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September 1, 1954, Château-Gontier, Mayenne:

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

Reports:

[Ref. ci1:] 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. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel briefly reports that the object observed in Chateau-Gontier was similar to the one observed in Roubaix on september 15, 1954 and in Angers on september 1, 1954: red color, green halation, circular shape.

[Ref. lg1:] 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. go2:] 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.

She indicates that the same day, in France in Lion d'Angers and Château Gontier, people of Lion d'Angers, 22 kilometers more in the north on main road 162, started to see in their turn the object seen by Claire Cordier in Anger. "Their discription is identical (...) the last witnesses are reported in Château Gontier, in the Mayenne, at45 km in the north of Angers."

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

[Ref. jb1:] 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 rreminded that of the neon tubes. The phenomenon remained visible during several minutes.

[...]

Jérôme Beau indique que la source est "Un 'disque volant' observé dans l'Ouest de la France", Alger Républicain, 4 septembre 1954.

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Mayenne in Château Gontier on September 1, 1954 at 20:20 heures, several people observe a brown red disc with green reflections moving towards the north.

He indicates that his source is "M.O.C. by Michel Aimé ** Arthaud 1958".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 1 September 1954 at 20:20 in Chateau-Gontier, France, "A flying disc was observed. Multiple independent witnesses. One brown disc was observed by more than two witnesses for over one minute. No sound was heard."

The source is indicated as Michel, Aime, Flying Saucers and the Straight-Line Mystery, S. G. Phillips, New York, 1958.

[Ref. ud2:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 1 September 1954 at 20:20 in "Lion.Angers, France", "Brownish-red colored disc, encircled by green flashes, rapid movement north. A flying disc was observed. Multiple independent witnesses. One brown disc was observed by two witnesses in a city for over one minute (Cordier). A purring sound was heard."

The sources are noted as Michel, Aime, Flying Saucers and the Straight-Line Mystery, S. G. Phillips, New York, 1958; Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073); Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002.

[Ref. ud3:] "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.

[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
19540901 01.09.1954 Chateau Gontier France 20.20 NL

Explanations:

Not looked for yet.

Keywords:

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

Château Gontier, Mayenne, multiple, disc, night, brown, trail, green, hue, light, neon, Claire Cordier, André Greffier, Angers, Lion d'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 [go1], [jb1], [lc1], [ud1].
1.1 Patrick Gross June 26, 2010 Additions [ud2], [ud3].
1.3 Patrick Gross November 20, 2016 Addition [ub1].
1.4 Patrick Gross April 20, 2018 Addition [lg1].

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