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The 1954 French flap:

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October 18, 1954, Vendin-lès-Béthune, Pas-de-Calais:

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


In the 2000s, a German-speaking database of UFO sightings on the Web listed a sighting of the "Nocturnal Light" type for October 18, 1954, in Vendin-lès-Béthune.


[Ref. ubk1:] "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 Vendin Bethune France NL


I found no other source about such a sighting, and the available information is obviously totally insufficient.

However, it should be noted that at that date, in the Pas-de-Calais, a meteor was seen from many place at 08:45 p.m. It is thus likely that this meteor is the explanation of this case.



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

Vendin-lès-Béthune, Pas-de-Calais, night, luminous


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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross March 6, 2017 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross January 16, 2019 Addition of the Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet."

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