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October 8, 1954, unknown place, Indre:

Reference for this case: 8-Oct-54-Indre-2.
Please cite this reference in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

A translated Agence France Presse (AFP) dispatch in the archive of the US Air Force's UFO project "Blue Book" told that a resident of the Indre department said that he had seen on October 8, 1954, a luminous pale red-orange object moving along a north-south axis.

Reports:

[Ref. afp1:] USAF PROJECT BLUE BOOK / AFP:

US Air Force Project Blue Book was in charge of studying UFO sighting reports, and thus collected media information about it. The text below is their translation into English of an Agence France Presse (AFP) news release for October 9, 1954.

Scan.

Mans, Cherbourg, Finistere, Indre & Mulhouse, France, October 8, 1954

Paris, Oct. 9 (AFP) -- On Friday, several mysterious craft were once more seen in the sky of France.

1. Near Mans, a milk collector declared that his truck stopped for an unknown reason and that, when he got out, he saw a luminous red and blue flying cigar, about a meter long, pass over him. When the machine had disappeared, the truck motor began again to operate.

2. At Cherbourg, several people saw a "luminous sphere" at a rather high altitude. After hovering over the town, this disappeared toward the south.

3. In Finistere, many people were alarmed by a luminous sphere maneuvering only about a dozen meters from the ground, which seemed to move toward them.

4. A resident of the Indre observed a gray-colored object motionless at about 100 meters of altitude. That craft then departed at a very brisk pace, leaving a sort of fog behind it. Another resident of this department declared that he saw a luminous pale red-orange object moving along a north-south axis.

5. Finally, a road-mender of the Mulhouse region says that he saw a hemi-spherical, internally illuminated cupola in a field. Before taking to his heels he had time to notice that a door was opening on the craft. The object maneuvered above him before disappearing.

[Ref. jqy1:] JEAN DE QUERCY:

36/08 - 1954 October 08 (? - Indre)

Place and date uncertain. There is just one paragraph of a memo from the US Air Force Blue Book program which was responsible for studying UFO sighting reports and gathering media information on the matter. The text below is the translation of a brief from Agence France Presse (AFP) of October 9, 1954.

"A resident of the Indre observed a motionless gray object at an altitude of about 100 meters. This craft then left at a very brisk pace, leaving a kind of fog behind it. Another resident of this department said he saw a faint, luminous red-orange object moving along a north-south axis."

(Source: Patrick Gross's "UFOs at close sight" website)

Explanations:

Indre.

The information is for the moment in any case, totally insufficient:

The thing seen could have been a meteor, or an airplane, for example.

Keywords:

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

Indre, object, red, orange, pale, luminous, moving, single

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross June 25, 2010 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross May 9. 2022 Addition [jqy1].

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