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October 9, 1954, Dammartin-en-GoŽle, Seine-et-Marne:

Reference number for this case: 9-Oct-54-Dammartin-en-GoŽle. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

In articles of the 1950s and 1960s, ufologist Aimť Michel presented the case of Cuisy on October 9, 1954; and he indicated that the object seen at Cuisy had left the Cuisy area in a southwesterly direction, and therefore had to cross Route Rationale 2 at rush hour.

He said he had learned that a mysterious celestial object had actually crossed the road, "which was apparently at the origin of a series of engine failures that caused a big traffic jam south of Dammartin-en-Goele. A number of motorists had seen the celestial object."

Reports:

[Ref. aml3:] AIME MICHEL:

[...] For the public, I do not say in his majority, but really in its unanimity, including almost the totality of the witnesses, refused to believe in the flying saucers.

"- I do not know what your nuts tell you, told me for example a mechanic whose car had been stopped, engine blocked and headlights extinguished, on a small road close to Dammartin-en-GoŽle, and, I, I do not buy these cock-and-bull stories." [...]

[Ref. lgs1:] LOREN GROSS:

Michel ended his interview and reflected on the men's testimony. If the object had left the Cuisy area in a southwest direction, it must have passed over National Road No.2 (a superhighway) during the rush hour. Why hadn't others seen the sky object? Michel learned that a mysterious sky object had crossed the highway, apparently the cause of a rash of engine failures that produced a big traffic jam just south of Dammartin-en-Goele. A number of the motorists had sighted the sky object. Furthermore, west of the highway close to the town of Dreux, some hunters had viewed a "vaguely luminous mass" in the sky moving slowly toward the southwest. 96.

The source "96" is noted: "Michel, Aime. "Flying Saucers in Europe - or Delusions?" Fate, January 1958. pp.74-75."

Explanations:

Dammartin-en-GoŽle is 7 km west-northwest of Cuisy. Dreux and Chartes are about 100 km away:

Aimť Michel has unfortunately poorly documented this observation; he only mentioned it as a confirmation of that of Cuisy, like that of an object next seen near Dreux.

The information is therefore insufficient to allow an accurate assessment of this observation.

Keywords:

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

Dammartin-en-GoŽle, Seine-et-Marne, mechanic, car, anonymous, single, stop, failure, headlights, extinguished

Sources:

[----] indicates sources which I have not yet checked.

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross June 20, 2010 First published.
1.0a Patrick Gross October 13, 2014 I checked whether new information of new mentions of the case surfaced but found nothing. Explanation changed from "Not looked for yet" to "Unidentified, insufficient data."
1.1 Patrick Gross November 12, 2019 Additions [lgs1], Summary. Date changed from "1954" to "October 9, 1954". Explanations changed, were "Unidentified, insufficient data."

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