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September 23, 1954, Thenon, Dordogne:

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

Summary:

In 1979, French ufologists Michel Figuet and Jean-Louis Ruchon indicated that in Thenon, in the Dordogne department, according to their personal archive, on September 23, 1954, at 05:00, p.m., a group of sixteen hunters had observed a "saucer" flying at a dizzying speed at the edge of the trees.

In the 2000s, US ufologist Larry Hatch noted the case in his database, stating that it was a hoax.

Reports:

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

The two authors indicate that in Thenon in the Dordogne, according to their personal file, on September 23, 1954 at 17:00, a group of 16 hunters observed a "saucer" flying at a vertiginous speed at the level of the trees.

[Ref. lh1] LARRY HATCH - "*U* COMPUTER DATABASE":

3822: 1954/09/23 17:00 1 1:04:20 E 45:08:00 N 3333 WEU FRN DRD 6:2

THENON,FR:12 HUNTERS:SCR/DIZZY SPEED OVR TREETOPS:hoax by hunters alleged.

Ref# 30 FIGEUT[sic]&RUCHON: OVNI: Le 1er Dossier Page No. 84 : FOREST

[Ref. go1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

The Belgian ufologist indicates that in 1954, on September 23, in France, in Thenon (the Dordogne), "Twelve hunters observe around 17 hours, a flying saucer at vertiginous speed at the level of the trees."

She adds that actually it is a hoax by the hunters.

The source is indicated as "M. FIGUET/J.L. RUCHON: 'Ovni, le premier dossier complet..' - Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979, p. 84".

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Dordogne in Thenon on September 23, 1954 at 17:00 hours "Twelve hunters observe a flying saucer at vertiginous speed the level of the top of the trees." "Actually it is a hoax by the hunters."

Luc Chastan indicates: "This case is to be discarded because: Invention of the Witness".

The source is noted 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 17:00 in Thenon, France, "Hunters incident." And: "Disc flies over hunters and treetops at dizzying speed. A flying disc was observed. One disc was observed by 12 witnesses in a forest briefly."

The source is indicated as "Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002".

[Ref. pr2:] PETER ROGERSON - "INTCAT":

September 23 1954. 1700hrs.

THENON (DORDOGNE : FRANCE)

A group 16 hunters saw a strange object travelling a terrific speed, brushing the treetops.

Gross 1954. citing Figuet and Ruchon 1979 p84

Evaluation - Hoax

Explanations:

Hoax.

Keywords:

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

Thenon, Dordogne, saucer, low, fast, multiple, hunters, daylight, anonymous, hoax

Sources:

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross October 2, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross January 27, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [go1], [ud1].
1.1 Patrick Gross April 7, 2010 Addition [lc1].
1.2 Patrick Gross May 9, 2019 Additions [lh1], [pr2], Summary.

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