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September 27, 1954, Canet-Plage, Pyrénées-Orientales:

Reference number for this case: 27-sep-54-Canet-Plage. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

The regional newspaper L'Ardennais of September 30, 1954, and other newspapers, reported that a baker from Cannet-Plage, Mr. Err, said that on the return of a delivery tour with his van, he had seen a shiny disc above this town which, after flying in large circles, moved off towards the sea.

The pioneering ufologist Aimé Michel, on his side, wrote in 1958, without giving his source, that on September 27, 1954, in Canet-Plage, one saw a disc which first moved in a fanciful manner by small circles with stops, then accelerated and disappeared rapidly to the south-southeast.

Reports:

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

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Aerial carousel
of flying saucers
in the Dauphiné

In the Ille-et-Vilaine, on the other hand
the driver of a locomotive
falls ill at the sight of one of these craft

LYON, September 30. -- In the departments of Rhône, Isère, Drôme and Savoie, many people claim to have seen, in recent days, with more or less clarity, craft having either the shape of cigars or that of discs.

In the Arbresle region, one of these witnesses, director of a Parisian music hall, even filmed a of these mysterious craft which evolved at a height estimated by him at around 700 meters. We will thus know, after development of the film, whether or not it is an optical illusion.

Near Feyzin (Isère), a young man reportedly saw in the country, not far from the ground, a machine having the shape of a dome and from which came a very bright light.

The witness compared it to that caused by the combustion of magnesium. The craft suddenly went up vertically, leaving behind a shower of sparks and disappeared.

In the Drôme, a resident, Mrs. L ... who was walking near Chabeuil, claims to have met, in the path that she followed, a small being dressed so oddly that she thought at first that it was a cellophane scarecrow.

The dog accompanying the walker barked furiously, overcome with terror. As for Mrs. L..., also terrified, she hid behind a hedge.

It was then that she saw rising from the cornfield which bordered the path, a disc from which came a whistling sound. Shortly after, the witness and some peasants went into the field where, according to them, a circular trace approximately 3 meters in diameter was clearly distinguished, with ears of corn lying down and broken branches at the edge.

Other residents of Chabeuil also said they saw a flying saucer that day.

Finally, in Savoy, near Lac du Bourget, above Mont Revard, several motorists, a total of fifteen people, simultaneously saw a craft moving for about four minutes in the shape of a disc, -tes [sic], then suddenly disappear.

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FLYING SAUCERS

 

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Flying saucers

(Continued from the 1st page)

One of the witnesses, a doctor from Chambéry, is a former artillery observer. He carefully noted the observations and drew a diagram reproducing the path of the craft.

In the Ille-et-Vilaine

MM. Gérard, mechanic, and Paroux, driver, who were driving a high-speed machine coming from Nantes, saw, last night, while they were passing at a place called "La Butte du Rouge", commune of Saint-Nicolas-de-Redon (Ille-et-Vilaine) a craft which rose from the neighboring marshes.

This contraption, of some length, which was followed by a luminous trail, flew during ten seconds above the machine and disappeared in the sky.

Whereas the mechanic kept calm, the driver, however, was frightened, he fell ill and had to undergo a medical examination this morning.

An "interplanetary diver" appears to a farmer

Mr. Yves David, 28, a farmer in Brouloux, commune of Vouneuil-sur-Vienne, said he saw advancing on him, on the road from Cenon to Vouneuil, on September 10 at 10 p.m., a kind of "diver".

The latter, he said, came to caress his arm, uttered unintelligible sounds and withdrew towards a craft (that Mr. David cannot describe). A green beam of light was projected in its direction, nailing him on the spot, then the craft disappeared in the sky, vertically, without any noise.

Mr. David declares that he did not want to say anything about this bizarre encounter, lest someone makes fun of him. However, he shared it with a friend, asking him whether other people had seen the "diver". That's how the whole country learned about this.

Luminous objects in the sky of Roussillon

A baker from Canet-Plage, said that when he returned from a delivery tour with his van, he saw above this locality, a brilliant disc which, after having flown in large circles, moved away towards the sea.

Also seven workers from a factory in the suburbs of Perpignan claim to have also seen an object of indefinite color evolving at high speed; which reportedly crossed the Pyrenees towards Spain.

In Haute-Garonne

Three residents of Lanta, near Villefranche-de-Lauraguais (Haute-Garonne), Mr. and Mrs. Brunet, and Mr. Gadra, local school teacher, say they saw an orange disc yesterday evening above the village.

The object moved at a great height and moved in a north-south direction.

After being visible for thirty to forty seconds, the luminous disc disappeared on the horizon.

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

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The mysterious craft continue their round

An "interplanetary diver" appears to a farmer

Châtellerault, 29. -- Mr. Yves David, 28, farmer in Les Brouloux, commune of Vouneuil-sur-Vienne (Vienne), said he saw advance towards him on the road from Cenon to Vouneuil, on September 19 at 10 p.m., a kind of "diver".

The latter, he said, came to caress his arm, made unintelligible sounds and withdrew towards a craft (which Mr. David cannot describe). A green beam of light was projected in his direction, nailing him on the spot, then the craft disappeared in the sky, vertically, without any noise.

Mr. David declares that he told nothing about this bizarre encounter for fear of being laughed at. He did, however, share it with a friend, asking him if anyone else had seen the "diver". That's how the whole country found out.

A luminous sphere photographed in the sky of Sweden

Stockholm, 23. -- A luminous sphere, which left behind a trail of fire, was photographed last night in Djuv, in the south-east of Sweden. The object, which was moving north, said the witness, was flying quickly, "as high, he said, as a jet plane but without making any noise".

At the Lund Observatory, it is stated that no meteor was observed at the time when the witness photographed the said phenomenon with the telephoto lens.

Luminous objects in the sky of the Roussillon...

Perpignan, 29. -- A baker from Canet-Plage, Mr. Etienne Err, said that after returning from a tour of delivery with his van, he had seen above this locality, a brilliant disc which, after having flown in large circles, moved away in direction of the sea.

Also, seven workers from a factory in the suburbs of Perpignan claim to have also seen an object of indefinite color, moving at high speed and which would have crossed the Pyrenees towards Spain.

... And in the sky of Haute-Garonne

Toulouse, 29. -- Three residents of Lanta, near Villefranche du Laurageais (Haute-Garonne), Mr. and Mrs. Brunet and Mr. Garda, a teacher in the locality, claim to have seen, last night, above the village, a luminous disc of orange color.

The object moved at a great height and moved in a North-South direction.

After being visible for thirty to forty seconds, the luminous disc disappeared on the horizon.

The "Martians" of Lisbon never existed

Lisbon, 29. -- "Travelers from another world", whose visit to Portugal was announced by a Lisbon newspaper, were not even born from an imagination exacerbated by the countless visions of flying saucers. They were just the creation of hoaxers, which the same newspaper denounced yesterday.

A FLYING SAUCER SEEN IN WIMEREUX

Boulogne-sur-Mer, 29. -- Mr. Raoul Baptiste, 72, a retired entrepreneur domiciled in Wimereux, said he saw a craft, around 11 p.m. Sunday, which could be a flying saucer, heading very low to the north.

[Ref. vdn1:] "LA VOIX DU NORD" NEWSPAPER:

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Flying
saucers
in all
the skies
of France?

An amateur filmmaker
reportedly filmed
one of the craft

A rain of flying saucers crossed all the skies of France for a few days, that of the Dauphiné in particular, where a real aerial carousel has attracted the attention of many observers.

In the Rhône, Isère, Drôme and Savoie departments, many people claim to have seen, in recent days, with more or less clarity, craft in the shape either of cigars, or of discs.

One of these witnesses, director of a Parisian music hall, said that he had filmed a mysterious craft which was moving at a height estimated by him at around 700 meters. We will thus know, after development of the film, whether or not it is an optical illusion.

In the Drôme, a resident of Valence, Mrs. L ..., who was walking by Chabeuil, claims to have met in the path she was following, a short being, strangely dressed in some sort of cellophane.

She saw a maize field bordering the edge of the path, a whistling disc. Shortly after, the witness noticed in the field a circular trace of about 3 meters in diameter with lying ears and broken branches. Other residents of Chabeuil confirmed these observations.

Finally, in Savoy, fifteen people simultaneously saw a craft in the shape of a disc move for about four minutes.

One of the witnesses, a former artillery observer, drew a sketch reproducing the path of the mysterious craft.

***

A baker from Canet-Plage, Mr. Etienne Err, said that after returning from a delivery tour with his van, he had seen above this locality, a brilliant disc which, after having followed large circles, moved away in direction of the sea. Seven workers of a factory of the Perpignan suburbs confirmed his statements.

***

Three residents of Lanta, near Villefranche-de-Lauraguais (Haute-Garonne), Mr. and Mrs. Brunet, and Mr. Gadra, local teacher, say they saw, last night, for 30 to 40 seconds, above the village, a bright orange disc.

[Ref. nll1:] NEWSPAPER "NORD LITTORAL":

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A REAL AERIAL
CAROUSEL OF SAUCER
is observed in the sky of the Dauphiné

Lyon, September 29.

In the departments of Rhône, Isère, Drôme and Savoie, many people claim to have seen, in recent days, with more or less clarity, craft having either the shape of a cigars or that of discs.

In the Arbresle region, one of these witnesses, director of a Parisian music-hall, even filmed a of these mysterious craft which moved at a height estimated by him, approximately 700 meters. We will thus know, after development of the film whether or not it is an optical illusion.

Near Feyzin (Isère), a young man reportedly saw in the countryside, not far from the ground, a craft in the shape of a dome and from which sprung is a very bright light. The witness compared it to that caused by the combustion of magnesium. The craft suddenly went up vertically, leaving behind a shower of sparks and disappeared.

In the Drôme, a resident of Valence, Mrs. L..., who was walking near Chabeuil, claims to have met on the way that she was following, a being of small stature and dressed so oddly that at first thought it was a cellophane scarecrow. The dog accompanying the walker barked furiously, overcome with terror. As for Mrs. L..., also terrified, she hid behind a hedge.

It was then that she saw rising from the field of maize that bordered the path, a disc from which came a whistling sound. Shortly after, the witness and some peasants went into the field where, according to them, a circular trace approximately three meters in diameter was clearly distinguished, with ears of maize lying down and broken branches at the edge.

Other residents of Chabeuil also said they saw that day a flying saucer flying over the countryside.

Finally, in Savoie, near Lac du Bourget, above Mont Revard, several motorists, a total of fifteen people, simultaneously saw a craft in the shape of a disc, move for about 4 minutes, then suddenly disappear.

One of the witnesses, a doctor from Chambéry, is a former artillery observer. He carefully noted the observations and drew a sketch reproducing the path of the mysterious apparatus.

A LOCOMOTIVE DRIVER
SCARED,
FALLS ILL

Redon, Sept. 29

MM. Gérard, mechanic and Paroux, driver, who were driving a high-speed machine coming from Nantes, saw last night as they passed at a place called "La Butte du Rouge", commune of Saint-Nicolas-de-Redon, (Ille-et-Vilaine), a craft that rose from the neighboring marshes.

This craft, of a certain length, which was followed by a luminous trail, flew during ten seconds above the machine and disappeared in the sky.

Whereas the mechanic kept his cool, the driver however was so frightened that he fell ill and had to undergo a medical examination this morning.

Read on page 8: The Chronicle of Heaven.

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Chronicle of the Sky

A luminous sphere
photographed
in the sky of Sweden

Stockholm, September 29.

- A luminous sphere, which left a trail of fire behind it, was photographed last night in Bjuv, in the south-east of Sweden. The object, which was moving north, said the witness, was flying quickly, "as high, he said, as a jet plane but silenttly."

At the Lund observatory, it is stateed that no meteor was observed at the time when the witness photographed the phenomenon in question on the telephoto lens.

LUMINOUS OBJECTS
IN THE SKY
OF THE ROUSSILLON...

Perpignan, Sept. 29 -- A baker from Canet-Plage, Mr. Etienne Err, said that after returning from a delivery tour with his van he had seen, above this locality, a brilliant disc which, after having described large circles, moved away towards the sea.

On the other hand seven workers from a factory in the suburbs of Perpignan claim to have also seen an object of an indefinite color, moving at high speed and which would have crossed the Pyrenees towards Spain.

... AND IN THE SKY
OF HAUTE-GARONNE

Toulouse, 29 Sept. -- Three inhabitants of Lanta, near Villefranche de Lauraguais (Haute-Garonne), Mr. and Mrs. Brunel and Mr. Gadra, a teacher in the locality, claim to have seen, last night, above the village, a luminous disc of orange color.

The object moved at a great height and moved in a north-south direction.

After being visible for 30 to 40 seconds, the luminous disc disappeared on the horizon.

AN "INTERPLANETARY
DIVER"
APPEAR
TO A CULTIVATOR

Châtellerault, 29 Sep. -- Mr. Yves David, 28, farmer in Les Brouloux, commune of Vouneuil sur Vienne (Vienne), said he saw advancing on him on the road from Cenon to Vouneuil, on September 19 at 10 p.m. a sort of "diver."

The latter, he said, came to caress his arm, emitted unintelligible sounds and withdrew towards a craft (which Mr. David cannot describe). A green light beam was projected in his direction, nailing him on the spot, then the craft disappeared in the sky vertically without any noise.

Mr. David declares that he did not want to say anything about this bizarre encounter, lest someone make fun of him. He did, however, share it with a friend, asking if anyone else had seen the "diver." That's how the whole country found out.

[Ref. ads1:] "L'ARDENNAIS" NEWSPAPER:

FLYING "CIGARS" AND "SAUCERS" PERFORMED QUITE AN AERIAL CARROUSEL IN THE SKY OF THE DAUPHINE

LYON - In the Rhône. Isère, Drôme and Savoy departments, many people claim to have seen, these last days, with more or less sharpness, craft having either the shape of cigars or that of disks.

In the region of the Arbresle, one of these witnesses, director of a Paris music hall, even filmed one of these mysterious craft that was evolving at a height estimated by him at about 700 meters, so we will know, after development of the film, whether or not it is an optical illusion.

Near Fezin (Isère) a young man reportedly saw a dome-shaped craft in the countryside, not far from the ground from where a very bright light sprang up. The witness compared it to that caused by the burning of magnesium. The craft suddenly climbed vertically leaving behind a shower of sparks and disappeared.

The pilot: a small person, dressed oddly

In the Drôme, a resident of Valence, Mrs. L ... who was walking near Chabeuil, said to have met in the path she followed a being of small size who was dressed so oddly that she thought at first that it was a cellophane scarecrow. The dog that accompanied the walker barked furiously, in terror. As for Mrs. L..., also terrified, she hid behind a hedge.

It was then that she saw a disk rising from the cornfield along the road, whistling. Shortly thereafter, the witness and some peasants went to the field where, according to them, there was clearly a circular trace of about 3 meters in diameter with corn stalks laid down and broken branches on the edge.

(See more at the 6th page)

"Cigars" flying...

(Continued from the first page)

Other residents of Chabeuil also said they saw a flying saucer flying over the countryside that day.

Finally, in Savoy, near the Lake of the Bourget, above Mount Revard, several motorists, in total about fifteen people, saw simultaneously a craft having the shape of a disc, moving for about four minutes, then disappearing suddenly.

One of the witnesses, a doctor from Chambéry, is a former artillery observer. He carefully noted the observations and drew a diagram reproducing the path of the mysterious apparatus.

An "interplanetary scuba diver" near Châtellerault

Mr. Yves David, 28, farmer at the Brouloux, municipality of Vouneuil-sur-Vienne (Vienne) said he saw advance at him on the road from Cenon to Vouneuil on September 19 at 10 p.m. a kind of "scuba diver".

The latter, he said, came to caress his arm, uttered unintelligible sounds and withdrew to a craft (which Mr. David cannot describe). A green light beam was projected in his direction, nailing him on the spot, then the craft disappeared vertically in the sky without any noise.

Mr. David declares that he did not want to say anything about this strange encounter, lest anyone scoff at him. He told a friend, however, asking if other people had seen the "scuba diver". This is how the whole country learned about it...

Bright object in the Roussillon sky...

PERPIGNAN - A baker from Cannet-Plage, Mr. Err, said that when he returned from a delivery tour with his pickup truck, he saw above this locality a brilliant disc which, after having flown in large circles, moved towards the sea. Also, seven workers of a factory of the suburb of Perpignan claim to have also seen an object of an indefinite color, moving at high speed, and which would have crossed the Pyrenees towards Spain.

... And in the sky of the Haute-Garonne

Three inhabitants of Lanta, near Villefranche-de-Lauragais (Haute-Garonne), Mr. and Mrs. Brunet and Mr. Gadra, teacher of the locality, claim to have seen last night, above the village, a luminous disc of orange color. The object was moving at a great height and was moving north south.

After being visible for 30 to 40 seconds, the luminous disc disappeared on the horizon.

[Ref. aml1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel notes that on September 27, 1954 at Canet-Plage in the region of Perpignan, a disc has been seen. The disc first made erratic movements by going in circles with stops, then accelerated and disappeared from view towards the south-south-east.

He indicates that the source is the newspaper "La Croix" for September 30, 1954.

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

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 30: BRILLIANT DISK IN PERPIGNAN -

A baker from Cannet [sic] Plage, Mr. Etienne Err said that coming back of a delivery tour with his van, he had seen above this town a brilliant disc, which after describing large circles, moved away towards the sea. On the other hand, seven workers from a factory in the suburbs of Perpignan claim to have seen also an object of an indefinite color moving at high speed and which would have crossed the Pyrenées towards Spain.

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

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

3847: 1954/09/27 15:00 2 3:02:00 E 42:41:00 N 3332 WEU FRN PYO 6:7

CANET-PLAGE,FR:DISK MAKES CIRCLES/SKY:STOPS:SUDDENLY SPEEDS AWAY:/r49 pg unkn

Ref# 49 MICHEL,Aime: FS & STRAIGHT LINE TH: Page No. 0 : COASTLANDS

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates in his database that in the Pyrenees Orientales (66) in Canet Plage on September 27, 1954 at an unknown hour, "It is seen a disc which moves initially in a whimsical manner by describing small circles with stops, then accelerates and disappears quickly towards the south-south-east. "

The source is indicated as: "M.O.C. by Michel Aimé ** Arthaud 1958".

[Ref. ubk1:] "UFO-DATENBANK":

This database recorded this case twice:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19540927 27.09.1954 Canet- Page France Afternoon DD
19540927 27.09.1954 Canet Plage France NL

Explanations:

How did Aimé Michel determine the date? Were there really stops; whch my Press sources do not mention? Was it just a maneuvering military plane?

Keywords:

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

Canet-Plage, Pyrénées-Orientales, disc, manoeuvers, circles, stops

Sources:

[----] indicates sources which I have not yet checked.

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross December 13, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross February 5, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Addition [lcn1].
1.3 Patrick Gross February 9, 2017 Addition [ubk1].
1.4 Patrick Gross July 27, 2019 Additions [via1], [lhh1], Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet."
1.5 Patrick Gross February 20, 2020 Addition [cpd1].
1.6 Patrick Gross March 1, 2020 Addition [nnm1].
1.7 Patrick Gross April 19, 2020 Addition [vdn1].
1.8 Patrick Gross June 13, 2020 Addition [nll1].

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