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The 1954 French flap:

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September 1, 1954, Angers, Maine-et-Loire:

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

Summary:

In his 1954 book on the French wave of 1954, Aimé Michel states that on October 1, 1954, there were three cases of particular interest in France, including one in Angers at 08:20 p.m..

Mrs. Claire Cordier, an informer, was at her home on "rue Brétigny" (sic, actually rue Bressigny) when she was attracted to the window by an unusual glow. She looked up at the sky and saw a bright disc of a brownish red with a hint of light green that was moving fast, faster than a jet plane but no faster than a flying star, heading toward the north.

While the city was noisy, Mrs. Cordier listened and heard a slight purr, but she was not sure if it was for the object.

As the city was not noisy, Mrs. Cordier listened and heard a slight purr, but she was not sure if it came from the object.

At the same time of Mrs. Cordier heading toward her window, Mr. Aimé Greffier, who lives in the same Brétigny street in Angers, was in his kitchen and saw strange reflections in the glass of the room. He went out into the garden and noticed the same object, saying that it was circular in shape, with a bright red glow, and moving rapidly towards the north. He did not report any noise.

Aimé Michel argues that as the objet was seen at roughly the same hour 45 kms further, it was too fast for a plane. HE also argues that as the witnesses in Angers were inside their houses and had time enough to get out, it was not a meteor.

Reports:

[Ref. cia1:] CIA:

INFORMATION FROM
FOREIGN DOCUMENTS OR RADIO BROACASTS

COUNTRY: Non-Orbit   DATE OF INFORMATION: 1954
SUBJET: Military - Unidentified flying objects  
HOW PUBLISHED: Dail[y] newspaper   DATE DIST.: 29 oct 1954
WHERE PUBLISHED: As indicated   NO. OF PAGES: 5
DATE PUBLISHED: 31 Jul - 20 Sep 1954  
LANGUAGES: Various   SUPPLEMENT TO REPORT NO.:
[Blackened out] [Blackened out]   THIS IS UNEVALUATED INFORMATION
SOURCE: As indicated  

SIGHTINGS OF UNIDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECTS,
31 JULY - 20 SEPTEMBER 1954

WESTERN EUROPE

[... (Reports from other countries) ...]

France

"FLYING DISK" SIGHTED IN WESTERN FRANCE -- Algiers, Alger Republicain, 4 Sep 54

A disk-shaped object was (no date given) observed by various persons simultaneously at about 2020 hours, flying over Angers and Lion-d'Angers, both in La Maine-et-Loire Department, and over Chateau-Gontiers, Mayenne Department. The object was generally described as being brown and emitting a short trail of and odd hue of green. According to Claire Cordier, a nurse in Angers, the object gave off a soft drone, and its glow was reminiscent of the light in neon tubes. The phenomenon was visible for several minutes.

[... (Next reports)]

[Ref. aml1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel states that on October 1, 1954, there were three cases of particular interest in France, including one in Angers at 08:20 p.m..

Mrs. Claire Cordier, an informer, was at her home on rue Bretigny when she was attracted to the window by an unusual glow. She looked up at the sky and saw a bright disc of a brownish red with a hint of light green that was moving fast, faster than a jet plane but no faster than a flying star, heading toward the north.

While the city was noisy, Mrs. Cordier listened and heard a slight purr, but she was not sure if it was for the object.

As the city was not noisy, Mrs. Cordier listened and heard a slight purr, but she was not sure if it came from the object.

At the same time of Mrs. Cordier heading toward her window, Mr. Aimé Greffier, who lives in the same Bretigny street in Angers, was in his kitchen and saw strange reflections in the glass of the room. He went out into the garden and noticed the same object, saying that it was circular in shape, with a bright red glow, and moving rapidly towards the north. He did not report any noise.

Aimé Michel argues that as the objet was seen at roughly the same hour 45 kms further, it was too fast for a plane. HE also argues that as the witnesses in Angers were inside their houses and had time enough to get out, it was not a meteor.

[Ref. ldl1:] "LUMIERES DANS LA NUIT" UFOLOGY MAGAZINE:

Editor's note. - The four straight lines are about the network of October 2, 1954. The first includes the places of: Jeumont, Dijon, Louhans, Morestel (On this straight line are also located: Chevigny en Valière (on 10/14/54), and Le Pin (on 9/16/54). The second includes the places of Poncey-Pellerey, Bourg (on this straight line are also located: Meursanges (on 10/14/54). The third includes the places of Saint-Brieuc, Saint-Paulien (on this straight line are also located: Angers (on 9/1/54). The fourth includes the places of Aiguillon, Avignon (on this straight line is also located: Fontaine de Vaucluse (on 10/14/54).

[Ref. lgs1:] LOREN GROSS:

Reports on the rise in Europe.

Sept. 1 [1954]

[...]

UFO sails over the French countryside.

Earlier in the evening at 8:20 p.m. a bright light lit up the house of a Mlle. Claire Cordier, a French nurse who lived on Rue Bressigny in the town of Angers. Drawn to the window by the glare, Mlle. Corddier looked at the black sky and saw, moving north, a glowing brownish-red disc that emitted a greenish aureole.

Mlle. Cordier's neighbor, M. Andre Greffier, was also attracted to the luminous phenomenon and he went out into his garden to watch the UFO as it flew swiftly north, disappearing quickly over the northern horizon.

About a dozen miles north of Angers, citizens of Lion-d'Angers observed the same object pass over, taking about a minute to cross the heavens. Some 14 miles beyond Lion-d'Angers, the circular red-brown thing flashing green light was last seen still flying to the north. 9.

[...]

9. Michel, Aime. Flying Saucers and the Straight-Line Mystery. New York, N.Y.: Criterion books, 1958. p.33.

[Ref. goe1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

The Belgian ufologist indicates in her catalogue that in 1953, on September 1, in France at 20:20, "Miss Claire Cordier, nurse, was home street of Bressigny in Angers, when a strange light would attract her towards the window. Having looked up in the sky, shelfe saw a luminous disc of a red brown light haloed of green reflections going fast towards the north. It flew at a speed much higher than that of a plane, but however not as fast as a shooting star (...) After little more than a minute the object disappeared on the northern horizon line. (...) Mr. André Greffier, also living street of Bressigny in Angers was in his kitchen. He also was intrigued by odd reflections appeared in the canopy of the room. He came out in the garden and saw in his turn the object of which he gives a description identical to that of Miss Cordier: circular shape, red brown luminosity with green reflections, fast move towards the north.

The ufologist indicates that her source is: "Aimé MICHEL: 'Apropos des Soucoupes Volantes', PLANETE, pub. 1966, p.44/45.

[Ref. jbu1:] JEROME BEAU:

September 1954

01

[...]

20:20 An object in the shape of a disc is observed simultaneously by various people, flying above Angers and Lion d'Angers (the Maine-and-Loire) and above Chateau Gontier (Mayenne). The object is generally described as dark or emitting a trail of smoke of a strange blue or green. According to Claire Cordier, a nurse of Angers, the object released a gentle buzzing sound, and its gleam reminded that of the neon tubes. The phenomenon remained visible during several minutes.

[...]

Jérôme Beau indicates that the source is "Un 'disque volant' observé dans l'Ouest de la France", Alger Républicain, September 4, 1954.

[Ref. uda1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 4 September 1954 in Angers, France, "Nocturnal lights were reported in a city. A noise was heard."

The source is indicated as Hall, Richard H., UFO Reports from the Files of the CIA, Fund for UFO Research, Washington.

Explanations:

Probable meteor.

The argument of Aimé Michel is not admissible.

On the one hand, Mrs. Cordier did not leave her house, she just went to a window; which window migt have been 1 meter away from her, in any event, certainly not that far from her that going to the window would exclude a meteor.

Mr. Greffier was inside and went outside, but there was no reason to think it took a long time. We hear about a kitchen glasshouse, so it iwas likely a kitchen giving to the outside. Maybe it took him only a few seconds to get out.

Knowing that a meteor can be followed sometimes for up to 1 minute 30 or even 2 minutes, it is clear that Aimé Michel was wrong.

Below: Map of the sightings in the area on September 1, 1954, at 08:20 p.m. The two witnesses in Angers and those in Château-Gontier are well localized. Those of Le Lion-d'Angers are not, we only know that they were on National Road 162 and are residents of Lion-d'Angers.

The distance in straight line between Angers and Château-Gontier is about 41 km.

Keywords:

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

Angers, Maine-et-Loire, multiple, disc, night, brown, trail, green, hue, light, neon, Claire Cordier, André Greffier, Angers

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross December 28, 2004 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross March 19, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [goe1], [jbu1], [lcn1], [uda1].
1.1 Patrick Gross June 26, 2010 Addition [uda1].
1.2 Patrick Gross April 20, 2018 Addition [lgs1].
1.3 Patrick Gross August 16, 2019 Addition [ldl1], Summary. Explanations changed, were "Probable meteor.".

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