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September 29, 1954, Saint-Pierre-le-Moûtier, Nièvre:

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

Summary:

Many newspapers from October 1, 2 and 3, 1954, reported that Mr. Raymond Deloire, 20, a farm worker in Langeron in the Nièvre, riding a bicycle on the road to Saint-Pierre-le-Moutiers, saw in the sky "a mysterious object of half-spherical shape emitting a bright orange glow an the front", with "flames that gushed from behind."

It was said that "The craft was moving noiselessly with great speed towards the Northeast."

Referring to the national newspaper France-Soir for October 2, 1954, the pioneering ufologist Aimé Michel reported the case in 1958, stating that it was at nightfall, that Raymond Deloire was the son of the Langeron country guard, that he was driving by bicycle on the national road 151 bis, coming from Saint-Pierre-le-Moutier. The object arrived in front of him in the sky, from the west, the witness followed it with his eyes and lost sight of itm on the horizon to the northeast.

Michel said that if one looks at the direction of the road, one notes that the object had passed north of Langeron, towards the line followed according to him by other observations at this date and time, and that the object disappeared precisely along this line, but it was going in the opposite direction than the others. As the description also differed, he estimated that it was not the same object.

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 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. ad1:] "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. er1:] "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 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. 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. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel noted a number of sightings on September 29, 1954, and says there was one in Langeron, in the Nièvre.

He indicates that after night fall, Raymond Deloire, aged 20, son of the guard-forester of Langeron, was riding his bicycle on the national road 151a from Saint-Pierre-le-Moutier, when he saw in front of him in the sky, coming from the west, an object of hemispherical shape, of bright orange color, traveling horizontally in silence.

The young man followed the object with the eyes and saw it disappear over the horizon to the northeast.

Aimé Michel said that if one observes the direction of the road, it appears that the object passed north of Langeron, that is to say in the direction of the line followed in other observation at this date and time, and that the object has disappeared precisely along the line, but it was going in the opposite direction. As the description also differs, he feels that it was not the same object.

He indicates his source is the newspaper France-Soir, for October 2, 1954.

[Ref. jv5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

164 -003.08331 46.91700 29 09 1954 21 00 201 LANGERON F 1511 C** 157

[Ref. vi1:] "VIMANA 21" UFOLOGY BULLETIN:

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1st [Date of source]: IN THE NIEVRE, AN ORANGE DISC -

A farm worker, Raymond Delovre, 20, saw between St-Pierre Moutier and Langeron, a kind of disc moving north east. This celestial body emitted a bright orange light, while a red light gushed from behind. The apparition was standing on a horizontal plan and was noticed for a few seconds.

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

[Ref. vi4:] "VIMANA 21" UFOLOGY BULLETIN:

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 13 [Publication date]: THREE "MARTIANS" IN THE NIVERNAIS! -

Nevers - Two residents of Clamecy, Mrs. Henri Gallois and Louis Vigneron, fair merchants, said they had seen, in a meadow, a few hundred meters from the road, as they crossed the Cabigny region, a cylindrical craft of a fairly large size. "As we felt through the whole body, like an electric shock," he said, "the engine of our van was getting stuck and at the same time the headlights were going out. We clearly distinguished around the mysterious craft, three beings of small size and bizarre shape". It was only after the disappearance of the craft that the two men were able to continue their trip.

During the last three weeks, residents of Mars sur Allier, Langeron and Chantenoux, claim to have seen luminous discs that crisscrossed the sky without noise and with speed. Sometimes these machines were orange, sometimes blue.

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

[Ref. lh1:] LARRY HATCH - "*U* COMPUTER DATABASE":

3866: 1954/09/29 21:00 1 3:05:20 E 46:48:00 N 3333 WEU FRN NVR 6:6

LANGERON,NIEVRE,FR:N151:SILENT ORG HEMISPHERE GOES W>NE OVER HORIZON.

Ref# 49 MICHEL,Aime: FS & STRAIGHT LINE TH: Page No. 97 : FARMLANDS

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the "Nièvres" in Langeron on September 29, 1954 at an unknown hour, "The witness rides a bicycle as the night fell on the N151b coming from St Pierre le Moutier. He sees arriving opposite him from the west a luminous object of hemispherical form of orange color which slipped by horizontally in silence. The object disappeared at the horizon towards the north east."

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 21:00 on the N151, near Langeron, France, "Silent orange hemisphere goes W to the northeast over horizon." "An unidentified object was sighted, but with appearance and behavior that most likely would have a conventional explanation. One orange dome-shaped object was observed by one witness on a farm for over one minute (Deloire). No sound was heard."

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.DE:

This online database managed to record the same case 6 times with different hours:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip code Place of observation Pays of observation Time of observation Classification Note Identification
19540929 29.09.1954 Langeron France Nightfall NL
19540929 29.09.1954 Langeron France 19.00 NL
19540929 29.09.1954 Langeron France 21.00
19540929 29.09.1954 Langeron France Nightfall NL
19540929 29.09.1954 Langeron France 19.00 NL
19540929 29.09.1954 Langeron France 21.00

Explanations:

Possibly the September 29, 1954, meteor, about 08:30 p.m., or another meteor.

The RN 151 bis national road was the national road linking Saint-Pierre-le-Moûtier to Chasseneuil-sur-Bonnieure.

Following the decommissioning of 1972, it is renamed Route Nationale 76 from Saint-Pierre-le-Moûtier to Sancoins. It is now the Departmental Road D2076, which I represented using the red line below.

This red line giving the possible positions of the witness is 12 kilometers long.

Admittedly, Aimé Michel's version seems to indicate a displacement in the opoiste direction than that of the meteor of that night at about 08:30 p.m.; but his information is not necessarily reliable.

Keywords:

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

Saint-Pierre-le-Moûtier, Nièvre, Raymond Deloire, farmer, Langeron, half-sphere, orange, gleam, flames, silent, fast.

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross February 26, 2010 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross May 25, 2010 Addition [er1].
1.2 Patrick Gross June 19, 2010 Addition [jv5].
1.3 Patrick Gross October 24, 2011 Addition [in1].
1.4 Patrick Gross September 30, 2014 Additions [am1], [ub1]. Explanation changed from "Not looked for yet. Probable meteor." to "The September 29, 1954, meteor, about 08:30 p.m."
1.2 Patrick Gross December 22, 2016 Addition [pr1].
1.3 Patrick Gross June 20, 2019 Additions [ad1], [vi1], [vi4], [lh1], Summary. Explanations changed, were "Possibly the September 29, 1954, meteor, about 08:30 p.m."

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