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The 1954 French flap:

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January 26, 1954, Aiserey, Côte-d'Or:

Reference number for this case: 26-Jan-54-Aiserey. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

On the morning of January 26, 1954, a meteor passed over north-eastern France, first spotted by testimonies of "luminous phenomenon" over Dijon. Charles Garreau, of the newspaper La Bourgogne Républicaine had launched a call for witnesses on January 27, 1954, and had, among others, collected by telephone that of Mr. Gautherot, of Aiserey, who said he saw as a fairly large disc, orange-red, which disappeared leaving a luminous trail.

Mr. Gautherot had indicated that the thing was going "very fast, coming from Dijon and going towards Saint-Jean-de-Losne!", and that he had woken up his wife, who had time to see the trail.

Reports:

[Ref. bre1:] NEWSPAPER "LA BOURGOGNE REPUBLICAINE":

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Did you see the saucer?

This is the title of a program by Jimmi Guieu, investigator of an international commission of investigation of the flying saucers; which is aired every day around 4:30 p.m., on the antenna of Radio Monte-Carlo.

This is also the question we asked our readers yesterday, following the luminous phenomenon observed Tuesday morning in the sky of Dijon.

Thus, yesterday, two of them called us.

One, Mr. Gautherot, of Aiseray, saw a rather large disc, orange-red, which disappeared leaving a luminous trail.

"It was going very fast", he said, "coming from Dijon and going towards Saint-Jean-de-Losne!" Mr. Gotherot woke his wife, who had time to see the trail.

Another observation: that of Mr. Gaston Dijoux (night watchman at the barrier of Saulon train station) and his companion, Mr. Sezandase.

Around 4:50 a.m., they saw a weird purple ray piercing the clouds. The ray disappeared, giving way to a very bright light that illuminated all of Saulon.

Both were deeply struck by this somewhat fantastic spectacle!

The question remains: what object crossed the sky in our region on Tuesday morning?

In any case, it was completely covered, and the ceiling was at 1,400 meters!

Explanations:

The January 26, 1954, meteor, over that region.

Map.

Garreau, who thought it wasn't a meteor because the thing would have flown below the clouds at 1,500 meters - the light from a meteor can of course through clouds as long as they are not very, very thick - omits to give details of time, date, on the grounds that it concurred with the observation in Dijon.

The witness gave what could be a direction: coming from Dijon, going towards Saint-Jean-de-Losne:

Direction.

Thus the direction would have been Northwest to Southeast.

Keywords:

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

Aiserey, Côte-d'Or, Gautherot, trail, fast, disc, big, red, orange, luminous, Dijon, Saint-Jean-de-Losne

Sources:

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