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October 20, 1954, Nevers, Nièvre:

Reference number for this case: 20-Oct-54-Nevers. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


In 1979, ufologists Michel Figuet and Jean-Louis Ruchon reported that according to the newspaper La Montagne for October 22, 1954, in Nevers, France, on October 20, 1954, above the municipal park, students of the Institution Saint-Cyr and their teacher observed an object of circular and very brilliant shape.

In the newspaper Paris-Presse for October22, 1954, I read a mention that "the pupils of the Saint-Cyr institute, in Clevers" [sic] are among the witnesses off saucers of the recent days.




The latest flying saucer trend is in the shape of a 4 CV.

The most disturbing thing about the mystery of the flying saucers is that they show themselves to the eyes of people that higher primary education and the gravity of their functions protect from vulgar superstitions and the dreams of old women.

How to doubt the word of Mr. Jean Gambier, sworn police officer in Hesdin (Pas-de-Calais) and Mrs. Michèle Vitkosusky, notary clerk in Normandy! Mr. Jean Gambier going to his service saw, above the forest an elongated apparatus whose upper part was bright red. The center of a bright white and whose lower part left behind a trail of stars. The craft quickly took to the vertical and disappeared at a dizzying pace.

Other observers have seen the saucer of Mrs the notary clerk. It was near Saint-Valery-en-Caux. Several unidentified objects - saucers, dammit! - have maneuvered for two hours. One of them, violently lit, landed in a field. Two others, seen not far from the cliff of Mers-les-Bains, seemed to correspond with the first group. Alas when the gendarmes arrived, to fine them, gosh! The saucers were gone: they must not have been in good legal standing.

The Lormes-Nevers coach driver and his passengers, also saw a saucer. Mr. Lucien Fiesch, from Issenheim in Alsace, also, who seized with fear is still running. And also Mr. Pierre Ackermann, from Guebwiller. And again Miss Fleck, from Soulzmatt (Bas-Rhin). Without forgetting the Pyreneans of Vic-Bigorre, the postman of Saint-Pierre-la-Cour station, Mr. Roumy, Houard and Fressard, at Cheverron [sic]; and the students of the Saint-Cyr Institute, in Clevers [sic].

Flying pumpkin

The most extraordinary case was noted by an Algerian motorist, Mr. Gaston Blanquère who, near the village of Jean-Mermoz saw a saucer in the shape of a 4 CV Renault. It consisted of an upper dome from which a yellow glow came out, let out a bluish luminous spray at its lower part and finally swept the plain of very powerful headlights.

Impossible to confuse this saucer with the humble pumpkin emptied and lit by a candle that the villagers of Momy (Basses-Pyrénées) chased yesterday armed with pitchforks, picks and rifles.


The two authors indicate that in Nevers, France, on October 20, 1954, above the municipal park, pupils of the Saint-Cyr Institution and their professor observed a very shining object of circular form.

The authors indicate that the source is La Montagne for October 22, 1954.

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates in his database of data that in the "Nièvres [sic] (58)" in Nevers on October 20, 1954 at 08:45 hours, "Above the municipal park of Nevers, the pupils of the St-Cyr Institution and their professor observed a very shining object of circular form."

The source is indicated as "Ovni, Premier dossier complet... by Figuet M./ Ruchon J.L. ** Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979".

[Ref. uda1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 19 October 1954 at 21:30 at Nevers, France, "Unidentified objects were sighted, but with appearance and behavior that most likely would have a conventional explanation. Two objects were observed for 20 minutes."

The source is indicated as "Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073)".

[Ref. uda2:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 20 October 1954 at 08:50 in Nevers, France, "Bright disc maneuvers, ascends in sky until lost among clouds."

The website adds: "An unusual object was sighted, that had unconventional appearance and performance. One red disc was observed by over 30 witnesses in a city for over 15 minutes."

The source is indicated as Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002.

[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
19541019 19.10.1954 Nevers France NL


could be many things, for example a meteor.


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

Nevers, Nièvre, multiple, students, professor, park, city, shining, object, round, circular


[----] indicates sources which I have not yet checked.

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross September 2, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross March 24, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [lcn1], [uda1], [uda2].
1.1 Patrick Gross March 6, 2017 Addition [ubk1].
1.2 Patrick Gross April 19, 2019 Addition of the Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet."
1.3 Patrick Gross January 2, 2020 Addition [ppe1]. In the Summary, addition of the paragraph "In the newspaper Paris-Presse..."

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