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September 19, 1954, Rongères, Allier:

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

Reports:

[Ref. vm1:] "VAR-MATIN - REPUBLIQUE" NEWSPAPER:

The series continues...

In the Allier, a witness claims to have seen two peculiar objects in the sky

Moulins, September 21. -- A resident of Moulins was going, during a weekend in Rougères, small commune in the Allier, when Sunday, in the afternoon, around 04:30 p.m., he saw in the sky, a machine in the shape of a cigar and a few seconds later, a second object in the shape of a sphere flew in a circle in fifteen seconds and quickly took the direction of the Southeast.

This testimony was known only yesterday evening following a report that the resident of Moulins whose identity was not revealed addressed to the prefect Allier.

[Ref. le1:] "L'EST REPUBLICAIN" NEWSPAPER:

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After the "saucers" the "flying cigars"

Their "passage" reported in Rome, in the Allier and the Puy de Dôme

The "passage" of mysterious "flying cigars" is reported in Italy and France. Friday, in Rome, several thousands people observed the strange phenomenon. The "craft" moved above the city at an altitude evaluated as 10.000 meters, then descended much lower, leaving a trail of smoke behind.

In France, a resident of Moulins who was, Sunday, in Rongères, small commune in the Allier, saw a similar craft in the sky.

In addition, several residents of Clermont stated to have seen, above the Puy-de-Dôme, a luminous "machine" fly, of very lengthened oval form seeming to move rather slowly towards the North-East.

Four people in particular affirmed to have observed the "machine" during two minutes before it disappeared by taking altitude. All the witnesses are affirmative: no noise was heard. It could not be a plane.

Many explanations are advanced which, for the majority, do not deserve to get any attention. Let's report however that, according to Italian scientists, the "flying cigar" would not be a celestial body, but an aircraft of a type unknown so far.

Invasion of "balls of fire" in Holland

In Holland, it is an invasion of "balls of fire" which invades the journalistic chronicle.

Our fellows report that the 194 residents of the small village of Zuidlaardevereen, in Groninguen, have been hit by collective insomnia for a week, fearing to be the next victims of an invasion of balls of fire which, according to the assertions of one of the farmers of the village, M. Va[n] Der Veen, occurred in his own home.

Mr. Van Der Veen was chatting, the other evening, in the closed bed, in Brittany fashion, he shares with Mrs. Van der Veen, when he noticed that a small ball of the size of a marble, emitting a yellow gleam and surrounded by a black circle, floated above the bed.

As he tried to catch it, the ball started to grow bigger and disappeared.

A few moments later, under the horrified eyes at Mrs. Van Der Veen, about fifteen small balls were formed and started to roll under the covers. The couple jumped off the bed and, while Mr. Van Der Veen made an effort with a shaking hand, to light an oil lamp, the balls rose and merged in a long ribbon, which, while twisting itself, circle around the room room to disappear at the time even when the lamp ignited.

The adventure of Mr. Van Der Veen, supported by the credit of his solid personality, met few skeptics in his village.

[Ref. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

French ufologist Aimé Michel indicates that on September 19, 1954 at 04:30 P.M. in Rongères, a small village near Vichy, the residents see a shiny object with an elliptical shape coming from the North, getting bigger, passing nearby but not overhead. The object leaves in the direction of the south where it is lost from sight.

As soon as the object is lost from sight, a second object, this time of circular shape, arrives coming from the same point, approaches, goes overhead above the village this time. Near the village, it stops, flies in a large circle during 15 seconds and takes the direction of the south-east where it quickly disappears from view.

Aimé Michel specifies that an inhabitant of Moulins who spent the weekend in Rongères wrote a full report and forwarded it to the prefect of Allier in Vichy.

[Ref. hd1:] "HENRI DURRANT":

Speaking about the manners of moving of UFOs, the author mentions that in Rongères on September 19, 1954, a saucer arrives, stops, flies a large circle and goes away in another direction.

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

The two authors report that on September 19, 1954, at 04:30 p.m., in Rongères in the department of Allier, two objects were observed one after the other, the first was a cigar, the second a sphere, both took the direction to the south-east.

[Ref. go1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

The Belgian ufologist indicates that in 1954, on September 19, in France in Rongères "At 16:30 the elliptic saucer arrives from the north, stops and sets out again in another direction. (Henry DURRANT: "Premières enquêtes sur les Humanoïdes ET" - Laffont 1977 - p. 199) (Aimé Michel: "M.O.C." Seghers, pub. p. 84,: leaves to the south, therefore in the same direction, flew a broad circle and from went away to south-east.)"

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Allier in Rongères on September 19, 1954 at 16:30 hours "a witness first observes a shining object of elliptic form which grows bigger, passes in the vicinity and moves away towards to the south. At once a second object arrives on a parallel trajectory. It is circular. It stops, starts again by flying in a broad circle in 15 seconds and leaves this time towards south-east where it quickly dissapears."

The source is indicated as "M.O.C. by Michel Aimé ** Arthaud 1958" and "Le Dauphiné Libéré".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 19 September 1954 at 16:30 in Rongeres, France "Landed remotely." And: "Objects were observed. They moved with a falling-leaf motion. More than one object was observed by more than two witnesses at a mountain for two minutes."

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); Vallee, Jacques, Challenge to Science: The UFO Enigma, Henry Regnery, Chicago, 1966; Vallee, Jacques, Preliminary Catalog (N = 500), (in JVallee01); 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 Rongeres France 16.30
19540919 19.09.1954 Rongeres France 16.30

Explanations:

Not looked for yet.

Keywords:

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

Rongères, Allier, object, multiple, two, shiny, elliptical, circular, manoeuvre, cigar, sphere

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross April 24, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross January 5, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [go1], [lc1], [ud1].
1.1 Patrick Gross March 4, 2010 Addition [vm1].
1.2 Patrick Gross May 29, 2010 Addition [le1].
1.3 Patrick Gross January 29, 2017 Addition [ub1].

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