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October 2, 1954, Dieuze, Moselle:

Reference number for this case: 2-Oct-54-Dieuze. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Reports:

[Ref. ll1:] "LE LORRAIN" NEWSPAPER:

Admired in various places, not without emotion

The ballet of the "Flying Saucers"
continues in the sky of Lorraine

In the Moselle, mysterious machines attracted the glances.

Last Friday, at abour 11 p.m., several residents of Bassing, among whose MM. Romain and Renfort, saw, above the area of Vergaville and Bidestroff, a luminous object of 2 to 3 meters length, showinf the shape of an ellipse and which moved at very variable speeds. The witnesses heard a gentle humming of engine. Sometimes the alleged flying saucer slowed its travel down to the of being motionless, then it went up with a vertiginous pace. The same phenomenon was observed Saturday, between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m., by Mr. Remy Rousselle, of Blanche-Eglise, and Mr. Baumann, of Bassing.

A large green disc

In its turn, the sky of the area of Dieuze saw a flying saucer evolving. It was Sunday evening. It was exactly 08:17 p.m. when Mr. Pierre Laplace, aged 19, electrician with the Kuhlmann Establishments, in Dieuze, and residing in Vergaville, saw in the sky a large luminous disc of green color, at the height of the wood of Brides, between the villages of Vergaville and Kerprich. The bulky point, he said, was at approximately 3000 meters. Mr. Laplace, having stopped, followed the evolutions of the machine. When he saw it for the first time, it was motionless. Suddenly, specifies the electrician, the machine launched sparkling lights of the color of ultraviolet rays; it then moved at a speed such as nowadays' jet airplanes, seeming, close to him, to hover.

The flying saucer, because that's what it is, said the observer, as well as the passers by that Mr. Laplace had stopped and who are positive, stopped at the height of the Paquis of Guéblin; it crossed the distance between Guéblin and Kerprich three times, always at a tremendous pace, but extraordinarily, always stopping in the same place.

Suddenly, the machine launched new gleams, seeming to locate the ground, and went down until approximately 600 meters from ground. Then, making a U turn, very slowly, it went down more and more and finally, seemed to land at the level of the Côte-des-Vignes, located at a little distance of Bedestroff. About thirty people, cyclists, pedestrians, motorists, followed, extremely interested, the evolutions of the saucer. Mr. Laplace and some other spectators having wanted to on motorbike to the spot of landing, the saucer took height again and disappeared behind a curtain of trees. It was 9 p.m. at this time. The inhabitants of the area who saw the saucer are M.M. Lucien Victorien, Primon, building contractor in Vergaville; Mr Kinowsky, workman in shoes, Claude Renfort of Bassing, as well as the manager of the Ecos of Vergaville and his family.

Amazingly, at 11:45 p.m., several unknown people stationing on the road as well as Mr. Domant, a garage workman residing in Guéblin, and Mr. Glicher, of the same village, looked with attention, but without daring to approach it, a disc of green color which was in the fields, at a small distance of the road. Let us finally report that Saturday, between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., Mr Rothfuss of Dieuze, had also seen, circulating in the airs, between the farm of Boule and Maizières-les-Vic, a luminous disc whose details correspond exactly to those given by Mr. Laplace.

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

Admired in various places not without emotion...

The ballet of the flying saucers continues in the Lorraine sky but the mysterious machines remain elusive

The "flying saucers" seem to engage in a ceaseless round in the eastern sky and elsewhere. Their passage is reported in a hundred places each day. We lack space here for us to echo all the news reaching us about it. Suffice to mention a few of the last and main stories related to this.

In Remiremont, Sunday at 11 am, a hundred people were able to see, from the enclosure of the Pomological fair of the Campus Martius, what is believed to be a flying saucer or a cigar or a disc, which let loose a trail of smoke in its wake, when rising or descending, turning around the sun. People skeptical of saucers stories told us to have observed the phenomenon very well.

The "saucer" remained ten minutes suspended in the atmosphere and disappeared. Two to three meters in length...

In the Moselle, mysterious machines attracted attention

Last Friday, around 23h, several residents of Bassing, including Mr. Romain and Mr. Renfort, saw, above the region between Vergaville and Bidestroff, a luminous object of 2 to 3 meters in length, having the shape of an ellipse and which moved at variable speeds. Witnesses heard a slight engine roar. Sometimes the alleged flying saucer slowed its course up to the point to rest, and then went back at breakneck speed.

The same phenomenon was observed on Saturday between 21h and 22h by Mr. Remy Rousselle, of Blanche-Eglise and Mr. Baumann of Bassing.

A large green disk

In turn, the sky of the region of Dieuze saw evolve a flying saucer.

It was Sunday night. It was exactly 8:17 p.m. when Mr. Pierre Laplace, aged 19, electrician at the Etablissements Kuhlmann in Dieuze and living in Vergaville, saw in the sky a large bright green disk, at the hieght of the wood of Brides, between the village of Vergaville and Kerprich. The large spot was, he said, at about 3,000 meters. Laplace stood, and followed the moves of the machine. When he saw it for the first time, it was motionless. Suddenly, says the electrician, the machine threw glittering lights of the color of ultraviolet rays, it then moved at a rate such that current jet planes appear motionless in comparison. The flying saucer, because this is what it was, said the witness, as well as passers by Mr. Laplace had stopped and who are formal, stopped at the height of the Paquis of Guéblin, it flew the distance between Guéblin and Kerprich three times, always at breakneck speed, but, extraordinary thing, it always stopped at the same place.

Suddenly the craft launched new gleams, seemingly locating the ground, and went down at about 600 meters of the ground, then making a semicircle, very slowly, it got more and more close to the ground and finally, seemed to land on the hill of the Vines, located not far from Bedestroff. Thirty people, cyclists, pedestrians, motorists followed, extremely interested, the changes in the saucer. Laplace and some other spectators having wanted to go on a motorcycle at the landing place, the saucer again took off and disappeared behind a curtain of trees.

It was 9 p.m. then.

The locals who saw the saucer are Mssrs Lucien Victorien and Primon, entrepreneurs in masonry in Vergaville, Kinowsky, shoemaker in Bataville, Claude Ronfort of Bassing and the manager of the Eco in Vergaville and his family.

Curiously, at 23:45, several unknown parked on the road, and Mr. Domant, mechanic in Guéblin and Mr. Gilcher, of the same village, watched attentively but without daring to approach it, a green disc which was in the fields, a short distance from the road.

Finally, let's note that on Saturday between 20 and 21 hours, Mr. Rothfuss, of Dieuze, had also seen circulate in the air between the farm of the Boule and Maizières-les-Vic, a luminous disc whose details are exactly those given by Mr. Laplace.

[Ref. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

The author indicates that on Saturday, October 2, 1954, in Dieuze, Mr. Rothfuss saw an object at 8 p.m. and observed during one hour its complicated operations, rises, dives, slow or vertiginous moves, in the direction of Maizière-les-Vic, towards the South-east.

The author indicates that these operations were accompanied by emissions of luminous phenomena and lights of various colors and that it cannot thus be an helicopter any more, and that the newspapers had not published the observations of the previous day in this area.

The object was lost from sight at 21 hours by the witnesses of Dieuze.

[Ref. fr1:] MICHEL FIGUET AND JEAN-LOUIS RUCHON:

The two authors report that in Dieuze in the Moselle, on October 2, 1954 at 08:00 p.m., an elliptic object was observed during one hour. It carried out complicated manoeuvers, dove, went up vertically and others manoeuvers, and those, at various speeds. Its color was changing and it it seemed "to emit luminous phenomena." The witness was Mr. Rothfuss, of Dieuze.

[Ref. bb1: ] GERALD BARTHEL AND JACQUES BRUCKER:

The two authors say that all the cases of October 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, 1954, in the surroundings of Dieuze, Guébling, Kerprich are due to the fall of a high-power cable in the edge of the forest of Brides, according to memories "of certain inhabitants of the village" [Kerprich?] that they say to have gathered via via the employee of the town hall, while nobody within the town council remembered an extraterrestrial visit there.

[Ref. go1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

Belgian ufologist Godelieve van Overmeire notes in her catalogue that in France, in 1954, on October 2, in Blanche-Eglise, Dieuze, Bassing, an elliptic object operates during two hours in the same area. "Rises, dives, slow, vertiginous displacements. Luminous phenomena and emissions of lights of various colors. At 8 p.m. the first witness is Mr. Rothfuss of Dieuze who observes during one hour complicated maneuvers in direction of Maizières les Vic. From 9 p.m. on, the witnesses of Dieuze lose sight of the thing and at this time it is the close villages: in Bassing Mr. Baumann and in Blanche-Eglise Mr. Remy Rousselle see an object evolving very low until 10 p.m.."

The source is indicated as M. Figuet / J.L. Ruchon: "Ovni, Premier dossier complet..." Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979, p. 109.

[Ref. lg1:] LOREN GROSS:

2 October. Dieuze, France. (8:00 p.m.)

Repeat show.

Michel writes:

"The following day, Saturday October 2, the same show started over again above the same region. But this time it was observed by several villages and for two consecutive hours. The first witness was M. Rothfuss, of Dieuze, who sighted the object at 8 p.m. For an entire hour he was able to observe its complicated maneuvers: ascensions, sharp descents, with slow or rapid changes of position, all in a southeasterly direction, towartd Maizieres-les-Vic. But this time these maneuvers were accompanied by luminous phenomena and the emission of light of many colors." (xx.)

(xx.) Michel, Aime. Flying Saucers and the Straight-Line Mystery. pp.104-105.

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates in his database that in the Moselle in Dieuze on October 2, 1954 at 20:00 hours, "an elliptic object is observed during one hour. It carries out complicated maneuvres, dives, goes up vertically and others and this, at various speeds. Its color is changing and it seems to emit luminous phenomena."

The source is indicated as "Ovni, Premier dossier complet... by Figuet M./ Ruchon J.L. ** Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979".

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

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541002 02.10.1954 Dieuze France 20.00 NL
19541002 02.10.1954 Dieuze France 20.00 NL
19541002 02.10.1954 Maizieres France 20.00 NL
19541002 02.10.1954 Dienze [sic, Dieuze] France

[Ref. bl1:] "BLL ARCHIVES" WEBSITE:

UFO wave in Metz and its region

Comments »0

Spheres, luminous cones or cigars, discharging of batteries, dancing colors, etc., between the 1st and the 21st of October 1954, some twenty testimonies and observations of UFOs (Unidentified Flying Objects) were collected in the Moselle, the more particularly in the communes of Vergaville, Bidestroff, Kerprich, Guébling, Morsbach, Moncourt, Saint-Avold, Saint-Quirin and Jouy-aux-Arches. In Pournoy-la-Chétive, near Metz, two children declared that they had seen an alien with a hairy face come down from his flying saucer to come and speak to them in an incomprehensible language.

Explanations:

Not looked for yet.

(All the sightings in the area during three days were alloted to a power line fallen on the ground by authors Barthel and Brucker.)

Keywords:

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

Dieuze, Moselle, night, object, ellipse, duration, manoeuvers, colors, luminous, Rothfuss, ferme de Boule, Maizières-les-Vic

Sources:

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross January 17, 2006 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross February 27, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [am1], [go1], [lc1].
1.1 Patrick Gross September 13, 2014 Addition [lg1].
1.2 Patrick Gross November 23, 2016 Additions [er1], [ub1].
1.3 Patrick Gross Fabruary 11, 2017 Additions [bl1].

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