UFO Conjecture(s)

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

UFOs with little beings: France in the 1950s

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In the 1950s, circa 1954 probably, a spate of flying saucers were spotted, with creatures that were thought to be Martians.

Here are some clips from a major magazine – Life, I think – that described the saucers and the beings seen near them…

Pierre Lucas of Loctudy saw an orange ball fall from the sky, from which a small, bearded figure with one eye in the middle of its forehead emerged and tapped him on the shoulder:

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Serge Pochet of Marcoing was approached by two small shadows:

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Gregoire Odut saw a golden disk zoom away from Wassy after a two-legged creature leaped out for a look around:

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Jean Narcy saw a craft, also near Wassy, from which a little whiskered man in a fur coat and orange corset emerged:

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Marius Dewilde of Quarouble is carrying a railroad tie upon which he saw a rust-colored “flying contraption” land:

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Yves de Gillaboz (left) and Emile Renard saw a “Matian machine” belching puffs of smoke in the sky over Amiens:

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Francois Panero and Jean Olivier draw an image of a “dumpy little space man” they saw land in a luminous sphere on a basketball court near Toulouse:

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We don’t get those kinds of sightings nowadays, do we? And why not?

RR

4 Comments:

  • This must have been an good time for someone with an interest in the unusual.

    I've tried explaining the '54 Wave to my own satisfaction and have been confounded. The alphabet soup of ETH, PSH etc doesn't pass muster and neither does anything in the psychological literature.

    We could say that unknown aircraft were used (ETH), but why would the 'crews' only look alike in each incident? If '6 or 7' appear in some sightings, why are they a wholly different variety in another? Witness fallibility accounts for some of this conflict, but it does appear that no two crews were similar in detail.

    On the 3rd October, 84 humanoid/UFO encounters were reported that focused on France and included neighbour countries and the Middle East. PSH could call it cumulative hysteria ('the Great Martian Panic of 1954' wrote Kottmeyer) although the vast majority of the reports were sourced rurally. The urban centres shouldn't be absent from such apparent hysteria.

    Multiple witnesses and 76% of them describing the 'folk' as being under 5 feet tall. Bizarre enough for me to have considered ideas that wouldn't usually arise. Understanding why they stopped is as nebulous a possibility as anything else about the wave.

    At best, we could suppose that rural humans are statistically more likely to hallucinate small humanoids than large. And yet PTSD in War vets, schizophrenic visions, grief hallucinations and so forth don't include small folk at all.

    Maybe we got pranked by the 'folk from Elsewhere' and somewhere there's a broadcast bearing the legend, 'No humans were harmed in the recording of this footage.'

    By Blogger Kandinsky, at Thursday, November 03, 2011  

  • Kandinsky,

    You are as baffled as I am.

    Nick Redfern thinks that, perhaps, the CIA and military, from the U.S., were engaged in psychological machinations in Europe (and here) and he points to some books and material supporting that view.

    I believe there is some merit in the possibility, but the "sightings" are a bit too complex and remote in locale, and so diverse in nature that a psy-op scenario, like a Socorro prank, seems to be a stretch.

    Something else was going on, something psychological maybe, as in mass hysteria, as you note, but that would need a generic trigger, to affect the persons seeing the craft and beings.

    And why only in rural areas, not in towns or cities, where a group dynamic is more at play?

    It's bizarre, those 1954 events, but intriguing as hell...

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Thursday, November 03, 2011  

  • 'Nick Redfern thinks that, perhaps, the CIA and military, from the U.S., were engaged in psychological machinations in Europe (and here) and he points to some books and material supporting that view.'

    Nick knows the FOIA literature better than most and can back up such ideas with documents. Still, from my perspective, it's hard to attribute the sightings to CIA or other US forces.

    How many agents or antagonists would be required to orchestrate the proliferation of reports in such a short period and over such a wide international area? Would the CIA be so determined and adept at avoiding patterns? All without catching the attention of domestic intelligence or security forces?

    In '54 they were up to their necks in subverting Guatemalan politics to undermine the Communists. This endeavour was heavy on resources and had a clear motive whereas spoofing a cast of alien characters with unusual props (flying machines, costumes and masks)and undersized agents, in France, is still hard to comprehend.

    Taking a different approach, I looked at social and political themes and events to see if anything was significant enough to implicate France as a hub of change. Yeah, it's a little esoteric and highly subjective in interpretation, but worth a few minutes of curiosity.

    One or two historical moments gave pause for thought but their precursors were evident and didn't encourage any implied ufological influence.

    There's an interesting blogger, Eric Ouellet, who has posted along similar lines. I found the blog recently and your readers might enjoy his posts as much as I have...

    http://parasociology.blogspot.com/2010/10/1954-french-ufo-wave.html

    By Blogger Kandinsky, at Thursday, November 03, 2011  

  • K:

    Eric Ouellet is a friend of ours, and does some terrific work at his blog, which we have a link to at some of our blogs.

    You're right, about all the work involved with "producing" a UFO scenario when the CIA had more pressing matters to contend with.

    But it's an hypothesis floating around out there.

    I think those rural folks actually saw and experienced what they've reported.

    But I'm a sucker for plain folks.

    They don't go out of their way to lie or make waves about things as bizarre as that which the French fellows here stumbled upon -- unless the "sighting" is too "marvelous" or weird to keep to one's self.

    (And I have got quit using so many quotation enclosed words; that's the sign of an addled mind.)

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Thursday, November 03, 2011  

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