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January 26, 1954, Til-Châtel, Côte-d'Or:

Reference for this case: 26-Jan-54-Til-Châtel.
Please cite this reference in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


Sci-fi writer and pioneering ufologist in France Jimmy Guieu indicated in his late 1954 book on flying saucers, that on January 26, 1954, in the sky of the Dijon area, around 04:50 a.m., a luminous object, orange, lengthened, followed by a luminous trail had appeared.

Among the witnesses, he said, was Mr. Monnet, of Tilchatel, who was riding a bicycle and had been blinded at the passage of the object.

Guieu like others later did not relize that it was the meteor that had passed over the Côte-d'Or and the Vosges that day.

I found in the regional newspaper La Bourgogne Républicaine, of Dijon, on page 5 for January 29, 1954, this observation mentioned like this: "Mr. Maurice Monnet, of Tilchatel, a been seized by the dazzling glow."

I found in the regional newspaper La Gazette Provençale for February 1, 1954, an article assuring that these were "Luminous Celestial craft", "flying saucers", while speaking of a "meteor". For the Til-Châtel sighting, they mixed it up with another sighting, saying that the two witnesses "stated that they had the impression that the sky was split in two. They also felt a burn in their eyes and ears."




The luminous phenomenon
of Tuesday was seen
throughout the region

Many testimonies have reached us about the luminous phenomenon seen in the region on Tuesday around 4:45 a.m.

Mssrs. Lucien Dumoulin and Gabriel Bernard, from Pontailler-sur-Saône, saw the purple beam. Mr. Maurice Monnet, of Tilchatel, was seized by the dazzling light.

In the Vosges, many people made the same observations at the same times.

Mr. and Mrs. Prost, from Chaumergy (Jura) by car near Le Deschaud, made out a luminous arrow heading north-west.

Mr. Guyenot, from Nuits-Saint-Georges, being near Seurre, in a truck, also saw it. Miss Paulette Vachey, from Heuilley-sur-Saône, was surprised by a great light illuminating the whole countryside, while a luminous trail passed quickly above her.

All these testimonies agree well, and one gets lost in conjectures on the cause of this phenomenon.



In the east of France

a hundred kilometers away
Witnesses worthy of faith
Celestial Luminous Craft

DIJON. -- The "flying saucers" are more than ever on the agenda. Several people have witnessed the passage of a celestial body of great luminous intensity, in eastern France.

The phenomenon happened last week. It was barely 5 o'clock. The sky was quite overcast. A meteor suddenly emerged from the southeast, rushing northeast, radiating an intense purple light.

The first to report it were two policemen from Dijon. But the information soon poured in and for the first time in the already long history of the "flying saucers" five witnesses were afraid.

In Heuilles-sur-Saône, a lady schoolteacher made the following statement.

- It was almost as fast as a lightning bolt. I did not dare to look at the craft for more than a second, so much that impressed me."

Two other very characteristic statements were made by witnesses one residing in Til Châtel the other in Liffol le Grand who declared that they had the impression that the sky was split in two. They also felt a burn in their eyes and ears.

[Ref. gqy1:] GUY QUINCY:


January 30 (or 26)

05:00 a.m.: Til-Châtel (Côte d'Or) (heat)

[Ref. jgu1:] JIMMY GUIEU:

Science-fiction writer and pioneer ufologist in France Jimmy Guieu indicates that on January 26, 1954 in the sky around Dijon, at approximately 04:50 of the morning, a luminous, orange, elongated object, followed by a luminous trail, appeared.

Among the witnesses, he says, Mr. Monnet, of Tilchatel, riding his bicycle, was blinded when the object passed.


54 01 26 / DIJON / 4H50 / NL / P /

Around 4:50, several people saw in the sky a lightning trail that moved noiselessly over the city.

Duration: a few seconds and low altitude. Observed in numerous places in the Côte d'Or: Pontailler, Saulon la Chapelle, Til Châtel, St Maurice sur Vingeanne and Nuits st Georges.

(Source: Alerte dans le ciel, Ch. Garreau, p. 104 to 106, Bien Public, 1/27/54)

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the "Côte d'or" in Til Châtel on January 26, 1954 at 04:50 hours, "The witness who circulated by bicycle was blinded by an object in the shape of orange cigar. He climbs off his bicycle he then hears a whistling sound and feels a big heat."

The sources are indicated as"Les soucoupes volantes viennent d'un autre monde by Guieu Jimmy ** Fleuve Noir 1954" and "Alerte dans le ciel by Garreau Charles ** Alain Lefeuvre 1981".



The meteor of January 26, 1954, at 04:50 a.m.


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

Til-Châtel, Côte-d'Or, Tilchatel, Maurice Monnet, bicycle, luminous, whisting, sound, heat


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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross February 25, 2010 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross January 31, 2019 Additions [via2], Summary.
1.2 Patrick Gross January 11, 2021 Addition [lgp1]. In the Summary, addition of the paragraph "I found in the regional newspaper La Gazette Provençale...".
1.3 Patrick Gross January 29, 2021 Addition [bre1]. Dans le Résumé, addition des informations venant de [bre1].
1.4 Patrick Gross February 18, 2021 Addition [gqy1].

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