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October 17, 1954, Mirande, Gers:

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

Summary:

In his 1997 book on the French wave of 1954, ufologist and author Jean Sider indicated that the newspaper Sud-Ouest, of Bordeaux, reported on page 12 for October 21, 1954, that on October 17, 1954, at 2 a.m., in the sector of Mirande in the department of Gers, Raymond Baron, 19, a farmer at Valentées, returned on a moped from a party in St. Médard.

Suddenly, at the height of "La Tournée d'Idrac", 500 meters from the summit of Agrolles, he saw a strange light. Arrived at the spot where the phenomenon was located, he saw nothing.

But looking up, he noticed in the sky an oval orb [sic] reddish-looking surrounded by a blue crown that seemed to head towards Mirande without making any noise.

Reports:

[Ref. jsr1:] JEAN SIDER:

French ufologist and author Jean Sider learned in an article from the newspaper Sud-Ouest, of Bordeaux, page 12, of October 21, 1954, that on October 17, 1954, at 2 o'clock in the morning, in the Mirande area in the department of Gers, Raymond Baron, aged 19, farmer in Valentées, was going back home by motorcycle from a festival in St. Médard.

Suddenly, at the level of "La Tournée d'Idrac ", within 500 m of the summit of Agrolles, he saw a strange light. Arrived at the level of the place where the phenomenon was, he did not see anything any more. But, looking up, he noticed an oval sphere of reddish aspect in the sky, which was surrounded by a blue crown. It appeared to move towards Mirande without making any noise.

[Ref. jbu1:] JEROME BEAU:

Jerome Beau indicates that on Sunday, October 17, 1954, at 02:00 in "the sector of Mirande (Gers), Raymond Baron (19 years old, farmer in Valentées), returns by motor cycle from a party at Saint Medard. Suddenly, at the height of "La Tournée d'Idrac", at 500 m from the top of the Agrolles, he sees a strange light. Arrived at the level of the point where the phenomenon is, he does not see anything any more. But, looking up, he notices in the sky an oval sphere of reddish aspect surrounded by a blue crown which appears to move towards Mirande without making the least noise."

Jérôme Beau indicates that the source is "Sud-Ouest of Bordeaux, p. 12, October 21, 1954 according to Sider, J.: Le dossier 1954 et l'imposture rationaliste, Ramuel éditeur, 1997, pp. 111-112".

Explanations:

Unidentified.

I do not have enough information to come up with an argumented prosaic explanation.

Keywords:

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

Mirande, Gers, night, motorcycle, Raymond Baron, farmer, light, oval, red, blue, silent

Sources:

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross December 15, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross February 4, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [jbu1].
1.1 Patrick Gross December 15, 2019 Addition of the Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet."

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