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September 29, 1954, Cabestany, Pyrénées-Orientales:

Reference number for this case: 29-Sep-54-Cabestany. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Reports:

[Ref. er1:] "L'EST REPUBLICAIN" NEWSPAPER:

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Saucers here, cigars there, blue, red, green, depending on the region

Mysterious flying machines multiply

The waltz of flying saucers continues to grow. But it must be observed that according to the regions where they are seen, according to the observational capacity of the witnesses of their evolutions, they affect the form of disk, globe or cigar, and are sometimes red, sometimes bluish. Finally, in Czechoslovakia, they have the particularity of releasing anti-communist leaflets. Here are the regions where they have been reported in the last 24 hours:

- In the Pyrenees-Orientales, a truck driver, who was collecting milk in the vicinity of Cabestany, saw in front of his vehicle a "bluish globe", bluish-colored "which evolved at an altitude of about 15 meters, Producing a very soft hum ".

Having stopped his truck, the driver was able to observe the evolutions of the craft for almost a quarter of an hour, then suddenly it would have risen in the sky and disappeared in direction of the sea.

- In the Deux-Sèvres, a "sparkling yellow disk" was observed at Auge, in Sainte-Pozenne and in Fontenay-le-Comte.

- In Finistère, the inhabitants of Landeda and the Aber-wrac saw, at high altitude, a machine of circular shape "resembling a saucer".

- Near Montpellier, Mrs Picot de La Baume stated that at an altitude of about 1,500 meters she saw a cigar-shaped device, shiny, which seemed to be surrounded by a halo. The machine, which she could observe for a minute or so, suddenly disappeared in an easterly direction, without making a sound or leaving a trace.

- Near Melun, several inhabitants of the commune of Rebais saw a strange machine, very bright, circulating at night fell in the sky. They pointed out that the apparatus which circulated very slowly had then turned towards Coulommiers, having increased its speed, and had disappeared. C.R.S. also saw a luminous disc in the sky, above Vaudoy.

Red in Kourigra
Blue in Safi

- In Morocco, credible witnesses saw in the sky of Kourigra, about 130 kilometers from Casablanca, a machine of circular shape, red in color, evolving at a high altitude and at a high speed, and which seemed to spit out Flames of a blue-green color.

Near Safi, on the other hand, the device had the shape of a cigar, moved at high speed, was surrounded by a bluish light and left behind a luminous trail.

Anti-collectivist saucers

Finally, the "flying saucers" reported regularly for some time in Austria, according to the "Bild Telegraf" in Vienna, are guided missiles used to drop anti-communist leaflets over Czechoslovakia.

The newspaper reported that leaflets written in the Czech language were found near Efferding in Upper Austria (Soviet zone), after the passage of two "luminous discs", the changes of which were observed by two gendarmes of a locality neighbor. These leaflets, circulated by a group of emigrants belonging to the "Czechoslovak Opposition" movement, invite the peasants of Czechoslovakia to leave agricultural collectivities and state cooperatives.

Two other dailies also mention the testimony of several peasants who claim to have seen a "saucer" caught in the beam of a Soviet D.C.A. searchlight.

[Ref. lm1:] "LE MERIDIONAL" NEWSPAPER:

"SAUCERS" ALL AROUND THE SKY

For a few days, testimonys of people claimimg to have seen mysterious luminous objects in the sky have arrived from all the corners of France.

If all these testimonys agree on the shape of "saucer" of the craft, they do not always agree on their color.

In Cabestang (Eastern Pyrenees), a truck driver, which carried out the collecting of milk on Wednesday, around 6 o'clock, stated to have seen in front of his vehicle a "shining sphere", of blue color, "which evolved at an altitude of approximately 150 meters while producing a very soft buzz". Having stopped its truck, the driver could observe the evolutions of the machine during nearly a quarter of hour then, suddenly, it is said to have risen in the sky and to have disappeared in the direction of the sea.

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[Ref. la1:] "L'ALSACE" NEWSPAPER:

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The appearances of "flying saucers" continue in France

Paris, September 30. -- The appearances of more and more numerous "flying saucers", these last days, continue in France. From several places of the territory, today, the passage of these machines was reported.

In Perpignan, a truck driver who carried out yesterday morning the milk collection in the surroundings of Cabestany (Eastern Pyrenees) stated to have seen in front of his vehicle "a shining globe", of bluish color, " which moved at an altitude of approximately 150 meters while producing a very soft buzzing sound".

Having stopped his truck, the driver managed to observe the maneuvers of the craft during nearly a quarter of an hour then, suddenly, the latter reportedly rose in the sky and disappeared in the direction of the sea.

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La Rochelle, Sept. 30. -- A flying saucer was reportedly seen in Auge (Deux-Sèvres). In addition, Mr. Picaud, director of a brewery in Sainte-Pozenne stated to have seen during a few minutes, while he circulated on the road of Fontenay-le-Comte a weird disc of a shining yellow.

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Brest, Sept. 30. -- The residents of Landeda and Aberwrac'h (Finistère) saw yesterday evening at high altitude a machine of circular shape resembling a "flying saucer".

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Melun, Sept. 30. -- Several residents of the commune of Rebais stated they saw a strange craft, very shining, circulating at the night fall in the sky, above Rebais.

The witnesses specified that the apparatus, which circulated very gently, had then moved towards Coulommiers, after having increased its speed, and had disappeared.

The day before yesterday morning, CRS [Security Police], also saw a luminous disc in the sky, above Vaudoy.

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Montpellier, Sept. 30. -- Mrs Picot de la Baume, domiciled in Montpellier, stated she saw, at an altitude of approximately 1.500 meters, an apparatus in the shape of a cigar, shining and which appeared surrounded by a halation. The machine, which she managed to observe for one minute approximately, disappeared all of a sudden in direction of the east, without making noise and leaving no trace.

In North Africa

Casablanca, Sept. 30. -- Witnesses worthy of faith saw yesterday evening, in the sky of Kourigra at approximately 130 kilometers of Casablanca, a machine of circular shape, of red color, moving at a high altitude and high speed and which seemed to spit flames of a green blue [as a meteor would do].

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Safi, Sept. 30. -- A machine of lengthened form was seen, yesterday evening towards 08:30 p.m., in the sky of Safi, by witnesses worthy of faith. The "cigar" moved at a high speed, from East to North-West. It was surrounded by a bluish light and left behind a luminous trail. The witnesses affirmed that this machine had no resemblance to a jet plane [but it seemed to have had a resemblance with a meteor.]

In Denmark

Copenhagen, Sept. 30. -- Many residents of the town of Strib (Fionia) stated yesterday evening to have seen "a yellow-reddish machine" whose shape reminded of a cigar "moving at high altitude and leaving behind "tongues of fire" [like a meteor]. Other "luminous machines" were seen these last three evenings in Fionia and Sweden.

"FLYING SAUCERS" SAID TO RELEASE ANTICOMMUNISTS LEAFLETS IN CZECHOSLOVAKIA

Vienna, Sept. 30. -- "Flying saucers" reported regularly for some time in Austria, would be according to the "Bild Telegraf" guided missiles used by certain powers to release anticommunists leaflets above Czechoslovakia.

This newspaper indeed reports that leaflets written in Czech language were found close to Eferding, in High Austria (Soviet zone) after the passage of two "luminous discs" whose maneuvers were observed by two police officers of a nearby locality.

These leaflets, spread by a group of emigrants belonging to the "Czechoslovakian Opposition" movement invite the peasants of Czechoslovakia to leave the agricultural communities and the State co-operatives.

Two other daily newspapers also mention the testimony of several peasants who claim to have seen a "saucer" taken in the beam of an a Soviet anti-aircraft projector.

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

In France, in Morocco, in Algeria, in Denmark, in Sweden...
Increasingly numerous saucers, cigars, discs and other machines are moving
(the witnesses say)

Perpignan, September 30. -- A truck driver who carried out the collecting of milk yesterday morning around Cabesty (the Pyrenees Orientales) stated to have seen, in front of his vehicle, a "shining sphere" of "bluish" color which moved at an altitude of approximately 150 meters while producing a "very soft buzzing sound".

Having stopped his truck, the driver managed to observe the evolutions of the machine during nearly a quarter of hour, then suddenly, it rose in the sky and allegedly disappeared in direction of the sea.

A flying saucer was reportedly seen in Auge (Deux Sèvres). In addition Mr. Picaud directing a Sainte Pezenne brewery stated to have seen as he drove on the road of Fontenay-le-Comte, a curious disc of a sparkling yellow color.

The residents of Landeda and Aberwrac'h (the Finistère) saw yesterday evening at high altitude, a machine of circular form resembling a flying saucer.

Several residents of the commune of Rebais stated to have seen a strange machine, very shining, circulating after the fall of night, in the sky, above Rebais.

The witnesses specified that the apparatus which circulated very gently, had then moved towards Coulommiers, after having increased its speed, and it disappeared.

The morning of the day before yesterday, CRS [police corps] also saw a luminous disc in the sky above Vaudroy.

Mrs. Picot, of la Baume, domiciled in Montpellier, stated to have seen, at an altitude of approximately 1500 meters, an apparatus in the shape of a cigar, shining and which appeared surrounded by a halation. The machine, which she managed to observe one minute approximately, disappeared suddenly in the direction of the east, without making noise nor leaving traces.

In Morocco and in Algeria

Witnesses worthy of faith saw yesterday evening, in the sky of Kouriga, locality at approximately 130 km of Casablanca, a machine of circular form at a high altitude and a high speed and which seemed to spit blue-green flames.

A machine of lengthened form was seen yesterday evening, towards 08:30 p.m., in the sky of Safi, by witnesses worthy of faith. The "cigar" moved at a high speed, from the East to the North-West. It was surrounded by a bluish light and left a luminous trail behind. The witnesses claimed that this machine had no relationship with a jet plane.

In Denmark

Numerous residents of the town of Strib (Fionia) claimed yesterday evening to have seen "a reddish yellow machine whose form recalled a cigar moving at very high altitude and leaving tongues of fire behind".

Other "luminous machines" were seen these last three evenings in Fionia and Sweden.

[Ref. tr1:] "LA 3e REPUBLIQUE DES PYRENEES" NEWSPAPER:

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FESTIVAL
Of flying saucers
IN THE SKY OF PAU

Since the time that in all four corners of France and around the world there were flying "saucers" and other "cigars", the residents of Pau began to be vexed with the systematic disdain in which these "interplanetary visitors" held them.

They had their festival yesterday. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., it was in the blue azure sky, a veritable carousel of luminous spots, immediately called "flying saucers". If it were necessary to gather all the testimonies of this "visiting" day, the newspaper would not suffice. We shall therefore restrain ourselves to the statements of a few persons who - they claim at least - have seen these devices distinctly. They were more favored than the multitude, thanks to binoculars they kept aimed at the sky, without fear of torticollis, part of the day.

At 10 o'clock it was a milky white disk with a red bulge in its center, that carried out a rapid patrol at an altitude of some 10,000 meters. At noon the invasion began. A white, very luminous oval form appeared, preceding by half an hour four or five other discs scattered at the four corners of the sky.

Around 1 o'clock, the oval object, without shame, turned to the red, then went away as it had come. It nevertheless left in the firmament enough to occupy a good part of the afternoon of the residents of Pau.

Until four o'clock, with the nose in the air, the finger extended, luminous spots movind slowly and sometimes motionless for several minutes. You had to have goodwill and an excellent view to get into the game. But when you had finally spotted the object, you felt like an "initiate" in the mystery of the beyond and you were satisfied until being dazzled.

Things were somewhat complicated by the fact that at the beginning of the afternoon a shopkeeper had the unfortunate idea of releasing a few child balloons.

For a few moments there was a plethora of saucers in the sky of Pau. The life of the city was literally stopped. Frozen in the middle of the streets, hundreds of residents of Pau miraculously avoided crushing. And if they saw nothing, they had at least the advantage of having half an hour of excellent physical training. There were many last night who complained about aches!

What were these mysterious objects? No one will ever know. In any case, one of the witnesses, the most convincing and the most convinced, gave us a description in his own way of what he had seen, a description which gives shape to these mysterious luminous spots. "It was like an orange ball in the center," he said. "All around, it turned like a flywheel, a luminous disc." The report may seem fanciful, but given the power of the means used for observation, it almost convinced us. Indeed, the man woned monstrous marine binoculars, a memory of distant lands, as powerful and heavy as a

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AND AT THE FOUR
corners of France

A "blue globe, shining and purring" in Perpignan

A truck driver who was collecting milk yesterday morning in the vicinity of Cabestany (Pyrénées-Orientales) said he saw in front of his vehicle "a shining globe of bluish color" which was evolving at an altitude of about 150 meters while producing a very soft hum."

Having stopped his truck, the driver was able to observe the moves of the craft for almost a quarter of an hour and then, suddenly, it reportedly rose in the sky and disappeared in direction of the sea.

Yellow dominates in Deux-Sèvres

A flying saucer would have been seen in Auge (Deux-Sèvres).

On the other hand, M. Picaud, the manager of a brewery in Sainte-Pozenne, said he had seen for a few minutes, while traveling along the road to Fontenay-le-Comte, a curious disc of a sparkling yellow.

In Haute-Marne a brilliant machine

Several inhabitants of the commune of Rebais declared to have seen a strange, very brilliant machine, circulating at night fall in the sky, above Rebais.

The witnesses said that the apparatus, which was traveling very slowly, had then headed towards Coulommiers after increasing its speed, and had disappeared.

The day before yesterday morning, C.R.S. also saw a luminous disc in the sky, above Vaudoy.

A cigar in the Hérault

Mrs Picot de la Baume, a resident of Montpellier,

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Festival of flying saucers in Pau

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telescope, and which ensured him as much success as the "saucers" won.

Many of our fellow citizens believed and still believe that it was a launch of soundingballoons. Information taken at the Center of the Weather of Pont-Long, the only one qualified for these operations, a single balloon was launched during the day, at 3 p.m.. So it was not this that was seen in the morning nor in the afternoon because, we were told at Pont-Long, such a balloon climbs quickly up to 15,000 meters and explodes. It can only be distinguished to 3,500 m.

But then, were they really flying saucers?

L. V.

... and in the four corners of France

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at an altitude of about 4,500 meters, saw a cigar-shaped device, shiny, which seemed to be surrounded by a halo. The machine, which she could observe for a minute or so, suddenly disappeared in an easterly direction, without making a noise or leaving any traces.

Morocco and Algeria were also visited...

Reliable witnesses saw last night in the sky of Kounigra, a town about 130 kilometers from Casablanca, a red-shaped, circular-shaped craft evolving at a high altitude and apparently spitting flames of a blue green color.

An elongated craft was seen Wednesday evening around 8:30 p.m. in the sky of Safi by credible witnesses. The "cigar" was moving at a high speed, from East to Northwest. It was surrounded by a bluish light and left behind a luminous trail. The witnesses testified that the craft was unrelated to a jet plane.

... as well as Denmark

Many residents of the town of Strib (Funen) claim to have seen yesterday "a yellow-reddish craft whose shape resembled a cigar operating at high altitude and leaving "tongues of fire" behind. Other luminous craft had been seen in the last three days in Funen and Sweden.

Flying saucers said to drop anti-communist leaflets over Czechoslovakia

Vienna. -- "Flying saucers" reported regularly for some time in Austria would be, according to the "Bild Telegraph", guided missiles used by some powers to drop anti-communist leaflets over Czechoslovakia.

The newspaper reports that leaflets written in the Czech language were found near Eferding in Upper Austria (Soviet zone) after the passage of two "luminous discs", the maneuvers of which were observed by two gendarmes from a neighboring locality.

These leaflets, distributed by a group of emigrants belonging to the "Czechoslovak opposition" movement, invite the peasants of Czechoslovakia to leave the agricultural communities and state cooperatives.

Two other dailies also mention the testimony of several peasants who claim to have seen a "saucer" taken by the beam of a Soviet anti-aircraft searchlight.

[Ref. pr1:] UNKNOWN FRENCH NEWSPAPER FOR OCTOBER 5, 1954:

Still and always flying saucers!

Perpignan. -- A truck driver who was collecting milk yesterday morning in the vicinity of Cabestany (Pyrénées-Orientales) said he saw in front of his vehicle a "bluish globe", bluish in color, "which evolved at an altitude of 'About 180 meters producing a very soft hum."

Having stopped his truck, the driver was able to observe the evolutions of the craft for almost a quarter of an hour and then, suddenly, it would have risen in the sky and disappeared in direction of the sea.

La Rochelle. -- A flying saucer would have been seen in Auge (Deux-Sèvres).

Also, Mr. Picaud, the manager of a brewery in Sainte-Pozenne, said he had seen for a few minutes while on the road to Fontenay-le-Comte a curious yellow disc.

Brest. - The inhabitants of Landeda and the Aberwrac'h (Finistère) saw last night at high altitude a machine of circular shape and resembling a "flying saucer".

Melun. -- Several inhabitants of the commune of Rebais declared to have seen a strange, very brilliant machine, circulating at night fall in the sky, above Rebais.

The witnesses specified that the craft, which was traveling very slowly, had then moved towards Coulommiers, having increased its speed, and had disappeared.

The day before yesterday morning, the CRS, also saw a bright disc in the sky, above Vaudoy.

Montpellier. -- Mrs Picot de la Baume, a resident of Montpellier, stated that at an altitude of about 1,500 meters she saw a cigar-shaped device, which was shiny and appeared to be surrounded by a halo. The machine, which she could observe for a minute or so, suddenly disappeared in an easterly direction, without making a sound or leaving a trace.

IN NORTH AFRICA

Casablanca. -- Reliable witnesses saw in the sky of Kourigra, about 130 kilometers from Casablanca, a circular, red-colored machine, evolving at high altitude and at high speed, which seemed to be spitting green blue flames [as a meteor would do].

Safi [Morocco]. -- An elongated craft was seen last night around 8:30 pm, in the sky of Safi, by credible witnesses. The "cigar" was moving at a high speed, from east to northwest. He was surrounded by a bluish light and left behind a luminous trail. Witnesses testified that the aircraft was unrelated to a jet plane [but may have had a "relationship" with a meteor.]

Saint Brieuc. -- Several people said they saw 300 or 400 meters from them last night, around 8 pm. 45, a "flying cigar" at an altitude of about 50 meters. The machine, they said, could be 13 meters in length and lit up intermittently with pink gleams. He moved noiselessly.

Brest. -- Mrs Henry, a farmer in Gouesnou (Finistère) said she had seen a mauve cylindrical craft moving noiselessly from west to east on Thursday and Friday in the evening at the same time.

Lille. -- Anicet Corneille, an agricultural worker, said he saw a cigar-shaped device in Comines last night, 8 to 10 meters long by 3 meters wide, which was about 40 meters Height and exuded a lively violet glow. After flying over the city for a few seconds, the craft would have disappeared into the sky.

Mr. Corneille's statements were confirmed by a Touring engineer passing through Comines.

Montceau-les-Mines. -- Two bricklayers, MM. Romain Sebastiani and Buratto, both cyclists, said they saw a craft take off with a shrill whistle along the road from Blanzy to Montceau. The apparatus had, they said, the shape of a very dark yellow cigar, a length of three meters and a diameter of about 50 to 80 centimeters.

A saucer near Seurre?...

An inhabitant of the Meix, a village near Seurre, Mr. Lucien Minet, 19 years old, has in turn found a strange appearance. He was standing by the doorway at about 9 o'clock in the evening, when he saw in the sky a green glow moving slowly. A whistling accompanied this apparition which lasted fifteen seconds. The young man had time to call his mother, who could also see the phenomenon.

Two young Dolois have seen twice "saucers"

Dole (C.P.). -- The two young Dolois, Jacky Chapoutot and André Lacour, who "saw a flying saucer" last week in Dole, noticed the same phenomenon Wednesday, around 8 pm, while they were at two different points of the city.

"I did not believe in flying saucers," Jacky Chapoutot told us, "but this time I'm sure of what I saw, and I'm particularly interested in aviation and what was going on in the sky of Dole was moving at a speed that certainly is not yet achieved in the machines we know. I must add to be complete, that last week, as this time I heard, when this saucer appeared, an airplane hum that seemed to evolve without navigation lights."

In the Nièvre: An orange disc

Nevers (C.P.) -- An agricultural worker, Raymond Delovre, 20 years old, saw between Saint-Pierre-le-Moutier and Langeron a kind of disk moving towards the N.-E. This celestial body emitted a Bright orange light while a yellow light gushed to the rear. The appearance was maintained on a horizontal plane and was noticed for a few seconds."

[Ref. jv5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

160 -002.94642 42.67800 29 09 1954 06 00 1 CABESTANY F 151 C** 154

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Pyrenees Orientales in Cabestany on September 29, 1954 at an unknown hour, there was an "Observation of an object without more precision."

The source is indicated as "M.O.C. par Michel Aimé ** Arthaud 1958".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 29 September 1954 at 06:00 in Cabestany, France, "An unidentified object was sighted, but with appearance and behavior that most likely would have a conventional explanation. One object was observed."

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).

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

In this database this single case was recorded six times:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip code Place of observation Country of observation Time of observation Classification Note Identification
19540929 29.09.1954 Cabestany France 06.00
19540929 29.09.1954 Cabestany France NL
19540929 29.09.1954 Cabestany France 06.00
19540929 29.09.1954 Cabestany France 06.00
19540929 29.09.1954 Cabestany France NL
19540929 29.09.1954 Cabestany France 06.00

Explanations:

Not looked for yet.

Keywords:

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

Cabestany, Pyrénées-Orientales, driver, truck, road, sphere, round, shining, low, sound, duration, operations

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross March 15, 2006 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross February 11, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [lc1].
1.1 Patrick Gross May 28, 2010 Addition [la1].
1.2 Patrick Gross June 18, 2010 Addition [jv5].
1.3 Patrick Gross July 26, 2010 Addition [vm1].
1.4 Patrick Gross September 30, 2014 Addition [ub1].
1.5 Patrick Gross December 22, 2016 Addition [pr1].
1.6 Patrick Gross January 20, 2017 Addition [er1].
1.7 Patrick Gross February 22. 2017 Addition [tr1].

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