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October 2, 1954, Quimper, Finistère:

Reference for this case: 2-Oct-54-Quimper.
Please cite this reference in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


Several newspapers of October 6 and 7, 1954, listed a number of sightings that took place mainly on October 2, 1954, without giving details.

One of them would have taken place in Quimper.


[Ref. lae1:] NEWSPAPER "L'ALSACE":

The newspaper reports on October 6, 1954, with no other information, that there was a sighting in Quimper. The date is not given but the sighting is mentioned among others that took place on October 2 and 3, 1954.

See the article here.



After saucers and cigars

A newcomer in the sky: the
"flying barrel"

AFTER the saucers, cigars, spheres, pots, here is the flying barrel. It was in the Charente that it was "seen" by a motorcyclist, Mr. Jean Allary. It was "studded with golden nails" and was swinging by the side of the road.

In Annoeullin, near Lille, a worker who was smoking a cigar (a real one) in his garden, saw a luminous object in the shape of a crescent landing twenty meters from him. At his shouts, ten billiards players came running from a nearby cafe; the saucer had taken off, but a dozen "luminous dots" were moving above them.

Saucers, cigars, discs, balls and other "flying" objects were spotted in Chancelade (Haute-Vienne), Willer (Haut-Rhin), Gouesnach, near Quimper, Bautignecourt, Ambazac (Haute-Vienne), Dijon, Marcoing, near Cambrai, Pommier (Indre), Rouen, Ajaccio, La Rochelle, Quimper, Cholet, Vannes, Lyon and Le Havre. A la Combe-au-Chèvres, in the Haut Jura, also, but it was just a rain gauge.


The flying objects saraband

(Continued from the first page)


Saucers, cigars, discs, balls and other "flying" objects were seen at Chancelade (Haute-Vienne), Willer (Haut-Rhin) [Sep. 30.], Gouesnach, near Quimper [Oct. 2], Beutignecourt, Ambazac (Haute-Vienne) [Oct. 1], Dijon [Oct. 2], Marcoing near Cambrai [Oct. 3], Pommier (Indre) [Oct. 3], Rouen [Oct. 3], Ajaccio, la Rochelle [Oct. 2], Quimper, Cholet [Oct. 2] and Vannes [Oct. 2].




Take us seriously...

Definitely, the abundance of materials will push us to create a new chronicle: that of flying saucers. It seems that they are no longer just flying. They land, level off, change shape, leave oil traces on the ground, give off a smell of nitro-benzine, let out purple, greenish flames. They are one meter in diameter, 2,3, 10. They move horizontally, vertically, immobilize, vanish.

They have furry passengers like monkeys who enter a baker's bakery, tap a cultivator on the shoulder; beings the size of children. This time, we have more details. Let us rejoice deeply: they have not yet caused harm to anyone. Our visitors, for sure, are almost ready to break the ice.

Let's wait with serenity.

But before this historic hour strikes strong souls no longer dare to look up at the sky without emotion: "It it my turn to see a saucer?"

Planes of Koksijde, which run along the coast, balloons - meteorological probes, fanciful meteors of which Sénèque - already - had described the whims, shooting stars, full or half-full moon when you find yourself gathered in the big celestial concert you must laugh at the people of the earth!

Because today the testimonies are such that nobody is thinking about you anymore.

Go pretend that the orange disc identified by Mr. Julien Bédié, Mr. and Mrs. Quennehen was not a saucer; go pretend to Mrs. Nelly Mansart that she was not literally chased on the road from Hérissart, to Amiens by a dazzling ball which followed her car, bypassing the villages, resuming hunting at their exit, stopping when the car stopped, leaving at the same time as it, that its terrors were in vain... Might as well promise the moon.

In the Somme where sky users become invasive, from Saint-Just to Boves, from Montières to Dreuil, from Rainneville to Amiens, in Brittany, to Saint-Brieuc and Trégueux, in the Vendée, at Thouare-sur-Vie, in the Finistère in Quimper, the daily quota of new visions fuels the myth. Once again let us do so, let us welcome with a wide smirk the accumulation of this new form of testimonies from the beyond.

If it were to be true that beings from other planets would be busy raising, as a scientist from Kenya put it - that's all that far! - the map of the earth, let's not bother them in their work.

Better, shave our mountains, divert the course of our rivers to the best of our industrial aspirations, fertilize the deserts, in short, let us work hard for the good of humanity to change the appearance of this earth. No doubt this will not go unnoticed by the Martians. And that they will take all the time they want to play this card.

Lady, you have to be sure of yourself to change the planet.

And above all, let's take a serious look at our astrology.




news across France

According to the account of some people who have seen flying saucers and Martians, the latter do not measure more than 1 m to 1.20 m., wear a helmet and do not speak French.

In the Dordogne, a farmer claims to have been accosted by two passengers in a flying "tureen". This time, both men were perfectly normal.

Flying saucers continue to fly over the skies of France. Near Le Mans, at Châteauroux and at Quimper, these luminous apparatuses were seen.

[Ref. aml1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel notes that there was a sighting in Quimper on October 2, 1954.

[Ref. gqy1:] GUY QUINCY:

The Quincy catalogue indicates that a "luminous sphere" was observed above the town of Quimper, on October 2, 1954, at an unknown time.

[Ref. gqy2:] GUY QUINCY:

Saturday October 2 [, 1954]

[...other cases...]

: Quimper(Finistère): sph.lum.

[...other cases...]

[Ref. jve5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

186 004.10200 48.01500 02 10 1954 QUIMPER F 151 C** 170


In this ufology bulletin, Alain Barbe published a map with cases (but not all the 61 cases or more) for October 2, 1954, including that of Quimper, which he, like Aimé Michel did, thooght to often be "aligned" beyond mere chance:

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Finistère in Quimper on October 2, 1954 at an unknown hour, a cigar is observed, evolving at low altitude.

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

[Ref. ubk1:] "UFO-DATENBANK":

This database recorded the case twice:

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 Quimper France
19541002 02.10.1954 Quimper France

[Ref. voi1:] "ARCHIVES VIGIE OVNI 29":

Quimper ( 29 000 ), 02 October 1954 ...

Testimony nr. FR 29 000 1954 10 02 .. ..

Available documents:



Totally insufficient information.


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

Quimper, Finistère, sphere, luminous


[----] indicates sources that are not yet available to me.

Document history:

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0.1 Patrick Gross April 23, 2005 First published.
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1.1 Patrick Gross June 3, 2010 Addition [lae1].
1.2 Patrick Gross June 20, 2010 Addition [jve5].
1.3 Patrick Gross January 2, 2017 Addition [ubk1].
1.1 Patrick Gross February 7, 2017 Addition [voi1].
1.5 Patrick Gross January 16, 2020 Additions [ppe1], [ads1], [pis1].
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