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October 17, 1954, Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer, Var:

Reference number for this case: 17-oct-54-Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

The regional newspaper Le Provençal of October 20, 1954, reported on page 12, among other observations, that on October 17, 1954. around 5 a.m., Mr. Léon Baudouvin, city councilor, passing boulevard de la Plage at Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer with his car, had seen a "circular craft emitting a purple light, rise in the air, leaving behind a trail of flames."

Whereas it would have been sensible to think that it had been a meteor, Jacques Vallée in the 1960s called this a "UFO landing", and of course he will followed in this estimate.

Reports:

[Ref. lpl1:] "LE PROVENCAL" NEWSPAPER:

In Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer

IMMOBILIZED WITH HIS MOTORBIKE BY A MYSTERIOUS GLEAM

Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer (C.P.).
Sunday morning around 4 hours, Mr. Casimir André
going to hunting on motorbike, had his attention drawn by a powerful gleam coming from the boulevard de la Plage [boulevard of the Beach].

Having to go through this boulevard, he was suddenly stopped at a certain distance and his vehicle did not advance any more. When the gleam went out, he was able to resume his travel, particularly impressed.

One hour later, Mr. Leon Baudouvin, city council man, passing at this place with his car, saw a circular machine emitting a purple gleam, rise in the airs, leaving behind itself a trail of flames.

A "NEON TUBE" FLYING IN THE SKY OF NIMES

Nimes (C.P.).
Monday, around 6 p.m., Mrs. Bernard Panizzi, living on 3, rue de la Casernette, in Nimes, saw in the sky above les Halles [the Markets], a mysterious machine affecting the shape of a neon tube.

Some twenty people followed the evolutions of the strange apparatus which disappeared suddenly.

[Ref. jgu1:] JIMMY GUIEU:

Jimmy Guieu indicates that on October 17, 1954, at 5 o'clock in the morning in Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer in the Var, one hour after another observation, Leon B, city council man, driving at the same place in a car, saw a circular craft emitting a purple gleam and rising slowly in the air leaving an orange luminous trail.

[Ref. jve5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

367 -005.71221 43.18200 17 10 1954 ST CYR/MER -VAR F 0011 G

[Ref. jve1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

277

Oct. 17, 1954 Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer (France).

Leon B., a city council member, saw a circular, orange craft take off from the ground. (Quincy).

[Ref. gal1:] CHARLES GARREAU AND RAYMOND LAVIER:

The two authors indicate that in Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer in the department of the Var, on October 17, 1954, according to the catalogue of Jacques Vallée, Mr. Leon B., city council man, sees a circular machine, of orange color, rising from the ground, and that there is no other detail on this landing.

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

The two authors indicate that in Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer in the department of the Var, on October 17, 1954, one hour after a first observation having taken place at 04:00 a.m. there this same day, by another person, Leon B., driving at this place by car, saw a circular machine emitting a purple gleam, which rose in the air leaving behind itself an orange trail.

The authors indicate that the sources are the Vallée catalogue; case 277; Jimmy Guieu in "Black-Out sur les S.V." page 224; Quincy; Garreau and Lavier in "Face aux ET" page 70, "Il Tiempo" for 10/16/1954 [sic]; Il Messagero for 10/17/1954.

[Ref. mft1:] MICHEL FIGUET:

Nr of the J. C. Fumoux list Nr of the Francat list Localization Date Class Credibility Sources Number of W
096 223 Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer 04 and 05 a.m. CE0 poss. meteor. D RS [= sparse information] P [= Press] J.V. [= Vallée catalogue] 2-9. 176 1 W + 1

[Ref. mft2:] MICHEL FIGUET:

CAS Nr CLASSIFICATION DATE HEURE LIEU CODE POSTAL CREDIBILITE SOURCE
CASE Nr CLASSIFICATION DATE HOUR PLACE ZIP CODE CREDIBILITY SOURCE

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

4171: 1954/10/17 04:00 66 5:43:00 E 43:11:00 N 3333 WEU FRN VAR 7:7

SAINT-CYR-sur-MER, nr BANDOL,FR:CAR EMEs:COUNCILMAN SEES ORANGE SCR TAKE OFF

Ref# 8 VALLEE,Jacques: PASSPORT TO MAGONIA. Case No. 277 : COASTLANDS

[Ref. goe1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

Godelieve van Overmeire indicates that on October 17, 1954, in France, in St Cyr on Mer, Leon B, city council man, saw a circular craft of orange color, rise from ground, according to Quincy and Jacques Vallée in "Chronique des apparitions ET", Denoel 1972, J'Ai Lu collection p. 284.

Godelieve van Overmeire indicates that according to Figuet and J.L. Ruchon in "Ovni, premier dossier complet...", editions Alain Lefeuvre 1979, p. 176, around 5 hours, Leon B drives by car and sees a circular craft emitting a purple gleam rise in the airs leaving an orange trail.

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Var in St Cyr on Mer on October 17, 1954 at 04:00 hours, the first witness "goes hunting. He rides a motorcycle. his attention is drawn by a powerful gleam coming from the boulevard of the beach. Having to use this boulevard, he is suddenly stopped at a certain distance, and his vehicle does not move any more. At the end of a few moments, the mysterious light dies out and his motorcycle can start again."

"One hour later, another witness, passing at this place in a car, sees a circular machine emitting a mauve gleam which rises in the airs leaving an orange trail behind."

Luc Chastan indicates that the source is "Ovni, Premier dossier complet... by Figuet M./ Ruchon J.L. ** Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979".

[Ref. jbu1:] JEROME BEAU:

Jerome Beau indicates that on Sunday October 17, 1954, at Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer (France), Leon B, city council man, sees a circular craft, of orange color, rise from the ground.

Jérôme Beau indicates that the source is "Quincy".

[Ref. ubk1:] "UFO-DATENBANK":

This database recorded this case 4 times:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541017 17.10.1954 St Cyr France 05.00 CE I
19541017 17.10.1954 St. Cyr France
19541017 17.10.1954 St. Cyr France CE I
19541017 17.10.1954 St. Cyr France

[Ref. prn2:] PETER ROGERSON - "INTCAT":

October 17 1954. 0400hrs.

SY-CYR-SUR-MER [sic] (VAR : FRANCE)

Andre Csimir [sic] was out hunting on his moped when he saw a powerful light in the Boulevard de la Plage. He tried to drive towards it, but his moped would not move forward. The glow went out and he could then go on. An hour later, a local councillor, Leon Baudouvin was driving in the area when he saw a circular object, emitting a purple light rise from the ground, leaving a trail of flames.

The second observation looks like another meteor

Explanations:

Probable meteor.

As there is no guarantee that the witnessed precisely checked their watches, the two sightings, at 4 a.m. and 5 a.m., may have been caused by the same meteor.

Keywords:

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

Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer, Var, Léon Baudouvin, city counsellor, city council member, craft, circular, purple, orange, landing, object

Sources:

[----] indicates sources that are not yet available to me.

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross February 25, 2006 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross February 4, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [goe1], [lcn1], [jbu1].
1.1 Patrick Gross June 30, 2010 Addition [jve5].
1.2 Patrick Gross March 2, 2017 Addition [ubk1].
1.3 Patrick Gross December 12, 2019 Additions [mft1], [mft2], [lhh1], [prn2], Summary. Explanations cnahed, were "Not looked for yet."

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