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The 1954 French flap:

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November 4, 1954, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône:

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


[Ref. je1:] JAMES EASTON:

Ufologist James Easton wrotes in 2000 that the US Navy published a photograph showing a strange cloudy formation above the town of Marseille, a photograph which had been taken on November 4, 1954. The US Navy does not give any additional information on this photograph and does not say either if they disregard it or if they have any interest in it.

The photograph is poor bad quality because it is a scanned Xerox but one can indeed see a circular shape.

James Easton adds that many observations were reported in October and November 1954 as well as the previous and following years in France and that he plans to publish on Internet all these many observations "one more incredible than the other."

The post was accompanied with an Internet link to the scanned picture mentioned in the post but as of June 2004 the picture is not available at this address.



DATE: 4 November 1954
LOCATION: Marseille (France)
FORMAT: Picture
PHOTOGRAPHER: An unnamed US Navy marine

EXPLANATION: Lenticular clouds

REFERENCES: The New York Times, July 3, 1955. M.K. Jessup, The UFO Annual (The Citadel Press, 1956), plate. Look (special issue on Flying Saucers), 1967, pages 28-29.

REMARKS: There are sources placing the case as 3 July 1950 or 7 June 1954.

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates there was a sighting in Marseille, France, on 4 November 1954.

The source is indicated as Keyhoe, Donald E., Flying Saucer Conspiracy, Holt, New York, 1955.


This Spanish ufologist launched a project of a catalogue of French UFO photographic cases. This cases appears in his table as:

Date 11.04.1954
Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône (France)
Nation FRA
US Navy
The New York Times, July 3, 1955. Donald Keyhoe, The Flying Saucer Conspiracy, Henry Holt, 1955, pp 275-276. M.K. Jessup, The UFO Annual, The Citadel Press, 1956, plate. Look (special FS issue), 1967, pp 28-29.
November 4, 1954

[Ref. ubk1:] "UFO-DATENBANK":

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541104 04.11.1954 Marseille France
19541104 04.11.1954 Marseille France


Not looked for yet. Insufficient data.


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

Marseille, Bouches du Rhône, US Navy, photograph, clouds, cloud, disc, disk


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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross August 10, 2004 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross January 18, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Addition [ud1].
1.1 Patrick Gross July 8, 2013 Addition [bo2].
1.2 Patrick Gross February 2, 2017 Addition [ub1].

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