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August 30, 1954, Le Lion-d'Angers, Maine-et-Loire:

Reference number for this case: 30-Aug-54-Le-Lion-d'Angers. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

Newspapers from the Maine-et-Loire reported among other observations of August 30, 1954, that in Le Lion-d'Angers, around 8:30 p.m., Mrs. Poirier, who lives near the church, was in her courtyard with a neighbor, Mr. Sanson, when they saw in the sky a bright light in the shape of a disc followed by a rather short tail.

The glow seemed to be coming from a great height and rapidly approaching the earth, then suddenly the tail disappeared, there was a change in light, and the disc "dipped vertically then disappeared."

Witnesses had estimated that the speed of the thing was much faster than that of a jet plane, but slower than that of a shooting star.

They had heard no noise, and noted that the "direction of the phenomenon (or the craft) was traveling from south to north."

Reports:

[Ref. lco1:] "LE COURRIER DE L'OUEST" NEWSPAPER:

The Lionese have their flying saucer too!

As we reported yesterday, the residents of Angers finally had their flying saucer. But the Lionese have had theirs, too, undoubdedly the same one. On Monday, at about 08:20 p.m., Mrs Poirier, who lives near the church, was in her courtyard with a neighbour, Mr. Sanson, when they saw in the sky a brilliant light in the shape of a disc followed by a rather short tail.

This light seemed to come from a great height and to be approaching the earth rapidly. Suddenly the tail disappeared, the brightness changed, and the disc dropped vertically and disappeared.

The speed seemed to the witnesses to be much greater than that of a jet airplane, but slower than a shooting star.

No sound was heard. The phenomenon (or craft) was travelling from south to north.

[Ref. lsn11:] NEWSPAPER "LE SEGREEN":

Scan

LE LION-D'ANGERS

Flying saucer
in the lionnese sky!

Monday evening, around 8:30 p.m., Mrs. Poirier, who lives near the Church, and her neighbor, Mr. Samson, saw a bright disc-shaped glow in the sky, followed by a fairly short luminous tail.

Its speed was great and the direction of the phenomenon was south north.

[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
19540901 01.09.1954 Lion Angers France 20.20 NL
19540901 01.09.1954 Lion Angers France 20.20 NL

Explanations:

The meteor on August 30, 1954 at about 08:20 p.m.

Map.

Keywords:

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Le Lion-d'Angers, Maine-et-Loire, Poirier, Sanson, light, brilliant, disc, trail, gleam, high, fast, silent, direction

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