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October 10, 1954, Orléans, Loiret:

Reference for this case: 10-Oct-54-Orléans.
Please cite this reference in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


In the 2010s, a German-speaking UFO sighting database on the Web indicates a "Nocturnal Light(s)" sighting at "St. Laurent Madel" on October 10, 1954.


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

This database recorded this case twice:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541010 10.10.1954 St. Laurent Madel France NL
19541010 10.10.1954 St. Laurent Madel France NL



[ubk1] often truncates "too long" place names; here, I interpret "St. Laurent Madel" as being certainly "St. Laurent Madeleine." There is indeed no place or city named "St. Laurent Madel" in France to my knowledge.

But there is indeed a "La Madeleine - Saint-Laurent": it is a district of the city of Orléans. And [ubk1] has more than once registered a district name as location name rather than the city where that district is located.

For the moment I have found nothing else on an observation in Orleans on October 10, 1954, or even at another date in Orleans in 1954. But my experience with this source [ubk1] has often shown me that the database record does indeed correspond to a case, which I often end up finding in the Press of the time.

It is therefore possible that there was an observation of the "Nocturnal Light(s)" type in the La Madeleine - Saint-Laurent district in Orléans on October 10, 1954.

As to what was observed... I need to find more information.


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

Orléans, Loiret, La Madeleine, Saint-Laurent, luminous, night


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