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Sepember 19 or 26, 1954, Wulverdinghe, Nord:

Reference number for this case: 19-26-sep-54-Wulverdinghe. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


[Ref. ge1:] G.E.R.U:

Ufologist Jean-Pierre D'Hondt of the GERU received a letter of Mrs Decalf-Eustace, 259, street Montgolfier in Roubaix, dated November 18, 1969, which reported her observation of Sunday September 19, or 26, 1954 in Wulverdinghe in the department of the Nord.

Mrs. Decalf-Eustace reports that she had been then a primary school teacher for two years and had just been assigned in the countryside in Wulverdinghe, 400 to 500 inhabitants, a village close to Watten.

The day before the start of the school year, one Sunday evening of September 1954, she arrived at the train station of Watten at about 08:30 p.m. or 09:00 p.m. and found neither bus nor taxi. She then decided to reach Wulverdinghe by foot, a distance of 4 or 5 km, and found herself at the exit of Watten on a small secondary road and in front of a junction, where she got information about the road to follow.

She had to walk to another junction, then take a dirt track, rather broad, fit for cars, on the left.

She found herself in the countryside under a black night but with a clear sky, without moon, nor mist, neither fog, arrived at the indicated junction, where there is a coffee shop on the left.

She started walking on this dirt track, crossing the fields and which was deserted, and halfway between the cofee shop and Wulverdinghe, whereas she still had approximately a kilometer to walk she distinguished on her right in the fields a kind of pylon, near to the road, being silhouetted against the night, releasing a halation, emitting a weird noise and weird intermittent gleams.

As she did not know the country, she thought she was seeing some sort of small power station. Approaching more and more and arriving at a distance of 30 to 40 meters of the object, whereas it had to be about 10:30 p.m., she stopped in amazement, becaise the pylon rather looked like a towe, or an angular "sugar loaf", a kind of scaffolding of beams, and it emits a sound not resembling an engine noise, nor a whirr, but rather the buzz of a swarm of bees of regularly unequal intensity, approaching and moving away in turn.

This pylon spouted sparks, its contours remained vague, and at the base of this pylon, there were dark masses that she thought were bushes.

She started to feel ill at ease and fear grew. She approached more for better seeing, "but the fear, facing this weird apparatus, makes me fo back, and I return to the coffee shop, closed at this late hour, where I however try to find help, knocking on the door a long time and loudly."

Nobody answerer her call, she ended up taking the road again, advancing with care, at about after 11 p.m., and arrived at the suspicious location, where there is nothing any more.

She later checked this field by day and noted that there were only harvested fields or fields of beets, but no of house, farm, or tree around.


September 1954, 2030hrs.


A 20 year old teacher, Mrs Decalf, saw an object emitting lights and sparks. Several little figures were seen near it. No traces were found

Alain Gamard, citing an undated 1970 issue of Nord Matin.


Not looked for yet. A checking on a map with the powerlines is the mean of determining if the witness could have lost herself in the night on the wrong path close to a power pylon.


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

Wulverdinghe, Nord, night, single, pylon, tower, buzzing sound, sparks


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