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October 14, 1954, Montargis, Loiret:

Reference number for this case: 14-oct-54-Montargis. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

The ufologist Aimé Michel noted in his 1958 book on the 1954 French wave that a witness who was on the National Road 7 near Montargis saw a yellow luminous object of ovoid shape.

Michel gave neither a source nor any other information, but felt it was a case with 7 others that same day located on a straight line.

In 1966, Jacques Vallée noted in a listing that it was at 08:30 p.m..

At least one newspaper clipping from the time shows that Michel and Vallée had the wrong date, the correct one being probably October 14, 1954.

Reports:

[Ref. nnm1] NEWSPAPER "LE NOUVEAU NORD MARITIME":

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The British Air Ministry
does not believe in flying saucers...

London, 15. - The British Air Ministry does not believe in the existence of flying saucers, cigars or other flying craft, in fact, while refusing to comment on the craft reported in France and in other European countries. [?] Ministry states that 99 times out of 100 there are natural explanations for similar occurrences reported in Britain. These are most often weather balloons, when no explanation can be given, the Air Ministry adds, it is generally because the testimonies of people who claim to have witnessed such appearances are insufficient.

However, no such craft has been reported in Great Britain in recent [?]

And yet...

Mulhouse, 15. - A salesman driving on Thursday evening, in the company of a friend, saw a luminous craft in the shape of an ovoid fireball.

This, according to the salesman, described a large "S" in the sky, moving at a dizzying pace and at an altitude of about 300 m. The craft which was preceded by a long luminous trail, changed color from orange to white, then disappeared.

Martigues, 15. - An eight-year-old child, who was with her mother and her aunt on the road to the hamlet of Saint- Pierre, near Martigues, saw in the sky a luminous craft of elongated shape, from which, she specified, came a kind of fireworks display. The parents have certified their child's statements.

Marseille, 15. - Two luminous craft flying at high altitude were seen in the sky of the Rove at the beginning of the afternoon of Thursday. Observers noted that these craft stopped for a few moments and then resumed their flight.

Draguignan, 15. - Several residents of Draguignan observed Thursday towards the end of the afternoon a luminous object crossing the sky at the speed of a meteor.

Casablanca, 15. Workers of Subsistances Militaires de Casablanca said they saw Thursday afternoon, above the city, a sort of phosphorescent cigar which, after having descended gently like a dead leaf, resumed its horizontal course at breakneck speed to finally disappear.

Angers, 15. - A resident of the town of Méral (Mayenne) stated he saw a shiny orange ball in the sky which landed on the ground. The flattened, dome-shaped disc, five to six meters in diameter, gave off a blinding glow, lighting up the countryside within a 200-meter radius.

The craft was transparent and a black shape was inside. The disc remained like this for ten minutes, reddened, and quickly disappeared towards the north. The observer then went to the place where the object had landed. There was, he assures, a sort of bright cloud that was slowly falling to the ground. When he got home, he noticed that his clothes were covered with a white layer of something a little sticky, like paraffin.

La Roche-sur-Yon, 15. - A farmer from Angle (Vendée) said he saw a shining craft in the sky which, as it advanced, changed shape and color. The craft was at a low height and a short distance from the cultivator. When the latter wanted to approach it, the craft emitted luminous rays which soon formed a screen behind which it silently disappeared. The same phenomenon was observed by several other people from Angles.

Nîmes, 14. - Two people saw last night, on their way back to their home, a few kilometers north of Nîmes, a greenish gleam in a field. They approached and noticed the presence of a craft totally identical to a rugby ball and appearing to rest on crutches. The strange craft suddenly rose into the air, emitting a weak noise and gradually taking an orange hue.

Graulhet, 14. - A barrel maker of Graulhet declared to have seen Wednesday at the end of the afternoon, at high altitude, a silvery craft heading northwest, which he at first took for a jet plane, but not discerning any contrail, the barrel maker went to look for a pair of binoculars and distinctly saw a large flexible disc, which undulated on itself, while moving at high speed.

It was then that the craft seemed to explode in mid-flight. A silver ball, about one meter in diameter, escaped from the mass and continuing on its way, soon disappearing from view, while the rest of the craft fell in several pieces similar to sheets of various dimensions which hovered in the sky and some of which cling to the electric wire. About fifteen people testified about this singular case and fragments of material were collected. They appear as agglomerated silvery filaments which crumble when touched.

Melun, 15. - Near Montargis, on the National Road Nr 7, a resident of this town, declared to have seen in the sky a yellow mass of rounded and very bright shape.

The "saucer" is faster than the jet plane

Avignon, 15. - Early Thursday afternoon at 1:30 p.m., the population of Fontaine de Vaucluse, was in a turmoil.

Indeed, a "white disc" hovered slowly above the small city and could be clearly distinguished with good binoculars.

This white disc was surmounted by a spherical cap of the same color.

The lower circular border intermittently emitted two powerful fires, varying from white to purplish, passing through red.

The air base of Caritat (Vaucluse), alerted, immediately directed two jets which, soon, made their appearance, and after two turns on Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, gained altitude and dived on the "disk".

The radio installed on board the planes and which was in communication with the base, announced that the craft was in sight, that it was being chased, but that it escaped because its speed was greater than the theirs.

From Vaucluse, the disc could clearly be seen sweeping away, pursued by the two jets.

[Ref. aml1:] AIME MICHEL:

Ufologist Aimé Michel notes in his book that a witness who was on National Road 7 near Montargis saw an egg-shaped yellow luminous object fly by.

[Ref. aml2:] AIME MICHEL:

In an article in 1963 on orthoteny, Aimé Michel adds:

Thus, at the first glance, something appears. On October 15 for example, there were 8 sightings: in Southend in England, in Calais, one in Aire-sur-la-Lys, one on Main Road 68 between Niffer and Kembs (Franco-German border), one in the mouth of Pô, one in the east of Paris, one on Main Road 7 in the south of Montargis, and finally in Fouesnant, near Quimper.

[Ref. jve5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

354 -002.73771 47.99700 15 10 1954 20 30 2 MONTARGIS F 1511 C** 305

[Ref. jca1:] JACQUES COSTAGLIOLA:

The author indicates that on October 15, 1954, there were 8 sightings, 5 were in a line, one of them was in Montargis.

[Ref. lhh1:] LARRY HATCH - "*U* COMPUTER DATABASE":

4145: 1954/10/15 20:30 1 2:44:20 E 48:00:00 N 3333 WEU FRN LRT 4:5

MONTARGIS,FR:LUMn.YELLOW OVOID PASSES OVER:NFD at all:

Ref# 49 MICHEL,Aime: FS & STRAIGHT LINE TH: Page No. 182 : MOUNTAINS

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Loiret in Montargis on October 15, 1954 at an unknown hour "a witness being on the road RN 7 close to Montargis saw a yellow luminous object of ovoid form passing."

The source is indicated as "M.O.C. by Michel Aimé ** Arthaud 1958."

[Ref. ubk1:] "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
19541015 15.10.1954 Montargis France Evening NL
19541015 15.10.1954 Montargis France 20.30
19541015 15.10.1954 Montargis France NL

Explanations:

The information is totally insufficient; but it is possible that it was the University of Padia balloon was widely reported that day.

Keywords:

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

Montargis, Loiret, egg-shaped, egg, yellow, luminous, object, single

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross March 13, 2004 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross April 24, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [lcn1].
1.1 Patrick Gross February 11, 2010 Addition [jca1].
1.2 Patrick Gross June 30, 2010 Addition [jve5].
1.3 Patrick Gross February 29, 2017 Addition [ubk1].
1.4 Patrick Gross August 7, 2019 Additions [lhh1], Summary. Explanations changed, was "Not looked for yet."
1.5 Patrick Gross November 5, 2020 Case date changed, was "October 15, 1954".
1.6 Patrick Gross November 6, 2020 Addition [nnm1]. Case date changed, was "October 15, 1954". In the Summary, addition of the paragraph "At least one newspaper clipping..."

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