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The 1954 French flap:

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September 17, 1954, Clermont-Ferrand, Puy-de-Dôme:

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

Reports:

[Ref. lm1:] NEWSPAPER "LE MERIDIONAL:"

"CIGARS" AND "SAUCERS" SEEN IN THE AUVERGNE

CLERMONT-FERRAND. -- Six inhabitants of Langeac (Haute-Loire) saw a white gleam moving in the sky in direction of the South.

A resident of Gelles (Puy-de-Dome), Mrs. Vve Melles, claimed to have seen in the sky a luminous machine of elongated form "in the kind of a cigar". The machine moved without noise.

<>A resident of Clermont-Ferrand was picking mushrooms: he saw in the sky, at high altitude, a luminous trail "slightly coloured in pink".

Rugby players training at the Vichy stadium saw a "flying cigar".

... and near La Rochelle

LA ROCHELLE. -- In A Charron (Charente-Maritime) three fishermen and a customs officer state to have seen, during one of these last nights, a formation of flying saucers evolving very low and flying over the shore before disappearing.

[Ref. vm1:] "VAR-MATIN - REPUBLIQUE" NEWSPAPER:

New invasion of flying cigars in the sky of France
Witnesses claim: "They had the dimension of a rugby ball"

Bayonne, September 25. -- Residents of Bayonne claim to have seen, this afternoon, very high in the sky, in the north-eastern direction, three mysterious objects of light colour, constrasting on the pure sky at this hour there.

A policeman, Mr. Carrions, who was in the district of the Halles, observed these three motionless machines, laid out in triangle, of slightly oval shape. They had, he said, the dimension of a rugby ball and appeared to be at a considerable height.

Passers by stated to have seen the same luminous objects in other places.

In the Meurthe et Moselle

Several tens of workmen of "Sidelor" living the area of Lantefontaine-les-Baroches (Meurthe et Moselle) claim to have seen in the sky, six flying cigars, between 04:30 and 05:30. "We initially saw, they stated, two "cigars" then four other apparatuses came to join the two first. All remained perfectly motionless one moment to finally disappear instantaneously." These statements are confirmed by several other people.

In Le Puy

Mrs Chaumard, living in the La Girette district in Le Puy, saw in the sky, a machine having the shape of a cigar, reddish at an end. Silent and appearing motionless, she managed to observe the machine during nearly a quarter of an hour, then the "cigar" suddenly disappeared by taking altitude.

In the sky of the Auvergne

Clermont Ferrand. -– Six residents of Langeac (the Haute Loire) saw a white gleam moving in the sky in direction of the ground.

A resident of Gelles (the Puy de Dôme), Mrs widow Melles claimes to have seen in the sky, a luminous machine of lengthened form "of the cigar kind". The craft moved silently. A resident of Clermont Ferrand gathered mushrooms: he saw in the sky at high altitude, a luminous trail "slightly pink coloured".

Rugby players, training in the Vichy stadium, saw a flying cigar.

Near La Rochelle

La Rochelle. -– At La Charron – (the Charente Maritime), three fishermen and a customs observer state to have seen, during one of these last nights, a formation of flying saucers moving very low and flying over the shore, before disappearing.

[Ref. ld1:] "LUMIERES DANS LA NUIT" MAGAZINE:

The magazine indicates that on September 24, 1954, in Clermont-Ferrand, Puy-de-Dôme, a person who was collecting mushrooms saw a luminous trail.

[Ref. b1:] GERARD BARTHEL AND JACQUES BRUCKER:

The two authors indicate, in order to illustrate their opinion on the poor content of the saucer reports in the press, the following extract of which they indicate that the source is the newspaper Ouest-France on September 27, 1954.

"A resident of Clermont-Ferrand was picking up mushrooms when he saw in the sky at a high altitude, "a luminous trail, of slightly coloured pink.""

Further on in their book thy add that they say nothing of this and "leave the entire responsibility of his statement to the anonymous witness."

[Ref. mj1:] MICHEL JEANTHEAU:

While browsing his documentation to check the cases alloted to the September 24 of 1954 that presumedly formed an line with Bayonne and Vichy as reference points, Michel Jeantheau checks on a case that Jacques Vallée indicated as of September 24, 1954 in Clermont-Ferrand.

He notes that it is impossible to know which observation in Clermont-Ferrand Jacques Vallée intends to refer to since he does not give any source or description.

He finds that an observation communicated by a Press agency was included in various newspapers of September 26 and 27, 1954 as:

"An resident of Clermont-Ferrand was picking mushrooms, when he saw in the sky, at high altitude, a luminous trail "slightly coloured of pink.""

The date and the time are not specified, except in the newspaper "La Liberté" of Clermont-Ferrand for September 25, 1954 where the date is given as September 17, 1954, the time as 05:00 p.m. and the name of the witness as Mr. Morel.

The place is the plate of the hills of Clermont at approximately 4 kilometers from the town center of Clermont-Ferrand.

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the "Puy de Dômes" in Clermont Ferrand on September 17, 1954 at 19:15 hours "the witness is in his residence when looking by the window he observes a curious small pink cloud above the Puy de Dôme. He notes that the object moves. Taking a telescope he then observes a large black point preceding a luminous tail. The whole disappears suddenly. Three other witnesses describe the object as a kind of cigar. But it is said there were about ten witnesses."

The source is indicated as "M.O.C. by Michel Aimé ** Arthaud 1958".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 17 September 1954 at 19:15 in Clermont-Ferrand, France, "Seen through 25x telescope, black with luminous tail. Trail was exceptionally luminous."

And: "At 7:15 p.m. a cigar-shaped object was seen through a 25x telescope and was witnessed by at least 11 people in Clermont-Ferrand, Puy-de-Dome, France . It was black with a luminous tail, and the trail was exceptionally luminous."

And: "A cigar-shaped object was observed. Multiple independent witnesses. One luminous cigar-shaped object was observed by over 11 witnesses at a mountain for over six minutes."

The sources are indicated as Michel, Aime, Flying Saucers and the Straight-Line Mystery, S. G. Phillips, New York, 1958; Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073); Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002.

Explanations:

Not looked for yet. Possible cloud, possible high altitude noctilucent cloud.

Keywords:

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

Clermont-Ferrand, Puy-de-Dôme, anonymous, luminous, trail, pink, high, Morel, afternoon

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross May 8, 2004 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross June 11, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [lc1], [ud1].
1.1 Patrick Gross January 28, 2010 Addition [vm1].

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