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August 9, 1954, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône:

Reference number for this case: 9-Aug-54-Marseille. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Reports:

[Ref. lp1:] "LE PROVENCAL" NEWSPAPER:

[Caption of photograph:] Will the photograph communicated by Mr. Alyon overcome the skepticism of Marseille about the saucers?

A resident of Marseille has "photographed" saucers!

To the "flying saucers" and "flying Cigars" file, Marseille can add only one testimony, that of Mr. L. Alyon, 2, Colbert street, to whom we owe the photographic document illustrating this article.

We give below the report that Mr. Alyon communicated to us:

Observation a flying saucer and a cigar flying above Marseille.

Date of the observation: Monday, August 9, 1954.

Time: 07:30 p.m.

Location: Marseille.

Weather conditions: partial fog.

Direction: appearance: East; disappearance: West.

Color: in the beginning, dark, haloed, scintillating with the acceleration.

Approximate dimension: six times the cupola observed at the back of the photograph.

Approximate altitude: three times the height of the hills.

Approximate speed: normal at the beginning, supra-sonic at the departure.

Duration of the phenomenon: two minutes.

General description and observations: dark spherical craft, luminous in its periphery, joining a second cylindrical object being behind the fog, emitting a sort of luminous flickering, the saucer then made an sudden 45° turn towards the West and merged with the second object which disappeared at a supersonic speed in the cited direction."

Let's not offer any comment, we are not qualified!

Let us notice however that in the matter of "flying saucers", Mr. Alyon, though resident of Marseille, was much less favored than these two Norwegian girls (see "La Provence" for yesterday Thursday) who conversed with a pilot of an interplanetary apparatus. Ah! These people of the North! In Marseille, what d'you want? We're satisfied to formulate wishes when shooting stars rain. Eventually we would risk an observation but we are not "saucer-hiking" (yet).

L.-G. G.

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

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19540809 09.08.1954 Marseille France

Explanations:

Hoax.

An American ufologist suggested in might be a ship at sea as it can indeed be in another photograph from Marseille in 1954, but it is impossible in this photograph. The horizon is indicated by the building lines. This does not mean that there is no other possible commonplace explanation of this photograph:

The problem of photograph is that the photographer, Mr. "L. Alyons" or "Alyon" claimed to have photographed flying saucers on three more occasions:

On May 26, 1954, in Marseille;
On June 7, 1954, in Marseille;
On August 27, 1954 in Marseilleveyre.

There are thus all chances that the man simply repeatedly produced hoaxes.

Keywords:

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

Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, Alyon, photograph, sphere, cigar, halation, flickering, manoeuvers, day, fog, weather, cylindrical, turn, fast, L. Alyons, J. Ates, Alyon

Sources:

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross April 20, 2006 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross January 6, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version.
1.1 Patrick Gross November 20, 2016 Addition [ub1].

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