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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. nll1:] "NORD LITTORAL" NEWSPAPER:

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The chronicle of the flying
saucers

Perpignan, October 1. -- At the Mas de Bruzy, near Perpignan, several grape pickers said they had seen in the sky a shiny object in the shape of a saucer. After having moved vertically leaving a white trail, the craft disappeared in the clouds.

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Mulhouse, October 1. -- Two people declared to have seen a luminous craft in the sky, in Rixheim, using binoculars, they noticed that it was shaped like a long cigar, a dozen little satellite cigars surrounded it, a night shift worker said he observed the same phenomenon.

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Bessèges, 1 Oct. -- Two inhabitants of the commune of Foussignargues, near Bessèges, said they saw in a meadow, near their house, in the night from Sunday to Monday, a mysterious craft in the shape of a long and shiny balloon. The craft came from the south and is heading towards the northwest.

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Nevers, 1 Oct. -- Mr. Raymond Deloire, 20 years old, agricultural worker, in Langeron (Nièvre) who was riding a bicycle, on the road to Saint-Pierre-le-Moutiers, saw in the sky a mysterious object of hemispherical shape emitting a bright orange glow at the front. Flames shot out from the back. The craft moved without noise with great speed towards the northeast.

[Ref. cpd1:] "LE COURRIER PICARD" NEWSPAPER:

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In France the saucers continue... to fly

In the Haut-Rhin, two witnesses
claim to have seen a "cigar"
surrounded by a dozen smaller ones
who were escorting it

PERPIGNAN, October 1st. -- At the Mas de Bruzy [sic], near Perpignan, several grape harvesters said they had seen in the sky, a shiny object in the shape of a saucer. After having moved vertically leaving a white trail, the craft disappeared in the clouds.

MULHOUSE. -- Two people said they saw a luminous object in the sky, in Rixheim. Using binoculars, they found that it had the shape of a long cigar, a dozen little satellite cigars surrounded it, a railroader of night service declared to have observed the same phenomenon.

BESSEGES. -- Two residents of the commune of Foussignargues, near Bessèges, said they had seen in a meadow near their house in the night from Sunday to Monday, a bright red luminous craft surrounded by vertical rods.

PAU. -- Yesterday morning, around 11:45 a.m., many people have seen in the sky, at very high altitude, a mysterious craft in the shape of a long and shiny balloon. The object came from the south and was heading towards the northwest.

NEVERS. -- Mr. Raymond Deloire, 20 years old, farm worker, in Langeron (Nièvre) who was riding a bicycle, on the road to Saint-Pierre-le-Moutiers, saw in the sky, a mysterious object of hemispherical shape, emitting at the front a bright orange glow. Flames gushed from behind. The craft moved without noise with great speed towards the northeast.

[Ref. nnm1:] "LE NOUVEAU NORD MARITIME" NEWSPAPER:

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they are seen everywhere...

Flying saucers
cigars and... "cigarillos"

Perpignan, 1st. -- At the Mas de Brury, near Perpignan, several grape pickers said they had seen in the sky a luminous object in the shape of a saucer. After having moved vertically leaving a white trail, the craft disappeared in the clouds.

Mulhouse, 1st. -- Two people declared to have seen a luminous craft in the sky in Rixheim, using binoculars, they noted that it had the shape of a long cigar, a dozen satellite "little cigars" surrounded it. A railroader on night duty said he observed the same phenomenon.

Besseges, 1st. -- Two inhabitants of the commune of Foussignargues, near Bessèges, declared to have seen in a meadow, near their house, in the night from Sunday to Monday, a bright red luminous machine surrounded by vertical rods.

Pau, 1st. -- Yesterday morning around 11:45 a.m., many people have seen in the sky, at very high altitude, a mysterious machine in the shape of a long and shiny balloon. The object came from the South and was heading towards the Northwest.

Nevers, 1st. -- Mr. Raymond Deloire, 20, agricultural worker in Langeron (Nièvre), who was riding a bicycle on the road to Saint-Pierre-le-Moutiers, saw in the sky a mysterious semi-spherical object, emitting a bright orange glow at the front. Flames shot out from the back. The machine moved without noise at great speed towards the North-East.

Dijon, 1st. -- Two children from Prémanon, the young Raymond Roland, 12, and his sister Janine, 9, told their schoolmaster this amazing story:

It was pouring rain yesterday before when around 8:30 p.m., Raymond heard his dog barking furiously. He went out and saw in the courtyard of his parents' farm a metallic craft, 2 meters high, which shone in the light. Frightened, the kid returned inside, but driven by curiosity, he went out again with his sister. The strange craft had approached. The boy threw some stones in the direction of the machine which started off. The two children were blown away and dared not tell their parents about their mishap.

When questioned by the police, Raymond said that "the thing (sic) was on three feet".

Indeed, the gendarmes found traces in the courtyard. But the rain had partially erased them.

The list is growing

Flying saucers have also been spotted at Rebais (S.-et-.M.), at Brest, in La Rochelle, in Lins (Austria), in Nîmes, in Montpellier, in Casablanca, in La Norville (S.-et-.O).

In 1950, on the American Radio...

In a radio broadcast made in 1950, the American journalist and commentator Henri Taylor said:

"Without betraying any military secret, I can assure you that the flying saucers are part of a large experimental program that has been developing in the United States for almost three years. I know what the flying saucers are for: is a great military secret that I am not allowed to reveal. The day the American Air Force decides to break the silence, humanity will learn very good news..."

[Ref. int1:] "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 Nièvre), 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. vmr1:] "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 vertically 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 laborer 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. ppe1:] "PARIS-PRESSE" NEWSPAPER:

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THE "MARTIANS" ON HOLIDAYS (CONTINUED)

A "SAUCER" WITH THREE FEET IN THE JURA, AND A "CIGAR"
with rear light in the Nivernais

IT is true, as the disciples of the "Christ of Montfavet" [*] assure, that the flying saucers are a divine manifestation, we saw enough, yesterday in the sky of France, to "halo" all the apostles of this Messiah postman. And enough cigars for Mr. Churchill's consumption in a fortnight.

The most sensational story is the one told by little Raymond Romand, a 12-year-old boy, whose parents are farmers in Prémanon, in the Jura. The other night he saw a flying saucer in the middle of the farmyard. It was eight o'clock in the evening; the child had gone out hearing the dog barking furiously. The saucer was there, two meters high. He threw stones at it, approached. At that moment, it started to move and the blow lifted him from the ground. Terrorized, he fled. Her sister, little Jeanine (9), claims to have also seen the saucer from the window.

"I saw ghosts," she said to her schoolmates the next day.

The two children swear they had never heard of flying saucers.

The "thing" was on three feet," said Raymond.

He wanted to show the gendarmes the traces that the three feet had left on the court ground. Unfortunately, the rain had wiped them out...

In Foussinargues, near Bessèges, in the Gard, two people claim that they saw in a meadow "a bright, sharp red luminous machine, surrounded of vertical rods". Near Mulhouse, a cigar wandered in the sky, followed by a "litter" of twelve cigarillos.

The son of the rural guard of Langeron, in the Nivernais, saw only one cigar. It had a "rear light". Which seems to indicate that the Martians have an air force.

Two thousand residents of Pau saw, yesterday afternoon, a cigar and two saucers, one white, the other green. They were a little disappointed when they learned in the evening that the cigar was a jet plane and the two saucers were children's balloons...

[*] Georges Roux, the so-called "Christ of Montfavet" (1903-1981), left his job at the post office in Avignon, tried the careers of poet, novelist, musician, then in the 1950s proclaimed himself "healer", then "reincarnation of Christ" and even "God". He founded a sect, wrote "spirituality" books, predicted the "end of times" for January 1, 1980, and obtained a small success, much starred in the press.

[Ref. ner1:] NEWSPAPER "NORD-ECLAIR":

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MORE AND MORE MYSTERIOUS

"Luminous objects" explore the South and the East

The round of flying saucers, luminous cigars and other mysterious craft continues across France, the country of tourism for Martians on vacation. Yesterday there was a luminous ballet in the sky of the Ardèche, a landing in a farmyard in the Jura and apparitions in all skies, night or day.

Continued on page 11
under the title:
SAUCERS

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Saucers

The most amazing story is that told by a 12-year-old boy, Romain Romand, whose parents are farmers in Prémanon, in the Jura. Thursday evening, he saw a flying saucer, two meters high, which had landed in the middle of the farmyard. He threw stones at it and approached. The saucer began to move and the movement of air lifted him from the ground.

Terrorized, he fled. Her 9-year-old sister claims to have also seen the saucer from the window. The two children claim that they had never heard about "flying saucers."

In the Ardèche, in Lemps, not far from Tournon, a farmer, Mr. Joseph Habrat, observed a bright object, brighter than a star and heading for Valence.

With astonishment, he saw it move at a very high speed and suddenly stop. Mr. Habrat called his daughter, very skeptical about the reality of flying saucers, and the two then witnessed a real luminous ballet, led by the first beam. Suddenly all disappeared towards the East. Three craft reappeared for a moment and disappeared in their turn.

At Mas de Bruzy, near Perpignan, several grape pickers said they had seen in the sky a bright object in the shape of a saucer. After moving vertically, leaving a white trail, the craft disappeared in the clouds.

In Rixheim, near Mulhouse, two people said they saw a luminous object in the sky. Using binoculars, they found that it had the shape of a long cigar, a dozen cigarillos accompanied it. A railroader on night duty claims to have observed the same phenomenon.

Two residents of the commune of Foussignargues, near Besseges, in the Gard region, declared that they had seen in a meadow, close to their house, in the night from Sunday to Monday, a bright red luminous craft surrounded by vertical rods.

Thursday morning, many residents of Pau also saw in the sky, at very high altitude, a mysterious craft in the shape of an elongated, shiny balloon coming from the South and heading to the North-West.

In Nevers, Mr. Raymond Deloire, agricultural worker in Langeron (Nièvre), who was riding a bicycle on the road to Saint-Pierre-le-Moutiers, saw in the sky a mysterious object of semi-spherical shapes and putting out a bright orange glow, while flames gushed from behind. It was moving noiselessly at high speed towards the northeast.

[Ref. non1:] "NORD-MATIN" NEWSPAPER:

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Ballet of "saucers"
in the sky of the Ardèche

M. Joseph Habrat, a farmer in the Perrets district, in Lamps [sic], not far from Tournon (Ardèche), observed, in the sky, last night, a veritable ballet of "flying saucers".

He had first noticed a green light moving slowly, towards Valence. Then the luminous craft began to move at full speed in various directions and finally came to a stop.

The farmer then called his daughter Yvette who until now "had refused to believe in flying saucers".

Like her father, Yvette was able to observe the luminous craft, which advanced, it seemed, up to about 500 meters from them. A little later, a dozen craft came to join the first and sketched with it quite a ballet, before disappearing in the direction of the East.

Shortly after, three craft appeared again, then disappeared in the same direction as the previous ones.

12 little satellite cigars

Also, two people declared to have seen a luminous craft, in the sky, in Rixheim. Using binoculars, they found that it had the shape of a long cigar, a dozen small satellites surrounded it. A night shift railway worker said he observed the same phenomenon.

A saucer in Caudry

Friday morning, around 6:45 a.m., three workers, including two masons and a carpenter, were on their way to Caudry, on their way to their work place, when they saw a original machine, oval in shape, pale pink in color, very bright, leaving behind an absolutely dazzling trail.

This "flying saucer" seemed to fly over national road 29 and was heading towards Le Cateau.

One of these workers, Mr. Victor Lebon, 43, mason, living in Quiévy, is affirmative in his statements. The other two, one of whom is domiciled in Saint-Hilaire-lez-Cambrai, preferred to remain anonymous, but concurred.

Surrounded by vertical rods

It should also be noted that two residents of the commune of Foussignargues, near Bessègues, declared that they had seen, in a meadow, near their house, in the night from Sunday to Monday, a bright red luminous craft, surrounded by vertical rods.

Many people also saw, in Pau, in the sky at very high altitude, a mysterious craft in the shape of a long and shiny balloon. The object came from the South and was heading towards the North West.

Finally, Mr. Raymond Deloire, 20, agricultural worker in Langeron (Nièvre), who was riding a bicycle, on the road to Saint-Pierre-le-Moutiers, saw in the sky a mysterious object of semi-spherical shape emitting, at the front, a bright orange glow, flames gushed from the rear. The craft moved without noise, with great speed, in direction of the North-East.

[Ref. ads1:] "L'ARDENNAIS" NEWSPAPER:

THE "FLYING SAUCERS" CHRONICLE

PERPIGNAN. -- At the Mas de Bruzy, near Perpignan, several grape pickers reported seeing in the sky a shiny object in the shape of a saucer. After moving vertically leaving a white trail, the craft disappeared in the clouds.

MULHOUSE. -- Two people said they saw a luminous craft in the sky at Rixheim. Using binoculars, they found that it was shaped like a long cigar. A dozen small satellite cigars surrounded it. A night service worker said he observed the same phenomenon.

BESSEGES. -- Two residents of the town of Foussignargues, near Bessèges, said they saw in a meadow, near their house, in the night from Sunday to Monday, a bright red luminous craft surrounded by vertical lines.

PAU. -- Many people saw in the sky, at a very high altitude, a mysterious craft shaped like a long, brilliant balloon. The craft was coming from the south and heading northwest.

NEVERS. -- Mr. Raymond Deloire, agricultural worker in Langeron (Nièvre), who was riding a bicycle on the road to Saint-Pierre-le-Moutiers, saw in the sky a mysterious object of semi-spherical shape emitting at the front a bright orange glow. Flames burst from the back. The craft moved noiselessly at great speed towards the northeast.

[Ref. ler1:] "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 laborer in Langeron (the Nièvre), 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. hws1:] 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. aml1:] AIME MICHEL:

French ufologist Aimé Michel reports that in the night of the 27 to the 28th of september 1954, a big vertical cigar 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. cln1:] 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 [sic] - though not in the same line as the others.

[Ref. jve6:] JACQUES VALLEE:

Jacques Vallée indicates that on September 27, 1954, there was an interesting testimony in Rixheim.

[Ref. jve5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

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

[Ref. via1:] "VIMANA 21" UFOLOGY BULLETIN:

SATURDAY 2 AND SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3: THE CHAPTER OF FÖYING SAUCERS -

IN PERPIGNAN: At the Mas de Bruzy, several grape pickers said they saw in the sky, a shiny object in the shape of a saucer. After moving vertically leaving a white trail, the craft disappeared in the clouds.

IN MULHOUSE: Two people said they saw a luminous machine in the sky in Rixheim. With the help of binoculars, they realized that it was shaped like a long cigar. A dozen small satellite cigars surrounded it. A railway worker said he observed the same phenomenon.

IN NIMES: Two inhabitants of Foussignargues, near Besseges in the Gard, said to have seen in a meadow near their house, on the night of Sunday to Monday, a bright red luminous craft surrounded by vertical rods.

IN PAU: Yesterday morning, around 11:45, many people saw in the sky at very high altitude, a mysterious machine shaped like a long, bright ball. The craft was coming from the south and heading northwest.

The source is said to be the newspaper Le Bien Public.

[Ref. lgs1:] 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.

[Ref. htr1:] 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 smaller luminous dots navigated in every direction." A third witness made an independent report with the same description.

[Ref. lhh1:] LARRY HATCH - "*U* COMPUTER DATABASE":

3856: 1954/09/27 23:50 3 7:25:00 E 47:45:00 N 3333 WEU FRN HRH 7:8

RIXHEIM,FR:3 OBS:HUGE CGR:12 SMALLER UFOS ORBIT IN ALL DIRECTIONS:/IFS#27/r171

Ref#138 GROSS,L.:UFOs a HISTORY-1954/10 bks Book # 3 Page 69 : TOWN &CITY

[Ref. lcn1:] 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. uda1:] "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. ubk1:] "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.

As the sun sets at 06:30 p.m., there is no chance in the night ar about midnight that the small objects were sun-lit birds.

So, this would be an "unidentified, insufficient information."

However, a similar case involving a dozen small objects was reported for that same day at Valence around 09:40 p.m., 370 km south-southwest from Rixheim, and near Valence in Lemps around 11 p.m..

In Valence, the 8 to 10 objects performed "complicated maneuvers"; at Lemps, "a dozen craft came to join the first, and performed with it a real ballet"; at Rixheim, "it was shaped like a long cigar, and a dozen small satellite cigars surrounded it." This does not seem to correspond to a fragmenting meteor, and there is obviously no return of satellites or satellite-balloons or rocket debris in 1954.

So I would have no ordinary explanation for this yet, extraterrestrial visitors would be possible.

Unfortunately, for the case of Rixheim, there is a problem:

We see that no contemporary source I have has a date; and yet there was in Mulhouse an affair on September 23, 1954 (Rixheim is in the suburbs of Mulhouse), described in the local press: "ten minutes after the passage of a squadron of jet fighters in the Mulhouse sky, several witnesses saw a cigar-shaped craft traveling at high speed towards the East."

It is therefore possible that the case "Rixheim, September 27, 1954", is only a version distorted by the press of this case, mixed with a possible meteor sighting on September 28, 1954 in Rixheim; and then, it would only be a "cigar" that could have been a meteor...

In the Press for September 24, 1954, it was said that "the biggest aerial drill in Europe", operation "Etoile Filante" ("Shooting Star"), will take place, by NATO Air Forces, above France and Germany.

Historically, these "Shooting Star" maneuvers including "Indian Summer" lasted from 20 to 27 September 1954, involving the new NATO dispersal base of Damblain, implicating hosts of the F-84G Thunderjet of the 3rd Fighter Wing from Reims and the 2/3 Fighters Wing also using F-84G's.

The air bases of Lunéville, and Lahr-Hugsweier in Germany, among others undoubtedly, participated.

The maneuvers were conducted under realistic conflict conditions, the planes were parked outdoors where maintenance was also done, and the airmen lived and slept in camouflaged tents.

The future BA 132 French air force base at Meyenheim, about 15 km north of Rixheim, built with NATO standards, had its runway completed in August 1952, and was therefore possibly used for such maneuvers.

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