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October 14, 1954, Barcelonnette, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence:

Reference number for this case: 14-Oct-54-Barcelonnette. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

In the 2000s, a US website, referring to the first book by Jimmy Guieu, and to Jacques Vallée, indicated that on October 14, 1954, at 04:00 p.m. in Barcelonnette, France "An unidentified object was sighted", by several witnesses "for 99 minutes", "but with an appearance and behavior that most likely would have a conventional explanation."

Reports:

[Ref. uda1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 14 October 1954 at 16:00 in Barcelonnette, France "An unidentified object was sighted, but with appearance and behavior that most likely would have a conventional explanation. One object was observed by several witnesses for 99 minutes."

The sources are said to be Guieu, Jimmy, Flying Saucers Come from Another World, Citadel, New York, 1956; 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
19541014 14.10.1954 Barcelonnette France 16.00

Explanations:

Jimmy Guieu's book "Flying Saucers Come from Another World" stops at the January 1954 sightings. The book is given as a source in [uda1], but unless there is a different US edition, is not the correct source.

I strongly suspect that this so-called observation of the 14th is actually that of October 16, 1954; which was a misinterpretation caused by a high-altitude balloon.

Keywords:

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

Barcelonnette, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, daylight, multiple

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross July 11, 2010 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross February 23, 2017 Addition [ubk1].
1.1 Patrick Gross July 17, 2019 Addition of the Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet."

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