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September 23, 1954, Asnières-les-Bourges, Cher:

Reference for this case: 23-Sep-54-Asnières.
Please cite this reference in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


In his 1958 book on the 1954 French flap, Aimé Michel noted that on September 23, 1954, there was an observation in Asnières. Michel did not say much about it, except that the sighting was by railwamen from Asnière who saw sharp moving gleams towards Le Jou.

According to an American Website from the 2000s, ufologist Jacques Vallée noted this observation in his computer catalog, placing it at 10:00 p.m., with four witnesses in a car, and / or on a farm.


[Ref. aml1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel notes that on September 23, 1954, there was an observation in Asnières, by railwaymen.

He wrote that these were odd luminosities that seemed to spring from the ground or from a spot on the ground that would be too low to be seen, or hidden by the forest of Vilaines.

He commented that it could not be a St. Elmo fire because seen on a sector too large and seen landing and going away, nor a helicopter because according to the report from Jou it would have had extraordinary headlights.

[Ref. gqy1:] GUY QUINCY:


September 23, 1954

9 p.m./10 p.m.: Bourges/Asnières/Saint Doulchard(Cher)

[Ref. uda1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 23 September 1954 at 22:00 in Asnieres, France "An object was observed from a car. Multiple independent witnesses. One object was observed by four witnesses on a farm for over 60 minutes. Explanation: Re-entry."

The sources are indicated as "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); Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002".

[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
19540923 23.09.1954 Asnieres France 21.00



Totally insufficient information.

The hint in [uda1] of a car, the duration, and the four witnesses, makes me suspect that [uda1] actually refers to the sighting at Jou that night, whereas for Michel, this would be the same phenomenon seen by other witnesses.

There were several sightings - with approximate witnesses locations - that same nightin the Bourges area:

The Moon had set at 05:00 p.m. and rose only at 2:45 a.m. the next morning.


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

Asnières, Asnières-les-Bourges, Cher, railwaymen, car, multiple


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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross February 19, 2010 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross January 31, 2017 Addition [ubk1].
1.2 Patrick Gross September 23, 2019 Additions [aml1], Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet."
1.3 Patrick Gross March 14, 2021 Addition [gqy1].

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