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October 3, 1954, Grandvillars, Territoire de Belfort:

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


[Ref. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

French ufologist Aimé Michel reports that on October 3, 1954, a few minutes after 9 p.m., an object similar to the one observed in Château-Chinon and Montbéliard this same day shortly before was seen also in Grandvillars.

Several people saw a luminous object described as an orange ball which quickly flew above the village of Grandvillars, at 14 km in the east-north-east of Montbeliard, and was lost from sight in the direction of the east before 09:15 p.m..


218 -006.97617 47.53800 03 10 1954 21 05 105 GRANVILLARS F 301 C** 214

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Territory of Belfort in Grandvillards on October 3, 1954 at 21:05 hours, several people saw luminous object described as an orange ball which quickly passed above the village of Grandvillars and was lost from sight in the direction of the east before 21:15.

Luc Chastan indicates that the source is "M.O.C. by Michel Aimé ** Arthaud 1958".


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 #540 of October 3, 1954, of "Various Forms" there had been in Grandvillars a luminous Unknown Flying Object.

Dominique Caudron says that it was on October 3, 1954, before 09:15 p.m., in Grandvillars, 90, an orange ball which passed quickly and disappeared towards the east. He says that there are not other sources only Aimé Michel, and that the newspaper L'Alsace mentions another observation on the 4th at 06:45 p.m.

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 Grandvillars France
19541003 03.10.1954 Grandvillars France 21.15 NL
19541003 03.10.1954 Grandvillars France 21.15 NL


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

Grandvillars, Territoire-de-Belfort, object, sky, nocturnal, night, orange, ball


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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross June 28, 2004 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross January 9, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [lc1].
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 [ub1].

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