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The 1954 French flap:

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October 4, 1954, Arnage, Sarthe:

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

Reports:

[Ref. fs1] "FRANCE-SOIR" NEWSPAPER:

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Petrifying rays, flying eggs throughout France

  • A PETRIFYING RAY of green color nailed to the ground, near Le Mans, on the National Road Le Mans - Paris, workers of the Régie Renault next to whom a saucer had landed.
  • STARS AS LARGE AS THE MOON were seen by two people. This happened in Ballon (the Sarthe).
  • A FLYING EGG was seen in Lavenay (the Sarthe) by Mr. Maurice Burge and several witnesses.
  • A WEATHER TECHNICIAN from the station of Arnage (the Sarthe) saw in the sky two dark red glows moving without smoke. He is going to write a report.
  • A RED DISC was seen at Les Aubiers (the Deux-Sèvres) by Mrs Bremand, Couturie and Girard and by Mr. Camille Blain, city councilman of Bressuire.
  • AT CHALETTE (THE LOIRET), an employee of the Barnaud company saw a luminous apparatus of oval shape moving in the sky.
  • A BIZARRE OBJECT rose in the sky at very fast pace in Dordives (the Loiret).
  • A BRIGHT RED SAUCER was seen on Monday evening around 9:00 p.m, above Vanves (the Seine), by Mr. Baldochi, professor of mathematics. The object moved slowly in the east-west direction and suddenly rose vertically and disappeared.
  • A BRIGHT CIGAR with two discs at its lower part was seen at Corbigny (the Nièvre).
  • LUMINOUS GLOBES were seen by two traders of Saint-Bihy (the Côtes-du-Nord). Consumers of a drinking establishment observed the same phenomenon.
  • A small pile of ash was discovered in Puymoyen (the Charente), where the young Claude Bourneix, 17, had seen an orange disk fall into a field.

[Ref. jg1:] JIMMY GUIEU:

The author regrets that the testimony of a technician is not taken into account more than testimonies of ordinary people, that the facts reported by specialists do not impress the learned assemblies more. He gives in example the following case, quoting the newspaper "Le Maine Libre":

"Yesterday (October 5), at 6:08 a.m., whereas he observed the sky (as his profession requires) the technician of the weather station Mans-Arnage officially noted the presence at the zenith of two strong gleams of a dark red; they were at a very high altitude, moved without any noise. No smoke was apparent; the observation was made on several occasions in a very clear sky. An official report was made by the observer and the information forwarded to Paris which, in its turn, alerted all the stations; we believe that the same phenomenon was recorded in the Yonne. Here is thus information worthy of faith, made and consigned by a person who cannot be mistaken."

"We visited the technicians of the Mancelle station. Prudence reigns there, for no error is allowed there."

"- We saw an unknown phenomenon; it was neither a plane, neither a weather balloon, of a meteor; that is not to claim that they were flying saucers or flying cigars, not at all; we do not affirm nor deny anything: it will rest to the men of science to tell (if it is possible) the exact nature of our observations".

Jimmy Guieu says that he extremely well understands the prudence of this weather technician, that even if he had seen, within three steps of him, a spacecraft on the ground, the same prudence would not have surprised him because the technician would have incurred dangers by telling the truth, for there would have always be scientistic people to overpower him with sarcastic remarks.

He adds that the scientists sufficiently proved, for 9 years, their open hostility towards all that touches with the problem of the flying saucers, and that the fear of "reprisals" - i.e. the charges of trickery, of gentle madness or others criticize aiming at "harassing" the witness - is such that technicians themselves are the first to fear them.

[Ref. bb1:] GERARD BARTHEL AND JACQUES BRUCKER:

The two authors investigated on this case and tell it was published in the newspaper "Le Maine Libre" as:

"Yesterday (October 5, 1954) at 06:08 of the morning, whereas he observed the sky (as his profession requires), the technician of the weather station Mans Arnage officially noted the presence at the Zenith of two strong gleams of a dark red; they were at a very high altitude, moved without any noise. No smoke was visible; the observation was made on several occasions in a very clear sky. A formal report was established by the observer and the information transmitted to Paris, which in their turn alerted all the stations; we believe it that the same phenomenon was recorded in Yonne. "We saw an unknown phenomenon; it is neither a plane, neither a weather balloon, nor of a meteor; that is not to claim that they are flying saucers or flying cigars, far from it; we do not affirm nor deny anything; it will rest upon the men of science to tell the exact nature of our observations."

Barthel et Brucker found out that the witness indeed logged his sighting, like this:

"5 h 08 mn UTC. Observation at the zenith of two strong gleams of dark red color."

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Base nr: 1287 No known official investigation
Place of observation: Arnage Department: Sarthe (72) Lat. 47.933 Long. +0.183
Date of observation: 04 October 1954 Time: 06:08 a.m.
Type of observation: Visual: Distant Number of witnesses: 1
A technician of the weather station had his attention drawn by two strong gleams, dark red, which moved at the zenith. They seemed to be located at high altitude. No noise was heard. The sky was very clear.
Number of object: 2 Type of object: Not-defined
Main color: Dark red No indication on luminosity Clear weather, bright sky
Physical effects: No
Effects on the witness: No
Presence of entities: No

Sources

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[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 3 October 1954 in Arnage, France, "Unidentified objects were sighted, but with appearance and behavior that most likely would have a conventional explanation. Two objects were observed."

The sources is indicated as: Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073).

[Ref. ub1:] "UFO-DATENBANK":

This database recorded the case twice:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541003 03.10.1954 Arnage France NL
19541005 05.10.1954 Le Mans-Arnage France

Explanations:

Not looked for yet.

Keywords:

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

Arnage, Sarthe, light, red, high, zenith, technician, silent

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross May 6, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross March 15, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [bb1], [ud1].
1.2 Patrick Gross March 12, 2010 Addition [jg1].
1.3 Patrick Gross January 3, 2017 Additions [fs1], [ub1].

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