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September 27, 1954, Rixheim, Haut-Rhin:

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

Summary:

In a number of French newspapers, there was a brief report that two people said they saw a luminous craft in the sky at Rixheim. For example:

"Binoculars revealed that it had the shape of a long cigar, and a dozen small satellite cigars surrounded it. A railway worker on night duty said he had observed the same phenomenon."

Various ufology sources mention the case, giving the date of September 27, 1954. Aimé Michel makes of it a "vertical" cigar.

In these sources, the hour is given as the night, or in the night from the 27th to the 28th, or at 11:45 p.m. or at midnight or in the early morning.

Reports:

[Ref. in1:] "L'INDEPENDANT" NEWSPAPER:

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CIGARS IN A GROUP IN THE HAUT-RHIN...

AND BALLS OF FIRE IN THE ROUSSILLON

MULHOUSE. -- Two people stated to have seen a luminous machine in the sky, in Rixheim. Using binoculars, they noted that it had the shape of a long cigar. A dozen small satellite cigars surrounded it. A railway man on night duty stated to have observed the same phenomenon.

BESSEGES. -- Two residents of the commune of Foussignargues, close to Bessèges, stated to have seen in a meadow, near their house, in the night from Sunday to Monday, a sharp red luminous machine surrounded by vertical stems.

PAU. -- Thursday morning, around 11:45, many people saw in the sky, at a very high altitude, a mysterious machine having the shape of a long and shining balloon. The machine came from the South and moved towards the North-West.

NEVERS. -- Mr. Raymond Deloire, 20 years old, farm laborer in Langeron (the Nievre), who circulated by bicycle on the road of St-Pierre-le-Moutiers, saw in the sky a mysterious object of half-spherical form emitting at the front a sharp orange gleam, flames spouted out from the back. The machine moved without noise at a great speed in direction of the North-East.

PERPIGNAN. -- Mr. Jean-Bertrand Petit, residing at the Conte Farmhouse, close to Perpignan, was sprinkling his salads, around 3:30 in the morning, when he saw a ball of fire in the sky. The display was short and did not leave traces.

In Thuir, Thursday, around 6:15 p.m., a machine having the shape of a haloed barrel of fire was seen by a person worthy of faith. The apparatus, which worked at a slow pace, disappeared in direction of the sea.

In addition, several residents of Perpignan claim to have seen yesterday, at approximately 2 p.m., above the city, a luminous sphere, sometimes red, sometimes white and which moved during several minutes before fainting in the sky.

A luminous sphere remains one hour above Fleury-d'Aude

FLEURY-D'AUDE (C.P.). -- Yesterday evening, from 9 to 10 p.m., the population of Fleury was able to see a luminous sphere, whose color changed from the red to the green, then to the white, moving slowly above the locality. The machine marked times of immobility and it was then possible to detect that it had a rotational movement.

The luminous sphere then moved in direction of Béziers and disappeared.

A brilliant ball above Puivert

PUIVERT. -- Mr. Saboureau, lemonade seller in Bélesta (the Ariège) made the Bélesta-Puivert way in a van, when he saw in the sky, yesterday towards 5 p.m., a very brilliant ball like a sun following the North-South direction, flying at an altitude which he estimates as 2.000 meters, and moving at a relatively reduced speed.

The ball moved without the least noise and was followed of a long tail of gray smoke. Mr. Saboureau having stopped his vehicle for better observing, could see, after a few minutes the machine disappear in the direction of Ax-les-Termes. His observation allows him to affirm absolutely that it was not a plane.

[Ref. vm1:] "VAR-MATIN REPUBLIQUE" NEWSPAPER:

Still the saucers and the cigars

Perpignan, October 1. -- At the mas of Bruzy, near Perpignan, several vintagers stated to have seen in the sky a brilliant object having the form of a saucer.

After having moved verticaly while leaving a white trail, the craft disappeared in the clouds.

In Mulhouse, two people stated to have seen a luminous machine in the sky of Rixheim, using binoculars, they noted that it had the shape of a long cigar, a dozen small satellites surrounded it. A railwayman on night duty stated to have observed the same phenomenon.

In Bessegues, two residents of the commune of Foussignargues, close to Bessegues, stated to have seen in a meadow, near their house, in the night from Sunday to Monday, a sharp red luminous machine surrounded by vertical stems.

In Nevers, Mr. Raymond Deloire, 20-year-old, farm labourer in Langeron (the Nièvre) who drove on the road of St Pierre les Moutiers, saw in the sky, a mysterious object of half-spherical shape emitting at its front a sharp orange gleam, flames spouted out at the back. The craft moved without noise at a great speed in the direction of the North-East.

[Ref. le1:] "L'EST REPUBLICAIN" NEWSPAPER:

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The "meteor" of Sweden was not a robot-weapon... but a jet airplane

Stockholm. -- The "Bjuv meteor", photographed in the night of Monday to Tuesday by a resident of that city, was only a jet plane, the Swedish military headquarters estimated by examining the photograph of the craft. However, professor Bertil Lindblad, attached to the Lund observatory, after enlarging, had believed to detect a robot-weapon.

Based on the direction taken by the object, one had thought that it could come from Eastern Germany where, according to certain information, the Russians would currently carry out rockets experiments.

Still the saucers

In addition, the "flying saucers" continue to be reported in the four corners of the sky of France. There is not a single day without witnesses in good faith see "mysterious machines" with weird shapes, and slipping by at great pace in an impressive silence.

Near Perpignan, several vintagers stated to have seen in the sky a brilliant object having the shape of a saucer. After having moving at the vertical while leaving a white trail, the apparatus disappeared in the clouds.

Two people stated to have seen a luminous craft in the night of Thursday to Friday, in Rixheim (Haut-Rhin). Using binoculars, they noted that it had the shape of a long cigar. A dozen small cigars surrounded it. A railwayman on night duty night stated to have observed the same phenomenon.

Two residents of the commune of Foussignargues, close to Bessèges, saw in a meadow, near their house, in the night from Sunday to Monday, a sharp red luminous machine surrounded by vertical stems.

in Pau, Thursday, many people saw in the sky, at very high altitude, a mysterious machine having the shape of a long and shining balloon. The machine came from the south and moved towards the North-West.

Lastly, Mr. Raymond Deloire, aged 20, farm labourer in Langeron (the Nievre), who circulated the other night with a bicycle on the road of Saint-Pierre-le-Moutier, saw in the sky a mysterious object of half-spherical shape emitting with a sharp orange gleam at its front. Flames spouted out of the back. The craft moved without noise at a great speed in the direction of the North-East.

[Ref. hw1:] HAROLD T. WILKINS:

The author indicates that in October 1954, two people near Mulhouse, in the Haut-Rhin, on the France-German border, saw a cigar-shaped luminous object surrounded by twelve smaller satellite fusiform objects.

[Ref. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

French ufologist Aimé Michel reports that in the night of the 27 to the 28th of september 1954, a big vertical cigare accompanied by its small satellites was seen in Rixheim. Two people had seen a luminous spot in the sky, had sought binoculars, and using the binoculars had been able to distinguish the large cigar and its procession of smaller satellites.

Description by these two people was of:

"... a long machine in the shape of a cigar around which ten much smaller luminous points flew in all directions."

Michel notes that a railwayman who was in service of night has the station made the same observation independently.

The observation was told by the newspaper France-Soir of October 2, and the article dated the event as of October 1. Aimé Michel checked this date and found that the observation was really on September 27.

[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. jv6:] JACQUES VALLEE:

Jacques Vallée indicates that on september 27, there was an interesting testimony in Rixheim.

[Ref. jv5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

154 -007.40421 47.75000 27 09 1954 24 00 2 RIXHEIM HT-RHIN F 1293 C** 148

[Ref. lg1] LOREN GROSS:

Another "Mother ship?"

Three people in Rixheim, France, reported an elongated UFO in the night sky on the 27th. One was a railroad worker who sighted the object and made a report separately from the other two witnesses. The best description was from two people whose names and occupation are not known. They used opera glasses and claimed they could see.-"...a long craft in the shape of a cigar around which ten or more much smaller luminous points navigated in every direction." 139.

  • 139. Paris, France. France-Soir. 2 October 54.

[Ref. ht1:] HERBERT S. TAYLOR:

Some of the other cloud-cigar reports from the 1954 French wave include: September 27, early morning, Rixheim (Haut-Rhine Department, Alsace). Two witnesses, having noticed in the sky a peculiar elongated, motionless, luminous spot, studied it at leisure with binoculars. They made out "a long craft in the shape of a cigar, around which 10 or more much smallerluminous points navigated in every direction." A third witness made an independent report with the same description.

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates in his database that in the Haut Rhin (68) in Rixheim on September 27, 1954 at an unknown hour, "In the night from the 27 to September 28, 1954, a large vertical cigar accompanied by its small satellites was observed. Two people had seen a luminous spot in the sky, had sought binoculars, and using the binoculars had been able to distinguish the large cigar and its procession of small satellites. Description by these two people was "a long machine in the shape of a cigar around of which sailed in all direction ten luminous points much smaller." A railwayman who was on night duty at the station made in an independent manner the same observation."

The sources are indicated as: "M.O.C. by Michel Aimé ** Arthaud 1958" and "Les OVNI vus de près by Gross Patrick ** http://ufologie.net".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 27 September 1954 at 23:45 in Rixheim, France, "Huge cigar, 12 smaller UFOs orbit in all directions. Explanation: Planet."

And: "Cigar-shaped objects were observed. Multiple independent witnesses. More than 10 cigar-shaped objects were observed by three witnesses in a city for over three minutes."

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); Hall, Richard H., The UFO Evidence, NICAP, Washington, 1964; Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002.

[Ref. sp4:] SPICA UFOLOGY GROUP:

City Date and hour of observation General shape
Identification
General color
Hypothesis
Conclusion
RIXHEIM Monday 27 September 1954 elongated (cigar)
Unidentified
information not communicated
None
Unsolved -lack of info

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

This database recorded this case four times instead of one:

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 Rixheim France 24.00
19540927 27.09.1954 Rixheim France 24.00 NL
19540927 27.09.1954 Rixheim France Night NL
19540927 27.09.1954 Rixheim France

Explanations:

For lack of precise data, for now, I am unable to decide what this could have been.

So: unidentified, insufficient data.

Keywords:

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

Rixheim, Haut-Rhin, night, cigar, mothership, multiple, binocular

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross November 8, 2006 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross February 1, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [lc1], [ud1].
1.1 Patrick Gross February 25, 2010 Addition [vm1].
1.1 Patrick Gross May 25, 2010 Addition [le1].
1.2 Patrick Gross June 18, 2010 Addition [jv5].
1.3 Patrick Gross July 2, 2010 Addition [jv6].
1.4 Patrick Gross October 24, 2011 Addition [in1].
1.5 Patrick Gross June 4, 2015 Addition [sp4].
1.5 Patrick Gross December 19, 2016 Additions [lg1], [ub1].
1.6 Patrick Gross March 23, 2017 Addition [lo1].
1.7 Patrick Gross April 2, 2017 Addition of the Summary, Explanation changed, were "Not looked for yet.".

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