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October 18, 1954, Saint-Quay-Portrieux, Côtes-d'Armor:

Reference number for this case: 18-Oct-54-Saint-Quay-Portrieux. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

The regional newspaper Centre-Matin of Montluçon reported on October 21, 1954, that a flying disc that hovered over the sea was observed in Saint-Quay-Portrieux by a butcher and a female teacher.

Centre-Matin suggested by association with another case that it had taken place the evening "before yesterday evening", therefore on October 19, 1954. In the same indirect manner, Le Nouveau Nord Maritime spoke of "Monday evening", so October 18, 1954; however ufologist Dominique Caudron informed me in 2021 that there is nothing on this observation in the Brittany newspapers collected by ufologist Michel Jeantheau, so the date could be wrong.

Reports:

[Ref. cmn1:] "CENTRE-MATIN" NEWSPAPER:

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After the saucers
the flying plates

The "flying saucers" continue to make headlines. Actually, it would be this time, either saucers, but plates.

A farmer from Villepinte (Aude), Mr. Rouquet said he saw the day before yesterday in the evening, around 11:30 p.m., a bright orange disk moving westward. The craft stopped above the territory of the municipality of Laurabuc, remained motionless for a quarter of an hour, then went back and disappeared. Mr. Rouquet's parents, alerted by their son, witnessed the departure.

A few kilometers from Villepinte, residents of Bram and of Villasavary spotted on the day before yesterday, between 11 p.m. and midnight, a luminous disc that moved at a fast pace. It offered the ability to change color..

The evening of the day before yesterday also, several residents of Tréveneuc (Côtes-du-Nord) reported seeing a flying disc hovering above the sea. The same phenomenon was observed in Saint-Quay-Portrieux by a butcher and a teacher.

Finally, near Aire-sur-la-Lys, a steel mill worker of Isbergues saw a round shaped luminous craft descend slowly. When it hit the ground, the witness said, about three kilometers from me, a flash of lightning illuminated the sky." Many people confirmed seeing, not the fireball, but the brightened sky. Regarding the craft, which would have fallen, no trace of it was found.

Meanwhile, another witness report, this one nine days old, came to give some details of a "flying saucer": on October 10, Mr. Roger Thiriet went, around 6:30 a.m., to Ecrouves, where he is a warden at the penitentiary. Suddenly, through a dense fog, he saw a saucer of aluminum color. It was about 2 m. 40 in diameter and 1 m. 40 high, was topped by a dome and had two windows. He approached, but the craft rose silently. Mr. Thiriet kept silence on this, fearing to be ridiculed by his colleagues and the villagers.

The "flying plates" in Indonesia

The Indonesian agency Antara reported on Tuesday evening, that about 9 p.m. local time, people in Bondowoso, East Java, were awestruck when they saw a white and green disc which passed at high speed over the town and disappeared in half a minute. The witnesses described the object as a "large plate" animated by a rotating motion.

This is the second time that the people of Bondowoso witness a phenomenon of this kind. The first appearance of a "strange object" took place on July 25, at the same hour.

[Ref. nnm1:] "LE NOUVEAU NORD MARITIME" NEWSPAPER:

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A LUMINOUS AND ROUND MACHINE
LANDS NEAR AREA-SUR-LA-LYS

Paris, 20. -- Judging by the small number of testimonies, the flying saucers were not very active over France, yesterday Tuesday.

A farmer from Villepinte (Aude) Mr. Rouquet, said he saw on Monday evening around 11:30 p.m., an orange-colored luminous disc heading west. The craft stopped above the territory of the commune of Laurubuc, remained motionless for about a quarter of an hour, then left and disappeared. Mr. Rouquet's parents, informed by their son, attended this departure.

A few kilometers from Villepinte, residents of Bram and of Villasavary saw, on Sunday between 11 p.m. and midnight, a luminous disc that was moving at a very high speed. It offered the particularity to change color.

Also on Monday evening, several residents of Tréveneuc (Côtes-du-Nord) said they had seen a flying saucer hovering above the sea. The same phenomenon was observed at Saint-Quay-Portrieux by a butcher and a teacher.

Finally near AIRE-SUR-LA-LYS, a worker in the steelworks of Isbergues saw "a luminous machine of round shape descend slowly." "When it touched the ground," the witness continued, "nearly 3 kilometers from me, a flash lit up the sky." Many residents confirmed that they saw, not the bolide, but the lit up sky. As for the object that fell, no trace of it was found.

A dome and two portholes

Also, another testimony, this one nine days old, came to bring some details on a flying saucer. On October 10, Mr. Roger Thiriet, went, around 6:30 a.m. in Ecrouves where he is a warden at the penitentiary center. Suddenly, through fairly dense fog, he saw an aluminum-colored saucer. It was about 2 m. 40 in diameter and 1 m. 40 tall was crowned with a dome and had two portholes. He approached but the machine rose silently. Mr. Thiriet remained silent on this fact, fearing to be laughed at by his colleagues and the inhabitants of the village.

The "Martians" in balance

Saintes, 19. -- Mr. Labassière and his wife who were returning from Saintes (Charente Maritime) reportedly saw the other evening, around 9 p.m., a kind of balance waddling at low altitude. The rod were dazzling green, one of the trays was red and the other orange...

After taking an immobile position, these two trays - according to the witnesses - detached themselves to land in a field. Two small beings then left each ball and, after crossing each other, changed craft.

The two craft then returned to their original place and the phenomenon disappeared in a dazzling flash.

In Indonesia,
one says:
"flying plates"

Djakarta, 20. -- The Indonesian agency Aniara reports that on Tuesday evening, around 9 p.m. local time, the population of Bondowoso, in eastern Java, was struck with terror when they saw a white and green disc that passed at high speed over the city and disappeared in half a minute. Witnesses described the object as a "large plate" with a rotating movement.

This is the second time that the people of Bondowoso witnessed such a phenomenon. The first appearance of a "strange object" was said to have taken place on July 25, at the same hour.

[Ref. lcx1:] NEWSPAPER "LA CROIX":

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Saucers, cigars, etc.

Reduced activity!

Judging by the small number of testimonies collected, the activity of the flying saucer pilots over France was quite reduced during the day on Tuesday.

A farmer from Villepinte(Aude), Mr. Rouquet, said he saw a bright orange disc heading towards the West. The craft stopped above the territory of the town of Laurabuc, remained motionless for about a quarter of an hour, then set off again and disappeared. M. Rouquet's parents, informed by their son, attended this departure.

A few kilometers from Villepinte, residents of Bram and Villasavary saw, between 11 p.m. and midnight, a luminous disc moving at very high speed. It offered the particularity of changing color.

Several residents of Tréveneuc (Côtes-du-Nord), stated they have observed a flying saucer which hovered above the sea. The same phenomenon was noticed in Saint-Quay-Portrieux by a butcher and a teacher.

Near Aire-sur-la-Lys, a worker from the Isbergues steelworks saw "a luminous craft of round shape descend slowly". "When it touched the ground, continued the witness, nearly three kilometers from me, a lightning illuminated the sky." Many residents confirmed to have seen, not the fireball, but the illuminated sky. As for the craft that would have fallen, no trace of it was found.

The mayor of Nexon (Haute-Vienne), stated he saw in Petourailles, commune of Bussière-Galant, at 200 meters height, a very shiny metallic craft.

"It was," he said, "shaped like a half-sphere with a slightly pointed top." The craft disappeared vertically into the sky without making noise or smoke, and at breakneck speed.

[Ref. ppe1:] "PARIS-PRESSE" NEWSPAPER:

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"I held a flying saucer fragment but it melted"

It was just a phenomenon of condensation

"The flying saucers? Phew! I know what it is. I held a fragment of it in my hands."

This sensational statement comes from a cinema operator in Pont-l'Evêque, Mr. Blain.

- I was Monday on the airfield of Reventin - Vaugris in the Rhône valley when, shortly after the passage of a stratojet Mme Lelandais, wife of a base monitor believed that a number of "saucers" in the shape of parachutes were moving. They varied in altitude, appearance, color and suddenly disappeared. Half an hour later, a rain of "spider webs" fell heavily on the ground. We picked it up with both hands. It was a whitish material, soft to the touch at the same time as rubbery, agglomerating then melting with the heat of the hand without leaving traces. We were able to keep some of it for five hours in a waterproof box and photograph it.

Solidified steam

This material, Mr. Blain affirms, comes from the jet engines of the Stratojets that daily use the Rhône valley (unless it is filanders, better known under the name of Angel Hair, produced in fall by various species of flying spiders).

Usually, the Stratojets jet engines, unlike those of other jet planes, do not leave a trail behind them. On Monday, however, it formed behind the apparatus, moving at nearly 10,000 meters, a very curious trail, light vapor which solidified in thick volutes two or three kilometers from the place of their formation.

The explanation of the formation of this "melting mass" produced under certain conditions by Stratojets leads technicians to formulate this hypothesis: the streaks produced resembling those of ordinary jet airplanes may be due to the injection of water in the reactors. At the origin of this phenomenon, there would be the fact that this water, projected in the combustion chambers at nearly 1,800 degrees undergoes a molecular disaggregation by contact with the combustion gas. As a result, a chemical reaction occurs which would lead to the formation of the curious matter detected on Monday at Reventin-Vaugris.

This perhaps clarified the mystery of the "saucers" observed two years ago in Oloron and Gaillac and which present all the characteristics of the phenomenon observed by Mr. Blain. But cigars? But the scales? But the Martians? Ah! Who will give us the explanation of the Martians kissing the peasants in the name of the inter-sidereal fraternity?

New look: the "scales"

The latest model of flying saucer is paired. A saucer plus a saucer equals a balance, if they are united by a flail. As well it is a balance with orange and red trays that was seen, in Royan, by Mr. and Mrs. Labassière. These two trays, after being immobilized in the air, separated and landed nearby, in a field. Two little men came out of each ball and changed trays. The two trays then tightened together and disappeared in a dazzling flash.

To tell the truth, saucers, cigars and other interplanetary craft were not very active yesterday. Farmers from Villepinte (the Aude) and surrounding areas; natives of Tréveneuc (C.-d.-N.) and of St-Quay-Portrieux; a metallurgist from Aire-sur-la-Lys and the mayor of Nexon (Hte-Vienne) saw some. This is a topic of conversation for evenings. Unfortunately, no "Martians" were on board.

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

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541019 19.10.1954 St. Quay Portrieux France

[Ref. dcn1:] DOMINIQUE CAUDRON:

Dominique Caudron tells me by email having just completed a study of the October 18, 1954, meteor, and having found corrigenda to do in my catalog. For this case, October 18, 1954, Saint-Quay-Portrieux, Côtes-d'Armor, among others, he tells me that the case is mentioned by Le Nouveau Nord Maritime, but that there is no mention in the newspapers of Brittany which were communicated to him by Michel Jeantheau. The date may be wrong as it is for Uzel, he says.

Explanations:

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Totally insufficient information.

Keywords:

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

Saint-Quay-Portrieux, Côtes-d'Armor, butcher, teacher, night, lumous, disc, anonymous, multiple, sea

Sources:

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross September 19, 2014 First published, [cmn1].
1.1 Patrick Gross March 6, 2017 Addition [ubk1].
1.2 Patrick Gross January 17, 2019 Addition of the Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet."
1.3 Patrick Gross January 1, 2020 Addition [ppe1].
1.4 Patrick Gross March 2, 2020 Addition [nnm1]. In the Summary, "The regional newspaper Centre-Matin of Montluçon" changed to "The regional newspapers Centre-Matin and Le Nouveau Nord Maritime"
1.5 Patrick Gross January 23, 2021 Addition [lcx1].
1.7 Patrick Gross September 2, 2021 Addition [dcn1].

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