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October 21, 1954, Brest, Finistère:

Reference number for this case: 21-Oct-54-Brest. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Reports:

[Ref. of1:] NEWSPAPER "OUEST FRANCE":

In Brest
a high ranking officer
engineer in the navy
has seen a "very luminous disc"
in the sky

BREST, 25 (from our newsroom). -- In the area of Brest, a testimony worthy of faith on the flying saucers was recorded.

It comes indeed from a senior officer, engineer of the Navy, which makes a point of remaining anonymous.

Thursday, at about 8 o'clock, this engineer saw in the sky above the hills, between Plougastel and Landernau, a "very luminous" disc, which seemed to hover at 8.000 meters of altitude.

Broad of one meter, to the naked eye, this disc appeared to be a biconvex lens.

The wife of the officer observed, herself, the luminous point, while her husband was going to seek binoculars. But, when the engineer came back, a cloud was hiding the disc.

"It was certainly not an atmospheric phenomenon, the engineer told us. And my scientific knowledge does not enable me to explain such a vision logically."

[Ref. lm1:] "LA LIBERTE DU MORBIHAN" NEWSPAPER:

A flying disc above Plougastel?

BREST. -- An officer naval engineer, who makes a point of keeping anonymity, announced that Thursday towards 8, he had seen in the direction of Plougastel, a very luminous disc, being with approximately at 8000 meters of altitude. It was a kind of biconvex lens. His wife also observed the phenomenon and while the engineer was going to get binoculars for better observing the disc, it disappeared in the clouds.

[Ref. jv5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

385 +004.47750 48.39300 21 10 1954 10 00 2 BREST F 301 A

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Finistère at Brest on October 21, 1954, at 08:00 "A senior officer, naval engineer, saw in the sky above the hills, between Plougastel and Landernau, 'a very luminous' disc, which seemed to hover at 8.000 meters of altitude. One meter wide to the naked eye, this disc seemed a biconvex lens. The officer's wife observed, het too, the luminous point, while her husband was going to get binoculars. But, at the return of the engineer, a cloud hid the disc. 'It was certainly not an atmospheric phenomenon, the engineer told us. And my scientific knowledge does not enable me to explain such a vision logically."

Luc Chastan indicates that the source is my website: "Les OVNI vus de près par Gross Patrick ** http://ufologie.net".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 21 October 1954 in Brest, France "Hovered." And: "A hovering object was observed. One object was observed by one witness."

The sources are indicated as 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).

[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 Schirmeck France
19541021 21.10.1954 Brest France 08.00
19541021 21.10.1954 Brest France 08.00

[Ref. vo1:] "ARCHIVES VIGIE OVNI 29":

Brest ( 29 200 ), 21 October 1954, 08 h 00 ...

Testimony nr. FR 29 200 1954 10 21 08 00

Available documents:

Explanations:

Not looked for yet.

Keywords:

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

Brest, Finistère, officer, anonymous, disc, luminous, high

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross November 14, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross January 12, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [lc1], [ud1].
1.1 Patrick Gross June 30, 2010 Addition [jv5].
1.2 Patrick Gross February 7, 2017 Additions [ub1], [vo1].

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