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October 16, 1954, Aillevillers, Haute-Saône:

Reference for this case: 16-Oct-54-Aillevillers.
Please cite this reference in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


In his web-based database on UFO sightings in France, Luc Chastan noted that according to Charles Garreau's book "Alerte Dans Le Ciel", 1981, there was an observation in Aillevillers in the Haute-Saône department on October 16, 1954 at 09:30.

It was apparently "an elongated orange glow moving at an estimated speed of 4000 to 6000 km/h."

But as early as 1958, ufologist Aimé Michel had published that there had been a big meteor over France that day at that hour.


[Ref. aml1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel wrote about the October 16, 1954, 09:30 p.m. meteor:

THE TEST OF THE METEOR. October 16, as if it was purposely, a splendid meteor crossed the north of France towards 09:30 p.m.. It was observed on a score of departments by thousands of people, from the Allier to Lorraine and from the Swiss border to Paris. Naturally many witnesses believed to have seen a Flying Saucer and said so. The newspapers printed "Flying Saucer in Orly", or "in Montididier", or "in Metz." But once again the description made by all these weak brains appeared of a remarkable honesty.


The innumerable gathered testimonys show indeed that even when the witnesses called "Flying saucer" the observed object, their description is identical on 200.000 square kilometres where the visible phenomenon was visible: an "orange ball followed by a trail", a "large luminous ball with a tail", a "flying egg followed by a trail", a "bottle's bottom with a trail of thirty times its diameter", etc. The same phenomenon is uniformly described.


[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

The author of the database indicates that in Aillevillers in the Haute-Saône, on October 16, 1954 at 09:30 .m., there was an observation of an orange gleam of elongated shape moving at an estimated speed of 4000 to 6000 km/h.



The meteor of October 16, 1954, at 09:30 p.m..

I was unable to find this case in the 1981 version of Charles Garreau's book "Alerte Dans Le Ciel Sky"; it was more likely in the 1956 version.


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

Aillevillers, Haute-Saône, night, gleam, orange, elongated, fast


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