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October 1, 1954, Caudry, Nord:

Reference number for this case: 1-Oct-54-Caudry. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Reports:

[Ref. vn1] JOURNAL "LA VOIX DU NORD":

Yesterday, around 06:45, on the road from Quiévy to Caudry, Mr. François R., 40 year-old, of St Hilaire, drove his Mobylette and had just exceeded two of his companions, when, arrived a little before the small vault and the "Dron" farm, he felt the rain wetting his face to him, looked up, and saw in the sky a kind of "spinning top," coral pink, very luminous, appearing to him to have 2 meters and trailing a white light dazzling like a blowtorch or an electric arc and large like a dial of clock. The object roughly followed the RN 39 [National Road] from West to East, towards Cateau. A drawing made by this witness shows an oblong object of elliptic section.

Mr. Victor Lebon de Quiévy, 48 year-old, mason, gives an identical description. The object he saw was red garnet, very sharp, followed by a light like a headlight of car but much more powerful. His colleague Emile, who, preceded him on bicycle by 5 minutes, describes the object as having the shape and the luminosity of the sun hidden to the 2/3rd, with a garnet-red red color. He initially thought it was the sun, before realizing that it was impossible considering the direction and speed.

[Ref. vm1:] "VAR-MATIN-REPUBLIQUE" NEWSPAPER:

Flying saucers (continued)

"A roadmender sees a strange apparatus posed on the ground, with assistance of crutches! But when he approached of the craft, he is paralysed by an invisible ray."

Melun, October 2.

Several roadmenders of the Bridges and Road who worked under the rain at the edge of the Coulommiers-Meaux road, not far from the Quincy-Voisin airfield, stated they saw a flying saucer.

One of them, Mr. Bernard Goujon, 30 year-old, claimed to have seen in a field, on the left of the road, at approximately 200 meters of him, at the foot of a group of poplars, a strange apparatus of oval form, measuring approximately three meters in diameter and of a height of 2,50m. "It was, he said, posed on the ground with the assistance of three rather high crutches. Its higher part comprised a small translucent cupola that seemed made of plastic. The whole of the craft was of a metal shining like aluminum."

Mr. Goujon told that he had wanted to approach the craft but when he arrived at approximately 150 meters, he felt tickling as if "an invisible electric ray" were aimed at him.

"I felt, he said, paralysed, and my sight was slightly scrambled. I then saw the saucer rise very slowly, without noise, in the manner of a falling leaf up to 25 meters of the ground. It was motionless one moment, then, still without noise nor any luminous trail, it disappeared at sharp pace."

On the ground, traces of approximately 10 cm depth were found.

A shining ball.

Quillant. -- Yesterday afternoon, Mr. Saboureau, bar owner in Belestre (the Ariège), saw in the sky, a brilliant ball. The craft machine which moved rather slowly and without noise, was followed, he said, of a trail of gray smoke.

A strong whistling sound.

Montceau-les-Mines. -- Two bricklayers, Misters Romain Sebastiani and Buratte, both cyclists racing with the velocipedic union of Roanne, stated to have seen at the edge of the road of Blanzy, in Montceau, a machine taking off with a strong whistling sound. The craft, they said, was cigar-shaped, of very dark yellow color, of three meters in length and a diameter of approximately 60 to 85 cm.

Sailors report their sightings.

Brest. -- Mr. Arsène Stephan, second in command of a cargo ship which made a stopover in Brest, declared that during the night from September 23 to 24, whereas the boat was in the Bay of Biscay, at 44° 48' north and 4°50', he had seen a star four times larger than the others. Two of its sailors, who were at his sides also made the same observation. With the binocular, they noted that it was an object in which the green reflections appeared at times.

Last Thursday, at dayfall, a sailor who was conducting the tanker "Port Lyautey" saw, within less than 500 meters of him, a craft in the shape of a saucer and red in color skim the surface of water, to then go up fast and vertically, and to disappear while leaving a red flame.

An aerial blowtorch.

Caudry. -- Three workmen of St Hilaire les Cambrai claimed to have seen, this morning at 6, a strange luminous machine which trailed in its continuation a white gleam comparable with that of a blowtorch.

[Ref. fr1] MICHEL FIGUET AND JEAN-LOUIS RUCHON:

The two authors indicate that in Béthencourt in the department of the Nord, on October 1, 1954 at 06:45 a.m., François R. circulated by motorcycle on the road between Quiévy and Caudry. When arrived a little before a small chappel and the Dron farm, he felt the rain wet his face. He looked upand then saw a kind of coral-pink spinning top, very luminous, with a white light behind it. The object roughly followed the main road going from the West towards the East in the direction of Cateau Cambresis. Two other witnesses, one of them named Victor Lebon, saw the same thing.

The authors indicate the newspaper "La Voix du Nord", Cambrai regional version, for October 2, as the source.

[Ref. go1] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

Godelieve van Overmeire indicates that on October 1, 1954, in France, between Quievry and Caudry, in the Nord, "towards 6:45 François R. by motor-cycle, arrives at the small vault and the Dron farm, he felt the rain wet his face. Looking up he saw in the sky a kind of spinning top, coral pink, very luminous, trailing a dazzling white light, going from west to east towards Cateau."

The source is indicated as comme M. FIGUET/ J.L. RUCHON: "Ovni, Premier dossier complet..." éd. Alain Lefeuvre 1979, p. 106".

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Nord in Béthencourt, on October 1, 1954, at 06:45 hours, the witness "drives by motor-cycle on the road between Quiévy and Caudry, when arrived a little before a small vault and the Dron farm, he feels the rain wet his face. Looking up he then sees a kind of very luminous coral pink spinning top trailing a white light behind. The object roughly follows the main road going from the west towards the east towards Cateau Cambresis. Two other witnesses saw the same thing."

The source is indicated as "Ovni, Premier dossier complet... by Figuet M./ Ruchon J.L. ** Alain Lefeuvre 1979" pu..

[Ref. gn1:] "GNEOVNI" UFOLOGY GROUP:

In "Special notes" of their catalogue, the GNEOVNI group indicates that there exists in several books, such as Aimé Michel's "M.O.C.", Planète publishers in 1966, in which there is a number of observation cases in the Nord and Pas-de-Calais which are not included in their catalogue because there "remains much doubts as to their credibility." One of them is noted "1-10-54 St Hilaire les Cambrai nord".

[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
19541001 01.10.1954 St. Hilaire Cambrai France NL
19541001 01.10.1954 St. Hilaire Cambrai France NL

Explanations:

Not looked for yet. Perfect descriptions of meteor fall.

Keywords:

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

Caudry, Nord, Victor Lebon, Francois, Emile, spinning top, pink, red, white, trail, dazzling, oblong, luminous, fast, multiple

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross August 16, 2007 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross February 12, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [vm1], [go1], [lc1].
1.1 Patrick Gross July 11, 2010 Addition [gn1].
1.2 Patrick Gross 26 déCembre 2016 Addition [ub1].

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