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The 1954 French flap:

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July 20 or 21, 1954, Troyes, Aube:

Reference for this case: 21-Jul-54-Troyes.
Please cite this reference in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


The local newspaper L'Echo Nogentais for July 24, 1954, noted:

"Is it a mirage? Tuesday [thus July 21, 2954], at about 4 p.m., flying saucers were seen in the sky of Troyes."

Jacques Vallée noted in a computer catalog a case of UFO of July 21, 1954, at 4 p.m., in Troyes. There was no other information and no source reference.

In 2019, on the Web, a Web page on observations in the Aube department was published by one Jacques Schwitzer. It aid that on July 20, 1954, at 4 p.m., in Troyes, nine people had observed an extremely brilliant ball that turned on itself, and that this observation was confirmed by the director of the Juvénal-des-Ursins clinic who had installed an observatory on the roof of his establishment.




Is it a mirage? Tuesday, at about 4 p.m., flying saucers were seen in the sky of Troyes.

[Ref. jve5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

107 -004.07790 48.29940 21 07 1954 16 00 1 TROYES F 1516 D

[Ref. uda1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on July 21, 1954, in Troyes, France, "An unidentified object was sighted, but with appearance and behavior that most likely would have a conventional explanation. One object was observed by six witnesses."

The sources are indicated as Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073); Vallee, Jacques, Challenge to Science: The UFO Enigma, Henry Regnery, Chicago, 1966; Vallee, Jacques, Preliminary Catalog (N = 500), (in JVallee01).

[Ref. ubk1:] "UFO-DATENBANK":

The sighting was recorded twice in this database:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19540721 21.07.1954 Troyes France 16.00
19540721 21.07.1954 Troyes France 16.00


On July 20, 1954 at 4 p.m., in Troyes, 9 people observe an extremely brilliant ball turning on itself. The observation is confirmed by the director of the Juvénal-des-Ursins clinic who installed, on the roof of his establishment, an observatory.



Totally insufficient information.


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

Troyes, Aube, multiple


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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross April 5, 2010 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross June 17, 2010 Addition [jve5].
1.2 Patrick Gross December 3, 2016 Addition [ubk1].
1.3 Patrick Gross July 2, 2019 Addition of the Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet."
1.4 Patrick Gross December 12, 2019 Addition [jcr1]. in the Summary, addition of the paragraphe "In 2019, on the Web..."

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