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September 30, 1954, Pau, Pyrénées-Atlantiques:

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




Of flying saucers

Since the time that in all four corners of France and around the world there were flying "saucers" and other "cigars", the residents of Pau began to be vexed with the systematic disdain in which these "interplanetary visitors" held them.

They had their festival yesterday. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., it was in the blue azure sky, a veritable carousel of luminous spots, immediately called "flying saucers". If it were necessary to gather all the testimonies of this "visiting" day, the newspaper would not suffice. We shall therefore restrain ourselves to the statements of a few persons who - they claim at least - have seen these devices distinctly. They were more favored than the multitude, thanks to binoculars they kept aimed at the sky, without fear of torticollis, part of the day.

At 10 o'clock it was a milky white disk with a red bulge in its center, that carried out a rapid patrol at an altitude of some 10,000 meters. At noon the invasion began. A white, very luminous oval form appeared, preceding by half an hour four or five other discs scattered at the four corners of the sky.

Around 1 o'clock, the oval object, without shame, turned to the red, then went away as it had come. It nevertheless left in the firmament enough to occupy a good part of the afternoon of the residents of Pau.

Until four o'clock, with the nose in the air, the finger extended, luminous spots movind slowly and sometimes motionless for several minutes. You had to have goodwill and an excellent view to get into the game. But when you had finally spotted the object, you felt like an "initiate" in the mystery of the beyond and you were satisfied until being dazzled.

Things were somewhat complicated by the fact that at the beginning of the afternoon a shopkeeper had the unfortunate idea of releasing a few child balloons.

For a few moments there was a plethora of saucers in the sky of Pau. The life of the city was literally stopped. Frozen in the middle of the streets, hundreds of residents of Pau miraculously avoided crushing. And if they saw nothing, they had at least the advantage of having half an hour of excellent physical training. There were many last night who complained about aches!

What were these mysterious objects? No one will ever know. In any case, one of the witnesses, the most convincing and the most convinced, gave us a description in his own way of what he had seen, a description which gives shape to these mysterious luminous spots. "It was like an orange ball in the center," he said. "All around, it turned like a flywheel, a luminous disc." The report may seem fanciful, but given the power of the means used for observation, it almost convinced us. Indeed, the man woned monstrous marine binoculars, a memory of distant lands, as powerful and heavy as a


corners of France

A "blue globe, shining and purring" in Perpignan

A truck driver who was collecting milk yesterday morning in the vicinity of Cabestany (Pyrénées-Orientales) said he saw in front of his vehicle "a shining globe of bluish color" which was evolving at an altitude of about 150 meters while producing a very soft hum."

Having stopped his truck, the driver was able to observe the moves of the craft for almost a quarter of an hour and then, suddenly, it reportedly rose in the sky and disappeared in direction of the sea.

Yellow dominates in Deux-Sèvres

A flying saucer would have been seen in Auge (Deux-Sèvres).

On the other hand, M. Picaud, the manager of a brewery in Sainte-Pozenne, said he had seen for a few minutes, while traveling along the road to Fontenay-le-Comte, a curious disc of a sparkling yellow.

In Haute-Marne a brilliant machine

Several inhabitants of the commune of Rebais declared to have seen a strange, very brilliant machine, circulating at night fall in the sky, above Rebais.

The witnesses said that the apparatus, which was traveling very slowly, had then headed towards Coulommiers after increasing its speed, and had disappeared.

The day before yesterday morning, C.R.S. also saw a luminous disc in the sky, above Vaudoy.

A cigar in the Hérault

Mrs Picot de la Baume, a resident of Montpellier,



Festival of flying saucers in Pau


telescope, and which ensured him as much success as the "saucers" won.

Many of our fellow citizens believed and still believe that it was a launch of soundingballoons. Information taken at the Center of the Weather of Pont-Long, the only one qualified for these operations, a single balloon was launched during the day, at 3 p.m.. So it was not this that was seen in the morning nor in the afternoon because, we were told at Pont-Long, such a balloon climbs quickly up to 15,000 meters and explodes. It can only be distinguished to 3,500 m.

But then, were they really flying saucers?

L. V.

... and in the four corners of France


at an altitude of about 4,500 meters, saw a cigar-shaped device, shiny, which seemed to be surrounded by a halo. The machine, which she could observe for a minute or so, suddenly disappeared in an easterly direction, without making a noise or leaving any traces.

Morocco and Algeria were also visited...

Reliable witnesses saw last night in the sky of Kounigra, a town about 130 kilometers from Casablanca, a red-shaped, circular-shaped craft evolving at a high altitude and apparently spitting flames of a blue green color.

An elongated craft was seen Wednesday evening around 8:30 p.m. in the sky of Safi by credible witnesses. The "cigar" was moving at a high speed, from East to Northwest. It was surrounded by a bluish light and left behind a luminous trail. The witnesses testified that the craft was unrelated to a jet plane.

... as well as Denmark

Many residents of the town of Strib (Funen) claim to have seen yesterday "a yellow-reddish craft whose shape resembled a cigar operating at high altitude and leaving "tongues of fire" behind. Other luminous craft had been seen in the last three days in Funen and Sweden.

Flying saucers said to drop anti-communist leaflets over Czechoslovakia

Vienna. -- "Flying saucers" reported regularly for some time in Austria would be, according to the "Bild Telegraph", guided missiles used by some powers to drop anti-communist leaflets over Czechoslovakia.

The newspaper reports that leaflets written in the Czech language were found near Eferding in Upper Austria (Soviet zone) after the passage of two "luminous discs", the maneuvers of which were observed by two gendarmes from a neighboring locality.

These leaflets, distributed by a group of emigrants belonging to the "Czechoslovak opposition" movement, invite the peasants of Czechoslovakia to leave the agricultural communities and state cooperatives.

Two other dailies also mention the testimony of several peasants who claim to have seen a "saucer" taken by the beam of a Soviet anti-aircraft searchlight.





MULHOUSE. -- Two people stated to have seen a luminous machine in the sky, in Rixheim. Using binoculars, they noted that it had the shape of a long cigar. A dozen small satellite cigars surrounded it. A railway man on night duty stated to have observed the same phenomenon.

BESSEGES. -- Two residents of the commune of Foussignargues, close to Bessèges, stated to have seen in a meadow, near their house, in the night from Sunday to Monday, a sharp red luminous machine surrounded by vertical stems.

PAU. -- Thursday morning, around 11:45, many people saw in the sky, at a very high altitude, a mysterious machine having the shape of a long and shining balloon. The machine came from the South and moved towards the North-West.

NEVERS. -- Mr. Raymond Deloire, 20 years old, farm laborer in Langeron (the Nievre), who circulated by bicycle on the road of St-Pierre-le-Moutiers, saw in the sky a mysterious object of half-spherical form emitting at the front a sharp orange gleam, flames spouted out from the back. The machine moved without noise at a great speed in direction of the North-East.

PERPIGNAN. -- Mr. Jean-Bertrand Petit, residing at the Conte Farmhouse, close to Perpignan, was sprinkling his salads, around 3:30 in the morning, when he saw a ball of fire in the sky. The display was short and did not leave traces.

In Thuir, Thursday, around 6:15 p.m., a machine having the shape of a haloed barrel of fire was seen by a person worthy of faith. The apparatus, which worked at a slow pace, disappeared in direction of the sea.

In addition, several residents of Perpignan claim to have seen yesterday, at approximately 2 p.m., above the city, a luminous sphere, sometimes red, sometimes white and which moved during several minutes before fainting in the sky.

A luminous sphere remains one hour above Fleury-d'Aude

FLEURY-D'AUDE (C.P.). -- Yesterday evening, from 9 to 10 p.m., the population of Fleury was able to see a luminous sphere, whose color changed from the red to the green, then to the white, moving slowly above the locality. The machine marked times of immobility and it was then possible to detect that it had a rotational movement.

The luminous sphere then moved in direction of Béziers and disappeared.

A brilliant ball above Puivert

PUIVERT. -- Mr. Saboureau, lemonade seller in Bélesta (the Ariège) made the Bélesta-Puivert way in a van, when he saw in the sky, yesterday towards 5 p.m., a very brilliant ball like a sun following the North-South direction, flying at an altitude which he estimates as 2.000 meters, and moving at a relatively reduced speed.

The ball moved without the least noise and was followed of a long tail of gray smoke. Mr. Saboureau having stopped his vehicle for better observing, could see, after a few minutes the machine disappear in the direction of Ax-les-Termes. His observation allows him to affirm absolutely that it was not a plane.



The "meteor" of Sweden was not a robot-weapon... but a jet airplane

Stockholm. -- The "Bjuv meteor", photographed in the night of Monday to Tuesday by a resident of that city, was only a jet plane, the Swedish military headquarters estimated by examining the photograph of the craft. However, professor Bertil Lindblad, attached to the Lund observatory, after enlarging, had believed to detect a robot-weapon.

Based on the direction taken by the object, one had thought that it could come from Eastern Germany where, according to certain information, the Russians would currently carry out rockets experiments.

Still the saucers

In addition, the "flying saucers" continue to be reported in the four corners of the sky of France. There is not a single day without witnesses in good faith see "mysterious machines" with weird shapes, and slipping by at great pace in an impressive silence.

Near Perpignan, several vintagers stated to have seen in the sky a brilliant object having the shape of a saucer. After having moving at the vertical while leaving a white trail, the apparatus disappeared in the clouds.

Two people stated to have seen a luminous craft in the night of Thursday to Friday, in Rixheim (Haut-Rhin). Using binoculars, they noted that it had the shape of a long cigar. A dozen small cigars surrounded it. A railwayman on night duty night stated to have observed the same phenomenon.

Two residents of the commune of Foussignargues, close to Bessèges, saw in a meadow, near their house, in the night from Sunday to Monday, a sharp red luminous machine surrounded by vertical stems.

in Pau, Thursday, many people saw in the sky, at very high altitude, a mysterious machine having the shape of a long and shining balloon. The machine came from the south and moved towards the North-West.

Lastly, Mr. Raymond Deloire, aged 20, farm labourer in Langeron (the Nievre), who circulated the other night with a bicycle on the road of Saint-Pierre-le-Moutier, saw in the sky a mysterious object of half-spherical shape emitting with a sharp orange gleam at its front. Flames spouted out of the back. The craft moved without noise at a great speed in the direction of the North-East.


400 kilometers away, it is the same saucer, apparently, that Mr. Cyprien Bacquet (above on the left) and Mr. George Gatay saw, opposite on the right in insert). The drawings which they made one and the other of the phenomenon that they observed (above in the center) resemble each other, indeed, surprisingly. Mr. Bacqué, engineer architect, saw the mysterious machine above Pau, at ten thousand meters of altitude, at the same time as of the thousands of residents of Pau. Mr. Gatay, site foreman, saw with one meter above ground-level and fifteen away meters at the edge of a career in Pau, at the same time as the six workmen who worked with him. For Mr. Bacqué, who has seen it at eleven hour, September 30, it was a sphere evolving in the strati, of red color, from which four tubes left. The engineer observed it with his telescope during three fifteen minutes before it disappeared towards the west. It is eight days ago at 03:30 p.m., that Mr. Gatey saw suddenly the stopped machine. In front of the saucer stood a small man of 1 m 50 with a leather helmet and boots (above on the right). A ray froze the witness on the spot. The man regained the machine which rose by small hops and disappeared. Mr. Bacqué and Mr. Gatey do not know themselves.


This weekley newspaper published a series of third hand drawings of some of the different shapes of flying saucers allegedly reported in France in 1954:


This saucer is of a very rare design with tubes of red color in the shape of periscopes coming out of it. It was followed during three quarters of an hour by telescope by Mr. Cyprien Bacqué.

[Ref. gt1:] GUY TARADE:

The author of book on flying saucers Guy Tarade reports that on September 30, 1954, Mr. Bacqué, engineer in Pau, observed during more than one hour a brilliant sphere flying between 6000 and 8000 meters, slowly, with four tubes coming out of it in the direction of the sky.


The two authors indicate that they found in the file of the ufology magazine "Lumières dans la Nuit" the following account for an observation in Pau on September 30, 1954:

"The sky was pure, clear, sunny."

"At 10 o'clock: milky white disc; red bulge in the center. fast, it patrols at 10000 m."

"At 12 o'clock: a white ovale shape appears."

"At 12:30: 4 or 5 discs spread at the four corners of the sky."

"At 1 p.m.: the oval object of 12 o'clock turns red and disappears."

"Until 4 p.m., the evolutions of many brilliant points were followed by the residents of Pau. Evolving slowly and sometimes motionless during several minutes. With the binoculars, a man details the 10 hour object as a red ball around which turned, like a wheel, a luminous disc. Information was asked to the weather center of Pont Long, only one balloon was released at 3 p.m.. 5 to 6000 witnesses according to the newspaper which publishes a photograph showing the residents of Pau stopped in the street, and looking at something in the sky."

They state moreover that the newspaper "La République des Pyrenées" of October 4, 1954 published the following account:

"Mr Bacqué, architect and engineer, saw the circus of the "objects" in Pau. Returned at his place, it took an object under observation with a telescope. Red spherical form, seen behind the strati. Suddenly, four tubes spouted out at its higher part and were pointed towards the sky. Then the object took a vertiginous speed and disappeared in the sky."

Finally they indicate that the newspaper "Paris-Presse" for October 2, 1954 "gave us the solution" by indicating that all this was kids balloons and military planes."


The Belgian ufologist indicates that in 1954, on September 30, in France, in Pau "Mr. Bacqué observed during more than one hour a brilliant sphere flying between 6000 and 8000 m. The machine moved slowly, four tubes left it in direction of the sky."

She indicates that the source is "Guy TARADE: 'S.V. and civilisations d'outre-espace' - J'AI LU 1969 - p. 9-10".

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Pyrenees Atlantique in Pau, on September 30, 1954, at an unknown hour, "the witness, engineer architect in Pau, observed during more than one hour a brilliant sphere flying between 6 000 and 8000 meters. This machine moved slowly, four tubes came out of it in direction of the sky."

Luc Chastan indicates that the source is "Soucoupes volantes et civilisations d'outre espace par Tarade Guy ** J'ai lu".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 30 September 1954 at 15:10 in Pau, France, "Unidentified objects were sighted, but with appearance and behavior that most likely would have a conventional explanation. Three objects were observed."

The source is indicated as Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073).

[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
19540930 30.09.1954 Pau France


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1.2 Patrick Gross October 24, 2011 Addition [in1].
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