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October 7, 1954, Plozevet, Finistère:

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

Summary:

The press of the time seems to have mixed two observations, and the ufologists then did the same:

On the night of October 6 to 7, 1954, or rather early in the morning of October 7, 1954, fishermen said to be from Plozevet, had seen, from several boats at sea, "an orange luminous spot surrounded by "a dense smoke" in the sky on the side of the earth - according to Aimé Michel and Jacques Vallée who would say France-Soir for October 9, 1954, is the source.

This was mixed with a next day sighting October 8, 1954 from Poulhan (not Plozevet).

Reports:

[Ref. lln1:] "LE LORRAIN" NEWSPAPER:

Scan

THE "FLYING SAUCERS"

Pose many puzzles

NOW, CARS STOP

PARIS. - The "flying saucers" continue.

They are reported everywhere. And now, they are mingling to stop the engines.

In Le Mans a milk collector, Mr. Alexandre Tremblais, who was riding his truck on the small road near Saint-Jean-d'Assé (the Sarthe), suddenly noticed that the engine of his vehicle stopped and that the headlights extinguished.

M. Tremblais got out of his truck to see a red and blue luminous cigar, one meter long, disappearing on the horizon. A few minutes later, the engine started again and the headlights functioned again.

In Nancy, a true skeptic, Mr. Georges Bou, a 30-year-old driver at Sarrebruk [sic, Sarrebourg], was traveling on National Road 3 between Morsbach and Forbach when he saw a thick wide shadow blocking the road. He stopped, got out of his cabin, thinking of an accident. But he realized that he was stopped by a saucer. It was nine meters in diameter and about four meters high. It was illuminated by several light beams directed towards the ground.

The driver approached the strange device. Suddenly, the latter took off vertically, marked a pause at ten meters, then moved away very quickly.

The gendarmerie Captain Bohler went to the scene today with Mr. Bou. But he could not find any traces.

In the Island of Ré, Mr. Simonnetti said he saw a luminous sphere about 12 meters in diameter, which oscillated about fifty meters from the ground.

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

Two other residents and two Parisians on vacation have confirmed.

At Duclair (Seine-Inf.), Mr. Landrin, a water attendant who was walking with his wife, was blinded by a light beam. When he opened his eyes, he said, he saw a ball disappear a few minutes later.

- Near Reims, a mechanic of the Panhard factories, Mr. Joseph Roy, 30, saw near the Isles-sur-Suippe a cigar posed on the ground, resembling according to his description to that of Marignane. Witnesses around have confirmed.

At la Montagne-de-Béruges (the Vienne), a farmer, Mr. Edouard Thébault, observed in his field an enormous luminous machine.

A few minutes later the craft was extinguished and a huge headlight swept the road, and when the witness returned with his father he had fetched, everything had disappeared.

- Several fishermen and the whole family of a fish dealer saw in the sky, in Plozevet (Finistère), a bright glow surrounded by dense smoke. This gleam, at first motionless, came towards them at an altitude of about ten meters. It had the appearance of an orange sphere.

- A whistling machine, gray in color, stood for a moment about 100 meters from Chassevreuil (Indre). The craft went off at a brisk pace, leaving behind it like a fog.

In the same commune, a young man saw a luminous red-orange machine that moved in a north-south direction.

- An aluminum half-spherical dome, illuminated inside, which was about three meters from the road and one meter from the ground, was seen in Jettingen (Haut-Rhin) by Mr. René Ott, an employee of the S.N.C.F. [national railyway company]. Frightened, Mr. Ott fled. He had, however, had the time to notice that a door was opening in the apparatus. The latter moved above him for a distance of 800 meters before disappearing. The gendarmes found no trace.

- A silent machine, moving like a spinning top, was seen in Calais, above the municipal theater, by a peacekeeper, a hairdresser, a taxi driver and a butcher. It moved away towards the sea.

- A flying saucer rising noiselessly vertically was seen at Vigneux (Seine-et-Oise) by Mr. Marais yesterday at 9 p.m.. It was luminous and had portholes.

THE EXPLODED SAUCER OF SAINT-VALERY-SUR-SOMME WAS ONLY A SOUNDING-BALLOON OF THE R.A.F.

ABBEVILLE. "Another false saucer!" The mysterious craft which broke out in the Picardy sky, and whose debris was scattered in a pasture at Boismont, near Saint-Valery-sur-Somme, was but a balloon.

The inhabitants of the region, fearing the famous "paralyzing" green ray, dared not approach the debris. Only Mr. Raymond Boucher, a sugar worker, had the courage to come and contemplate the saucer. It was more simply a balloon used by the meteorological services of the Royal Air Force which, by touching the ground, had burst noisily.

VIENNA. - Thousands of people saw yesterday a formation of flying saucers above Ried, flying from east to west.

THE OPINION OF A SCIENTIST

Asked about cars that stop, said:

- saucers or not saucers, it is necessary to consider as true the information that arrives at this moment. With regard to the sudden stop of engines at the passage of these craft, we must admit the presence and action of unknown rays. This does not mean that these rays have an extraterrestrial origin. Do you remember that famous Z ray, which was talked about so much before the last war? During the hostilities, the belligerents further perfected the process. I saw personally, some fifteen years ago, experiments in laboratories where electric rays ignited at distances of a few meters paper or other combustible materials.

[Ref. aml1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel discusses alleged alignements of sighting fo October 7, I954, and notes among those cases:

4. PLOZEVET: Sharp gleam, dense smoke - (France-Soir for 10/9/54).

[Ref. aml2:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel indicates that in the night from October 6th to October 7th, 1954, in Plozevet, a small village of the department of Finistère at the end of Brittany, several fishing ships which crossed at sea saw "an orange luminous spot surrounded by a dense smoke" in the sky on the side of the land.

Initially motionless, the spot crossed the horizon and disappeared towards the south-east.

A family of fishmongers of the village of Plozevet saw the same thing and said that the object descended very low, perhaps down to ten meters above the ground, before disappearing.

[Ref. mcs1:] MICHEL CARROUGES:

Michel Carrouges indicates that among the luminous saucers observed in 1954 in France, there was the red luminous spot surrounded by a dense smoke observed in Plozevet, according to Aimé Michel, page 237.

[Ref. jve1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

259 004.42322 47.80800 07 10 1954 02 00 1 (PLOZEVET-FINISTERE) F 0016 C 237

[Ref. jve2:] JACQUES VALLEE:

204) October 7, 1954, early morning. Plozevet (France):

The crew of several fishing boats saw a luminous, orange-colored object over the coast, apparently surrounded by dense smoke. Villagers saw the same object and stated independently that it came within 10 m of the ground, then flew away to the southeast. (P. 42, M. 140).

[Ref. jve4:] JACQUES VALLEE:

The author indicates that on October 7, 1954, in Plozevet in the Finistere, the crews of several fishing boats saw a luminous spot of orange color, in the sky above the city. It seemed surrounded by a dense smoke. According to the Villagers also who saw the object, it went down at approximately 10 meters above ground-level, then moved away towards the south-east.

[Ref. jve3:] JACQUES VALLEE:

October 7, 1954, early, Plozevet (France):

The crew of several fishing boats saw a luminous, orange-colored object over the coast, apparently surrounded by dense smoke. Villagers saw the same object and stated independently that it came within 10 m of the ground, then flew away to the southeast. (France-Soir, Oct. 9. 1954).

[Ref. bbr1:] GERARD BARTHEL AND JACQUES BRUCKER:

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

"Plozevet -29 - about 2 o'clock: no investigation. Description of a meteor passage.

[Ref. bbr2:] GERARD BARTHEL AND JACQUES BRUCKER:

For the day of October 7, Aimé Michel noted among others, two alignments: Hennezis-Montlevicq-Bompas and Plozevet-Montlevicq-Beauvoir; which was conform to the theory of the star-shaped networks.

That is to say: in the center of the stars that appeared by the crossing of several orthotenic lines, always appeared a cigar or a sphere of clouds. It is so here, with the observation of Montlévicq, sometimes recorded at Saint Plantaire (Indre).

Let's go back to the first line: Hennezis, no credibility at all anymore; Bompas doubts on the date, Jacques Vallée gives October 7, the "Figaro" for October 13gives the 9th, Quincy says it is in the night from the 7th to the 8th. As of the second one: Plozevet recorded by Quincy at about 0 o'clock, investigation is impossible; Beauvoir, the weather balloon cannot be excluded. These two alignments intersect over the department of the Indre. So we find here the observation noticed by Aimé Michel. Only here, on the admission of a witness, the affair is a hoax. Aimé Michel was right, in the center of a network one always observes a cigar of clouds or a sphere... devoid of any interest.

[Ref. fru1:] MICHEL FIGUET AND JEAN-LOUIS RUCHON:

The two authors and ufologists indicate that on October 7, 1954 early the morning, in Plozevet in the department of the Finistère, an object is observed by the crews of several fishing boats above the coast.

It is luminous of orange color, and is apparently surrounded by a dense smoke.

The villagers of Plozevet see the same object and declare that it had approached within approximately ten meters of the ground then flew away towards south-east.

They indicate the sources as France Soir for October 9, 1954, and the Vallée catalogue.

[Ref. lgs1:] LOREN GROSS:

October 7th. Plozevet, France, (pas d'heure conue. Early morning?)

A smoky, glowing, orange-colored, object appeared in the sky near the coastal village of Plozevet. Villagers claimed the UFO at one time dipped to an altitude of only 30 feet before moving away to the southeast. Numerous fishermen at sea also witnessed the phenomenon. 65.

  • 64. France-Soir. 10 October 54.
  • 65. Ibid.

[Ref. lhh1:] LARRY HATCH - "*U* COMPUTER DATABASE":

4003: 1954/10/07 06:00 44 4:28:00 W 47:56:00 N 3332 WEU FRN FNS 7:8

off PLOZEVET,FR:SVRL BOAT CREWS:ORG SCR HVRS IN SMOKE/HOURS:LITE BEAM:>>SE:/r8

Ref# 30 FIGEUT[sic]&RUCHON: OVNI: Le 1er Dossier Page No. 131 : OFFSHORE

[Ref. goe1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

The Belgian ufologist indicates that on October 7, 1954, in Plozevet, "Very early in the morning the crews of several fishing boats saw a luminous object of orange color above the coast, apparently surrounded by a dense smoke. The villagers saw the same object and stated that it had approached at approximately 10 m of the ground then had flown away towards the south-east."

She indicates that the source is "Jacques Vallée: 'Chronique des apparitions ET' - DENOEL 1972 - J'AI LU COLL. - p. 270".

[Ref. djn1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

1954 - Plozevet, France. October 7. Early in the day the crew of several fishing boats at sea saw a luminous, orange-colored object over the coast, apparently surrounded by dense smoke. Villagers in Plozevet saw the same object and stated independently that it came within 10 meters of the ground, then flew away to the southeast. (Sources: France-Soir, October 9, 1954; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia, p. 219; Michel Figeut & Jean-Louis Ruchon, OVNI: Le premier dossier complet des rencontres rapprochees en France, p. 131).

[Ref. jbu1:] JEROME BEAU:

Thursday, October 7, 1954

[...]

Early in the morning in Plozevet (France), the crews of several fishing boats see 1 luminous object of orange color above the coast, apparently surrounded by a dense smoke. The villagers see the same object and see it approaching to approximately 10 m the ground then fly away towards the south-east.

[...]

Jérôme Beau indicates that his source is "France Soir, 9 October 1954".

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that the Finistère in Plozévet on October 7, 1954, at an unknown hour, "Early in the morning an object is observed by the crews of several fishing boats above the coast. It is luminous of orange color, is apparently surrounded by a dense smoke. The villagers of Plozevet see the same object and declare that it had approached within approximately ten meters of the ground then flew away towards the south-east."

Luc Chastan indicates that the source is "Ovni, Premier dossier complet... par Figuet M./ Ruchon J.L. ** éd. Alain Lefeuvre 1979".

[Ref. uda1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 7 October 1954 at 08:00 in Plozevet, France, "A luminous, orange-colored object was seen over the coast." "Plozevet, France . Early in the day the crew of several fishing boats at sea saw a luminous, orange-colored object over the coast, apparently surrounded by dense smoke. Villagers in Plozevet saw the same object and stated independently that it came within 10 meters of the ground, then flew away to the southeast."

The website adds: "The crew of several fishing boats saw a luminous, orange-colored object over the coast, apparently surrounded by dense smoke. Villagers saw the same object and stated independently that it came within ten meters of the ground, then flew away to the southeast."

And: "Objects were sighted by multiple independent witnesses that had an appearance and aerobatic performance beyond the capability of known earthly aircraft."

And: "Three orange balls were observed by six witnesses on the ocean."

The sources are indicated to be Michel, Aime, Flying Saucers and the Straight-Line Mystery, S. G. Phillips, New York, 1958; Bowen, Charles, The Humanoids: FSR Special Edition No. 1, FSR, London, 1966; 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); Vallee, Jacques, A Century of Landings (N = 923), (in JVallee04), Chicago, 1969; Schoenherr, Luis, Computerized Catalog (N = 3173); Newspaper Clippings; Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002.

[Ref. nip1:] "THE NICAP WEBSITE":

*Oct. 7, 1954 - Plozevet, France. Early in the day the crew of several fishing boats at sea saw a luminous, orange-colored object over the coast, apparently surrounded by dense smoke. Villagers in Plozevet saw the same object and stated independently that it came within 10 meters of the ground, then flew away to the southeast. (Sources: France-Soir, October 9, 1954; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 219, case # 204; Michel Figuet & Jean-Louis Ruchon, OVNI: Le premier dossier complet des rencontres rapprochees en France, p. 131).

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

This database recorded this case 7 times:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541006 06.10.1954 Plozevet France 24.00
19541006 06.10.1954 Plozevet France Night NL
19541007 07.10.1954 Plozevet France 02.00
19541007 07.10.1954 Plozevet France Vormittags CE I
19541007 07.10.1954 Plozevet France
19541007 07.10.1954 Plozevet France CE II
19541007 07.10.1954 Plozevet France

[Ref. voi1:] "ARCHIVES VIGIE OVNI 29":

Plozevet ( 29 710 ), 07 October 1954, Tôt le matin ...

Testimony nr. FR 29 710 1954 10 07 .. ..

Available documents:

[Ref. prn2:] PETER ROGERSON - "INTCAT":

October 7 1954. Early.

PLOZEVET (FINISTERE : FRANCE)

The crews of several fishing vessels saw in the sky, towards the land, a spot of orange coloured light, surrounded by a cloud of dense smoke, which hovered then rapidly crossed the sky, disappearing in the south east. In the village, a fisherman's family observed the same object descending perhaps as low as 10m before disappearing.

Michel 1958b p138

Vallee Case 204 citing France Soir 10 [sic] October 1954.

Explanations:

Above: Poulhan is at about 2 km in straight line from Plozevet.

Technically, this case should be called "Poulhan", the harbor, and not Plozevet; I keep Plozevet to facilitate the searches.

There was obviously a mixture, in the Press of the time, and therefore in the UFO literature: this case in the night of October 6 to 7, 1954 or "early morning" of October 7, 1954, said of "Plozevet" (the witnesses were actually fishermen at sea) and the sighting in Poulhan of October 8, 1954, not October 7.

Keywords:

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

Plozevet, Finistère, coast, object, luminous, orange, smoke, landing, multiple

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross April 3, 2003 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross May 6, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [goe1], [jbu1], [lcn1], [uda1].
1.1 Patrick Gross June 24, 2010 Addition [jve1].
1.2 Patrick Gross October 7, 2014 Addition [nip1].
1.3 Patrick Gross December 18, 2016 Additions [lgs1], [ubk1].
1.4 Patrick Gross January 23, 2017 Addition [lln1].
1.5 Patrick Gross February 7, 2017 Addition [voi1].
1.6 Patrick Gross August 14, 2019 Additions [aml1], [bbr2], [lhh1], [prn2].

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