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September 23, Vierzon, Cher:

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



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 [sic] and Vierzon claimed to have seen, at concordant hours, a luminous object.

[Ref. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel indicates that in Vierzon, in the night of September 24, 1954 at three o'clock in the morning, Mr. Edmond Trochu observed from the village of Vierzon a very glowing and luminous object of considerable size, that the witness compared to an "fiery pot".

Michel notes that the description is similar with the testimonies of the observations of the two Gendarmes in Plombières and the Patient family in Bourges on September 23, the same night.

[Ref. lg1] LOREN GROSS:

[... Other cases...]

September 23rd.

"Incandescent kettle."

Vierzon (Department of Cher)

About two dozen miles from Bourges and the excitement there, a M. Edmond Trochu viewed a flying red-colored object in the sky near the village of Vierzon, France, at 3:00 a.m. He called the UFO an "incandescent kettle" 108.

[... Other cases...]

  • 108. Michel, Aime. Flying Saucers and the Straight-Line Mysterv. p.71


Michel Jeantheau confirms that according to the newspaper "Le Berry Republicain" for September 27, 1954, a "glowing boiler" was seen on September 24, at 3 o'clock in the morning in Vierzon. However this newspaper writes "Trochou" and not "Trochu."


The Belgian ufologist indicates that in 1954, on September 24 in France, in Vierzon "Edmond Trochu sees at about 03:00 a reddish glowing object, which he calls a, 'incandescent pot'".

The source is indicated as "Aimé Michel: 'M. O. C.', Seghers pub., p. 98".

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates in his database that in the Cher in Vierzon on September 23, 1954 at 21:00 hours there was an "Observation of a luminous object (without other precise details)"

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

[Ref. lc2:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Cher in Vierzon on September 24, 1954 at 03:00 hours "In the night, at three hours of the morning, a witness observed from Vierzon an object very reddish and glowing and luminous, of considerable size, that the witness compared to an 'incandescent pot.'"

Luc Chastan notes that the source is "M.O.C. by Michel Aimé ** Arthaud 1958".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 24 September 1954 at 03:00 in Vierzon, France, "Red 'flying glowing kettle'". Explanation: Planet." And: "A flying disc was observed. One red dome-shaped object, about 600 feet across, was observed by six male witnesses in a residential area (Trochu)."

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. ub1:] "UFO-DATENBANK":

This case was recorded 3 times in this database:

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 Vierzon France Night NL
19540924 24.09.1954 Vierzon France 03.00
19540924 24.09.1954 Vierzon France 03.00 NL
19540930 30.09.1954 Vierzon France


Jimmy Guieu, it seems, also mentions this observation but by indirect means I noted that he situated it on September 22.


Not looked for yet.


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

Vierzon, Cher, Edmond Trochu, object, red, luminous, glowing, large


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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross December 21, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross February 10, 2010 Additions [vm1], [lc1], [ud1].
1.1 Patrick Gross December 8, 2016 Additions [lg1], [ub1].

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