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September 23, 1954, Le Puy-en-Velay, Haute-Loire:

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

Reports:

[Ref. pl1] "LE PARISIEN LIBERE" NEWSPAPER:

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Saucers and cigars multiply in the sky of France

MP calls for official investigation

After the astonishing observations which excited and intrigued last week, more than a thousand Rome residents, in the course of the last forty-eight hours, many Frenchmen, in various regions, witnessed these phenomena in their turn.

It is confirmed once more (and this is the essence of this great mystery) that the reports match as to the strange evolutions of these unknown devices. Once again, too, the thesis of hallucination is hardly admissible. General perplexity is a fact on which everyone agrees, while "saucers" and "antisaucerists" will find there an exciting and inexhaustible conversation topic.

Michèle Morgan and an old gentleman saw "something" on the Esplanade des Invalides

The beautiful French movie star, Michèle Morgan, witnessed while passing on the Esplanade des Invalides a celestial phenomenon about which she stated:

"I'm sure it was not the lights of the Eiffel tower or the lights of an airplane, for I saw the craft going up vertically. An old gentleman, who was near me, and who had also noticed the phenomenon, ran away.

Her friends gently teased her by reminding her that she had played the part of Joan of Arc. But the star persisted in confirming what she had seen.

A ball of fire in the Seine-et-Marne

Until now, flying saucers had never been seen in the Seine-et-Marne. Everything happens, since, on Wednesday, around 8:30 p.m, two residents of Saint-Fargeau witnessed the moves of a ball of fire. These persons are worthy of faith, it is the appariteur Mr. Binet, and Mr. Ravot, butcher.

The latter was returning from Ponthierry when he saw through the windscreen of his car, just before him, a ball of fire moving in the sky.

"I was so surprised," he said, "that I stopped my car, I went out and followed the machine with my eyes for a few minutes. It moved horizontally, sometimes to the right, sometimes to the left, then disappearing in the clouds. It appeared four times, and I noticed in its back a small trail of light, not very long."

Back home, Mr. Ravot could not resist the desire of calling his neighbor, Mr. Binet. The two men inspected the sky, but in vain. Suddenly the butcher's little girl uttered an exclamation. The ball of fire had made a new appearance. Mrrs. Binet and Ravot saw it clearly. It paused for a few seconds before disappearing into the clouds.

Let us repeat this testimony of one of our readers, Mrs. Gamundi, living on 192 avenue Jean Jaurès, Paris. The day before yesterday, she was driving by car between Fontainebleau and Essonne, and for half an hour she watched a motionless luminous ball surrounded by a kind of smoke, from which other luminous balls were falling. The ball shifted suddenly and rose at high speed.

At the moment when returning from [...]

[...] cigar shape surrounded by a kind of purple blue steam.

- Another cigar, matching the characteristics of the one observed in Rome, was seen by three people from Lodève (the Herault). The craft seemed to tow a shining globe at a speed of 1,500 km per hour.

As of Dr. Mercier, of Le Puy, he declared that he had observed, twice above the town, a silent round, brilliant object, which moved from south to north at a very high altitude. This machine would also have been seen by several farmers around Le Puy.

- In the Puy-de-Dôme, new witnesses of the phenomenon became known. The craft had a red color. It was a very elongated cigar which, and this is the first time that this particularity is reported, flew sideways. It was absolutely clear, without trail, and seemed to fly very high.

The other night, around 11 p.m., three young boys aged 16 to 17, who were walking on the jetty of the harbor of Banyuls-sur-Mer (PO), saw in the sky an oblong object moving at high speed and from which seemed to come out red and green flames. A little frightened, the boys went to tell their story to various consumers who were on the terrace of a coffee shop, but thee latter watched the sky and saw no trace of the mysterious machine.

Mr. de Léotard asks the Ministry of the Air for an official investigation

Mr. de Léotard, MP of the Seine, in a written question, explained to the Secretary of State for the Armed Forces (Air) that recent testimonies relating to "flying saucers" and "flying cigars" are intriguing the public opinion, if not to worrying it, he asks:

(1) If instructions have been given for these phenomena to be systematically and scientifically observed;

(2) If these "saucers" or "cigars" could not be hunted for better observation so that the public would know exactly if come collective autosuggestion has to be dissipated or whether it is necessary to consider these phenomena to the point of view of security and national defense.

[Ref. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

Ufologist and author Aimé Michel reports that on September 23, 1954, there were many witnesses in Puy in the Massif Central who rather precisely described a round object, silent and shining in the sunlight, it crossed the sky fast and at a high altitude from the South to the North.

The object was observed from Le Puy by doctor Mercier, M.D., who saw the object passing, then go back, then go away again towards the north.

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

It was seen from several villages by peasants who confirmed the statement by Doctor Mercier.

[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 in Le Puy, 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:

137 -003.88521 45.04500 24 09 1954 LE PUY F 151 C** 114

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

The two authors indicate that in Le Puy in Haute-Loire, on September 23, 1954 at 03:00 p.m., there was an observation of a cigar of which the front had a reddish gleam.

The authors list the case twice: first as dated of September 23, and a second time dated of September 25.

[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 Le Puy.

[Ref. go1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

The Belgian ufologist indicates that in 1954, on the 23rd or 25th of September, in France, in Le Puy (the Haute Loire) "Around 15 hours, observation of a cigar whose front was glowing red."

The source is indicated as "M. FIGUET/J.L. RUCHON: 'Ovni, le premier dossier complet..' - Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979, p. 83".

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates in his database that in the Haute Loire à Le Puy on October [sic] 23, 1954 at an unknown hour, "many witnesses rather precisely described an object round, silent and shining with the sun which crossed the sky quickly at high altitude from the South to the North. The object was observed in Le Puy even by a doctor, who saw the object passing, then return, then to set out again towards the North. It was seen in several villages by peasants who confirmed the statements of Doctor Mercier."

The source is indicated as: "Les OVNI vus de près by Gross Patrick ** http://ufologie.net".

[Ref. lc2:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates in his database that in the Haute Loire in Le Puy on September 23, 1954 at 15:00 hours there was an "Observation of a round object shining with the sun and silentr which quickly crosses the sky at high altitude from the south to the north. Reportedly observed in several villages."

The sources are indicated as "Ovni, Premier dossier complet... by Figuet M./ Ruchon J.L. ** Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979" et "M.O.C. by Michel Aimé ** Arthaud 1958".

[Ref. lc3:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Haute Loire in Le Puy on September 25, 1954 at 15:00 hours "It is observed an apparatus of oblong form of which the front glowed red."

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 on 23 September 1954 at 15:00 in Le Puy, France "Red cigar moves in continuous trajectory, follows Tulle-Langeac orthotenic line. Explanation: Re-entry."

And: "A cigar-shaped object was observed. One red cigar-shaped object was observed by numerous witnesses in a pasture for over one minute (Mercier)."

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); Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002.

[Ref. rb1:] RENAUD BENOIST:

The author indicates that on 23 September 1954 between 17:00 and 17:30, several witnesses in several villages in the Puy-en-Velay region reported "a bright, silent round object rapidly crossing the sky at high altitude from the north And heading towards the Cévennes and Mont Mézenc".

The journalists of the "Quotidien de la Haute-Loire" interviewed many people and published two complete articles on September 24, entitled "A flying cigar would have been seen Saturday in the sky of Puy-en-Velay".

Explanations:

Not looked for yet.

Keywords:

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

Le Puy, Puy-de-Dôme, multiple, doctor, Mercier, peasants, round, silent, shining, daylight, fast, manoeuvers

Sources:

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross September 15, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross January 24, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Addition [lc1].
1.1 Patrick Gross February 10, 2010 Additions [jc1], [go1], [lc3].
1.2 Patrick Gross June 17, 2010 Addition [jv5].
1.3 Patrick Gross July 2, 2010 Addition [jv6].
1.4 Patrick Gross December 5, 2016 Addition [pl1].
1.5 Patrick Gross January 26, 2017 Addition [rb1].

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