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October 20, 1954, Saint-Valéry-sur-Somme, Somme:

Reference number for this case: 20-oct-54-StValery. 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 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.

* * *

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:

379 20 10 1954 ST VALERY -MERS SOM F 121 G

[Ref. jv1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

293

Oct. 20, 1954 Saint-Valery (France).

Several unknown objects maneuvered for 2 hrs near this village. One of them was very brilliant and landed in a pasture. Two others were seen near the cliff in Mers, and seemed to be in communication by means of light signals with objects in another group. (75)

[Ref. gl1:] CHARLES GARREAU AND RAYMOND LAVIER:

The two authors, journalists and ufologists, quote the summary by Vallée and comment that the information is sparse.

[Ref. cp1:] CLAUDE POHER:

In 1968-1969, before the official GEPAN ufology effort started, its future head Dr Claude Poher was a member of the unofficial GEPA ufology group, and gathered a computer coded listing of more than 700 UFO reports on which multiple factors statistical computation could be run. In the file were a number of 1954 French UFO reports, among those this one.

For readability, a decoded interpretation of the data is provided here under the original 80 character encoded string. Decoding was done according to the original indications, the code number and its generic meaning is given. Please not that the generic meaning of each code is a predefined category, not the real specific details of the case. For example, if the main witness' age was 33, the coding would result in a number "3" which corresponds to a category "Adult from 21 to 59 years."

Original code:0635551810195420401JA3000010000010ZZZZ002000000000000000000000000000000000000000
Location:St Valery sur Somme - France
Case number:0635
Source code:55
Nature of the source:Reports from official French sources: Police, Gendarmerie, Army, Pilots
Day:18
Month:10
Year:1954
Hours:20
Minutes:40
Type of Time:1 = local time
Number of witnesses:3 = 3
Main witness named:0 = name is not indicated
Main witness age:0 = no indication
Main witness occupation:0 = no indication
Official investigation:1 = an official investigation was made
Weather:0 = no indication
Duration:0 = no indication
Minimal distance witness - phenomenon:0 = no indication
Method of observation:0 = no indication
Number of "objects" observed simultaneously:01 = 1
Shape of the "object" (terminology of witness(es)):0 = no indication
Dimensions of the phenomenon:ZZZZ = no indication
Color of the observed phenomenon:00 = no indication
Luminosity of the phenomenon:2 = luminous, fluorescent
Lights or projectors on the phenomenon:0 = no indication
Moving speed of the phenomenon:0 = no indication
Acceleration of the phenomenon:0 = no indication
Trajectory of the phenomenon:0 = no indication
Sounds perceived during observation:0 = no indication
Maximum angular height of observation (horizon = 0°):0 = no indication
Nature of the landing place:0 = no indication
Number of contact points with ground:0 = no indication
Traces of landing:0 = no indication
Observation of "occupants"0 = no indication
Height of the occupants observed:00 = no indication
Garment of the occupants:00 = no indication
Garment:0 = no indication
General behavior of "occupants":0 = no indication
Interaction of "occupants" with witness:0 = no indication
Head, hair:0 = no indication
Voice, breathing, chin:0 = no indication
Skin:0 = no indication
Eyes:0 = no indication
Mouth:0 = no indication
Various details:0 = no indication
Thermal effects:0 = no indication
Luminous effects:0 = no indication
Magnetic effect (or electromagnetic):0 = no indication
Odor perceived by witness:0 = no indication
Physiological effects on the witness(es):0 = no indication
Psychological effect on the witness(es):0 = no indication
Effects on animals:0 = no indication
Other effects reported:0 = no indication
Nebulosity:0 = no indication
Oscillations, emission of matter:0 = no indication
Spin, formation flight:0 = no indication
Immediate disappearance:0 = no indication
Halo surrounding the phenomenon:0 = no indication
Interaction witness / phenomenon (complement to the other rubrics):0 = no indication
Drawing or photo:0 = no indication
Structural details observed:0 = no indication

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

The authors indicate that on October 20, 1954, at an unspecified hour, a two hours observation took place in which several witnesses saw a luminous apparatus landing in a pasture in Saint-Valéry-sur-Somme, and two other objects were seen close to a cliff in Mers-les-Bains, which seem in communication by light signals with the apparatuses of another group which maneuvers between Saint-Valéry and Mers-les-Bains.

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

[Ref. lg1] LOREN GROSS:

October 20th. St. Valery En Caux, France, (early morning)

A number of Frenchmen watched several UFOs in the sky over St. Valery En Caux for two hours. The objects went through various maneuvers but unfortunately this activity was not recorded. One of the objects was said to have given off a brilliant glare as it came down in a pasture.

Two other objects were seen emitting "light signals," at least that was the impression the observers on the ground had. One of the French witnesses, M. Michele Vitkosusky, thought the objects were "communicating with each other." 169.

  • 169. Paris, France. Paris-Presse. 22 October 54.

[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. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 20 October 1954 in St Valery, France, "A green fireball was observed. One green green fireball was observed in a pasture for two hours. Explanation: Planet."

The website adds: "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."

The sources are indicated as: Bowen, Charles, The Humanoids: FSR Special Edition No. 1, FSR, London, 1966; Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073); Vallee, Jacques, Challenge to Science: The UFO Enigma, Henry Regnery, Chicago, 1966; Vallee, Jacques, Preliminary Catalog (N = 500), (in JVallee01); Vallee, Jacques, A Century of Landings (N = 923), (in JVallee04), Chicago, 1969; Schoenherr, Luis, Computerized Catalog (N = 3173); Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002.

[Ref. ud2:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 20 October 1954 in Saint Valery, France, "Several unknown objects maneuvered for two hours near this village. One of them was very brilliant and landed in a pasture. Two others were seen near the cliff in Mers, and seemed to be in communication by means of light signals with objects in another group."

The source is indicated as: "Vallee Magonia Database".

[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 6 times:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541018 18.10.1954 St. Valery Somme France 20.40
19541020 20.10.1954 St. Valery Mers France NL
19541020 20.10.1954 St. Valery France
19541020 20.10.1954 St. Valery France
19541020 20.10.1954 St. Valery France CE I
19541020 20.10.1954 St. Valery France

Explanations:

Not looked for yet.

Keywords:

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

Saint-Valéry-sur-Somme, Somme, objects, object, manoeuvers, duration, village, bright, landing, signal, signals, luminous, sea, Michèle Vitkosusksi, night, meadow

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross April 21, 2003 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross March 24, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [fr1], [dj1], [jb1], [ud1], [ud2].
1.1 Patrick Gross June 30, 2010 Addition [jv5].
1.2 Patrick Gross October 25, 2014 Addition [ni1].
1.3 Patrick Gross December 14, 2016 Additions [lg1], [ub1].

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