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October 16, 1954, Bellenaves, Allier:

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

Summary:

Although Aimé Michel had explained in 1958 that there had been on October 16, 1954, at 09:30 p.m., the passage of a big meteor, Michel Figuet and Jean-Louis Ruchon ignored it by indicating in their 1979 book that at Bellenaves, in the Allier department, on October 16, 1954, at 9:30 p.m., at the place called Saint-Bonnet-de-Tisson, there was an observation of a "brilliant object of round shape leaving a luminous trail."

They indicated as source an article in the regional newspaper La Montagne for October 21, 1954.

A case at Bellenaves had already been quoted in the "Allier" catalog of the Ouranos magazine in 1973: in October 1954 at an unknown hour, a "brilliant and round craft moved in the sky at high altitude, leaving a trail of white and green color in its wake, it would go out for 2 to 3 seconds and reappear a little further, it disappeared towards the Northeast."

Ouranos gave Centre Matin for October 12, 1954, as source but classed the case between October 17 and 24, 1957, the "October 12" must therefore surely be read "October 21", the same date as the article in La Montagne.

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 testimonies show indeed that even when the witnesses called "Flying saucer" the observed object, their description is identical on 200.000 square kilometers 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.

[...]

[Ref. ou1:] "OURANOS" UFOLOGY MAGAZINE:

10/../1954 Bellenaves (unknown hour).

A bright and round craft moved in the sky at high altitude. It left in its wake a trail of white and green color. It went out sometimes for 2 to 3 seconds to reappear a little further, ir disappeared towards the Northeast. (Centre Matin of 10/12/1954).

Note: given the sorting of the catalogue, the source Centre-Matin is probably not of October 12, but October 21, just like the other newspaper La Montagne cited by Figuet and Ruchon.

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

The two authors indicate that in Bellenaves, Allier, October 16, 1954 at 09:30 p.m., at a location known as Saint-Bonnet-of-Tisson, there was an observation of a shining object of round shape leaving a luminous trail.

They indicate as source an article in the regional newspaper La Montagne for October 21, 1954.

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Allier in Bellenaves on October 16, 1954 at 21:30 hours, "At the location St Bonnet de Tisson, observation of a shining object of round form leaving a luminous trail."

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

Explanations:

The meteor of October 16, 1954, at 09:30 p.m..

Keywords:

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

Bellenaves, Allier, shining, objet, trail, luminous, round

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross September 25, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross December 27, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Addition [lc1].
1.1 Patrick Gross April 19, 2019 Additions [ou1], Summary.

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