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The 1954 French flap:

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October 27, 1954, Maranville, Haute-Marne:

Reference number for this case: 27-Oct-54-Maranville. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

The press reported on Thursday, October 28, 1954, that on October 27, 1954, several residents of Maranville in the Haute-Marne told the press they saw at about 07:40 p.m., a "mysterious machine" go down to fifty meters and leave horizontally in the direction of Longchamp-sur-Argon, to land in a field between two communes.

The craft would have been "high and flat" and "let out a luminous jet." Some witnesses would have claimed to have felt numbness as it passed, which newspapers interpret as the effect of a "paralyzing ray" of the saucer.

In 1997, author Jean Sider gave a version that he said to be from the Press, but without the mention of the "luminous jet"; he believed it was a UFO landing. "Skeptical" ufologist Renaud Leclet, having probably read only Sider's version, cited the case as example of a helicopter landing. But obviously, it was a meteor and its trail, the height of a "fifty meters" cannot be reliable, and the "landing" is just the passage of the meteor behind the horizon.

Reports:

[Ref. vi1] "VIMANA 21" UFOLOGY BULLETIN:

WHY 1954?

The French flap of 1954 is today more than controversial.

Thus, A.D.R.U.P. wanted to make a compilation of all the documents published in a Burgundy daily newspaper:

"Le Bien Public".

The interest of this catalogue is triple:

  • A- to get back in the mood of that too famous year -
  • B- recall all the testimonies that appeared in the local press, whether they are good or bad. -
  • C- to be used as references for potential researchers of sociological or UFO character.

[... Other cases...]

- October 28: the flying saucer was equipped of a paralyzing ray -

[... Other cases...]

THURSDAY OCTOBER 28: THE FLYING SAUCER OF THE HAUTE MARNE WAS EQUIPPED OF A PARALYZING RAY

Chaumont - Several inhabitants of Maranville tell us that yesterday evening, at about 07:40 p.m., a mysterious machine descended to some 50 meters and left horizontally in the direction of Longchamp sur Argon to land in a field between two communes. This high and flat machine let out a luminous jet. Some claimed to have felt numbness as it passed.

[Ref. js1:] JEAN SIDER:

Jean Sider reports that he found in the newspaper "Le Haut Marnais Républicain" for October 28, 1954, the following information on a case of October 27, 1954, at 07:30 P.M. in Maranville / Longchamps-sur-Aujon in the Haute-Marne:

Anonymous witnesses have observed an unknown object which flew at ground level before landing in a field. When it passed by, some of the witnesses felt numb.

[Ref. rl1] RENAUD LECLET:

SIMILARITIES WITH HELICOPTERS:

10/27/54 Maranville (SI) at 07:30 p.m. a craft descends then flies horizontally and lands.

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

4295: 1954/10/27 19:30 5 4:52:00 E 48:08:00 N 3333 WEU FRN HMR 8:9

MARANVILLE,FR:SVRL OBS:SCR ^/50M ALT:>>WNW:LANDS:FLASH:OBS FEEL NUMB:/LDLN#325

Ref#217 Jean SIDER: Le DOSSIER 1954 (2 vol.) Page No. 122 : ROAD+RAILS

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Haute Marne in Maranville on 27 October 1954 at 19:30 hours "Several residents of the locality observe a mysterious object go down at about fifty meters of altitude and leave horizontally towards Longchamps sur Aujon. It lands in fields between the two communities. The object is round and flat and lets escape a luminous jet. Some affirm to have felt a feeling of numbness at its passage."

The source is indicated as "Lumières dans la Nuit".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 27 October 1954 at 19:30 in Maranville, France "Disc descends to 50m altitude, moves to the west northwest, lands. Flash, witness feels numb." And: "An object was observed. Physiological effects were noted. One disc was observed on a road for five minutes."

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

Explanations:

This is an obvious description of a meteor fall.

Keywords:

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

Maranville, Longchamps-sur-Aujon, Haute-Marne, craft, object, anonymous, multiple, numb, landing, low, effects, luminous, beam

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross April 17, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross February 10, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [lc1], [ud1].
1.1 Patrick Gross December 13, 2018 Additions [vi1], [rl1], [lh1], Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet."

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