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September 19, 1954, Ottonville, Moselle:

Reference for this case: 19-Sep-54-Ottonville.
Please cite this reference in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


Ufologist Alain Gamard reportedly indicated that on September 19, 1954, in Ottonville in the Moselle department, a municipal councilor who was returning home on a dark night, allegedly saw an object nearby in a field; which he estimated to be a flying saucer.

An "aeronaut" stood near the machine. The witness approached the "man" with the intention of speaking to him, but "the aeronaut, as soon as he saw him arrive, went back in his machine; which quickly resumed altitude."

The source would be the regional newspaper L'Alsace for September 24, 1954.



Date Place Country Witnessed by Description of "Pilots" Total
Sept. 1954 Otton France a municipal "An airman gor into the saucer and flew off" 1

[Ref. rre1:] RAOUL ROBE:

Case #14

September 19 in Ottonville (57).

A city council man, who returned home, in a dark night, saw not far from him, in a field, an object which he estimated to be a flying saucer. An aeronaut stood near the machine. The witness approached the "man" in the intention to talk to him, but the aeronaut, as soon as he saw him arriving, went up in his machine: which took again altitude quickly. (Ref.: l'Alsace for 09/24/54, communication by Alain Gamard).

[Ref. uda1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

In September 1954:

Otton, France

267 reports of same UFO.

An object was sighted that had an appearance and performance beyond the capability of known earthly aircraft. One object was observed by one witness.

Hynek rating: CE1

Vallee rating: CE1

The sources are listed as "Keyhoe, Donald E., Flying Saucer Conspiracy, Holt, New York, 1955"; "Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073)"; Schoenherr, Luis, Computerized Catalog (N = 3173)".

[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
19540900 00.09.1954 Otton France CE II


September 19 1954. Night.


A municipal councillor returning home on this dark night saw a strange object in a field with a being stood next to it. The witness approached the being to speak to it, but when it saw him it entered the object, which took off



Possible helicopter.


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

Ottonville, Moselle, city council man, night, field, object, flying saucer, landing, occupant, man, take-off, fast, anonymous


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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross August 18, 2010 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross October 2, 2014 Additions [uda1], [jve8].
1.2 Patrick Gross January 23, 2017 Addition [ubk1].
1.3 Patrick Gross October 25, 2019 Additions [prn2], Summary.

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