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October 16, 1954, Dury, Somme:

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

Reports:

[Ref. js1:] JEAN SIDER:

French ufologist and author Jean Sider learned in an article from the newspaper Le Courrier Picard, of Amiens, for October 20, 1954, on page 3, about an observation of October 16, 1954, at approximately 07:00 p.m., in Dury, in the department of the Somme:

"A young typography apprentice of our newspaper, Henri DuchÍne, who will be 15 years old next month, declared yesterday only, that Saturday at approximately 07:00 p.m., whereas he was goinf back to Dury on his bicycle, he had seen something strange. Between the St Dominique farm and the cemetery of Dury, he managed to observe a bulky object posed on the ground at approximately 150 m of the road. The machine had the shape of an elongated egg and could have ten meters in diameter and three meters in height. At its back was a kind of tail, where blue smoke was emitted. No noise was perceived. After having observed the phenomenon, the young man was in a hurry only for moving away as soon as possible, which he did at all the speed of his machine."

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

The author of the database indicates that in the Somme in Dury on October 16, 1954 at 19:00 hours, "a teenager as he goes back to Dury by bicycle sees in a field between the St Dominique farm and the cemetery a bulky object at 150 m of the road. The object has the shape of a lengthened egg. It seems to have ten m in diameter and three meters in height. At the back a kind of tail by which blue smoke escapes is visible. The young man moves away quickly frightened."

The source is indicated as "LumiŤres dans la Nuit".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 16 October 1954 at 19:00 in Dury, France, "Fog or smoke. 15-yr-old boy sees 12m long cigar on ground. Object stood 3m high. It blows blue smoke from rear, witness flees."

And: "An object was sighted that had an appearance and performance beyond the capability of known earthly aircraft. One cigar-shaped object, about 40 feet across, was observed by one male 15-year-old witness on a farm for over one minute."

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

Explanations:

Not looked for yet.

Keywords:

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

Dury, Somme, road, Henri DuchÍne, bicycle, cigar, trail, smoke, blue, afraid, silent

Sources:

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross December 14, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross December 27, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [lc1], [ud1].

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