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The 1954 French flap:

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January 9, 1954, Dijon, Côte-d'Or:

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

Summary:

According to a ufology catalog of 1987, the regional newspaper Le Bien Public, of Dijon, reported on January 13, 1954, an observation in Dijon at 07:45 a.m.

This catalog, also citing Charles Garreau and Jimmy Guieu as sources, indicates that "Miss X saw a huge star, as big as an orange racing north-south, followed by a luminous tail and not very high in the sky."

The observation was reportedly be mentioned in the newspaper La Bourgogne Républicaine also for January 13, 1954.

A map by Charles Garreau in 1954 shows an observation of some sort for January 9, 1954, at 07:45 a.m., in or near Dijon.

This was, obviously, the big meteor seen all over the area at this date and time. But although the reasoned explanation was given in 1979 by the "skeptical" ufologists Gérard Barthel and Jacques Brucker, some continued to present without further information this observation as that of an unexplained "object".

Reports:

[Ref. cg1:] CHARLES GARREAU:

French journalist and pioneer of French ufology Charles Garreau drew the map underneath to plot sightings which all occurred on January 9, 1954, between 06:15 A.M. and 7:50 A.M. in the East of France.

Though no narrative is joined, it is visible on the map that according to Charles Garreau a sighting of some sort occurred on January 9, 1954, at 07:45 a.m., at or near the city of Dijon.

[Ref. vi2:] "VIMANA 21" UFOLOGY BULLETIN:

THE METEORS

[...Other cases...]

JANUARY 9, 1954

The aerial object that flew over the Côte d'Or left the door open to various assumptions: meteor, balloon, jet plane or saucer, according to the newspapers! The witnesses describe it as an object at the speed of a (Burgundian) snail, then as a fireball describing an extraordinary journey: Nancy, Neuvelle les Champlittes, Chaumont, Langres, Gemeaux, Besançon. It was reportedly also seen in Dijon, Oisilly and Auxonne. It was also described as a reddish trail or yellow disk, depending on its speed and angle of observation (ref. 21)

[...Other cases...]

The source "ref. 21" is indicated further on, as "21 - Bourgogne Républicaine for 1/13/54, Mystérieux objets célestes by Aimée [sic] Michel, page 96 to 99 -"

[Ref. vi1:] "VIMANA 21" UFOLOGY BULLETIN:

54 01 09 / DIJON / 7:50 / NL / P /

Miss X saw a huge star, large like an orange that rushed North-South. It was followed by a luminous tail and was not very high in the sky.

(Source: Alerte dans le ciel, Ch.Garreau, p.101 à 103 -
J. Guieu (Les S.V. Viennent d'un autre monde) -
Bien Public: 13.1.54)

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Côte d'or à Dijon on January 9, 1954, at 07:45 "Observation of a red object towards the north whose trajectory is directed north west south east."

The source is indicated as "Les soucoupes volantes viennent d'un autre monde by Guieu Jimmy ** Fleuve Noir 1954".

[Jimmy Guieu told nothing about that sighting, he only reproduced Charles Garreau's map ([cg1]).]

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 26 January 1954 at 04:50 in Dijon, France, "One object was observed by 11 witnesses (Guyennot)."

The sources are said to be "Poher, Claude, Etudes Statistiques Portant sur 1000 Temoignag, Author, undated" and "Schoenherr, Luis, Computerized Catalog (N = 3173)".

Explanations:

The January 9, 1954, 07:48 a.m. meteor.

Keywords:

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

Dijon, Côte-d'Or, night, multiple, luminous, lengthened, orange, trail, clouds, beam, purple, intense, light

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross August 9, 2004 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross January 10, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Addition [lc1].
1.2 Patrick Gross January 25, 2019 Additions [vi2], [vi1], Summary.

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