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The 1954 French flap:

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October 16 1954, Montmirey, Jura:

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


[Ref. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel reports that on October 16, 1954, at about 09:30 P.M., in Montmirey near Dôle, a witness observed something crossing the sky from horizon to horizon and evaluated the duration of the crossing as 30 seconds long.

The phenomenon having been seen since of very many places in France, there was an investigation by the "saucers commission" of the Air Force which concluded that it was a "slow meteor."

The ufologist friend of Aime Michel, Charles Garreau, looked further into the investigation and found that the slow meteor had to be really too slow since according to his averages based on the many testimonys it took it nearly 10 minutes to cross 500 kilometers. This is why Aimé Michel regards the explanation by a "slow meteor" as relatively suspect.

Aimé Michel additionnaly 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:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Jura in Montmirey the la Ville on October 16, 1954 at 21:30 hours, "Several people observe a dazzling disc, surrounded by red and oranges gleams moving at high altitude, horizontally from East to West, the object remained visible about thirty second in a total silence. "

The sources are indicated as my website at "Les OVNI vus de près by Gross Patrick **" and "Alerte dans le ciel by Garreau Charles ** Alain Lefeuvre 1981".

[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
19541020 20.10.1954 Montmirey Ville France NL


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


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Montmirey, Jura, duration, meteor


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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross December 26, 2004 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross December 27, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Addition [lc1].
1.1 Patrick Gross March 6, 2017 Addition [ub1].

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