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August 16, 1954, Gérardmer, Vosges:

Reference number for this case: 16-August-54-Gerardmer. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.



F. Diolez, of the Eastern France ufology group CNEGU, compiled in 1984 a catalogue of cases from the Vosges, with the assistance of François Lagarde.

The catalogue indicates that on Monday, August 16, 1954 at 03:30 local time, Pierre D., brother of Jean D., a local ufologist deceased in 1964, made a sighting reported in notes of Jean D. taken a few days after the sighting, and a testimony of Jean D. collected on 09/24/83 by Claude Fleurance.

Extracts of the notes by J.D. are given as:

"I was going outside to go to my workplace at 03:30 a.m. when at the time I was going to close the door a luminous phenomenon in the sky froze me on the spot. A luminous silvery white round drawing on the blue of the size of the quarter of the full moon approximately was in the sky opposite above the forest... This object did not change place but whirled on itself anticlockwise... The sky was entirely covered with clouds (3.000 meters) no wind, the invisible moon was hidden in the west by the clouds... Not one star visible... Another luminous point in the East was flickering, 2 to 3 times larger than the biggest star... The larger saucer was still there... it shone, turned [rotated] but I dis not see its contours clearly... not a perfectly round disc... was slightly tilted. No noise..."

"I then saw it jump towards the south, it disappeared in this jump behind the forest... No particular trail. No change of color. In a duration of some 20 seconds it returned to the same place, remained there again rotating on itself... Like firework..."

"At this time I noticed a rigid luminous trail straing from the top center of it and 1.5 the lenght of the apparent diameter of the disc... A paler luminous beam... a little less broad than the smallest half-diameter of the slightly elliptic disc. This beam was regular on all its length... It remained some 20 seconds then all of a sudden I did not see it any more..."

Complements collected by Claude Fleurance in interview with J.D. indicate that the altitude of the phenomenon could not be defined, that the witness seemed to have been impressed by his sighting without having noted any abnormal secondary phenomenon, neither physical nor material, and that a copy of the testimony with sketch had been forarded by J.D. to "Ouranos" on January 10, 1955, but that this letter had not been answered and that no other investigation had carried out.

The author of the catalogue notes that it is a sighting with details, maneuvers, disappearance on the spot and return, as well as a luminous beam, that the witness was very well known and esteemed and was, like J.D., interested by the UFO phenomenon.

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 16 August 1954 at 03:30 in Gerardmer, France, "Nocturnal lights were reported."

The source is indicated as "Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073)".

[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
19540816 16.08.1954 Gerardmer France


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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross October 17, 2007 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross March 18, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version.
1.1 Patrick Gross March 20, 2010 Addition [ud1].
1.2 Patrick Gross November 20, 2016 Addition [ub1].

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