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The 1954 French flap:

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October 3, 1954, Champigny-sur-Marne, Val-de-Marne:

Reference number for this case: 3-Oct-54-Champigny-sur-Marne. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


[Ref. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel reports that he received a letter of Mr. Claude R., who announced that in Champigny-on-Marne at a few kilometers in the East of Paris, on October 3, 1954, at 09:30 P.M. precisely, he observed the appearance of an object moving towards the south at a fast pace. Aimé Michel specifies that he received the letter that same evening, two days before other observations in the area and in the North became known.

Aime Michel indicates that at the time when the witness discovered the object, at 09:30 P.M., it appeared as a kind of orange cigar, which was almost motionless towards the south-south-east, in the direction of the Orly airport.

Michel quotes from Mr. R.'s letter:

"It is when going to bed that I incidentally noticed a kind of ball of fire. I observed it one moment, then, finding his aspect abnormal, I called my father, my mother and my fifteen years old sister. Like I did, they managed to follow the evolution of the phenomenon until its disappearance below the horizon."

"Our house enjoys an excellent visibility, for it is located on the slopes of the Marne."

"Accustomed to submit reports by my state of student in radioelectricity, I address to you our observations in a form from which we tried to exclude any imaginative side."

"We saw it becoming changing shape slowly, decreasing in size and luminous intensity, then it divided into two luminous points similar to stars."

"The two points then merged again in only one whose form became precise, taking the shape of a "saucer" inclined on the horizon and growing bigger quickly. Then the object decreased in size while dropping on the horizon, divided once again into two superimposed parts, the higher part and the lower part being each one successively most brilliant: the phenomenon disappeared finally towards the south while its glare quickly decreased."

[Ref. am2:] AIME MICHEL:

In an article in 1963, Aimé Michel adds:

b) a low-size object that witnesses saying their were close describe as like circular, hemispherical on the top, changing aspect in the bottom. In the night and in flight, the object is generally luminous, the reddish, orange or gilded top, the lower part likely to emit green, white, red, purple colors, either separately, or simultaneously; the closest witnesses state that, in this latter case (simultaneous emission of several colors), the sources of light are sort of small verticals rods under the object which were seen appearing, disappearing, exchanging between them their colors and thus giving an impression of whirling (for example, October 3, 1954, in Armentières, in Château-Chinon, in Montbeliard, and other dates a little everywhere in the world). Instead of the small rods, under the main object, sometimesappears a smaller object, very luminous, interdependent of the first but likely to go down vertically below him (for example, this same 3 October, in Marcoing, in Liévin, Ablain-St-Nazaire, Milly, Champigny).


220 -002.51721 48.81150 03 10 1954 21 30 1 * CHAMPIGNY/MARNE F 152144 C 205

[Ref. hd1:] HENRI DURRANT:

The author notes that in the observation of Champigny-sur-Marne in France on October 3, 1954, the object split in two keeping its radial symmetry.

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Val de Marne in Champigny sur Marne on October 3, 1954 at 21:30 hours, the witness observes an almost motionless orange cigar towards the south-south-east. The object becomes slowly deformed decreasing in size and luminous intensity and splits in two luminous points resembling stars. The two points join in one taking the shape of a saucer askew on the horizon and growing bigger quickly. The object decreases and splits once again in two and disappears towards the south decreasing its glare. Three other people of the family observed the phenomenon.

Luc Chastan indique que la source est "M.O.C. par Michel Aimé ** Arthaud 1958".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 3 October 1954 at 21:30 in Champigny-sur-Marne, France, "an unusual object was sighted, that had unconventional appearance and performance. One object was observed by four witnesses in a town (Rigault). Explanation: Planet.

The sources are noted: Michel, Aime, Flying Saucers and the Straight-Line Mystery, S. G. Phillips, New York, 1958; 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); Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002.


Dominique Caudron indicates that the catalogue of 800 cases published in 1970 by Maurice Santos, is a good example of what one should not do; he indicates to extract from it the list of the cases of October 3, 1954; which he knows well as he had investigated into these cases of his area of Nord. For each case, below the text of the Santos catalogue, he states what should have been written, and the explanation after analysis, when there is one.

Santos wrote that for this case #543 of October 3, 1954, of "Various Forms" there had been in Champigny an Unknown Flying Object in form of two superimposed lids.

Dominique Caudron says that at 09:30 p.m., in Champigny-sur-Marne, 94, "a kind of orange cigar divided in two in the S-S-E (actually in the S-W) before disappearing under the horizon. No other sources than Aimé Michel). (in fact: The Moon)"

He notes that the numbering of the cases by Santos seemed a good idea, but that it prevents the evolution of the catalogue, whose numbering becomes incoherent at the first update: "For example, this catalogue contains only 10 cases for the area of the Nord, whereas we know 48 of them. How to place the 38 others?"

[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
19541003 03.10.1954 Champigny Marne France 21.30 NL
19541003 03.10.1954 Champigny Marne France 21.30 NL
19541003 03.10.1954 Champigny France 21.30


Not looked for yet. Plane in the fog?


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

Champigny-sur-Marne, Val-de-Marne, multiple, anonymous, cigar, object, luminous, brilliant, split, merge


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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross January 17, 2006 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross January 9, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [hd1], [lc1], [ud1].
1.1 Patrick Gross June 21, 2010 Addition [jv5].
1.2 Patrick Gross October 14, 2016 Addition [dc1].
1.3 Patrick Gross February 13, 2017 Addition [dc1].

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