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The 1954 French flap:

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January 9, 1954, Vittel, Vosges:

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

Reports:

[Ref. fd1:] FRANCOIS DIOLEZ:

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.

The catalogue indicates that on Saturday January 9, 1954 at approximately 07:50 or 07:55 local time, in Vittel, a sighting took place which was reported in an article of La Liberté de l'Est for January 13, 1954:

"EPINAL and VESOUL reported to have seen Saturday between 7.50 and 7.55 a flying saucer. However at the same time Mr. STOCK living on Avenue Poincaré observed one, the same one certainly whereas he opened his shutters. Of lengthened form and indefinable colour going from orange to purple without trail. All that corresponds well to what was seen in the 5 minutes interval. Is it a flying saucer?"

The author of the catalogue comments on that this is the entire article, following other articles, and he wonders and suspects that it could have been a different observation of the same phenomenon.

Explanations:

Meteor of January 9, 1954, or noctilucent cloud reported because of this meteor about which newspapers had suggested it was a flying saucer.

Keywords:

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

Vittel, Vosges, elongated, orange, purple, Stock, unique

Sources:

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross April 8, 2007 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross January 9, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version.

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