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January 9, 1954, Epinal, Vosges:

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



F. Diolez of the French ufology group CNEGU set up a catalogue of cases in the Vosges, in November 1984, with the help of ufologist François Lagarde.

This catalogue indicates that in Epinal, on Saturday, January 9, 1954 at 07:50 local time, the following observation took place, by several people including Mr. Antoine, a principal employee of the SNCF, according to an article of La Liberté de l'Est for January 12, 1954, indicating:

"Mr. ANTOINE saw as he arrived on Baudoin square a kind of aerolite (Mr. ANTOINE did not want to use the term saucer) in the shape of a cigar or rather of a fish, which is not so different in the aspect, this "fish" ended in a luminous tail of a green color but very pale."

"The 'saucer' followed indeed the same direction specified by a resident of the Doubs and went from Northwest towards the South-east. The saucer was visible for all the people who were there during three second maximum, then it disappeared in a small cloud".

The writer of the catalogue indicates that it is an extract of the article, that followed articles of the beginning of January.

He comments on that "contrary to the witness, note that the newspaper likes the saucer."


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


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

Epinal, Vosges, Antoine, aerolite, cigar, fish, tail, luminous, green, pale, duration, multiple


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