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February 1954, Grossoeuvre, Eure:

Reference number for this case: Feb-54-Grossoeuvre. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


The ufology magazine Lumières Dans La Nuit #263-264, of May / June 1986, reported an observation of February 1954, in Grossoeuvre in the Eure:

At 06:40 in the country, Mr. J.-F. Vannier, state mail service agent, while driving to work, observed for two minutes a phenomenon towards the West that moved horizontally at 200 meters from him.

It was three luminous points, or three small red lamps aligned horizontally, surmounted by a yellow-white luminous globe; which illuminated the base of the clouds, and of an apparent size of 3° and at an angular height of 5°.

The sky was overcast, there was no noise. He had noticed it on his left, it was motionless for a few seconds, then the globe went away horizontally and accelerated and went out.

The magazine indicated that the investigator was Mr. G. Josse.



The magazine indicates that in February 1954, at 6 hours 40 in the countryside of the Eure in Grossoeuvre, Mr. J.-F. Vannier, agent of the postal services, made a two minutes observation of a phenomenon in direction of the West which moved horizontally within 200 meters of him, which was in the form of three red luminous points with a yellow sphere on them, of an apparent dimension of 3° and an angular height of 5°.

This witness was going to his work by car and had noticed on his left above a field three small red lamps horizontally aligned and surmounted of a luminous yellow-white sphere which illuminated the base of the clouds.

There was no noise, the phenomenon was motionless during a few seconds, then the sphere died out. The magazine indicates that the sphere left horizontally and accelerated.

There was a cloud cover in the sky.

The magazine indicates that the investigator is Mr. G. Josse, and the information source B.P. 23.


I have no obvious explanation for this case, but it remains of low strangeness, could be airplane or vehicle lights for example. The report is not very clear. The lack of a date does not allow any specific astronomical verification of the case.



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Grossoeuvre, Eure, unique, road, car, points, sphere, globe, cover, clouds, yellow, red, silent, displacement, duration


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