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September 18, 1954, Vichy, Allier:

Reference number for this case: 18-Sep-54-Vichy. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


The regional newspaper Le Provençal for September 20, 1954, reported that on the night of Saturday, September 18, 1954, many residents of Vichy observed a luminous saucer-shaped craft moving fast in the sky.

One of the witnesses, Mr. Isnardon, said that this "craft" had "disappeared almost immediately."

In 1958, the ufologist Aimé Michel gave a wrong date to the case, writing it was on October 19, 1954.




Vichy (A.F.P.).

Many residents of Vichy stated to have observed, during the night of Saturday, a luminous craft having the shape of a saucer and which moved in the sky at a sharp pace.

The craft, added Mr. Isnardon, one of the witnesses, disappeared almost at once.


09/19/1954 Vichy (night).

Numerous Vichy residents saw in the sky of their city a luminous craft in the shape of a saucer that moved fast. (Centre matin for 09/21/1954.

M.O.C. p. 90 Aimé Michel (No trace in the local press) 09/19/54.


024 19/09/54 NT Vichy
Luminous saucer

[Ref. uda1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 18 September 1954 in Vichy, France, "An unidentified object was sighted, but with appearance and behavior that most likely would have a conventional explanation. One object was observed."

The sources are indicated as Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073); Vallee, Jacques, Anatomy of a Phenomenon, Henry Regnery, Chicago, 1965.

[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
19540918 18.09.1954 Vichy France NL


Possible plane or meteor.



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Vichy, Allier, multiple, Isnardon, lumineux, fast, night


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