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October 8, 1954, Montluçon, Allier:

Reference for this case: 8-Oct-54-Montluçon.
Please cite this reference in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


The national newspaper Paris-Presse for October 12, 1954, reported that a worker, Mr. Magnier, and truckers, saw in Montluçon a luminous ball which crossed the sky at high speed.

Ufology catalogs of the 1970s indicated that there was an observation on October 8, 1954, at 08:30 p.m., in Montluçon in the Allier.

Mr. Magnier, a factory worker living in Argenty, was coming down towards Montlucon when suddenly a luminous craft whose shape he was unable to specify passed silently near him.

The original sources are said to be the newspapers La Montagne and Centre-Matin for October 18, 1954.




Discs, balls, cigars, rocket


Only THREE Martians showed up over the weekend. Very reserved Martians. They abstained from the affectionate demonstrations to which they usually indulge in: caresses or hugs. No doubt they reserve these expressions of sympathy for rural populations: only country people have benefited from it so far.

A manual worker of Lavoux (Vienne), Mr. Roger Barrault, said that riding a bicycle at around 9 a.m. on Saturday, he was suddenly stopped there by a double beam of light directed by him by a "scuba diver" barely 1 m 50 tall with boots without heels very bright eyes and a strong mustache.

- The diver strolled for about a minute on the road, says Barrault, then suddenly disappeared into the nearby forest.

A mechanic from Carcassonne, Mr. Bertrand, saw, also on Saturday evening, on the road, while driving, a spherical craft of shiny metal whose upper part seemed to be made of plastic. He was able, he says, to easily distinguish two human forms in this craft; which disappeared at high speed in the east direction.

Mr. Bertrand could not specify if the two occupants of the craft were mustached like the Martian of the Vienne.

A Lyon resident, Mr. Morguin, claims that he has photographed a saucer over the Rhône.

- It was, he said, a red disc surrounded by white lights.

Several people saw a disc in Mâcon, above the Saône, not brilliant, this time, but dark.

From Montluçon to the Landes marshes...

A worker, Mr. Magnier, and truckers saw a luminous ball at Montluçon crossing the sky at high speed.

In Tourriers, 17 kilometers from Angoulême, around thirty people saw in the night from the 8th to the 9th a "kind of cigar" who remained motionless about forty meters above national road number 10 for about twenty minutes. The craft, which had two fins, then left at a speed of around 250 to 300 km per h.

Mrs. Lebert, guardian of the Pont-Chapelle castle in La Ferté-Macé (Orne), observed a craft in the middle of the afternoon mysterious that looked like a rocket and rose vertically silently, leaving behind a slight white trail.

Also, Mr. Christian Couette, son of a plumber from Tesse-la-Madeleine, was riding a bicycle towards Ranes when, near the Etang de Lande-Forêt, in the commune of Beauvain, he was overtaken by a strange luminous craft which, at high speed, grazed the top of the trees. The object, about 4 m in diameter, had the shape of a domed fireball.


08/10/1954 Montluçon (20 heures 30).

M. Magnier, ouvrier d'usine demeurant à Argenty descendait vers Montluçon. Soudain, un engin lumineux dont il ne put préciser la forme passa silencieusement près de lui. (La Montagne-Aurillac du 18/10/1954).


October 8 (La Montagne for 11/10) Montluçon 08:30 p.m..

Mr. Magnier saw, passing near him, a luminous machine between Argenty and Montlucon.


030 10/08/54 09:30 p.m. Montluçon
Lum. object. Silent and low altitude

014 10/08/1954 08:30 p.m. Montluçon witness Mr. Magnier

The witness who was going from Argenty to Montlucon suddenly saw silently passing near him a lum. craft whose shape he was unable to specify (Centre Matin for 10/18/54)


The two authors report that in Montluçon in the department of Allier on October 8, 1954, at 08:30 p.m., a luminous object was observed by one witness who did not tell about its shape.

The authors indicate that the source is La Montagne for October 11, 1954.

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

10/8/54 08:30 p.m. Montluçon (03) 000V1

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Allier in Montluçon on October 8, 1954 at 20:30 hours, there is an "observation of a luminous object."

Luc Chastan indicates that the source is "Ovni, Premier dossier complet... by Figuet M./ Ruchon J.L. ** Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979".



Insufficient information, possible meteor.


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

Montluçon, Allier, Argenty, Magnier, car, night, unique, close, luminous, night, silent


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

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