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September 21, 1954, Saint-Raphael, Var:

Reference number for this case: 21-Sep-54-Saint-Raphael. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Reports:

[Ref. lpl1:] "LE PROVENCAL" NEWSPAPER:

A SAUCER
silent and smoking
in the sky of Saint-Raphael

Saint-Raphael (C.P.).

Workman baker at Mr. Justin Rabbia, street Marius-Allongue, Mr. Giraud was yesterday morning at 04:30 at the window of the bakehouse of his owner when he saw, crossing the sky and moving towards the mount of the Estérel a machine of approximately three meters in diameter moving very quickly and leaving itself a trail of smoke and a red gleam. It should be noted that this machine did not make any noise. Before Mr. Giraud did had the time to realize, the saucer had disappeared beyond the mounts.

[Ref. non1:] "NORD-MATIN" NEWSPAPER:

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ACCORDING TO SCIENTISTS FROM ROME,

the "cigar"
that flew over Rome is a
craft of unknown type

The "flying cigar" which was observed Friday afternoon in the sky of Rome, is the subject of confidential studies in the great astronomical observatory of Rome.

Thousands of people could see the craft which flew fro a long time above Rome, at an altitude of 10.000 meters first, then descended much lower. It left behind a slight trail of white smoke coming out of the narrow end of the cigar. Radar technicians at the Ciampino airport identified an antenna in the middle of the widest end of the craft. The latter has the shape of a cigar enlarged and swollen towards the middle.

Several scientists from Rome alerted in good time, were able to observe the craft, because it is indeed for them, now, a craft and not a celestial body: "Aerial craft of type unknown so far", they say.

At one time, the craft descended suddenly 400 meters, then it got into vertical position, took again height and, returning to its flight position, quickly disappeared on the horizon.

Two peculiar objects
in the sky of the Allier

A resident of Moulins went over the weekend to Rongères, a small commune in the Allier, when Sunday in the afternoon, around 4:30 p.m. he saw in the sky a cigar-shaped object and, a few seconds later, a second object in the shape of a globe. This very shiny globe circled in 15 seconds and quickly headed southeast.

This testimony was not known until yesterday evening following a report that the Moulin residents, whose identity has not been revealed, sent to the Prefect of Allier.

A flying saucer
in the sky of Saint-Raphaël

Mr. Denis Giraud, baker, 27, saw a flying saucer last night.

Working for Mr. Justin Rabbia, baker, rue Marius Allongue, Mr. Giraud was at 4:30 a.m. yesterday morning at the window of his boss's bakery, from where he had a vie to the road and the Esterel.

Suddenly, he saw, crossing the sky and heading towards the Esterel, a machine about 3 meters in diameter, moving very quickly and leaving behind it a trail of white smoke and a red glow.

This machine made no noise and before Mr. Giraud had time to "realize", the saucer had disappeared beyond the mountains...

[Ref. vmr1:] "VAR-MATIN REPUBLIQUE" NEWSPAPER:

A flying saucer in the sky of St Raphaël

St Raphaël, September 22. -- Mr. Denis Giraud, working baker, 22 years old, saw, last night, a flying saucer.

Working for Mr. Justin Rabbia, baker on street Marius Allongue, Mr. Giraud was, yesterday morning at 04:30 at the window of the bakehouse of his owner, a window giving on the Garonne and having a sight on the Esterel, when he saw, crossing the sky and moving towards the solid mass of the Esterel, an apparatus of approximately 3 m of circumference, moving very fast and leaving a trail of smoke and a red gleam.

It should be noted that this apparatus did not make any noise.

Before Mr. Giraud did not have time to realize, the saucer had disappeared across the mounts.

[Ref. psy1:] PATRICE SERAY:

In connection with sightings in the department of Var in 1954, Patrice Seray notes an unspectacular appearance seen from St Raphaël in the neighbourhoods of September 20: a 22 year old baker, Mr. Giraud, said he observed at about 04:30 a.m. an object of round form of approximately three meters of circumference moving fast while leaving behind a trail of flames. Seray notes the low of strangeness and especially a quite easy to find explanation.

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Var in St Raphaël on September 21, 1954 at 04:30 hours "The witness is at the window of the bakehouse of his owner, window giving on the Garonne and having a view on the Esterel, when he saw, crossing the sky and moving towards the Esterel, an object of about 3 m of circumference, moving very quickly and leaving a trail of smoke and a red gleam without any noise."

The source is indicated as "Var Matin".

[Ref. uda1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 22 September 1954 at 04:30 in St Raphael, France, "An unidentified object was sighted, but with appearance and behavior that most likely would have a conventional explanation. One object, about 5 feet across, was observed by one witness."

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

[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
19540922 22.09.1954 St. Raphael France NL

Explanations:

Plane or meteor possible.

Keywords:

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

Saint-Raphael, Var, baker, Denis Giraud, night, fast, trail, smoke, luminous, red, silent

Sources:

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross April 4, 2007 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross January 14, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [lcn1], [uda1].
1.1 Patrick Gross October 19, 2011 Addition [psy1].
1.2 Patrick Gross January 31, 2017 Addition [ubk1].
1.3 Patrick Gross March 29, 2020 Addition [non1].

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