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The 1954 French flap:

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September 23, Plombièes, Vosges:

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

Reports:

[Ref. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel reports that two gendarmes of the brigade of this city who were on night patrol on the National Road RN 5 at a few five kilometers west of the town of Dijon, driving peacefully on Thursday, September 23, at 09:45 P.M., discovered a large glowing reddish ball rather high in the sky, which moved by jerks while dying out from time to time. They initially located the phenomenon towards the south-east above the village of Talant, and it made its whimsical evolutions at that location during ten minutes and then quickly went away to disappear high above on the opposite horizon at 09:55 p.m.

[Ref. jv1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

Vallée mentions this observation at the same time as the one in Jou for the same day, indicating: "Policemen in Plombieres and several independent witnesses observed the object as it flew erratically over the area for 60 min."

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates in his database that in the "Côte d'or" in Plombières lés Dijon on September 23, 1954 at 21:45 hours "Two gendarmes in round on the N5 discover rather high in the sky a large reddish ball moving by jerks while dying out from time to time. The object was towards the South East above Talant making arabesques during ten minutes before quickly disappearing on the opposite side of the horizon."

The source is indicated as "M.O.C. by Michel Aimé ** Arthaud 1958".

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

This dabase recorded this case 3 times:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19540923 23.09.1954 Plombieres France 21.45 NL
19540923 23.09.1954 Plombieres France 21.45 NL
19540923 23.09.1954 Plombieres France 21.45

Notes:

The observation dration of 1 hour given by Vallée is dubious.

Explanations:

Not looked for yet.

Keywords:

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

Plombières, Vosges, Gendarmes, police, multiple, ball, glowing, red, manoeuvers, fast, jerky

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross April 16, 2003 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross January 28, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [lc1].
1.1 Patrick Gross January 31, 2017 Addition [ub1].

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