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October 1, 1954, Saint-Michel-sur-Meurthe, Vosges:

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

Reports:

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

The two authors indicate that on October 1, 1954 at 08:30 p.m., in Saint-Michel-sur-Meurthe in the Vosges, several inhabitants observed a cigar in the sky, which launched very sharp white gleams and moved towards the north.

[Ref. cn1:] CNEGU:

CNEGU notes that their case F/98/88541001 (01) is in Saint-Michel-sur-Meurthe, on Friday, October 1, 1954, at 08:30 p.m. local time, the witnesses being Mr. Paul CLOAREC, aged 34, of Saulceray, and Mr. Rene MATHIS. The source is an article in La Liberté de l'Est for October 4, 1954, the entire article being:

"Observation in SAINT-MICHEL-SUR-MEURTHE (Vosges)"

"Two inhabitants of SAINT-MICHEL saw a flying saucer. In the evening of Friday between 08:30 p.m. and 08:45 p.m., Mr. Paul CLOAREC, aged 34, mason with the company of public works Charles BRUGHORT in SAINT DIE and domiciled in the hamlet of SAULCERAY in SAINT-MICHEL-SUR-MEURTHE had just gone to bed when he was suddenly called by his neighbor, Mr. Rene MATHIS, husband of the teacher of the hamlet born Marguerite DIEUDONNE. Mr. Rene MATHIS had just seen in the dark sky one of these luminous machines which one took habit to call flying saucer. It was the third consecutive time at appreciably the same hour that Mr. Rene MATHIS returning from taking care of his animals and fearing to be taken for a visionary, he made a point of having a witness with him. Thus the two men could look during 5 to 6 minutes at the machine evolving towards the VOIVRE, high in the sky, "You would have believed", entrusted Paul CLOAREC to us, "an oval lengthened form launching white gleams, very sharp, which flickered. It was as if a workman had made arc welding. But the saucer moved towards the North where it ended disappearing. It did not make any noise." Mr. Paul CLOAREC is decided, besides, to do like René MATHIS. He will watch for it every evening while being surrounded of other neighbors to be sure that it is not a matter of hallucination. (This phenomenon has been occurring at fixed hour for several days.)"

CNEGU comments by pointing out that this is about a repetitive phenomenon at a regular hour, and that the continuation is not known.

[Ref. go1] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

Godelieve van Overmeire indicates that on October 1, 1954, in France, in St Michel sur Meurthe, "towards 08:30 p.m., several residents observe high in the sky a cigar launching white sharp gleams and moving towards the north."

The source is indicated as "M. FIGUET/ J.L. RUCHON: 'Ovni, Premier dossier complet...' éd. Alain Lefeuvre 1979, p. 106".

[Ref. dj1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

On this Day

October 1

[...]

1954 - At 8:30 p.m. several inhabitants of St-Michel-sur-Meurthe, France saw a cigar-shaped object in the sky with very bright white lights fly towards the north. (Source: Michel Figuet and Jean-Louis Ruchon, OVNI: Le premier dossier complet des rencontres rapprochees en France, p. 106).

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Vosges in St Michel sur Meurthe, on October 1, 1954, at 20:30 hours, "several residents observe in the sky a cigar launching very sharp white gleams and moving towards the north."

The source is indicated as "Ovni, Premier dossier complet... by Figuet M./ Ruchon J.L. ** Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979".

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

*Oct. 1, 1954 - At 8:30 p.m. several inhabitants of St-Michel-sur-Meurthe, France saw a cigar-shaped object in the sky with very bright white lights fly towards the north. (Source: Michel Figuet & Jean-Louis Ruchon, OVNI: Le premier dossier complet des rencontres rapprochees en France, p. 106).

[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
19541001 01.10.1954 St. Michel Meurthe France 20.30 NL

Explanations:

Not looked for yet. Probably astronomical.

Keywords:

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

Saint-Michel-sur-Meurthe, Vosges, multiple, night, duration, repetition, Paul Cloarec, Rene Mathis, mason, luminous, lengthened, white, flickering, silent

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross March 6, 2007 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross February 12, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [go1], [lc1].
1.0a Patrick Gross Novemebr 12, 2009 Correction of the broken link to this page.
1.2 Patrick Gross January 2, 2017 Additions [ub11].

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