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October 2, 1954, Vichy, Allier:

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

Summary:

In 1958, Aimé Michel just mentioned an observation on October 2, 1954, in Vichy that he considered aligned with others of this date, in a manner he thought to be inexplicable by chance alone.

The ufology magazine Lumières Dans La Nuit #128 of October 1973 told a little more. Based on the newspaper La Montagne for October 4, 1954, it indicated that travelers on the bus of Bellerive had seen on October 2, 1954, in Vichy, a luminous object cross the sky quickly in the direction of the Saint-Amand hill.

In 1979, the ufologists Michel Figuet and Jean-Louis Ruchon added that it had happened at 06:30 p.m. and that the bus was going from Bellerive to Vichy.

Reports:

[Ref. aml1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel reports that there was a sighting on October 2, 1954, in Vichy, France.

[Ref. jve5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

187 -003.43300 46.11900 02 10 1954 VICHY F 151 C** 170

[Ref. pis1:] "PHENOMENES INCONNUS" UFOLOGY BULLETIN:

This ufology bulletin indicated that there was a case on October 2, 1954, in Vichy; which was a part of a "network" of aligned cases of that day, in their opinion.

[Ref. pis2:] "PHENOMENES INCONNUS" UFOLOGY BULLETIN:

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 Vichy, which he, like Aimé Michel did, thooght to often be "aligned" beyond mere chance:

[Ref. ldl1:] "LUMIERES DANS LA NUIT" UFOLOGY MAGAZINE:

October 2 (La Montagne for 10/04) Vichy.

Travelers on the Bellerive bus saw a luminous object pass quickly across the sky towards the Saint-Amand hill.

[Ref. fru1:] MICHEL FIGUET AND JEAN-LOUIS RUCHON:

The two authors indicate that in Vichy in the department of the Allier, on October 2, 1954, at 06:30 p.m., the passengers of a bus going from Vichy to Bellerive observed a luminous machine crossing the sky quickly in the direction of Côte Saint-Amand.

[Ref. goe1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

Belgian ufologist Godelieve van Overmeire notes in her catalogue that in France, in 1954, October 2 in Vichy, towards 6:30 p.m., travellers of the Vichy-Bellerive bus observe a luminous craft quickly crossing the sky in direction of the Coast St Amand.

The source is indicated as M. Figuet / J.L. Ruchon in "Ovni, Premier dossier complet..." Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979, p. 107.

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates in his database that in the Allier in Vichy on October 2, 1954 at 18:30 hours, "the passengers of a bus Vichy Bellerive observed a luminous craft crossing the sky quickly in the direction of the Côte St Amand."

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

[Ref. uda1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 2 October 1954 at 10:00 in Vichy, France, "an unidentified object was sighted, but with appearance and behavior that most likely would have a conventional explanation. One object was observed in a stadium."

The website adds: "At 10 o'clock in the morning several people in the city of Clermont-Ferrand, Puy-de-Dome, France saw a luminous, metallic object oscillating in the sky, then fly off rapidly to the north-northwest."

And: "In Vichy, Allier, France at 6:30 p.m., bus passengers observed a luminous object rapidly traverse the sky flying in the direction of Cote St.-Amand."

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, Preliminary Catalog (N = 500), (in JVallee01); Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002.

[Ref. nip1:] "THE NICAP WEBSITE":

*Oct. 2, 1954 - In Vichy, Allier department, France at 6:30 p.m., bus passengers observed a luminous object rapidly traverse the sky flying in the direction of Cote St.-Amand. (Source: Michel Figuet & Jean-Louis Ruchon, OVNI: Le premier dossier complet des rencontres rapprochees en France, p. 107).

[Ref. ubk1:] "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 Vichy France
19541002 02.10.1954 Vichy France
19541002 02.10.1954 Vichy France NL

Explanations:

Meteor or aircraft possible.

Keywords:

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

Vichy, Allier, multiple, bus, luminous, machine, fast

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross September 25, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross February 27, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [aml1], [goe1], [uda1].
1.1 Patrick Gross June 20, 2010 Addition [jve5].
1.2 Patrick Gross October 2, 2014 Addition [nip1].
1.3 Patrick Gross January 2, 2017 Addition [ubk1].
1.4 Patrick Gross October 3, 2019 Additions [pis1], [pis2], [ldl1], Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet."

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