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October 3, 1954, Lusignan, Vienne:

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


[Ref. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel indicates that on October 3, 1954, at a time well advanced in the night and a few minutes after an observation with Leignes-sur-Fontaine, an object strictly identical to that of Leignes-on-Fiontaine, i.e. red and luminous, is seen in Lusignan in the Vienne.

The two witnesses are Mr. and Mrs. Dutaud, who see it approaching, then to stop. They note that it then has an elliptical shape that they compared to an egg.

At this time, other witnesses, in a group made up of Misses Giebeck and Robin, Mr. and Mrs. Vion, see it at the same time as the first witnesses Mr. and Mrs. Dutaud, as it left vertically "taking a crescent shape."


227 -001.12114 46.43550 03 10 1954 23 00 2 P.LUSIGNAN-VIENNE F 3015 C** 222

[Ref. lg1:] LOREN GROSS:

3 October. Lusignan, France. (night)

Flying "egg."

Michel wrote:

"... at Lusignan, about 30 miles farther west (from Leignes), an object at first identical with that of Leignes arrived from the east. Two witnesses, M. and Mme. Dutaud, watched it approach and saw it stop. It had then, they said, an elliptical shape - they compared it to an egg. At that moment another group of witnesses, Mlles [sic], Goebeck and Robin and M. and Mme Vion, saw it going away vertically, 'taking the shape of a crescent."' (xx.)

(xx.) Michel, Aime. Flying Saucers and the Straight-Line Mystery. p. 130.

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Vienne in Lusignan, on October 3, 1954 at a late hour in the night and a few minutes after an observation in Leignes-sur-Fountain, a rigorously identical object - to the one in Leignes-on-Fountain, i.e. red and luminous, is seen in Lusignan. The two witnesses see it approaching, then stop. They then note that it has an elliptic form and compare it to an egg. At this time, four other witnesses see it at the same time as the first witnesses left at the vertical "taking a crescent shape."

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

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 3 October 1954 23:00, in Lusignan, France, a hovering object was observed. "Multiple independent witnesses. One object was observed by five witnesses on a farm (Dutaud; Sasamajou; Voudon)."

The sources are indicated as 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); 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 this case #555 of "Various Forms" of October 3, 1954, in Lusignan was a observation of an Unknown Flying Object in the shape of crescent.

Dominique Caudron says that at a late hour of the night in Lusignan, 86, it was a luminous red egg; which other witnesses would see taking the shape of a crescent. He adds that there are not other sources than Aimé Michel.

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 4 times:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19540930 30.09.1954 Lusignan France
19541002 02.10.1954 Lusignan France 19.15
19541003 03.10.1954 Lusignan France 23.00
19541003 03.10.1954 Lusignan France Night NL
19541003 03.10.1954 Lusignan France NL
19541003 03.10.1954 Lusignan France NL


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

Lusignan, Vienne, red, egg shaped, ovoid, luminous, red, vertically, multiple, elliptical, night, stop, manoeuvers, crescent


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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross August 22, 2004 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 22, 2010 Addition [jv5].
1.2 Patrick Gross September 13, 2014 Addition [lg1].
1.3 Patrick Gross October 14, 2016 Addition [dc1].
1.4 Patrick Gross February 10, 2017 Addition [ub1].

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