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December 12, 1954, Sannat, Creuse:

Reference number for this case: 12-dec-54-Sannat. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.




Statement by Mr Sauthon in Evaux les Bains (Creuse)

1°) "In the night of Thursday 9 to Friday 10, December 1954, at about 10:45 P.M., while going outside in the Hotel's yard, I was first struck by a fast gleam passing in the sky and coming from the North-East and going towards the South-West. Immediately after this, a luminous ball of approximately 10 centimeters diameter resembling a large star with changing color, changing from an opaque white to a flaming red, was hovering in the sky for some 20 minutes; the latter being at an angle of 90°, and moving rather slowly towards the West. With an impression of getting closer to the ground - I repeat getting closer to the ground - for logically this phenomenon if disappearing in the distance should have decreased its surface; which was not the case. Cloudy sky [illegible] without any star, clearing at about 11:45 P.M."

2°) "In the night of Friday 10 to Saturday 11 same phenomenon; no perceptible noise; light appearing specific to the object, at a certain time a small cloud passed in front of it, but for a short duration, for it reappeared at once. Relatively clear sky, slightly cold temperature."

3°) "It appears that a person of Sannat, a village 10 kms of Evaux, returning to her home at about 05:15, coming from a wedding which had taken place in my Hotel, entrusted to the Mayor of Evaux that she saw on Sunday, December 12, 1954 at 05:15 two luminous discs one of which was of 40 centimeters and another smaller, the direction indicated would be appreciably the same one as the other days, i.e. the West. With regard to this case, I leave its whole responsibility to the Mayor for Evaux which reported it to me, not having seen this person myself there since."

Note: 1st case: 6 witnesses. 2nd case 5 witnesses
Communicated by Mr. R. Veilith "Les Pins"

P.S. Investigated by myself.

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 13 December 1954 at 03:30 in Berck, France, "An object was sighted that had an appearance and performance beyond the capability of known earthly aircraft. One object was observed by one witness at an airport."

The sources are indicated as Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073); Vallee, Jacques, Challenge to Science: The UFO Enigma, Henry Regnery, Chicago, 1966; Vallee, Jacques, Preliminary Catalog (N = 500), (in JVallee01).

[Ref. ub1:] "UFO-DATENBANK":

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541212 12.12.1954 Sauthon Evaux France NL


Not looked for yet. Airplanes, meteors...


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

Sauthon, Evaux-les-Bains, Creuse, light, luminous, silent, silence


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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross December 14, 2003 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross December 26, 2008 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version.
1.1 Patrick Gross February 28, 2010 Addition [ud1].
1.2 Patrick Gross November 2, 2016 Addition [ub1].

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