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September 19, 1954, Epinal, Vosges:

Reference number for this case: 19-sep-54-Epinal. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Reports:

[Ref. ra1:] "RADAR" MAGAZINE:

Saucers

HAVE THE FRENCH GONE CRAZY?

Our reporters and special correspondents have interrogated witnesses all over France, and here is the result...

This Epinalian with a worried and yet juvenile countenance (right) points out the position in the sky of an object that made a brief appearance in his life.

"It was 06:30 p.m. The night was falling. I was crossing the bridge over the Moselle at Epinal. Suddenly, I saw a melon-shaped object in the sky, traveling from east to west at the speed of a bullet."

So spoke Jacques Tollot, aged 14, who works at the butcher shop of Mr. Thouvenot.

The same day, and on following days, other good folk were seeing other "ships" plough the sky in all parts of France. The flying saucers' Tour of France had begun.

[...]

[Ref. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

French ufologist Aimé Michel notes that on September 19, 1954, at 06:30 P.M., a single witness at Epinal in the Vosges reports to have seen "a reddish disk with a lighter halation" above the city, which crossed the sky in one minute.

[Ref. fr1:] MICHEL FIGUET AND JEAN-LOUIS RUCHON:

The two authors report that on September 19, 1954, at 06:30 p.m., in Epinal in the Vosges, a huge dark yellow ball surrounded by a paler yellow circle was observed.

They indicate the newspaper "La Liberté de L'est" for September 23, 1954, as source.

[Ref. cn1:] CNEGU:

CNEGU indicates that their case number F/98/88540919 (01) in Epinal for Sunday, September 19, 1954, at 06:30 p.m. standard time having as witness Jacques Toilot, aged 14 at the time, butcher apprentice, comes from an article of La Liberté de l'Est for September 25-26, 1954, of which this extract is quoted:

"THE SAUCER OF THE DAY LOOKED LIKE SATURN"

"I saw it during one minute" the young butcher apprentice of Epinal claims.

"Sunday evening at 6.30, I was on the bridge of the 170th R.I. going in direction of the Square of the Vosges when automatically I looked up in the air. And I then saw an enormous ball (it appeared to me with a diameter a little lower than one meter moving at a relatively strong speed in direction of the Castle coming from the station. It was of a dark yellow colour, surrounded by a large circle of a paler yellow."

Whereas we ask him whether it had not been folled by the sending of a kid's balloon or any other appearance, he answered firmly "no, I have well seen it during one minute approximately then it disappeared."

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Vosges in Epinal on September 19, 1954 at 18:30 hours "an enormous dark yellow ball surrounded by a paler yellow circle is observed."

Luc Chastan indicates that the source is "M.O.C. by Michel Aimé ** Arthaud 1958".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 19 September 1954 at 18:30 in Epinal, France, "A flying disc was observed. One red disc was observed by one witness in a city for over one minute."

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.

[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
19540919 19.09.1954 Epinal France 18.30 NL
19540919 19.09.1954 Epinal France 18.30 NL

Explanations:

Not looked for yet.

Keywords:

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

Epinal, Vosges, object, disc, red, reddish, halo, halation, duration, circle, yellow, pale, Jacques Tollot, Jacques Toilot, apprentice

Sources:

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross June 16, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [lc1], [ud1].
1.1 Patrick Gross January 29, 2017 Addition [ub1].

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