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September 22, 1954, Rueil-Malmaison, Hauts-de-Seine:

Reference number for this case: 22-Sep-54-Rueil-Malmaison. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

In his 1958 book on the French wave of 1954, ufologist Aimé Michel indicated that on September 22, 1954, at 08:30 p.m., Mrs. Louet, living in Rueil-Malmaison, on the slopes of Mount Valerian, some kilometers west of Paris, was in front of her window, when she suddenly saw coming from the south, a small luminous ball that quickly got closer by getting bigger and apparently gaining altitude.

The small ball reached the cloud ceiling just above Mount Valerien, sank into it and disappeared.

In 1979, the "skeptical" ufologists Gérard Barthel and Jacques Brucker indicated that in Rueil-Malmaison on September 22, 1954, at 8:30 p.m., a small, fast, high-altitude luminous ball was observed; which was probably a big meteorite since the description was "identical" to a case in Dôle that day in which the witness told them to have seen at 08:30 p.m. a fleeting glow that crossed the sky.

Reports:

[Ref. aml1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel reports that on September 22, 1954, at 08:30 p.m., Mrs. Louet, living in Rueil-Malmaison, on the slopes of the mount Valérien, a few kilometers in the west of Paris, was in front of her window.

She suddenly saw appearing, coming from the south, a small luminous ball which quickly approached while growing bigger and also, apparently, while taking altitude.

The small ball reached the cloudy ceiling about above mount Valérien went into the cloud and disappeared.

Mrs. Louet evaluated as two minutes approximately the duration of the phenomenon. She saw the small ball appearing in the southern sector at the time when, approximately 60 kilometers more in the south, Mrs. Gamundi looked at the small balls coming out of the great mass of clouds and to disperse in all the directions.

[Ref. gqy1:] GUY QUINCY:

Scan.

September 22 [1954]

07:30 p.m.: Saint-Chéron/Breuillet (Seine-et-Oise)

07:30 p.m.: Arpajon (Seine-et-Oise)

08:00 p.m.: Saint-Fargeau/Ponthierry (Seine-et-Marne): sphère des nuées

08:30 p.m.: Rueil-Malmaison/Rebais/Sénart (S.et Oise): luminous ball

08:30 p.m.: Paris 7°(Seine): disque lumineux

? (same h?): Chailly-en-Bière (Seine-et-Marne)/Nationale 7,N. of Fontainebleau (S.et-Marne: clouds sphere + 7 or 8 small lumin. "balls."

[Ref. bbr1:] GERARD BARTHEL AND JACQUES BRUCKER:

The two authors indicate that in Rueil-Malmaison on September 22, 1954, at 08:30 p.m., a small fast luminous ball at high altitude was observed.

They say that one can seriously think that it was large a meteorite since the description is "identical" to a case in Dôle the same day in which the witness had told them to have seen at 08:30 p.m. a fast fugitive gleam which crossed the sky.

[Ref. lgs1:] LOREN GROSS:

Paris region. September 22nd.

Mont-Valerian, France. Time: 8:20 p.m.(a few miles west of Paris) Through a window a Mme. Lauet living in the Paris suburb of Mont-Valerien beheld a small glowing ball approach and then fly up into a solid layer of cloud. This took place at 8:20 p.m. on the 22nd. Was this "ball" one of round objects "launched" by the big UFO seen earlier 35 miles to the south? 103.

[...]

102. Paris, France, France-Soir, 24 September 54. Also: Paris, France, Parisian-Libere, 1 October 54.
103. Ibid.

[Ref. lhh1:] LARRY HATCH - "*U* COMPUTER DATABASE":

3812: 1954/09/22 20:20 1 2:12:40 E 48:52:20 N 3333 WEU FRN PRS 5:6

Mt.VALERIEN,PARIS,FR:1 OBS:SML GLOWING BALL NEARS:RISES ^/CLOUDS:/PARIS SOIR

Ref#138 GROSS,L.:UFOs a HISTORY-1954/10 bks Book # 3 Page 43 : RESIDENT'L

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Haut de Seine at Rueil Malmaison on September 22, 1954, at 20:30 "A woman residing on the slopes of the Valérien Mount observes from her window and coming from the south a small luminous ball which above the Valérien mount goes into the clouds."

Luc Chastan indicates that the source is "M.O.C. by Michel Aimé ** Arthaud 1958".

[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 Mont Valerien France 08.20 p.m. NL

Explanations:

Not looked for yet.

Keywords:

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

Rueil-Malmaison, Hauts-de-Seine, night, clouds, ball, luminous

Sources:

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross December 12, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross January 17, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Addition [lcn1].
1.1 Patrick Gross February 6, 2017 Addition [ubk1].
1.2 Patrick Gross August 29, 2019 Additions [lgs1], [lhh1], Summary.
1.3 Patrick Gross March 13, 2021 Addition [gqy1].

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