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The 1954 French flap:

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October 2, 1954, La Grand-Combe, Gard:

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

Reports:

[Ref. lp1:] "LE PROVENCAL" NEWSPAPER:

THE FLYING SAUCERS (continued...)

A MYSTERIOUS CRAFT
in the sky of Grand'Combe

Alès (C.P.).

Saturday evening, around 8 p.m., people worthy of faith saw what from now on is allowed to be called flying saucers or flying cigars.

The mysterious machine moved in the sky of Favède, at 3 km of the mining city of Grand-Combe.

Among the eyewitnesses, wenote Mr. Germain Soustelle, mayor and general adviser of Large-Combe, Misters Andrieux, Vincenti and widowed Mrs. Favède, etc...

M. Soustelle told us about this:

"This apparatus, that we could see evolving during 10 good minutes, initially appeared to have the shape of a long cigar; it went down finally towards the high mountains from Lamelouze, on the left of the village of Ruffière, at the locality "les Drayes". It then had the appearance of a large ball surrounded by a luminous halation.

Flying cigars, pink, purple and blue...

Saint-Brieux (A.F.P.).

Several people affirmed to have seen, at 300 or 400 meters of them, Saturday evening, around 08:4[?] p.m., a "flying cigar" at an altitude of 50 meters approximately. The machine, they declared, could be 15 meters in length and was lit by intermittencies of pink gleams, it moved without noise.

* * *

Brest (A.F.P.).

Mrs. Henry, farmer in Guesnou (Finistère), claimed to have seen Thursday, then Friday evening at the same hour, in the sky, a purple cylindrical machine which moved without noise from West to East.

* * *

Lille (A.F.P.).

Mr. Anicet Corneille, farm labourer, stated to have seen, Saturday evening, in Comines, a machine having the shape of a cigar from 8 to 10 meters in width, which evolved at forty meters of height and released a sharp blue gleam, after having flown over the city during a few seconds, the machine is said to have disappeared in the sky.

The declarations of Mr. Corneille were confirmed by a motorist tourquennois passing in Comines.

[Ref. jv5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

180 -004.03000 44.21700 02 10 1954 LA GD COMBE F 151 C** 170

[Ref. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel reports that there was a sighting on October 2, 1954, in La Grand-Combe, France.

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates in his data base that in the Gard in La Grand Combe on October 2, 1954, at an unknown hour, there was an observation of a disc.

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

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

This database recorded the case 4 times:

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 La Grand Combe France 20.00 NL
19541002 02.10.1954 La Grand Combe France
19541002 02.10.1954 La Grand Combe France
19541002 02.10.1954 Nimes France NL

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Keywords:

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La Grand-Combe, Gard,

Sources:

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross March 12, 2006 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross February 27, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [lc1].
1.1 Patrick Gross June 20, 2010 Addition [jv5].
1.2 Patrick Gross January 2, 2017 Addition [ub1].

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