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October 20, 1954, Mers-les-Bains, Somme:

Reference number for this case: 20-Oct-54-Mers-les-Bains. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Reports:

[Ref. cm1:] "CENTRE MATIN" NEWSPAPER:


A flying saucer of car size land in Oran

THE FLYING SAUCERS APPEARED LAST NIGHT MAINLY ABOVE NORMANDY. IF WE ARE TO BELIEVE SEVRAL PEOPLE, AMONG THEN MISS MICHELLE VITKOSUSKY, CLERK OF NOTARY, SEVERAL UNIDENTIFIED MACHINES HAVE EVOLVED DURING TWO HOURS. OF A MACHINE VIOLENTLY ENLIGHTENED, AND POSED IN A FIELD, AT THE LEFT OF THE ROAD OF SAINT-VALERY-EN-CAUX, ESCAPED LUMINOUS DISCS WHICH TOOK ALTITUDE QUICKLY, TO THEN REGAIN THEIR INITIAL LOCATION.

A flying cigar carried out the same things. Two other machines seen not far from the cliff of Mers-les-Bains, seemed to communicate by signals with the first group. It should be added that the gendarmes who carried out an investigation on the spot did not find any trace of this mysterious carrousel.

A phenomenon a bit similar is said to have been observed above Vic-Bigorre, by a group of ten students who were training on a sports ground. They are said to have seen four discs in formation which seemed to rotate at high speed.

Several testimonys were gathered in Alsace. One of the witnesses, Lucien Fiesch [Fisch] saw close to Issenheim a spherical machine of approximately 6 meters in diameter which stationed within one meter of the ground. Frightened, Mr. Fiesch [Fisch] went away and regained his workplace.

In Guebwiller, Mr. Pierre Ackerman stated to have seen in the sky a brilliant disc which moved silently at approximately 400 meters of altitude. Two schoolboys confirmed this statement.

A resident [female] of Soultzwatt [Soultzmatt], stated to have observed a machine of elongated form which moved at very high speed.

Another testimony comes from the Nievre. The Lormes-Nevers bus moved towards this latter city, when, near Saxi-Bourdon, the driver stopped and exclaimed: "a saucer", all the passengers went down and distinguished, if they must be believed, a disc shining like aluminum, at 70 or 80 meters of altitude.

The last testimony is that of a factor of the Saint-Pierre-la-Cour station, who saw a disc in the sky, spreading luminous orange rays.

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Wednesday morning, around 3 hours, Mr. Gaston Blanquère, resident in Oran, was returning with passengers on board his car. A little after the village of Jean-Mermoz, the attention of the motorists was attracted by a sharp gleam coming from the south and which grew bigger quickly.

A luminous disc crossed the road above them, descended a few hundreds meters further and appeared to contact the ground.

The machine had the size of a small car. It was composed of a higher cupola from which came out a yellow gleam. The lower part of the disc let escape a bluish luminous sheaf. Kinds of very powerful headlights swept the plain.

Ten minutes later, the luminosity dimmed and the machine, taking height, moved away quickly and without noise.

The police chief of the Sig, during his investigation, had these statements confirmed by a fellah of a nearby douar.

[Ref. jv5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

378 20 10 1954 RTE P. MERS-SOMME F 001 44 G

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

The two authors indicate that in Mers-les-Bains in the department of the Somme, on October 20, 1954, two objects were seen close to a cliff. They seemed to be in communication by light signals with another group of four objects which were between Mers-les-Bains and Saint-Valery-sur-Somme. The observation had lasted two hours.

The authors indicate that the sources are case 293 of the Vallée catalogue, Quincy, and Paris-Presse for October 22, 1954.

[Ref. go1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

The Belgian ufologist indicates in her chronology that in 1954, on October 20 in France in Saint Valéry, "Several unknown objects operated during 2 hours close to this village. One of them was very shining and landed in a pasture. One saw two others of them close to Mers, which seemed in connection with objects of another group by light signals."

The sources are indicated as "Paris-Presse, 22 oct 1954" and "Jacques Vallée: 'Chronique des apparitions ET' - DENOEL 1972 - COLL. J'AI LU - p. 287".

[Ref. dj1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

On this Day

October 20

[...]

1954 - Several unknown objects maneuvered for two hours near the village of St-Valery, France. One of them was very brilliant and landed in a pasture. Two others were seen near a cliff in Mers, France. They appeared to be in communication with UFOs in another group by means of light signals. (Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 235).

[...]

[Ref. jb1:] JEROME BEAU:

Wednesday, October 20, 1954

[...]

Several unknown objects operate during 2 h close to the village of Saint-Valéry (France). One of them is very shiny and lands in a pasture. One sees 2 others of them close to the cliff in Mers, which seem in connection with objects of another group by light signals.

[...]

Jérôme Beau indicates as sources: "Paris-Presse, 22 octobre 1954".

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates in his database that in the Somme in Mers les Bains on October 20, 1954 at an unknown hour, "Two objects are seen close to a cliff. They seem in communication by light signals with another group of four objects which are between Mers and St Valery sur Somme. Duration of the observation two hours."

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

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 20 October 1954 in "Mers.Bains", France, "One object was observed."

The sources are noted as: Bowen, Charles, The Humanoids: FSR Special Edition No. 1, FSR, London, 1966; Vallee, Jacques, Challenge to Science: The UFO Enigma, Henry Regnery, Chicago, 1966; Vallee, Jacques, Preliminary Catalog (N = 500), (in JVallee01); Schoenherr, Luis, Computerized Catalog (N = 3173).

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

*Oct. 20, 1954 - Several unknown objects maneuvered for two hours near the village of St-Valery, Somme, France. One of them was very brilliant and landed in a pasture. Two others were seen near a cliff in Mers, France. They appeared to be in communication with UFOs in another group by means of light signals. (Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 235, case 293; Paris Presse, October 22, 1954).

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

This database recorded this case 3 times:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541020 20.10.1954 Mers Bains France
19541020 20.10.1954 Mers Bains France
19541020 20.10.1954 Mers Bains France

Explanations:

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Keywords:

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

Mers-les-Bains, Somme, Saint-Valery-sur-Somme, objects, light, signals, four, cliff

Sources:

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross September 2, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross March 19, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [go1], [dj1], [jb1], [lc1], [ud1].
1.1 Patrick Gross June 30, 2010 Addition [jv5].
1.2 Patrick Gross October 25, 2014 Addition [ni1].
1.3 Patrick Gross March 6, 2017 Addition [ub1].

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