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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.


A French newspaper for September 1954, reported that a month before, so around the end of August, Mrs. Lucas, resident of Dizes, a hamlet of Varennes, had seen a craft that hovered and, all of a sudden, shot up vertically. It was under a beautiful moonlight. Mrs. Lucas did not dare to say anything, lest one scoffs at her.

Ufologist Jacques Vallée cataloged this case by a summary, which changed Mrs. Lucas into Mr. Lucas, changing the hamlet of Dizes near Varennes into Varennes near Diges, and giving the approximate date of August 23, 1954.



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.

Continued on page 6, under the title

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, 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?

[Ref. jve6:] JACQUES VALLEE:

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

[Ref. jve5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

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

[Ref. jve1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

136 August 23, 1954, Varennes, near Diges (Yonne, (France). Appriximate date.

Approximate date.

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

[Ref. jve2:] JACQUES VALLEE:

August 23, 1954. Varennes, near Diges (Yonne, France). Approximate date:

A strange object hovered low over the house of Mr. Lucas and left straight up. (L'Yonne républicaine, September 28, 1954).

[Ref. prn1:] PETER ROGERSON:

311 23 August 1954 (approx. date) VARENNES, near DIGES (FRANCE)

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

(M136; L'Yonne Republicaine, 28 September 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.


59 CE0 08 23 1954 hnp Varennes 89230 D3 NI-RS-P, OVNI: p. 72

[Ref. mcn1:] MARK CASHMAN:

Varennes, near Diges (France).


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

[Ref. lcn1:] 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. uda1:] "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. uda2:] "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. ubk1:] "UFO-DATENBANK":

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments 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


Besides the approximative date, there is a potential location problem:

I did not find a hamlet named Dizes in the Yonne or elsewhere.

Varennes exists and there is a Varennes indeed in the Yonne. There must probably have been a hamlet or place called "Dizes" there, perhaps absorbed by Varennes since.

As for the observation, it is very summarily reported, and one could at least consider a helicopter - or something else.


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

Varennes, Yonne, Lucas, hovering, ascending, newspaper, night


[-] indicates that I do not have a copy of the reference.

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 [lcn1], [uda1].
1.1 Patrick Gross March 20, 2010 Addition [uda2].
1.2 Patrick Gross June 17, 2010 Addition [jve5], [jve6].
1.3 Patrick Gross November 20, 2016 Addition [ubk1].
1.4 Patrick Gross January 27, 2019 Additions [prn1], [fru1], Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not Looked for yet."

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