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Between November 18 and 24, 1954, Vasselay, Cher:

Reference number for this case: 18/24-Nov-54-Vasselay. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


[Ref. jve5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

415 07 12 1954 (FONTLAND-CHER) F 001 3G

[Ref. jsr1:] JEAN SIDER:

Jean Sider reports what he found in the newspaper Le Berry Républicain for December 7, 1954.

On a date that Jean Sider estimated to be between the 18th and the 24th of November, 1954, at 07:20 p.m., in Vasselay in the department of Cher, Jean-Guy Chagnoux, aged 13 and a half, was returning on his bicycle of the hamlet of Fontland, when he saw at a few hundreds of meters a ball of fire of approximately 0 meters 60 in diameter above the exploitation of Mr. Camille Lanoue.

This luminous mass moved slowly in the direction of the teenager, who became afraid and sped up. The ball increased its volume and came overhead, violently illuminating the road. The phenomenon was not more than a a few meters of the young boy and emitted an intense light of red-orange color, and its spherical form became oval.

Its size was now 7 to 8 meters of length, and it moved without any noise. The teenager stopped and the ball stopped too. The teenager resumed his travel, and the ball did the same.

Approaching the road of St Eloy in Vasselay, the teenager turned at a right angle, and the ball continues straight on and disappeared.

It reappeared 200 meters further in front of the teenager, enormous and dazzling, and leaving behind itself a large trail of smoke.

When the teenager arrived in Jonchère, the thing rose gently and still in silence, and disappeared after having lit the house of the forest warden one.

The witness was the nephew of Robert Patient, another witness of a well-known observation a few weeks before in the same sector.

[Ref. uda1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 7 December 1954 in Fontland, France, "An object was sighted that had an appearance and performance beyond the capability of known earthly aircraft. One object, about 10 feet across, was observed."

The sources are indicated as Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073); Vallee, Jacques, Challenge to Science: The UFO Enigma, Henry Regnery, Chicago, 1966; Vallee, Jacques, Preliminary Catalog (N = 500), (in JVallee01).

[Ref. ubk1:] "UFO-DATENBANK":

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541207 07.12.1954 Fontland France CE I
19541207 07.12.1954 Fontland France CE I


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Document history:

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0.1 Patrick Gross October 25, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross May 25, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version.
1.1 Patrick Gross February 28, 2010 Addition [uda1].
1.2 Patrick Gross July 1, 2010 Addition [jve5].
1.3 Patrick Gross November 22, 2016 Addition [ubk1].

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