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The 1954 French flap:

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September 29, 1954, Autun, Saône-et-Loire:

Reference for this case: 29-Sep-54-Autun.
Please cite this reference in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


The ufology bulletin Vimana 21, of the ufology group A.D.R.U.P. of the Côte-d'Or department, in issue 10-11 of the 3rd quarter of 1982, transcribed the articles on the flying saucers published in 1954 in the regional newspaper Le Bien Public. For October 6, 1954, this newspaper reported that in Autun, several people "said they saw a kind of big luminous ball slowly moving weirdly in the sky."

"Autun" was recorded as a September 29, 1954, sighting location in the catalog of Jacques Vallée published in his 1966 book "Les Phénomènes Insolites de l'Espace", with no toerh information than the sighting date of September 29, 1954.


[Ref. jve5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

158 29 09 1954 AUTUN-REGION F 0011 G



Several people said they saw a kind of big luminous ball moving slowly in an odd manner in the sky. A similar phenomenon has been observed in the Ain and in the north of the Rhône department, as well as in the Isère.

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

[Ref. uda1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 29 September 1954 in Autun, France, "One object was observed by one witness."

The sources are indicated as "Vallee, Jacques, Challenge to Science: The UFO Enigma, Henry Regnery, Chicago, 1966; Vallee, Jacques, Preliminary Catalog (N = 500), (in JVallee01)".

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

This database recorded this case twice:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip code Place of observation Country of observation Time of observation Classification Note Identification
19540929 29.09.1954 Autun France
19540929 29.09.1954 Autun France



Possibly the September 29, 1954, meteor, about 08:30 p.m.

The information is insufficient to be certain of that: how slowly did the ball move, in what direction, how long did it last? Etc.


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

Autun, Saône-et-Loire


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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross June 20, 2010 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross September 30, 2014 Addition [ubk1]. Explanation changed from "Not looked for yet" to "The September 29, 1954, meteor, about 08:30 p.m."
1.2 Patrick Gross June 24, 2019 Additions [via1], Summary. Explanations changed, were "The September 29, 1954, meteor, about 08:30 p.m."

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