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January 26, 1954, Seurre, Côte-d'Or:

Reference for this case: 26-Jan-54-Seurre.
Please cite this reference in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


In the regional newspaper La Bourgogne Républicaine of Dijon for January 29, 1954, we read about the "luminous phenomenon" of January 26, 1954 in the region, that "Mr. Guyenot, of Nuits-Saint-Georges, being near Seurre, by truck, also saw it."

In his late 1954 book about the flying saucers, French Sci-Fi witer and pioneering ufologist Jimmy Guieu indicated that on January 26, 1954, at 4:50 a.m., as a "craft" flew over the area of Dijon, Mr. Guyennot, of Nuits-Saint-Georges, told "I was not very reassured and I wondered whether I had dreamed."

This gentleman had probably not dreamed, but it was a meteor, not a "craft" as Jimmy Guieu thought.




The luminous phenomenon
of Tuesday was seen
throughout the region

Many testimonies have reached us about the luminous phenomenon seen in the region on Tuesday around 4:45 a.m.

Mssrs. Lucien Dumoulin and Gabriel Bernard, from Pontailler-sur-Saône, saw the purple beam. Mr. Maurice Monnet, of Tilchatel, was seized by the dazzling light.

In the Vosges, many people made the same observations at the same times.

Mr. and Mrs. Prost, from Chaumergy (Jura) by car near Le Deschaud, made out a luminous arrow heading north-west.

Mr. Guyenot, from Nuits-Saint-Georges, being near Seurre, in a truck, also saw it. Miss Paulette Vachey, from Heuilley-sur-Saône, was surprised by a great light illuminating the whole countryside, while a luminous trail passed quickly above her.

All these testimonies agree well, and one gets lost in conjectures on the cause of this phenomenon.

[Ref. jgu1:] JIMMY GUIEU:

Jimmy Guieu indicates that on January 26, 1954 at 4:50 a.m. when a machine flew over the area of Dijon, Mr. Guyennot of Nuits-Saint-Georges said "I was not very reassured and I wondered whether I had dreamed."


54 01 26 / DIJON / 4H50 / NL / P /

Around 4:50, several people saw in the sky a lightning trail that moved noiselessly over the city.

Duration: a few seconds and low altitude. Observed in numerous places in the Côte d'Or: Pontailler, Saulon la Chapelle, Til Châtel, St Maurice sur Vingeanne and Nuits st Georges.

(Source: Alerte dans le ciel, Ch. Garreau, p. 104 to 106, Bien Public, 1/27/54)


This magazine listed this case:

54 10 03 21H LN Seurre (Le Meix)

[Ref. lgs1:] LOREN GROSS:

[... Other cases...]

January 26th.

"I felt rather disturbed at first."

Yet another "meteor-like" phenomenon swept over France terrorizing people. At 4:50 a.m. on January 26th a strange thing appeared above Dijon moving northwest, a giant orange oval spewing a dazzling stream of vapor behind it. The thing gave off considerable light, a part of which was a momentary violet ray. It's unlikely the object was a meteor if there was any truth to reports that place its passage at an altitude less then 4,000 feet. We know that a cloud ceiling was at 4,000 feet so unless the layer was very broken it seems evident the object was below that level given its brilliance. Although it may not have been a "saucer," its effects were nonetheless unnerving. At Nuits-Saint-Georges, a M. Guyennot was quoted as saying: "I felt rather disturbed at first and asked myself if I were dreaming." 58. Another fellow became blinded momentarily, and still another, a M. Louis Jacquot of the town of Liffol-le-Grand, told police: "It looked as though the sky was splitting in two. I had a sharp burning sensation in my eyes and ears." 59. Some people covered their eyes in fear, while others ran away seeking safety in fright. 60.

The sources "58". "59" and "60" refers to "Guieu, Jimmy. Flying Saucers Come Worn Another World, p.148."


[... Other cases ...]

Intense light - January 26, 1954, Dijon

4h50, the city is asleep. A luminous object tears the sky of Dijon. It moves at very low altitude in direction of the North-West. The light it releases is dazzling, intense. Before disappearing the object projects a powerful purple ray which did not fail to frighten some unhappy people. "I was not very reassured and I wondered whether I had been dreaming" said Mr. Guyennot of Nuits-Saint-Georges. Various witnesses residing at several tens of kilometers from each other said they saw the same phenomenon. Louis Jacquot in particular, a Vosgean of Liffole-Grand, states to the gendarmes "to have had the impression that the sky split in two and to have felt a burn at the eyes and the ears".

[... Other cases ...]

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the "Côte d'or" in Nuits St Georges on January 26, 1954 at 04:47, "Observation by a road driver of an cigar maneuvering at low altitude (under the clouds). Color blue-green, blinding. The clouds and the plain were entirely visible. It leaves in direction the côtes de Nuit."

The sources are indicated as "Les soucoupes volantes viennent d'un autre monde by Guieu Jimmy ** Fleuve Noir 1954" and "Alerte dans le ciel by Garreau Charles ** Alain Lefeuvre 1981".

[Ref. uda1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 26 January 1954 at 04:50 in Dijon, France, "One object was observed by 11 witnesses (Guyennot)."

The sources are said to be "Poher, Claude, Etudes Statistiques Portant sur 1000 Temoignag, Author, undated" and "Schoenherr, Luis, Computerized Catalog (N = 3173)".



The meteor of January 26, 1954, at 04:50 a.m.


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

Seurre, Nuits-Saint-Georges, Côte-d'Or, driver, road, night, Guyennot


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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross March 19, 2010 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross July 22, 2010 Addition [cg1].
1.2 Patrick Gross October 31, 2016 Addition [lgs1].
1.3 Patrick Gross January 31, 2019 Additions [via2], Summary.
1.4 Patrick Gross January 29, 2021 Addition [bre1]. Dans le Résumé, addition of the information from [bre1]. Case location changed from "Nuits-Saint-Georges" to "Seurre".

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