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November 1, 1954, Viomenil, Vosges:

Reference for this case: 1-nov-54-Vioménil.
Please cite this reference in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

The regional newspaper La Liberté de l'Est for November 5, 1954, reported among other observations of "serial phenomena or collective illusions" in Vioménil in the Vosges, that "last Monday", therefore on November 1, 1954, at approximately 8:30 p.m., Mr. Robert Didier, farmer living at the farm "La Bataille" had seen in the sky above the pumping station of the town and heading towards Belrupt at a very large speed and silently, a whitish disc of about 40 cm, which left behind a long and wide trail of several colors.

Reports:

[Ref. lle1:] NEWSPAPER "LA LIBERTE DE L'EST":

VIOMENIL (Vosges)
SERIAL PHENOMENA OR COLLECTIVE ILLUSION?

It was approximately 08:30 P.M. last Monday when Mr. Robert Didier, farmer residing in the farm of "La Bataille" saw in the sky above the pumping station of the community and moving towards Belrupt at a very high speed and without making noise, a whitish disc of 40 cm approximately, which left a long and broad trail of several colors behind itself.

The morning of the following day, i.e. Tuesday November 2, at about 06:15 A.M., Mr. Paul Poirot also residing in "La Bataille," on hearing a gentle humming, came out fast of his place and exclaimed soon afterwards: "It's falling!"

His relatives were quickly outside and learned that a green disc releasing flames behind itself went down at high speed towards a close clearing. Everyone run to the supposed spot of the fall but nothing was discovered.

During the same day one learned as Mr. Robert Gegonne, farmer in Tholloy, had seen in the morning at about the same time a similar disc above the farm, which did also come from Tholloy and directed itself also towards Belrupt.

[Ref. lbs1:] UFOLOGY BULLETIN "LA LIGNE BLEUE SURVOLEE?":

Scan.

27°) CASE No. F/98/88/541101. (01)

VIOMENIL "LA BATAILLE" - MONDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 1954

Approximately 8:30 p.m. local time

Witness: Mr. Robert DIDIER (farmer)

Sources: La Liberté de l'Est article of November 5, 1954

"VIOMENIL (Vosges) SERIAL PHENOMENA OR COLLECTIVE ILLUSION?

"It was around 8:30 p.m. last Monday when Mr. Robert DIDIER, farmer living at the "LA BATAILLE" farm, saw in the sky above the town's pumping station and heading towards BELRUPT at a very high speed and without making noise, a whitish disc of about 40 cm, which left behind it a long and wide trevé of several colors.

(Beginning of the article continued in the following cases)

[Ref. lbs2:] UFOLOGY BULLETIN "LA LIGNE BLEUE SURVOLEE?":

Num. DATE PLACE TIME SHORT DESCRIPTION 1234 SOURCES EXPLANATIONS
11/01/1954 VIOMENIL 08:30 p.m. Whitish disk moving noiselessly across the sky leaving a long, wide multicolored trail. ...X Liberté de l'Est du for 11/05/1954 Meteor?

[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
19541101 01.11.1954 Viomenil France 20.30 NL

Explanations:

Map.

Obvious description of a meteor.

[lcn1] mixes the reports of the 1st and the 2nd. [uda1] cites a "landing" whereas there was no landing reported.

Keywords:

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

Vioménil, Vosges, meteor, disc, contrail, white, whitish, multicolored, Robert Didier, silent, fast

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross April 7, 2004 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross May 25, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [lcn1], [uda1].
1.1 Patrick Gross November 1, 2011 A search on the web and in my documentation did not reveal other sources.
1.2 Patrick Gross February 2, 2017 Addition [ubk1].
1.3 Patrick Gross June 13, 2022 Additions [lbs1], [lbs2].

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