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October 7, 1954, Toulouse, Midi-Pyrénées:

Reference for this case: 7-Oct-54-Toulouse.
Please cite this reference in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


In 1971, ufologist Charles Garreau, discussing of "aligned" cases, put one in "Mulhouse" on October 7, 1954. There were no case in Mulhouse on this date, but there was one in Toulouse.

In 1979, the "skeptical" ufologists Gérard Barthel and Jacques Brucker told that there was a case on October 7, 1954, at approximately 1 o'clock, in Toulouse.

They said they investigated and that it was a "luminous phenomenon on the level of the clouds."



Evoking the case of Marliens in 1967, this author, journalist and pioneering ufologist, explained that the site of this "landing" is at the intersection of "aligned" cases including in particular that of "Mulhouse" on October 7, 1954.


The two authors note this case of October 7, 1954:

"Toulouse - 31 - at approximately 1 o'clock: investigation. Luminous phenomenon on the level of the clouds."

[Ref. gep1:] UFOLOGY GROUP "GEPO":

10/7/54 ( ) Toulouse (N 631) i 107XC 6m

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

This database recorded the case three times:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541007 07.10.1954 Toulouse France Night NL
19541007 07.10.1954 Toulouse France 00.40 NL
19541007 07.10.1954 Lardenne France



The "investigations" of Gérard Barthel and Jacques Brucker are often presented like this: an almost total lack of information.

We do not know where they got the report from, there is no indicated source, we do not know what "explanation" they have in mind, we do not know what was the nature of the case before their "discoveries", nothing is known about witnesses etc., etc.

What would we hear if a "proponent" ufologist presented one of his "investigations" like this...

My conclusion for now: totally insufficient information.


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

Toulouse, Midi-Pyrénées


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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross February 26, 2006 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross May 6, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version.
1.1 Patrick Gross December 19, 2016 Addition [ubk1].
1.2 Patrick Gross October 11, 2019 Addition of the Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet."
1.3 Patrick Gross April 6, 2022 Additions [cgu1], [gep1]. In the Summary, addition of the paragraph "In 1971..."

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