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September 19, 1954, Tromborn, Moselle:

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

Reports:

[Ref. lm1:] "LA MONTAGNE" NEWSPAPER:

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Still flying saucers and cigars

Clermont-Ferrand, September 22 (from our own correspondent). -- As one could expect, the statements of the four people who affirmed to have seen, in the evening of last Friday, a "flying cigar" in the sky of Clermont-Ferrand provoked an influx of testimonies.

These testimonies confirm the passage of "something" in the Auvergne atmosphere. But almost all observers give the relevant reasons why they believe it was simply a jet plane.

"Whereas it is true that a machine passed over the puy de Dôme, Friday at 7:15 p.m., said one of these witnesses, the first, I could not observe the aircraft in the half-darkness, which was flying at a very high altitude, leaving behind a trail of condensation typical of jet planes.

And this precision:

- At a time when one says that a jet plane was seen over Giat, a jet plane was flying over this area. Given the altitude of this aircraft, we could not see it, but the condensation of the gases it left behind formed a trail that actually had the shape of a cigar and was red, as it was in the rays of the setting sun. So I think witnesses who claim to have seen an interplanetary craft are in good faith, but had mistaken that red trail for the craft.

A third, finally, confirms these two statements:

- Last Friday, I was at my home, rue Champleury, in Clermont-Ferrand. I saw, around 7:15 p.m., a little pink cloud above the puy de Dôme. It intrigued me by his shape. Taking landmarks by means of the power lines, I saw that it was moving. I have directed upon this cloud a small telescope I possess, and which gives a magnification of about twenty-five times. Unfortunately, I did not have time to put it on its foot, and the tremor produced by my hand prevented a good observation. However, I realized that it was undeniably a flying craft. I could see a big black dot before the luminous tail. It was impossible for me to assess the distance and speed. I thought for a moment that it was a jet aircraft whose trail was illuminated by the declining sun. However, I was perplexed because I never saw a jet plane produce such a luminous trail and it disappeared suddenly.

Another mysterious machine was seen in the Moselle

Metz, Sept. 22 (from our own correpondent). -- Several inhabitants of the Moselle claim to have witnessed the moves of a mysterious apparatus - saucer or flying cigar - but it was only after three days of silence that the spectators decided to make their observations public.

It is Mr. Louis Moll, a rural guard at Oberdorf, who informed the gendarmes of what he had seen.

"I did not want to say anything sooner," said the rural guard, "for fear of passing for a visionary among my fellow-citizens. But what I saw seemed so extraordinary to me that I could not keep quiet any longer.

"It was Sunday evening," he said, "and I returned to my home at about 9:15 p.m. when my attention was attracted by a strange gleam coming from the east and approaching the ground a few hundred yards from the road, towards Tromborn, where the craft, which was at a very low height, stayed in place for about forty seconds before rising vertically and disappearing in a southeasterly direction.

[Ref. in1:] "L'INDEPENDANT" NEWSPAPER:

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FLYING CIGARS AND OTHER MYSTERIOUS MACHINES IN THE FRENCH SKY

LODEVE. -- The mysterious machine commonly called "flying Cigar", reported in the Puy de Dôme and the sky of Rome was seen Saturday, September 18 at 7 p.m. very precisely, by three residents worthy of faith of Lodève, in the North of the department of Hérault, as it moved at 1.500 meters of altitude approximately. The object was goings towards the South.

The witnesses were able to observe during nearly five minutes a pointed front, towing a brightly lit sphere of fire red color and moving without noise roughly at the speed of an ordinary plane.

On their side, returning from a patrol during the night of Tuesday to Wednesday, two gendarmes of Chateauroux, Misters Courtaud and Péninon stated to their chief that they had seen between 9:15 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. above la Fleuranderie, commune of Montlerchaume (Indre), a luminous machine immobilized in the sky, at a height of approximately 1.500 meters, then two others of greenish color at a greater altitude. The three mysterious objects, after having veered at right angle, reportedly took the direction of the North-West, South-east.

Mr. Louis Moll, guard-pastoral in Oberdorf (the Moselle), stated to have seen, Sunday, around 9:15 p.m., an intense gleam coming from space and touching the ground in the east of Tromborn.

This gleam, similar to that of a neon tube, the guard added, and coming from an object of rather vaste proportions, changed color. It became reddish and Mr. Moll claims to have seen "black spots" moving silently.

The object, motionless during nearly 40 seconds, started to rotate and carried out an almost vertical rise, taking the aspect of an orange ball and being flattened before disappearing at a vertiginous speed, in the south-eastern direction. The total duration of the phenomenon was one minute approximately.

The authorities who recorded this declaration, opened an investigation.

A "flying cigar" above Banyuls-sur-Mer?

PERPIGNAN. -- In the night from Wednesday to Thursday, three young boys from 16 to 17 years old, who walked on the pier of the Banyuls-sur-Mer harbor (East. Pyr.) saw in the sky a flying object going at high speed and from which red and green flames seemed to leave.

A little frightened, the boys went to tell their adventure to various consumers who were at the terrace of a coffee shop. But those searched the sky in vain they did not see any trace of the mysterious machine.

[Ref. lp1:] NEWSPAPER "LE PARISIEN":

An article in the national daily newspaper "Le Parisien" was published on September 23, 1954, about this sighting: (Oberdorf is a few kilometers away from Tromborn).

On September 19, 1954, at 09:15 P.M. in Oberdorf, a bright light was seen in the Eastern direction, it landed and diminished its luminosity. It stayed on the ground for approximately 40 seconds. It had the size of a small bus and a silhouette was seen in front of it. I took off and then had the shape of a red balloon.

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

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There would have been more than one "saucer" in the sky of the Moselle

BOUZONVILLE (from our correspondent). -- In daytime yesterday, the gendarmerie of Bouzonville (the [M]oselle) was busy seeking possible witnesses of the passage of the flying saucer which would have landed Sunday evening on the heights of Tromborn.

Mr. René Paul, electrician-mechanic, residing on the road of Vandreching, in Bouzonville, talked, he too, to a comrade, [b]ut his confidence having quickly become an open secret, we managed to interview him. Mr. Paul states that what he saw, resembling a flying neon tube at a rather appreciable altitude, had passed in the sky of the Moselle in the evening of Saturday.

This fact would also have been observed by one of his comrades of work, originating from Tromborn, who is not so precise as he is.

With regard to Mr. Louis Moll, gate-keeper, who saw the saucer of Sunday evening, he maintained yesterday his statements and, in spite of the considerable number of his narrations, he always gives the same precise details.

It now rests with the police force to confront the statements of the witness of Teterchen with those of Mr. Moll.

[Ref. br1:] "LA BOURGOGNE REPUBLICAINE" NEWSPAPER:

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FLYING SAUCERS (continued)

Two gendarmes and a rural guard saw in their turn mysterious machines

Lodève, 23 September. -- A mysterious "flying cigar" reported in the Puy-de-Dôme and in the sky of Rome was seen Saturday, September 18 at 7 p.m. by three credible residents of Lodève, north of the department of the Hérault, as it moved at 1,500 meters of altitude approximately. The object was heading south.

The witnesses were able to observe it for nearly five minutes a tapered front, towing a globe brightly lit, fire red and moving noiselessly at the speed of an ordinary plane.

Châteauroux. -- Returning from a patrol during the night from Tuesday to Wednesday, two gendarmes of Chateauroux told their leader that they saw, between 9:15 p.m. and 09:45 p.m., a luminous device immobilized in the sky at a height of about 1,500 meters, then two others of greenish color at a higher altitude. The three mysterious objects, after turning at right angles, would have taken the north-west, south-east direction.

Nancy. -- Mr. Louis Moll, a rural guard in Oberdorf (Moselle), said he saw Sunday around 9:15 p.m., an intense glow coming from space and touching earth, east of Tromborn.

This glow, similar to that of a neon tube, added the guard, and coming from an object of rather large proportions, changed color. It became reddish and Mr. Moll said he saw "black spots" move silently.

The object, motionless for nearly 40 seconds, rotated and ascended almost vertically, taking on the appearance of an orange colored and flat ball before disappearing at a dizzying speed in the south-east direction. The total duration of the phenomenon was about one minute. The authorities, which have recorded this statement, opened an investigation.

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

According to several witnesses...

Flying cigars, luminous machines and other mysterious apparatuses evolve in the sky of France...

Lodève, September 23. -- The mysterious apparatus, commonly called "flying cigar" reported in the Puy de Dôme and in the sky of Rome was seen last Saturday September 18 at 7 p.m. very precise by three residents worthy of faith of Lodève, in the north of the department of the Hérault whereas it evolved at 1.500 meters of altitude approximately. The object moved towards the south.

The witnesses managed to observe during nearly five minutes a pointed front, towing a brilliantly lit sphere enlightened in fire red and moving without noise roughly at the speed of an ordinary plane.

They were three

Returning from a patrol during the night of Tuesday to Wednesday, two gendarmes of Chateauroux, Misters Courtaud and Peninon stated to their chief to have seen between 09:15 p.m. and 09:45 p.m., above of Fleuranderie, community of Montierchaume (the Indre), a reddish luminous machine, immobilized in the sky at a height of approximately 1.500 meters; then two others of greenish color at greater altitudes. The three mysterious objects, after having veered at a right angle had taken the north-western to south-eastern direction.

Black dots

M. Louis Moll, rural officer in Oberdoff (the Moselle), stated to have seen Sunday around 09:15 p.m., an intense gleam coming from space and touching the ground in the east of Tromborn.

This gleam similar to that of a neon tube, added the guard, and coming from an object to the rather vast proportions, changed color. It became reddish and Mr. Moll affirms to have seen "black dots" evolving silently.

The object, motionless during nearly 40 seconds, was put in rotation and carried out an almost vertical rise, taking the aspect of an orange ball and becoming flattened before taking the direction of the south-east at a vertiginous speed. The total duration of the phenomenon was one minute approximately.

The authorities which recorded this statement opened an investigation.

[Ref. fd1:] "FRANCE-DIMANCHE" NEWSPAPER:

Lorraine

Louis Moll (aged 47), railway crossing gate-keeper in Oberdorff, close to the border of the Saar, saw, on September 19, little after 9 p.m., a strange vision. He saw in the sky a kind of luminous round ball which changed little by little to a red color while taking a lengthened shape. The "thing" stopped a few moments before rising vertically, without a noise, in a sinusoidal movement. Then it slipped away to the horizontal while taking a round shape.

[Ref. sl1:] JOURNAL "NEWARK STAR-LEDGER" NEWSPAPER:

THE RAGE IN FRANCE

'Saucer' buzzes Napoleon tomb

To be anybody at all in France these days you practically have to have seen a flying saucer, preferably one of the iridescent ones that change color like a juke box.

Being able to down gallons of champagne, or owning a slightly rundown château or even attending an opening at a theater hardly counts.

Flying saucers, and now flying cigars, are "sighted" practically daily by witnesses who are upstanding citizens, model of probity and sobriety and pillars of the community.

Latest to report the phenomena was movie star Michele Morgan who said she sighted a luminous disc hovering over the dome of Les Invalides, where Napoleon is buried.

"An old man near me also saw it," Miss Morgan said. "But he ran away."

Rainbow flying saucers are the rage in central France where draughtsman Jean Besse said he watched one Friday night through powerful binoculars. He said it changed color three times in a few seconds.

At Le Puy, west of here, hotel owner Marcel Maillet said he saw an iridescent saucer changing color like a juke box.

Louis Moll, a railway crossing guard at Oberdorff said he saw a saucer "land" last Sunday.

"It was about 7:15 P.M.," he said. "My eyes were blinded by a great luminous mass which seemed to touch the ground near the village of Tromborn. As it neared the earth, the color changed in what looked to me like Neon tubes. It was the shape of a small bus.

"IT TOUCHED the ground for about 40 seconds...

Finally it flew off, straight up in the air, lighted by an orange glow which changed to red. I heard nothing."

At Origny - en Tierache, Robert Chovet, his wife and brother-in-law were driving along tuesday night when, he said, they practically ran down a flying saucer.

"It hovered several meters in front of us," he said. "An enormous orange disc at just about tree level. It was immobile for several seconds and then swooshed straight upward with dizzy speed."

[Ref. ts1:] "THE AUCKLAND STAR" NEWSPAPER:

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AND NOW THE "FLYING BUS"

PARIS, Friday. -- A Rural Guard, M. Louis Moll, said yesterday he had seen a "flying bus" bedecked with "neon lights" descend from the night sky and land near the Lorraine village of Tromborn.

"A great light came down out of the sky. It had the form of a little bus and seemed to have neon tubes around it. There seemed to be little black objects moving around in the lighted machine. After 40 seconds it took off vertically and disappeared trailing orange jets. During all the time I heard no sound."

Another report in the recent series of stories of strange sights in the sky over France came from the town of Origny en Thierache in the north.

M. Robert Chovel, an industrialist, said he and two of his relatives "suddenly found ourselves looking at an enormous orange disc which seemed suspended a few hundred mètres above the trees."

He said it remained still for a time "then disappeared."

At Chateauroux two policemen said they saw a luminous machine hovering at an altitude of about 5000 feet then two other machines of a greenish color at a greater height.

In the Southern Department of Herault several witnesses reported seeing what appeared to be a "flying cigar" towing a fiery red ball at a high speed.

Michelle Morgan the actress claimed she saw two flying saucers over Les Invalides, in the centre or Paris.

A French Deputy has submitted a written question to the Secretary of State for Air asking whether the aerial phenomena are being studied so that the public can be told "what is going on". -- N.Z. P.A. - Reuter.

[Ref. qh1:] NEWSPAPER "LE QUOTIDIEN DE HAUTE LOIRE":

FLYING CIGARS IN THE FRENCH SKY

The mysterious craft, commonly called flying cigar, announced in Puy de Dôme and in the sky of Rome, was seen on Saturday September 18, at 07:00 P.M. very precisely, by three worthy of faith inhabitants of Lodève, in the north of the department of Hérault, whereas it evolved at 1500 meters altitude approximately. The object moved towards the south. The witnesses could observe it during nearly five minutes a tapered fuselage, towing a shiny lightened fire red sphere and moving without noise, roughly at the speed of an ordinary plane.

Two gendarmes saw it... And submitted a report with their chief.

On returning pf a patrol during the night of Tuesday to Wednesday, two gendarmes of Chateauroux, Mr. Coutaud and Mr. Peninon, stated to their chief that they have seen, between 09:15 P.M. and 09:45 P.M., above La Fleuranderie, village of Montierchaume (Indre), a luminous machine hovering still in the sky, at a height of approximately 1500 meters of altitude, then two others of greenish color at a greater altitude. The three mysterious objects, after having turned at a 90 degrees angle, are said to have taken the north/west to south/east direction.

The forest service officer was there...

Mr. Louis Moll, rural officer in Oberdorf (the Moselle) stated that he saw, on Sunday around 09:15 P.M., an intense gleam coming from space and touching the ground in the east of Tromborn. This gleam was similar to that of a neon tube, he added, and coming from an object of quite vast proportions, and changed color. It became reddish and Mr. Moll claims to have seen black points evolving silently. The object, motionless during nearly 40 seconds, went into a rotation and carried out an almost vertical rise, taking the aspect of an orange ball and flattened before disappearing at a vertiginous speed in the south/east direction. The total duration of the phenomenon was one minute approximately.

What does Secretary of State for the Air think about it?

These evolutions of mysterious machine of which an increasing number people are or believe being the witnesses however start to intrigue the opinion. Therefore Mr. de Léonard, deputy for the Seine, has just asked the Secretary of State to the Air, in a written letter: 1) If orders were given so that these phenomena are systematically and scientifically studied; 2) If these saucers or cigars could not be chased so that they are better observed, so that the public knows exactly if it is a matter of collective autosuggestion to dissipate, or if it is necessary to take account of these phenomena with the point of view of safety and National Defense.

[Ref. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel indicates that on September 19, 1954 in Oberdorff in the Moselle, rural policeman Louis Moll had the observation of which he made the following report:

"Sunday evening, towards 09:15 p.m., a sharp gleam appeared in the east, crossed the sky, and went down on the heights in the east of Tromborn. I saw the object from a distance landing on the ground, and then changing its luminosity, which dimmed. Its dimensions appeared to me as those of a small bus. After being stationary for approximately forty seconds, the gleam became reddish and I believed to see something black which moved at the front in silhouette. Then the object which was motionless animated again, went up, vertically as it seemed to me, it took the aspect of a red ball which moved away at once towards the south-east while becoming flattened before disappearing."

[Ref. mc1:] MICHEL CARROUGES:

The author notes that the Moll observation lasted half a minute.

[Ref. jv8] JACQUES VALLEE - "FLYING SAUCER REVIEW":

Date Place Country Witnessed by Description of "Pilots" Total
19 Sept. 1954 Oberdorff France Paul & Moll a silhouette figure. 1

[Ref. jv5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

127 -006.59610 49.27500 19 09 1954 23 00 1 OBERDORFF F 0111 4C 091

[Ref. jv1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

The author indicates that on September 19, 1954, a brilliant light was seen in the east of Oberdorff and approached the ground while becoming less bright. It was then seen as an object of the size of a "small bus." It remained on the ground approximately a minute. A silhouette was seen.

[Ref. jv2:] JACQUES VALLEE:

149

Sep. 19, 1954 09:15 P.M. Oberdorff (France)

A bright light was seen in the east, came to the ground, lost its brightness, remained on the spot about 40 sec. It was the size of a small bus, and there was a figure in front of it. It rose and took on the appearance of a red ball. (Le Parisien, 23 Sept. 1954) (12; M 63).

[Ref. gl1:] CHARLES GARREAU AND RAYMOND LAVIER:

The two ufologists and authors indicate that on September 19, 1954, at about 9:15 P.M., according to newspaper clipping and their personal file, between Oberdorf and Tromborn, a rural forest guard, Louis Moll, saw an odd gleam appearing behind the hills. Then, a dazzling machine emerged and crossed the sky, slowed down, and landed on the heights, in the East of Tromborn.

The authors quote Mr. Moll:

"I saw, from far away, the object land on the ground. Its luminosity diminished. Its dimensions appeared to me as those of a small bus. After hovering still for approximately forty seconds, the gleam became reddish. It seemed to me to see something black which was silhouetted in front of it. Then the object, which was motionless, became again animated, raised vertically, taking the aspect of a red ball. It moved away quickly towards the south-east, while flattening before disappearing."

The authors indicate that the gendarmes of Bouzonville heard this witness and those of other sightings in the area at that time and that "all their statements match."

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

The two authors indicate that on September 19, 1954, to 21:15, between Oberdorf and Tromborn, Louis Moll, rural warden of Tromborn, saw an odd gleam then a dazzling object emerge and slow down, and land in the East of Tromborn.

They quote the witness:

"I saw the object land on the ground, it had the dimensions of a small bus. It was motionless for forty seconds, the gleam became reddish, and it seemed to me that I saw something black shadowed out in front of the craft. Then the object became animated again, took off and took the aspect of a red ball. It moved away while flattening before disappearing."

The authors indicate as sources Jacques Vallée's catalogue, the book by Garreau and Lavier, the book by Aimé Michel and the newspaper "Le Parisien" for September 23, 1954.

[Ref. go1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

The Belgian ufologist indicates that in 1954, on September 19, in France, in Oberdorf-Tromborn, at 09:15 p.m. "a brilliant light was seen in the East, it lands; lost its glare, remained approximately 40 seconds on the spot, testifies Louis Moll, guard-pastoral. It had the size of a small coach and there was a silhouette in front of it. It took off and took the appearance of a red balloon."

The sources are indicated as "Aimé Michel: 'M.O.C.' - Seghers pub., p. 85,86" and "Jacques Vallée: 'Chronique des apparitions ET' - DENOEL 1972 - J'AI LU COLL. - p. 259".

[Ref. lg3] LOREN GROSS:

The French newspaper France Dimanche published brief accounts of various UFO sightings accompanied by drawings in its October 10, 1954 issue. These were included in the monograph UFOs. A History 1954 September, pages 31-33. Translations by "ADNf' of the French text exist in NICAP files and are provided here for the reader's perusal. (See below)

[... Other cases...]

No. 2 Lorraine.

Louis Moll, 47, gatekeeper at Oberdortt [sic], (Saar frontier) had a strange vision September 19th a little after 9:00 p.m. He saw in the sky a sort of luminous ball which slowly turned red and became elongated. It then stopped a few moments, before rising vertically, with a sinusoidal move ment and no sound. Then it took off horizontally, once more round in shape. [Translator's comment] (This dia gram does not seem to correspond very well to the text, which does not assert that the object landed, or that it be came cylindrical. A sinusoidal motion is /\/\"

[... Other cases...]

These French cases can be found on page 75 of the monograph UFOs: A History 1954 September. Translations of the French text were also done by NICAP's "ADM." [Alexandre Mebane]

[Ref. dj1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

On this Day

September 20

[...]

1954 - A bright light was seen in the east by residents of Oberdorff, France at 9:15 p.m. It came to the ground, lost its brightness, and remained in one spot for approximately 40 seconds. It was reported to be about the size of a small bus, and there was a figure standing in front of it. The object rose and took on the appearance of a red ball.

(Sources: Le Parisien, September 23, 1954; Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 63; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia, p. 210).

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

70.
Location. Oberdorff France
Date: September 19 1954
Time: 2115

Louis Moll, a police officer, saw a bright light land on the heights; after landing, its luminosity decreased. It seemed as large as a small bus. The light became reddish, and he could see a black silhouette moving in front of it. Then it rose up again and went off.

Humcat 1954-51
Source: Aime Michel
Type: C

[Ref. jb1:] JEROME BEAU:

September 1954

[...]

Sund 19 21:15 In the east of Oberdorff (France), a brilliant light is seen at the approach of the ground while becoming less bright: one then distinguishes it as an object of the size from a small bus. The object remain on ground 40 S (1 mn?) approximately. A silhouette is glimpsed in front of it. It takes off and takes the appearance of a red balloon.

[...]

Jérôme Beau indicates as sources "Le Parisien, September 23, 1954" and "Vallée, J., case #13, 'Rapport sur l'analyse de 200 observations documentées faites en 1954'".

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Moselle in Oberdorff on September 19, 1954 at 21:15 hours, "a brilliant light was seen towards the east, slowing down, it goes down on the heights to the east of Tromborn. The object lands on the ground and the luminosity decreases. The object remained approximately 40 sec on the spot. The object is described as having the size of a small bus, and a figure seemed to be detached in front of it. The latter rose then taking the aspect of a red ball and leaves towards the south-east while flattening."

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 21:15, in Oberdorff, France, "A bright light was seen in the east, came to the ground, lost its brightness, remained on the spot about 40 seconds. It was the size of a small bus, and there was a figure in front of it. It rose and took on the appearance of a red ball."

And: "An object was observed. Occupants of the craft were seen. One red ball, about 10 feet across, was observed by two male adult witnesses (as reported to the police) in a town for over three minutes. No sound was heard. One silhouetted being was seen."

And: "Louis Moll, a police officer, saw a bright light land on the heights; after landing, its luminosity decreased. It seemed as large as a small bus. The light became reddish, and he could see a black silhouette moving in front of it. Then it rose up again and went off."

The sources are indicated as Webb, David, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports; Michel, Aime, Flying Saucers and the Straight-Line Mystery, S. G. Phillips, New York, 1958; Bowen, Charles, The Humanoids: FSR Special Edition No. 1, FSR, London, 1966; Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073); Vallee, Jacques, Preliminary Catalog (N = 500), (in JVallee01); Vallee, Jacques, A Century of Landings (N = 923), (in JVallee04), Chicago, 1969; Schoenherr, Luis, Computerized Catalog (N = 3173); Rogerson, Peter, World-Wide Catalog of Type 1 Reports; Delaire, J. Bernard, UFO Register Volume 7 (1976), Data Research, Oxford, 1976; Newspaper Clippings; Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002; Rosales, Albert, Humanoid Sighting Reports Database.

[Ref. pr1:] PETER ROGERSON:

September 19 1954, 2115hrs

OBERDORFF (MOSELLE : FRANCE)

Policeman Louis Moll observed a bright light that appeared in the east crossed the sky, slowed down and came down east of Tromborn. From a distance he saw the object land and its luminosity diminish. It appeared to be the size of a small bus. After 40 seconds the light became reddish and he thought he saw a dark silhouette moving in front of it. Then the object rose up vertically, looking like a red ball that flattened as it moved off to the southeast. Another witness at Tromborn saw luminosity behind the hills, and at Vaudreching, 5km to the west, electrician Rene Paul saw an elongated object with luminous neon light pass over.

Michel 1958, p.63.
Vallee Case 149, citing Le Parisien 23 September 1954.

[Ref. ni1:] "THE NICAP WEBSITE":

*Sep. 20, 1954 - A bright light was seen in the east by residents of Oberdorff, France at 9:15 p.m. It came to the ground, lost its brightness, and remained in one spot for approximately 40 seconds. It was reported to be about the size of a small bus, and there was a figure standing in front of it. The object rose and took on the appearance of a red ball. (Sources: Le Parisien, September 23, 1954; Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 63; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia, p. 210).

[Ref. ta1:] "THINK ABOUT IT" WEBSITE:

Date: September 19 1954

Location: Oberdorff France

Time: 2115

Louis Moll, a police officer, saw a bright light land on the heights; after landing, its luminosity decreased. It seemed as large as a small bus. The light became reddish, and he could see a black silhouette moving in front of it. Then it rose up again and went off.

Source: Aime Michel

[Ref. ub1:] "UFO-DATENBANK":

This database recorded this cae 12 times instead of once:

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 Oberdorf France
19540919 19.09.1954 Oberdorff France 21.15 CE III
19540919 19.09.1954 Oberdorff France 21.15 CE III
19540919 19.09.1954 Oberdorf France 21.15 CE III
19540919 19.09.1954 Oberdorff France 21.15 CE III
19540919 19.09.1954 Oberdorff France 21.15 CE III
19540919 19.09.1954 Oberdorff France 21.15 CE III
19540919 19.09.1954 Oberdorff France 21.15 CE III
19540919 19.09.1954 Oberdorff France 21.15 CE III
19540919 19.09.1954 Oberdorff France 21.15 CE III
19540919 19.09.1954 Oberdorff France 21.15 CE III
19540919 19.09.1954 Tromborn France 21.15

Explanations:

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Keywords:

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Tromborn, Moselle, Oberdorf, Louis Moll, bright, light, landing, red, sphere, neon, rotation, manoevers, rise, occupants

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1.5 Patrick Gross October 3, 2014 Additions [jv8], [ni1].
1.6 Patrick Gross November 18, 2014 Addition [ta1].
1.7 Patrick Gross December 16, 2016 Additions [lg3], [ub1].
1.8 Patrick Gross January 18, 2017 Addition [br1].
1.9 Patrick Gross January 20, 2017 Addition [lm1].
2.0 Patrick Gross February 25, 2017 Addition [ts1].

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