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October 15, 1954, Wignehies, Nord:

Reference number for this case: 15-Oct-54-Wignehies. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

The local newspaper L'Observateur for October 20, 1954, reported on page 1 that on Friday, October 15, 1954, around 9:00 p.m., a Hirson resident came to visit his parents on rue F. Boussus, in Wignehies, when, arriving near Quatre-Bras, road from La Capelle to Hirson, a crowd had made him decide to get out of the car.

Several people contemplated the "move" of a "flying saucer" which was visible "at a distance estimated at approximately 800 m. in height."

This saucer, said the newspaper, appeared "in the usual form, red-orange disc."

The Hirson reisdent then drove to Wignehies, where on the road from Fourmies to Wignehies, at a place called Pont Pagnier, he could still see "the 'saucer' in the sky?"

Three days later, another local newspaper, Le Courier de la Région de Fourmies for October 23, 1954, reported exactly the same thing but with the name of the main witness: Paul Caulier.

Reports:

[Ref. nmn1:] "NORD-MATIN" NEWSPAPER:

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Thousands of residents
of Tulle saw
the meteorologists saucer

Mysterious craft continue to haunt the sky of France, The testimonies accumulate, coming every day, bringing some new details, either on the saucers, or on the flying cigars.

In Le Puy, a bright object was observed between 5:50 p.m. and 6:35 p.m. by the Chadrac weather station. The craft appeared like a straight olive with a sort of black antenna at the top. The station chief said he thought he was in the presence of the planet Jupiter, but the sudden disappearance of the object showed that he had made a mistake. The same phenomenon was seen by the meteorological center of Rueyres (Cantal). We can compare these testimonies to that of thousands of residents of Tulle who at around 3:30 p.m., saw in the sky, in a South-South-East direction, a big bright and motionless dot. It appeared transparent and had the shape of a cylinder whose two ends were conical.

A witness claims to have
almost hit "the craft"

Above Cannes, several people observed a luminous apparatus of yellow color with a green tail. But the most interesting testimony was brought by an employee of the municipal recipe of Antibes, Mr. Casella, living in Bio [sic] who, returning home in the evening, found himself "nose to nose with a huge mechanical machine measuring 7 to 8 meters in diameters [sic] posed in the middle of the road". The witness who was on a bicycle approached the craft until almost touching it, but then it rose vertically and disappeared in the sky with a slight hissing sound.

In the Provence sky, in Venergues, several grape pickers have seen a craft elongated like a cigar, said one of them, and white and blue, said a second. A third picker said the rocket appeared to be emitting luminous rays.

A saucer lands in Italy

Many mysterious craft were also seen in the sky of Italy. One of these machines landed near Rovigo, in the Po Di Gnocca area, where several people observed it. The craft of circular shape after having slowly hovered, landed on the ground without noise, after a few minutes of immobility, it resumed vertically its silent flight, but at the place where it took off, there is now a fairly deep crater six meters in diameter. Six poplars that stood nearby were also charred. Authorities will travel to the place to verify the authenticity of the witnesses' accounts.

In the Modane region, a trader saw an incandescent "flying cigar" flying over the countryside at an altitude of around two hundred meters. After a short stop, the craft reportedly headed to the northwest. This observation was confirmed by other witnesses.

The Mont Ventoux observatory
spots a saucer

The Mont Ventoux observatory reports that since yesterday morning 7:30 a.m., East-North-East, in the direction of Orange, an unknown object hovers in the sky.

This object of ovoid shape has two superimposed cones connected by a kind of antenna.

The size of an egg

A resident of Pont-à-Marcq, who wishes to remain anonymous, told our reporter:

"Thursday evening at 10.45 p.m., I saw, in a westerly direction, going horizontally towards a very bright star, a luminous object the size of an egg moving quickly and fading at the very moment when I recorded, in the vertical direction, a trail drawing on pink by describing several curves; I do not believe in flying saucers coming from another planet, but from what I saw at such a high height, I am convinced that somewhere on our globe, tests of launching of long-range rockets are under way."

A red-orange disc
in Wignehies

Friday evening around 9 p.m. Mr. Paul Caulier, living in Hirson, was coming to visit his parents on rue F. Boussus in Wignehies, when, arriving near Quatre Bras, road from La Capelle to Hirson, a crowd made him decide to get out of the car. Several people were watching the move of a flying saucer which was visible at a distance estimated at approximately 800 m. of height. This saucer appeared in the usual red-orange disc shape. Mr. Paul Caulier then headed for Wignehies where on the road from Fourmies to Wignehies, at the place called Le Pont Pagnier, he was still able to see this saucer in the sky.

[Ref. lor1:] "L'OBSERVATEUR" NEWSPAPER:

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Finally!

The Avesnois has his "flying saucer"

Little-known too much by the officials of Paris or Lille, was our Avesnes region also going to be ignored by the "Flying saucers"? Coming so close, in the Valenciennes area, and not pushing a little visit to our area could really be considered as unfair.

Well no! The Avesnois finally has its "flying saucer."

Friday evening, October 15, around 9 p.m., a resident of Hirson came to visit his parents, rue F. Boussus, in Wignehies, when arriving near Quatre-Bras, road of La Capelle to Hirson, a crowd made him get out of the car.

Several people were watching the moves of a "flying saucer" which was visible at a distance estimated at approximately 800 m. high.

This saucer came in the usual form, red-orange disc.

OurHirson resident then went to Wignehies, where on the road from Fourmies to Wignehies, locality Le Pont Pagnier, he could still see this saucer in the sky?

[Ref. crf1:] "LE COURIER DE LA REGION DE FOURMIES" NEWSPAPER:

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A FLYING SAUCER
ON WIGNEHIES

Friday evening October 15, around 9 p.m., Mr. Paul Caulier, living in Hirson, came to visit his parents, rue F. Boussus, in Wignehies, when arriving near Quatre-Bras, rue de la Capelle in Hirson, a crowd made him get out of the car. Several people watched the move of a flying saucer which was visible at a distance estimated at approximately 800 m. of height. This saucer came in the usual form of a red-orange disc. Mr. Paul Cullier then went to Wignehies where on the road from Fourmies to Wignehies, at the location Pont Panier, he could still see this saucer in the sky?

Explanations:

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Both places are well identified, but no direction of observation is given. And all we know about the saucer is that it was "a red-orange disc."

Wignehies is 12 km in straight line in the East-Northeast of Hirson.

Obviously it was a question of checking if it could have been a seeting red moon.

On October 15, 1954 in Hirson at 9 p.m., the Moon was, indeed, in the sky, at the 9° low elevation, which is conducive to misinterpretation. I note, in addition, that Mars, as an orange disc, was also in the sky.

Keywords:

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

Wignehies, Nord, night, Paul Caulier, Hirson, rue F. Boussus, Quatre-Bras, rue de la Capelle, crowd, multiple, duration, saucer, disc, red, orange, Pont Panier

Sources:

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross March 18, 2020 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross April 10, 2020 Addition [nmn1].

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