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November 13, 1954, Forêt de Fontainebleau, Seine-et-Marne or Essonne:

Reference number for this case: 13-Nov-54-Forêt-de-Fontainebleau. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

The regional newspaper Nord Littoral, of Calais, reported on November 19, 1954, on page 5, via their private correspondent in Boulogne-sur-Mer, that a resident of that city who wanted to remain anonymous, had been able to photograph in flight a craft "whose characteristics do not match any currently identified aircraft, but on the contrary match quite well with the descriptions which have so far been made of the enigmatic 'flying saucers'."

The newspaper said it had communicated to them the day before a film taken on Saturday, November 13, 1954, by himself, around 5 p.m., on the edge of the Fontainebleau forest where he spent a few days off with his family.

He had described the craft to them as a disc having in its center a very apparent cone, the point directed upwards; which had flown at very high speed from east to west, spinning on itself and emitting an orange glow, without making any noise.

Its dimensions seemed very large. It disappeared in seconds.

The author of the photo had taken two shots in quick succession, but only the first showed the craft, the newspaper saying that this can be explained by the very fast pace at which it had been moving.

The newspaper ensures that a careful examination of the film "does not reveal any faking" and adds that only "an expert could comment on this point. Remains the possibility that it is a object artificially projected into the field of vision, but the good faith of our correspondent does not seem to be in doubt."

The newspaper did not print the photo, however, and I have been unable so far to find it anywhere.

Reports:

[Ref. nll1:] "NORD LITTORAL" NEWSPAPER:

Scan

The mysterious craft photographed
by a resident of Boulogne in the sky
of Fontainebleau a flying saucer?

(From our private correspondent in Boulogne-sur-Mer):

After the Ambleteuse saucer, another resident of Boulogne, who, he, wanted to remain anonymous, was able to photograph a craft in flight whose characteristics do not match any currently identified craft, but on the contrary quite well matches with the descriptions which have so far been made of the enigmatic "flying saucers".

He communicated to us yesterday a film shot last Saturday November 13th by himself, around 5 p.m., at the edge of the Fontainebleau forest where he spent a few days off with his family.

He described the craft to us as a disc having in its center, a very visible cone, the point directed upwards. It spun at very high speed from east to west, rotating on itself and emitting an orange glow. It made no noise. Its dimensions seemed very large. It disappeared in seconds.

The author of the photo took two shots in quick succession, but only the first bears the trace of the craft, a fact which can be explained by the very fast pace at which it was moving.

A careful examination of the film does not reveal any fraud. Only an expert could comment on this point. There remains the possibility that it is an artificially projected object in the field of vision, but the good faith of our correspondent does not seem to be in doubt.

Explanations:

In the absence of the photo or photos, what can I say? This was either a photographic hoax, or an extraterrestrial craft, or even, maybe a badly interpreted known aircraft.

Carte

Keywords:

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

Forêt de Fontainebleau, Seine-et-Marne, Essonne, Boulogne-sur-Mer, anonymous, single, craft, photograph, saucer, fast, disc, center, cone, point, rotation, gleam, orange, silent, big, duration

Sources:

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