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The 1954 French flap:

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September 21, 1954, Compiègne, Oise:

Reference for this case: 21-Sep-54-Compiègne.
Please cite this reference in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


The regional newspaper L'Oise-Matin for September 24, 1954, reported among other observations, that of Mr. Perez, inhabitant of Compiègne, 30 years old, employed at the Englebert factories, in Clairvoix.

He saw "Tuesday", therefore on September 21, 1954, from 8:15 p.m. to around 9:00 p.m., in Compiègne, "balls" which remained motionless and at a short distance from each other, to its south. They seemed very far from each other and to be at a great altitude.

(He would makeanother observation, different, the next day.)

In the 2000s, a US and a German website listing UFO sightings indicated that according to Jacques Vallée's computer catalog, on September 21, 1954, at 08:15 p.m. in Clairoix, France, two hovering objects were observed for 45 minutes. This was clearly an error due to Vallér who mistook the workplace of the witness and the sighting location.




in the sky of France
and also of the Oise

[Photo caption:] Mrs. Masse and her husband show us the direction in which they saw moving a luminous object.

It is now in groups that the "flying saucers" are spotted in the skies of France - in the Oise in particular - and sometimes even, witnesses declared to have seen them moving in the company of a newcomer in the fantastic aerial flotilla: the "flying cigar", already reported in the Puy-de-Dôme and the skies of Rome.

In the department it is the same day, ie Tuesday, that these strange craft were reported.

In Villers-sur-Coudun...

In Villers-sur-Coudun, a couple, Mr. and Mrs. Lucien Masse, both aged 65, declare having seen that day, at 10 p.m., a luminous shape similar to a large cigar which moved vertically and horizontally in the sky. The phenomenon having already occurred, they say, the day before at the same hour, Mr. Masse, a former shoemaker, who had attended it the first time alone, was able, during the second appearance, to call his wife and son, who confirmed having also seen the craft. In both cases, these witnesses specify, the cigar moved 15 minutes west of their point of observation. It had they say "a brightness stronger than the stars and reached

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twice the size of the largest of the latter.

... and in Compiègne

In Compiègne, it is also two days in a row that the celestial craft appeared, according to the witness.

This is Mr. Perez, 30, an employee of the Englebert factories in Clairvoix, who said he saw Tuesday from 8:15 p.m. to about 9:00 p.m., and Wednesday at 9:15 p.m., two luminous balls, one orange and one, smaller, green. The behavior of these objects, adds Mr. Perez, who lives in Compiègne, however, varied from one day to the next.

On Tuesday, the balls remained motionless and at a short distance from each other, while the next day they varied in luminous intensity: the green one slowly died out and the orange one became brighter. Both extinguished and did not show up anymore as soon as a plane buzzed in the sky, Perez adds.

Previously the balls, which were located substantially to the south of the Compiègne witness' observation spot, seemed, he said, very far from each other and seemed to move at a great altitude.

Finally, the three other appearances took place respectively in Lodeve, north of the Hérault department, at La Fleuranderie, in the Indre, and in Oberdorf (Moselle).

A flying cigar

In the first case, it was three trustworthy inhabitants of Lodeve who declared to have seen a flying cigar on Saturday at 7 p.m. which, moving at about 1,500 meters, was heading south. Witnesses were able, they say, to observe for nearly five minutes the cigar, which towed a red globe and moved silently at the speed of an airplane.

Finally, in Oberdorf, it is a rural policeman, Mr. Louis Moll, who claimed to have seen Sunday, around 9:15 p.m., "an intense glow coming from space and touching earth in the east."

This glow, the guard added, was similar to that of a neon tube and came from an object of rather vast proportions. It changed color and became reddish.

After 40 seconds of immobility, the object started to spin and take on the appearance of an orange ball, disappeared at breakneck speed in a southeast direction, concluded Mr. Moll.

[Ref. uda1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 21 September 1954 at 20:15 in Clairoix, France, "Hovered." And: "Hovering objects were observed. Two objects were observed for 45 minutes."

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
19540921 21.09.1954 Clairoix France 20.15 NL



Very brief, imprecise, of low strangeness, and uninvestigated, the narrative hardly makes the point in my opinion if it were to prove that there was a visit there by extraterrestrial craft.

Moreover, seen from Compiègne on September 21, 1954, at 8:15 pm, the planet Mars was due south, at 187° and the elevation of 15 °, clearly visible with 85.48% of its surface illuminated. However, we are told of two balls at a short distance from each other; so perhaps the second one was the star Nunki, a double star of magnitude 2.02, almost in conjunction with Mars at this time.

However, it is possible that these were military aerial maneuvers, especially as the witness heard a plane.

On September 24, 1954, the press announced "Operation Shooting Star", "the largest allied air exercise in Europe", air maneuvers by NATO forces, which would take place over France and Germany.

Historically, these "Shooting Star" maneuvers including "Indian Summer" would have taken place from September 20 to 27, 1954, involving the new NATO dispersion base of Damblain, involving F-84G Thunderjets from the 3rd Fighter Wing of Reims and the F-84G of the EC 2/3. The bases of Lunéville, and Lahr-Hugsweier in Germany, among others no doubt, were participating.


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

Compiègne, Oise, Perez, balls, luminous, high, motionless


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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross August 14, 2021 First published, [oem1]. [uda1] and [ubk1] were previously under "Clairoix", case with erroneous location, actually this case.

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