC on September 24: Lencouacq [the 23rd and not the 24th], Gelles [the 17th], and Vichy [precise day unknown], which chance explains perfectly, since there are about fifteen observations in all that day. One can console oneself by noting that there remains all the same a mystery: by what diabolical chain of involuntary errors of dates and places was Aimé MICHEL led, in all good faith, to find an (imaginary) alignment of six points, high improbable? But the explanation of this series of coincidences that went in the same direction is a purely human phenomenon, and therefore no longer has anything ufological.

[Ref. gep1:] UFOLOGY GROUP "GEPO":

09 23 54 (21) Lencouacq Y 000CXC

[Ref. bbr1:] GERARD BARTHEL AND JACQUES BRUCKER:

The two authors indicate that the case of Lencouacq in the Landes on September 24, 1954 at 21:00 is noted as follows:

"Mrs Vignolles saw a luminous object going down quickly, without any noise, and landing in a meadow beside the church. It took off quickly a few seconds later."

They say that they have contacted Mrs. Vignolles and that according to her the sighting did not take place at 09:00 p.m. but at 11:00 a.m., and that according her the object seemed to have landed but she did not see it go away, and that the most important point is that there were no landing trace "although certain books have mentioned that."

They add: "the precision of such a case can hardly serve to support any theory."

The authors indicate at another page that the newspapers are accustomed to deforming testimonies of meteors by the observers and that it was the case with the sighting in the Landes in Lencouacq on September 28, 1954.

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

The two authors indicate that in Lencouacq in the Landes, on September 23, 1954 at 09:00 p.m., a woman saw a luminous object going down without noise and landing in a field. It took off after a few seconds.

[Ref. cme1:] CLAUDE MAUGE:

Claude Maugé lists "Lencouacq 09/23/54", as a case with traces, dubious, with as source Barthel and Brucker pages 111 and 174.

[Ref. mft1:] MICHEL FIGUET:

This ufologist noted:

CASE Nr CLASSIFICATION DATE HOUR PLACE ZIP CODE CREDIBILITY SOURCE
75 CE3 23 09 1954 09.00 p.m. Lencouacq 40120 B5 RS [=Sparse information]. 11 h B-B p. 174

[Ref. lgs1:] LOREN GROSS:

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September 24th. Lencouacq(Landes) 8-9:00 p.m.?

A Mme. Vignalles [sic] of Lencouacq observed a brightly-lit aerial body approach quickly and silently just above the ground. The thing halted momentarily when over a meadow behind the local church rectory, and then it moved away. 121.

The source "121" is noted as: "Michel, Aime. Flying Saucer and the Straight line Mystery. pp. 76-77."

[Ref. pha1:] "PHENOMENA" UFOLOGY MAGAZINE:

Orthoteny

It is nice to remember that it is his friend, poet Jean Cocteau, who will suggest to Aimé Michel the idea of seeking an order in the observations of the "mysterious celestial objects" that appeared during the autumn of 1954.

To begin with, Aimé Michel painstakingly pointed out on a map the observations of October 14, 1954, made between 06:30 p.m. and 07:35 p.m. His stupefaction will be great in discovering that five points seem to align perfectly. He then resumes all the observations, and reports them, for every 24 hours, on a map. Here again, everything seems to be ordered according to lines of which the most famous, that of September 24, 1954, will be known under the name of "BAVIC line", contraction of BAyonne and VIChy, which will align no less than six observations (Bayonne [in reality on the 23rd], Lencouacq [in reality on the 23rd], Tulle [in reality on the 22nd], Ussel [in reality on the 20th], Gelles [in reality on the 17th] and Vichy) [without precise date].

[Ref. mju1:] MICHEL JEANTHEAU:

Now let's move on to the second observation. This is the case of Lencouacq, in the Landes. What is the source used by Aimé Michel? For that, you have to read Paris-Presse, Tuesday, September 28, 1954, where one can read:

"In Lencouacq (Landes), Mrs. Vignolles said she saw a flying cigar which landed gently in a meadow behind the presbytery."

This is a rather brief article. But what is especially striking is to note that there is no date reference. How then was Aimé Michel able to attribute the date of September 24 to this observation with this article? Especially since, in the case of a daily dated September 28, the observation could have occurred on September 25, 26 or even 27. And then the article does not indicate that the cigar left, as the author indicates in his book. What is the date of this sighting? Let's check the local newspapers. Unfortunately, the Landes department is very poorly stocked in this area. It is necessary to turn to the neighboring Gironde where there, not only the newspapers abound, but certain dailies are copiously provided with testimonies. And it is in the newspaper Sud-Ouest, of Bordeaux, that we can read the following article published on Monday, September 27, 1954, page 1:

"Mont-de-Marsan. - Mrs. Irène Vignolles, from Lencouacq, said she saw a flying cigar last Thursday, which landed slowly in a meadow behind the presbytery. The search yielded no results."

It is written in black on white: "Last Thursday"; as I have no other document that would be able to invalidate this date in one way or another, then we can consider that this observation took place during the day of Thursday, September 23rd. As for the time, it would be 11 a.m. if we are to believe Barthel and Brucker who said they had contacted Ms. Vignolles (43) and not "at nightfall", according to Aimé Michel. (42)

The sighting of Lencouacq, the second spot on the BAVIC line, can be dated Thursday, September 23, 1954, around 11 a.m.*

* 11am, according to Barthel & Brucker... who lie as they breathe! - NdJS [Note from Jean Sider]-.

[Ref. jca1:] JACQUES COSTAGLIOLA:

The author indicates that on September 24, 1954, there were 9 sightings, 6 being on the Bayonne - Vichy line, one of those sighting was at Lencouacq.

[Ref. lhh1:] LARRY HATCH - "*U* COMPUTER DATABASE":

3836: 1954/09/24 19:30 1 0:24:20 W 44:06:00 N 3333 WEU FRN LND 7:6

LENCOUACQ,FR:1 OBS:FAST SLNT LUMn.OBJ LANDS/secs/FIELD by CHURCH:/r8#152

Ref# 49 MICHEL,Aime: FS & STRAIGHT LINE TH: Page No. 76 : FARMLANDS

[Ref. goe1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

The Belgian ufologist indicates that in 1954, on September 23, in France, in Lencouacq (Landes), "At nightfall Mrs. Vignolles saw a luminous object going down quickly, without any noise, stops in a meadow besides the church. It took off quickly a few seconds later."

She indicates that "the author" gives the 24th as date, but the observation took place Thursday, therefore the 23rd, that the sources are "Jacques Vallée: 'Chronique des apparitions ET' - DENOEL 1972 - J'AI LU COLL. - p. 259" and "Aimé Michel: 'M.O.C.' - Seghers pub., p. 107".

She adds: "Mrs. Vignolles saw a luminous object going down quickly, without any noise, and landing in a meadow besides the church. It took off quickly a few seconds later".

The source is noted: "Paris-Press, 18 Sept. 1954", with the note: "was the story told before it occurred?" and a thanks to Wim van Utrecht.

[Ref. jnf1:] JAMES NEFF:

James Neff says that on September 23, 1954, in Lencouacq, France, "Mrs. Vignolles saw a luminous object come down rapidly, without noise, and land in a field near the church. It took off very fast a few seconds later."

[Ref. djn1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

On this Day

September 23

[...]

1954 - At the same time as the Patient family sighting, Mrs. Vignolles of Lencouacq, France saw a luminous object come down from the sky very rapidly. It made no noise as it landed in a nearby field, next to a church. It took off very fast a few seconds later. (Sources: Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 77; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 211).

[Ref. djn2:] DONALD JOHNSON:

Encounters with Aliens On this Day

September 24

[...]

1954 - 1954 - At dusk a fast, silent, luminous object landed for a few seconds in a field by a church in Lencouacq, Landes, France and was seen by a Miss Vignolles. (Source: Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 77).

[...]

[Ref. jbu1:] JEROME BEAU:

September 1954

(23 ?) 21:00 In Lencouacq (France), Mrs. Vignolles sees a luminous object going down quickly without noise and land in a field close to the church. It flies away, very quickly, at the end of some s.

The sources are indicated as "Paris-Presse, September 18, 1954" and "Vallée, J., case #17, 'Rapport sur l'analyse de 200 observations documentées faites en 1954'".

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates in his database that in the Landes in Lencouacq on September 23, 1954 to 21:00 hours "a woman sees a luminous object arriving at sharp pace at low altitude and in silence. It stops with at near-ground level in a medow [sic] located behind the presbytery and starts again after a few seconds."

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

[Ref. lcn2:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates in his database that in the Landes in Lencouacq on September 29, 1954 at 11:00 hours, "a young witness (undoubtedly a shepherd) saw an object in the shape of a cigar at less than 150 meters. It was shining and had an apparent diameter from 30 to 40 cm. The object landed, remained a long while on the ground then took off."

The source is indicated as "Les Universons by Poher Claude ** http://www.premiumwanadoo.com/universons/".

[Ref. uda1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 23 September 1954 at 21:00 in Lencouacq, France "Mrs. Vignolles saw a luminous object come down rapidly, without noise, and land in a field near the church."

And: "At the same time as the Patient family sighting, Mrs. Vignolles of Lencouacq, France saw a luminous object come down from the sky very rapidly. It made no noise as it landed in a nearby field, next to a church. It took off very fast a few seconds later."

And: "Mrs. Vignolles saw a luminous object come down rapidly, without noise, and land in a field near the church. It took off very fast a few seconds later."

And: "An object was observed. Traces found."

And: "One object was observed by one single female witness in a rural area for a few minutes. No sound was heard."

The sources are indicated as "Michel, Aime, Flying Saucers and the Straight-Line Mystery, S. G. Phillips, New York, 1958; Poher, Claude, Etudes Statistiques Portant sur 1000 Temoignag, Author, undated; Bowen, Charles, The Humanoids: FSR Special Edition No. 1, FSR, London, 1966; 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); Vallee, Jacques, A Century of Landings (N = 923), (in JVallee04), Chicago, 1969; Schoenherr, Luis, Computerized Catalog (N = 3173); Rogerson, Peter, World-Wide Catalog of Type 1 Reports; Phillips, Ted R., Ted Phillips investigation files; Phillips, Ted R., Physical Traces Associated with UFO Sightings, CUFOS, Chicago, 1975; Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002".

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

*Sep. 23, 1954 - At the same time as the Patient family sighting, Mrs. Vignolles of Lencouacq, France saw a luminous object come down from the sky very rapidly. It made no noise as it landed in a nearby field, next to a church. It took off very fast a few seconds later. (Sources: Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 77; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 211).

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

Date: September 23 1954

Location: Lencouacq France

Time: 2100

Summary: Mrs. Vignolles saw a luminous object come down rapidly, without noise, and land in a field near the church. It took off very fast a few seconds later.

Source: Magonia 152

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

This database recorded this case 11 times:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19540923 23.09.1954 Lencouacq France 21.00 CE II
19540923 23.09.1954 Lencouacq France 21.00 CE II
19540923 23.09.1954 Lencouacq France 21.00 CE I
19540923 23.09.1954 Lencouacq France 21.00 CE II
19540924 24.09.1954 Lencouacq France 21.00
19540924 24.09.1954 Lencouacq France 21.00 CE II
19540924 24.09.1954 Lencouacq France 21.00
19540924 24.09.1954 Lencouacq France CE II
19540924 24.09.1954 Lencouacq France
19540924 24.09.1954 Lencouacq France Nightfall CE I
19540929 29.09.1954 Lencouacq France 11.00

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

September 23 1954. 2100hrs.

LENCOUACQ (LANDES : FRANCE)

Miss Irene Vignolles observed a luminous object arrive silently at high speed and very low altitude and stop for several seconds just above ground level in the meadow behind the rectory and then take off just as it came. It left no traces.

[Ref. wia1:] "WIKIPEDIA FR" WEBSITE:

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In their web page about the 1954 French flap in France, Wikipedia FR mentions 21 sightings of the "flap", including:

[... other cases...]

September 24 [, 1954]: ufos are observed in six cities [in reality at least 11] (Bayonne [in reality the 23rd], Lencouacq, Tulle [in reality the 22nd], Ussel [in reality the 20th], Gelles [in reality the 18th], Vichy) [in reality with no precise day].

[... other cases...]

No source is given. The links in the page lead to general information web pages about these places.

Explanations:

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It is perfectly obvious that calling this a landing is an unapologetic interpolation, and no take off was reported. A meteor passing behind the horizon had often been described like this, as a "cigar" that landed.

The date error by Aimé Michel made him put this case on the so-called "Bayonne-Vichy straight line" of September 24, 1954.

The information is, for the moment at least, totally insufficient, but the observation could obviously be that of a meteor.

Keywords:

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

Lencouacq, Landes, Irène Vignolles, Irène Vrignolles, object, luminous, landing, fast

Sources:

[-] Indicates sources that I have not yet seen.

Document history:

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0.1 Patrick Gross December 16, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross January 28, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [goe1], [jbu1], [lcn1], [lcn2], [uda1].
1.1 Patrick Gross February 10, 2010 Addition [jca1], [djn2].
1.2 Patrick Gross June 17, 2010 Addition [jve5].
1.3 Patrick Gross July 2, 2010 Addition [jve6].
1.4 Patrick Gross November 15, 2014 Additions [nip1], [tai1].
1.5 Patrick Gross January 31, 2017 Addition [ubk1].
1.6 Patrick Gross May 11, 2019 Additions [aml2], [fsc1], [aml4], [ioi1], [pdl1], [mft1], [pha1], [lhh1], [prn2].
1.7 Patrick Gross September 24, 2019 Additions [prn1], Summary. Explanations changed, was "Not looked for yet."
1.8 Patrick Gross February 3, 2021 Addition [ppe1].
1.9 Patrick Gross March 19, 2021 Additions [gqy1], [aml3], [aml5], [fle1], [cfs1], [lgs1], [tps1].
2.0 Patrick Gross March 31, 2022 Additions [gep1], [cme1].
2.1 Patrick Gross May 19, 2022 Additions [jsx2], [wia1].
2.2 Patrick Gross June 14, 2022 Addition [jve7].

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