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October 14, 1954, Chevigny-en-Valière, Côte-d'Or:

Reference number for this case: 14-Oct-54-Chevigny-en-Valière. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.



Jacques Vallée says that M. and Mme. Vitre, grocers on the Place Madeleine in Beaune, had just left the village of Meursanges in the Cote d'Or to go home by car. They had driven only a few hundred yards on Route D-111 when they noted through the window a luminous object flying at high speed. They quickly left their car and called to the people at a nearby farm, and together they watched the maneuvers of the object.

Vallée says their description is fascinating when we recall such a case as that of Frasne, two days earlier, or many others that are as good as identical.

They said that "The object stopped for an instant, came down slowly, balancing and changing color, throwing out yellow, orange and violet beams, and then resumed its course and disappeared behind the trees of a wood."

Next to this group of trees, and east-south-east of Meursanges, in the village of Chevigny-en-Valiere, another witness described the Meursanges object, seen at the same time.

Still farther to the east-southeast in the village of Palleau, four miles in a straight line from Meursanges and 2.5 miles from Chevigny, at the same moment M. Begin, farmer at Chevigny, saw passing overhead a round, green, luminous object crossing the sky at high speed.

Jacques Vallée says that these observations from Meursanges, Chevigny and Palleau deserve special attention: first, though the witnesses at Chevigny and at Palleau knew one another quite well as both lived in the tiny village of Chevigny, they gave different accounts: the witness at Palleau, farther east, only saw "a green ball in rapid movement," while the one at Chevigny reported a complicated spectacle: slowing down, stopping, a "dead-leaf" descent, and a profusion of varied colors.

Second, whereas the two well-acquainted witnesses described quite different phenomena, those who did not know each other, those at Meursanges and the one at Chevigny, described exactly the same sight, and these two reports that are in agreement were from people only a few miles apart.


339 -004.97943 46.96560 14 10 1954 18 35 101 CHEVIGNY/VALLIERES F 151 C** 291


The two authors indicate that in Chevigny-en-Valière in the department of Côtes-d'Or, on October 14, 1954, at 06:30 p.m., a person who was beside the wood which is near this village observed a luminous object.

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates in his database that in the "Côte d'or" in Chevigny en Valière on October 14, 1954 at 18:30 hours, "a witness, located beside the wood, close to the village, observed a luminous object."

The source is noted: "Ovni, Premier dossier complet... by Figuet M./ Ruchon J.L. ** Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979".


The author indicates that on October 14, 1954, a witness who was within more than 3 kilometers of the place of the observation of Meursanges, affirms to have seen the same phenomenon exactly at the same hour in Chevigny-en-Valière.

[Ref. ni1:] "THE NICAP WEBSITE":

*Oct. 14, 1954 - At 6:30 p.m. a grocer and his wife, Mr. & Mrs. Vitre, inhabitants of the village of Chevigny-en-Valiere, together with some farmers, watched a fast luminous disc-shaped UFO maneuver and change colors over Rte. D111 in Meursanges, Cote-d'or department, France. (Sources: Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 173; Aime Michel, A Propos des Soucoupes Volantes, p. 211).

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

This database recorded this case 3 times:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541014 14.10.1954 Chevigny Valiere France 18.30
19541014 14.10.1954 Chevigny Valiere France NL
19541014 14.10.1954 Chevigny France 18.35


Not looked for yet. The 06:15 p.m. meteor that day.


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

Chevigny-en-Valière, Côtes-d'Or, Meursanges, forest, object, luminous


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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross May 12, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross April 8, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [lc1], [gc1].
1.1 Patrick Gross June 29, 2010 Addition [jv5].
1.2 Patrick Gross July 6, 2010 Addition [jv3].
1.3 Patrick Gross November 15, 2014 Addition [ni1].
1.4 Patrick Gross February 25, 2017 Addition [ub1].

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