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January 9, 1954, Langres, Haute-Marne:

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

Reports:

[Ref. br1] "LA BOURGOGNE REPUBLICAINE" NEWSPAPER:

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WHAT WAS THIS STRANGE SKY WANDERER?

New testimonies on the passing of a
fiery bolide above our region

SOME OBSERVATIONS WOULD SEEM TO EXCLUDE
THE METEOR HYPOTHESIS. SO?...

(From our special correspondents)

-- Giant meteorite or "saucer"? The question remains open. In any case numerous witnesses choose the second hypothesis. In the Haute-Marne, in the Jura, and also in the region of Dijon, here is what they saw.

IN THE HAUTE-MARNE

The fiery bolide was seen in Montigny-le-Roy, where several people spotted it at approximately 7:45 a.m..

They gave a description identical to the others.

In Chaumont, a delivery man, Mr. Bourgeois and Mr. Thibaut to whom "appeared a luminous spot in the sky. I followed it with my eyes from 10 to 15 seconds before it disappeared. At its base I recognized the shape of a disc."

In Langres, employees of the Treasury, and Mr. Miche, city councilman and schoolmaster:

Having seen the object he called Mrs. Hanloc, service woman at the School, who had time to run to see an extremely luminous machine, followed by a thin brilliant trail.

IN THE COTE-D'OR

"Saturday morning a resident of Auxonne who circulated on the Bridge of France saw in direction of the North-East, a lengthened machine which moved towards the East.

At a certain time a part of the "cigar" which hitherto appeared of an orange yellow color went off then all light disappeared.

Our compatriot who observed this phenomenon during a few seconds, looked at the hour at once. It was 7:45 a.m.

Did other people see this phenomenon? Up to now, it was not allowed to us to obtain other information."

IN DOLE

At about 7:50 a.m. Saturday morning an entrepreneur of Dôle, Mr. Marcel Girard, was at the intersection of the avenue de la paix and boulevard Wilson.

Looking up, he distinguished in the sky a craft of a weird shape that moved fast in a direction eh said, from Mount Roland to Salins-le-Bains. So the craft crossed boulevard Wilson at about the level of the school.

The vision was very short. Mr. Girard estimates it at approximately three or four seconds; the machine having carried out a very clear deceleration above the Wilson boulevard, as if the occupants (?) intended to look at it more closely.

Here is how Mr. Girard describes the machine: "It is an object whose general form looks like a cigar whose point is of a dazzling blue color; on the other hand the lower part is of orange or red color as if there were sparks at the back: it moved at a very great speed but for lack of reference landmarks neither the speed of the machine nor its height could be evaluated.

First such measurements are very difficult to make even by technicians; then the light was very defective."

In addition an employee of the S.N.C.F. [National railway company], Mr. Maillot, who was on the "Pont de Mouchard" [bridge] saw the machine at the same moment.

In his opinion, it was an object of circular form, which would have moved at a height of 3000 m. (?) The machine moved without any noise and Mr. Maillot could follow it with his eyes during 4 seconds.

In LONS-LE-SAULNIER

Several residents of Lons-le-Saulnier told us that they were also visual witnesses of the strange phenomenon. That's how two people worthy of faith - a P.T.T. employee [Mail worker], and the young daughter of a tobacconist of the city, claim to us that they saw and observed with a quite understandable astonishment Saturday morning, at 07:50 a.m. exactly, a ball that seemed to move slowly at the vertical of the Pannessières Mounds.

"This machine, "a large tangerine" the girl told us, left behind it, at the moment of its acceleration, an enormous reddish plume."

Other information that came from La Marre, Mirebel, Crançot, corroborate all the more the claims of our Lons-le-Saulnier residents.

All the witnesses agree also to report the almost complete immobility of the machine during a few tens of seconds and its rapid start in direction of Switzerland.

WHAT TO CONCLUDE?

With all this information, that to conclude? Much information is still missing such as the exact hour of the passage, the direction of the object, its changes of pace and direction, to be affirmative one way or another.

Let us hope that readers would reveal to be precise observers, and we will communicate their remarks.

Til then, the mystery remains whole...

[Ref. jg1:] JIMMY GUIEU:

The author indicates that on January 9, 1954 an red of a fading red with greenish reflections was seen in Langres between 6 hours and 8 hours of the morning, according to the investigator Charles Garreau.

[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 a sighting of some sort occurred on January 9, 1954, at 07:45 A.M., from the city of Langres pr near to the city of Langres.

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

The authors indicate that the Dépêche du Berry for January 11, 1954 said of the case of Gémeaux at 7:21:

"Several people saw in the sky, during a few seconds, a red ball, surmounted of a triangle. The object, which came from the area of the Is-sur-Tille, passed without leaving of trace and was immobilized on the village before starting out again like a flash in direction of Til Chatel, to disappear at the horizon. About the same hour, the same phenomenon was observed in Neuvelle-les-Champlites and Langres."

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 testimonies coming from other countries.

[Ref. lg1] LOREN GROSS:

[... Other cases...]

France too.

Similarly, a UFO was reported wandering about over the countryside of France. The thing put on quite a show for two hours 6-8 a.m. on January 9th.

According to an investigator of the French civilian UFO group Ouranos, Charles Garreau, the sky object in question appeared first over the community of Luneville where it was seen glowing a brilliant scarlet. The same object was then over Nancy glowing yellow, and then above Montigny-le-Roy and two other towns, Langres and Gemeaux, where the object appeared red with green stripes. Finally, the thing was visible moving over Poligny showing a yellow-red color and leaving a blue trail behind it. Garreau makes no mention of the color of the UFO when it passed over two more towns but did say something about the object's maneuvers. As the thing sped over Chaumont it changed course while under observation, making a sharp turn and when arriving at Lons-le-Saulnier the thing hovered for a bit before speeding away leaving behind a huge red plume of smoke. Generally, the UFO's speed varied as did the altitude as indicated by witnesses statements, and the apparent size ranged from an orange to the full moon. 43.

[... Other cases...]

  • 43. Guieu, Jimmy. Flying Saucers Come From Another World, p.148.

"Celestial Phenomenon."

We have no date and time concerning the case, but there was a curious story in a Swiss paper dated January 10, 1954. The CIA collected the following clipping and translated it into English. It read:

"For a few seconds, inhabitants of Gemeaux, Cote d'Or Department, recently observed in the sky a red ball surmounted by a triangle. The phenomenon moved on without leaving a trail. The same observation was reported by several witnesses from Nouvelles-les-Champlitte [sic] and Langras. [sic]" 46.

[... Other cases...]

  • 46. Basel, Switzerland. National Zeitung. 11 January 54.

[Ref. go1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

Godelieve van Overmeire indicates that in 1954, on January 9, in France, in Chaumont, Montigny le Roy, Langres, Gemeaux, "7:45: In a few tens of seconds, at an altitude which seems relatively low to the witnesses, a fulgurating apparatus, with a capricious trajectory, vaguely adopting the form of a cigar, streaks through the beginning day with its intense light, red at thefront, clearer at the back, with greenish reflections forming a triangular beam. Mr. Thibault: 'But the more surprising is that I recognized a disc, that I distinguished by its lighter colour, at the bottom of the luminous spot, that is to say not at the head, but in the tail.' (Charles GARREAU: 'Alerte dans le ciel: le dossier des enlèvements' Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1981, p. 101,102)"

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that on January 9, 1954 in Langres in the Haute Marne at 07:45, there was an "Observation of a discoïdal object of a blinding fading red and greenish hue forming a triangular beam. Coming from the north east and leaving towards the south east."

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

Explanations:

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

Keywords:

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

Langres, Haute Marne, multiple, Miche, Hunion, craft, luminous, trail

Sources:

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross August 9, 2004 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross December 19, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [jg1], [lc1].
1.1 Patrick Gross January 10, 2010 Addition [go1].
1.2 Patrick Gross November 2, 2016 Addition of the article scan for [br1]. Addition [lg1].

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