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September 10, 1954, Onnaing, Nord:

Reference number for this case: 10-sep-54-Onnaing. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


Around the famous alleged close encounter of the third kind of Marius Dewilde on September 10, 1954, in Quarouble, there were, according to the press, other testimonies which seemed to corroborate the story.

One of them was a sighting in Onnaing, on the same night, at the same hour of 10:30 p.m., where a young man, Edmond Auverlot, and a retired man, Mr. Hublard (or Hubard or Hubblard), saw a red or reddish glow move in the sky.

This observation is mentioned without details by Marc Thirouin, who investigated the Dewilde case, in 1960. He noted that he had been told that the movie theaters of Vicq and Onnaing had suffered a drop in lighting around the time of the Quarouble landing, but that he was unable to receive any authorized testimony on this matter.

In 2016, "skeptical" ufologist Dominique Caudron, operating in the Nord, indicated that he found Press sources mentioning many observations that night in the area, indicating that it was a meteor, citing a newspaper talking about its trail in an observation by a dozen people.



Still the flying saucer problem

Would they Martians landed on French soil?

Following the information that we recently published about the two passengers of a flying saucer, we learned today the following details:

Three inspectors of the air police returned to Quarouble (Nord) to hear Mr. Marius Dewilde, the man who "saw" two Martians to the garden gate.

They left the village believe that on the night of Friday to Saturday, a mysterious flying object has landed, as stated by Mr. Dewilde, on the railway Saint-Amand - White-Misseron near the crossing 79 .

The findings seem they could do, indeed, confirm the testimony of the metalworker. The latter said that on Friday to 22 pm. 30 he saw an oblong craft, 3 meters tall, long 6, placed on the track, a few meters from his house. Two beings of human appearance, very small and, apparently, wearing suits, were nearby. Mr. Dewilde walked toward them, but at that time, the craft leveled on him a beam of light green reflection, which had the effect of paralyzing it. When he regained the use of his limbs, the machine began to rise in the sky and two people were missing.

Investigators have found no trace of the existence of these two characters. The surrounding ground, examined meter by meter, has not delivered a pitch mark.

On the other hand, one of the sleepers showed signs that have been made by a machine at the time of landing. In five places the wood of the cross is tapped over approximately four square centimeters surface. These brands all have the same appearance and are arranged in a symmetrical manner, on the same line: three of them - those in the middle - are separated by a gap of 43 centimeters. The last two are distant previous 67 centimeters.

(Read the continuation on page 9.)

Martians in France!


A machine which would land on crutches and not on wheels like our planes would not leave different traces, stated one of the police of the air inspectors.

The story made by Mr. Dewilde is also confirmed by the testimonies of several people in the area. In Onnaing, a young man, Mr. Edmond Auverlot, and a pensioner, Mr Hublard, saw, at 10:30, p.m., the time indicated by M. Dewilde, saw a red light moving in the sky. The same light was seen from Vicq by three young people coming out of a ball.

All these testimonies, these facts, give to the account of Mr. Dewilde a color of authenticity. However, many people remain skeptical. Mr. Dewilde is undoubtedly of good faith; but one year ago he was victim of a serious industrial accident (cranial traumatism), in the continuation of which he showed some nervous disorders. So one thinks he might have been the victim of " waked up hallucinations", well-known phenomenon in medicine.

[Ref. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

French ufologist Aimé Michel notes that on September 10, 1954, in Onnaing, which is located two kilometers south from Quarouble, Mr. Edmond Auverlot et Mr. Hubblard have observed at about 10:30 p.m., a red glow which was moving in the sky, coming seemingly from the direction of Quarouble.

The sighting was discovered by unspecified investigators, who wanted to find out whether other people saw something similar to the famous observation by Marius Dewilde à Quarouble.

[Ref. mt1:] MARC THIROUIN":

In his account of the observation of Marius Dewilde, Marc Thirouin mentioned that there was another sighting in Onnaing, 2 km SW of this locality, where a red glow was also seen in the same direction by two witnesses.

In a footnote, he indicated that one told him that the Vicq and Onnaing movie theaters suffered a drop in lighting around the time of the landing of Quarouble, but that he could not receive on this matter an authorized testimony.


Jacques Vallée quotes the newspaper France-Soir for, September 15, 1954:

"The narrative made by M. Dewilde is also confirmed by several inhabitants of the region. In Onnaing, a young man called M. Edmond Auverlot and a retired man, M. Hublard, have seen about 10:30 P.M. (the time indicated by M. Dewilde) a reddish light traveling in the sky. The same light has been seen from Vicq by three young men."

[Ref. hd1:] "HENRI DURRANT":

The author indicates that Mr. Dewilde's visual testimony of a UFO in flight was confirmed by two other visual testimonies of glowing red devices, moving in the sky around 10:30 p.m., one of them in Onnaing, two kilometers southwest of Quarouble, by two people.


The two French authors and ufologists, while exposing the famous encounter by Marius Dewilde, thus report that two other observations lend credibility to that story. It happened that Mr. Edmond Auverlotte and a pensioner, Mr. Hubbard, from Onnaing, which saw the same day towards 10:20 P.M. a red gleam changing to light pink then white; it moved in the sky.

[Ref. rp1:] RENE PACAUT:

Rene Pacaut indicates that at the same hour as the observation of Marius Dewilde, two men of Onnaing , Mr. Auverlotte and Mr. Hublard, visually followed a gleam which changed color while moving in the sky.


The two authors indicate that on September 10, 1954, at 10:30 P.M., in Onnaing, two witnesses observed a red gleam cross the sky above Quarouble.

[Ref. lg1:] LOREN GROSS:

Other reports:

That same Friday evening (the lOth) west of Paris, at 10:00 p.m., a UFO report was made at Villeneuve-en-Chevrie. A brilliant oval object was spotted by a Mme. Traussier. 62.

More important then that however, were two reports that lent support to the Dewilde case. At the village of Onnain [sic], just to the south of Quarouble, two people saw a red blob in the sky coming from the direction of Quarouble at approximately 10:30 p.m., the time of the supposed "encounter with two creatures" behind Dewilde's home. The witnesses at Onnain were M. Edmond Auverlot and a M. Hublard. Moreover, some Frenchmen returning from a dance at the village of Vicq sighted a reddish luminosity in the air when they were 1/2 mile from Quarouble. The time was: 10:30 p.m. The course of the UFO as reported by these men agreed with that given by the witnesses at Onnaing. 63.

Reference 63 is given as "Michel, Aimé, 'Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery', page 47.

[Ref. ab1:] ALAN BAKER:

The author indicates that the story by Mr. Dewilde is confirmed by several inhabitants of the region. In Onnaing, at about 10.30 p.m. (the time indicated by M. Dewilde), a young man called M. Edmond Auverlot and a retired man, M. Hublard, saw a reddish light travelling in the sky.


This ufologist indicates that on September 10, 1954, in Onnaing, the Nord, at 2 km in the South of Quarouble, "Messrs Auverlot and Hublard saw towards 10:30 p.m., a red gleam in the sky coming from the direction of Quarouble."

The source is indicated as "book M.O.C. by Aimé Michel page 63".

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in Onnaing in the Nord (59) on September 10, 1954, at 10:30 p.m. "Two witnesses observe a red gleam cross the sky above Quarouble."

The source is noted as "Ovni, Premier dossier complet... by Figuet M./ Ruchon J.L. ** Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979".



"Skeptic" ufologist Dominique Caudron, who is from the North of France, explains in one of his web pages that according to him, Marius Dewilde invented his encounter starting from his observation of what would have really been a meteor. Here is what he said about the case in Vicq:

Witnesses describe a bolide

[Photo: the caption is "a witness of Vicq" and the file name is "Ravet".]

But if it was a bolide, other witnesses would probably have seen it too. Indeed other witnesses have also seen it, with their own eyes.

They were, first of all, inhabitants of the neighboring communes of Quarouble, convinced that they had seen the craft which had risen from Quarouble:

At Onnaing Mr. Edouard Auverlot and Mr. Hublart saw a light in the sky pass at the time indicated by Dewilde.

At Vicq, three young men, including Augustin Ravet, saw the passage of a very brilliant object coming from the direction of Quarouble. This does not mean that it appeared in the direction of Quarouble but that it seemed to be following an East-West trajectory.

And according to Nord-Eclair: "More than ten people said they saw, that evening, at around 10:30 p.m., a "fireball", a "disc with a trail of fire" in the sky. Testimonies agree that the craft was heading for Anzin."

Other local testimonies are mentioned twelve years later by Aimé Michel, in Bruay-Thiers, and Valencienne La Briquette. Another, even later, testimony is about an observation at the Vicq pumping station. These observations are not useful, not only because of the delay, but also because certain details (mysterious breakdown) seem imported from ufological mythology.

[Ref. ub1:] "UFO-DATENBANK":

This database recorded the case twice:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19540910 10.09.1954 Onnaing France 22.30 NL
19540910 10.09.1954 Onnaing France 22.30 NL


Possible meteor.


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

Onnaing, Nord, Edmond Auverlot, Hubblard, Auverlotte, Hublard, glow, red, Quarouble


[---] indicates sources which I have not yet checked.

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross October 17, 2007 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross March 18, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version.
1.1 Patrick Gross July 4, 2010 Additions [ab1], [lc1].
1.3 Patrick Gross October 17, 2016. Addition [fa1].
1.4 Patrick Gross January 5, 2017. Addition [ub1].
1.5 Patrick Gross January 28, 2017. Additions [hd1], [lg1], [dc1].
1.6 Patrick Gross April 17, 2019. Addition [mt1]. In the Summary, addition of the paragraph "This observation is mentioned without details by Marc Thirouin..." Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet".

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