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The 1954 French flap:

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November 4, 1954, Dijon, Côte-d'Or:

Reference number for this case: 4-Nov-54-Dijon. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

On November 5, 1954, the newspaper Le Bien Public of Dijon reported that a 12-year-old child in Dijon had seen the day before at about 07:30 p.m., "a strange phenomenon: a gray blue light moving in the sky." In view of this strange event the child, who was in the rue du Palais where his parents live, was frightened and rushed away under the paternal roof."

The next day, the same newspaper quoted another testimony from a reader, and the testimony of a military pilot who from the ground in Dijon had made the same ovbservation and understood that it was a meteor.

Reports:

[Ref. vi1] "VIMANA 21" UFOLOGY BULLETIN:

WHY 1954?

The French flap of 1954 is today more than controversial.

Thus, A.D.R.U.P. wanted to make a compilation of all the documents published in a Burgundy daily newspaper:

"Le Bien Public".

The interest of this catalogue is triple:

  • A- to get back in the mood of that too famous year -
  • B- recall all the testimonies that appeared in the local press, whether they are good or bad. -
  • C- to be used as references for potential researchers of sociological or UFO character.

[... Other case...]

- November 5 Another flying saucer in the sky of Dijon? -

- November 6. 7. The "saucer" of Thursday night: "simple meteor", a specialist explain -

[... Other case...]

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5: A FLYING SAUCER AGAIN IN THE SKY OF DIJON?

A young 12-year-old resident of Dijon saw last night, around 07:30 p.m., a strange phenomenon: a blue gray glow moving in the sky. In view of this strange manifestation, the child, who was in the rue du Palais where his parents live, was frightened and rushed away under the paternal roof.

.../...

SATURDAY 6 AND WEDNESDAY 7 NOVEMBER: THE SAUCER OF THURSDAY EVENING: "SIMPLE METEORE" EXPLAINS A SPECIALIST -

In our issue yesterday, we reported that a young resident of Dijon saw in the sky, Thursday evening, a strange luminous phenomenon. Two letters from our readers have reached us on this matter, one of our correspondents declares to us: "I was looking towards the Place du 30 octobre when suddenly, in the sky, at a very great height, a bluish glow, then taking fire, having almost the shape of a V followed by a multitude of enormous sparks of extremely luminous fire. This machine rushed obliquely at a vertiginous speed, on the side of the earth, in the direction of Fort de la Motte Giron, it was very visible and dazzlingly clear. As for the other witness, an aviation officer, he gives us (very plausible) explanation of the phenomenon: "Going back, yesterday evening, Thursday, November 4, my home located rue de Metz, I was at the beginning of the rue de Gray, when I saw with my military pilot's eyes, the so-called "saucer." It was a magnificent meteor or bolide, whose east to west trajectory was very brilliant. The duration of the phenomenon, barely a second.

[Ref. vi2] "VIMANA 21" UFOLOGY BULLETIN:

54 11 04 / DIJON / 07:30 p.m. / NL / P I /

A young 12 year old from Dijon saw a blue gray glow, moving in the sky. He was very scared.

(Source: Bien public, 11/5/54)

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54 11 04 / DIJON / 07:30 p.m. / NL / P I /

The same observation was made by two witnesses including a BA 102 [Air Force Base 102] pilot who declared: it is a magnificent meteor.

(Source: Bien public, 11/6/54)

Explanations:

Meteor.

Keywords:

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

Dijon, Côte-d'Or, child, pilit, military, meteor, fireball, bolide, multiple, gleam, luminous, blue, blueish, sparkles, fire, fast, Motte Giron

Sources:

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Document history:

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