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October 14, 1954, Poligny, Jura:

Reference for this case: 14-Oct-54-Poligny.
Please cite this reference in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


In his 1958 book on the 1954 French saucer flap, Aimé Michel indicated that on October 14, 1954, between 06:00 p.m. and the fall of night, in the wood of Poligny, a hunter saw a kind of green and orange flame passing.

Michel added that several other witnesses saw it from the community of Poligny.

Insisinting on this sighting as a part of an "alignement" of sighting that day, Michel admitted once that this one might have been a meteor.


[Ref. aml1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel indicates that on October 14, 1954, between 06:00 p.m. and the fall of night, in the wood of Poligny, a hunter saw a kind of green and orange flame passing.

Michel adds that several other witnesses saw it from the community of Poligny.

[Ref. aml5:] AIME MICHEL:

An odd straight line.

At the time I undertook (after many other attempts) to study the arrangement of observations on a map region by region, when something curious caught my attention to the Center-East of France. From South of Poligny to a spot located near Gueugnon, in the Saôone-et-Loire, five observations made a rigorously rectilinear arrangement over a distance of 150 kilometers.

Along this line, from East to West, were the observations of the Wood of Poligny, of Saint-Germain du Bois, of Saint-Romain sous Gourdon, of the Departmental 60 near Ciry le Noble, and Departmental 25 near Chazey Wood. While checking their date I discovered with astonishment that all these cases were all of October 14, then that on the 5 observations, one (Saint-Germain) was a luminous object on the ground, the next one (Saint-Romain) an immobile luminous object, placed on the ground, blocking an engine and extinguishing a headlight, the third a luminous object flying over the country-side (Departmental 60), the fourth a similar object blocking an engine and extinguishing headlights. Only the observation of Poligny could at best be taken for a meteor. All the others had the most incredible characters attributed to the saucers.

This first straight line gave me another idea: since 5 cases of October 14 were aligned, why not examine whether the other cases of the same day did not also present some interesting positions? I discovered then, this same day, a new alignment of 4 observations: Poligny (already on the other line), Palleau (Saône-et-Loire), Meursanges (Côte d'Or), and finally, 460 kilometers away, Méral, in the Mayenne. And Méral was also a ground observation [but the 11th and not the 14th].

(to be continued)

[Ref. jve5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

340 -005.75721 46.79100 14 10 1954 18 40 1 POLIGNY F 1511 C** 292

[Ref. aml6:] AIME MICHEL:

For the localisations made by the witnesses on the ground in the directions of the lines, well-established examples are numerous too: see for example in Lemps, on September 27, or the series between Poligny and the Chazey wood on October 14.

[Ref. aml4:] AIME MICHEL:

Then, one day, I thought I saw the beginning of the light. Studying the cases of October 14 on a map of Burgundy, I was struck by thr fact that five of them (Poligny, (Saint-Germain-du-Bois, (Les Brosses-Tillot, (Nationale 60 and (the Wood of Chazey) were on a straight line. I then looked for other straight lines, and found a lot of them. Many were dubious, but some of them seemed to defy chance.

[Ref. ara1:] ANTONIO RIBERA:

The author notes that according to Aimé Michel, on October 14, 1954 in Poligny in France there was an observation of a "very large meteorite" at 06:30 p.m..

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates in his database that in the Jura in Poligny on October 14, 1954 at an unknown hour, "In the wood of Poligny, a hunter sees passing between 18 hours and the beginning of the night a kind of green and orange flame. It seems that several other witnesses saw it from Poligny itself."

The source is noted "M.O.C. by Michel Aimé ** Arthaud 1958".

[Ref. uda1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 14 October 1954 at 18:40 in Poligny, France, "An unidentified object was sighted, but with appearance and behavior that most likely would have a conventional explanation. One object, about 5 feet across, was observed by one witness."

The website indicates that the sources are Michel, Aime, Flying Saucers and the Straight-Line Mystery, S. G. Phillips, New York, 1958; Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073); Vallee, Jacques, Challenge to Science: The UFO Enigma, Henry Regnery, Chicago, 1966; Vallee, Jacques, Preliminary Catalog (N = 500), (in JVallee01).


The mystery of the famous ufos in the Jura

In his book "Les Mystères du Jura " published by De Borée publishers in the end of 2009, Alain Lequien, with an historian's approach, listed the observations of unidentified flying objects (ufos) in the department of the Jura. There was the red ball of fire of Poligny, [...] the close encounter of the third kind of Prémanon, the cigar of the schoolboys of Les Rousses, the multicoloured oscillating object of Dole, [...] the white and luminous phenomenon of Meussia, [...]

[Note: I only noted the 1954 cases mentions from the article.]

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

This database recorded this case 4 times:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541014 14.10.1954 Poligny France 18.40
19541014 14.10.1954 Poligny France Evening NL
19541014 14.10.1954 Bois Poligny France 18.00 NL
19541014 14.10.1954 Bois Poligny France 18.00 NL


The 06:13 p.m. meteor that day.

Michel indicated that the hour was between 6 p.m. and nightfall. The sun went below the horizon at about 06:15 p.m. that day.



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

Poligny, Jura, evening, flame, green, orange, multiple


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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross December 25, 2004 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross April 8, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [lcn1], [uda1].
1.1 Patrick Gross January 17, 2010 Addition [lps1].
1.2 Patrick Gross February 10, 2010 Addition [ara1].
1.3 Patrick Gross June 29, 2010 Addition [jve5].
1.4 Patrick Gross February 25, 2017 Addition [ubk1].
1.5 Patrick Gross July 13, 2019 Additions [aml5], [aml6], [aml4], Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet. The 06:15 p.m. meteor that day."

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