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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. lm1:] JOURNAL "LA MONTAGNE":

This newspaper provides the following paragraph on this case, among a larger article:

Le Puy. -- A flying cigar, one more, was observed in the afternoon of Thursday by a resident of Le Puy, around 3 p.m., in the district of Girette, where she remains, Mrs. Chamard.

[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 colour, constrasting 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 claimes 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 coloured".

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. fs1:] "FRANCE-SOIR" NEWSPAPER:

This newspaper provides the following paragraph on this case, among a larger article:

In Le Puy: Mrs Chamard, of the district of la Girette, saw a flying object, reddish at one of its ending.

[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 indicates that there was an observation with a large number of witnesses in Le Puy in the Haute-Loire on September 24, 1954.

[Ref. mj1:] MICHEL JEANTHEAU:

Ufologist Michel Jeantheau closely checked the date of this observation allegedly being one of the points of an alignment of sightings pled by ufologist Aimé Michel and called "the BAVIC line" for "BAyonne-VIChy."

He notes that the newspaper "La Montagne" for September 25, 1954, dates the case of September 23, 1954, not September 24, 1954 as indicated by Aimé Michel. He also notes that the newspaper "France-Soir" for September 26, 1954, does not provide a date or a time. He found in two newspapers of Le Puy for September 25, 1954, "L'Eveil" and "Le Quotidien" that the case is dated of "Yesterday", but that usually the journalist write their article the day before it gets published. He thus concludes that the correct date for this case is September 23, 1954.

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Haute Loire in Le Puy on September 24, 1954 at an unknown hour "a woman observes an object in the shape of a reddish cigar gleaming at an end, motionless silent and seeming motionless. She observes the object 15 minutes before the latter disappears suddenly by taking altitude. "

Luc Chastan note que la source est "Le Midi Libre".

[Ref. rb1:] RENAUD BENOIST:

The author indicates that on 24 and 25 September 1954, several inhabitants of Puy-en-Velay told reporters that they had seen "an oblong object whose front glowed red across the sky over the city" during long minutes.

Madame Chaumard, living in the neighborhood of La Girète, observed "a strange craft in the shape of a cigar glowing red at the end, and flying without any noise" over the city of Puy-en-Velay, this UFO then disappeared into the sky by taking altitude.

Explanations:

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Keywords:

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

Le Puy, Puy-de-Dôme, Chamard, Chaumard, cigar, red, la Girète, motionless, duration, manoeuver, ascension

Sources:

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Document history:

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0.1 Patrick Gross April 11, 2006 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross January 28, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Addition [vm1].
1.1 Patrick Gross February 10, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Addition [vm1], [lc1].
1.2 Patrick Gross January 26, 2017 Addition [rb1].

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