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October 3, 1954, Landerneau, Finistère:

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

Summary:

The GEPSI ufology group in Finistère, in the 1970s and 1980s, drew up a catalog of departmental observations, in which we find a case dated October 3, 1954, at an unknown hour, in Landerneau.

The source is obviously an article of an unspecified newspaper of October 8, 1954, reporting that one of his readers had sent them "the photo below" - a photo that the GEPSI did not publish - with this story:

"Last Sunday, finding myself with a friend in the country, I was about to take a panoramic photograph when our attention was drawn to a slight whistling sound and, looking in the direction of the noise, we saw in the sky an indefinable craft, emitting an orange glow."

"Pointing my camera, I had the chance to grab it in my lens as it seemed to be turning, but before I could take another picture, the mysterious craft had disappeared in the southbound direction."

"Given the rumors circulating about the flying saucers and the mystifications that seem to be taking place, we have hesitated to send you the photograph and we mainly want to remain anonymous so as not to be the subject of interviews."

"We do not want to give the photographic film because this image taken live remains for us an unforgettable memory".

In 2009, a web-TV published a video with an off-voice reading the above statement, without source, and illustrated by this image which is perhaps the photo in question:

Reports:

[Ref. ge1:] UFOLOGY GROUP "GEPSI":

GEPSI

Groupe d'Etude des Phénomènes Spatiaux Inexpliqués [Unexplained Space Phenomena Study Group]

A.S.B.L.
1901 LAW- OFFICIAL JOURNAL OF OCTOBER 6, 1983
HEADQUARTERS [] RUE DE SIAM - 29200 BREST
OBJECT: STUDY OF THE UFO PHENOMENON BY ALL
LEGAL MEANS WHICH MAY PROVE NECESSARY
(INVESTIGATIONS AND COUNTER-INVESTIGATIONS
TO THE VARIOUS SOURCES, COLLECT AND ANA-
LYSIS OF ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, ETC.)

GENERAL CATALOGUE OF WITNESSES
FINISTERE

Type of testimony: ?

Date: October 3, 1954

Time: ?

Location: LANDERNEAU

Number of witness: 2

Investigation:

Identification:

Case summary: A PHOTOGRAPH OF A FLYING SAUCER?

We receive from Landerneau, from one of our readers, the photograph underneath accompanied by these lines:

"last Sunday, as I was with a friend in the countryside, I was on the point of taking a panoramic photograph when our attention was caught by a light whistling sound and, looking in the direction of the noise, we saw an indefinable machine, emitting orange gleams, in the sky.

Directing my camera, I had the chance to grab it in my objective at the time when it seemed to carry out a turn. But before I could take another photograph, the mysterious machine had disappeared in the direction of the south.

Being given the rumours which circulate on the flying saucers and the mystifications which seem to take place, we hesitated to address the photograph to you and we primarily wish to remain anonymous so as not to be the subject of interviews.

.../...

We do not want in any case to deprive us of the photographic film, because this image taken on the moment remains an imperishable memory to us".

Note of the newspaper staff. - We deliver the text and photograph to the curiosity of our readers. Will the "country of the moon" become the country of the saucers?

Reference: P 1 8/10/54

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Finistère in Landerneau on October 3, 1954 at an unknown hour, the witness, being with a friend in the countryside, was on the point of taking a panoramic photograph when his attention was drawn by a light whistling sound and, looking in the direction of the noise, they see in the sky an indefinable machine, emitting orange gleams. Pointing his camera, he had the chance to get it in his objective at the time when it seemed to carry out a turn. But before he can take another photograph, the mysterious machine had disappeared in the direction of the south. The photo was sent to a newspaper under anonymity.

Luc Chastan indicates my website ufologie.net [its old URL] as being the source.

[Ref. vo1:] "ARCHIVES VIGIE OVNI 29":

Landerneau ( 29 800 ), 03 October 1954 ...

Testimony nr. FR 29 800 1954 10 03 .. ..

Available documents:

[Ref. od1:] "ODH TV":

This web-TV shows this still image in a video:

A voice says:

"On October 3, 1954, the witness being with a friend in the country was about to take a panoramic photograph, when his attention was attracted by a slight whistling sound, and looking in the direction of the noise, they saw in the sky an indefinable craft emitting an orange glow. Getting his camera, he had the chance to grab it in his lens when it seemed to make a turn. But before he could take another picture, the mysterious craft had disappeared in the direction of the South."

No source is given, and nothing indicates whether the image is or is not the photo in question.

Explanations:

Unidentified, but unknown credibility.

I, in no way, claim that the ODH TV is the correct image. Obviously they used the witness statement either from my webiste or its copy on Luc Chastan's website, and possibly added some unrelated photo to illustrate the video. I never found the photo myself.

Keywords:

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

Landerneau, Finistère, anonymous, photograph, picture, machine, craft, turn, whistling sound, photograph

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross November 22, 2004 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross January 9, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Addition [lc1].
1.1 Patrick Gross February 7, 2017 Addition [vo1].
1.2 Patrick Gross May 24, 2019 Additions [od1], Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet."

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