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October 1, 1954, Avignon, Vaucluse:

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




A saucer above Avignon?

Avignon (C.P.).

The presence of an unidentifiable bolide was announced to us above Avignon yesterday, at the beginning of the afternoon by several people who saw it from the slope of Bellevue on the right bank of the Rhone.

We went to the site and could note that an unknown object having the shape of a refringent spheroid appeared at a constant distance from [...] and that it remained [...]

Observed with binoculars, he time after time took the apparent shape of a disc with a curvature in the center and a cone from where a reddish trail escaped by the base.

This curious phenomenon started to be observed around 01:00 p.m. and it still lasted at 04:30 p.m..

The "saucer" (since it became common to call that way any object unknown to a non-specialist observer) slowly moved from the East to the West on 45 degrees approximately.

Aircraft, weather-balloon, new satellite?

The question is opened.


Veynes (C.P.).

[...] Louis and Mr. Curri Baptiste, were hasting at a sharp pace on the road. They were very surprized to see, between the Saint-Luc post and the wood of the Pignon, a ball of a very apparent green color, which moved rather quickly, leaving a red trail behind. It disappeared towards Aspremont. The two witnesses, who could admire it during at least thirty seconds, are convinced that it is a flying saucer.

Ballet of "saucers" in the sky of Ardeche

Grenoble (A.C.P.).

Mr. Joseph Habrat, farmer in the district of Perrets, in Lemps, not far from Tournon (the Ardeche), observed in the sky, last night, a true ballet of "flying saucers".

He had first of all noticed a green light moving slowly in direction of Valence. Then the luminous craft started to evolve at full speed in various directions and ended up being immobilized.

The farmer then called his daughter, Yvette, who up to now had refused to believe in the flying saucers.

Like her father, Yvette managed to observe the luminous object which advanced, it seemed to them, up to 500 meters of them approximately. A little later ten machines joined the first, and outlined with it a true ballet before disappearing in the direction of the East.

Little afterward, three craft appeared again then disappeared in the same direction as the previous ones.

[Ref. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel reports that there was a sighting on October 2, 1954, in Avignon, France.


178 -004.82000 43.04700 02 10 1954 AVIGNON F 151 C** 170


The authors indicate that on October 2, 1954, there was an observation in the sky of the South of France. When an object appeared above Avignon, the witnesses very quickly noticed that it was staying at a constant distance from the Moon, perfectly visible in full day. The object accompanied the Moon in its trajectory during the day and disappeared with it towards the west.

The authors comment on that during trente-six hours, a spy that came from space had looked at the Earth rotating under it.

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Database Nr: 1285

No known official investigation

Place of observation: Avignon

Department: Vaucluse (84)

Lat. 43.95 Long. +4.816

Date of observation: 02 October 1954

Time: 01:15 p.m.

Type of observation: Visual: Distant

Number of Witnesses: undetermined number

At about 01:15 p.m. an object shining of a sharp glare is observed above the right bank of the Rhone. It remained at a constant distance from the Moon seeming to evolve in connection with it. Observed with binoculars, it seemed to change shape from a disc embossed in its center to a very elongated oval, from where escaped at the base a sort of reddish trail. It remained visible until 04:30 p.m., fading as the night fell. During the observation it had moved of 45° in the sky going from east to west.

Number of object: 1

Type of object: Oval with dome

Undefined color

Observed luminosity: Reflects the light

Presence of a Trail

No weather indication

Physical Effect: No

Effects on the witness: No

Presence of entities: No

Sources: by **

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

This database recorded this case 4 times:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541002 02.10.1954 Avignon France 13.00 DD
19541002 02.10.1954 Avignon France 13.00 DD
19541002 02.10.1954 Avignon France 13.00 DD
19541002 02.10.1954 Avignon France 13.00 DD


Possible reflection of the moon on a cloud layer.


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

Avignon, Vaucluse, shining, round, elongated, center, bump, oval, trail, red, slow, duration, moon, binoculars, multiple, disc, day, duration


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