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OCTOBER 16, 1954, CHATELLERAULT, VIENNE:

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

Reports:

[Ref. er1] "L'EST REPUBLICAIN" NEWSPAPER:

Saucers and cigars in the sky

A veterinarian, three firefighters and two Orly employees add their names to the list of "those who have seen"

Paris. -- A veterinarian, two employees at Orly airport and three firefighters register on the long list of witnesses of celestial phenomena.

At nightfall, while traveling by car, the commune of Baillolet (Seine-Inférieure) on R.N. 314, M. Henri Robert, a veterinary doctor in Londinières, saw four craft maneuvering one above the other, about 300 meters above sea level.

Mr. Robert claims that one of them came zigzagging in front of his car, that he felt a strong electric shock and the engine of his car stopped. The veterinarian then saw a strange figure on the road about twenty feet high, the headlights of his car died out and when rhey re-ignited, a cylinder about three meters long took off the slope and took height at a tremendous speed.

The saucer did not want to land in Orly

The two employees at Orly airport are MM. Raymond Castelle and Charles Birest who affirmed to their chiefs to have seen on Sunday evening a flying saucer crossing the sky of Orly "from East to West" at the speed of a jet plane, reaching the town of Paray-Vieille-Poste, that is to say, on the west-east runway, the mysterious craft, which, according to the witnesses, was moving at he altitude of 300 meters, stopped for about ten seconds while turning on itself and emitting rays that reflected intensely on the ground. As for the three firefighters, Captain Doussineau and Warrant Officer Serreau, they were driving on a road near Chatellerault (the Haute-Vienne) when they saw rise in the sky towards the castle of Targe, a large luminous disc. They stopped and observed the phenomenon at length. "The disc," they said, " passed qbove us at a few meters barely while emitting an high pitched whistling sound."

A written question from a member of the Parliament from the Ariège

It was inevitable and desirable that following the many occurrences of flying craft crossing the sky of France without interruption for weeks, a deputy addresses a Written question to the President of the Council.

It was Mr. René Dejean, the Socialist deputy of the Ariège, who took this initiative, in particular asking "whether a department has been created or appointed to collect existing documentation on this matter and to study the nature and origin of such craft.

"Wether the information currently gathered and recorded makes it possible to exclude the hypothesis of vehicles driven or controlled by living beings of unknown species and origin.

"Whether the government has, on the contrary, sufficient information to attribute the production Of these devices to the industry of a foreign state.

"Whether in the latter case, the international agreements signed by France have already allowed Consultations regarding the use of such devices in a potential conflict."

[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.

[...]

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

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

"Chatellerault - 86 - towards 08:30 p.m.: investigation (two witnesses interrogated). Luminous volume, very fast, whistling sound. The press talks of a large disc."

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. 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
19541013 13.10.1954 Chatellerault France CE III

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.)

Chatellerault, Vienne, luminous, disc, fast, night

Sources:

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Document history:

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0.1 Patrick Gross April 21, 2006 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross December 27, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version
1.1 Patrick Gross November 25, 2016 Additions [er1], [ub1].

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