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October 9, 1954, Dreux, Eure-et-Loir:

Reference number for this case: 9-oct-54-Dreux. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

In his 1961 catalog, Guy Quincy reportedly noted that on October 9, 1954, in Dreux, people hunting saw a luminous sphere which took off from the ground, took height, and flew away in the Southwest direction.

This meager report will be repeated many times without more information and no contemporary source.

Reports:

[Ref. jve5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

274 -001.34181 48.84300 09 10 1954 DREUX.12KM.NORD. F 0012 G

[Ref. jve1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

215) October 9, 1954, Dreux (France):

People hunting saw a luminous sphere which took off from the ground, rose in height and flew away towards S-W (Quincy, M. 153).

The catalog from which this entry comes is preceded by this warning, in a previous issue, by Jacques Vallée:

We do not believe that we have to apologize for the inclusion of testimonies which may justifiably appear incredible or grotesque. We do not claim that there exists in this Catalog a single observation of a physical event of an unknown nature.

We are not publishing a table of experimental results obtained in the laboratory, but only a general guide to facilitate the study of the abundant literature which has accumulated on an astonishing topic.

It would therefore be dishonest and a serious misunderstanding of our design, to treat all the cases of this catalog as if they had the same level of validity, or to affirm that the presence of this or that particular case reinforces or destroys by itself the degree of confidence that one can place in another case. WE CANNOT ACCEPT LIABILITY FOR ERRORS FROM THOSE WHO IGNORE THIS WARNING.

[Ref. jve2:] JACQUES VALLEE:

The author indicates that on October 9, 1954, people who were hunting in the vicinity of Dreux saw a luminous sphere which flew away and towards south-west.

[Ref. jve3:] JACQUES VALLEE:

October 9, 1954, Dreux (France):

People hunting saw a luminous sphere which took off from the ground, rose in height and flew away towards S-W (Quincy).

[Ref. fru1:] MICHEL FIGUET AND JEAN-LOUIS RUCHON:

The two authors indicate that in Dreux in Eure-et-Loir, on October 9, 1954, people, while hunting, saw a luminous sphere which took off of the ground, took altitude and flew away in direction of south-west.

The authors indicate that their source is "Quincy".

[Ref. jge1:] JEAN-FRANCOIS GILLE:

ICOD DESIGNATION (57) DATE JV4 jve1 COMMENTS
052 1090 DREUX RF28 541009 215 274 IL

[Ref. mft1:] MICHEL FIGUET:

Nr of the J. C. Fumoux list Nr of the Francat list Localization Date Class Credibility Sources Number of W
052 153 Dreux 10/09 CE1 NI [= Unidentified] RS [= Sparse Information] Quincy P [= Press] 2-p 136 [= [fru1]] 1 W

[Ref. mft2:] MICHEL FIGUET:

CASE Nr CLASSIFICATION DATE HOUR PLACE ZIP CODE CREDIBILITY SOURCE
153 CE1 09 10 1954 hnp [= hour not specified] Dreux 28 100 C2 RS [= sparese information] (Quincy) OVNI: p. 136

[Ref. lgs1:] LOREN GROSS:

October 9th [1954].

[...]

Furthermore, west of the highway close to the town of Dreux, some hunters had viewed a "vaguely luminous mass" in the sky moving slowly toward the southwest. 96.

The source "96." is noted as: "Michel, Aime. "Flying Saucers in Europe -- or Delusions?" Fate. January 1958. pp.74-75."

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

4035: 1954/10/09 21:00 1 1:22:00 E 48:44:00 N 3331 WEU FRN E&L 7:8

12km N/DREUX,FR:HUNTERS:LUM SPHERE RISES FROM GROUND:>SW:(sans precisions)

Ref# 67 BOWEN,Charles (ed.) The HUMANOIDS. Page No. 39 : FARMLANDS

[Ref. goe1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

The Belgian ufologist indicates in her catalogue that in 1954, on October 9, in France, in Dreux, "people hunting saw a luminous sphere which took off from the ground, took height and flew away in a south-western direction."

The source is indicated as "Quincy", with a "thanks to Wim van Utrecht".

[Ref. mcn1:] MARK CASHMAN:

Dreux (France).

10/9/1954

People out hunting saw a luminous sphere take off and fly toward the southwest.

[Ref. djn1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

On this Day

October 9

[...]

1954 - Some men out hunting in Dreux, France saw a luminous sphere take off and fly toward the southwest. (Sources: Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 153; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia, p. 221).

[...]

[Ref. jbu1:] JEROME BEAU:

Saturday, October 9, 1954

[...]

In Dreux (France), people hunting see a luminous sphere taking off from the ground, take height and fly away in direction of the south-west.

[...]

The source is indicated as "Quincy".

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates in his database that in the Eure et Loir in Dreux on October 9, 1954, "people, hunting, see a luminous sphere which takes off from the ground, takes height and flies away in the direction of the south-west."

The source is indicated as "Ovni, Premier dossier complet... by Figuet M./ Ruchon J.L. ** Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979".

[Ref. uda1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 9 October 1954 at 02:13 in Dreux, France, "People out hunting saw a luminous sphere take off and fly toward the southwest. Some men out hunting in Dreux, France saw a luminous sphere take off and fly toward the southwest."

The website adds: "An unidentified object was sighted, but with appearance and behavior that most likely would have a conventional explanation. One ball was observed by two witnesses on a farm."

The sources are indicated as Michel, Aime, Flying Saucers and the Straight-Line Mystery, S. G. Phillips, New York, 1958; Bowen, Charles, The Humanoids: FSR Special Edition No. 1, FSR, London, 1966; Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073); Vallee, Jacques, Challenge to Science: The UFO Enigma, Henry Regnery, Chicago, 1966; Vallee, Jacques, Preliminary Catalog (N = 500), (in JVallee01); Vallee, Jacques, A Century of Landings (N = 923), (in JVallee04), Chicago, 1969; Schoenherr, Luis, Computerized Catalog (N = 3173); Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002.

[Ref. nip1:] "THE NICAP WEBSITE":

*Oct. 9, 1954 - Some men out hunting in Dreux, France saw a luminous sphere take off from a field and fly toward the southwest. (Sources: Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 153; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 221, case # 215).

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

This database recorded this case 6 times:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541009 09.10.1954 Dreux France
19541009 09.10.1954 Dreux France CE I
19541009 09.10.1954 Dreux France
19541009 09.10.1954 Dreux France
19541009 09.10.1954 Dreux France NL
19541009 09.10.1954 Dreux France CE I

[Ref. prn2:] PETER ROGERSON - "INTCAT":

October 9 1954. 2150hrs.

DREUX (EURE-ET-LOIRE; FRANCE)

People out hunting saw a luminous sphere take off as they approached it. It flew off towards the south west.

Explanations:

Totally insufficient information, possible helicopter.

Keywords:

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

Dreux, Eure-et-Loir, multiple, landing, sphere, luminous

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross March 26, 2003 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross March 8, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [goe1], [djn1], [jbu1], [lcn1], [uda1].
1.1 Patrick Gross June 28, 2010 Addition [jve5].
1.2 Patrick Gross October 8, 2014 Addition [nip1].
1.3 Patrick Gross February 20, 2017 Addition [ubk1].
1.4 Patrick Gross December 22, 2019 Additions [jge1], [mft1], [mft2], [lgs1], [lhh1], [prn2], Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet."

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