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The 1954 French flap:

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September 20, 1954, La Châtre, Indre:

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

Summary:

Ufology sources in the 1970s indicated that on September 20, 1954, in La Châtre, in the Indre department, there was an observation, apparently a "luminous machine was seen from a close distance on the ground, then rose to the sky."

A little more was told by ufologist Jean Sider in 1997. He indicated that an article in the newspaper L'Echo du Berry for October 8, 1954, was about an observation on September 20, 1954, at 09:00 p.m., in Sainte-Anne, La Châtre, the Indre:

Mr. Billonnet of Saint-Anne and his wife were alerted by their dog; this allowed them to see a luminous apparatus rise from a field near their home.

The bewspaper article cited by Sider atually told:

Not serious, the testimony by Mr. Billonet of Ste Anne and that of Mrs. Billonet, who, on the 20th, at 9 P.M, alerted by their dog, saw a luminous apparatus taking off of a field near their residence.

Reports:

[Ref. eby1:] "L'ECHO DU BERRY" NEWSPAPER:

[... (extract)]

Not serious, the testimony by Mr. Billonet of Ste Anne and that of Mrs. Billonet, who, on the 20th, at 9 P.M, alerted by their dog, saw a luminous apparatus taking off of a field near their residence.

[...]

[Ref. cgu1:] CHARLES GARREAU:

Charles Garreau mentions that there was an observation on October 7, 1954 in La Châtre, in the Indre department.

[Ref. ldl1:] "LUMIERES DANS LA NUIT" MAGAZINE:

On september 20, 1954 at 09:00 P.M. a luminous craft have been seen from a short distance on the ground, and then raised into the sky.

[Ref. jsr1:] JEAN SIDER:

French ufologist and author Jean Sider says he learned in an article from the newspaper "L'Echo du Berry" for October 8, 1954, that on September 20, 1954, at 09:00 p.m., in Sainte-Anne, Châtre, Indre, Mr Billonnet, of Saint-Anne, as well as his wife, were alerted by their dog, which allowed them to see a luminous machine rising of a field close to their residence.

[Ref. edr1:] EMMANUEL DEHLINGER:

Emmanuel Dehlinger has an entry for this case in his listing for the French 1954 UFO flap:

Location Approximate coordoninates Date Civilian time Z time Duration Sky Distance and movement of ufo Altitude of ufo Angle B of sun to horizon Azimut of sun Angle B of moon to horizon Azimut of the moon EL State of night Case Reference
La Châtre (Indre) 1° 22' E 46° 25' N Sept 20 21:00C Close on the ground then rises -21° 32' 296° -20° 31' 15° ~40%- NN NN4 ? Luminous craft. N° 319 p. 4

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Indre in La Châtre on September 20, 1954, at 21:00 "At the place called Ste Anne a couple is alerted by their dog. They then observe a luminous object rise from a field close to their house."

The source is indicated as "Lumières dans la Nuit".

Explanations:

The extract of the article of the newspaper "L'Echo du Berry" starts with the words "Not serious."

This could wrongfully create the notion that the newspaper really regarded this observation as "not serious."

In fact, the author of the article wrote an article of protest against the public assertion in the national press by Evry Schatzman, an astrophyisician and also president of the "Union Rationnaliste" at this time. Evry Schatzman had proposed his opinion which was that "stories of flying saucers are not serious", and it in protest against this position and convinced, on the contrary, that this observation is a serious observation among other serious observations that the journalist from L'Echo du Berry listed a number of observations, such as this one, starting with these words, "Not serious."

Of course it may be that Mr. and Mrs. Billonet, and their dog, were indeed not serious.

Keywords:

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

La Châtre, Indre, Billonnet, object, craft, luminous, landing, dog, barking, animal, effect

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross June 5, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross January 4, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [lcn1].
1.1 Patrick Gross July 7, 2010 Addition [cgu1].

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