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

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

Summary:

The regional newspaper Le Méridional, on page 6 for October 15, 1954, reported via their press correspondent in Manosque, that the night before, at dusk - thus on October 14, 1954, around 06:10 p.m. - about twenty inhabitants of that city, including Mr. Maurel, coffee shop owner, Mr. Entressangle, transporter, Mr. Rose, EDF employee, Mr. Dini, transporter, and several local gendarmes, had seen "a cigar-shaped craft stopped above the Mont-d'Or."

"After a few moments," said the newpaper, "the machine craft its course while spreading a strong glow."

Reports:

[Ref. lml1:] "LE MERIDIONAL" NEWSPAPER:

A FLYING CIGAR IN THE SKY OF MANOSQUE

MANOSQUE (C.P.). -- Yesterday, at nightfall, a score of inhabitants of our city, among whom misters Maurel, café owner, Entressangle, transporter, Rose, E.D.F employee, Dini, conveyor, and several of our police officers saw a craft in the shape of a cigar stopped just above the Mount-d'Or. At the end of a few moments, the craft resumed its travel while spreading a strong gleam.

Rest of the article about other sightings available here.

[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
19541014 14.10.1954 Manosque France 18.15
19541014 14.10.1954 Manosque France 18.15

Explanations:

Probably the 06:13 p.m. meteor.

If it seems "stopped" above the Mont d'Or, it is because the witnesses see it coming. As the meteor came from the South or South-South-East, the Mont d'Or must be approximately south of Manosque.

I did find a "Mont d'Or Tower", an old watchtower southeast of the old castle of Manosque; this is a match.

Arriving from the horizon towards Manosque, it looked like a motionless ball; then passing the city, the witnesses thought it was speeding up, and saw its trail.

Keywords:

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Manosque, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, twilight, multiple, Maurel, Entressangle, Rose, Dini, gendarmes, machine, cigar, gleam, stationary, movement, gleam

Sources:

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross April 11, 2006 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross April 8, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version.
1.1 Patrick Gross February 25, 2017 Addition [ubk1].
1.2 Patrick Gross July 16, 2019 Addition of the Summary. Explanations changed, were "Probably the 06:15 p.m. meteor."

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