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The 1954 French flap:

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January 9, 1954, Gray, Haute-Saône:

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

Summary:

The newspaper La République for January 12, 1954 indicated among other observations of January 9, 1954, that in Gray, several people saw clearly, in the sky, a kind of orange red ball that raced across the horizon towards Switzerland.

This was of course the meteor of January 9, 1954 at 07:48 a.m.

Reports:

[Ref. lr1:] NEWSPAPER "LA REPUBLIQUE":

[...]

In Gray, several people distinctly saw, in the sky, a kind of red orange ball which crossed the horizon in the direction of Switzerland.

[...]

[Ref. bb1:] GERARD BARTHEL AND JACQUES BRUCKER:

The authors give two sketches, the one on the left is the trip of the flying saucer according to Charles Garreau, the one on the right is the trajectory of the meteor according to them:

The authors fustigate [rightly] the ufologists who like Charles Garreau took the hours of observations given in the newspapers literally [as if people were then provided with stop watches! These hours are generally only approximations made a posteriori] and then believed in a complicated flying saucer travel where a meteor had actually passed.

Barthel and Brucker specify that the North-West to South-East trajectory of the meteor of 7:50 is confirmed by testimonys coming from other countries.

Explanations:

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

Keywords:

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

Gray, Haute-Saône, multiple, red, orange, ball

Sources:

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross October 9, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross January 10, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version.
1.2 Patrick Gross 26 janvier 2019 Addition of the Summary.

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