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September 10, 1954, Valenciennes, Nord:

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


[Ref. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel indicates in a footnote that among the witnesses who came forward in the following years, there was Mrs B., of Valenciennes, whom he quotes saying:

"I was, this Friday September 10, at approximately 10:30 p.m., in the locality la Briquette, hamlet of Valenciennes, in direction of Famars. I saw the object appearing in the sky at low altitude at the time when a bus arrived. The headlights of the bus died out and the engine stopped. There was a beginning of panic within the passengers, the driver himself being terrified. But the object having disappeared, the headlights turned on again by themselves and the driver managed to restart the engine by actuating the starter."

[Ref. rm1:] ROGER-LUC MARY:

Chronology of the events that occurred in France, in Quarouble and its area, on September 10, 1954

[... other cases ...]

4th testimony, 10 p.m. and some minutes. La Briquette, locality of the town of Marly, south of Valenciennes (department Nord). A witness observed a craft.

[... other cases ...]

[Ref. jb1:] JEROME BEAU:

September 10, 10:30 P.M.

In Valenciennes (Nord), a bus stalls and its headlights turn off, which resulted in the start of a panic.


This ufologist indicates that on September 10, 1954 in Valenciennes in the Nord, at approximately 10:30 p.m. in the location "La Briquette", according to the book M.O.C. by Aimé Michel on page 63, Mrs. Badot saw appearing an object at the time when a bus arrived. The headlights of the bus died out and the engine stalled. There was a panic in the bus which started again normally after the passage of the apparatus.



"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.


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

Valenciennes, Nord, bus, headlights, stall, engine, motor, panic, night, Badot, object


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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross December 14, 2007 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross January 28, 2017 Addition [dc1].

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