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On August 16, 1954, at 05:00 p.m., an event stupefied tens of thousands of witnesses at Tananarive, Madagascar (The number of potential witness is an estimated 200.000).
At 05:00pm, Air France's agency personal awaited the arrival of the air mail, delivered by a Lockheed Constellation. One hour after the arrival of the Constellation, the mail has already been distributed and members of the Air France agency, among which Mr. Edmond Campagnac, former military officer and at that time technical director of Air France in Tananarive were quietly chatting together, close to the Avenue of the Liberation, the largest street in Tananarive.
Sudden somebody sees in the sky a "electric green ball" descending straight towards the ground near the Palais de la Reine. He points at it and everybody watches. The phenomenon disappears behind a hill, and they all expect to hear a mighty explosion when the thing hit the ground.
But the green light does not hit the ground.
The trajectory of the object, descending from a high altitude vertically to the ground, then showing up again instead of crashing and flying above the ground at low altitude over the city.
The physical phenomenon of public and private lightings dying out as the UFO was passing above, and the return to normal lighting when he went further.
Phenomena of the animals' reactions.
The possibility of the correct estimate of the size because the object passed in front of the hills in the background.
The huge number of witnesses.
The heterogeneous cultural background of the witness: "Mr. Campagnac might have read about UFOs in Science-Fiction literature, but it is rather doubtful that the Malgaches peasants were all under the influence of US Science Fiction pulps."
The fact that the case does not occur in the United States or a European country, suspected to be a sociological terrain to made up UFO stories, but in a far away Island, is an indication that good UFO cases exist all around the world.
To make up our minds, we put the question with the possible witnesses of this strange meeting (they are not very numerous any more) which lived in Tana at the time. The six people questioned in La Réunion, by the means of their close relations, have all answered by bursting to laughters or by affirming that the facts are completely unfounded. All lived in Tana at the time of the facts, one of them even worked as announcer for one of the medias of the time. Other testimonys or refutations could be still found on the spot, but for the moment, the mystery remains.
I do not remember the exact date of observation, but what I am sure is that it was a Monday, August 18, 1954. He was local time, that is, -dire, dusk. The sky was pure: not a cloud. The austral winter, in fact, indicates the Highlands of Madagascar by skies of extraordinary purity.
The first Constellation week arriving from France had just flown over Tananarive and mail would be distributed as usual, 19 hours before.
We all expected a violent explosion given the apparent volume of the "ball" green. Nothing similar happened. Most passersby who surrounded us had also seen the ball. All eyes were therefore headed south. After half a minute, approximately, the ball reappeared above the Government Palace and made ??straight on the Market; then suddenly changing direction, she followed the Avenue de la Libération, on his left. His speed seemed to have decreased and the green ball appeared less bulky than when it first appeared.
By the time the "device" borrowed Avenue de la Libération, the lighting of the whole city went out, which again did better out the electric green glow of the "ball". A general silence reigned, all the witnesses are absolutely blown away by this unexpected appearance. I found that the machine moved without a sound, not even a slight hiss like a glider gliding through the air. According to my estimates and those of these sailors, the craft was moving at a speed of around 400 km / h. When he passed by our wrong, it stood on the other side of the Avenue de la Libération compared to us. For cons, the witnesses who were in the street "B", saw the "to" we. Which, after a simple calculation to suggest that the craft was flying at a height of about 100 meters, and that when he passed through our remote we were in that 250 to 300 meters about.
Indeed, I maintain what I said in August 1954 in Antananarivo I observed a craft and that during its passge, the capital of Madagascar was without electricity for ten minutes.
It was 6:30 to 7:00 PM. I was with my wife, a dentist, replacing an incumbent on holiday in France. I was 35, my wife 29 years, the dentist thirty years, all healthy, wide awake, the dentist by his work, by me the joy of being in the roulette.
Police officer, Mr. Razafimashatratra that being a guard at the cinema Liberation Avenue saw to 18 pm May 16, 1954 a "flying saucer." This is what he wrote in a note on a calendar that has preserved, it gives no further details but it is what has allowed to know the exact date of the phenomenon. The police prepared a detailed report, but it burned down in a fire at the City Hall ...
Jeanne Rafaramala Noro, was then secrétaitre at the Hotel de Ville Antananarivo:
I remember well the date and even the time of the incident. It was Monday, August 16, 1954. Besides, it's my birthday. It was exactly 18 hours and minutes. I came out of my office in the City Hall on the Avenue de la Libération (now Independence Avenue). I followed the avenue to reach my home Antanimena. A few meters from the portal of the City Hall, my attention was drawn by a flying object bright green, just above my head, about 100 meters. The sky was clear, not a cloud. At that time, the streets were full of people, because it was out of office. This object was flying very quickly and noiselessly. I was very scared because I had never seen such an object. This machine came from the east, on the side of Anaty Rova (Queen's Palace) and went just over the avenue and above Soarano station, headed west and disappeared behind the hills.
This is a very bright object, cigar-shaped or approximately 30 40 m, followed by a few red sparks. I do not know if this object has portholes, but I was very afraid and hid myself under a tree. This object has generated noise panic in Antananarivo.
From Mr. Rafalimanana:
From 1948 to 1959 I was a photographer in the studio "Photo Hova" located on the edge of the Liberation Avenue. I recall seeing this object flying over the Avenue de la Libération this Aug. 16, 1954 to 18 hours. That day, I was a commission to buy photo products, such as every Monday, the store René Depui, a few dozen meters from our studio.
Right out of the store, I saw this object a few tens of meters above my head. An oval object, light orange, followed by several red and blinding sparks. This object was moving very quickly and quietly. It followed the avenue then disappeared west over Soarano station. I was so afraid because the lighting was off on his way. Many passersby saw this object. This is the first time in my life I saw such a device. I did not know the story of a flying saucer.
From Joseph Rabenaviro:
This has been a long time, I lived in Sakay because my father was the guardian of zebu Europeans settlers who were in that place. He watched as thousands and thousands of zebu. Every night, I helped my father in his work. On 16 August 1954, I was then 18 years old, about 6 1/2 hours in the afternoon, when the day began to darken suddenly zebu were frightened. There they are running away, because there was something long enough clear and extremely bright, descending quickly and very low just above the many zebu. This thing was a powerful and fast pace, zebu were surprised and dispersed, and many had fled and were seen no more. This thing made no sound: it came from the east and went west.
The extraordinary case which I will now mention was known almost ten years after the fact by the testimony of a man who told her story to a group of investigators Gepa (Aerial Phenomena Study Group). After a long and meticulous research, they found other witnesses, a dozen in all, who will confirm the veracity of the event.
Since, these documents were never the object of any the communication on behalf of the military or political authorities. For which reason? Edmond Campagnac answers by quoting Paul Valéry: "politics is the art to prevent people from interfering with the things they should interfere with."
I am guessing from your comments that the more you found out about this case the less robust it seemed to be?
We should remember as well that we are dealing with something that happened over 60 years ago in a nation that was less developed than Western nations in the 1950s.
Hateful when all the pieces don't fit together....
An encounter by French Foreign Legion troops with a craft that left trace evidence. It also involves missing time and troops suffering from violent headaches and buzzing in the ears.
originally posted by: 111DPKING111
Ive been looking for an archive of the GEPA bulletin which is mentioned by Valesco and found this source , cant find no 6 which covers this case though.