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October 27, 1954, Vals-les-Bains, Ardèche:

Reference for this case: 27-Oct-54-Vals-les-Bains.
Please cite this reference in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


The regional newspaper Le Méridional, on the frontpage of October 31, 1954, reported that according to their Press correspondent, a "luminous apparatus" crossed the sky of Vals-les-Bains on October 27, 1954.

It was described as round in shape, emitting a bright reddish-orange glow, crossing the sky of the city at a very high speed.

It was seen by many people from different parts of the city.




A luminous machine crosses the sky of Vals-les-Bains

An object of round form emitting a sharp reddish-orange gleam crossed at a very high speed the sky of our city.

This phenomenon was seen by many inhabitants of the various districts of the city.

Full article here.

[Ref. uda1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 27 September 1954 at 02:30 on the D130, "near Vals.Bains", France, "One object was observed by two witnesses."

The source is indicated as Vallee, Jacques, Anatomy of a Phenomenon, Henry Regnery, Chicago, 1965.

[Ref. ubk1:] "UFO-DATENBANK":

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19540927 27.09.1954 Vals Bains France



There is no indicated hour. It may have been the meteor spotted from Menton and reported in the bulletin L'Astronomie.


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

Vals-les-Bains, Ardèche, multiple, round, object, luminous, fast, red, orange, gleam


[----] indicates sources that are not yet available to me.

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross February 26, 2006 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross March 5, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version.
1.1 Patrick Gross February 9, 2017 Addition [ubk1]. Case date changed from "End October" to "October 27".
1.2 Patrick Gross December 19, 2018 Addition of the summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet. Possible airplane or meteor.".

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