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Beginning of November, 1954, Coutance, Manche:

Reference for this case: Beg-Nov-54-Coutance.
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Summary:

In pages devoted to the "flying saucers", Radar magazine of October 1954 published a photo of a Mr. Deserre, from Coutance, in the Manche department, explaining that he was still shaking: "This ball of fire, he said, streaked the sky with a luminous and flexible trail like that of a molten cigar."

In the 1950s, a French archivist interested in the "flying saucers", Guy Quincy, typed a very brief catalog of observations, without citing his sources; he indicated there a sighting of the beginning of November 1954 at an unknown hour in Coutance in the Manche department, France, noting that it was an intense luminous object which might have been a meteor.

Reports:

[Ref. rdr1:] "RADAR" MAGAZINE:

Scan.

A MELTING CIGAR...

Mr. Deserre (right.), of Coutance (Manche) is still trembling. "This fireball, he says, crossed the sky of a luminous and flexible trail like that of a melting cigar."

[Ref. gqy1:] GUY QUINCY:

Scan.

Beginning of November [1954]

?: Coutances (Manche): intense lumin. obj. (meteor?)

Explanations:

Map.

Probable meteor.

The date "beginning of November" given by [gqy1] is likely an approximation.

Keywords:

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

Coutance, Manche, object, luminous, intense, meteor, Deserre, frightened, fireball, trail, cigar, fusion

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross November 9, 2021 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross May 27, 2022 Addition [rdr1]. In the Summary, addition of the information from [rdr1].

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