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Beginning or October, 1954, Mercurey, Saône-et-Loire:

Reference number for this case: Beg-Oct-54-Mercurey. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

According to the regional newspaper La Bourgogne Républicaine, of Dijon, for October 8, 1954, there had been sightings of a "saucer" or "cigar" in the region of Châlon-sur-Saône, reported by their press correspondent.

A resident of Mercurey had told he saw two flying tops located at an altitude of about 300 meters, with a diameter of 5 to 6 meters, the top slightly convex, launching purple and yellow-red glows, and seemingly heading towards Le Creusot.

According to a 1982 catalog of the ADRUP ufology group, the newspaper Le Bien Public, of Dijon, reported on October 7, 1954, that one of their readers wrote to them to report that "these last days", in Mercurey where he lived, he had seen in broad daylight, in clear skies, two "craft" rotating - or turning - at very high speed, side by side, "like spinning tops launching violet red and yellow gleams", and seeming to head to Le Creusot.

These "craft" that he said to have been of a diameter of about 5 to 8 meters, seemed to him to be at a height of 300 to 400 meters, they had the top slightly rounded, and emitted "no noise, like that of jet airplanes or other."

Reports:

[Ref. bre1:] NEWSPAPER "LA BOURGOGNE REPUBLICAINE":

Scan.

The flying saucers (continued)
do not spare the Châlon region

Chalon-sur-Saône (from our P.C.). -- As one might expect, and one is even astonished to have waited so long, Châlons and its region are adding today a chapter to the novels of saucers and other flying cigars.

It is a resident of Saint-Marcel-les-Chalon who saw, in the sky above this locality, a object "like I have never seen" (sic), surrounded by "smaller objects that looked like birds and had silvery highlights."

A resident of Mercurey is much more categorical and lavish of explanation, who saw "two flying tops lying at an altitude of approximately 300 meters, with a diameter of 5 to 6 meters, the top slightly domed, throwing purple and yellow-red gleams, and seeming to move towards Le Creusot.

Other very fleeting appearances are also reported on the Bresse, homeland of the chicken and the "noa."

... nor the Nièvre

Nevers (from our P.C.). -- A resident of Corbigny (Nièvre) declared to have seen, in broad daylight, while she was hanging laundry in her garden, a luminous cigar-shaped craft, elongated, moving at high speed. It carried two discs in its lower part. Rising vertically, this cigar went out and disappeared.

An employee of a state administration also claimed to have observed, at the place called "Les Chaumes", a luminous disc of large dimensions, yellow-orange in color, walking at breakneck speed. This craft left behind a dazzling white light.

Finally, a craftsman-carpenter saw a cylindrical-shaped craft, flying at very high altitude. It emitted orange-red glows, was heading northeast.

[Ref. via1:] "VIMANA 21" UFOLOGY BULLETIN:

THURSDAY 7 OCTOBER: FLYING TOPS IN THE SKY OF MERCUREY -

One of our readers writes to tell us the following facts which he has witnessed these last days at Mercurey where he lives. In broad daylight, he told us he had observed, by clear sky, two craft turning at very great speed side by side, like spinning tops throwing purple and red yellow gleams, and seeming to be heading towards Le Creusot. These craft appeared to be at a height of 300 to 400 m, the top slightly convex and about 5 to 8 m in diameter. No noise, like that of jet planes and others.

The source is indicated to be the newspaper Le Bien Public.

Explanations:

The data is unfortunately incomplete (speed, duration, presence or absence of trail, precise date, house...), so that a justified evaluation is not possible.

Map.

Keywords:

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

Mercurey, Saône-et-Loire, unique, anonymous, day, red, yellow, purple, spinning, two, rotation, silent, craft, gleam

Sources:

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross January 28, 2019 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross January 14, 2021 Addition [bre1]. In the Summary, addition of the information coming from [bre1].

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