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End August 1954, Saint-Hilaire-en-Morvan, Nièvre:

Reference number for this case: End-Aug-54-St-Hilaire-en-Morvan. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

An observation in Saint-Hilaire-en-Morvan, Nièvre department, was apparently reported in the regional newspaper Le Journal du Centre for August 23, 1954.

As it was the subject of a press release from the Reuters news agency, it appeared from August 26, 1954, on, in the press in the United States and Canada, in the form:

"CHATEAU-CHINON, France, Aug. 25 (Reuters) -- Farmer Jules Doussot, of St. Hilaire en Morvan, near here, claims he saw what may have been a flying saucer traveling towards Chateau-Chinon."

"It was 'a sort of incandescent globe' with 20 or 30 propulsion tubes, he said. It was reddish-brown and preceded by a blinding light."

Then, an article of the United Press appeared in the press, attributing the observation to the consumption of wine:

"Police in Chateau-Chinon questioned a farmer, Jules Doussot, who reported seeing a flying saucer over this region."

"They went away a bit skeptical. Chateau-Chinon is one of the most productive of French wine areas."

The regional newspaper Le Provençal for August 27, 1954, gives some other details. It was while getting out of his house that Julien Doussot ("Roussot" in other newspapers) saw in the sky a kind of incandescent flame, which spread a very white and glittering glow. The thing was heading without any noise towards Châtel-Guyon and was lost from his sight of between two mountains.

Mr. Doussot claimed to have had plenty of time to observe the "machine", which was preceded and not followed by a blinding glow. It was a kind of reddish-brown rectangle, with an aileron on each side. At the back of the rectangle, he clearly distinguished between 20 and 30 tubes terminated by globes or lamps that lit alternately.

Reports:

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

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And here is the
rectangular "saucer"!

Nevers (from our C.P.). -- Near Saint-Hylaire-en-Morvan, a farmer, Mr. Julien Doussot, coming out of his house, saw a sort of incandescent flame in the sky. It shed a very white and sparkling glow. The craft which was moving without any noise, in direction of Châtel-Guyon, disappeared between two mountains.

Mr. Doussot claims to have had all the time to observe the craft which was preceded and not followed by a blinding light. It was a sort of rectangle, reddish brown, with a fin on each side. At the back of the rectangle, Mr. Doussot clearly distinguished 20 to 30 tubes ending with globes or lamps lighting alternately.

Mr. Doussot is convinced that it is indeed a flying saucer.

[Ref. tbg1:] "THE BOSTON GLOBE" NEWSPAPER:

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Flying Saucer in France

CHATEAU-CHINON, France, Aug. 25 (Reuters) -- Farmer Jules Doussot, of St. Hilaire en Morvan, near here, claims he saw what may have been a flying saucer traveling towards Chateau-Chinon.

It was "a sort of incandescent globe" with 20 or 30 propulsion tubes, he said. It was reddish-brown and preceded by a blinding light.


Northern lights have been seen as far south as Texas.

[Ref. tlb1:] "LATROBE BULLETIN" NEWSPAPER:

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Saucer Story

CHATEAU-CHINON, France (UP) -- Police questioned a farmer, Jules Doussot, who reported seeing a flying saucer over this region.

They went away a bit skeptical. Chateau-Chinon is one of the most productive of French wine areas.

[Ref. tch1:] "THE CALGARY HERALD" NEWSPAPER:

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French Farmer Claims Flying Saucer Sighted

CHATEAU-CHINON, France, (Reuters) -- Farmer Jules Doussot, of St. Hilaire en Morvan, near here, claims he saw what may have been a flying saucer traveling towards Chateau-Chinon.

It was "a sort of incandescent globe" with 20 or 30 propulsion tubes, he said. It was reddish-brown and preceded by a blinding light.

[Ref. tpr1:] "POTTSVILLE REPUBLICAN" NEWSPAPER:

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VINTAGE MIRAGE?

Police in Chateau-Chinon questioned a farmer, Jules Doussot, who reported seeing a flying saucer over this region.

They went away a bit skeptical. Chateau-Chinon is one of the most productive of French wine areas.

[Ref. ndn1:] "NANAIMO DAILY NEWS" NEWSPAPER:

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SIGHTS SAUCER

CHATEAU-CHINON, France (Reuters) -- Farmer Jules Doussot, of St. Hilaire en Morvan, near here, claims he saw what may have been a flying saucer travelling towards Chateau-Chinon. It was "a sort of incandescent globe" with 20 or 30 propulsion tubes, he said. It was reddish-brown in color and was preceded by a blinding light.

[Ref. tsp1:] "STAR-PHOENIX" NEWSPAPER:

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Like a Globe

CHATEAU - CHINON, France, (Reuters) -- Farmer Jules Doussot, of St. Hilaire en Morvan, near here, claims he saw what may have been a flying saucer traveling towards Chateau-Chinon. It was "a sort of incandescent globe" with 20 or 30 propulsion tubes, he said. It was reddish-brown and preceded by a blinding light.

[Ref. tlh1:] NEWSPAPER "LETHBRIDGE HERALD":

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Farmer Jules Doussot, of St. Hilaire en Morvan, France, claims he saw what may have been a flying saucer travelling towards Chateau-Chinon. It was "a sort of incandescent globe" with 20 or 30 propulsion tubes, he said. It was reddish-brown in color and was preceded by a blinding light.

[Ref. ner1:] JOURNAL "NORD-ECLAIR":

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- Mr. Jules Roussot, a farmer in Saint-Hilaire-en-Morvan (Nièvre), said he saw in the sky a kind of incandescent globe which moved silently in the direction of Château-Chinon.

[Ref. lpl1:] NEWSPAPER "LE PROVENCAL":

And here is the rectangular "saucer"

Nevers

Close to Saint-Hylaire-en-Morvan [sic], a farmer, Mr. Julien Doussot, getting outside his place, saw in the sky a kind of incandescent flame. It spread a very white and scintillating gleam. The craft, which moved without any noise in direction of Châtel-Guyon, disappeared between two mountains.

Mr. Doussot claims to have had all the leisure to observe the machine which was preceded and not followed by a dazzling gleam. It was a kind of rectangle of reddish brown, with an aileron on each side.

At the rear of the rectangle, Mr. Doussot clearly distinguished from 20 to 30 tubes finished by spheres or lamps igniting alternatively.

M. Doussot is convinced that this is really a flying saucer.

[Ref. nll1:] "NORD LITTORAL" NEWSPAPER:

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A flying
saucer
near
Château Chinon

Château-Chinon, 26. -- Mr. Jules Roussot, farmer in St-Hilaire-en-Morvan (Nièvre), said that he had seen in the sky a kind of incandescent globe which moved silently towards from Château-Chinon.

According to Mr. Roussot, the globe was preceded, and not followed, by a blinding glow, was "reddish" brown in color, had two fins and 20 to 30 tubes.

[Ref. nnm1:] "LE NOUVEAU NORD MARITIME" NEWSPAPER:

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A FLYING SAUCER
near
Château-Chinon

Château-Chinon, 26. -- Mr. Jules Roussot, farmer in St-Hilaire-en-Morvan (Nièvre), said that he had seen in the sky a kind of incandescent globe which moved silently towards from Château-Chinon.

According to Mr. Roussot, the globe was preceded, and not followed by a blinding glow, was "reddish" brown in color, had two fins and 20 to 30 tubes.

[Ref. cdn1:] "LA CROIX DU NORD" NEWSPAPER:

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AGAIN...! - A Nièvre farmer said he saw a flying saucer "preceded by a blinding glow".

[Ref. nmn1:] "NORD-MATIN" NEWSPAPER:

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AND HERE IS THE
RECTANGULAR "SAUCER"...

NEVERS. -- Near Saint-Hylaire-en-Morvan, a farmer, Mr. Julien Doussot, leaving his home, saw in the sky a kind of incandescent flame. It spread a very white and bright glow. The craft which was moving, without any noise, in the direction of Châtel-Guyon, disappeared between two mountains.

Mr. Doussot claims to have had all leisure to observe the craft which was preceded, not followed, by a blinding gleam. It was a sort of rectangle, reddish brown, with a fin on each side.

At the back of the rectangle, Mr. Doussot clearly distinguished from 20 to 30 tubes terminated by globes or lamps lighting up alternately.

Mr. Doussot is convinced that it is indeed a flying saucer.

[Ref. vmr1:] NEWSPAPER "VAR-MATIN REPUBLIQUE":

A flying saucer near Château-Chinon?

Château-Chinon, August 26. -- Mr. Jules Roussot, farmer in St Hilaire in Morvan (the Nievre) stated to have seen in the sky, a kind of incandescent sphere which moved without noise in direction of Château-Chinon.

According to Jules Roussot, the sphere was preceded, and not followed, of a dazzling gleam of reddish brown color and comprised two ailerons and 20 or 30 tubes.

[Ref. thd1:] NEWSPAPER "HUNTINGTON DAILY NEWS":

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Just Bit Skeptical

Chateau-Chinon, France, Aug. 27 (UP) -- Police questioned a farmer, Jules Doussot, who reported seeing a flying saucer over this region.

They went away a bit skeptical.

Chateau-Chinon is one of the most productive of French wine areas.

[Ref. ldn1:] "LEBANON DAILY NEWS" NEWSPAPER:

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Police in Chateau-Chinon questioned a farmer, Jules Doussot, who reported seeing a flying saucer over this region.

They went away a bit skeptical. Chateau-Chinon is one of the most productive of French wine areas.

[Ref. tpp1:] NEWSPAPER "PITTSBURGH PRESS":

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Could It Be Wine, Or Flying Saucer?

CHATEAU-CHINON, France, Aug. 28 (UP) -- Police questioned a farmer, Jules Doussot, who reported seeing a flying saucer over this region.

They went away a bit skeptical.

Chateau-Chinon is one of the most productive of French wine areas.

[Ref. tdc1:] NEWSPAPER "CONNELSVILLE DAILY COURIER":

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Saucer of Wine, Anyone?

Sept. 2. -- Police questioned a farmer, Jules Doussot, who reported seeing a flying saucer over this region. They went away a bit skeptical. Chateau-Chinon is one of the most productive of French wine areas.

[Ref. abj1:] NEWSPAPER "AKRON BEACON-JOURNAL":

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Good Reason

CHATEAU-CHINON, France (UP) -- Police questioned a farmer, Jules Doussot, who reported seeing a flying saucer over this region. They went away a bit skeptical. Chateau-Chinon is one of the most productive of French wine areas.

[Ref. tpn1:] "THE PATERSON NEWS" NEWSPAPER:

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Skeptical Cops?

Police in Chateau-Chinon questioned a farmer, Jules Doussot, who reported seeing a flying saucer over this region.

They went away a bit skeptical. Chateau-Chinon is one of the most productive of French wine areas.

[Ref. jce1:] "LE JOURNAL DU CENTRE" NEWSPAPER:

The newspaper indicates that on July 7, 1954, in Saint-Hilaire-en-Morvan, a farmer and his son observed around 8 hours a kind of incandescent sphere emitting a sharp light, white and scintillating. In the same time they noticed a red object having the shape of a reddish brown bag provided with two ailerons.

The newspaper is that the source is their issue for August 23, 1954.

[Ref. rlt1:] RENAUD LECLET:

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L'Ardennais. Friday August 27, 1954. (Page 1)

FLYING SAUCER IN CHATEAU-CHINON?

CHATEAU-CHINON - Mr. Jules Doussot, farmer at Saint-Hillaire-en-Morvan (Nièvre), said he saw in the sky an incandescent globe that moved noiselessly towards Chateau-Chinon.

According to Mr. Doussot the globe, which was preceded and not followed by a blinding glow, was reddish-brown in color, had two fins and 20 to 30 tubes.

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the "Nièvres" [sic] in St Hilaire en Morvan on August 26, 1954 at an unknown hour, "a witness saw in the sky, a kind of incandescent sphere which moved without noise in direction of Château-Chinon. The sphere was preceded, and not followed, of a blinding gleam of reddish brown color and comprised two ailerons and 20 or 30 tubes."

The source is indicated as "Var Matin".

[Ref. uda1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 26 August 1954 in "St Hilaire.Morvan", France, "Unidentified but otherwise conventional objects were sighted. Two objects were observed by one witness. Explanation: Planet."

The source is indicated as "Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073)".

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

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19540826 26.08.1954 St. Hilaire Morvan France NL

[Ref. aln1:] ALAIN LEQUIEN:

The author indicates that in Saint-Hilaire-en-Morvan, on August 26, 1954, a witness saw in the sky a sort of incandescent globe moving silently in the direction of Château-Chinon.

The witness said it was preceded by a blinding reddish-brown glow and appeared to have two fins with 20 or 30 tubes.

The author notes that the description is astonishing and that no official investigation has been carried out.

He indicates that the source is Var Matin.

Explanations:

Carte.

The report published in the press is obviously too poor in information to find some sure cause for this observation. But it is certainly neither caused by the fact that the region produces wine, nor an observation of a "planet".

It might have been that of a meteor, but the description does not seem to me to correspond much to a meteor.

Keywords:

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

Saint-Hilaire-en-Morvan, Nièvre, Saint-Hylaire-en-Morvan, Nievre, Jules Doussot, Julien Doussot, Juilen Roussot, Jules Roussot, farmer, flame, glowing, gleam, white, scintillating, silent, luminous, dazzling, stems, balls, rectangle, brown, red, wings, ailerons, flickering, lights, headlights

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross April 3, 2007 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross March 2, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Addition [lcn1].
1.1 Patrick Gross March 15, 2010 Addition [jce1].
1.2 Patrick Gross November 20, 2016 Addition [ubk1].
1.3 Patrick Gross April 27, 2018 Additions [ndn1], [tlh1], [thd1], [tpp1], [tdc1], [abj1].
1.4 Patrick Gross April 23, 2019 Additions [rlt1], [tbg1], [tpr1], [tch1], [tsp1], [tpn1], [tlb1], Summary. Explanations changed, étaient "Not looked for yet."
1.5 Patrick Gross February 18, 2020 Addition [nnm1].
1.6 Patrick Gross March 10, 2020 Addition [nll1].
1.7 Patrick Gross March 14, 2020 Additions [cdn1], [nmn1].
1.8 Patrick Gross March 21, 2020 Addition [ner1].
1.9 Patrick Gross January 15, 2021 Addition [bre1].
2.0 Patrick Gross February 10, 2021 Addition [aln1].

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