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October 18, 1954, Hornoy-le-Bourg, Somme:

Reference for this case: 18-Oct-54-Hornoy.
Please cite this reference 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, reported among other observations that "the day before yesterday", therefore on October 18, 2020, around 06:30 p.m., a female resident of Hornoy who wanted to remain anonymous, working in the fields on the road to Thieulloy, had seen in the sky "a very bright craft whose exterior seemed to have facets which made it look like a lark's mirror."

The newspaper reported that "the craft was moving very high and at a very high speed in the east-west direction."

The newspaper specified that "the lady who saw the saucer was hitherto incredulous: she retained from this vision an emotion which was still manifested when, yesterday afternoon, she alerted Mr. Godard, our devoted correspondent in Hornoy."

The case was recorded on the Web in Base OVNI France in the 2000s, but with the wrong date of October 19, 1954.




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.



So as not to change...


Although not yet explained, the appearances of mysterious craft in the Picardy sky seem to become the most ordinary thing there is and it is with much less interest that one records the statements of people who, for their part, have seen...

It is for example, a resident of Hornoy who was working in the fields in the afternoon, when she saw a faceted craft, shiny, which moved at high altitude and very high speed.

In Amiens, it was a schoolteacher, Mr. Biencourt who, around 9 p.m., was returning to his home, when he saw a vertically descending fire globe. For a few seconds various colors appeared to M. Biencourt, who subsequently saw nothing. Saucer or atmospheric phenomenon?

Finally, a young typographer was returning to Dury-les-Amiens by bicycle in the evening, around 7 p.m., when he saw a large craft posed in the fields, 150 meters from the road, between a farm and the cemetery of Dury-les-Amiens: the craft had the shape of an egg of 10 m. in diameter and 3 m. in height; smoke was escaping from behind and the craft made no noise.


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


Place Approximate coordonates Date 1954 Civilian hour Duration Sky Distance and movement of the ufo Altitude of the ufo Angle B of sun on horizon Azimut of sun Angle B of moon on horizon Azimut of moon EL State of night Case Comment Ref. LDLN
Hornoy-le-Bourg (Somme) 1° 54' E 49° 51' N 18 Oct ~16:30C day East to West Sky 12° 3' 239° 57%- J5 Very shining craft. A #320 p. 40

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Somme in Hornoy on 19 October 1954 at 16:30 "A woman working in the fields on the road of Thieulloy observed in the sky a very shining object seemingly comprizing facets of the style of a birds mirror. It moved very high and at great pace in the East-West direction."

The source is noted "Lumières dans la Nuit".



The report is very poor, and I do not have, for now, neither the primary source, nor even the secondary source.

It is quite obvious to me that the "very shiny object seeming to have facets of the style of a lark's mirror" could have been simply a helicopter whose windows were these "facets."


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

Hornoy, Somme, woman, day, fields, road, object, facets, mirror, shining, high, fast


[----] indicates sources that are not yet available to me.

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross February 14, 2010 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross January 12, 2019 Addition of the Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet."
1.2 Patrick Gross January 28, 2020 Additions [cpd1], [ldl1]. Date changed form October 18 or 19 to October 18. Summary changed, was "It seems that according to the ufology magazine Lumières Dans La Nuit of 1993, in the Somme, in Hornoy-le-Bourg, on October 19, 1954, at 04:30 p.m., a woman working in the fields on the road to Thieulloy observed in the sky a very brilliant object seeming including facets of the style of a larks' mirror. It moved very high and at a great pace in the east-west direction."
1.3 Patrick Gross October 17, 2021 Addition [vdn1].

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