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1954, Villenave-d'Ornon, Gironde:

Reference for this case: 54-Villenave-d'Ornon.
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On December 10, 2007, a reader of my website emailed me his non-anonymous testimony, about his observation in 1954 at the age of 4 in Villenave-d'Ornon; which he remembers as if it were yesterday.

He explained that his parents lived in a small pavilion at the end of the path of Plumat; which is now Rue des Pyrénees. A wood extended the terrain, and a soccer field just opposite allowed for a clear view.

His grandmother Juliette had a little cottage at the back of the garden, and he used to go there to wish her good evening around 8 p.m. or 8.30 p.m. before going to bed.

One evening, crossing the garden to his grandmother's cottage as usual, he saw an object floating just above the soccer field. He was terrified and petrified from the impressive apparition.

His father, not seeing him coming back, went to look for him and noticed the object. According to his father and based on the size of the soccer field, the object must have been 300 meters long and 30 meters high and hovered 50 meters above the ground. They later compared it to a blimp of the "Zeppelin" kind.

My reader indicates that the next day, there was an article in the newspaper Sud Ouest that reported that witnesses had seen the same object in Ambares, another town in the Bordeaux suburb. No one else had seen the UFO in Villenave-d'Ornon.


[Ref. pgs1:] THE WITNESS:

The case comes from a direct communication by email from the witness to me.

Date written:
December 10, 2007
Date received:
December 10, 2007
Date published:
January 12, 2008
Original language of report:
Reported using:
Unreleased information:
Name, firstname, email address

The report:

Subject: testimony
Date: December 10, 2007
From: [Pseudonym]

Good day Sir

I stumbled by chance on your website and I was allured by the serious your work.But the reason I write to you today is to report my testimony to you.Indeed in 1954 I saw a UFO whereas I lived in Villenave d'ornon a suburb close to Bordeaux.

My parents lived a small house located at the end of the way of Plumat which now is the street of the Pyrenees .A wood prolonged the ground and a football field located just opposite made it possible to have a clear sight.Ma grandmother Juliette had a small country cottage in the end of the garden and I was used to fo to greet her of a good evening around eight eight o'clock before going to sleep. And one evening crossing the garden to go to my grandmother's as I usually did I saw an object hovering just above the football field. I was seized by fear and remained petrified in front of this impressive appearance .My father who did not see me coming back came to search for me and noticed the object. According to him and taking the football field for comparison it must have been about 300 meter in length 30 meters in height and hovered 50 meters high. Later we compared it to an airship of the zeppelin type.

The following day an article publishd in the Sud-Ouest newspaper reported that witnesses had seen the same object with in Ambares, another suburb of Bordeaux .Nobody else than us saw the ufo in Villenave d' Ornon.

I was four years old and I remember it as if it were yesterday.

I remain at your disposal for all additinal information.

[Name] [Firstname]



There was a sighting report in mid September 1954 in Villenave-d'Ornon, reported in the Sud-Ouest newspaper, but it took place at 7 in the morning. No other description then "an object" is available.

While a soccer field is a good place for an airship to take off or land, there was, to my knowledge, no airship in use in France in 1954.

I still have to find the article in the Sud Ouest newspaper mentioned by my reader or other information about an observation in Ambarès (about 18 km north of the place of this observation) in 1954.


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

Villenave-d'Ornon, Gironde, object, hovering, huge, dimensions, low, Zeppelin


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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross January 12, 2008 First published. [pgs1].
1.0 Patrick Gross July 6, 2019 Addition of the Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet."

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