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October 12, 1954, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime:

Reference for this case: 12-Oct-54-La-Rochelle.
Please cite this reference in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


In his 1958 book about the French wave of 1954, ufologist Aimé Michel told that an observation took place on October 12, 1954, at 07:10 p.m. at La Rochelle, with a trajectory indicated as westernly.


[Ref. aml1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel reports that an observation took place on October 12 at 07:10 p.m. at La Rochelle, with a trajectory indicated as westernly.

[Ref. gqy1:] GUY QUINCY:


October 12 [, 1954]

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07:10 p.m.: La Rochelle(Charente-Maritime): ground

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[Ref. gqy2:] GUY QUINCY:


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October 12, 1954: La Rochelle (Charente-Maritime): (lumin.sph. in motionless flight near the ground)

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[Ref. jve5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

318 001.14578 46.16100 12 10 1954 19 10 1 (LA ROCHELLE C.MAR) F 001 C** 283

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in Charente Maritime at La Rochelle on October 12, 1954 at 19:10 hours, there was an "Observation of an object with a trajectory reported as directed towards the West."

The source is indicated to be my website at "".

[Ref. uda1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 12 October 1954 at 19:10 in La Rochelle, France, "An unidentified object was sighted, that had an unusual appearance or performance. One object was observed."

The sources are indicated as Michel, Aime, Flying Saucers and the Straight-Line Mystery, S. G. Phillips, New York, 1958; 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. ubk1:] "UFO-DATENBANK":

This database recorded this 4 times:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541012 12.10.1954 La Rochelle France
19541012 12.10.1954 La Rochelle France
19541012 12.10.1954 La Rochelle France NL
19541012 12.10.1954 La Rochelle France NL



Totally insufficient information.


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

La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, night, luminous


[----] indicates sources that are not yet available to me.

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross April 7, 2003 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross March 11, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [lcn1], [uda1].
1.1 Patrick Gross June 29, 2010 Addition [jve5].
1.2 Patrick Gross February 21, 2017 Addition [ubk1].
1.3 Patrick Gross September 12, 2019 Addition of the Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet."
1.4 Patrick Gross May 6, 2022 Additions [gqy1], [gqy2]

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