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The 1954 French flap:

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September 23, 1954, Saint-Pierre-le-Moutier, Nièvre:

Reference for this case: 23-Sep-1954-Saint-Pierre-le-Moutier.
Please cite this reference in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


Without specifying their source, the ufologists Michel Figuet and Jean-Louis Ruchon mentioned in their 1979 book that in Saint-Pierre-le-Moutier in the Nièvre, on September 23, 1954, at 11:00 p.m., there was an observation of a disc emitting a bright orange glow.




they are seen everywhere...

Flying saucers
cigars and... "cigarillos"

Perpignan, 1st. -- At the Mas de Brury, near Perpignan, several grape pickers said they had seen in the sky a luminous object in the shape of a saucer. After having moved vertically leaving a white trail, the craft disappeared in the clouds.

Mulhouse, 1st. -- Two people declared to have seen a luminous craft in the sky in Rixheim, using binoculars, they noted that it had the shape of a long cigar, a dozen satellite "little cigars" surrounded it. A railroader on night duty said he observed the same phenomenon.

Besseges, 1st. -- Two inhabitants of the commune of Foussignargues, near Bessèges, declared to have seen in a meadow, near their house, in the night from Sunday to Monday, a bright red luminous machine surrounded by vertical rods.

Pau, 1st. -- Yesterday morning around 11:45 a.m., many people have seen in the sky, at very high altitude, a mysterious machine in the shape of a long and shiny balloon. The object came from the South and was heading towards the Northwest.

Nevers, 1st. -- Mr. Raymond Deloire, 20, agricultural worker in Langeron (Nièvre), who was riding a bicycle on the road to Saint-Pierre-le-Moutiers, saw in the sky a mysterious semi-spherical object, emitting a bright orange glow at the front. Flames shot out from the back. The machine moved without noise at great speed towards the North-East.

Dijon, 1st. -- Two children from Prémanon, the young Raymond Roland, 12, and his sister Janine, 9, told their schoolmaster this amazing story:

It was pouring rain yesterday before when around 8:30 p.m., Raymond heard his dog barking furiously. He went out and saw in the courtyard of his parents' farm a metallic craft, 2 meters high, which shone in the light. Frightened, the kid returned inside, but driven by curiosity, he went out again with his sister. The strange craft had approached. The boy threw some stones in the direction of the machine which started off. The two children were blown away and dared not tell their parents about their mishap.

When questioned by the police, Raymond said that "the thing (sic) was on three feet".

Indeed, the gendarmes found traces in the courtyard. But the rain had partially erased them.

The list is growing

Flying saucers have also been spotted at Rebais (S.-et-.M.), at Brest, in La Rochelle, in Lins (Austria), in Nîmes, in Montpellier, in Casablanca, in La Norville (S.-et-.O).

In 1950, on the American Radio...

In a radio broadcast made in 1950, the American journalist and commentator Henri Taylor said:

"Without betraying any military secret, I can assure you that the flying saucers are part of a large experimental program that has been developing in the United States for almost three years. I know what the flying saucers are for: is a great military secret that I am not allowed to reveal. The day the American Air Force decides to break the silence, humanity will learn very good news..."


The two authors indicate that in Saint-Pierre-le-Moutier in the department of the Nièvre, on September 23, 1954 at 11:00 p.m., there was an observation of a disc emitting a sharp orange gleam.


3829: 1954/09/23 23:00 1 3:07:00 E 46:47:00 N 3333 WEU FRN NVR 5:6


Ref# 30 FIGEUT[sic]&RUCHON: OVNI: Le 1er Dossier Page No. 84 : TOWN &CITY


The Belgian ufologist indicates that in 1954, on September 23, in France, in St Pierre le Moutier (the Nievre), "At about 23 hours observation of a disc emitting an orange gleam."

The source is noted "M. FIGUET/J.L. RUCHON: 'Ovni, le premier dossier complet..' - Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979, p. 84".

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates in his database that in the "Nièvres" in St Pierre Moutier on September 23, 1954 at 23:00 hours there was an "Observation of a disc emitting a sharp orange gleam."

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 23:00 in St Pierre Le Moutier, France, "Saucer glows orange. Explanation: Re-entry."

And: "A flying disc was observed. One orange disc, about 20 feet across, was observed by several witnesses in a town for over 60 minutes."

The sources are indicated as Michel, Aime, Flying Saucers and the Straight-Line Mystery, S. G. Phillips, New York, 1958; Bowen, Charles, The Humanoids: FSR Special Edition No. 1, FSR, London, 1966; Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073); Vallee, Jacques, A Century of Landings (N = 923), (in JVallee04), Chicago, 1969; Schoenherr, Luis, Computerized Catalog (N = 3173); Rogerson, Peter, World-Wide Catalog of Type 1 Reports; Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002.



Totally insufficient information.

The Moon was not in the sky that night, but planet Mars was.


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

Saint-Pierre-le-Moutier, Nièvres, night, disc, gleam, orange


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