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Mid October, 1954, Brottes, Haute-Marne:

Reference number for this case: Mid-Oct-54-Brottes. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


The regional newspaper Le Bien Public, of Dijon, for October 16-17, 1954, reported that, "the day before yesterday", at 10:40 p.m. in Brottes, a bus employee, Mr. Taillandier, residing in Brottes, with his wife and their daughter, saw moving very quickly, an orange glow coming from Meuilly and heading towards Vignory, without making any noise.





False alert in Vaucluse

the observation of a luminous phenomenon
by two aviators from the Orange base

A big event faded yesterday on the front of the flying saucers.

The affair took place in the Vaucluse, in the limpid sky where Mount Ventoux dominates the relief, above Fontaine-de-Vaucluse. At 6:30 p.m., witnesses said that they had just seen a white disk surmounted by a spherical cap. The craft had two powerful lights alternating from white to red and purple colors. The comments went very fast and in good faith, it seems, several people gave reports that confirmed most of the countless phenomena already observed around the world. The nearby Caritat air base was alerted while the craft was still visible. Two jet planes took off and one waited impatiently for the pilots' report.

However, imprudents people ventured to publish premature news: the pilots had spotted the craft they were hunting. But it escaped at a speed much greater than theirs.

In fact, this was not the case, and yesterday the Air Ministry denied these fanciful claims. "Contrary to the information published by some newspapers Friday morning, the two pilots sent in pursuit of the saucer overflew Fontaine-de-Vaucluse at different altitudes and observed no unknown apparatus during their searches. These are experienced officers and their report is formal."

It was therefore necessary to mourn the saucer of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse. But in a field which in the autumn of 1954 offers a vast unknown in the world, that is not enough to conclude that flying saucers do not exist. There remain, alas, too many unexplained cases, and the enigma that remains hardly seems to be resolved.

On the other hand, Mr. Gauffredy, deputy mayor of Roussillon, saw, around 6 p.m., a saucer of greenish color which disappeared in a few seconds. Mr. Pierre Hector, entrepreneur, saw the same craft at the same time at Coustellet.


-- At 6:30 p.m. yesterday a score of people saw in the sky of Apt a craft in the shape of a cigar with a big white glow at the front. The craft disappeared suddenly leaving two green lights.

-- In Valmon, in Bollène, at the Ponet and L'Isle-sur-Sorgue, between 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., various credible people saw either a luminous disc or a cigar moving at a dizzying speed.

-- A baker, Mr. Elie Théry, aged 43, living on the road from Saint-Omer to Calais, on his way home at around 3:30 a.m. in the morning, saw on the Dunkerque-Calais railway, near the level crossing of Saint-Pierre-Halte, 50 meters from him, a spherical luminous craft about 2 meters high and 4 meters wide. The object was extremely bright.

Mr. Thery, who passes for a very serious and conscientious man, has been deeply moved by this discovery.

-- In Vignory and in Brottes, villages of the Haute-Marne, an orange-colored object was seen by different witnesses.

In the first case, it rose at a vertiginous pace towards the sky; the second time, Mr. Taillandier, an employee of the Chaumont buses, his wife and daughter, living at Brottes, saw an identical gleam moving from Neuilly to Vignory, moving very quickly.

In both cases, no noise was perceived.



Chaumont - The day before yesterday in the evening, at 8:10 p.m., in Vignory and at 10:40 p.m. in Brottes>, villages of the Haute Marne, an object of orange color was seen by different witnesses. In the first case, the object rose at a vertiginous pace towards the sky. The second time, it was a bus employee Mr. Taillandier, living in Brottes who, with his wife and their daughter, saw moving very quickly, an identical light coming from Meuilly and heading towards Vignory. In both cases, no noise was perceived.

And what a shame! no martian with hairy face and raven eye has been reported!

Miss Aurélie Bolnot, of Avot said that leaving her home on Wednesday around 06:30 p.m., she saw a flying saucer passing at the height of the forest on the mountain coming from the west and heading south. The spherical shape had an orange glow leaving a trail on its course.

The source is said to be the newspaper Le Bien Public.


Possible meteor.


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

Brottes, Haute-Marne, orange, object, evening


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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross December 5, 2016 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross June 19, 2019 Additions [vi2], Summary. Explanations changed, were "Possibly the 06:10 p.m. meteor of October 14, 1954."

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