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The 1954 French flap:

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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.

Reports:

[Ref. bb1:] GERARD BARTHEL AND JACQUES BRUCKER:

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.

Explanations:

Not looked for yet.

Keywords:

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

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

Sources:

[---] 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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