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October 18, 1954, Hesdin, Pas-de-Calais:

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

Summary:

Aimé Michel indicated in in 1958 book on the French saucers flap of 1954 that on October 18, 1954, in Hesdin in the north of France, a very classical fireball is seen, confirmed because it is seen at the same hour than in Béthune, Douai, Pommier, Audruicq, Huby-Saint-Leu.

In the 2000's, Luc Chastan gave the following details:

It was at 08:45 p.m., and "a policeman has its glance attracted by a flashover in the sky above the forest towards the north. He observes a lengthened form that then comes down. The higher part was sharp red, the white center and the lower part left trails of a rain of spark and was luminous. The object then took again height vertically and disappeared at a vertiginous speed leaving a trail."

Reports:

[Ref. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

The author indicates that on October 18, 1954, in Hesdin in the north of France, a very classical fireball is seen, confirmed because it is seen at the same hour than in Béthune, Douai, Pommier, Audruicq, Huby-Saint-Leu.

[Ref. lh1] LARRY HATCH - "*U* COMPUTER DATABASE":

4294: 1954/10/27 19:00 1 2:00:00 E 50:23:40 N 3332 WEU FRN PDC 6:A

HESDIN FOREST,PDC,FR:NMRS OBS:LUM ORB FLIES W>>E OVR WOODS:NFD

Ref# 49 MICHEL,Aime: FS & STRAIGHT LINE TH: Page No. 204 : FOREST

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in Pas-de-Calais in Hesdin on October 18, 1954 at 20:45 hours "a policeman has its glance attracted by a flashover in the sky above the forest towards the north. He observes a lengthened form that then comes down. The higher part was sharp red, the white center and the lower part left trails of a rain of spark and was luminous. The object then took again height vertically and disappeared at a vertiginous speed leaving a trail."

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

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

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541018 18.10.1954 Hesdin France NL

Explanations:

The 08:45 p.m. meteor.

Keywords:

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

Hesdin, Pas-de-Calais, police officer, unique, night, anonymous, forest, shape, lengthened, maneuvers, descent, rise, fast, trail, sparks, red, white, flashover

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross September 25, 2007 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross June 6, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Addition [am1].
1.1 Patrick Gross March 4, 2017 Addition [ub1].
1.2 Patrick Gross December 16, 2018 Addition [lh1], Summary. Explanation changed, was "Not looked for yet. Probable meteor."

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