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July 1954, Clichy, Hauts-de-Seine:

Reference for this case: Jul-54-clichy.
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In 1981, a resident of Riedisheim in the Haut-Rhin wrote a letter to a ufology group in Mulhouse to report an observation he had just made.

He also took the opportunity to remember an observation he made in 1954 while living in the small Parisian suburb of Clichy.

He stated he saw from 10:56 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. a craft, "black with gray plates", during 4 minutes, that he thought might have been at 300 meters or 400 meters up in the sky. He heard the engines and there were also two black smoke exhausts.


[Ref. let1] THE WITNESS:


Riedisheim on 10/19/1981
01:00 p.m.

Sir or Madam

I would like to report to you that resising Rue de la Paix at Nr. 12 on the 3rd floor, that my spouse while I looked at the TV, beckons to me to come to the kitchen and we saw from the kitchen balcony at approximately 10:25 p.m. yesterday is i.e. Sunday evening the 01/18/81, a flying object of an orange red color very bright of the size of a full moon, appearing twice and spitting almost certainly smoke which was white and remained on the spot during 2 minutes then left slowly towards the South-east towards Switzerland, since we saw it in the East maybe above the ILLE [Ile] Napoléon - Rixheim and disappearing at about 10:43 p.m.

I give you this confirmation in full certainty in addition I rang at neighbors' but unfortunately there was nobodies in the street.

We are three people to have seen this phenomenon. I wish that perhaps of other people is seen it and that they also reported it to you.

[--] rue de la Paix
68400 Riedisheim



Paris - Clichy 1.954

As for myself I would say to you that it is the second time that I saw the object, since I lived in the small Parisian suburbs in Clichy - 92 - and that I saw the machine during 4 minutes and that it could be at 300 m or 400 m in Height - moreover I heard the engines and also there were two exhausts of black smoke

The craft was black with gray plates.

It was in 1954 from 10:56 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.. It was at the times when Mr. Mendel-France [Mendès-France] treated the peace from Indo-China in Genevra [Geneva]




Pierre Mendès-France, then chief of the French government, had announced to have concluded agreements from pausing the hostilities in Indo-China by a speech at the French National Assembly on July 22, 1954. This is why, according to indications of the witness, I date his sighting in July 1954. The negotiations however began at the end of the April 1954, my date is thus relatively arbitrary.

The witness is not anonymous; his letter is signed, his address indicated. However it was perhaps not his wish that his identity is revealed, when he wrote his letter, therefore I masked it.

The places of his observation with Riedisheim are extremely familiar to me. Although I do not know the witness, I lived not far in my youth between 1970 and 1984. It is possible that the sighting was the passage of plane, frequent on the indicated place, and having caused a certain number of sighting reports in this same sector during years. The thing was perhaps not exactly as large as full moon and the strong luminosity might be the landing lights in low flying approach of the two nearby airfields.

The sighting in 1954 irrestistbly makes think of some plane too, but the data is not sufficient to be certain.


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

clichy, Hauts-de-Seine, unique, high, duration, noise, plates, black, object, engines, smoke


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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross April 17, 2008 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross July 2, 2019 Addition of the Summary.

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