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October 2, 1954, Mauperthuis, Seine-et-Marne:

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

Summary:

A summary of an observation in Mauperthuis was published in Radar magazine on October 17, 1954, stating that Mr. Bénard, a builder-contractor at Mauperthuis, was preparing to close his workplace when his wife Georgette and their neighbor, Thérèse Pannetier, called saying that there is "a red ball in the sky, coming from the East!" It "disappears 4' later".

Ufologist Aimé Michel, in 1958, cited Mr. Bénard among the witnesses, which is not sure, gave the date as October 2, 1954, and said that what was seen was a red disk that crossed the sky following the horizon from east to west.

Reports:

[Ref. ra1:] "RADAR" MAGAZINE:

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MAUPERTHUIS

[Photo caption:] Mrs Bénard, left, and Pannetier.

Bénard, Mason-entrepreneur in Mauperthuis close to Coulommiers, is on the point of closing his construction site. Suddenly his wife Georgette and their neighbor, Thérèse Pannetier, call him: "A red ball in the sky, coming from the East!" It disappears 4' later.

[Ref. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

French ufologist Aimé Michel indicates that on October 2, 1954, in Mauperthuis near Coulommiers, three witnesses, Mr. and Mrs. Bernard and Mrs. Pannetier saw "a red disc crossing the sky following the line of the horizon from the East to the West."

[Ref. jv5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

176 -003.03900 48.77100 02 10 1954 MAUPERTHUIS F 151 C** 185

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

3901: 1954/10/02 00:00 1 3:02:20 E 48:46:20 N 3331 WEU FRN S&M 8:7

MAUPERTHUIS,FR:SCR ON TRIPOD:GREEN RAY FREEZES TRUCKER+RIDER:big RDR Stn here

Ref#107 WILKINS,Harold: F.S. UNCENSORED Page No. 56 : FARMLANDS

Note: there is nothing on this case in "Flying Saucers Uncensored", the Harold T. Wilkins book.

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates in his database that in the Seine-et-Marne in Mauperthuis on October 2, 1954, at an unknown hour, three witnesses see "a red disc crossing the sky while following the horizon from East to west."

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

[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 Mauperthuis France 17.00 DD

Explanations:

The case is poorly documented since there is no precise hour, no date confirmation in a contemporary documentation, a very meager description with a "ball" for Radar and a "disc" for Aimé Michel.

So, it is impossible for me to know whether this was an extraterrestrial craft, an airplane, or a meteor, for example.

Keywords:

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

Mauperthuis, Seine-et-Marne, Bénard, Georgette Bénard, Bernard, Thérèse Pannetier, multiple, disc, red, ball, duration

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross October 23, 2004 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 19, 2010 Addition [jv5].
1.2 Patrick Gross February 12, 2017 Addition [ub1].
1.3 Patrick Gross June 22, 2019 Addition [lh1].

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