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September 27, 1954, Lemps, Ardèche:

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

Reports:

[Ref. lp1:] "LE PROVENCAL" NEWSPAPER:

A saucer above Avignon?

Avignon (C.P.).

The presence of an unidentifiable bolide was announced to us above Avignon yesterday, at the beginning of the afternoon by several people who saw it from the slope of Bellevue on the right bank of the Rhone.

We went to the site and could note that an unknown object having the shape of a refringent spheroid appeared at a constant distance from [...] and that it remained [...]

Observed with binoculars, he time after time took the apparent shape of a disc with a curvature in the center and a cone from where a reddish trail escaped by the base.

This curious phenomenon started to be observed around 01:00 p.m. and it still lasted at 04:30 p.m..

The "saucer" (since it became common to call that way any object unknown to a non-specialist observer) slowly moved from the East to the West on 45 degrees approximately.

Aircraft, weather-balloon, new satellite?

The question is opened.

A GREEN FLYING SAUCER IN VEYNES

Veynes (C.P.).

[...] Louis and Mr. Curri Baptiste, were hasting at a sharp pace on the road. They were very surprized to see, between the Saint-Luc post and the wood of the Pignon, a ball of a very apparent green color, which moved rather quickly, leaving a red trail behind. It disappeared towards Aspremont. The two witnesses, who could admire it during at least thirty seconds, are convinced that it is a flying saucer.

Ballet of "saucers" in the sky of Ardeche

Grenoble (A.C.P.).

Mr. Joseph Habrat, farmer in the district of Perrets, in Lemps, not far from Tournon (the Ardeche), observed in the sky, last night, a true ballet of "flying saucers".

He had first of all noticed a green light moving slowly in direction of Valence. Then the luminous craft started to evolve at full speed in various directions and ended up being immobilized.

The farmer then called his daughter, Yvette, who up to now had refused to believe in the flying saucers.

Like her father, Yvette managed to observe the luminous object which advanced, it seemed to them, up to 500 meters of them approximately. A little later ten machines joined the first, and outlined with it a true ballet before disappearing in the direction of the East.

Little afterward, three craft appeared again then disappeared in the same direction as the previous ones.

[Ref. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

French ufologist Aimé Michel provides the following description for a series of observations in Lemps, near Tournon, on September 27 between 09:40 P.M. and 11:00 P.M.

Whereas he was in his yard, Mr. Joseph Habrat, farmer in Lemps in the district of les Perrets, looked towards the sky and saw in the direction of Valence a motionless green luminous spot. He called his daughter Yvette who became the second witness of what follows. Puzzled, he stared at this green spot and was surprised to suddenly see it quit immobility to make a series of zig-zaging movements which made it follow a tangled up broken line, and then become motionless again. Joseph and Yvette Habrat then saw the phenomenon going out of sight towards the North-East.

One moment later, both saw what they described as a luminous and elongated smoke screen approaching up to a distance that they evaluated as of 300 meters. They then felt they heard a sort of buzzing sound, while the luminous smokescreen changed course without stopping and also disappeared in the direction of the North-East.

Still intrigued, the two witnesses continued to observe the sky, and around 11:00 P.M., they saw ten luminous object arriving from various places of the sky, and gathering in the south-east, on the side of Romans, then dart away towards the North-East while crossing their paths and getting one in front of the other randomly unceasingly.

Hardly had these luminous objects disappeared, that three other luminous points gathered on the side of Larnage, in the East, to also go towards the North-East.

Mr. Habrat kept on watching the sky but there were no other phenomena.

He indicates that the source are the file of ufologist Charles Garreau.

[Ref. lo1:] JIM LORENZEN:

On September 27th, 1954, sightings were made at Perpignan near Foussignorgues [sic], at Lemps, Premanon and Rixheim. Once again these sightings fall on a straight line, the Rixheim sighting was of a stationary cigar-shape, Rixheim lies at one end of the line. Two other sightings of September 27th line up with Rixheim one in Eastern Paris and one at Francles - though not in the same line as the others.

[Ref. jv5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

153 -004.77171 45.10980 27 09 1954 22 15 145 LEMPS F 11 644 C** 141

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

The two ufologists and authors indicate that in Lemps in the Ardèche, on September 27, 1954, a green light and a craft have been seen.

[Ref. go1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

The Belgian ufologist indicates that in 1954, on September 27, in France, in Lemps, "Witness: Joseph Habrat, who observes the phenomenon at 22:15 from the yard of his dwelling. The light gave up its immobility, achieves at very high speed a series of movements, in zigzag, thus crossing a tangled up broken line, then became again motionless."

The source is noted as "Henry DURRANT: 'Premières enquêtes sur les Humanoïdes ET' - Laffont 1977 - p. 199."

[Ref. me1:] AUGUSTE MEESSEN:

Auguste Meessen indicates that on September 27, 1954 at 22:15, a farmer saw a green, stationary light in the sky, but to his great surprise, it gave up its immobility "to achieve at a very high speed a series of movements in zigzag, thus crossing a tangled up broken line, to then become again motionless." The farmer's daughter was also witness of this strange behavior and both saw the departure of the object.

The source is indicated as "A. Michel: Mystérieux Objets Célestes, 1977, p. 124, 226 et 84."

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates in his database that in the Ardeche (07) in Lemps on September 27, 1954, "Between 21:40 to 23:00, whereas he was in his yard, a farmer in the district of Perrets looked towards the sky and saw on the side of Valence a motionless green luminous spot. He called his daughter Yvette who will be the second witness of what follows. Puzzled, he stares at this green spot and was then surprised to see it suddenly leaving its immobility, to make a series of zigzag movements which made it cross a tangled up broken line, then become again motionless. The two witnesses then see the phenomenon leaving out of sight towards the North-East. One moment later, both see what they will describe as a luminous and lengthened smoke screen approaching until a distance that they evaluated as 300 meters. They then seem to hear a kind of buzzing sound, while the luminous curtain changes course without stopping and also disappears in the direction of the North-East. Still puzzled, the two witnesses continue to observe the sky, and around 23 hours they see arriving from various places of the sky ten luminous objects which gather in the south-east, on the side of Romans, then slip by towards the North-East while crossing and while passing in front of each other unceasingly. Hardly has these luminous objects disappeared, that three other luminous spots gathered on the side of Larnage, in the east, to also go towards the North-East. The father continued to observe the sky but there were not other phenomena."

The sources are indicated as: "Ovni, Premier dossier complet... by Figuet M./ Ruchon J.L. ** éd. Alain Lefeuvre 1979" and "M.O.C. by Michel Aimé ** Arthaud 1958".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 27 September 1954 at 22:15 in Tournon, France, "Procession of objects. Unidentified objects were sighted, but with appearance and behavior that most likely would have a conventional explanation. Many objects were observed."

The source is indicated as Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073).

[Ref. ud2:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 27 September 1954 at 22:15 in Lemps Perrets, France, "One cigar, then 10 luminous saucers zig-zag through the sky, heading rapidly to the northeast. Explanation: Planet."

And: "Cigar-shaped objects were observed. They zig-zagged through the air. More than 10 cigar-shaped objects were observed by two witnesses on a farm for 45 minutes (Habrat; Henard)."

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); Vallee, Jacques, Challenge to Science: The UFO Enigma, Henry Regnery, Chicago, 1966; Vallee, Jacques, Preliminary Catalog (N = 500), (in JVallee01); Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002.

[Ref. ub1:] "UFO-DATENBANK":

This database recorded this case 4 times:

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 Lemps Perrets France 22.15 NL
19540927 27.09.1954 Lemps France 22.15
19540927 27.09.1954 Lemps France 22.15 NL
19540927 27.09.1954 Tournon France 22.15 NL

Explanations:

Not looked for yet.

Keywords:

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

Lemps, Ardèche, Joseph Habrat, Yvette Habrat, objects, points, luminous, smoke, green, spots, fast, manoeuvre, duration, formation, sound, zig-zag

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross March 23, 2006 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross January 29, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [go1], [lc1], [ud1], [ud2].
1.1 Patrick Gross June 18, 2010 Addition [jv5].
1.2 Patrick Gross February 9, 2017 Addition [ub1].
1.3 Patrick Gross March 23, 2017 Addition [lo1].
1.4 Patrick Gross March 23, 2017 Addition [lo1].

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