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October 4, 1954, Lanvollon, Côtes-d'Armor:

Reference for this case: 4-Oct-54-Lanvollon.
Please cite this reference in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


In the regional newspaper Le Nouveau Nord Maritime for October 8, 1954, there was a mention without any precision of a sighting at "Dieulanvallon (Côtes du Nord)."

In his 1958 book on the French wave of 1954, the pioneering ufologist Aimé Michel reported that on October 4, 1954, in Lanvollon in Brittany, a large number of people had observed at 8:30 p.m. a luminous disc in the sky; it "disappeared in the direction of the West".

Aimé Michel's version will be repeated several times, but without further information.




Martians are normal men:
they pet dogs...

Limoges, 7. -- A farmer from Chaleix (Dordogne), Mr. Garreau said on honor that he had seen a "flying soup tureen" land on his property. Mr. Garreau stated that two perfectly normal men, dressed in khaki overalls, got out, shook his hand, and spoke to him in an unknown language. Mr. Garreau, amazed, did not respond. The two men petted his dog and climbed back into their craft; which flew away silently at a dizzying pace.

At the place indicated by Mr. Garreau, it was found that the grass had been trampled.

... and have fun swinging...

La Rochelle, 7. -- A mason living on the Ile de Ré, Mr. Simonetti, said he saw a luminous sphere of 12 meters in diameter approximately which oscillated at about fifty meters from the ground.

The sphere, he said, turned red, turned blue, and rose vertically very quickly.

Two other residents of the Ré Island said they had witnessed the same phenomenon.

Two Parisians on vacation in the town of Mouchamps Mr. and Mrs Laroche, claimed to have seen, at nightfall, a incandescent sphere.

... and tear off the lawn

Dijon, 7. -- Mrs. Thérèse Fourneret, 23 years old, living in Poncey-sur-l'Ignon (Côte d'Or), saw, Monday evening, a craft land in a meadow not far from her home. She said that she was frightened and had been careful not to observe this phenomenon any longer and had taken refuge with neighbors. The gendarmerie revealed very clear traces on the ground at the indicated place. Clods of earth were allegedly torn off and thrown off on a four-meter radius.

Fantastic ray

Rouen, 7. -- Mr. Landrin, a water attendant in Duclair (Seine-Inférieur) who was walking with his wife, was blinded by a beam of light. When he opened his eyes, he said, he saw a ball that disappeared a few minutes later.

Things are flying...

Finally, saucers, cigars, discs, crowns, balls, lights, luminous streaks of various colors and all other objects were seen in Saint-Etienne, in several villages of the Eure et Loir, in Heyrieux (Isère), Dieulanvallon (Côtes du Nord), Ajort (Calvados) and in Biarritz.

A denial for
some observers

The flying saucer is not (always) a weather balloon

Melun, 7. -- Mr. E. Farnier, member of the Society of Civilian Engineers of France declares to have seen, above his property in Jouy-sur-Morin, a large disc of 8 to 10 meters in diameter "rotating on the spot letting red-purple gleams escape, with a hissing sound reminding a bit of the arrival of a jet plane. The craft was about 400 meters high and hovered more than 20 minutes above me, said Mr. Farnier, so I had the opportunity to examine it carefully. The craft then disappeared in the direction of Coulommier."

Mr. Farnier specifies: "Former commissioner of the Aero-Club of France, having served in aviation, I was not the victim of a hallucination and this machine was not a sounding balloon but a thick circular wing hovering on the spot and moving at very high speed gradually increasing its height."

[Ref. aml1:] AIME MICHEL:

French ufologist Aimé Michel reports that on October 4, 1954 in Lanvollon in Brittany, a great number of people observed at 08:30 P.M., a luminous disc in the sky, which disappeared in the direction of the West.

[Ref. gqy1:] GUY QUINCY:


October 4 [,1954]

08:30 p.m.: Lanvollon(C.-du-Nord:lum.obj. moving towards the W.

[Ref. ech1:] "L'ECHO":

In an insert following an article about UFO's, headlined "1954: the big UFO wave", the magazine indicates that "If one believes the testimonys collected by the ufologists on their websites the year 1954 was rich of "appearances"."

The magazine cites a few regional case, such as:

"Lanvollon, October 4, 1954, at 08:30 p.m."

"A large number of people observe a luminous disc in the sky, which disappeared in the direction of the West."

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan notes in his database that in the Côtes d'Armor in Lanvollon on October 4, 1954 at 20:30 hours, "a large number of people observed at 20:30 a luminous disc in the sky, which disappeared in the direction of the West."

Luc Chastan indicates as source: "M.O.C. by Michel Aimé ** Arthaud 1958".

[Ref. uda1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 4 October 1954 at 20:30 in Lanvollon, France, "An unidentified object was sighted, but with appearance and behavior that most likely would have a conventional explanation. One object was observed by a male witness for over one minute."

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); Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002".

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

This database recorded this case 3 times:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541004 04.10.1954 Lanvollon France 20.30
19541004 04.10.1954 Lanvollon France 20.30 NL
19541004 04.10.1954 Lanvollon France 20.30 NL



The information is obviously insufficient.


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

Lanvollon, Côtes-d'Armor, multiple, disc, luminous


[----] indicates sources that are not yet available to me.

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross August 26, 2004 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross March 16, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [lcn1], [uda1].
1.1 Patrick Gross January 19, 2017 Addition [ubk1].
1.2 Patrick Gross February 28, 2020 Addition [nnm1].
1.3 Patrick Gross March 25, 2022 Additions [gqy1], Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet."

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