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Summary:

In his 1958 book on the French wave of 1954, the pioneering ufologist Aimé Michel indicated, without providing a source, that on October 3, 1954, in Saint-Maixent in Deux-Sèvres department, Mr. Pichon, the head of railway district, saw a red orange cigar pass by.

This will be taken up by others later, without further information.

October 3, 1954, Saint-Maixent-l'Ecole, Deux-Sèvres:

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

Reports:

[Ref. aml1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel reports among the cases of October 3, 1954 that in Saint-Maixent, in the Deux-Sèvres, there was a second observation of a luminous phenomenon, this time by Mr. Pichon, the chief of district for the railroads, which saw an orange red cigar pass by.

[Ref. gqy1:] GUY QUINCY:

October 3 [, 1954]

[... other cases...]

11:00 p.m.?: Saint-Maixant-l'Ecole (Deux-Sèvres): lumin. cigar.

[... other cases...]

[Ref. fle1:] FERNAND LAGARDE:

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. jve5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

201 000.20672 46.41300 03 10 1954 SAINT-MEXANT F 151 C** 220

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

10/03/54 (22.40) Saint Maixent 3067V2

[Ref. lhh1:] LARRY HATCH - "*U* COMPUTER DATABASE":

3927: 1954/10/03 00:00 1 0:12:20 W 46:24:40 N 3331 WEU FRN DSV 6:6

SAINT-MAIXENT,79,FR:RED-ORG CGR GOES OVHD:2 ORTHO-LINES CROSS HERE

Ref# 49 MICHEL,Aime: FS & STRAIGHT LINE TH: Page No. 129 : FARMLANDS

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Deux Sevres in St Maixent l'Ecole on October 3, 1954 at an unknown hour, two witnesses see an orange red cigar pass by.

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

[Ref. dcn1] DOMINIQUE CAUDRON:

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 for this case #554 of "Various Forms" there was on October 3, 1954, in Saint-Maixent an observation of a cigar of unspecified size.

Dominique Caudron says that at an unknown hour, in "Saint Maixent l'école", 79, there had been an orange red cigar; and 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?"

Explanations:

Map.

Totally insufficient information, possible meteor.

Keywords:

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

Saint-Maixent-l'Ecole, Deux-Sèvres, Pichon, cigar, luminous, orange, red

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross August 17, 2004 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross January 9, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [lcn1].
1.1 Patrick Gross June 20, 2010 Addition [jve5].
1.2 Patrick Gross October 14, 2016 Addition [dcn1].
1.3 Patrick Gross March 31, 2022 Additions [fle1], [gep1], [lhh1], Summary.
1.4 Patrick Gross April 19, 2022 Addition [gqy1.

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