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The 1954 French flap:

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September 30, 1954, Bourgneuf, Cher:

Reference for this case: 30-sep-54-Bourgneuf.
Please cite this reference in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


An article in the regional newspaper Le Berry Républicain fot October 5, 1954, reported that two young boys in the class of Mr. Chataigne, director of the Vierzon-Bourgneuf school, had claimed to have seen flying saucers and made a full description of it to their teacher.

One of them was the young Alain Baumgarten who said he had seen "Thursday" - so on September 30, 1954 - around 10:30 a.m., with some classmates, a craft moving in the sky.



Two young boys of the class of Mr. Chataigne, principal of the Vierzon-Bourgneuf school, claim to have seen flying saucers and made a complete description to their teacher. First of all, the young Alain Baumgarten saw, Thursday towards 10:30 a.m., with some comrades of his class, a machine evolving in the sky. Finally, Friday evening at 19:00 p.m., it is the young Jean Rousseau who, in the garden of his parents, saw a luminous machine, which, after having made a turn on itself rose at high speed.


The magazine says that on September 30, 1954, in Bourgneuf near Vierzon in the département of Cher, a craft has been seen in broad daylight, manoeuvering in the sky.


3892: 1954/10/01 19:00 1 1:01:40 W 46:10:20 N 3333 WEU FRN CHM 7:6


Ref#194 LUMIERES dans la NUIT.(LDLN France) Issue No. 319 : RESIDENT'L


Emmanuel Dehlinger has an entry for this case in his listing for the French 1954 UFO flap:

Location Approximate coordoninates Date Civilian time Z time Duration Sky Distance and movement of ufo Altitude of ufo Angle B of sun to horizon Azimut of sun Angle B of moon to horizon Azimut de la lune EL State of night Case Reference
Bourgneuf, Vierzon (Cher) 2° 4' E 47° 13' N Sept 30 ~10:30C daylight Sky 32° 21' 140° 12%+ J5 Craft evolving in the sky. N° 319 p. 8

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Cher, in St Eloy de Gy, on September 1954, at 10:30, "at the place called Bourgneuf, a craft was seen in daylight moving in the sky."

Luc Chastan indicates that the source is "Les OVNI vus de près par Gross Patrick **".

[Ref. lcn2:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Cher in Vierzon, on September 30, 1954, at 10:30 hours "Several children observe an object moving in the sky (without precision)".

Luc Chastan indicates that the source is "Lumières dans la Nuit".

[Ref. uda1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 30 September 1954 at 10:30 in Vierzon, France, "An unidentified object was sighted, but with appearance and behavior that most likely would have a conventional explanation. One object was observed".

The source is indicated as Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073).

[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
19541104 04.11.1954 Bourgneuf France 19.39 NL

[Ref. jqy1:] JEAN DE QUERCY:

18/11 - 1954 on October 01 octobre - Bourgneuf

Young schoolchildren from the Vierzon-Bourgneuf school claim to have seen flying saucers and gave a full description of them to their director. The young Alain Baumgarten saw around 10:30 a.m., with some comrades, a craft moving in the sky.

(Source: In Le Berry Républicain for 05 October 1954 p.3)



A "craft moving in the sky" is certainly not "a complete description". The newspaper Le Berry Républicain [lbr1] gave a really poor version of the affair.

Therefore the "craft" could have been a lot of things, like a simple plane for example. The witness was a kid...


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

Bourgneuf, Cher, craft, Alain Baumgarten, Chataigne, kids, flying saucers


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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross October 5, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross February 11, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Addition [lcn1].
1.0 Patrick Gross February 14, 2010 Additions [lcn2], [uda1].
1.1 Patrick Gross February 2, 2017 Addition [ubk1].
1.2 Patrick Gross October 4, 2021 Addition [lhh1].
1.2 Patrick Gross March 28, 2022 Addition [jqy1].

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