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The 1954 French flap:

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

Beginning January 1954, Xaffévillers, Vosges:

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



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 in the first week of January 1954, at approximately 04:30, local time, an observation took place whose source is the newspaper La Liberté de l'Est for January 11, 1954, indicating:

"In addition Mr. André FAURE of XAFFEVILLERS taught us that last week towards 04:30 in the morning, coming back from his work, he saw a very short gleam, like a flash, which illuminated the sky above the clouds. This phenomenon left him very perplexed and our correspondent wondered what could be its cause."

The cataloguer comments on that this is the entire article which follows up on an article reporting a slightly posterior observation of an apparatus of round shape in Lunéville in the department 54.

The cataloguer comments on that there is the "probability of a natural phenomenon but other observations in the East during this time" in Lunéville, Langres and Epinal, and that an "article of January proposes a re-entry of a satellite in the in atmosphere."

[Ref. uda1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 2 January 1954 at 04:30 in Xaffevillers, France, "One object was observed by one witness for a few seconds."

The source is indicated as "Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073)".

[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
19540102 02.01.1954 Xaffevillers France


The date is not known, but the description and time reflect the very likely explanation:

Probably the meteor of January 9, 1954, at 07:48 a.m.

A "return of a satellite to the atmosphere" is excluded: the first satellite, Sputnik 1, was launched in 1957.



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

Xaffévillers, Vosges, André Faure, night, flash, lightning, short, gleam, cloud, unique


[----] indicates sources that are not yet available to me.

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross February 25, 2007 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross March 2, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Addition [uda1].
1.1 Patrick Gross November 2, 2016 Addition [ubk1].
1.2 Patrick Gross January 31, 2019 Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet. Probable big shooting star or storm lightning."

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