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The 1954 French flap:

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October 21 1954, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime:

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

Reports:

[Ref. lm1:] "LE MERIDIONAL" NEWSPAPER:


In the sky of Ile-de-France

A luminous craft said to have evolved at 10.000 km. hour

Melun. -- A very large number of witnesses, inhabitants of the communities of the areas of Bray-sur-Seine, Lagny, Moret, Thomery stated to have seen, at the fallen night, a strange phenomenon: a craft of oval form, yellow orange color, measuring more than 20 meters, at 300 or 400 meters altitude. Precision: The 20 meters are said to be the real measurement of the object and not its dimension such as it appeared to them.

The machine remained motionless during a certain time and disappeared at a vertiginous speed.

One of the witnesses, Mr. André L..., weather specialist, who lives in Thomery, estimates that the speed of the machine was approximately 10.000 kilometer-hour. Quite simply!

Mr. L... specified: "I am absolutely certain, for I know this question well, that it was neither a plane, nor of a weather-balloon."

In Melun directly, several girls leaving an evening course claim to have seen in the sky a machine that was more or less similar, which, after having stopped during ten minutes, had risen very quickly in the sky.

Meanwhile, a luminous ball resembling a headlight of a car is said to have appeared, six times, to two industrialists of Melun who circulated on the national road Melun-Rubelles. The appearance of this luminous source is said to have caused each time a very broad flash illuminating the area.

Finally, several horse riders of center of a horsing center of La Rochelle claim to have seen a character fleeing from their park.

"He was strange, they say. It could only have been a Martian."

[Ref. er1:] "L'EST REPUBLICAIN" NEWSPAPER:

"Stacks" of saucers in the sky of Ile-de-France

"One of them was moving at 10.000 km/h", a witness estimates

Paris. -- The gentle sky of Ile-de-France has been criss-crossed over the past twenty-four hours by many mysterious craft.

All of them did not appear until dark, but the witnesses brought a lot of details and they are now on the long list of "those who have seen it". In Bray-sur-Seine like in Lagny, in Moret like in Thomery, many inhabitants have seen at nightfall, an oval-shaped craft, of orange-yellow color, measuring more than 20 meters at 300 or 400 meters of altitude. Precision: the 20 meters would be the real measure of the object and not its dimension as it appeared to them.

The craft remained stationary for some time and disappeared at a dizzying speed. It could only be a Martian!

One of the witnesses, Mr. André L..., a weather expert, estimated that the craft was traveling at ten thousand Kms-hour approximately. So he must have, at the same time, a good view and a precise idea of the speed. Mr. L... specified: "I am absolutely certain of what I am saying, because I know the question well." But no one doubts it.

In Melun itself, several young girls, coming out of an evening class, claim to have seen in the sky, a similar craft which, after stopping for about ten minutes, would have gone up very rapidly in the sky.

Meanwhile, a luminous ball resembling a car headlight appeared six times to two industrialists of Melun who were traveling on the national road Melun-Rubelles. The appearance of this luminous spot caused every time a very wide flash illuminating the area.

Finally, several riders from a horse racing center in La Rochelle say they saw a character escape from their park. "He was strange," they said. "It could only be a Martian." These are witnesses who are not devoid of a certain sense of humor.

Tickle, tickle...

Much more disturbing, if not funny, is the testimony of a motorist of Cherbonnières (Charente-Maritime). He was driving along the road to Souzou with his son, aged three, when he felt tingling like electric shocks all over his body which increased as his car moved on. The child who felt the same discomforts, began to weep. Soon the engine stopped and the headlights went out. At the same moment a bright glow "changed" from a bright red color to an orange color.

Blinded, the motorist was able, however, to distinguish a stationary machine in space for a few moments, then the latter disappeared soon. Immediately after that, the driver was able to restart the engine of his car.

Italian disk

Numerous discs, saucers and flying cigars have, moreover, been seen in the Italian sky, above Milan as well as Perugia or Bologna.

The most precise testimony was taken in Naples, where two workers who were in the suburb of the city, clearly distinguished a craft, circular in shape, moving in the sky at about eight hundred meters, in a northeasterly direction. The phenomenon lasted three minutes and both workers were able to specify that the metal carcass of the disc was painted red and that a white smoke came out of it.

... and Swedish fireball

Finally, a luminous object having, according to certain witnesses, of the appearance of a rotating disc, and according to Others that of a violently lit aircraft, was seen over several cities in the center-west of Sweden. The object was surrounded by sparks. It is assumed to be an aerolite of exceptional brightness.

[Ref. qh1:] "LE QUOTIDIEN DE LA HAUTE-LOIRE" NEWSPAPER:

[...]

To finish, several horse riders of a center of La Rochelle claim to have seen a character fleeing from their park. He was strange, they say, it could be only a Martian.

[...]

Full article available here.

[Ref. us1:] US AIR FORCE ARCHIVE:

The file of the US Air Force UFO investigation project "Blue Book" include a number of Press reports about the flying saucers in France in 1954, including this one, with no source reference:


Several horsemen of a La Rochette stable say they saw a personage running from their riding park. "He was strange", they say. "It could only have been a Martian."

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

This database recorded the case 8 times instead of one:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541021 21.10.1954 La Rochelle France 21.30 CE II
19541021 21.10.1954 Larochelle France CE II
19541021 21.10.1954 La Rochelle France 21.30 CE II
19541021 21.10.1954 La Rochelle France 21.30 CE II
19541021 21.10.1954 La Rochelle France 21.30 CE II
19541021 21.10.1954 La Rochelle France 21.30 CE II
19541021 21.10.1954 La Rochelle France 21.30 CE II
19541021 21.10.1954 La Rochelle France

Explanations:

Not looked for yet. Probable confusion.

Keywords:

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

La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, multiple, parc, being

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross March 16, 2006 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross March 5, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version.
1.1 Patrick Gross July 17, 2010 Additions [us1].
1.2 Patrick Gross November 28, 2016 Additions [er1], [ub1].

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