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The 1954 French flap:

The index page for the 1954 French flap section of this website is here.

Beginning of November, 1954, Braux, Côte-d'Or:

Reference number for this case: 15-Nov-54-Braux. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


In 1982, the ufology group ADRUP, in Dijon, published a catalog of all flying saucer sighting reports published in the daily newspaper id Dijon Le Bien Public.

An article dated November 15, 1954 of this journal is reproduced, indicating that in the night "of one of these last days, at about 2 o'clock in the morning, a farmer from Braux, Mr. Lucien Badin, having gone up to cure a cow saw in the sky a luminous disk 3 or 4 meters in diameter, which remained motionless for 3 or 4 seconds, then accelerated, passed at a low altitude and an extraordinary speed, above Braux, towards north, illuminating a The whole village was hasty and pink, and the witness, frightened, instinctively lowered his head." The newspaper added that "this witness is trustworthy."



WHY 1954?

The French flap of 1954 is today more than controversial.

Thus, A.D.R.U.P. wanted to make a compilation of all the documents published in a Burgundy daily newspaper:

"Le Bien Public".

The interest of this catalogue is triple:

  • A- to get back in the mood of that too famous year -
  • B- recall all the testimonies that appeared in the local press, whether they are good or bad. -
  • C- to be used as references for potential researchers of sociological or UFO character.

[... Other case...]

December 10: Here it is again! a blur-green cigar is seen aobe Perrigny - Côte d'Or -

[... Other case...]


54 11 00 / BRAUX / 2H / LN / P /

A farmer saw in the sky a luminous disk 3 to 4 m in diameter. The disc passed at low altitude and at an extraordinary speed. Then it went away, lighting the whole village with a rosy glow.

(Source: Bien public, 11/15/54)

[Ref. ubk1:] "UFO-DATENBANK":

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541115 15.11.1954 Braux France 02.00 NL

[This database mistook the date of the sighting and the date when it was first reported.]


This looks just like a meteor sighting.


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

Braux, Côte-d'Or, night, farmer, Lucien Badin, disc, luminous, motionless, acceleration, low, fast, direction, glow, pink


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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross December 1, 2016 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross December 11, 2018 Additions [via1], [via2]. Date changed from "November 15, 1954" to "Beginning od November, 1954". Explanation changed, was "Not looked for yet."

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