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August 17, 1954, Montluçon, Allier:

Reference number for this case: 17-Aug-54-Montluçon. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Reports:

[Ref. ci1:] CIA:

CLASSIFICATION [Blackened out]

CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY
INFORMATION FROM
FOREIGN DOCUMENTS OR RADIO BROACASTS

  REPORT NO. 00-W-30339
  CO NO.: ..
COUNTRY: Non-Orbit   DATE OF INFORMATION: 1954
SUBJET: Military - Unidentified flying objects  
HOW PUBLISHED: Daily newspaper   DATE DIST.: 25 Oct 1954
WHERE PUBLISHED: As indicated   NO. OF PAGES: 3
DATE PUBLISHED: 5 Jul - 2 Sep 1954  
LANGUAGE: Various   SUPPLEMENT TO REPORT NO.:
[Blackened out] [Blackened out]   THIS IS UNEVALUATED INFORMATION
SOURCE: As indicated  

SIGHTINGS OF UNIDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECTS

[... (Reports from other countries and France) ...]

SEES "FLYING SAUCER" IN CENTRAL FRANCE -- Paris, L'Aurore, 19 Aug 54

Claude Coche, an industrial designer residing in the town of Vincennes, declared that in the afternoon of 17 August 1954, he had seen a "flying saucer" in the sky over Montluçon, Allier Department. He described what he saw as a luminous, brilliant white, disk-like object. The phenomenon was visible for several seconds before it was hidden by a cloud.

[... (Next reports)]

[Ref. am4:] AIME MICHEL:

On the 18th [of August 1954], a report from Montlucon.

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 17 August 1954 in Vincennes, France, "An unidentified object was sighted, but with appearance and behavior that most likely would have a conventional explanation. One white disc was observed."

The source is indicated as Hall, Richard H., UFO Reports from the Files of the CIA, Fund for UFO Research, Washington".

[Ref. ud2:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 17 August 1954 at 15:00 in "Montlucon", France, "An unidentified object was sighted, but with appearance and behavior that most likely would have a conventional explanation. One object was observed."

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

[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
19540817 17.08.1954 Montlucon France 15.00

Explanations:

Not looked for yet. Possible meteor, or possible plane.

Keywords:

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

Montluçon, Allier, Claude Coche, day, flying saucer, object, disc, white, luminous, duration

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross January 22, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross December 29, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version.
1.1 Patrick Gross March 20, 2010 Additions [ud1], [ud2].
1.2 Patrick Gross November 3, 2016 Addition [am4].
1.3 Patrick Gross November 20, 2016 Addition [ub1].

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