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October 3, 1954, Lusignan, Vienne:

Reference for this case: 3-Oct-54-Lusignan.
Please cite this reference in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


Aimé Michel indicated in his 1958 book, without giving its source, that on October 3, 1954, at a late hour of the night and a few minutes after an observation in Leignes-sur-Fontaine (50 km further East), an object rigorously identical to that of Leignes-sur -Fontaine, that is to say, red and bright, was seen in Lusignan, in the Vienne department.

The two witnesses were Mr. and Mrs. Dutaud, who saw him approach, then stop. They noted that it had an elliptical shape, and compared it to an egg.

At that moment, other witnesses, a group composed of Miss Giebeck and Robin, Mr. and Mrs. Vion, saw him at the same time as the first witnesses Mr. and Mrs. Dutaud, go "vertically" taking the shape of a crescent."


[Ref. aml1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel indicates that on October 3, 1954, at a time well advanced in the night and a few minutes after an observation with Leignes-sur-Fontaine, an object strictly identical to that of Leignes-sur-Fontaine, i.e. red and luminous, is seen in Lusignan in the Vienne.

The two witnesses are Mr. and Mrs. Dutaud, who see it approaching, then to stop. They note that it then has an elliptical shape that they compared to an egg.

At this time, other witnesses, in a group made up of Misses Giebeck and Robin, Mr. and Mrs. Vion, see it at the same time as the first witnesses Mr. and Mrs. Dutaud, as it left vertically "taking a crescent shape."

[Ref. gqy1:] GUY QUINCY:

October 3 [, 1954]

[... other cases...]

svrl.minutes later [than 11:15 p.m.]: Lusignan(Vienne):elongated obj. moves then disappears; seen as "crescent shape" in the beginning

[... other cases...]

[Ref. jve5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

227 -001.12114 46.43550 03 10 1954 23 00 2 P.LUSIGNAN-VIENNE F 3015 C** 222


The ufologist Fernand Lagarde believed he found a connection between the locations of UFO sightings and the locations of earthquakes or geological faults.

He published a map centered on the Charente-Maritime department, with parts of the surrounding departments, with these cases (his list is incomplete) represented, all dates October 1954:

"N 150 between Saintes and Royan 10.54"
"Taupignac 10.54"
"Pont L'Abbé 10.54"
"St Savinien 10.54"
"Birac 10.54"
"Soudran 10.54"
"Tourriers 10.54"
"Angouleme 10.54"
"Puymoyen 10.54"
"Marcillac 10.54"
"Nessier 10.54"
"Béruge 10.54"
"Lusignan 10.54"
"St Maixent 10.54"
"Niort 10.54"
"La Rochelle 10.54"
"Angles 10.54"
"Luçon 10.54"

Map by Fernand Lagarde

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

03.10.54 (21) Lusignan 100V2 107

[Ref. lgs1:] LOREN GROSS:

3 October. Lusignan, France. (night)

Flying "egg."

Michel wrote:

"... at Lusignan, about 30 miles farther west (from Leignes), an object at first identical with that of Leignes arrived from the east. Two witnesses, M. and Mme. Dutaud, watched it approach and saw it stop. It had then, they said, an elliptical shape - they compared it to an egg. At that moment another group of witnesses, Mlles [sic], Goebeck and Robin and M. and Mme Vion, saw it going away vertically, 'taking the shape of a crescent."' (xx.)

(xx.) Michel, Aime. Flying Saucers and the Straight-Line Mystery. p. 130.


3957: 1954/10/03 23:00 1 0:07:20 E 46:26:00 N 3333 WEU FRN VNN 6:9



[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Vienne in Lusignan, on October 3, 1954 at a late hour in the night and a few minutes after an observation in Leignes-sur-Fountain, a rigorously identical object - to the one in Leignes-on-Fountain, i.e. red and luminous, is seen in Lusignan. The two witnesses see it approaching, then stop. They then note that it has an elliptic form and compare it to an egg. At this time, four other witnesses see it at the same time as the first witnesses left at the vertical "taking a crescent shape."

Luc Chastan indicates that the source is "M.O.C. by Michel Aimé ** Arthaud 1958".

[Ref. uda1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 3 October 1954 23:00, in Lusignan, France, a hovering object was observed. "Multiple independent witnesses. One object was observed by five witnesses on a farm (Dutaud; Sasamajou; Voudon)."

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); Newspaper Clippings; Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002.


Dominique Caudron indicates that the catalogue of 800 cases published in 1970 by Maurice Santos, is a good example of what one should not do; he indicates to extract from it the list of the cases of October 3, 1954; which he knows well as he had investigated into these cases of his area of Nord. For each case, below the text of the Santos catalogue, he states what should have been written, and the explanation after analysis, when there is one.

Santos wrote that this case #555 of "Various Forms" of October 3, 1954, in Lusignan was a observation of an Unknown Flying Object in the shape of crescent.

Dominique Caudron says that at a late hour of the night in Lusignan, 86, it was a luminous red egg; which other witnesses would see taking the shape of a crescent. He adds that there are not other sources than Aimé Michel.

He notes that the numbering of the cases by Santos seemed a good idea, but that it prevents the evolution of the catalogue, whose numbering becomes incoherent at the first update: "For example, this catalogue contains only 10 cases for the area of the Nord, whereas we know 48 of them. How to place the 38 others?"

[Ref. ubk1:] "UFO-DATENBANK":

This database recorded this case 5 times:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19540930 30.09.1954 Lusignan France
19541002 02.10.1954 Lusignan France 19.15
19541003 03.10.1954 Lusignan France 23.00
19541003 03.10.1954 Lusignan France Night NL
19541003 03.10.1954 Lusignan France NL
19541003 03.10.1954 Lusignan France NL



The hours given in the five double-entries of [ubk1] are of course imaginary. We only know it was late in the night.

In the area of Lusignan (46° 26' North 07° 30' East) in the evening of October 3, 1954, the moon set down at 10:22 p.m.; which means that in that part of the night, it was very low. 37.4% of its surface was then lit, which makes a shape of crescent, or egg shape if it was seen thought some fog or clouds at this moment.

A red moon may have been the explanation - I also note that Mars was low and quite visible. But one then has to consider that the departure at the vertial is an invention, maybe from the witnesses, or from the first source - unknown - reporting their sighting.


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

Lusignan, Vienne, red, egg shaped, ovoid, luminous, red, vertically, multiple, elliptical, night, stop, manoeuvers, crescent


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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross August 22, 2004 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross January 9, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [lcn1], [uda1].
1.1 Patrick Gross June 22, 2010 Addition [jve5].
1.2 Patrick Gross September 13, 2014 Addition [lgs1].
1.3 Patrick Gross October 14, 2016 Addition [dcn1].
1.4 Patrick Gross February 10, 2017 Addition [ubk1].
1.5 Patrick Gross May 22, 2019 Addition [lhh1], Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet."
1.6 Patrick Gross April 3, 2022 Additions [gqy1], [fle1], [gep1].

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