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October 21, 1954, Morlaix, Finistère:

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



Several Morlaisiens saw Thursday evening a luminous sphere moving at sharp pace followed by a brilliant trail

"The Telegram" had announced some time ago that several of our fellow-citizens wishing to keep anonymity - what is extremely regrettable - had seen a cigar flying above Morlaix.

Thursday at 07:25 P.M., it is a flying saucer which evolved in the sky of our city. The phenomenon was observed by several morlaisians whose good faith is unquestionable. The witnesses whom we interviewed yesterday agreed to tell us of their observations and authorized us to quote their names, that on which congratulate we them. Such testimonys can, indeed, only serve the truth.

It was neither a shooting star nor a meteorite

Here is what Mr. Texier, the sympathetic nerve butcher of the street of Villeneuve, told us:

"Thursday evening, I was chatting with my neighbor, Mr. Abgrall, quay of Leon, grocer at the bottom of the street of Villeneuve in front of the door of his store. We were both facing the basin. Suddenly, above Pen-year-Ru, roughly, a kind of brilliantly illuminated sphere appeared in the sky which was clear, slipping by at a vertiginous pace and leaving behind a very luminous trail. This sphere disappeared in a few seconds without making noise above the viaduct, which left me a strong impression, as it did on Mr. Abgrall."

"It could not have been a shooting star, for I saw many of those, and there is no possible confusion. It was not a meteor either. The sphere - or the flying saucer to use the devoted name - slipped by horizontally, whereas a shooting star or a meteorite describes a curve in the sky, giving the impression of a fall. Moreover, the machine did not appear to move at a very high altitude, for I believed at one moment that it was going to run up against the trees of the Guichen quarters. With my appreciation, it did not appear to be with more than 600 to 700 meters [high], but it is obviously difficult for me to give more precision, because the extraordinary phenomenon lasted only a few seconds."

Mr. Abrall confirmed the observations of Mr. Texier for us. He saw exactly the same fire ball and told us: "I did not believe in the flying saucers, but this time, I am indeed forced to believe."

Other witnesses

The flying saucer was also seen by two other people, whose declarations cannot be questioned. Miss CH... and Mr. S... who were in conversation at the edge of the basin, facing the street of Villeneuve, also saw at the same time this fire sphere, follow-up by an extremely luminous tail, slipping by horizontally in the sky of Coatserho, towards the viaduct. They too were extremely impressed by the phenomenon.

Other witnesses also saw what appeared to them to be a flying saucer. Thus Mr. Berniel, son of Mr. Berniel, porkbutcher in Saint-François lane in Saint-Martin-des-Champs, saw this luminous sphere, from Saint-François lane, advancing quickly without noise in the sky. A girl, cousin of Mrs. Bourlès, the new owner of the coffee house of the sports, Jacobins square, who returned by car from the direction of Sainte-Sève, also saw in Bagatelle a "fire ball" which she could observe only very little time, because of trees obstructing the visibility.


A luminous globe flies above Morlaix

MORLAIX. Several residents of Morlaix, being in different places, observed towards 07:15 P.M., an enormous luminous sphere, of a bright whiteness, which flew over the town of Morlaix from the north to the south. The machine needed only a few seconds to pass above Morlaix.

It had an apparent diameter a little larger than that of the full moon and it also appeared to be equipped of a fuselage.

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Finistère at Morlaix on October 21, 1954, at 19:15 "Several residents, being in different places, observed, towards 19:15, an enormous luminous sphere, of a bright whiteness, which flew over the town of Morlaix from north to south. The object spent only a few seconds to pass above Morlaix. It was followed of an extremely luminous tail. It had an apparent diameter a little larger than that of the full moon and it appeared also provided with a fuselage."

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

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

Morlaix ( 29 600 ), 21 October 1954, 19 h 25 ...

Testimony nr. FR 29 600 1954 10 21 19 25

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0.1 Patrick Gross October 23, 2004 First published.
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