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August 23, 1954, Varennes, Yonne:

Reference number for this case: 23-aug-54-Varennes. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.



Did a flying saucer land in the Yonne?

The witnesses - two women - are formal and traces have been identified

Auxerre (of our C.P.). - Friday morning Mrs. widow Geoffroy, living in the hamlet of Les Jolivets, commune of Dizes [sic] (Yonne), went to join the washhouse where she usually works, at the place "En Bécard", when her attention was attracted by a bizarre machine resting on the left of a clearing.

It was a device like a "flying saucer", as the Press had described it for a few weeks.

The cigar (seen in profile) was elongated, six or six feet in diameter, and was brown in color with a bulge in its upper central part. Beside, a man of average height was looking at Mme Geoffroy, who became frightened and did not return until two hours later.

Fortunately, another person, Miss Gisèle Fin, who kept her goats on the other side of the wood, was warned of this unusual presence by the barking of her dogs. She saw, about thirty yards away, a crouching man, apparently of normal height, who was busy working around a machine.

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This device is described in the same way as Mrs. Geoffroy did.

Miss Fin led her dogs cautiously by the path in the direction of the road to better look while being safe. So she looked away from the craft for three or four minutes. When she wanted to look again, she saw nothing. Without noise, the craft had disappeared.

On the dew, in the place where it had been seen, there were traces of dried grass, at a distance of 80 centimeters, attesting that the saucer, mounted on skates - "I clearly saw them," said Miss Fin - did really land there.

Other people passing a few moments later were able to check it out.

The declarations of the Leaunais correspond to those given by a Bugeat peasant, who traded an identical craft and person on the plateau of Millevaches, in Limousin.

A month ago, a resident of Dizes [sic, Diges], a hamlet of Varennes, Mrs. Lucas, had seen a hovering craft; which suddenly skyrocketed vertically. It was a superb moonlight. Madame Lucas dared not say anything, lest she whould be mocked.

Does the region of Dizes, because of the presence of ocher piles extracted from the wells of Sully, attract, by its clear spots, the attention of the observers in the interplanetary vessels?


Jacques Vallée mentions that on August 20, 1954, there was a sighting in Varennes, France.


112 -003.41730 47.73600 23 08 1954 (VARENNE P. DIGES) F 001 G


Jacques Vallée wrote the following summary from an account by French ufologist and science fiction writer Jimmy Guieu, for his "Magonia" listing of UFO landing cases.


Aug. 23, 1954 Varennes, near Diges (France).

Approximate date.

A strange object hovered low over the house of Mr. Lucas and left straight up. (4)

(L'Yonne républicaine, September 28, 1954)


The two authors indicate that in Varennes in the Yonne on August 23, 1954, at an unspecified time, Mr. Lucas observed a strange object hovering rather low above his house, then went away vertically.

The two authors indicate Jacques Vallée and the newspaper L'Yonne Républicaine for July 28 as sources.

[Ref. mc1:] MARK CASHMAN:

Varennes, near Diges (France).


Approximate date. A strange object hovered low over the house of Mr. Lucas and left straight up.

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Yonne in Varennes on August 23, 1954 at an unknown hour, "The witness observed a strange object which hovered rather low above his house, then left vertically."

The source is indicated as "Ovni, Premier dossier complet... by Figuet M./ Ruchon J.L. ** Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that in 23 August 1954 in Varennes, France, "A strange object hovered low a house." And: "A strange object hovered low over the house of Mr. Lucas and left straight up. Approximate date. Nocturnal lights were reported."

The source in indicated as "Vallee Magonia Database".

[Ref. ud2:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 23 August 1954 in Varennes C.Diges, France, "An object was sighted that had an appearance and performance beyond the capability of known earthly aircraft. One object was observed by a male witness in a yard (Lucas)."

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); Vallee, Jacques, A Century of Landings (N = 923), (in JVallee04), Chicago, 1969; Schoenherr, Luis, Computerized Catalog (N = 3173); Rogerson, Peter, World-Wide Catalog of Type 1 Reports.

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

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

This database recorded the same case several times:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
N° de cas Nouveau N° de cas Enquêteur Date d'observation CP Lieu d'observation Pays d'observation Heure d'observation Classification Commentaires Identification
19540820 20.08.1954 Varennes France
19540820 20.08.1954 Varennes France
19540823 23.08.1954 Varennes France NL
19540823 23.08.1954 Varennes France CE I
19540823 23.08.1954 Varennes France


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

Varennes, Yonne, Lucas, hovering, ascending, newspaper


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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross December 16, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross February 25, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [lc1], [ud1].
1.1 Patrick Gross March 20, 2010 Addition [ud2].
1.2 Patrick Gross June 17, 2010 Addition [jv5], [jv6].
1.3 Patrick Gross November 20, 2016 Addition [ub1].
1.9 Patrick Gross January 5, 2017 Additions [pr1].

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