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October 17, 1954, Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer, Var:

Reference number for this case: 17-Oct-54-Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer2. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Reports:

[Ref. lp1:] "LE PROVENCAL" NEWSPAPER:


In Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer

IMMOBILIZED WITH HIS MOTORBIKE BY A MYSTERIOUS GLEAM

Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer (C.P.).
Sunday morning around 4 hours, Mr. Casimir André going to hunting on motorbike, had his attention drawn by a powerful gleam coming from the boulevard de la Plage [boulevard of the Beach].

Having to go through this boulevard, he was suddenly stopped at a certain distance and his vehicle did not advance any more. When the gleam went out, he was able to resume his travel, particularly impressed.

One hour later, Mr. Leon Baudouvin, city council man, passing at this place with his car, saw a circular machine emitting a purple gleam, rise in the airs, leaving behind itself a trail of flames.

A "NEON TUBE" FLYING IN THE SKY OF NIMES

Nimes (C.P.).
Monday, around 6 p.m., Mrs. Bernard Panizzi, living on 3, rue de la Casernette, in Nimes, saw in the sky above les Halles [the Markets], a mysterious machine affecting the shape of a neon tube.

Some twenty people followed the evolutions of the strange apparatus which disappeared suddenly.

[Ref. jg1:] JIMMY GUIEU:

Jimmy Guieu indicates that on October 17, 1954, at 4 o'clock in the morning in Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer in the Var, Casimir A went hunting by motorcycle when his attention was drawn by a powerful gleam coming from the Boulevard de la Plage.

He had to use this boulevard but was suddenly stopped, his vehicle did not advance anymore.

At the end of a while the gleam turned off and he was able to drive again. Casimir A was strongly impressed.

[Ref. fr1:] MICHEL FIGUET AND JEAN-LOUIS RUCHON:

The two authors indicate that in Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer in the department of the Var, on October 17, 1954 at 04:00 a.m., a first witness, Casimir A., went hunting, riding a motorcycle, when his attention was drawn by a powerful gleam coming from the boulevard of the beach.

Going onto this boulevard, he was suddenly stopped at a certain distance, and his vehicle did not advance any more.

At the end of a few moments, the mysterious light turned off and his motorcycle could start again.

The authors indicate that the sources are the Vallée catalogue; case 277; Jimmy Guieu in "Black-Out sur les S.V." page 224; Quincy; Garreau and Lavier in "Face aux ET" page 70, "Il Tiempo" for 10/16/1954 [sic]; Il Messagero for 10/17/1954.

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

The authors indicate that the newspapers are accustomed to deforming testimonys of meteors by their observers and that it was the case with the sightingd in Froncles, Lencouacq, Saint Car sur Mer "etc".

[Ref. js1:] JEAN SIDER:

Jean Sider quotes the ufologist Michel Figuet indicating that on October 17, 1954, at 4 o'clock, in Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer in the Var, Mr. Casimir A., who he remained anonymous, was riding his motorcycle when he suddenly noticed a weird gleam and his motorcycle ceased to function. At the end of a few minutes, the observed light died out and the motorcycle started again.

[Ref. go1] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

Godelieve van Overmeire indicates that on October 17, 1954, in France, in St Cyr sur Mer, according to Figuet and J.L. Ruchon in "Ovni, premier dossier complet...", Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979, p. 176, at 4 a.m., Casimir A. by motorcyle had his attention drawn by a powerful gleam coming from the boulevard of the beach. He suddenly stopped, the motorbike did not advance more. At the end of a few moments the gleam dies out and the motor-cycle starts again.

[Ref. jb1:] JEROME BEAU:

Saturday, October 16, 1954

In Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer (Provence Riviera, France), several people see 1 object posed in a meadow. It appears phosphorescent and of big size. It flies away in a very sudden manner.

The sources are indicated as "Il Tempo, Il Messagero, 16 et 17 octobre 1954".

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Var in St Cyr sur Mer on October 17, 1954 at 04:00 hours, the first witness "goes hunting. He rides a motor-cycle. His attention is drawn by a powerful gleam coming from the boulevard of the beach. As he had to go through this boulevard, he is suddenly stopped at a certain distance, and its vehicle does not advance any more. At the end of a few moments, the mysterious light dies out and his motor-cycle can start again."

"One hour later, another witness, driving at this place by car, sees a circular craft emitting a purple gleam which rises in the airs leaving behind itself an orange trail."

Luc Chastan indicates that the source is "Ovni, Premier dossier complet... by Figuet M./ Ruchon J.L. ** Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979".

[Ref. ub1:] "UFO-DATENBANK":

This database recorded this case twice:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541017 17.10.1954 St Cyr France 04.00 CE II
19541017 17.10.1954 St. Cyr. France CE II

Explanations:

Not looked for yet.

Keywords:

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

St-Cyr-sur-Mer, Var, Casimir André, motorcycle, gleam, light, engine, stall, failure, duration

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross February 5, 2007 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross February 4, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [go1], [lc1].
1.1 Patrick Gross December 28, 2009 Additions [jb1].
1.2 Patrick Gross March 2, 2017 Additions [ub1].

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