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October 16, 1954, Montluçon, Allier:

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

Summary:

The regional newspaper La Montagne for October 19, 1954, about an observation at Moulins, indicated in their headline that "the luminous ball observed Saturday" - thus on October 16, 1954 - was also seen in Montluçon.

A catalog for the Allier in the ufology magazine Lumières Dans La uit #128 for October 1973 quoted the same newspaper; which on October 21, 1954, specified that in Montluçon at 09:30 p.m., Messrs Caillaux and Dagois had seen above the clinic a reddish fireball with green reflections.

In 1958, in his book on the 1954 French wave, ufologist Aimé Michel had reported that a large meteor crossed France at that moment, but Michel did not mention this observation; the ufologists Michel Figuet and Jean Louis Ruchon will do it in 1979, based on La Montagne for October 19, 1954, and commenting that it was "maybe a meteor from SSW to NNE."

They will be quoted on the web in the 2000s ... but without the explanation.

Reports:

[Ref. lmo1:] "LA MONTAGNE" NEWSPAPER:

This newspaper, about a sighting report in Moulins, told in its headline that the "luminous ball observed on Saturday" October 16, 1954, had also be seen in à Montluçon.

(See thefull article here.

[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. ldl1:] MAGAZINE "LUMIERES DANS LA NUIT":

October 16 (La Montagne for 10/21) Montluçon 09:30 p.m..

Messrs. Caillaux and Dagois saw above the clinic a reddish fireball with green reflections.

[Ref. fru1:] MICHEL FIGUET AND JEAN-LOUIS RUCHON:

The two authors indicate that in Montlucon in the department of Allier on October 16, 1954 at 09:30 p.m., several witnesses observed a luminous ball leaving behind a very clear luminous trail.

The authors note that it might have been a meteor going from S.S.W. to N.N.E.

They indicate the source as "La Montagne for 10/19/54".

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

The author of the database indicates that in the Allier in Montlucon on October 16, 1954 at 21:30 hours there was an "Observation by several witnesses of a luminous ball, leaving behind a very clear luminous trail."

The sources are given as "Ovni, Premier dossier complet... by Figuet M./ Ruchon J.L. ** Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979" and "Alerte dans le ciel by Garreau Charles ** Alain Lefeuvre 1981".

Explanations:

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

Keywords:

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

Montlucon, Allier, ball, luminous, trail, multiple, night

Sources:

[----] indicates sources which I have not yet checked.

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross June 5, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross December 27, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [lcn1].
1.1 Patrick Gross December 21, 2018 Addition [ldl1].
1.2 Patrick Gross November 29, 2019 Addition of the Summary.

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