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The 1954 French flap:

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October 18, 1954, Luçon, Vendée:

Reference number for this case: 18-Oct-54-Luçon. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


The regional newspaper L'Alsace, Mulhouse issue, for October 20, 1954, reported among other observations declared on October 19, 1954, in the Paris Press:

"Finally, in Luçon, Mr. Boulineau observed a large luminous ball with a crescent-shaped portion that was red in color. The ball moved rapidly, turning on itself and disappearing in a few seconds."




In Capri, a flying saucer lands on Curzio Malaparte's villa

Rome, Oct. 19. -- The flying discs continue their saraband in the sky of the peninsula and in Capri, one of these mysterious machines landed on the terrace of writer Curzio Malaparte's villa.

It is a painter, Mr. Raffaele Castello, who, during a night walk carried out at cape Massulo, saw an enormous disc approximately five meters in diameter, which moved at a hundred meters of altitude. The apparatus went down slowly and landed on the terrace of the villa of the writer.

Mr. Castello who initially thought it was a helicopter approached the summer residence of Curzio Malaparte and was very suprized to see four men of small size going down from the disc. The passengers of the machine, who were clad in an outfit, remained around the disc approximately half an hour.

"I had the impression, the witness of this landing said, that they did not speak, or then they spoke with low voices, as from place where I was, I was unable to hear any sound. What is certain, is that bluish gleams escaped without stop from the disc, similar to pins and fast like lightinings, leaving in all the directions. "After some time, half an hour approximately, the four men returned into the disc which, with a gentle humming, rose gently, perpendicularly, and took altitude quickly".

A victim of the obsession

Livourne, Oct. 19. -- Bruno Senesi, 34 years old, who entered yesterday evening at the hospital of Livourne, ducked under a bed while shouting for help.

He states that Martians had just gone down from a saucer and were chasing him.

Appearances in the West

Paris, October 19. -- Several testimonys on the overflight of France by mysterious machines come from the West.

In the Côtes-du-Nord, in Uzel, Mr. and Mrs. Perrichon stated to have seen, yesterday evening, a flying saucer of orange color. The same fact was observed in several nearby cities.

In the Vendée, in Pont l'Abbé d'Arnoult, a mysterious machine which rose vertically behind a hedge, was seen by Mr. Meunier, site foreman in a building firm.

Lastly, in Luçon, Mr. Boulineau observed a large luminous ball of which a part in form of crescent was of red color. The ball moved quickly, while rotating and disappeared in a few seconds.

Looking up...
a farmer falls into a pond

Lisieux, October 19. -- Several people ran through fields in Moyeux, in direction of a flying saucer, surrounded of white smoke, which had been reported to them by a child.

One of them, a farmer, Mr. Filate, did not leave the sky from his eyes; He fell into a deep pond

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[Ref. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

The author indicates that on October 18, 1954, in Luçon in the Vendée, "one does not know what they saw." He indicates that only Paris-Presse for October 20 mentions this case without giving even one detail, that it is impossible to go up to the source and not even possible to check the date.


The author of this website who explored the regional press of the department of Vendée tells of the observation on October 18, 1954 in Luçon:

October 18, 1954

Another of these observation which is likely well to remain in the cellars of amnesia occurred in Luçon on October 18, 1954. Aimé Michel quotes this case in Mystérieux Objets Célestes, specifying that the source of information, the newspaper Paris-Presse for October 20, 1954, does not give any detail. Unable yet to consult this journalistic source I can only report on the existence of this observation, expecting to discover the exact content of it someday.


In his case listing "UFOs in the Vendée", the author notes this case:

Luçon, 18 October 1954

[Ref. jb1:] JEROME BEAU:

Monday, October 18, 1954


In Luçon (the Vendée), ufo sighting.


The sources are indicated as "Paris-Presse, 20 octobre 1954" selon "Michel, A.: Mystérieux Objets Célestes, 1958" selon "Choloux, Jérôme: "2. La vague de 1954" in "Les OVNIs en Vendée", Les Mystères de Vendée, 2007.

[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
19541018 18.10.1954 Lucon France
19541018 18.10.1954 Lucon France


As the date is uncertain and the time is unknown, it is not possible to say whether the moon was a possibility. There is also the balloon, and of course, that of an extraterrestrial craft.


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

Luçon, Vendée, Boulineau, ball, luminous, crescent, red, fast, rotation, duration


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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross May 6, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross June 6, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [am1], [jb1].
1.1 Patrick Gross March 4, 2010 Addition [mv2].
1.2 Patrick Gross June 8, 2010 Addition [la1].
1.3 Patrick Gross March 4, 2017 Addition [ub1].
1.4 Patrick Gross January 20, 2019 Addition of the Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet."

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