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The 1954 French flap:

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October 3, 1954, La Chapelle-Hugon, Cher:

Reference number for this case: 3-Oct-54-La Chappelle-Hugon. 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, at about 9 in the evening, the cyclist sportsman Robert Verdenal drove a car in which several other people were passengers. It was on the national road RN 720, between the La Chapelle-Hugon and Grossouvre.

Michel specifies that at the sitewhere the car was at the time of the observation, the road follows the channel of Berry and the small river of Aubois and is directed practically North-South; if it were prolonged in straight line on a chart, it would go through Clermont-Ferrand.

Robert Verdenal and his passengers saw a circular body od red color, coming from the South, in front of them. The object approached them rather quickly, then suddenly stopped, during a few seconds, after that it set out again again at a high pace in the direction of the East, at a right angle relative its first trajectory.


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The two authors indicate that they found in the file of Mrs Gueudelot, of the ufology magazine "Lumières dans la Nuit", a case which they entitle "La Chappelle-Hugon, p p.m." and which account is:

"A car, driven by the cyclist racer Robert Verdenal, and in which were several people, runs on N. 7 between La Chapelle-Hugon and Grossouvre. Suddenly Robert Verdenal and his companions see coming opposite them, i.e. from the south, a luminous body of circular shape and red color. The object approaches rather quickly, then becomes suddenly stationnary. This immobility lasts a few seconds, after that the object starts again at a sharp pace in the direction of the east, forming with its first trajectory a right angle."

Mr. Desbois, a UFO investigator of the magazine "Lumières Dans La Nuit" has investigated and explained that Roger Verdanal was not in a car with friends but alone on a bicycle without lighting, and was returning from a bicycle race. It was impossible that he drove a car as his licence is dated 1956. The sighting lasted only 4 or 5 seconds, it was high in the sky, there was no top and no change of direction. Roger Verdanal also told about the journalist: "I remember the chap who wrote tha article well. He was quite a funny guy."


The two authors note that on October 3, 1954 at 09:00 p.m., there was an observation of an object at La Chapelle-Hugon in the department of the Cher.

[Ref. lg1:] LOREN GROSS:

3 October. La Chapelle-Hugon, France. (9:00p.m.)

Bicycle champion sees saucer.

Michel wrote:

"Some minutes closer to 9 p.m., a car carrying several passengers and driven by the bicycle champion Robert Verdenal, waS traveling along Route N-720 between La Chapelle-Hugon and Grossouvre, in Cher.

"At this spot N-720 follows the Berry Canal and the little Aubois River, and runs almost exactly north-south. Prolonged southward, it would touch Clermont-Ferrand.

"Without warning, Robert Verdenal and his companions saw coming from straight ahead of them (that is, from the south) a luminous, circular, red object. It approached fairly rapidly, then suddenly stopped. This immobility lasted several seconds, after which the object took off again speedily toward the east, making a right angle with its first trajectory." (xx.)

(xx.) Michel. Aime. Flying Saucers and the Straight-Line Mystery. pp. 125-126.

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Cher in La Chapelle Hugon on October 3, 1954 at 21:00 hours, a car in which is 4 people drives on the N720 between La Chapelle Hugon and Grossouvre when the witnesses observe opposite them towards the south a luminous object of circular form, of red color. The object approaches rather fast then is motionless during a few seconds then starts again at fast pace after a right angle in direction of the east.

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

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 3 October 1954 at 21:00 in La Chapelle-Hugon N720, France, a hovering object was observed. "One object was observed by several witnesses on a farm for over one minute (Verdenal)."

The sources are indicated as Michel, Aime, Flying Saucers and the Straight-Line Mystery, S. G. Phillips, New York, 1958; Keyhoe, Donald E., Flying Saucer Conspiracy, Holt, New York, 1955; 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; 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 #545 of October 3, 1954, of "Various Forms" there had been in Grossouvre a luminous Unknown Flying Object maneuvering at 90 degrees.

Dominique Caudron indicates: "9 p.m.?, between the La Chapelle-Hugon and Grossouvre, 18, an object high in the sky seen 4 or 5 seconds (in fact: possible fireball) "

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?"


Not looked for yet. In 2009 Sportsman Robert Verdenal is still alive and organizing amateur bicycle races in la Guerches.


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

La Chappelle-Hugon, Cher, Robert Verdenal, multiple, car, road, object, red, fast, manoeuvre, bicyle, night


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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross December 12, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross January 9, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [lc1], [ud1].
1.1 Patrick Gross June 21, 2010 Addition [jv5].
1.2 Patrick Gross October 3, 2014 Addition [lg1].
1.3 Patrick Gross October 14, 2016 Addition [dc1].

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