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October 21, 1954, Brest, Finistère:

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



In Brest
a high ranking officer
engineer in the navy
has seen a "very luminous disc"
in the sky

BREST, 25 (from our newsroom). -- In the area of Brest, a testimony worthy of faith on the flying saucers was recorded.

It comes indeed from a senior officer, engineer of the Navy, which makes a point of remaining anonymous.

Thursday, at about 8 o'clock, this engineer saw in the sky above the hills, between Plougastel and Landernau, a "very luminous" disc, which seemed to hover at 8.000 meters of altitude.

Broad of one meter, to the naked eye, this disc appeared to be a biconvex lens.

The wife of the officer observed, herself, the luminous point, while her husband was going to seek binoculars. But, when the engineer came back, a cloud was hiding the disc.

"It was certainly not an atmospheric phenomenon, the engineer told us. And my scientific knowledge does not enable me to explain such a vision logically."


A flying disc above Plougastel?

BREST. -- An officer naval engineer, who makes a point of keeping anonymity, announced that Thursday towards 8, he had seen in the direction of Plougastel, a very luminous disc, being with approximately at 8000 meters of altitude. It was a kind of biconvex lens. His wife also observed the phenomenon and while the engineer was going to get binoculars for better observing the disc, it disappeared in the clouds.

[Ref. lcx1:] NEWSPAPER "LA CROIX":


Saucers, cigars, etc.

Squadrons reported
above Yugoslavia

Flying saucers and other strange objects were reported over Yugoslavia on Monday.

The press and the radio reported multiple mysterious craft flying at high altitude, high speed and often in formations.

"Large flying spheres leaving a fluorescent green trail" have been seen over Zagreb, Belgrade and several other locations.

Also on Monday, around 6 a.m., residents of Belgrade observed "strange objects" at very high altitudes.

Noisy apparatuses
cross the Iron Curtain!

Prague radio reports that flying saucers have been sighted over the territory of Czechoslovakia.

The radio said that in some places loud detonations were heard and that the population was asked to communicate all their observations to the weather station located in the Tatra Mountains.

In Austria the saucers"
have "panache"

Thousands of Austrians have also seen mysterious craft flying over their country.

The meteorological station of Vienna affirms, about a "saucer" which appeared above the capital, that it is not a weathre balloon, but an "object terminated by a plume of flames", flying at an extraordinary speed, from West to East, without making the slightest noise. Above Graz, it would have been a green-blue ball, terminated at the rear by a point, and which flew at an altitude of 3,000 to 4,000 meters. The same craft was seen by numerous witnesses over the towns of Judenburg and Wildon, in Styria.

Finally, in Burgenland, the flying saucers, according to spectators, had the shape of a red ball this time, and which flew horizontally and silently in the direction of Hungary.

They're coming back...
in Holland...

After a long absence, the saucers once again crisscross the skies of the Netherlands. It was especially in the northeast of the country that witnesses reported the appearance of saucers, cigars and flying balls, which, according to them, were moving at high speed towards the West, with sudden changes of direction.

... but seem to
abandon France

- A fishing boss, Henri Letrecher, living in Gatteville-Phare (Manche), saw an orange globe in the sky which moved at breakneck speed, letting hang a luminous arrow of the same color. His son and several neighbors witnessed the same phenomenon.

- In Brest a naval engineer officer has just reported that he had seen a luminous disc located at about 8,000 meters of altitude and heading towards Plougastel. It was a kind of biconvex lens.

[Ref. gqy1:] GUY QUINCY:


October 21 [, 1954]

08:00 p.m.: Brest (Finistre):lent. bi-convex lumin.

[... other cases...]

[Ref. jve5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

385 +004.47750 48.39300 21 10 1954 10 00 2 BREST F 301 A

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Finistère at Brest on October 21, 1954, at 08:00 p.m. "A senior officer, naval engineer, saw in the sky above the hills, between Plougastel and Landernau, 'a very luminous' disc, which seemed to hover at 8.000 meters of altitude. One meter wide to the naked eye, this disc seemed a biconvex lens. The officer's wife observed, het too, the luminous point, while her husband was going to get binoculars. But, at the return of the engineer, a cloud hid the disc. 'It was certainly not an atmospheric phenomenon, the engineer told us. And my scientific knowledge does not enable me to explain such a vision logically."

Luc Chastan indicates that the source is my website: "Les OVNI vus de près par Gross Patrick **" (This being the old URL of my website's home page).

[Ref. uda1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 21 October 1954 in Brest, France "Hovered." And: "A hovering object was observed. One object was observed by one witness."

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":

This database recorded this case 3 times:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541020 20.10.1954 Schirmeck France
19541021 21.10.1954 Brest France 08.00
19541021 21.10.1954 Brest France 08.00

[Ref. voi1:] "ARCHIVES VIGIE OVNI 29":

Brest ( 29 200 ), 21 October 1954, 08 h 00 ...

Testimony nr. FR 29 200 1954 10 21 08 00

Available documents:



Probably the 08:15 p.m. meteor of that day.


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

Brest, Finistère, officer, anonymous, disc, luminous, high


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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross November 14, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross January 12, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [lcn1], [uda1].
1.1 Patrick Gross June 30, 2010 Addition [jve5].
1.2 Patrick Gross February 7, 2017 Additions [ubk1], [voi1].
1.3 Patrick Gross January 2, 2019 Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet."
1.4 Patrick Gross January 22, 2021 Addition [lcx1].
1.5 Patrick Gross May 18, 2022 Addition [gqy1].

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