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April 1954, Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, Côte-d'Or:

Reference number for this case: Apr-54-Flavigny-sur-Ozerain. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.



Moving observation in April 1954

But, by a letter of May 6, 1966, Mr. Hervé Marec, to whom we announced the incident of Bolazec and which cooperates in a friendly way with us, taught us that following the article on Bolazec, published by "Noir et Blanc", this magazine had received from a reader of the Côte-d'Or a letter in which this person affirmed to have seen in April 1954 a square saucer. Mr. Hervé Marec readily authorized us to reproduce this letter that he had obligingly communicated us. It is, as one will see, a rather astonishing document:

"4-5-66 Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, Côte d'Or"


"I send these lines to you to tell you my surprise by reading your N.1094 of "Noir et Blanc" for February 1966."

"The flying saucer of Brittany is not an innovation, for in April 1954, my husband and myself, while returning towards 5 p.m. of a botanical excursion, were very surprised, and almost terrified, whereas the sky were very clear, very calm weather and nobody in the countryside above the mountain, within 500 meters of the first farm of the village."

"I was about 8 meters in front of my husband, and suddenly, without having seen or heard anything, a true railroad crash."

"I turn myself back and I see my husband under an enormous square mass of iron stopped 3 meters above him. As I was a little ahead, I saw very well lines of iron, and no wheels, no window - it is true that it was broad daylight, I did not have time to say a word to my husband that all was already disappeared, without any noise, and not more visible than when it came upon us."

"It was the day, we were less afraid than if it had happened in the night. Please believe that we were quite shaken."

"Then, as the file of the flying saucers had remained opened, I believed I did well in telling you about the thing. Now I am the only one to have seen this thing, for my husband died 5 years ago, but my children were informed and, as soon as they saw your article, I received the issue and I recognized very well the thing of 12 years ago, it is exactly similar."

"If my letter importunes you, I apologize... on next June 15, I will enter my 80 years."

"with my best regards."

"Mrs Georges Desplantes, Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, Côte d'Or."

There is no reason to doubt the testimony of Mrs. Desplantes who deserves warmly to be thanked for the spontaneous contribution that she brings to a difficult research. She recognizes in the saucer of Bolazec the object that she and her husband saw. One can note however a difference: the "saucer" of Mrs. Desplantes made a violent noise, whereas that of Mr. Coquil remained strangely silent. But Mrs. Desplantes still tells us that, having appeared noisily, her saucer disappeared silently, which gives reason for thinking that this saucer could be completely similar to that of Bolazec.



From Phénomènes Spatiaux (Paris), No. 8 (June 1966),
page 15

(Translation from French) (Precis)

Flavigny sur-Ozerain,
Cote d'Or
May 4, 1966

Dear Sir,

In April 1954, my husband and I were coming home at about 5.00 p.m. from a botanical outing in the mountains. The sky was very clear, and the weather fine and calm, and there was nobody to be seen anywhere around, up there, at a spot some 500 meters from the nearest house, the first farm in the village. I was walking about eight metres in front of my husband. We had neither seen nor heard the slightest thing when, to our very great surprise and, indeed, fear, we heard a noise just like a train being derailed.

I looked back, and saw that my husband was beneath an enormous square iron mass, stationary just three metres above his head. I saw no windows, no wheels, but iron ridges... And it was broad daylight. I didn't have time to utter a word to my husband, and then suddenly it had vanished, and there was nothing more to be seen.

Had it been night time and not broad daylight, I can tell you we would have been even more scared. And, I beg you to believe me, it fairly shook us both up...

Yours sincerely,

Mme. Georges Desplantes


In 1968-1969, before the official GEPAN ufology effort started, its future head Dr. Claude Poher was a member of the unofficial GEPA ufology group, and gathered a computer coded listing of more than 700 UFO reports on which multiple factors statistical computation could be run. In the file were a number of 1954 French UFO reports, among those this one.

For readability, a decoded interpretation of the data is provided here under the original 80 character encoded string. Decoding was done according to the original indications, the code number and its generic meaning is given. Please not that the generic meaning of each code is a predefined category, not the real specific details of the case. For example, if the main witness' age was 33, the coding would result in a number "3" which corresponds to a category "Adult from 21 to 59 years."

Original code:0143080004195417001IA2108001010017AA0A000010089000000000000000000000000000010000
Location:Flavigny sur Ozerain (Côte-d'Or) - France
Case number:0143
Source code:08
Nature of the source:GEPA Bulletin 08
Type of Time:1 = local time
Number of witnesses:2 = 2
Main witness named:1 = name(s) indicated
Main witness age:0 = no indication
Main witness occupation:8 = researchers, professors, meteorologists
Official investigation:0 = no indication
Weather:1 = beautiful weather, clear sky, no clouds
Duration:0 = no indication
Minimal distance witness - phenomenon:1 = lower than 10 meters
Method of observation:0 = no indication
Number of "objects" observed simultaneously:01 = 1
Shape of the "object" (terminology of witness(es)):A = a dot, star, "big planet"
Dimensions of the phenomenon:AA =
Color of the observed phenomenon:00 = no indication
Luminosity of the phenomenon:0 = no indication
Lights or projectors on the phenomenon:0 = no indication
Moving speed of the phenomenon:1 = motionless
Acceleration of the phenomenon:0 = no indication
Trajectory of the phenomenon:0 = no indication
Sounds perceived during observation:8 = Various generally heavy noises
Maximum angular height of observation (horizon = 0°):9 = "seen on ground" or "close to the ground"
Nature of the landing place:0 = no indication
Number of contact points with ground:0 = no indication
Traces of landing:0 = no indication
Observation of "occupants":0 = no indication
Height of the occupants observed:00 = no indication
Garment of the occupants:00 = no indication
Garment:0 = no indication
General behavior of "occupants":0 = no indication
Interaction of "occupants" with witness:0 = no indication
Head, hair:0 = no indication
Voice, breathing, chin:0 = no indication
Skin:0 = no indication
Eyes:0 = no indication
Mouth:0 = no indication
Various details:0 = no indication
Thermal effects:0 = no indication
Luminous effects:0 = no indication
Magnetic effect (or electromagnetic):0 = no indication
Odor perceived by witness:0 = no indication
Physiological effects on the witness(es):0 = no indication
Psychological effect on the witness(es):0 = no indication
Effects on animals:0 = no indication
Other effects reported:0 = no indication
Nebulosity:0 = no indication
Oscillations, emission of matter:0 = no indication
Spin, formation flight:0 = no indication
Immediate disappearance:1 = "sudden" appearance or disappearance. (NB : with or without explosion noise).
Halo surrounding the phenomenon:0 = no indication
Interaction witness / phenomenon (complement to the other rubrics):0 = no indication
Drawing or photo:0 = no indication
Structural details observed:0 = no indication

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the "Côte d'or" in Flavigny sur Ozerain in April 1954 at 17:00, "Two witnesses of scientific formation, observed at a distance of less than ten meters an object in the form of a huge right-angled parallelepiped. It was motionless on the level of the ground making rather strong noises."

The source is indicated as "Les Universons by Poher Claude **".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that in April 1954 at 17:00 in "Flavigny.Ozerain", France, "One object was observed by two witnesses (Desplantes)."

The sources are indicated as "Poher, Claude, Etudes Statistiques Portant sur 1000 Temoignag, Author, undated" and "GEPA, Phenomenes Spatiaux".

[Ref. jb1:] JEROME BEAU:

In broad daylight Near Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, a couple, on botanical tour, meets a huge square and metallic mass which stands 1 s above their heads before vanishing (12).

(12) Marey, George: "Dans notre ciel et sur notre sol" in "Soucoupes Volantes", Forces Aériennes Françaises (revue Mensuelle de l'Armée de l'Air) #245, March 1968.

[Ref. ub1:] "UFO-DATENBANK":

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19540400 00.04.1954 Flavigny Ozerain France 17.00
19540400 00.04.1954 Flavigny Ozerain France 17.00


Not looked for yet.

This is only a letter, with apparently no effort to investigate the author.

It sounds a bit "fishy" that the couple on botanic tour is named "Desplantes"...


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

Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, Côte-d'Or, Desplantes, multiple, close, star, noise, weather


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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross April 21, 2006 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross March 5, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [lc1], [ud1].
1.1 Patrick Gross September 25, 2014 Additions [fs1], [jb1]. In the explanations, addition of "This is only a letter, with apparently no effort to investigate the author" and "It sounds a bit "fishy" that the couple on botanic tour is named 'Desplantes'..."
1.2 Patrick Gross February 5, 2017 Addition [ub1].

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