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October 4, 1954, Irleau, Deux-Sèvres:

Reference for this case: 4-Oct-54-Irleau.
Please cite this reference in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


In his 1997 book on the 1954 French wave, ufologist and author Jean Sider reports that according to an article in the newspaper La Nouvelle République de Bordeaux et du Sud-Ouest of October 8, 1954, on "Monday", therefore on October 4, 1954, in the evening, in Irleau in the Deux-Sèvres department, Mr. Naudin, worker in Niort, saw a round and fairly large craft on the ground. When he approached, the craft left without noise first in height then in the direction of La Rochelle. The newspaper specified that another cyclist and two pedestrians in Irleau saw the same phenomenon, says Jean Sider.


[Ref. jsr1:] JEAN SIDER:

French ufologist and author Jean Sider learned in an article from the newspaper "La Nouvelle République de Bordeaux et du Sud-Ouest", Bordeaux, page 3, for October 8, 1954, that on the Monday's evening in Irleau, Mr. Naudin, workman in Niort, saw a round and rather bulky apparatus on the ground. When he approached, the machine left without noise first taking height then in the direction Rochelle. Another cyclist and two pedestrians in Irleau saw the same phenomenon.


3971: 1954/10/04 20:00 1 0:39:00 W 46:18:00 N 3331 WEU FRN DSV 7:8


Ref#194 LUMIERES dans la NUIT.(LDLN France) Issue No. 319 : ROAD+RAILS

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan notes in his database that in the Deux Sèvres in Irleau on October 4, 1954 at an unknown hour, in the evening, "a witness observes a round and rather bulky object posed on the ground. When he tried to approach the object rose without noise in height then took the direction of La Rochelle. Three other witnesses are said to have also seen the phenomenon."

Luc Chastan indicates as source: "Lumières dans la Nuit".

[Ref. uda1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 4 October 1954 at 20:00 in Irleau, France, there was a sighting.

The source is indicated as: "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
19541003 03.10.1954 Yort [sic, Niort] France



The rather imprecise account does not allow us to know whether Mr. Naudin was in Niort or in Irleau, if the two other people really observed the same phenomenon or not.

The starting direction is in any case towards La Rochelle so around 250°:


At 6 p.m. the sun is low in that direction. Around 7 p.m., night falls, and around 230 - 250° Venus is setting, passing below the horizon at 06:38 p.m. at 235°. At 10 p.m., the Moon descends towards 230°, it sets around 10:38 p.m. at 235°. We now get at this time Mars around 220°, which sets around 11:30 p.m. at about 234°. Then there are unremarkable stars.

There are therefore many astronomical objects, but none of them goes up "from the ground" to "ascend".

The lack of information is such that nothing more can be said, I think.


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

Irleau, Deux-Sèvres, machine, round, landing, takeoff, multiple, silent, Naudin


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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross October 22, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross March 16, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [lcn1], [uda1].
1.1 Patrick Gross March 9, 2017 Addition [ubk1].
1.2 Patrick Gross September 17, 2021 Additions [lhh1], Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet."

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