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October 18, 1954, Amiens, Somme:

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


The regional newspaper Le Courrier Picard, on page 3 of the Amiens issue for October 20, 1954 indicated that "Monday", therefore on October 18, 1954, around 9 p.m., Mr. Biencourt, a teacher at the boys' school in the Faubourg Saint-Pierre, in Amiens, who lives near the Citadel, returned to his home when he saw in the sky "a globe of fire descending vertically and at very high speed. It lasted a few seconds, then various colors appeared in the eyes of Mr. Biencourt to suddenly go out."




The Courier of the Somme

Again and again the saucers

Flying saucers are still on the agenda. They continue to excite public opinion and to be the subject of all conversations.

Every day, new mysterious craft are seen. This is how the day before yesterday, around 6:30 p.m., a resident of Hornoy, who wishes to remain anonymous, working in the fields on the road to Thieulloy, saw in the sky a very bright craft whose exterior seemed to contain facets which gave it the look like a lark mirror. The craft was moving very high and at a very high speed in the east-west direction.

The lady who saw the saucer was hitherto incredulous: she kept of this an emotion which was still showing when, yesterday afternoon, she informed Mr. Godard, our devoted correspondent of Hornoy.

Monday, around 9 p.m., Mr. Biencourt, teacher at the boys' school in the Faubourg Saint-Pierre, in Amiens, who lives near the Citadel, was returning to his home when, in the sky, he saw a globe of fire descending vertically and at very high speed. It lasted a few seconds, then various colors appeared to Mr. Biencourt's eyes to suddenly go out.

Also, the young apprentice typographer of our newspaper, Henri Duchêne, who will be 15 next month, said yesterday only that on Saturday, around 7 p.m. while returning to Dury by bicycle, he saw in the fields, between the Saint-Dominique farm and the Dury cemetery, a large object posed on the ground some 50 meters from the road.

The craft was in the shape of an elongated egg and could be ten meters in diameter and three meters high. At the back was a sort of tail through which blue smoke escaped.

The machine made no noise.

After having made his discovery, the young man had only one haste: to move away as quickly as possible; which he did with all the speed being possible to his machine...


In addition, we are informed that in Hesdin, in the Pas-de-Calais, that is to say near the Crécy region, where "saucers" were already seen on Monday 18 at 8:45 p.m., Mr. Jean Gambier, sworn police officer, was on rue Farré, on his way to the Familla movie theater, when his attention was drawn to a blaze of the sky, northerly, above the forest. The craft, which had an elongated shape, seemed, according to the witnesses, to descend from the sky. Its upper part was bright red, its center was bright white, and the lower part left behind a shower of stars and light trails.

The phenomenon lasted about twenty seconds. The whole sky was lit up. The craft then resumed vertical height and disappeared at a dizzying speed, leaving behind it a trail similar, the witness told us, to a spate of fireworks going up vertically.

Several residents of Huby-St-Leu also witnessed this phenomenon, and if this information had not been reported to us by a sworn official, we would have hesitated to insert it. But the fact is here and for now, like all the others of the same genre, it is inexplicable at least for us.


This magazine reproduced the article of the newspaper Le Courrier Picard [cpd1] for October 20, 1954.


4200: 1954/10/18 21:00 1 2:18:00 E 49:55:00 N 3333 WEU FRN SMM 6:6


Ref#194 LUMIERES dans la NUIT.(LDLN France) Issue No. 321 : RESIDENT'L


Probably the 08:45 p.m. meteor.


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Amiens, Somme, girl, unique, cigar, flying, fast


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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross January 19, 2019 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross January 28, 2020 Additions [cpd1], [ldl1]. Summary changed, was "Apparently, in the ufology magazine Lumières Dans La Nuit #321 in 1993, a sighting in Amiens was noted; which occurred on October 18, 1954, at 9 p.m. It seems it was a flying cigar, crossing the sky at fast speed, seen by a girl, and reported in Le Courrier Picard newspaper. "

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