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The 1954 French flap:

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September 28, 1954, Froncles, Haute-Marne:

Reference number for this case: 28-sep-54-Froncles. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

Aimé Michel indicated in his 1958 book on the 1954 French flap that on September 28, 1954, around 1:15 p.m. in Froncles, village of the department of Haute-Marne, 215 kilometers east-south-east of Paris in a straight line, Mrs. Kapps, living rue de l'Usine, watched the moves of three planes when she glimpsed, behind them, a shining body, which was obviously reflecting the sunlight, since it was yellow on the west and blue on the east.

Taking her binoculars, Mrs. Kapps directed them on this spot and saw a rather flat object that, at first motionless, suddenly sped north-west, stopped for two minutes, then left sharply, and repeated this ride five times before disappearing to the northwest.

Reports:

[Ref. aml1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel indicated that on September 28, 1954 around 1:15 p.m. in Froncles, village of the department of Haute-Marne, 215 kilometers east-south-east of Paris in a straight line, Mrs. Kapps, living rue de l'Usine, watched the moves of three planes when she glimpsed, behind them, a shining body, which was obviously reflecting the sunlight, since it was yellow on the west and blue on the east.

Taking her binoculars, Mrs. Kapps directed them on this spot and saw a rather flat object that, at first motionless, suddenly sped north-west, stopped for two minutes, then left sharply, and repeated this ride five times before disappearing to the northwest.

Aimé Michel considers that this is not a "good" observation because there were only two witnesses, Mrs. Kapps, and then her husband. But he ensures that an observation is "good" when it is proven, and inexplicable, and that the one in Froncles, if it is mediocre in itself, derives its value from some others.

[Ref. lgs1:] LOREN GROSS:

Hovering, shifting, hovering.

1:15 p.m. East of Paris.

Far to the east of Paris at 1:15 p.m. at the village of Froncles, a Mme. Kapps happened to see a "saucer." She was watching a trio of aircraft maneuver in the blue sky when she also saw a distinctly different aerial body farther off and above the northern horizon. The object reflected the sun brilliantly and showed blue and yellow colors. Examining the object with opera glasses, ^e. Kapps says the thing in the sky had a flat profile, but the oddest feature of her report was the motion of the UFO. The object hovered, shifted abruptly, hovered again, and then shifted once more, the maneuvers repeated a number of times. 149.

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149. The Haut Marnais Republicain. 2 October 54.

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

3846: 1954/09/27 13:20 2 5:09:20 E 48:08:00 N 3333 WEU FRN HMR 7:7

FRONCLES,Ht MARNE,FR:2 OBS/BINOCS:DISK FOLOS 3 PLANES:RETURNS 5X:>>NW:/IFS#27

Ref# 49 MICHEL,Aime: FS & STRAIGHT LINE TH: Page No. 86 : RESIDENT'L

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

This database recorded this case twice:

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 Froncles France 13.15
19540927 27.09.1954 Froncles France 13.15

Explanations:

Likely a helicopter involved in military aircraft maneuvers.

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.

It so happens that the Damblain air base is just 39 km in straight line in the Southeast of Froncles.

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.

Keywords:

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

Froncles, Haute-Marne, colline Momont, Alexis Lartillot, Georgette Mongot, large, object, bright, oscillation, lading, changing color

Sources:

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Document history:

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