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The 1954 French flap:

The index page for the 1954 French flap section of this website is here.

October 20, 1954, Préchac, Gironde:

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



The two authors argue that no UFO is an extraterrestrial craft because their shapes are ridiculously varied. As example they indicate a case which they date of October 20, 1954, in Préchac, which they say has been described in the "Sud-Ouest" newspaper of August 11, 1974 as such:

"Mr Mothes, set in his pidgeon tower vis-a-vis Ciron awaits the game. At approximately 01:30 p.m., he is very surprised when the hoped prey has no other aspect than that of a hypertrophic batrachian larva."

"- I saw a kind of bulky machine presenting the form of a huge tadpole of 2 meters in diameter and 4 in length. Two white portholes flanked the back of the body, a bent prolongation was protruding. The machine disappeared in a recent cut in the forest; low noises accompanied its landing. On the location of its impact with the ground I did discovered nothing. -No circulation of Zeppelin or other pisciform airship was announced in the area."

The two authors then suggest as explanation that Mr. Mothes saw certainly a shooting star and made a strange description of it, that one sees melons in Cavaillon [because Cavaillon produces melons] and silly things in Cambrai [because Cambrai produces a pastry called "bêtises de Cambrai", i.e. "silly things"].

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 17 October 1954 at 13:30 in Prechac, France, there was a sighting.

The source is indicated as Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002.


Not looked for yet.


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

Préchac, Gironde, Mothes, tadpole, portholes, white, noise


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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross December 14, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross March 24, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [ud1].

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