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The 1954 French flap:

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October 10, 1954, Lys-lez-Lannoy, Nord:

Reference number for this case: 10-Oct-54-Lys-lez-Lannoy. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


The regional newspaper Nord-Eclair, of Roubaix, reported on page 10 for October 12, 1954, that in Lys-lez-Lannoy, about fifty people had seen "Sunday" - therefore on October 10, 1954 - a phenomenon of the "flying saucer" kind:

Around 8:15 p.m., Mr. René Duhaut hurriedly returned to the cafe run by Mr. Fernand Risselin, 139, rue du Colisée, shouting: "Come see a flying saucer!"

Thirty consumers rushed outside and saw an orange ball in the sky coming from the direction of Lille and heading towards Leers-Nord in Belgium, gradually swelling to then gradually diminish during its move.

According to concordant statements by several people, the phenomenon had lasted two minutes.





Many Lys residents
attended Sunday evening
to a strange phenomenon

THE FLYING SAUCERS swirled on Sunday in the Mediterranean basin, above Cameroon, Germany, and of course, France. Near us, it is in Lys-lez-Lannoy, that about fifty people saw, Sunday evening, a phenomenon of this kind.

Indeed, around 8:15 p.m., Mr. René Duhaut, rushed back to the cafe run by Mr. Fernand Risselin 139, rue du Colisée, shouting: "Come see, a flying saucer!"

Thirty consumers rushed outside and attended an unusual show. In the sky, an orange ball coming from the direction of Lille and moving towards Leers-Nord (B) swelled gradually to diminish then progressively in its celestial course.

The phenomenon - according to the concordant statements of several people - lasted two minutes.

Around the world

Authorized testimonies also arrive from Yaounde, where the director of hygiene services, the hospital chief doctor, the adviser of the territorial Assembly of Cameroon, and the deputy mayor saw a huge disc violently illuminated, stationary at an altitude of about six hundred meters. The apparition lasted fifteen seconds.

In Beirut, a salesman and a journalist saw a red ball moving in the sky.

In Alexandria, a mysterious craft stayed in the air for an hour above the control tower of Muzha airfield.

Mr. Gibbons of Nelson (New Zealand) took a series of photographs of three saucers that appeared as cylindrical objects with a sort of dark kernel on the telephoto lens.

A broken saucer

Saturday evening, Mr. Hoge, a film operator, was returning home, near Munster, in Westphalia. He saw a blue light in a field, sixty meters from the road.

This came from an object shaped like a cigar.

Four men about 1.20 meters tall, in rubber overalls, were working under the apparatus. None of them said a word. Mr. Hoge, seized with fear, watched the work for ten minutes, of the little men who had a strongly developed torso with a big head, while their lower limbs were small and thin. Finally the four "men" returned to the cigar with a kind of ladder. A few meters after taking off the cigar took the form of a saucer, projecting a dazzling light.

Near Frankfurt, thirteen gliding enthusiasts, including former Luftwaffe pilots, formally claim to have seen a "silver disc" at an altitude of three thousand meters.

Other craft were also seen near Angoulême, Carcassonne, Limoges and Poitiers.


The information as it stands is not enough to get a sure idea of the explanation for this observation, but one can obviously think that it may have been a meteor.

It seems, however, that it would have been seen only from this city, which is somewhat odd.


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

Lys-lez-Lannoy, Nord, René Duhaut, cafe, Fernand Risselin, 139 rue du Colisée, saucer, multiple, ball, orange, direction, Belgium


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