Antonio Fenoglio claimed that he saw the Archives of the French Academy of Sciences in Paris, and discovered the following report submitted to it. In 1975, Dr Jacques Vallee quoted the account and appeared to indicate that he had seen the report himself.
During June, 1790, police inspector, Liabeuf was sent from Paris to Alencon, west of the city. His orders were to make a thorough investigation of a disturbing incident – some of the observers were people of authority.
Liabeuf visited the town and the following is his report, allegedly submitted to the Academy of Sciences.
“At 5 A.M.,on June 12th,several farmers caught sight of an enormous globe which seemed surrounded with flames. First they thought it was perhaps a balloon that had caught fire, but the great velocity and the whistling sound which came from that body caught their attention.
“The globe slowed down,made some oscillations and precipitated itself towards the top of a hill, unearthing plants along the slope. The heat which emanated from it was so intense that soon the grass and the small tree started burning. The peasants succeeded in controlling the fire which threatened to spread to the whole area.
“In the evening this sphere was still warm and an extraordinary happened, not to say an incredible thing. The witnesses were two mayors, a doctor and three other authorities who confirm my report,in addition to the dozens of peasants who were present.
“This sphere, which would have been large enough to contain a carriage, had not suffered from all that flight. It excited so much curiousity that people came from all parts to see it. Then all of a sudden a kind of door opened and, there is the interesting thing, a person like us came out of it, but this person “was dressed in a strange way, wearing a tight-fitting suit and, seeing all that crowd, said some words which were not understood and fled into the woods. Instinctively, the peasants stepped back, in fear, and this saved them because soon after that the sphere exploded in silence, throwing pieces everywhere, and these pieces burned until they were reduced to powder.
“Researches were initiated to find the mysterious man, but he seemed to have dissolved.”
The question is does this report really exist? Fenoglio wrote his article circa 1967, so we know that the document was, allegedly, still in existence then. Inspector Liabeuf’s report either exists or was fiction created by Fenoglio and it is scientifically important that the reality of it is ascertained once and for all. After all,the report had many features from modern UFO accounts: the landed object followed by an entity appearing and the explosion totally destroying the object. Even the description of the clothing worn by the entity is typical of modern accounts.