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October 31, 1954, Yssingeaux, Haute-Loire:

Reference number for this case: 31-Oct-54-Yssingeaux. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Reports:

[Ref. lp1:] "LE PROVENCAL" NEWSPAPER:

BALLS ...

Yssingeaux (A.F.P.). A tradesman of Yssingeaux saw, Sunday evening towards 9 p.m., in the sky, a large ball finished by a tail producing sparks. The machine going down at a vertiginous pace, the observer believed that it was a plane falling in flames. But suddenly, it suspended its race, moved away and disappeared. The phenomenon had lasted from 10 to 15 minutes.

... AND FLYING CRESCENTS

Clermont-Ferrand (A.F.P.).
Inhabitants of Lézoux (Puy-de-Dome) saw an orange "crescent" moving without noise in a north-western to south-eastern direction. The phenomenon could be observed half an hour approximately.

[Ref. jv5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

403 -004.12380 45.14400 01 11 1954 21 00 1 YSSINGEAUX F 301 A

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 31 October 1954 at 21:00 in Yssingeaux, France, "An unidentified object was sighted, but with appearance and behavior that most likely would have a conventional explanation. One object was observed by one witness for ten minutes. Explanation: Planet."

The sources are noted 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); Newspaper Clippings.

[Ref. ub1:] "UFO-DATENBANK":

This database recorded this case three times:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541101 01.11.1954 Yssingeaux France 21.00
19541101 01.11.1954 Yssingeaux France 21.00 NL
19541031 31.10.1954 Yssingeaux France 21.00

Explanations:

Here are the locations for the October 31, 1954 reports:

The places may suggest that the whole of the observations are that of the same meteor. The hours and descriptions suggest it for some of the reports, but not for all.

Dossier:Notes:
Arry, Somme.Aucune description, aucune information.
Yssingueaux, Haute-Loire.Description n'un météore, sauf durée trop longue. Heure donnée comme vers 21:00.
Colmar, Haut-Rhin.Description peu claires, témoins enfants. Vu vers l'Est. 18:45.
Meyreuil, Bouches-du-Rhône.Description de type météore, vu allant du Sud vers le Nord. 18:30.
Nimes, Gard.Description de type météore, vu allant du Sud-Ouest vers nord. 18:15.
Mulhouse, Haut-Rhin.Heure totalement différente. 04:00.
Lézoux, Puy-de-Dôme.Lune rousse possible. direction inverse, durée 30 minutes, heure non connue.
Corrompu, Somme.Direction inverse, observation de 30 minutes trop longue. 21:00.

It appears that for this day, the observations in Meyreuil and Nimes are probably that of a meteor of going roughly from the South towards the North at approximately 18:15 - 18:30. Perhaps the observation in Arry has the same explanation, no information confirms or denies this.

The observation in Yssingeaux could be that of this meteor only if the newspaper had badly understood the hour as well as the duration; in Corrompu, the duration and the direction would both be false.

For Lézoux, nothing matches with the 18:15 meteor. For Colmar, the initial direction would be false, if it is reliable - it is given by a child. The direction according to the adult would correspond.

Thus, for Yssingeaux, I estimate that the probable explanation is a meteor, but it is less probable that it would ne the meteor at 18:15.

Keywords:

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

Yssingueaux, Haute-Loire, tradesman, ball, tail, trail, sparks, descent, fast

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross April 6, 2007 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross March 5, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Addition [ud1].
1.1 Patrick Gross July 1, 2010 Addition [jv5].
1.2 Patrick Gross October 31, 2011 A search on the web and in my documentation did not reveal other sources. "Explanation" changed from "Probable meteor" to the paragraphs about the sightings that day.
1.3 Patrick Gross January 6, 2017 Addition [ub1].

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