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November 1, 1954, Viomenil, Vosges:

Reference number for this case: 1-nov-54-Vioménil. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Reports:

[Ref. le1:] "LA LIBERTE DE L'EST" NEWSPAPER:

VIOMENIL (Vosges)
SERIAL PHENOMENA OR COLLECTIVE ILLUSION?

It was approximately 08:30 P.M. last Monday when Mr. Robert Didier, farmer residing in the farm of "La Bataille" saw in the sky above the pumping station of the community and moving towards Belrupt at a very high speed and without making noise, a whitish disc of 40 cm approximately, which left a long and broad trail of several colors behind itself.

The morning of the following day, i.e. Tuesday November 2, at about 06:15 A.M., Mr. Paul Poirot also residing in "La Bataille," on hearing a gentle humming, came out fast of his place and exclaimed soon afterwards: "It's falling!"

His relatives were quickly outside and learned that a green disc releasing flames behind itself went down at high speed towards a close clearing. Everyone run to the supposed spot of the fall but nothing was discovered.

During the same day one learned as Mr. Robert Gegonne, farmer in Tholloy, had seen in the morning at about the same time a similar disc above the farm, which did also come from Tholloy and directed itself also towards Belrupt.

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Vosges in Vioménil on November 2, 1954 at 06:15 hours, "the witness is in the farm La Bataille when he hears a gentle humming and comes out of of his place. The members of his family remained inside then hear him shout 'It falls!' and leave quickly. The witness tells them that he saw a green disc releasing flames to go down at high speed towards a nearby clearing. Everyone then runs towards the latter but nothing is seen."

"Another farmer at the place Tholloy did at the same time the obersvation of a disc coming from Tholloy and moving towards Belrupt. A third witness also made the same observation."

The source is indicated as "Lumières dans la Nuit".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 2 November 1954 at 06:15 in Viomenil-Bataille, France, "Green disc lands, leaves no physical traces. Independent witnesses. Second disc rapidly to the west."

The website adds: "A green disc landed on a farm near Viomenil-Bataille, France at 6:15 a.m. It left no physical traces, but there were independent witnesses to the event, who reported seeing a second disc fly over heading quickly to the west."

And: "An object was sighted by multiple independent witnesses that had an appearance and aerobatic performance beyond the capability of known earthly aircraft. One green disc was observed by three witnesses on a farm."

The sources are indicated as Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073); Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002.

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

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541101 01.11.1954 Viomenil France 20.30 NL

Explanations:

Obvious description of a meteor.

[lc1] mixes the reports of the 1st and the 2nd. [ud1] cites a "landing" whereas there was no landing reported.

Keywords:

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

Vioménil, Vosges, meteor, disc, contrail, white, whitish, multicolored, Robert Didier, silent, fast

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross April 7, 2004 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross May 25, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [lc1], [ud1].
1.1 Patrick Gross November 1, 2011 A search on the web and in my documentation did not reveal other sources.
1.2 Patrick Gross February 2, 2017 Addition [ub1].

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