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October 3, 1954, Remiremont, Vosges:

Reference for this case: 3-Oct-54-Remiremont. Thank you for including this reference in any correspondence with me regarding this case.



Admired in various places not without emotion...

The ballet of the flying saucers continues in the Lorraine sky but the mysterious machines remain elusive

The "flying saucers" seem to engage in a ceaseless round in the eastern sky and elsewhere. Their passage is reported in a hundred places each day. We lack space here for us to echo all the news reaching us about it. Suffice to mention a few of the last and main stories related to this.

In Remiremont, Sunday at 11 a.m., a hundred people were able to see, from the enclosure of the Pomological fair of the Campus Martius, what is believed to be a flying saucer or a cigar or a disc, which let loose a trail of smoke in its wake, when rising or descending, turning around the sun. People skeptical of saucers stories told us to have observed the phenomenon very well.

The "saucer" remained ten minutes suspended in the atmosphere and disappeared. Two to three meters in length...

In the Moselle, mysterious machines attracted attention

Last Friday, around 23h, several residents of Bassing, including Mr. Romain and Mr. Renfort, saw, above the region between Vergaville and Bidestroff, a luminous object of 2 to 3 meters in length, having the shape of an ellipse and which moved at variable speeds. Witnesses heard a slight engine roar. Sometimes the alleged flying saucer slowed its course up to the point to rest, and then went back at breakneck speed.

The same phenomenon was observed on Saturday between 21h and 22h by Mr. Remy Rousselle, of Blanche-Eglise and Mr. Baumann of Bassing.

A large green disk

In turn, the sky of the region of Dieuze saw evolve a flying saucer.

It was Sunday night. It was exactly 8:17 p.m. when Mr. Pierre Laplace, aged 19, electrician at the Etablissements Kuhlmann in Dieuze and living in Vergaville, saw in the sky a large bright green disk, at the height of the wood of Brides, between the village of Vergaville and Kerprich. The large spot was, he said, at about 3,000 meters. Laplace stood, and followed the moves of the machine. When he saw it for the first time, it was motionless. Suddenly, says the electrician, the machine threw glittering lights of the color of ultraviolet rays, it then moved at a rate such that current jet planes appear motionless in comparison. The flying saucer, because this is what it was, said the witness, as well as passers by Mr. Laplace had stopped and who are formal, stopped at the height of the Paquis of Guéblin, it flew the distance between Guéblin and Kerprich three times, always at breakneck speed, but, extraordinary thing, it always stopped at the same place.

Suddenly the craft launched new gleams, seemingly locating the ground, and went down at about 600 meters of the ground, then making a semicircle, very slowly, it got more and more close to the ground and finally, seemed to land on the hill of the Vines, located not far from Bedestroff. Thirty people, cyclists, pedestrians, motorists followed, extremely interested, the changes in the saucer. Laplace and some other spectators having wanted to go on a motorcycle at the landing place, the saucer again took off and disappeared behind a curtain of trees.

It was 9 p.m. then.

The locals who saw the saucer are Mssrs Lucien Victorien and Primon, entrepreneurs in masonry in Vergaville, Kinowsky, shoemaker in Bataville, Claude Ronfort of Bassing and the manager of the Eco in Vergaville and his family.

Curiously, at 23:45, several unknown parked on the road, and Mr. Domant, mechanic in Guéblin and Mr. Gilcher, of the same village, watched attentively but without daring to approach it, a green disc which was in the fields, a short distance from the road.

Finally, let's note that on Saturday between 20 and 21 hours, Mr. Rothfuss, of Dieuze, had also seen circulate in the air between the farm of the Boule and Maizières-les-Vic, a luminous disc whose details are exactly those given by Laplace.


The two authors indicate that "if one is to believe" the newspaper L'Est Républicain, on October 3, 1954, in Remiremont, a hundred visitors of the fair observed "what one believes being a flying saucer, which released a trail of smoke in its wake..."

They conclude: "information taken", what "one believed" to be a UFO was only a balloon released for the circumstance.

[Ref. cnu1] CNEGU:

This ufology group indicates in its catalogue that in Remiremont, on Sunday, October 3, 1954 at 11:00 hours, local time, 100 people were witnesses of a sighting, according to the LDLN Archive by Mrs. Gueudelot, who quotes the "Est Républicain" for October 5, 1954 from which is extracted:

"100 people managed to see in the enclosure of the display of the Field of Mars what one believes to be a flying saucer which released a trail of smoke in its wake when it went up or went down while turning around the sun. It remained hovering ten minutes and disappeared."

[Ref. cnu2] CNEGU:

As a comment of the previous publication [cnu1], CNEGU wrote:

1. Pour le cas n ° 17 (F/98/88541 003 (01) à REMIREMONT. MM BARTHEL et BRUCKER dans "LA GRANDE PEUR MARTIENNE", page 178 citent à propos de ce cas: "Renseignements pris, ce qu'on croyait être un OVNI n'était qu'un ballon lâché pour la circonstance".

Aucune source n'est citée.

1. For case nr 17 (F / 98/88541 003 (01) in REMIREMONT. MM BARTHEL and BRUCKER in "LA GRANDE PEUR MARTIENNE", page 178 say about this case: "Information taken, what we believed to be a UFO was just a balloon dropped for the occasion."

No source is cited.

[Ref. jsr1:] JEAN SIDER:

At the beginning of his book, Jean Sider lists "18. Remiremont, Vosges. Imaginary case put forth by B & B [= "Barthel and Brucker"]."

[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
19541003 03.10.1954 Remiremont France 11.00



Not looked for yet. Balloon.


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Remiremont, Vosges, balloon, smoke, wake, trail, multiple, display, fair, diurnal, sun, manoeuvers


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1.1 Patrick Gross November 23, 2016 Additions [ler1], [ubk1].
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