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October 7, 1954, Bourbel, Lot-et-Garonne:

Reference number for this case: 7-Oct-54-Bournel. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


[Ref. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

French ufologist Aimé Michel reports that on October 7, 1954, in Bournel, Messrs Quinaud and Lasserre, topographers, made measurements on the ground for a blueprint when they became the two witnesses of the sighting described as follows:

"A machine of circular shape, evolving silently in the sky while throwing red and green gleams. It went down to an altitude of 200 meters, then disappeared in a few seconds in an extraordinary acceleration."


252 -000.99351 44.62020 07 10 1954 BOURNEL F 3012 C** 242


The two authors note this case of October 7, 1954:

"Bournel - 47 - morning: investigation. the witness specified to us: luminous phenomenon, fast and of no importance, very exaggerated by the Press.

[Ref. lg1:] LOREN GROSS:

7 October. Bournel, France. (no time)

Descended as low as 600 feet.

Michel wrote:

" ... a sighting with no appreciable deviation was recorded at Burnel, some 30 miles northeast of Montpezat. The two witnesses, MM. Quinaud and Lasserre, were topgraphers, on their way to a surveying job. They saw 'a circular object maneuvering silently in the sky, and emitting red and green lights. It descended as low as 600 feet, then disappeared in a matter of seconds in a prodigious burst of acceleration." (xx.)

(xx.) Michel, Aime. Flying Saucers and the Straight-Line Mystery. p.144.

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Lot et Garonne in Bournel on October 7, 1954, at an unknown hour, "Two witnesses, topographers, made measurements on the ground for a plan when they made the observation described as follows: 'a craft of circular form, moving silently in the sky by throwing red and green gleams. It went down to an altitude of 200 meters, then disappeared in some seconds in an extraordinary acceleration.'"

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

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 7 October 1954 at 06:00 in Bournel, France, "An unusual object was sighted, that had unconventional appearance and performance. One object was observed by two witnesses on a farm (Quinaud)."

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 4 times:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541007 07.10.1954 Bournel France Daytime DD
19541007 07.10.1954 Bournel France CE II
19541007 07.10.1954 Bournel France CE II
19541007 07.10.1954 Bournel France


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

Bournel, Lot-et-Garonne, Quinaud, Lasserre, topographers, multiple, circular, round, machine, craft, low, silent, green, red, gleams, light, fast, speed


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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross June 29, 2004 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross May 1, 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 October 7, 2014 Addition [lg1].
1.3 Patrick Gross February 20, 2017 Addition [ub1].

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