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October 16, 1954, Grancey-le-Château, Côte-d'Or:

Reference for this case: 16-Oct-54-Grancey-le-Château.
Please cite this reference in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


The press of the time had reported that on October 16, 1954, at 09:20 p.m., in Grancey-le-Château, several inhabitants saw a "thing" of a yellow - orange hue that moved noiselessly in the sky, at great height and leaving a luminous trail behind.

The newspaper Le Bien Public said that "According to the observers, it was neither a plane nor a shooting star."

Ufologist Aimé Michel had pointed out that it was the meteor that crossed the skies of France that night, but not everyone understood this.


[Ref. aml1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel wrote about the October 16, 1954, 09:30 p.m. meteor:

THE TEST OF THE METEOR. October 16, as if it was purposely, a splendid meteor crossed the north of France towards 09:30 p.m.. It was observed on a score of departments by thousands of people, from the Allier to Lorraine and from the Swiss border to Paris. Naturally many witnesses believed to have seen a Flying Saucer and said so. The newspapers printed "Flying Saucer in Orly", or "in Montididier", or "in Metz." But once again the description made by all these weak brains appeared of a remarkable honesty.


The innumerable gathered testimonys show indeed that even when the witnesses called "Flying saucer" the observed object, their description is identical on 200.000 square kilometres where the visible phenomenon was visible: an "orange ball followed by a trail", a "large luminous ball with a tail", a "flying egg followed by a trail", a "bottle's bottom with a trail of thirty times its diameter", etc. The same phenomenon is uniformly described.



WHY 1954?

The French flap of 1954 is today more than controversial.

Thus, A.D.R.U.P. wanted to make a compilation of all the documents published in a Burgundy daily newspaper:

"Le Bien Public".

The interest of this catalogue is triple:

[... Other cases...]


On Saturday evening, around 9:20 p.m., several trustworthy people from Grancey saw a "thing" of an orange-yellow hue, which was moving sana noise in the sky at a great height, leaving behind a luminous trail. Coming from the east, the "craft" was heading west or north west. According to observers, it was neither a plane nor a shooting star.

[... Other cases...]


54 10 16 / GRANCEY LE CHATEAU / 09:20 p.m. / NL / P I /

Several people saw something of an orange hue that moved noiselessly in the sky, at a great height and leaving behind a luminous trail.

(Source: Bien Public, 10/19/54 - M.O.C., Aimé Michel: I: it would be a meteor observed everywhere in France, page 244/5)


54 10 16 21H20 LN Grancey le Château

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

The author of the database indicates that in Grancey-le-Château in the department of Côte-d'Or, on October 16, 1954 to at 09:30 p.m., there was an observation of an orange ball leaving a luminous trail long of a score of meters.

The source is indicated as "Alerte dans le ciel by Garreau Charles ** Alain Lefeuvre 1981".



The meteor of October 16, 1954, at 09:30 p.m.


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

Grancey-le-Château, Côte-d'Or, night, ball, luminous, orange, trail, luminous


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