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October 16, 1954, Montrevel-en-Bresse, Ain:

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

Summary:

Although in his book - well known to ufologists - on the French wave of 1954, Aimé Michel evoked the passage of a big meteor over France on October 16, 1954, around 09:30 p.m., ufologists Michel Figuet and Jean-Louis Ruchon, in 1979, did not make the connection, indicating that on that day at 09:30 p.m. in Montrevel-en-Bresse in the department of Ain, an elongated object giving off a bright glow and flying at a very high speed was observed.

Apparently, the sighting had also appeared with the same summary in the 1956 UFO book "Alerte dans le Ciel" by ufologist Charles Garreau.

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

The two authors indicate that on October 16, 1954, at 09:30 p.m. in Montrevel-en-Bresse in the department of Ain, an elongated object giving off a sharp gleam and flying at a very high speed was observed.

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

The author of the database indicates that in the Ain in Montrevel en Bresse on October 16, 1954 at 21:30 hours there was an "Observation of a lengthened object, giving off a sharp gleam and fyling at very high speed."

The source is indicated as "Alerte dans le ciel by Garreau Charles ** Alain Lefeuvre 1981".

Explanations:

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

Keywords:

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

Montrevel-en-Bresse, Ain, luminous, night, fast

Sources:

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross September 25, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross December 27, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Addition [lcn1].

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