21 year old Frenchman, Daniel Leger would request permission to visit the neighboring town of Exelgroud. Daniel was on a dayís leave from German compulsory work service at a labor camp near the Baltic Coast of Poland. He would set out early, on foot due to no transport being available. Because of this, he would take a shortcut to his destination, going over the sand dunes. It was a shortcut that would lead him to a fascinating and strange encounter.
As he was making his way through the dunes, an object would stand out in his line of sight. It had a dull, metallic look to it, and appeared to have crashed into the sand as half of it was under the ground. In front of the craft, he could make out a figure. Tight, black attire hugged the figureís body from neck to foot. So much so that Leger could clearly see that the person was a woman. Long blond hair flowed, perfectly parted from her head. Leger believed the woman to be one of the German female test pilots from the nearby naval base. The craft in front of her must be a top secret fighter plane. Leger began an attempt to back away from the scene. Before he could do so, however, the woman turned her gaze in his direction.
The mysterious woman would speak to him in a language that he couldnít place. To him, it didnít appear to be like anything he had heard previously. The woman appeared to be oblivious to this and continued to speak to him. Leger would later state he had the feeling she could understand his native French. From the motions of her hands and arms, Leger could work out that she was asking him to help her free the object from the sand.
He did as requested. As he worked to free the strange, metal craft, he would take in details of her features and clothing. She was stunningly beautiful but appeared to wear no cosmetics at all. The black suit appeared to cover her entire body, other than her head and her hands. Her fingernails cut short, neat and without varnish. Around her waist was a black belt, with a small silver square around what should be the buckle.
As more of the craft became visible as they worked the sand away, he could see more details. Leger would later describe the object as being two plates joined together. In between them were two rings with a black line between them. Perhaps most noticeable was the lack of seams, joins, bolts or weldings. As if the entire object was one piece of metal.
The look of appreciation on the womanís face, as well as the tone of her strange words, was proof of appreciation for his effort. It was at this point that the woman appeared to realize Leger couldnít understand her. She stopped briefly to assure he was looking in her direction and then would point her finger to the sky, tap her chest, and then tapped her hand gently on his chest. Bemused and enthralled, still telling himself this enigmatic lady was a German test pilot, he watched as she pressed the silver square on her belt. Out of nowhere, a doorway appeared in the craft beside them. The woman went to enter the craft and motioned to Leger that he should move away, presumably for his safety. The doorway then shut tight, giving the impression on the outside of the craft that no such doorway existed. Before he stepped away, Leger managed to view inside the vehicle through a porthole of sorts. He could see the woman on all fours, her hands manipulating something unseen below there.
Leger would state that her positioning would remind him of someone driving a motorbike in a competition. If you imagine some of the high powered contemporary motorcycles, the positioning of someone on such a vehicle would appear as if they were in a position much like them being on their hands and knees. A detail that many people were suspicious of being a sign of a fake report, is perhaps more reason to believe in the credibility of the incident.
As Leger made his away to a safe distance, he noticed the craft rising gently into the air. The two plates were turning, each in the opposite direction to the other. The black band in between them was now glowing brightly. The object accelerated greatly, shooting directly upwards and out of sight.
Many discount Legerís account, for various reasons. Some point to some of the finer details as proof of embellishment. Others point to his apparent rabid interest in the subject, which is harsh by any stretch of the imagination. In fairness to Leger, his interest in UFO is likely the result of his initial encounter. Many other investigators, most notably respected French UFO researcher, Jean Sider, would take Leger at his word. From their accounts, it would appear that Leger genuinely maintained in his own mind that the encounter was of a top secret military nature.
Only years later, when more and more reports of UFOs were becoming known, not to mention the exploration of space in the 1950s and 1960s, did Leger begin to believe the woman was quite probably an extraterrestrial, and that the top secret aircraft was actually her spaceship.