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October 16, 1954, Arpheuilles-Saint-Priest, Allier:

Reference number for this case: 16-Oct-54-Arpheuilles-Saint-Priest. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Reports:

[Ref. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel wrote about the October 16, 1954, 09:30 p.m. meteor:

THE TEST OF THE METEOR. October 16, as if it was purposely, a splendid meteor crossed the north of France towards 09:30 p.m.. It was observed on a score of departments by thousands of people, from the Allier to Lorraine and from the Swiss border to Paris. Naturally many witnesses believed to have seen a Flying Saucer and said so. The newspapers printed "Flying Saucer in Orly", or "in Montididier", or "in Metz." But once again the description made by all these weak brains appeared of a remarkable honesty.

[...]

The innumerable gathered testimonys show indeed that even when the witnesses called "Flying saucer" the observed object, their description is identical on 200.000 square kilometres where the visible phenomenon was visible: an "orange ball followed by a trail", a "large luminous ball with a tail", a "flying egg followed by a trail", a "bottle's bottom with a trail of thirty times its diameter", etc. The same phenomenon is uniformly described.

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[Ref. bb1:] GERARD BARTHEL AND JACQUES BRUCKER:

The two authors note this case of October 16, 1954:

"Arpheuilles-Saint-Priest - 03 - 098:30 p.m.: investigation. Obvious description of a fireball, confirmed by "Centre-Matin of October 21 which will be delirious the next day on the case of Domérat."

Further in their book, they claim that "the few serious investigators" who had admitted the fact that it was a meteor which had generated this type of observations were the technicians of the scientific office of the Air Force.

[Ref. js1:] JEAN SIDER:

Jean Sider discovered this case in the newspaper "Centre-Matin" for October 22, 1954:

On October 16, 1954, at 09:30 P.M., in Arpheuilles-St.Priest, in the Allier, Mr. Louis Bourdeau, Mr. Albert Bizet and four other members of the Bourdeau family observe a luminous discoïd shape.

Mr. Bizet who was riding his motorcycle of mobylette type, experiences a failure of his machine at the time from the appearance of the object. After the disappearance of the phenomenon, his motorcycle functions normally again.

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Allier in Arpheuilles St Priest on October 16, 1954 at 21:30 hours, "Six witnesses observe a luminous discoid shape. One of them who rode at this time there on a Mobylette, breaks down at the time of the appearance of the object. After the disappearance of the phenomenon, his Mobylette functions normally again."

The source is indicated to be my website as: "Les OVNI vus de près by Gross Patrick ** http://ufologie.net".

Explanations:

Not looked for yet. The October 16, 1954, 09:30 p.m. meteor.

Keywords:

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

Arpheuilles-Saint-Priest, Allier, multiple, Louis Bourdeau, Albert Bizet, object, disc, luminous, motorcycle, engine, failure

Sources:

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross October 22, 2004 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross December 26, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Addition [lc1].

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