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Beg. October, 1954, Veynes, Hautes-Alpes:

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




A saucer above Avignon?

Avignon (C.P.).

The presence of an unidentifiable bolide was announced to us above Avignon yesterday, at the beginning of the afternoon by several people who saw it from the slope of Bellevue on the right bank of the Rhone.

We went to the site and could note that an unknown object having the shape of a refringent spheroid appeared at a constant distance from [...] and that it remained [...]

Observed with binoculars, he time after time took the apparent shape of a disc with a curvature in the center and a cone from where a reddish trail escaped by the base.

This curious phenomenon started to be observed around 01:00 p.m. and it still lasted at 04:30 p.m..

The "saucer" (since it became common to call that way any object unknown to a non-specialist observer) slowly moved from the East to the West on 45 degrees approximately.

Aircraft, weather-balloon, new satellite?

The question is opened.


Veynes (C.P.).

[...] Louis and Mr. Curri Baptiste, were hasting at a sharp pace on the road. They were very surprized to see, between the Saint-Luc post and the wood of the Pignon, a ball of a very apparent green color, which moved rather quickly, leaving a red trail behind. It disappeared towards Aspremont. The two witnesses, who could admire it during at least thirty seconds, are convinced that it is a flying saucer.

Ballet of "saucers" in the sky of Ardeche

Grenoble (A.C.P.).

Mr. Joseph Habrat, farmer in the district of Perrets, in Lemps, not far from Tournon (the Ardeche), observed in the sky, last night, a true ballet of "flying saucers".

He had first of all noticed a green light moving slowly in direction of Valence. Then the luminous craft started to evolve at full speed in various directions and ended up being immobilized.

The farmer then called his daughter, Yvette, who up to now had refused to believe in the flying saucers.

Like her father, Yvette managed to observe the luminous object which advanced, it seemed to them, up to 500 meters of them approximately. A little later ten machines joined the first, and outlined with it a true ballet before disappearing in the direction of the East.

Little afterward, three craft appeared again then disappeared in the same direction as the previous ones.

[Ref. hws1:] HAROLD T. WILKINS:

The author indicates that in the first week of October 1954, a farmer near Grenoble, in France, saw a glowing, lighted "engin" moving at great speed. Yvette, his daughter, said that it made a slight snoring sound.


Not looked for yet.


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

Veynes, Hautes-Alpes, Baptiste Curri, Louis, Saint-Luc, Pignon, route, ball, green, fast, duration, red, trail


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