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October 16, 1954, Louvroil, Nord:

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

Summary:

The regional newspapers La Croix du Nord, of Lille, Nord-Matin, of Maubeuge, and Nord-Eclair, of Roubaix, reported on October 19, 1954, that while he was going to bed, Mr. Marcel Hanske, trumpeter and professor at the municipal school of Louvroil, with his wife and young son, had seen on Saturday, October 16, 1954, around 9:20, a "ball of fire crossing the sky at a dizzying speed."

Reports:

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

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A saucer in the sky
of Sous-le-Bois

After Mr. Romain, the sympathetic violinist from Maubeuge, saw a few weeks ago already, two brilliant discs moving at high speed, it happens that Mr. Marcel Hanske, trumpet player and professor at the Ecole Municipale de Louvroil, saw with his wife and her young son, Saturday around 9:20 p.m., as he went to bed, a "ball of fire" crossing the sky at breakneck speed.

Mr. Marcel Hanske, who is well known throughout the region, lives on rue des Alliés, and Sunday with real sincerity, did not fail to report the matter to his friends at the Harmonie de Louvroil. Here he explains what he had seen, to Mr. Alfed Rigaut, the deputy chief of the Louvroil harmony.

(Nord-Matin pic.)

[Ref. ner1:] "NORD-ECLAIR" NEWSPAPER:

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A "BALL OF FIRE"
IN THE SKY
OF SOUS-LE-BOIS

After Robert Romain, the sympathetic violinist of Maubeuge saw, a few weeks ago already, two brilliant discs moving at high speed in the rue du Grand-Pied, it happens that Mr. Marcel Hanske, trumpeter and professor at the municipal school of Louvroil, saw, with his wife and young son, on Saturday around 9:20 a.m., while he was going to bed, a "ball of fire crossing the sky at breakneck speed.

NEAR ARRAS

Gendarmes
see
a luminous "craft"
in the sky

Sunday, around 9:25 p.m., while the chief marshal of the gendarmerie Decréquy and the gendarme Candelle, of the Foucquevillers brigade, on a night tour, checked the identity of the fair mearchants parked on the square of Pommiers, the fairground merchant wife's called the attention of the gendarmes on a luminous craft that passed in the sky.

The gendarmes and Mr. Louis Dumetz, municipal councilor in Pommiers, saw a bright orange craft moving very quickly from East to West at a height of 400 to 500 meters.

This saucer ! was visible for quite a long time.

[Ref. cdn1:] NEWSPAPER "LA CROIX DU NORD":

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LUMINOUS CRAFT
IN THE SKY OF THE ARTOIS

TWO GENDARMES
OF FONCQUEVILLERS
WITNESS THE PHENOMENON

Saturday evening, around 9:30 p.m., the chief Decrequy and the gendarme Candelle, of the brigade of Foncquevillers, controlled [sic] the identity of a household of fairground merchants who had stopped their trailer on the village square of Pommier.

Suddenly, the woman noticed a luminous object which passed in the sky. Indeed, the two gendarmes as well as Mr. Dumetz, municipal councilor of Pommier, who was near there clearly saw a luminous craft of orange hue which moved quickly from East to West at an altitude of approximately 300 meters. After 4 to 5 seconds, the phenomenon disappeared from their sight.

ISIT THE SAME
THAT WAS SEEN IN MAUBEUGE?

Mr. Marcel Hanske, trumpeter and professor at the Ecole Municipal [sic] in Louvroil saw with his wife and young son around 9:20 on Saturday, as he went to bed a "ball of fire" crossing the sky at breakneck speed.

Mr. Marcel Hanske who is trustworthy, lives in rue des Alliés, in Maubeuge and Sunday, with real sincerity, he did not fail to report the matter to his friends in the Harmonie of Louvroil.

Explanations:

The meteor of October 16, 1954.

Keywords:

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Louvroil, Nord, Marcel Hanske, trumpet player, professeur, multiple, evening, ball, fire, fast

Sources:

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