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October 19, 1954, Hon-Hergies, Nord:

Reference number for this case: 19-Oct-54-Hon-Hergies. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

The regional newspaper Nord-Matin, in its Avesnes issue for October 24, 1954, on page 3, reported that a mysterious craft was seen in the sky of Hon-Hergies:

"In the evening of Tuesday" therefore on October 19, 1954, "around 8:30 p.m., Mr. Jules Chauderlot, 66 years old, retired, saw from the window of his bedroom, coming from the direction of Bavay a flying object, a luminous ball of yellow orange color arriving with a more or less rapid speed, to stop above a meadow near his dwelling house and then appeared to make contact with the ground while carrying out leaps, moving horizontally and disappearing definitively towards Taisnières-sur-Hon. Let us add that Mr. Chauderlot is very affirmative in his statement."

Reports:

[Ref. nmn1:] "NORD-MATIN" NEWSPAPER:

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HON-HERGNIES

A mysterious craft
in the sky of the city

In the evening of Tuesday, around 8:30 p.m., Mr. Jules Chauderlot, 66 years old, retired, saw from the window of his bedroom, coming from the direction of Bavay a flying object, a luminous ball of yellow orange color arriving with a more or less rapid speed, to stop above a meadow near his dwelling house and then appeared to make contact with the ground while making jumps, moving horizontally and disappearing definitively towards Taisnières-sur-Hon. Let us add that Mr. Chauderlot is very affirmative in his statement.

Explanations:

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Since the place is more than 80 km from Beuvry-les-Béthunes, I do not think it was one of the handcrafted Chinese lanterns of the Beuvry-les-Béthunes pensioner Victor d'Oliveira.

However, the description strongly reminds me of such a miniature hot air balloon of this kind, in particular the quasi-landing with jumps. It was therefore, perhaps, such a device, inspired maybe by those of Mr. d'Oliveira, which were so much publicized in the Press at the beginning of October 1954.

Above:

A Chinese lantern.

Keywords:

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Hon-Hergies, Nord, craft, night, Jules Chauderlot, retired, home, Bavay, ball, luminous, yellow, orange, landing, meadow, leaps, Taisnières-sur-Hon

Sources:

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Document history:

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