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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.

Summary:

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.

Reports:

[Ref. lbr1:] "LE BERRY REPUBLICAIN" NEWSPAPER:

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.

[Ref. ldl1:] UFOLOGY MAGAZINE "LUMIERES DANS LA NUIT":

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.

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

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

BOURGNEUF,FR:STUDENTS:GLOWING OBJ IN GARDEN:SPINS+RISES VFAST+GONE:no descript

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

[Ref. edr1:] EMMANUEL DEHLINGER:

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 ** http://ufologie.net".

[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)

Explanations:

Map.

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...

Keywords:

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

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

Sources:

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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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