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October 13, 1954, Trévoux, Ain:

Reference number for this case: 13-oct-54-Trévoux. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Reports:

[Ref. am1] AIME MICHEL:

French ufologist Aimé Michel notes that on October 13, 1954, at about 04:50 P.M., an insurance agent named Claudius Bennier was driving on the national road RN 433 from Trévoux to Parcieux, at approximately 40 kilometers in the North of Lyon, when his attention was drawn by an extremely brilliant object which was in the East of his position and seemed to lose altitude rather slowly.

Aimé Michel reports the account by Mr. Bennier:

"Suddenly, the object, which had arrived at an altitude that I evaluated as being approximately 1000 meters above the area of Saint-Jean-de-Turigneux and of Rancé, in the Dombes, illuminated itself violently, launching multiple fires of orange color, perfectly distinct. At the same time, it accelerated in a striking manner and disappeared."

[Ref. jv5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

325 -004.87251 45.96480 13 10 1954 16 50 101 (RANCE-ENE TREVOUX) F 3011 C 285

[Ref. fr1:] MICHEL FIGUET ET JEAN-LOUIS RUCHON:

The authors indicates that on October 13, 1954, at an unknown hour, in Rance on the secondary road D1 at 7 km from Trévoux, Claudius Bernier, insurance agent in Trévoux, observed the vertical descent of a UFO close to the ground, its tremendous acceleration and its disappearance.

The source is indicated as "Quincy".

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Ain with Rancé on October 13, 1954 at 16:50 hours, a motorist driving on the road from Trévoux to Parcieux, his attention drawn by an extremely bright object in the East of his position and [which] seemed to lose altitude rather slowly. "Suddenly, the object, which had arrived at an altitude that I evaluated as approximately 1,000 meters above the area Saint-Jean-de-Turigneux and of Rancé, in the Dombes, illuminated itself violently, launching perfectly distinct multiple fires of orange color. At the same time, it accelerated tremendously way and disappeared."

Luc Chastan indicates that the sources are "Ovni, Premier dossier complet... par Figuet M./ Ruchon J.L. ** Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979" and Le Dauphiné Libéré.

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 13 October 1954 in Trevoux, France, an unidentified object was sighted, that had an unusual appearance or performance. One object was observed by one witness for over one minute (Bennier).

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); Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002.

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

This database recorded this case three times:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541013 13.10.1954 Trevoux Parcieux France 16.50
19541013 13.10.1954 Trevoux Parcieux France 16.50
19541013 13.10.1954 Trevoux France 16.50

Explanations:

Not looked for yet.

Keywords:

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

Trévoux, Ain, Claudius Bennier, object, luminous, descent, light, orange, fast, acceleration

Sources:

[---] indicates sources which I have not yet checked.

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross June 20, 2004 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross December 29, 2008 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [fr1], [lc1], [ud1].
1.1 Patrick Gross June 29, 2010 Addition [jv5].
1.2 Patrick Gross February 23, 2017 Addition [ub1].

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