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September 22, 1954, Langeac, Haute-Loire:

Reference number for this case: 22-sep-54-Langeac. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Reports:

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

METEOR IN THE SKY OF LANGEAC

At these times when flying cigars and flying saucers are constantly mentioned, some people of Langeac (Haute-Loire) state to have seen a strong white gleam, Wednesday evening, September 22, at about 09:00 P.M., in the direction of the south. They are in particular people living in the city; Mr. Perussel, baker; Mr. Narce, carpenter, Mr. Blanc, employee of the SNCF, all domiciled at place aux sabots, and Mrs. widow Roux, baker; the Count Maurice, café owner; Mr. Lèbre, shoe reseller, National boulevard, which had their attention drawn by a strong white gleam appearing to be located behind the small hill of St-Roch. This gleam lasted a few minutes, then disappeared leaving a white trail. People say that they believed to have seen something like a rocket; which left in the sky. This phenomenon highly impressed the inhabitants of Langeac.

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

"CIGARS" AND "SAUCERS" SEEN IN THE AUVERGNE

CLERMONT-FERRAND. -- Six inhabitants of Langeac (Haute-Loire) saw a white gleam moving in the sky in direction of the South.

A resident of Gelles (Puy-de-Dome), Mrs. Vve Melles, claimed to have seen in the sky a luminous machine of elongated form "in the kind of a cigar". The machine moved without noise.

A resident of Clermont-Ferrand was picking mushrooms: he saw in the sky, at high altitude, a luminous trail "slightly colored in pink".

Rugby players training at the Vichy stadium saw a "flying cigar".

... and near La Rochelle

LA ROCHELLE. -- In A Charron (Charente-Maritime) three fishermen and a customs officer state to have seen, during one of these last nights, a formation of flying saucers evolving very low and flying over the shore before disappearing.

[Ref. vm1:] "VAR-MATIN - REPUBLIQUE" NEWSPAPER:

New invasion of flying cigars in the sky of France
Witnesses claim: "They had the dimension of a rugby ball"

Bayonne, September 25. -- Residents of Bayonne claim to have seen, this afternoon, very high in the sky, in the north-eastern direction, three mysterious objects of light color, contrasting on the pure sky at this hour there.

A policeman, Mr. Carrions, who was in the district of the Halles, observed these three motionless machines, laid out in triangle, of slightly oval shape. They had, he said, the dimension of a rugby ball and appeared to be at a considerable height.

Passers by stated to have seen the same luminous objects in other places.

In the Meurthe et Moselle

Several tens of workmen of "Sidelor" living the area of Lantefontaine-les-Baroches (Meurthe et Moselle) claim to have seen in the sky, six flying cigars, between 04:30 and 05:30. "We initially saw, they stated, two "cigars" then four other apparatuses came to join the two first. All remained perfectly motionless one moment to finally disappear instantaneously." These statements are confirmed by several other people.

In Le Puy

Mrs Chaumard, living in the La Girette district in Le Puy, saw in the sky, a machine having the shape of a cigar, reddish at an end. Silent and appearing motionless, she managed to observe the machine during nearly a quarter of an hour, then the "cigar" suddenly disappeared by taking altitude.

In the sky of the Auvergne

Clermont Ferrand. -– Six residents of Langeac (the Haute Loire) saw a white gleam moving in the sky in direction of the ground.

A resident of Gelles (the Puy de Dôme), Mrs widow Melles claims to have seen in the sky, a luminous machine of lengthened form "of the cigar kind". The craft moved silently. A resident of Clermont Ferrand gathered mushrooms: he saw in the sky at high altitude, a luminous trail "slightly pink colored".

Rugby players, training in the Vichy stadium, saw a flying cigar.

Near La Rochelle

La Rochelle. -– At La Charron – (the Charente Maritime), three fishermen and a customs observer state to have seen, during one of these last nights, a formation of flying saucers moving very low and flying over the shore, before disappearing.

[Ref. lp1:] "LE PARISIEN LIBERE" NEWSPAPER:

Clermond-Ferrand, September 25. -- Six inhabitants of Langeac (Haute-Loire) have seen a white gleam moving in the sky going to the south.

(Extract.)

[Ref. ml1:] "LE MIDI LIBRE" NEWSPAPER:

Flying saucers

of a rugby ball and appeared to be at a considerable height."

In the Meurthe-and-Moselle, several tens of workmen of "Sidelor", living the area of Lantefontaine-les-Baroches (M.-and-M.). claim to have seen six flying cigars between 04:30 and 05:00 in the sky .

"We initially saw, they said, two "cigars", then afterwards, four other craft came to join the two first. All remained motionless one moment for finally disappearing instantaneously."

In Le Puy, Mrs. Chaumard, resident of the district of La Girète, saw in the sky a machine having the shape of a cigar reddish glowing at an end, silent and appearing motionless. She managed to observe the machine during nearly a quarter of hour, then the "cigar" suddenly disappeared by taking altitude.

The same observations were made by six inhabitants of Langeac (Haute-Loire) and several inhabitants of Gelles (Puy-de-Dome) or Clermont-Ferrand.

In this area, rugby players training at the Vichy stadium saw a "flying cigar".

In the Aveyron

From Villefranche-of-Rouergue in Aveyron, it is reported that an owner of Vabre-Tézac, Mr. Marre, saw a yellowish mass of color which moved away towards the south, without leaving behind any trace of smoke.

The attention of Mr. Marre had been drawn by the noise of an engine.

Other inhabitants of the locality also heard, from the inside of their house, the same noise, but not having come out, they did not see the weird "mass."

[Ref. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel notes that on September 24, 1954, there were observations by a large number of witnesses in nine different locations, among which; Langeac in the Haute-Loire.

Aimé Michel indicates that the observation is briefly reported by the newspaper France-Soir for September 26, 1954.

Michel indicates that the case is one of the "Bayonne-Vichy alignment", dubbed BAVIC, of which he thinks that it marks the alignment of a series of six and three observations of September 24, 1954 which are aligned on an imaginary line passing by these two cities. He evaluated that it could not have been a coincidence. He indicates that it is not by strangeness that these observations are remarkable, but by their alignment.

Aimé Michel indicates that the case is briefly reported in the newspaper "France-Soir" for September 26, 1954.

[Ref. jv6:] JACQUES VALLEE:

Jacques Vallée indicates that for the day of September 24, 1954, the French Press mentioned a number of sightings, including one Langeac, in the Haute-Loire, of a "single phenomenon".

Jacques Vallée indicates that the observation was of type "IV"; which he defines as an observation where a "abnormal object" was seen in translation movement in the atmosphere, whatever accelerations, luminous variations or rotations this movement would be associated to.

He notes that the observations of the type IV "could be considered insufficient", that half of testimonies of that day "would be rejected within the framework of an official investigation operating on the usual criteria".

[Ref. jv5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

136 -003.49461 45.09900 24 09 1954 LANGEAC F 151 C** 114

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

The authors say that for the case in Lantéfontaine-les-Baroches for September 24, 1954, no investigation is possible because the witnesses are not known.

[Ref. mj1:] MICHEL JEANTHEAU:

Later, Michel Jeantheau wrote an article reopening the Bayonne-Vichy alignment pled by Aimé Michel. The article was included by Jean Sider in own book on the 1954 French ufological events.

For this case of Langeac, Michel Jeantheau shows that Aimé Michel indicated his source, that in the "Parisien Libéré" newspaper for September 27 the date is not indicated, but that it appears in the regional newspaper of the Haute-Loire "L'Eveil de la Haute-Loire" for September 27: Michel Jeantheau indicates that the names of the witnesses are mentioned there, that the date of the observation there is given as "Wednesday, September 22, at about 9 P.M.." Michel Jeantheau indicates that this date is again given in another newspaper of Le Puy, "Le Quotidien de la Haute-Loire" for the same day [I confirm; see ref. 70 above, except the day of publication which is the 26th and not the 27th.]

Better still, Michel Jeantheau found a third newspaper, "La Liberté", of Clermont-Ferrand, which also indicates in its issue of September 25, that the date of the observation is September 22. This newspaper adds, he writes, that the witnesses were in Langeac, and that they were impressed by a strong gleam "appearing to be located behind the hill of Saint-Roch."

[Ref. jc1:] JACQUES COSTAGLIOLA:

The author indicates that on September 24, 1954, there were 9 sightings, 6 being on the Bayonne - Vichy line, one of those sighting was in Langeac.

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Haute Loire in Langeac on September 24, 1954 at an unknown hour there was an "Observation of a white gleam moving in direction of the ground by 6 witnesses."

Luc Chastan notes that the source is "M.O.C. by Michel Aimé ** Arthaud 1958" and "Var Matin".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 24 September 1954 in Langeac, France, "An unidentified object was sighted, but with appearance and behavior that most likely would have a conventional explanation. One object was observed."

The sources are indicated as Michel, Aime, Flying Saucers and the Straight-Line Mystery, S. G. Phillips, New York, 1958; 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 four times:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19540924 24.09.1954 Langeac France
19540924 24.09.1954 Langeac France
19540924 24.09.1954 Langeac France
19540924 24.09.1954 Langeac France NL

[Ref. rb1:] RENAUD BENOIST:

The author indicates that on September 22, 1954, several people from Langeac in the Haute-Loire reported observing a strong glow coming from the south. Mr. Perussel, baker; Narce, carpenter; Blanc, an employee of the S.N.C.F., all living at Place aux Sabots; Mrs Roux, baker; Mr. Compte, coffee maker; Mr. Lèbre, a trader, living on the Boulevard National, claimed to have observed an intense light coming from the hill of Saint-Roch. It lasted a few minutes and then disappeared into the sky leaving "a great white trail".

The author indicates as being another case that on September 24, 1954, in Langeac many witnesses saw "a very luminous object crossing the sky and disappearing into the mountains."

Notes:

Aimé Michel had the date wrong for this observation. The event thus cannot be taken into consideration as justifying a BAVIC line.

Explanations:

Probable meteor or proven meteor. Not looked for yet.

Keywords:

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

Langeac, Haute-Loire, Saint-Roch, Perussel, Narce, Maurice, Lèbre, Roux, light, gleam, trail, white, rocket, multiple, hill

Sources:

Document history:

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0.1 Patrick Gross April 11, 2006 First published.
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1.1 Patrick Gross January 28, 2010 Addition [vm1].
1.2 Patrick Gross February 10, 2010 Additions [jc1], [lc1], [ud1].
1.3 Patrick Gross June 17, 2010 Addition [jv5].
1.4 Patrick Gross July 2, 2010 Addition [jv6].
1.5 Patrick Gross January 26, 2017 Additions [ub1], [rb1].

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