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October 16, 1954, Montamisé, Vienne:

Reference number for this case: 16-Oct-54-Montamisé. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

In his 1997 book on the French wave of 1954, Jean Sider indicated that an article in the newspaper Le Libre Poitou, of Poitiers, for October 18, 1954, page 2, reported these details about an observation on October 16, 1954, at 09:20 p.m., in Montamisé, Chasseneuil-du-Poitou, in the department of Vienne:

"On Saturday evening at approximately 09:20 p.m., two residents of Montamisé, Mr. Adrien Boutet and Mr. Lucien Pouvreau, who came from Poitiers and traveled towards Montamisé by car, stopped in the Montrouge locality to take a soldier on leave."

"At this point in time at a certain distance, the three amazed men saw a machine emitting white and green gleams which took off vertically to disappear very quickly."

"Two other residents of Montamisé who were at this moment in the streets of the borough, also managed to observe the same phenomenon."

Reports:

[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. jsr1:] JEAN SIDER:

October 16, 09:30 p.m., Montamisé, Chasseneuil-du-Poitou, Vienne

Two residents of Montamisé, MM. Adrien Boutet and Lucien Pouvreau, coming from Poitiers, were driving by car to Montamisé. At a place called Montrouge, they stopped to take with them a soldier on leave who was going by foot in the same direction. It was then that the event happened: at a certain distance from the three dumbfounded men, a craft emitting white and green lights took off vertically, and disappeared very quickly.

Two other residents of Montamisé, who were at the time in the streets of the town, also observed the phenomenon.

source: Le Libre Poitou, Poitiers. 18.10.54, p.2

[Ref. jsr2:] JEAN SIDER:

French ufologist and author Jean Sider learned in an article from the newspaper Le Libre Poitou, Poitiers, for October 18, 1954, on page 2, those details about an observation on October 16, 1954, at 09:20 p.m. in Montamisé, Chasseneuil-du-Poitou, in the department of Vienne:

"On Saturday evening at approximately 09:20 p.m., two residents of Montamisé, Mr. Adrien Boutet and Mr. Lucien Pouvreau, who came from Poitiers and traveled towards Montamisé by car, stopped in the Montrouge locality to take a soldier on leave."

"At this point in time at a certain distance, the three amazed men saw a machine emitting white and green gleams which took off vertically to disappear very quickly."

"Two other residents of Montamisé who were at this moment in the streets of the borough, also managed to observe the same phenomenon."

[Ref. lhh1:] LARRY HATCH - "*U* COMPUTER DATABASE":

4161: 1954/10/16 21:20 1 0:25:00 E 46:36:00 N 3333 WEU FRN VNN 6:8

MONTAMISE,FR:3/CAR+2/TOWN:UFO/GND ^^ FAST:GRN+WHT LITES:type unk:/LDLN#320

Ref#217 Jean SIDER: Le DOSSIER 1954 (2 vol.) Page No. 111 : ROAD+RAILS

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Vienne in Montamisé on October 16, 1954 at 21:20 hours, "Two of the witnesses are in a car coming from Poitiers. They stop at the Montrouge locality to take a hitchkiker. At this time the three men observe an object emitting white and green gleams taking off vertically very fast. Two other inhabitants of the borough observe the phenomenon."

The source is indicated as "Lumières dans la Nuit".

[Ref. uda1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 16 October 1954 at 21:20 in "Montamise", France, there was a UFO sighting.

The source is noted as: "Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002".

Explanations:

Probably the meteor that day at 09:30 p.m..

Keywords:

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Montamisé, Vienne, night, Chasseneuil-du-Poitou, Montrouge, multiple, Adrien Boutet, Lucien Pouvreau, gleam, blan, green, takeoff, vertical, fast

Sources:

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross December 14, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross December 21, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [uda1], [lcn1].
1.1 Patrick Gross November 27, 2019 Additions [lhh1], Summary.
1.2 Patrick Gross January 28, 2020 Addition [jsr1].

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