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October 18, 1954, Aire-sur-la-Lys, Pas-de-Calais:

Reference number for this case: 18-Oct-54-Aire-sur-la-Lys. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Reports:

[Ref. cm1] "CENTRE-MATIN" NEWSPAPER:

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After the saucers
the flying plates

The "flying saucers" continue to make headlines. Actually, it would be this time, either saucers, but plates.

A farmer from Villepinte (Aude), Mr. Rouquet said he saw the day before yesterday in the evening, around 11:30 p.m., a bright orange disk moving westward. The craft stopped above the territory of the municipality of Laurabuc, remained motionless for a quarter of an hour, then went back and disappeared. Mr. Rouquet's parents, alerted by their son, witnessed the departure.

A few kilometers from Villepinte, residents of Bram and of Villasavary spotted on the day before yesterday, between 11 p.m. and midnight, a luminous disc that moved at a fast pace. It offered the ability to change color..

The evening of the day before yesterday also, several residents of Tréveneuc (Côtes-du-Nord) reported seeing a flying disc hovering above the sea. The same phenomenon was observed in Saint-Quay-Portrieux by a butcher and a teacher.

Finally, near Aire-sur-la-Lys, a steel mill worker of Isbergues saw a round shaped luminous craft descend slowly. When it hit the ground, the witness said, about three kilometers from me, a flash of lightning illuminated the sky." Many people confirmed seeing, not the fireball, but the brightened sky. Regarding the craft, which would have fallen, no trace of it was found.

Meanwhile, another witness report, this one nine days old, came to give some details of a "flying saucer": on October 10, Mr. Roger Thiriet went, around 6:30 a.m., to Ecrouves, where he is a warden at the penitentiary. Suddenly, through a dense fog, he saw a saucer of aluminum color. It was about 2 m. 40 in diameter and 1 m. 40 high, was topped by a dome and had two windows. He approached, but the craft rose silently. Mr. Thiriet kept silence on this, fearing to be ridiculed by his colleagues and the villagers.

The "flying plates" in Indonesia

The Indonesian agency Antara reported on Tuesday evening, that about 9 p.m. local time, people in Bondowoso, East Java, were awestruck when they saw a white and green disc which passed at high speed over the town and disappeared in half a minute. The witnesses described the object as a "large plate" animated by a rotating motion.

This is the second time that the people of Bondowoso witness a phenomenon of this kind. The first appearance of a "strange object" took place on July 25, at the same hour.

[Ref. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel notes that whereas the night was falling on October 15, close to Aire-sur-Lys in the département of Pas-de-Calais, a workman of the steelworks of Isbergue sees a luminous machine of circular shape going down slowly from the sky and landing in the countryside:

At the time of its landing, the object displayed powerful sets of lights which illuminated the sky and were seen by many witnesses of the close villages.

[Ref. am2:] AIME MICHEL:

In an article in 1963 on orthoteny, Aimé Michel adds:

Thus, at the first glance, something appears. On October 15 for example, there were 8 sightings: in Southend in England, in Calais, one in Aire-sur-la-Lys, one on Main Road 68 between Niffer and Kembs (Franco-German border), one in the mouth of Pô, one in the east of Paris, one on Main Road 7 in the south of Montargis, and finally in Fouesnant, near Quimper.

[Ref. jv5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

353 15 10 1954 15 00 2 ISBERGUES-P.DE C. F 0011 C** 305

[Ref. gl1:] CHARLES GARREAU AND RAYMOND LAVIER:

The two authors indicate that according to newspaper clippings and their personal files, on October 15, 1954, at about 07:30 P.M. in Isbergues in the Pas-de-Calais, a metalurgist workman saw a luminous machine emerging at high speed, loosing altitude.

The machine slowed down gradually and landed gently in the countryside, at 200 or 300 meters of the witness, engaging in a series of dispay of light at the time of its landing. Rays of light illuminated the countryside around and were seen by people in the nearby villages, while the witness went away as fast as he could.

[Ref. jv1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

268

Oct. 15, 1954, night, Isbergues (France).

A steelworker observed a luminous sphere land in the countryside; it then emitted lights of various colors.

(France-Soir, Paris-Presse, 21 oct 1954) (54, 68; M 181).

[Ref. ar1:] ANTONIO RIBERA:

The author mentions that a series of observations were reported on October 15, 1954, including in France, including one in Aire-sur-la-Lys.

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

The two authors indicate that on October 15, 1954 at 07:30 p.m. in Aire-sur-la-Lys in the department of Pas-de-Calais, a workman of the steel-works of Isbergues saw at the fall of night a luminous and circular machine which went down slowly and landed in a field.

At the time of the landing, it emitted lights of varied colors, which were seen by many witnesses of the nearby villages.

[Ref. jc1:] JACQUES COSTAGLIOLA:

The author indicates that on October 15, 1954, there were 8 sightings, 5 were in a line, one of them was in Aire/Lys.

[Ref. fb1:] FABRICE BONVIN:

Fabrice Bonvin notes:

Case #029: 15/10/1954, p. 170 (Aires-sur-la-Lys)

[Ref. fb2:] FABRICE BONVIN:

In a table, Fabrice Bonvin notes selected cases of the 1954 Frnech flap, including this one:

Case Nmbr witnesses Hours Type objects
Aire-sur-la-lys 1 4 2

[Ref. dj1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

Encounters With Aliens on This Day

October 15

[...]

1954 - A steelworker in Isbergues, France observed a luminous sphere land in the countryside on this night. After landing it then emitted lights of various colors. (Sources: Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 181; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 230, case # 268).

[...]

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

This ufologist indicates that on October 15, 1954, in Aire sur la Lys, in the Pas-de-Calais, "The witness, a workman of the steel-works of Isbergues sees at the fall of night towards 19 30, a luminous and circular machine which goes down slowly and lands in a field. At the time of the landing, it emits lights of varied colors, which are seen by many witnesses of the nearby villages."

The sources are indicated as "Vallée Catalogue, case #268. - Aimé Michel: 'A propos .des S.V', p. 221 - C. Garreau and R. Lavier: 'Face aux E.T.', p. 190-191. - France-Soir and Paris-Presse for I0/21/1954".

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Pas-de-Calais in Airesur la Lys on October 15, 1954 at 19:30 hours, "a workman of the steel-works of Isbergues sees at the night fall a luminous and circular machine which goes down slowly and lands in a field. At the time of the landing, it emits lights of varied colors, which are seen by many witnesses of the nearby villages."

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

[Ref. dj2:] DONALD JONHSON:

Donald Johnson indicates that Aimé Michel found that on Friday, October 15, 1954, there was a sighting in Aire-sur-la-Lys in France.

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

*Oct. 15, 1954 – A steelworker in Isbergues, France observed a luminous sphere land in the countryside on this night. After landing it then emitted lights of various colors. (Sources: Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 181; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 230, case # 268).

[Ref. dc2:] DOMINIQUE CAUDRON:

The author considers "the myth of the SOUPO alignment", i.e. the claim from Jacques Vallée and Aimé Michel that there was an alignment of 8 UFO observations on October 15, 1954, ino Europe. The author shows that none the cases is at the correct date except perhaps one, that the alignment is doubtful and the observations also.

Dominique Caudron notes that the case with Aire sur la Lays is not a landing case, and that it was not on October 15, 1954, but on October 18, 1954, the local newspaper La Voix du Nord, St Omer issue for October 20, 1954, on page 6, actually said:

A FIREBALL REPORTEDLY FELL MONDAY EVENING BETWEEN LA ROUPIE AND LA LAQUE.

Monday, towards 09:15 p.m., Mr. Robert Boon, residing rue du Doyen in Aire-sur-la-Lys, was returning from the steel-works of Isbergues and rode his bicycle alone when, between La Roupie and La Lacque, his glance was attracted to a luminous ball which he located between the hamlet of Hourleron and the village of Thiennes. This bolide, in the shape of a balloon, appeared, from this distance (4 kilometers) to have a diameter of one meter.

Mr. Boon was dazzled by a fulgurating flash, probably spouting out at the moment when the meteor touched ground and volitilized.

Dominique Caudron notes that indeed that Monday, October 18, at the same hour, many witnesses described the passage of a meteor.

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

This database recorded this same case 7 times instead of one:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541015 15.10.1954 Aire Lys France Abenddämmerung
19541015 15.10.1954 Isbergues France CE II
19541015 15.10.1954 Isbergues France 20.00
19541015 15.10.1954 Isbergues France Abends CE I
19541015 15.10.1954 Isbergues France Nachts CE I
19541015 15.10.1954 Isbergues France Nachts CE I
19541015 15.10.1954 Isbergues France Abenddämmerung

Explanations:

Possible meteor.

Keywords:

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

Aire-sur-la-Lys, Pas-de-Calais, Isbergue, worker, metalworker, sphere, luminous, landing, country, light, colors, multicolor

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross April 11, 2003 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross December 21, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Addition [lc1].
1.1 Patrick Gross February 11, 2010 Addition [jc1].
1.2 Patrick Gross February 28, 2010 Additions [dj1], [dj2].
1.3 Patrick Gross June 30, 2010 Addition [jv5].
1.4 Patrick Gross July 9, 2010 Addition [fb2].
1.5 Patrick Gross September 19, 2014 Addition [cm1].
1.6 Patrick Gross October 15, 2014 Addition [ni1].
1.7 Patrick Gross November 22, 2016 Additions [dc2], [ub1]. Change of case date from October 15 to October 18. Explanation changed from "Possible meteor" to "Meteor".

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