France 1954 -> Homeclick!

Cette page en franšaisCliquez!

The 1954 French flap:

The index page for the 1954 French flap section of this website is here.

< Previous  All  Next >

October 1, 1954, Talence, Gironde:

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




In 1968-1969, before the official GEPAN ufology effort started, its future head Dr Claude Poher was a member of the unofficial GEPA ufology group, and gathered a computer coded listing of more than 700 UFO reports on which multiple factors statistical computation could be run. In the file were a number of 1954 French UFO reports, among those this one.

For readability, a decoded interpretation of the data is provided here under the original 80 character encoded string. Decoding was done according to the original indications, the code number and its generic meaning is given. Please not that the generic meaning of each code is a predefined category, not the real specific details of the case. For example, if the main witness' age was 33, the coding would result in a number "3" which corresponds to a category "Adult from 21 to 59 years."

Original code:0606550110195497000JAZ132010400011ZZZZ040031210000000000000000000000000000000000
Location:Talence - France
Case number:0606
Source code:55
Nature of the source:Reports from official French sources: Police, Gendarmerie, Army, Pilots
Hours:97 = no indication
Minutes:00 = no indication
Type of Time:0 = time is doubtful or "imprecise"
Number of witnesses:Z = "several, many"
Main witness named:1 = name (s) indicated
Main witness age:3 = Adult from 21 to 59 years
Main witness occupation:2 = farmer, docker, navy, housekeeper
Official investigation:1 = an official investigation was made
Weather:0 = no indication
Duration:4 = from 1 to 19 minutes
Minimal distance witness - phenomenon:0 = no indication
Method of observation:0 = no indication
Number of "objects" observed simultaneously:01 = 1
Shape of the "object" (terminology of witness(es)):1 = disk, saucer, lenticular
Dimensions of the phenomenon:ZZZZ = no indication
Color of the observed phenomenon:04 = yellow, amber
Luminosity of the phenomenon:0 = no indication
Lights or projectors on the phenomenon:0 = no indication
Moving speed of the phenomenon:3 = successively motionless, or slow, AND rapid
Acceleration of the phenomenon:1 = very high acceleration reported
Trajectory of the phenomenon:2 = motionless or straight line with stops
Sounds perceived during observation:1 = no noise, total silence, object noiseless
Maximum angular height of observation (horizon = 0░):0 = no indication
Nature of the landing place:0 = no indication
Number of contact points with ground:0 = no indication
Traces of landing:0 = no indication
Observation of "occupants"0 = no indication
Height of the occupants observed:00 = no indication
Garment of the occupants:00 = no indication
Garment:0 = no indication
General behavior of "occupants":0 = no indication
Interaction of "occupants" with witness:0 = no indication
Head, hair:0 = no indication
Voice, breathing, chin:0 = no indication
Skin:0 = no indication
Eyes:0 = no indication
Mouth:0 = no indication
Various details:0 = no indication
Thermal effects:0 = no indication
Luminous effects:0 = no indication
Magnetic effect (or electromagnetic):0 = no indication
Odor perceived by witness:0 = no indication
Physiological effects on the witness(es):0 = no indication
Psychological effect on the witness(es):0 = no indication
Effects on animals:0 = no indication
Other effects reported:0 = no indication
Nebulosity:0 = no indication
Oscillations, emission of matter:0 = no indication
Spin, formation flight:0 = no indication
Immediate disappearance:0 = no indication
Halo surrounding the phenomenon:0 = no indication
Interaction witness / phenomenon (complement to the other rubrics):0 = no indication
Drawing or photo:0 = no indication
Structural details observed:0 = no indication

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Gironde in Talence, on October 1, 1954 at 16:00 hours, "thousands of witnesses observe a disc of yellow color, some with binoculars. It moved in straight line with stops and without any noise. It had strong accelerations."

The sources are indicated as "Ovni, Premier dossier complet... by Figuet M./ Ruchon J.L. ** Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979", and "Les Universons by Poher Claude **"

[Ref. uda1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 1 October 1954 in Talence, France, "one object was observed for over four minutes (Couderc)."

The source is indicated as "Poher, Claude, Etudes Statistiques Portant sur 1000 Temoignag, Author, undated."

[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
19541001 01.10.1954 Talence France



Contrary to what is indicated by Luc Chastan [lcn1], there is nothing about such an observation in the 1979 book of Figuet and Ruchon.

This case may be interesting, however the information at hand for now is much too meager.

Even worse: this could be the case of Bordeaux, identified as a balloon by the ufology magazine Ouranos New Series #9, as soon as the 4th quarter of 1973.


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

Talence, Gironde, Couderc, official, multiple, investigation, disc, yellow, slow, fast, silent, acceleration


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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross January 27, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross February 12, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [lcn1], [uda1].
1.1 Patrick Gross December 20, 2016 Addition [ubk1].
1.2 Patrick Gross July 22, 2019 Addition of the Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet."

Valid XHTML 1.0 Strict

 Feedback  |  Top  |  Back  |  Forward  |  Map  |  List |  Home
This page was last updated on July 22, 2019.