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Mois jour, 1954, Hautes-Pyrénées:

Reference for this case: 54-Hautes-Pyrénées.
Please cite this reference in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

When the "flying saucers" flap reached its top in 1954 in France, the Parisian magazine Radar started a contest promising one million old francs to whoever would manage to provide them with a photo of "flying saucer" that their jury would authenticate.

In their issue of November 14, 1954, the magazine showed among other photos that had reached them, this one:

Photo.

They commented that this photo, very small, came from Mr. Sio, from Saint-Erne, in the Aisne, who allegedly obtained it in the Hautes-Pyrénées. Mr. Sio did not specify which town appears in his picture - the magazine said nothing about the date and time.

"After scrutinizing it for a long time", the Radar jury suggested that it could be just a drop of the development product, but said they were willing to consider a larger format print. The case seems to have ended there.

At the end of the 1950s, a French archivist, Guy Quincy, interested in the question of the "mysterious celestial objects", compiled a catalog of observations, in which he noted, without giving either source or details, a observation in early October 1954 at an unknown hour in the Hautes-Pyrénées department, of several unidentified flying objects, noting that there may have been photos.

Reports:

[Ref. rdr1:] "RADAR" MAGAZINE:

Scan.

HAUTES-PYRENEES

It deserves a review. The document provided is so small that it seems surprisingly sincere. It is therefore important to examine it very closely. Its author, Mr. Sio, who lives in St-Erne, in the Aisne, allegedly obtained it in the Hautes-Pyrénées. But he does not name the charming town that we see in his photo. After having scrutinized it for a long time, our jurors ended up wondering if it was not just a vulgar drop of hyposulphite. But, of course, they are unanimously willing to study a print on a larger format. Only such a document will make it possible to accept or reject this saucer with certainty.

[Ref. gqy1:] GUY QUINCY:

Scan.

Beginning of October [1954]

[... Other cases...]

: Dept. of the Haute-Pyrénées: several,unident.flying.obj./photos?

[... Other cases...]

Explanations:

Map.

No report on a possible sighting seems to have been written; we may be dealing with what was called in the 2000s a "surprise photo", that is to say a photo in which the author thinks he sees a UFO when there was nothing seen when he took it.

In this specific case, the suggestion of the radar jury seems very likely to me: the three "things" in the photo look like stains, which could well be caused by drops of the development product.

Keywords:

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

Hautes-Pyrénées, Sio, photo, photograph, surprise photo, daytine

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross May 24, 2022 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross June 6, 2022 Addition [rdr1]. In the Summary, addition of the information from [rdr1]. Case date changed, was "beg. October 1954". Explanations changed, were "Totally insufficient information."

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