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1954?, Brive-la-Gaillarde, Corrèze:

Reference number for this case: 54?-Brive-la-Gaillarde. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

I found in the regional newspaper La Dépêche du Midi for October 4, 1954, on page 4, the story of an observation in Brive-la-Gaillarde, Corrèze, undated, but perhaps from 1954.

A Mr. Henri Maury, described as shy and fearful of ridicule, had not said anything about what he had seen, but came forward when he read in the Press that, everywhere, the existence of "mysterious phenomena" was reported.

He said: "One night at my house, between midnight and 1 a.m., the window of my bedroom being open, I saw, traveling in the sky, a kind of luminous globe resembling a star, which came from the direction of the airfield (this airfield, close to Brive, is located on the road of Bordeaux).

"It was not a shooting star, since this red disk soon immobilized above the station for about three quarters of an hour, when the globe, like rays, fired multicolored beams."

"At the end of about three quarters of an hour, the globe, amputated from its beams, began to move again and disappeared in a luminous trail."

Reports:

[Ref. dm1:] "LA DEPECHE DU MIDI" NEWSPAPER:

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A luminous globe
in the sky of Brive

Brive (C.P.) -- M. Henri Maury is shy and moreover, he fears the ridicule. That is why he said nothing of what he had seen when he read in the press that the existence of mysterious phenomena was reported on all sides.

"One night at my house," he said, "between midnight and 1 a.m., the window of my bedroom being opened, I saw, traveling in the sky, a kind of luminous globe resembling a star, and which came from the direction of the airfield (this airfield, near Brive, is located on the road to Bordeaux)."

"It was not a shooting star, since this red disk stopped shortly above the railway station for about three-quarters of an hour. That's when the globe, like rays, sparked multicolored blades."

"After about three quarters of an hour, the globe, amputated of its blades, resumed its motion and disappeared in a luminous trail."

Explanations:

I do not see any trivial explanation to what is described by this witness. It may have been an extraterrestrial craft.

Keywords:

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

Brive-la-Gaillarde, Corrèze, Henri Maury, globe, red, rays, multicolored, duration. move, motionless, trail, night

Sources:

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross December 22, 2016 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross February 2, 2019 Addition of the Summary. Explanations changed, was "Not looked for yet."

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