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The 1954 French flap:

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January 9, 1954, Hésingue, Haut-Rhin:

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

Summary:

The regional newspaper L'Alsace for January 15, 1954, reported that two pupils of the school of Hésingue told their teacher that they had just seen in the sky at great altitude a luminous object having the shape of a spindle, of a length of approximately 20 cm and moving without noise towards the south.

The newspaper said that very obviously, it was the same phenomenon reported the same day about the same hour in Bergheim and Lunéville.

Reports:

[Ref. la1:] "L'ALSACE" NEWSPAPER:

Two pupils of the school of Hésingue announced to their teacher that they had just seen in the sky at great altitude a luminous object having the shape of a spindle, of a length of approximately 20 cm and moving without noise towards the south. This is, very obviously, the same phenomenon announced the same day about the same hour in Bergheim and Lunéville.

[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.

Note:

Though they say that the thing was "just" seen, L'Alsace for January 15, 1954, must have been telling of the sighting on January 9, 1954, 6 days ago, as they also say in was at the same time than in Bergheim and Lunéville.

Explanations:

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

Keywords:

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

Hésingue, Haut-Rhin, children, multiple, spindle, luminous, high, silent

Sources:

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross October 1, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross January 9, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version.
1.1 Patrick Gross October 30, 2014 Additions of the Summary and the Note.

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