March 29, 1971
Location: Draguignan, France
young men from Draguignan named Pierre Calafat and Andre
Bouchaud, members of a dance band, go to an isolated house
which they have rented. When they drive up to the house,
they observe a large reddish disc, flying around above
a vineyard beside the house, about 150 metres from them.
They park and watch the UFO performing zigzag movements,
and then see it come to a halt at a height of ten metres
or so above the ground and only about 50 metres from them.
Reconstitution of Calafat's and Bouchard's sighting of
March 29, 1971. On the left the
house, rented by the musicians, and in which poltergeist
phenomena occurred. Photo taken facing N.E. (FSR)
J.C. Dufour, FSR Vol. 19 No. 3
FRENCH REPEATER CASE: EVENTS AT LES NOURRADONS
investigators of the UFO phenomenon have already noted
that certain places seem to be more favoured than others
by this type of manifestation. Examples of such so-called
"repeater-cases," or "repeater-places,"
have been emphasised by Jacques Vallee in the USA, by
Aime Michel in France, and by Antonio Ribera in Spain.
Dans La Nuit has carried material concerning certain regions
in the Departement of Doubs (extreme eastern frontier
of France, adjoining Switzerland) which seem to be frequently
overflown by UFOs, or which have been the scene of particularly
interesting landing cases.
have now discovered a similar site in the vicinity of
Draguignan, in the Departement of Var (S.E. France). Lumieres
Dans La Nuit (Contact Ixctcurs) No. 4, November 1971,
carried an excellent report by Messieurs Jean Chasseigne
and Francois Moll on one of the Draguignan sightings,
which had taken place on March 29, 1971.
will recapitulate the facts briefly: two young men from
Draguignan named Pierre Calafat and Andre Bouchaud, members
of a dance band, go to an isolated house which they have
rented for the purpose of practising there. On the evening
in question, these two are the first to arrive. As soon
as they start to drive up the little road leading to the
house, they notice a reddish light overhead. Then they
observe a large reddish disc, having the shape of a plate,
flying around above a vineyard situated beside the house
and at a distance of some 150 metres from them (Photo
1). They park in the forecourt and watch the UFO performing
zigzag movements, and then see it come to a halt at a
height of ten metres or so above the ground and only about
50 metres from them. Then, two minutes later, the craft
performed a roll and headed away towards Flayosc, which
is in the same direction from Les Nourradons as Valensole.
was not until September 11, 1971, that we found the traces
left by this UFO (Photos 2, 3, 4, 5).
traces are in the field which adjoins the vineyard on
the north. The grass there is long, of the graminaceous
sort, and very thick. When we found the marks, they were
so fresh still that they could not have been made in March,
but much later, and in any case, they could not in all
probability have been more than two weeks old. The chief
mark is a perfect circle with a diameter of 5'60 metres.
Inside this circle, the grass is discoloured. The vegetation
is flattened only along the periphery of this circle,
or, to be more precise, the grass is swept in an anti-clockwise
sense. The width of this flattened ring is about 0-6 metre
(see photo No. 1). There were no holes in the ground,
and no marks that would indicate that an actual landing
occurred. To the east of this principal mark, there was
a second circle, about one metre in diameter, and presenting
the same discoloration of the grass. The distance between
the large circle and the small one was one metre. A Geiger
check for radioactivity gave a zero reading.
the vineyard itself, we found no burn marks.
trees, an almond-tree and a cherry-tree, were dead
still in bud. But as the analysis has not yet been carried
out, we do not know whether these two trees died of some
disease, or as a result of the UFO fly-over of March 1971.
looking through the archives of the newspaper Le Provencal
(Var edition), we found a UFO sighting report of 1965.
And the place overflown is the same....
it looks as though there might be a good many areas in
which the UFOs have the greatest interest. We shall have
taken a big step forward when we are able to know what
it is that attracts them to these places. In the meantime,
we are going to concentrate our UFO detectors on this
area of Les Nourradons, which has been the scene of a
wave or perhaps one should say, a "cluster"
since 1966. Maybe we shall get some valuable information.
At least, that is, if our unobtrusive visitors are good
enough to let us have the necessary time for it.
See Investigations At Draguignan, by Chasseigne and Moll,
in FSR Case Histories, Supplement 14, April 1971.
Note that this young man Christian Fabre of Lorgues, who
saw a craft "shaped like a flattened cone"
near Draguignan in November 1965, is the same person who
appears in Case No. 4 at Draguignan in March 1968, when
he saw a glowing cigar-shaped craft drop down out of the
sky over the centre of Draguignan. (See Chasseigne and
Moll, op. cit., Case No. 4.)