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The 1954 French flap:

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October 16, 1954, Ham, Somme:

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


[Ref. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel wrote about the October 16, 1954, 09:30 p.m. meteor:

THE TEST OF THE METEOR. October 16, as if it was purposely, a splendid meteor crossed the north of France towards 09:30 p.m.. It was observed on a score of departments by thousands of people, from the Allier to Lorraine and from the Swiss border to Paris. Naturally many witnesses believed to have seen a Flying Saucer and said so. The newspapers printed "Flying Saucer in Orly", or "in Montididier", or "in Metz." But once again the description made by all these weak brains appeared of a remarkable honesty.


The innumerable gathered testimonys show indeed that even when the witnesses called "Flying saucer" the observed object, their description is identical on 200.000 square kilometres where the visible phenomenon was visible: an "orange ball followed by a trail", a "large luminous ball with a tail", a "flying egg followed by a trail", a "bottle's bottom with a trail of thirty times its diameter", etc. The same phenomenon is uniformly described.



The two authors note this case of October 16, 1954:

"Ham - 80 - at about 09:30 p.m.: investigation. The witnesses are almost all deceased, the others are untraceable."

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. js1:] JEAN SIDER:

Jean Sider found this case out in the newspaper "Le Courier Picard" for October 21, 1954, and summarizes:

On October 16, 1954, at 09:25 P.M., in the wood of Sancourt near Ham in the Somme, M. G. Lemaire, M. M. Lemaire amd M. Jean Yvart are riding motorcycles.

A red disk pass overhead, at the height of a postal airplane.

The lighting and ignition of the motorcycle are interrupted.

One or two seconds later, on their own impulse the engines of the two motorcycles start again and the headlights are on again.

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Somme in Ham on October 16, 1954 at 21:25 hours "At the Wood of Sancourt 3 people drive by motor cycles. A red disc passes at their vertical, at the height of a mail plane. The ignition and the lighting of the motorcycles are cut. One or two seconds later, on their impetus, the engines of the two machines start again and their headlights function again."

The source is said to be my website: "Les OVNI vus de près par Gross Patrick **"

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website says that on 16 October 1954 at 21:30, in Ham, France, "Nocturnal lights were reported on a road."

The source is said to be Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002.


Not looked for yet. Maybe the meteor of October 16, 1954, at 09:30 p.m.


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

Ham, Somme, Lemaire, Jean Yvart, wood, Sancourt, motor, engine, headlight, failure, stall, multiple, road, night, disc, red, airplane, motorcycle, motorbike


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

Document history:

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0.1 Patrick Gross October 23, 2004 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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