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October 16, 1954, Ussel, Corrèze:

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


In their 1979 book "La Grande Peur Martienne" ("The Great Martian Sare"), the "skeptical" ufologists Gérard Barthel and Jacques Brucker noted a case of October 16, 1954 like this:

"Ussel - 19 - 04:30 p.m.: witness untraceable after investigation. Weather balloon?"



The two authors note this case of October 16, 1954:

"Ussel - 19 - 04:30 p.m.: witness untraceable after investigation. Weather balloon?"

[Ref. jsr1:] JEAN SIDER:

Jean Sider indicates that Barthel and Brucker said the case in Ussel: "witness untraceable after investigation. Weather balloon?"

He comments that these authors give no information about the steps they took to check the case.



Of course Jean Sider did not care to check what the explanation may have been.

But Barthel and Brucker were not that smart either: they should have known that indeed, a balloon was in the sky that day at that hour in that area.

Not an ordinary weather balloon, but one or more stratospheric balloons to study cosmic rays that were launched from Milan, Italy, as a project of the Padova University, and floated in the French sky on October 14, 15 and 16, 1954; this photograph was taken from the observatory of Haute-Provence:



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Ussel, Corrèze


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