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September 22, 1954, Saint-Laurent-Médoc, Gironde:

Reference for this case: 22-Sep-54-Saint-Laurent-Médoc.
Please cite this reference in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


In a general catalog of observations of the Gironde written by the Bordeaux section of the CFRU, published in the ufology magazine Ouranos in the fourth quarter of 1973, it is said that according to the newspaper Sud-Ouest for October 9, 1954, the following observation took place:

On September 22, 1954, at 01:45 p.m. in Saint-Laurent-Médoc, Amédée Beaumont and his servant saw a very brilliant metallic apparatus, of cylindrical shape, silent, moving by jerks, stabilizing and then disappearing at high speed.

After Michel Figuet apparently misdated the case to September 23, 1954, all other source used this probably wrong date.



September 22, 1954 01:45 p.m. St-Laurent-Medoc HA V3 Axis 5

Witnesses: Amédée Beaumont and his servant. Very shiny, silent, saccading metallic apparatus, stabilizing and then disappearing at high speed. Cylindrical shape.

S. O. October 9, 54



SEPTEMBER 22, 1954 1:45 p.m. St-Laurent-Médoc HA/V 3

Witness:... Amédée BEAU[???]T and his servant. Very shiny metallic craft, silent, moving in jerks, stabilizing then disappearing at high speed. Cylindrical.

(S.O. October 09, 1954)

Note: "HA" stands for "High Altitude"; "V 3" means "observation of medium value."

[Ref. gep1:] UFOLOGY GROUP "GEPO":

09 22 54 (13) St Laurent Medoc N 3012X2C XV


The two authors report that on September 23, 1954, in Saint-Laurent-Médoc, 13:45: metal apparatus very shining, silent, moving by jerks, stabilizing itself, then disappearing at high speed. Its shape was cylindrical."


3818: 1954/09/23 13:50 1 0:49:20 W 45:09:00 N 3333 WEU FRN GRN 6:6


Ref# 30 FIGEUT[sic]&RUCHON: OVNI: Le 1er Dossier Page No. 83 : TOWN &CITY


The Belgian ufologist indicates that in 1954, on September 23, in France, in Saint Laurent (Médoc), "13:45: metal apparatus very shining, silent, moving by jerks, stabilizing itself, then disappearing at high speed. Cylindrical shape."

The source is indicated as "M. FIGUET/J.L. RUCHON: 'Ovni, le premier dossier complet..' - Alain Lefeuvre 1979, pub. p. 83".

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in St Laurent Médoc in the Gironde on September 23, 1954 at 13:45 hours "It is observed a metal apparatus, very shining, silent, moving by jerks, stabilizing himself then disappearing at high speed. It was of cylindrical form."

The source is indicated as "Ovni, Premier dossier complet... by Figuet M./ Ruchon J.L. ** Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979".

[Ref. uda1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 23 September 1954 at 13:50 in "St Laurent-Medoc", France "Luminous cylinder moves with jerks, shoots away at great speed."

And: "A cigar-shaped object was observed. One luminous cylinder was observed in a town for over one minute."

The source is indicated as "Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002."

[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. Laurent Medoc France 13.45



The movement by jerks, the stabilization, the departure, may suggest that it was neither a plane nor a meteor, but this is not fully guaranteed; there may have been some distortions of the story. One may think of a helicopter, perfectly capable of this kind of displacement.

Since there has been no investigation, apparently, since no duration is given, that there is a lot of missing information (for example, the angular size, the precise shape) I do not think I can end up giving a sound assessment of this observation.


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

Saint-Laurent-Médoc, Gironde, object, shining, silent, jerks, cylindrical, motionless, fast


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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross February 13, 2010 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross June 17, 2010 Addition [lcn1].
1.2 Patrick Gross January 31, 2017 Addition [ubk1].
1.3 Patrick Gross December 29, 2018 Additions [ous1], [lhh1], Summary. Day changed from 23 to 22.Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet."
1.4 Patrick Gross April 13, 2022 Addition [gep1].
1.5 Patrick Gross May 25, 2022 Addition [ufa1].

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