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The 1954 French flap:

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Mid October 1954, Saint-Privat-de-Vallongue, Lozère:

Reference number for this case: Oct-54-Saint-Privat-de-Vallongue. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

The regional newspaper Le Provençal, of Marseille, for October 21, 1954, on page 12, headlined that a "black cigar took off in the Lozère", reporting via their Press correspondent in Saint-Privat-de-Vallongues, that Mr. Albert Mallet de la Fabrègue, city councilor, had the surprise, "last week" around 9 p.m., to see a mysterious craft of elongated shape, of black color, land in a field close to his house.

The craft went straight away, almost vertically, at a vertiginous speed, with a slight hissing sound like an electric motor, and emitting bright red colors.

The newspaper Le Midi Libre, of Montpellier, had already reported on October 19, 1954, that a "luminous ball" had been seen in the Lozère by "a resident of Saint-Privat-de-Vallorgue (Lozère), absolutely trustworthy", who had stated he saw a luminous ball of 3 to 6 meters in diameter; which suddenly rose in the sky while changing its color. This newspaper said that "Mr. Maillet adds that the sphere hovered without making any noise and that it left behind a light whitish cloud."

The version by Le Provençal entered the ufology literature via Jean Sider in 1997.

Reports:

[Ref. lp1:] "LE PROVENCAL" NEWSPAPER:

SAUCERS OR NOT SAUCERS?

A strange phenomenon observed after
the passing of a jet airplane

above the valley of the Rhône

Vienne (A.F.P.).
A "Stratojet" plane which, each day, flies over the valley of the Rhone at an altitude of approximately ten thousand meters, was mistaken Tuesday, by certain people, for a flying saucer.

The president instructor of the Aero club of Vienne dissuaded the too imaginative witnesses at once, but a strange phenomenon occurred at once after the passage of the powerful jet. It formed, indeed, in the sky, sorts of parachuts animated of odd movements and having the aspect of light veils which soon reached the ground.

The witnesses of the phenomenon seized this matter, very soft at touching, and having a little the consistency of rubber. While arriving on the ground, this one volatilized, probably under the influence of the temperature.

One of the witnesses put a little of the substance in a box and had it photograph at once. A few hours afterwards, what remained in this box, however sealed, had evaporated.

This phenomenon due to condensation in the rarefied and cold atmosphere, of certain elements of the fuel of the "Stratojet", can cause white or irrized formations moving at high speed at great altitude and thus giving place to more or less whimsical interpretations.

This observation made above the aerodrome of Vienne is identical to that already reported in its time [1952] by an inhabitant of Oloron.

A FLYING SAUCER IN INDONESIA

Bondowoao (Indonesia) (A.P.). A flying saucer caused a disturbance in the town of Bondowoao, at 80 kilometers of the island of Bali. Several inhabitants state to have seen, during one half-minute, a greenish object which crossed the sky in North-western direction.

A BLACK CIGAR LANDS IN THE LOZERE

Saint Privat de Valongues (C.P.).
Mr. Albert Mallet of Fabrègue, city council man, had the surprise, last week, around 21 hours, to see a mysterious apparatus of lengthened form, black, that landed in a field very close to his house: the apparatus took off again all at once, almost vertically, at a vertiginous speed, with a gentle whistling sound like an electric motor, and emitting sharp red colors.

[Ref. ml1:] "LE MIDI LIBRE" NEWSPAPER:

The flying craft

(Continued from the first page)

ernational treaties signed by France already allowed consultations relating to the use of such machines in a possible conflict".

A "cigar" near Alès

Sunday, around 15 o'clock, Mr. Soulier, shoe-maker in Vézenobres, was hunting in the commune of Bouquet, close to Alès, when he suddenly heard a noise similar to that of a chain going down at the bottom from a well. Intrigued, he looked up and saw 30 meters high only a machine of cylindrical form going down vertically. This "cigar", of a metallic blue, 5 to 6 meters in height, by 3 meters in diameter, carried four crutches at its base.

The craft remained motionless more than one minute, then climbed back vertically to a vertiginous pace. And Mr. Soulier again the same noise of chain heard.

A luminous ball in the Lozère

A resident of Saint-Privat-de-Vallorgue (the Lozere), absolutely worthy of faith, stated he saw a luminous ball from 3 to 6 meters in diameter, which suddenly rose in the sky while changing color.

Mr. Maillet adds that the sphere hovered without any noise and that it left behind a light whitish cloud.

A "melon" in Alsace

After the cigars, the brushes, the barrels, the rugby balls, "melons" are appearing, this time in the sky of Alsace. Several people, including pilots of the Flying Club of Strasbourg, claim to have seen a shining machine, melon-shaped, and leaving a trace of two meters white-orange in color, flying over the area of the Bas-Rhin.

It is said this craft was seeing almost at the same hour in Strasbourg, in Haguenau and in Wissembourg.

Soccer unthroned by the "saucers"

Sunday afternoon, in Langres, the show was not on the ground, but in the sky.

During more than one hour, the 400 attendees of the soccer game managed to follow the moves of an unknown apparatus which was at very high altitude. Some believed that it was a sounding-balloon but, others say, it does not look very likely, because, before disappearing, the craft moved in opposite direction of the wind.

[Ref. js1:] JEAN SIDER:

French ufologist and author Jean Sider learned in an article from the Le Provençal, of Marseilles, for October 21, 1954, on page 12, that in mid-October 1954 at 09:00 p.m. in Saint-Privat-de-Vallongue, in the department of Lozere a "cigar" landed in a field

The witness is Albert Mallet, city council man, who saw the mysterious machine of elongatedshape land in a field very close to his house. The apparatus set out again almost at once and almost vertically and a vertiginous speed with a gentle whistling sound like that of an electric motor, while emitting sharp red colors.

[Ref. lh1:] LARRY HATCH - "*U* COMPUTER DATABASE":

4147: 1954/10/15 21:00 1 3:50:00 E 44:17:00 N 3323 WEU FRN LZR 7:6

St.PRIVAT/VALLONGUE,FR:CGR LANDS:^^ VERTICAL W/WHISTLE SOUND+BLAZING RED

Ref#217 Jean SIDER: Le DOSSIER 1954 (2 vol.) Page No. 107 : RESIDENT'L

Larry Hatch recorded the same case twice:

4151: 1954/10/15 21:00 2 3:27:00 E 44:18:00 N 3323 WEU FRN LZR 7:6

VALLONGUE,FR:1 OBS:CGR LANDS/FLD:SHOOTS ^ WHISTLING+FLASHING RED:/Le Provencal

Ref#194 LUMIERES dans la NUIT.(LDLN France) Issue No. 320 : PASTURE

[Ref. djn1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

Encounters With Aliens on This Day

October 15

[...]

1954 - At 9:00 p.m. a cigar-shaped object landed in Saint Privat, Vallongue, Lozere department, France. It took off vertically making a whistle sound and blazing red in color. (Source: Jean Sider, Dossier 1954 et l'Imposture Rationaliste, p. 107).

[...]

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on October 15, 1954, at St Privat, Vallongue, France, "An object was observed. It departed by rapidly flying straight up until lost to sight. One red cigar-shaped object was observed in a residential area for over one minute. A whistling sound was heard."

The source is indicated as Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002.

[Ref. ni1:] "THE NICAP WEBSITE":

*Oct. 15, 1954 - At 9:00 p.m. a cigar-shaped object landed in Saint Privat, Vallongue, Lozere department, France. It took off vertically making a whistle sound and blazing red in color. (Source: Jean Sider, Dossier 1954 et l'Imposture Rationaliste, p. 107).

Explanations:

Should one isist on getting a trivial explanation, then it would be a helciopter.

Keywords:

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

Saint-Privat-de-Vallongue, Lozère, Albert Mallet, machine, cigar, object, night, field, noise, whistle, landing, takeoff, red, engine, sound

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross December 8, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross April 24, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Addition [ud1].
1.1 Patrick Gross February 28, 2010 Addition [dj1].
1.2 Patrick Gross July 14, 2010 Addition [ml1].
1.3 Patrick Gross October 15, 2014 Addition [ni1].
1.4 Patrick Gross August 6, 2019 Additions [lhh1], Summary.

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