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The 1954 French flap:

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October 16, 1954, Dijon, Côte-d'Or:

Reference number for this case: 16-Oct-54-Dijon. 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.

[...]

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

The author of the database data indicates that in Dijon in Côte-d'Or, on October 16, 1954 at 09:30 p.m., several people observed from different places since an object evolve in the sky.

Railwaymen being at the Dijon-Perrigny railway sorting specified that the object was a white ball leaving a long trail behind itself. It dove towards Mount Afrique in the Wesr of Dijon.

The source is indicated as "Alerte dans le ciel by Garreau Charles ** Alain Lefeuvre 1981".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 15 November 1954 at 08:30 in Dijon, France, "An unidentified object was sighted, but with appearance and behavior that most likely would have a conventional explanation. One object was observed by six witnesses."

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

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.)

Dijon, Côte-d'Or, night, multiple, railwaymen, Dijon-Perrigny, ball, white, trail, fast

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross September 14, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross December 27, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Addition [ud1].

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