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September 23, 1954, Bourges, Cher:

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

Summary:

In the press of September 28, 1954, on the sidelines of the observation at Le Jou, there was the mentions that there were other witnesses, including in Bourges, who had seen "at concordant hours" - which would mean at about 9 p.m. - "a luminous object."

Reports:

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

Weirder and weirder!

Near Bourges: a luminous object follows a car

Bourges, September 27. -- Mr. Robert Patient, 35 years old, assistant inspector of the postal and telecommunications authorities, resident of Bourges, who, Thursday evening went by car in Vasselay, in company of his wife and of his children, aged 10 and 11, states to have seen, that night there, in the hamlet of Jou, in the north of Bourges, a weird object of an extreme brilliance, which seemed to go down in a field. At the apparent spot of the supposed landing, a reddish reflection appeared. An incandescent filament long of 50 meters approximately, was in the center of the object, hemispherical, which diameter approached about fifteen meters.

During 20 to 30 seconds, it was the darkness. Suddenly, there was a new gleam above the horizon. Mr. Patient, who had stopped his car, started again followed silently during a few hundreds of meters by the object which then disappeared. Other witnesses of Bourges, St Dolchand and Vierzon claimed to have seen, at concordant hours, a luminous object.

[Ref. fr1:] MICHEL FIGUET AND JEAN-LOUIS RUCHON:

The two ufologists indicate without further details that on September 23, 1954, in Bourges in the department of the Cher, a luminous object was observed, at the same hour than in Saint Doulchard and in Vierzon.

[Ref. vi1:] "VIMANA 21" UFOLOGY BULLETIN:

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28: A LUMINOUS OBJECT FOLLOWS A CAR NEAR BOURGE [sic] -

Mr. Robert Patient, 35, PTT inspector, who Thursday evening, driving to Vasselay in the company of his wife and children, declares having noticed that night, in the hamlet of Jou, north of Bourges, a peculiar object of extreme brilliance, seeming to descend into a field. At the presumed landing spot, a glowing reflection appeared. An incandescent filament about 50m long, was in the center of the hemispherical object, whose diameter was about fifteen meters. For 20 to 30 seconds, it was darkness. Suddenly, there was a new light above the horizon. He had stopped his car and he left, followed silently for a few hundred yards by the object, which then disappeared. Other witnesses from Bourges, from St-Dolchard [sic] and from Vierzon, claim to have seen at a concordant time, a luminous object.

The source is said to be the newspaper Le Bien Public.

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Cher in Bourges on September 23, 1954 at 21:00 hours, there was an observation of a luminous object, without other details.

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

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

This database recorded the 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
19540922 22.09.1954 Bourges France Night NL
19540923 23.09.1954 Bourges France
19540923 23.09.1954 Bourges France 21.00
19540923 23.09.1954 Bourges France 21.00

Explanations:

The information I have been able to find so far is obviously totally insufficient, since the "luminous object" could have been almost anything.

The fact that there were several observations of this luminous object from various places in the region at concordant hours suggests, of course, that it could have been a meteor.

Keywords:

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

Bourges, Cher, luminous

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross June 3, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross January 3, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Addition [lc1].
1.1 Patrick Gross January 31, 2017 Addition [ub1].
1.2 Patrick Gross May 10, 2019 Additions [vi1], Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet."

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