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September 15, 1954, Bois-en-Ardres, Pas-de-Calais:

Reference number for this case: 15-Sep-54-Bois-en-Ardres. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Reports:

[Ref. gn1] GNEOVNI:

This ufology bulletin indicates that on September 15, 1954 at about 08:45 p.m., in Bois en Ardres in the Pas-de-Calais, according to the newspaper "Nord Littoral" for September 21, 1954, Eugene Cordier, 24 years old, farm laborer at his parents', was home at some houses from there.

His wife pointed out to him a strange gleam that she believed to be the rising moon. Mr. Cordier stared at this clearness and was surprised to see, rising obliquely towards the west, a large cigar, of blood red color, without noise, which suddenly disappeared, while leaving a great large redness with white spots. At the end of a few seconds, it reappeared, making some circles, then disappeared completely, and again, a red and white clearness took shape.

His wife is also witness of this phenomenon and the gendarmerie of Ardres tried to obtain other testimonies.

[Ref. fr1:] MICHEL FIGUET AND JEAN-LOUIS RUCHON:

The two authors report that on September 15, 1954, at 08:45 P.M., in Ardres in the department of Pas-de-Calais, with the location called "Bois-en-Ardres", a farm laborer, Eugene Cordier, was surprised to see a large blood-red cigar obliquely rising towards the west, without any noise. The object suddenly disappeared, leaving large a reddishness with white spots. At the end of a few seconds, it reappeared, made some circles then disappeared completely leaving the same gleam. The witness' wife also saw the phenomenon, and the gendarmes of Ardres tried to obtain more testimonies.

The authors indicate that their sources are an article in the regional newspaper "Nord-Littoral" for September 21, 1954, and the GNOVNI bulletin #2.

[Ref. go1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

The Belgian ufologist indicates that in 1954, on September 15, in France in Bois en Ardres at 20:45 "Eugene Cordier and his wife were surprised to see a large blood-red cigar, going up obliquely towards the west without any noise. Suddenly it disappeared, leaving a large redness with white spots. At the end of a few seconds it reappeared, made some circles, disappeared again leaving a red and white clearness."

The source is indicated as "M. FIGUET/J.L. RUCHON: 'Ovni, le premier dossier complet..' - Lefeuvre 1979, p. 79".

[Ref. jd1:] JEAN-PIERRE D'HONDT:

This ufologist indicates that on September 15, 1954 towards 20:45, in Bois en Ardres, in the Pas-de-Calais, according to the newspaper "Nord littoral" for September 21, 1954, Mr. Eugene Cordier, 24 years old farm labourer at his parents', was at his home at some houses from there. His wife pointed out to him a strange gleam that she believed to be the rising moon. Mr. Cordier, staring at this luminosity, was surprised to see rising obliquely towards the west a large blood-red cigar, without any noise; suddenly it disappeared, leaving a large redness with white spots. At the end of a few seconds, it reappeared by making some circles then disappeared completely and again a red and white clearness took shape. Mrs. Cordier was also witness of this phenomenon. The gendarmerie of Ardres tried to obtain other testimonies.

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Pas de Calais in Ardres on September 15, 1954, at 20:45 "At the location Bois en ardres, a farm labourer was surprised to see rising obliquely the west a large blood red cigar and this without any noise. Suddenly the object disappeared, leaving a large a reddishness with white spots. At the end of a few seconds it reappeared by performing some circles then disappeared completely leaving the same clearness. The wife of the witness to also saw the phenomenon."

The source is indicated as "Ovni, Premier dossier complet... by Figuet M./ Ruchon J.L. ** Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 15 September 1954 at 20:45 in Bois-En-Ardres, France, "Red cigar reappears and circles area, gives off red and white glow. A cigar-shaped object was observed. One red cigar-shaped object was observed by several witnesses in a town for over one minute."

The sources are listed as Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073); Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002.

[Ref. ni1:] "THE NICAP WEBSITE":

*Sep. 15, 1954 - At 8:45 p.m. a red cigar-shaped shaped object reappeared over the town of Bois-en-Ardres, Pas-de-Calais, France and circled the area, giving off a red and white glow. (Source: Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 49; Michel Figeut & Jean-Louis Ruchon, OVNI: Le Premier Dossier Complet des Rencontres Rapprochees en France, p. 79).

[Ref. ub1:] "UFO-DATENBANK":

This database recorded the case 3 times:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19540920 15.09.1954 Bois Ardres France 20.45
19540921 21.09.1954 Bois Ardres France NL
19540921 21.09.1954 Pas Calais France

Explanations:

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Keywords:

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

Bois-en-Ardres, Ardres, Pas-de-Calais, Eugène Cordier, object, cigar, red, white, luminous, silent, manoeuver

Sources:

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross April 24, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross May 24, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [go1], [jd1], [lc1], [ud1].
1.1 Patrick Gross November 2, 2014 Addition [ni1].
1.2 Patrick Gross January 28, 2017 Addition [ub1].

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