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September 23, 1954, Saint-Doulchard, Cher:

Reference number for this case: 23-Sep-54-St-Doulchard. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Reports:

On the sidelines of Robert Patient's observation at Le Jou, the press reported that there had been other observations, including one in Saint-Doulchard "at concordant hours", so on September 23, 1954, around 9:00 p.m., of a "luminous object."

In 1958, Aimé Michel noted on the side of the observation of Jou of September 23, 1954, that there were other witnesses, at the same time - so 9 or 10 p.m. - including in Saint-Doulchard.

He wrote that these were odd luminosities that seemed to spring from the ground or from a spot on the ground that would be too low to be seen, or hidden by the forest of Vilaines.

He commented that it could not be a St. Elmo fire because seen on a sector too large and seen landing and going away, nor a helicopter because according to the report from Jou it would have had extraordinary headlights.

Reports:

[Ref. jps1:] "LE JOURNAL DU PAS-DE-CALAIS ET DE LA SOMME" NEWSPAPER:

Scan.

A "luminous object"
reportedly chased
near Bourges the car
of a P.T.T. inspector

Bourges, 27. -- Mr. Robert Patient, assistant inspector of the PTT, living in Bourges, who, on Thursday evening, drove to Vasselay, with his wife and children, aged 11 and 10, said he had seen, that night, in the hamlet of Jou, north of Bourges, a singular object of extreme brilliance, seeming to come down into a field.

At the alleged landing point, a glowing reflection appeared. An incandescent filament about fifty meters long was in the center of the hemispherical object, the diameter of which approached fifteen meters.

For twenty to thirty seconds, it was dark. Suddenly there was a new light above the horizon. Mr. Patient, who had stopped his car, left, followed silently for a few hundred meters by the object; which then disappeared.

Other witnesses from Bourges, from Saint-Dolchard and from Vierzon, claim to have seen a luminous object at concordant hours.

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

Weirder and weirder!

Near Bourges: a luminous object follows a car

Bourges, September 27. -- Mr. Robert Patient, 35 years old, assistant inspector of the postal and telecommunications authorities, resident of Bourges, who, Thursday evening went by car in Vasselay, in company of his wife and of his children, aged 10 and 11, states to have seen, that night there, in the hamlet of Jou, in the north of Bourges, a weird object of an extreme brilliance, which seemed to go down in a field. At the apparent spot of the supposed landing, a reddish reflection appeared. An incandescent filament long of 50 meters approximately, was in the center of the object, hemispherical, which diameter approached about fifteen meters.

During 20 to 30 seconds, it was the darkness. Suddenly, there was a new gleam above the horizon. Mr. Patient, who had stopped his car, started again followed silently during a few hundreds of meters by the object which then disappeared. Other witnesses of Bourges, St Dolchand [sic] and Vierzon claimed to have seen, at concordant hours, a luminous object.

[Ref. cpd1:] "LE COURRIER PICARD" NEWSPAPER:

Scan.

A luminous object
follows a car
near Bourges

BOURGES, September 27. -- Mr. Robert Patient, 35, assistant inspector of the P.T.T., living in Bourges, who, Thursday evening, drove to Vasselay, with his wife and children, aged 11 and 10, declared that he had seen, that night, in the hamlet of Jou, north of Bourges, a singular object, of extreme brilliance, seeming to descend into a field.

At the alleged landing spot, a glowing reflection appeared. An incandescent filament, about 50 meters long, was in the center of the hemispherical object, the diameter of which approached about fifteen meters.

For twenty to thirty seconds, it was dark. Suddenly there was a new light above the horizon.

Mr. Patient, who had stopped his car, left, followed silently for a few hundred meters by the object, which then disappeared.

Other witnesses from Bourges, from Saint-Dolchard and from Vierzon, claim to have seen a luminous object at concordant hours.

 

[Ref. nnm1:] "LE NOUVEAU NORD MARITIME" NEWSPAPER:

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A LUMINOUS OBJECT
FOLLOWS A CAR
NEAR BOURGES

BOURGES, September 27. -- Mr. Robert Patient, 35, assistant inspector of the P.T.T., living in Bourges, who, Thursday evening, drove to Vasselay, with his wife and children, aged 11 and 10, declared that he had seen, that night, in the hamlet of Jou, north of Bourges, a singular object, of extreme brilliance, seeming to descend into a field.

At the alleged landing spot, a glowing reflection appeared. An incandescent filament, about 50 meters long, was in the center of the hemispherical object, the diameter of which approached about fifteen meters.

For twenty to thirty seconds, it was dark. Suddenly there was a new light above the horizon. Mr. Patient, who had stopped his car, left, followed silently for a few hundred meters by the object, which then disappeared. Other witnesses from Bourges, from Saint-Dolchard and from Vierzon, claim to have seen a luminous object at concordant hours.

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

Scan.

A "saucer"
follows a car
for several
hundreds of meters

For several hundred meters, a flying saucer followed a car, at least that is what Mr. R. Patient, assistant inspector of the P.T.T in Bourges, says.

Thursday evening, Mr. Patient going by car, to Vasselay, in the company of his wife and children, aged 11 and 10 years old, saw, that night, in the hamlet of Jou, north of Bourges, a peculiar object of extreme brilliance, seeming to descend into a field.

At the alleged landing spot, a glowing reflection appeared. An incandescent filament about 50 meters long was in the center of the object, hemispherical, the diameter of which approached about fifteen meters.

For twenty to thirty seconds it was darkness. Then suddenly there was a new glow above the horizon. Mr. Patient, who had stopped his car, left followed silently, for a few hundred meters, by the object which then disappeared.

Other witnesses in Bourges, in Saint-Dolchard and in Vierzon, claim to have also seen a luminous object at concordant hours.

Also, Mr. Besse, designer at the E.D.F., in Tulle, saw, distinctly, Friday evening, around 11 p.m., above the city, a flying saucer. Using powerful binoculars, he was able to follow, for a few moments, the maneuvers of the craft which changed, he said, three times its color in a few moments.

[Ref. lqh1:] NEWSPAPER "LE QUOTIDIEN DE LA HAUTE LOIRE:"

AT THE SPANISH-PORTUGUESE BORDER, MARTIANS HAVE COLLECTED GRASS AND STONES

Visitors of another world landed on Friday September 24, at 10:00 in the morning in a point located in the mounts of Gardunha, at the Spanish-Portuguese border: This is what reported a Portuguese peasant to the newspaper Diaro de Lisboa, who, with three others of his comrades, worked in the area. A sphere appeared in the sky, in the east, claims the witness. It flew at an incredible speed and launched multicolored flashes. It landed without noise at with 200 meters of us and two tall figures of approximately 2,50 meters went out of there. They looked like aluminum men. These visitors initially collected grass and collected stones which they deposited in one limps of a plugging glare. Then, when they saw us, they came to us and emitted some sounds. Face with our incomprehension, they invited us by gestures to go up in their machine. On our refusal, they went up in the craft which took off vertically and disappeared towards the south as quickly as it had arrived. The witness specified that only the "poles" of the sphere rotated and that the equatorial part was transparent and let see moving shades inside.

[On the next day, it was discovered that the above story was a hoax. This newspaper informed its readers about this.]

SAUCERS ARE NOW INTERESTED IN CARS

Mr. Robert Patient, 35, assistant inspector of the P.T.T. [State post and phone company], resident of Bourges, which, Thursday evening, was driving to Vasselay with his wife and children of eleven and ten years, stated to have seen this night, in the hamlet of Jou, in the north of Bourges, an extremely brilliant object, seeming to go down in a field. At the point of the supposed landing, an reddish reflection appeared. An incandescent filament of a fifty meters length approximately was in the center of the hemispherical object, whose diameter approached approximately fifteen meters. During twenty to thirty seconds, it was all dark. Suddenly, there was a new gleam above the horizon. Mr. Patient, who had stopped his car, started it again, followed silently during a few hundreds meters by the object which then disappeared. Other witnesses of Bourges, Saint-Dolchard [sic] and Vierzon claim to have seen a luminous object at concordant hours.

Below is a damaged part of the article transcripted above.

[Ref. aml1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel notes on the side of the observation of Jou of September 23, 1954, that there were other witnesses, at the same time - so 9 or 10 p.m. - including in Saint-Doulchard.

He wrote that these were odd luminosities that seemed to spring from the ground or from a spot on the ground that would be too low to be seen, or hidden by the forest of Vilaines.

He commented that it could not be a St. Elmo fire because seen on a sector too large and seen landing and going away, nor a helicopter because according to the report from Jou it would have had extraordinary headlights.

[Ref. gqy1:] GUY QUINCY:

Scan.

September 23, 1954

9 p.m./10 p.m.: Bourges/Asnières/Saint Doulchard(Cher)

[Ref. fru1:] MICHEL FIGUET AND JEAN-LOUIS RUCHON:

The two ufologists indicate without further details that on September 23, 1954, in Saint Doulchard in the department of the Cher, a luminous object was observed, at the same hour than in Saint Doulchard and in Vierzon.

[Ref. via1:] "VIMANA 21" UFOLOGY BULLETIN:

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28: A LUMINOUS OBJECT FOLLOWS A CAR NEAR BOURGE [sic] -

Mr. Robert Patient, 35, PTT inspector, who Thursday evening, driving to Vasselay in the company of his wife and children, declares having noticed that night, in the hamlet of Jou, north of Bourges, a peculiar object of extreme brilliance, seeming to descend into a field. At the presumed landing spot, a glowing reflection appeared. An incandescent filament about 50m long, was in the center of the hemispherical object, whose diameter was about fifteen meters. For 20 to 30 seconds, it was darkness. Suddenly, there was a new light above the horizon. He had stopped his car and he left, followed silently for a few hundred yards by the object, which then disappeared. Other witnesses from Bourges, from St-Dolchard [sic] and from Vierzon, claim to have seen at a concordant time, a luminous object.

The source is said to be the newspaper Le Bien Public.

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Cher in Saint Doulchard on September 23, 1954 at 21:00 hours, there was an observation of a luminous object, without other details.

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

[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. Douchard [sic] France Night NL
19540923 23.09.1954 St. Doulchard France 21.00

Explanations:

Map.

Insufficient information.

There were several sightings - with approximate witnesses locations - that same night in the Bourges area:

From Saint-Doulchard to Jou, there are 4.4 km in a straight line. If it was the same "UFO", it was certainly not a St. Elmo fire. If it was a helicopter, it must have flown over the area.

The Moon had set at 05:00 p.m. and rose only at 2:45 a.m. the next morning.

Keywords:

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

Saint-Doulchard, Cher, luminous

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross January 3, 2009 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross January 31, 2017 Addition [ubk1].
1.2 Patrick Gross May 14, 2019 Additions [lqh1], [via1], Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet."
1.3 Patrick Gross September 23, 2019 Additions [via1], Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet."
1.4 Patrick Gross February 20, 2020 Additions [cpd1], [nnm1].
1.5 Patrick Gross April 24, 2020 Addition [jps1].
1.6 Patrick Gross January 23, 2021 Addition [lcx1].
1.7 Patrick Gross March 14, 2021 Addition [gqy1].

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