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September 15, 1954, Tarbes, Hautes-Pyrénées:

Reference number for this case: 15-sep-54-Tarbes. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

The national weekly France Dimanche, in September 1954, reported that Mr. Hatchondo, teacher in the Gers, saw, on September 15, 1954, at 03:15 p.m., in the sky, overlooking the Arras valley, on the hills of the Gers and the plain of Tarbes, "these smoke trails" - sketch below in this file - then "a shining object in front of the smoke. The object disappeared, but a new trail of smoke appeared preceded by the object and crossed the first trail, then suddenly it made a fantastic leap and disappeared towards the northwest."

Reports:

[Ref. fde1:] "FRANCE-DIMANCHE" NEWSPAPER:

Gers

On September 15 at 03:30 p.m., Mr. Hatchondo, a schoolteacher of the Gers, saw a smoke trail in the sky above the Arras valley, the Gers hills and the plain of Tarbes, then a brilliant object was seen in front of this smoke. The object disappeared, but then it reappeared leading a second smoke trail which crossed the first. Suddenly, it made a fantastic jump, and disappeared towards the northwest.

[Ref. gqy1:] GUY QUINCY:

September 15, [1954]

03:30 p.m.: Region of Tarbes (B.P.) (contrail)

[Ref. lgs1] LOREN GROSS:

The French newspaper France Dimanche published brief accounts of various UFO sightings accompanied by drawings in its October 10, 1954 issue. These were included in the monograph UFOs. A History 1954 September, pages 31-33. Translations by "ADNf' of the French text exist in NICAP files and are provided here for the reader's perusal. (See below)

[... Other cases...]

No. 3 Gers.

On September 15th at 3:30 p.m., M. Harthonde, a schoolmaster of Gers, saw a smoke trail in the sky above the Arros Valley, the Gers hills and the Tarbes plain. Then a brilliant object was seen in front of the smoke. This disappeared, but then it reappeared leading a second smoke trail which crossed the first. Suddenly, it made a fantastic jump, and disappeared toward the northwest.

[... Other cases...]

These French cases can be found on page 75 of the monograph UFOs: A History 1954 September. Translations of the French text were also done by NICAP's "ADM." [Alexandre Mebane]

[Ref. uda1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 15 September 1954 at 17:30 in Gers, France, "One object was observed by two witnesses in a yard (Hatchondo)."

The source is noted: "Newspaper Clippings".

Explanations:

Probable one or two jet fighter planes and their contrails.

Map.

Keywords:

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

Tarbes, Hautes-Pyrénées, Hatchondo, teacher, smoke, trail, object, fast

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross June 25, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross May 24, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Addition [uda1].
1.1 Patrick Gross December 16, 2016 Addition [lgs1].
1.2 Patrick Gross September 8, 2019 Addition of the Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet. Possible airplane."
1.3 Patrick Gross March 4, 2021 Addition [gqy1].

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