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October 14, 1954, Hardinval, Oise:

Reference number for this case: 14-Oct-54-Hardinval. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.





On 9th of October around 8 p.m. 3 farmers of Le Crotoy observed an orange disc in the sky at an undetermined distance, in the shape of an inverted plate that moved for 45 minutes before disappearing northwest.

On October 14, 1954 around 5 p.m. 4 witnesses appearing sincere saw in the hamlet of Hardinval RN.25 in the south-west direction, very high speed, height 40 meters, a spherical apparatus making no noise, color of a rainbow.


In 1968-1969, before the official GEPAN ufology effort started, its future head Dr Claude Poher was a member of the unofficial GEPA ufology group, and gathered a computer coded listing of more than 700 UFO reports on which multiple factors statistical computation could be run. In the file were a number of 1954 French UFO reports, among those this one.

For readability, a decoded interpretation of the data is provided here under the original 80 character encoded string. Decoding was done according to the original indications, the code number and its generic meaning is given. Please not that the generic meaning of each code is a predefined category, not the real specific details of the case. For example, if the main witness' age was 33, the coding would result in a number "3" which corresponds to a category "Adult from 21 to 59 years."

Original code:6010801410195417001JA70020104400121000131020610000000000000000000000000001100000
Location:RN25 Hardinval (Oise) - France
Case number:6010 [sic, probably 0610]
Source code:80
Nature of the source:Observation published in several sources and regrouped
Type of Time:1 = local time
Number of witnesses:7 = 7
Main witness named:0 = name is not indicated
Main witness age:0 = no indication
Main witness occupation:2 = farmer, docker, navy, housekeeper
Official investigation:1 = an official investigation was made
Weather:0 = no indication
Duration:4 = from 1 to 19 minutes
Minimal distance witness - phenomenon:4 = from 151 to 999 m
Method of observation:0 = no indication
Number of "objects" observed simultaneously:01 = 1
Shape of the "object" (terminology of witness(es)):2 = round, circular, bowl
Dimensions of the phenomenon:1000 = 10 meters of diameter
Color of the observed phenomenon:13 = several colors, changing color
Luminosity of the phenomenon:1 = glow, low luminosity
Lights or projectors on the phenomenon:0 = no indication
Moving speed of the phenomenon:2 = "very rapid"
Acceleration of the phenomenon:0 = no indication
Trajectory of the phenomenon:6 = motionless close to the ground
Sounds perceived during observation:1 = no noise, total silence, object noiseless
Maximum angular height of observation (horizon = 0°):
Nature of the landing place:0 = no indication
Number of contact points with ground:0 = no indication
Traces of landing:0 = no indication
Observation of "occupants":0 = no indication
Height of the occupants observed:00 = no indication
Garment of the occupants:00 = no indication
Garment:0 = no indication
General behavior of "occupants":0 = no indication
Interaction of "occupants" with witness:0 = no indication
Head, hair:0 = no indication
Voice, breathing, chin:0 = no indication
Skin:0 = no indication
Eyes:0 = no indication
Mouth:0 = no indication
Various details:0 = no indication
Thermal effects:0 = no indication
Luminous effects:0 = no indication
Magnetic effect (or electromagnetic):0 = no indication
Odor perceived by witness:0 = no indication
Physiological effects on the witness(es):0 = no indication
Psychological effect on the witness(es):0 = no indication
Effects on animals:0 = no indication
Other effects reported:0 = no indication
Nebulosity:0 = no indication
Oscillations, emission of matter:1 = "undulating" movement, oscillations "like dead leafs"
Spin, formation flight:1 = rotation "like a top"
Immediate disappearance:0 = no indication
Halo surrounding the phenomenon:0 = no indication
Interaction witness / phenomenon (complement to the other rubrics):0 = no indication
Drawing or photo:0 = no indication
Structural details observed:0 = no indication

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates in his data base that in the Somme in Hem-Hardinval on October 14, 1954 at 17:00 hours, "Seven witnesses, farmers, observed during less than twenty minutes and at less than a thousand meters a round object. Its diameter was estimated as 10 meters. It was of changing color, slightly luminous. It remained stationary close to the ground before moving away very fast, without any noise. It had an an undulating movement and was in fast rotation."

The source is noted: "Les Universons by Poher Claude **".


HEM-HARDINVAL (80) 10/14/1954
Observed on: 10/141954
Region: Picardie
Department: Somme
Class: C
Summary: Observations of a luminous phenomenon of the color of the rainbow: not enough information.

Le 14 octobre 1954 vers 17h quatre témoins aperçoivent en direction du SO et à une hauteur de 40m un appareil sphérique se déplacant sans bruit mais à très grande vitesse. L'objet a les couleurs de l'arc en ciel.

Le GEIPAN a reçu une fiche succincte de renseignement sans le témoignage des témoins. La description d'un objet sphérique à très grande vitesse et multicolore fait penser à un bolide.

Ce cas trop succinct est classé C par manque d'information.

Report: None.

Details of the testimony
Date of the observation 14-10-1954
Document number
Age Not specified
Profession Not-Specified
Sex Male
Reaction Active Curiosit
Crédibilité Crédibilité Normale
Environment Departmental ways, Roads
Weather conditions Not-Specified
Hour of the observation Numbered: 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Reference frame Not-Specified
Distance between phenomenon and witness Not-Specified
Start of the observation Start of observation by witness
End of the observation Not defined
Angle du site Not-Specified;Not-Specified
Direction of observation South-West
Heading South-West
Trajectory Not-Specified;Not-Specified;Not-Specified
Nature of the observation Descriptive terms (lights, etc)
Characteristic of the observation Single
Global shape Roind, circular, ball
Color Several colors or multicolored
Apparent size Not-Specified
Apparent speed Fast, high, quick
Noise No noise
Effect on the environnement Not-Specified
Number: 1


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Hardinval, Oise


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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross January 10, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross April 8, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Addition [lc1].
1.1 Patrick Gross January 24, 2017 Additions [gn1], [ge1].

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