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September 1954, Gelles, Puy-de-Dôme:

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

Reports:

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

"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 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. ml1:] "LE MIDI LIBRE" NEWSPAPER:

Flying saucers

of a rugby ball and appeared to be at a considerable height."

In the Meurthe-and-Moselle, several tens of workmen of "Sidelor", living the area of Lantefontaine-les-Baroches (M.-and-M.). claim to have seen six flying cigars between 04:30 and 05:00 in the sky .

"We initially saw, they said, two "cigars", then afterwards, four other craft came to join the two first. All remained motionless one moment for finally disappearing instantaneously."

In Le Puy, Mrs. Chaumard, resident of the district of La Girète, saw in the sky a machine having the shape of a cigar reddish glowing at an end, silent and appearing motionless. She managed to observe the machine during nearly a quarter of hour, then the "cigar" suddenly disappeared by taking altitude.

The same observations were made by six inhabitants of Langeac (Haute-Loire) and several inhabitants of Gelles (Puy-de-Dome) or Clermont-Ferrand.

In this area, rugby players training at the Vichy stadium saw a "flying cigar".

In the Aveyron

From Villefranche-of-Rouergue in Aveyron, it is reported that an owner of Vabre-Tézac, Mr. Marre, saw a yellowish mass of color which moved away towards the south, without leaving behind any trace of smoke.

The attention of Mr. Marre had been drawn by the noise of an engine.

Other inhabitants of the locality also heard, from the inside of their house, the same noise, but not having come out, they did not see the weird "mass."

[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. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel report that on September 24, 1954 there was an observation by a large number of witnesses in Gelles in the Puy-de-Dôme.

He indicates that at the first hours of the night, the witnesses saw a luminous machine "in the shape of a cigar" which crossed the sky at a rather sharp pace and without noise.

Aimé Michel indicates that the case is briefly reported in the newspaper "France-Soir" for September 26, 1954.

[Ref. fs1:] FRANK B. SALISBURY:

2. Gelles, early night: The witnesses saw a luminous, cigar-shaped object cross the sky at fairly high speed and without noise.

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

The magazine indicates that on September 24, 1954, in the evening, in Gelles, in the Puy-de-Dome, a luminous cigar-shaped craft has been seen by witnesses. The magazine indicates Aimé Michel un reference.

The magazine also indicates that on September 17, 1954, at 07:30 P.M., in Gelles, in the Puy-de-Dome, a luminous cigar-shaped craft slowly moved in the sky from the South towards the North, seen by Mrs. Mellée, of Estrade, and by Mr. and Mrs. Ganne.

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

The two authors indicate that the case has nothing exceptional about it since Jacques vallée in his book "Les phénomènes insolites de l'espace" explains that considering the lack of details, the witness, Mrs. widow Melles, "could have seen anything".

[Ref. mj1:] MICHEL JEANTHEAU:

Ufologist Michel Jeantheau closely checked the date of this observation allegedly being one of the points of an alignment of sightings pled by ufologist Aimé Michel and called "the BAVIC line" for "BAyonne-VIChy."

Making research in 1976 in press, he finds the article used by Aimé Michel which is Le Parisien Libéré for September 27, 1954, which says, without indication of date:

"A resident of Gelles (Puy-of-Dome), Mrs. widows Melles, claimed to have seen a luminous machine of elongated shape "like a sort of cigar" in the sky. The machine moved without noise."

The paragraph starts with "Clermont-Ferrand, September 25", which means that the writer was in Clermond-Ferrrand on September 25, 1954, therefore the observation cannot be after this date.

He finally found the date in the local newspaper "La Montagne" for September 24, 1954, page 3, which is:

"Friday, September 17, at approximately 07:15 p.m., Mrs. widow Mellée, of Gelles, county of Rochefort-Montagne, was taking some fresh air close to her villa, when she saw in sky etc..."

He notes that the name of the witness is Mellée and not Melles, and that other witnesses are mentioned, among those neighbors of Mrs. Mellée, the Estrades and the Gannes.

[Ref. jc1:] JACQUES COSTAGLIOLA:

The author indicates that on September 24, 1954, there were 9 sightings, 6 being on the Bayonne - Vichy line, one of those sighting was at "Celles".

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the "Puy de Dômes" in Gelles on September 17, 1954 at 19:30 hours, "Three people observed a luminous machine in the shape of an orange cigar slowly moving from the South towards the North."

The source is indicated to be my website at "http://ufologie.net".

[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
19540924 24.09.1954 Gelles France Night NL
19540924 24.09.1954 Gelles France

Explanations:

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Keywords:

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

Gelles, Puy-de-Dôme, object, craft, luminous, cigar, multiple, Mellée, Estrade, Ganne, evening

Sources:

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Document history:

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0.1 Patrick Gross April 11, 2006 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross June 15, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [lc1].
1.1 Patrick Gross January 28, 2010 Addition [vm1].
1.2 Patrick Gross February 11, 2010 Addition [jc1].
1.2 Patrick Gross February 9, 2017 Addition [ub1].

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