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September 22, 1954, Arpajon, Essonne:

Reference for this case: 22-Sep-54-Arpajon.
Please cite this reference in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


In a 1965 article in the ufology magazine Lumières Dans La Nuit, evoking what he calls "cloud-cigars", ufologist Aimé Michel indicated that during the wave of 1954 in France one was seen on September 12, 1954 (obviously a wrong date) in Arpajon.

In the 2000s, a German ufology database on the Web indicated twice that on September 22, 1954, at 07:30 p.m., in Arpajon, a "nocturnal light" was seen.

No other information, nor any source, was given.


[Ref. gqy1:] GUY QUINCY:


September 22 [1954]

07:30 p.m.: Saint-Chéron/Breuillet (Seine-et-Oise)

07:30 p.m.: Arpajon (Seine-et-Oise)

08:00 p.m.: Saint-Fargeau/Ponthierry (Seine-et-Marne): sphère des nuées

08:30 p.m.: Rueil-Malmaison/Rebais/Sénart ( Oise): luminous ball

08:30 p.m.: Paris 7°(Seine): disque lumineux

? (same h?): Chailly-en-Bière (Seine-et-Marne)/Nationale 7,N. of Fontainebleau ( clouds sphere + 7 or 8 small lumin. "balls."

[Ref. aml2:] AIME MICHEL:

Such is the great cloud-cigar. It has, as I have said, been described a great many times in identical terms and in all countries of the world. In France, it was seen during the wave of 1954 very near Paris: in the night of August 22 to 23 in Vernon, and the evening of September 12, around 19 h. 30, in broad daylight, by a crowd of witnesses from south of Paris, at Saint-Chéron, at Arpajon, on national road 7, at Chailly-en-Bière, etc. The description is always the same.

[Ref. gep1:] UFOLOGY GROUP "GEPO":

09 22 54 (19) St Cheron and Arpajon OE ? 000A21

[Ref. lgs1:] LOREN GROSS:

September 22nd [of 1954].

"Vast luminous object."

[... Other cases...]

The vast luminous object arrived over Arpajon just moments later [than 07:30 p.m.] and was spotted by a Mme. Chatelin. Again the report is very brief.

[... Other cases...]

[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
19540922 22.09.1954 Arpajon Breuillet France 07.30 p.m. NL
19540922 22.09.1954 Arpajon France 07.30 p.m. NL



Aimé Michel has the date wrong: the numerous observations in the Southe of Paris were certainly not on September 12, but on September 22.

The case is perhaps a duplicate: it would be the observation at La Norville, in which Arpajon had been mentioned as the place where the object would be.

Anyway, a number of observations were reported for this date, this hour and this area, whose descriptions also make me think it was a meteor.


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

Arpajon, Essonne, luminous, night


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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross January 31, 2017 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross April 2, 2019 Additions [aml2], Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet."
1.2 Patrick Gross March 13, 2021 Additions [gqy1], [lgs1].
1.3 Patrick Gross April 7, 2022 Addition [gep1].

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