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October 16, 1954, Dompierre-Becquincourt, Somme:

Reference number for this case: 16-oct-54-Dompierre. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

In their 1979 book "La Grande Peur Martienne", ("The Great Martian Scare"), the "skeptical" ufologists Gérard Barthel and Jacques Brucker, dated a case October 14, 1954, saying: "Dompierre - Becquincourt - 80 - around 9:30 p.m.: investigation. Luminous phenomenon very high, short duration." they indicated no source either.

Further on in their book, they said that "the few serious investigators" who had admitted that it was a meteor that had generated such observations were the technicians of the Air Force's scientific office.

Reports:

[Ref. bbr1:] GERARD BARTHEL AND JACQUES BRUCKER:

The two authors note this case of October 14, 1954:

"Dompierre - Becquincourt - 80 - towards 09:30 p.m.: investigation. Luminous phenomenon very high, brief."

Further in their book, they claim that "the few serious investigators" who had admitted the fact that it was a meteor which had generated this type of observations were the technicians of the scientific office of the Air Force.

[Ref. lhh1:] LARRY HATCH - "*U* COMPUTER DATABASE":

4164: 1954/10/16 21:50 5 2:48:00 E 49:54:20 N 3333 WEU FRN SMM 6:7

DOMPIERRE-BECQUINCORT,80,FR:2 OBS:20X2M SCR:ALT=4M/3min:GLOW RADIATES=4M

Ref# 8 VALLEE,Jacques: PASSPORT TO MAGONIA. Case No. 275 : FARMLANDS

[Ref. jbu1:] JEROME BEAU:

Saturday, October 16, 1954

21:45 In Dompierre-Bequincourt (Somme, France), Misters Deschamp and Laclotre see 1 machine approximately 20 m in diameter, 2 m in height, which approach the ground at 4 m of altitude during 3 or 4 mn. It emits a yellowish light and a gleam of approximately 4 m extends around the object itself.

The source is indicated as "Vallée, J.: "Un siècle d'atterrissages", LDLN n° 43" and a comment asks: "The 21:30 bolide?".

Explanations:

The sources [lhh1] and [jbu1] who indicated the October 16 instead of October 14 as date, mixed up the date and events with the case of October 16, 1954 in Dompierre-les-Eglises, 400 km away.

As for Barthel and Brucker [bbr1], it is quite possible that they made a date mistake. The right date would be October 16, 1954, since it is that day that the big meteor of 9:30 p.m. was observed; actually the Scientific Bureau of the army was not the only one to recognize it as such.

The information they give is anyway insufficient, I can only suggest that the probable explanation would be that of the meteor of October 16, 1954 at 09:30 p.m. seen in this region among other regions.

Keywords:

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Dompierre-Becquincourt, Somme, luminous, night, high

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross April 15, 2003 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross December 28, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [jbu1].
1.1 Patrick Gross November 24, 2019 Addition of the Summary. Explanation changed, was "Possible meteor."

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