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September 19, 1954, Vaudreching, Moselle:

Reference for this case: 19-Sep-54-Vaudreching.
Please cite this reference in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


The regional newspaper L'Est Républicain for September 23, 1954, reported that Mr. René Paul, electrician-mechanic, residing on the road to Vandreching, in Bouzonville, had confided to a comrade, his confidence having quickly become an open secret; which allowed that this newspaper was able to question him.

Mr. Paul told them that he saw something resembling a neon tube flying at a "fairly appreciable" altitude, which had passed over the Moselle sky on the evening of September 19, 1954.

One of his co-workers, a Tromborn resident, is said to have observed it as well.

The case will be mentioned in the ufological literature by Aimé Michel, Guy Quincy, Charles Garreau and Raymond Lavier and others, but without further information, except for the hour of 09:15 p.m.




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. aml1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel reports that on September 19, 1954, in Vaudreching, René Paul, electrician, sees an elongated object having "the luminosity of a neon tube" pass by.

[Ref. gqy1:] GUY QUINCY:


September 19, [1954]

09:15 p.m.: Vaudreching (Moselle)


The two authors indicate, in the context of the observation in Tromborn, that within six kilometers from there, that is in Vendreching, an electrician, Rene Paul, saw an elongated luminous object passing, that the witness expert in luminary compared to a "neon tube."

[Ref. lgs1:] LOREN GROSS:

September 19th.

[... Other cases...]

Series of reports in the Sarre region of France. Sightings at Vaudrechinh [sic], Oberdorff, and Tromborn. The most interesting was the one at Vaudrechinh [sic].

The case follows.

An electrician by the name of Rene Paul saw something above the village, an elongated object that glowed with neon intensity. The time of this sighting is not known.

A short distance from Vaudrechinh, about a mile as the crow flies in that hilly country, at the tiny village of Oberdorff, a policeman named Louis Moll had this experience:

"Sunday evening at about 9:15, a bright light appeared in the east, crossed the sky, slowed down, and came down on the heights east of Tromborn. From a distance I saw the object land on the ground, and its luminosity diminish. Its size seemed to be about that of a small bus. After staying on the ground for about 40 seconds, the light became reddish and I thought I could see something black moving in front, just a silhouette. Ihen tne motionless object came to life again, rose up vertically, it seemed to me, and looked then like a red ball which went off at once toward the southeast, becoming flatter before it disappeared." 94.

[... Other cases...]

  • 93. Michel, Aime. Flying Saucers and the Straight-Line Mystery, p.62.
  • 94. Ibid, p.63.


September 19, 1954

September 19, 1954 at 09:15, in several localities close to the commune of Bouzonville, at the same time, luminous phenomena were observed.

Vaudreching: Mr R. Paul observed a lengthened object of a brilliant green color.


[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Moselle in Vaudreching on September 19, 1954 at 21:15 hours, "a witness observes a lengthened object having the luminosity of a neon tube."

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

[Ref. prn1:] PETER ROGERSON:

September 19 1954, 2115hrs


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. ubk1:] "UFO-DATENBANK":

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 Vaudreching France 09.15 p.m. NL



Insufficient information, possible meteor.


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

Vaudreching, Vandreching, Moselle, object, luminous, elongated, meteor, René Paul, neon


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0.1 Patrick Gross January 16, 2006 First published.
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1.1 Patrick Gross June 2, 2010 Addition [ler1].
1.2 Patrick Gross August 13, 2013 Addition [prn1].
1.3 Patrick Gross September 29, 2017 Addition [ubk1].
1.4 Patrick Gross March 11, 2021 Additions [gqy1], [lgs1], Summary.

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