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May 30, 1954, Buffon, Côte-d'Or:

Reference number for this case: 30-May-54-Buffon. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

According to the ufology bulletin of the ADRUP group, Vimana 21, No. 10-11, of the 3rd quarter of 1982, the regional newspaper Le Bien Public for June 2, 1954, reported the following observation:

On the night of May 30, 1954, from Sunday to Monday, between Buffon and St-Rémy, in the direction of Montigny, motorists had their attention attracted by a flamboyant disk about five times the size of a star. It was moving slowly in the sky. At a certain time, these people had a clear impression that this curious phenomenon was falling into space before resuming an accelerated move.

The newspaper said, "Everyone who has seen this disc is of the same opinion as to the information provided."

Ufologist Jacques Vallée had entered this as a UFO in his computer catalog, with only the date, the place, an invented time of 11:55 p.m.; which was copied by others.

Reports:

[Ref. jv5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

105 30 05 1954 23 55 115+ BUFFON () ST REMY F 1516 D

[Ref. vi1:] "VIMANA 21" UFOLOGY BULLETIN:

WEDNESDAY JUNE 2: IS IT A FLYING SAUCER? -

Montbard - On the night of Sunday to Monday, between Buffon and St-Rémy, in the direction of Montigny, motorists have had their attention attracted by a fiery disc about five times the size of a star, which was moving slowly in the sky. At a certain moment, these people had a clear impression that this curious phenomenon was falling into space before resuming an accelerated march. Everyone who has seen this disc is of the same opinion as to the information provided. We deliver it to our readers with all reservations.

The source is given as the newspaper Le Bien Public.

[Ref. vi2:] "VIMANA 21" UFOLOGY BULLETIN:

54 05 30 / BUFFON ST REMY / ... / LN / P /

In the night from Sunday to Monday, in the direction of Montigny, motorists saw a flaming disc of about 5 times the size of a star.

(Source Bien Public, 2.6.54)

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 30 May 1954 at 23:55 between Buffon and St Remy, Buffon, France, "An unidentified object was sighted, but with appearance and behavior that most likely would have a conventional explanation. One object was observed by six witnesses for over 15 minutes. Explanation: Re-entry."

The sources are indicated as *Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073); Vallee, Jacques, Challenge to Science: The UFO Enigma, Henry Regnery, Chicago, 1966; Vallee, Jacques, Preliminary Catalog (N = 500), (in JVallee01)."

[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
19540530 30.05.1954 Buffon France 23.55 NL
19540530 30.05.1954 Buffon France 23.55 NL

Explanations:

The mere fact of the absence of any indication of duration of observation by the newspaper Le Bien Public leaves room for the possibility of a meteor. And plane or helicopter are not to be excluded either for this observation which seems without strangeness.

Between Buffon and Saint-Rémy, there is less than 2 kilometers. Montigny-sur-Aube is at 45 km in the Northeast of these villages.

Keywords:

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

Buffon, Côte-d'Or, Saint-Rémy, night, multiple, disc, slow, fast, flaming, luminous

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross March 23, 2010 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross June 17, 2010 Addition [jv5].
1.2 Patrick Gross February 5, 2017 Addition [ub1].
1.3 Patrick Gross April 21, 2019 Additions [vi2], [lh1], Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet."

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