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October 10, 1954, Perpignan, Pyrénées-Orientales:

Reference number for this case: 10-Oct-54-Perpignan. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.





MULHOUSE. -- Having seen a mulière in a pasture, two girls of Heimersdorf, Anny and Roselyne Pracht, 22 and 18 yearsold, approached, thinking that it was a fire lit by a shepherd. They then saw, they claim, a machine of a height of approximately 2 meters. On their approach, the machine, in the shape of a barrel, changed to the incandescent red, rose in the airs and disappeared at the horizon. The same phenomenon was observed by two other people.

Passage of spheres on Perpignan

PERPIGNAN. -- Sunday evening, towards 08:30 p.m., Mr. Olivieri, living on Avenue du General-of-Gaulle, who was around 08:50 p.m. in a street close to his residence saw in the sky two spheres which moved at a high speed. They were, he says, at approximately 3.000 meters of altitude and at little distance one from the other, their front was dark but they left while moving a very marked orange wake. I called at once my daughter Jacqueline, 19 years old, who was able to make the same observations as I. Having spent several years in aviation, I can say with certainty that they were not planes, not even jet planes. The moonlight enabled me however to observe them with precision during their short passage.


Not looked for yet. Possible jet planes or meteors.


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

Perpignan, Pyrénées-Orientales, night, moonlight, Olivieri, spheres, fast, high, red, trail


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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross October 25, 2011 First published, [in1].
1.1 Patrick Gross October 29, 2011 A search on the web and in my documentation did not reveal other sources.

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