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October 21, 1954, Audruicq, Pas-de-Calais:

Reference number for this case: 21-Oct-54-Audruicq. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

The regional newspaper Le Nouveau Nord Maritime for October 24, 1954, reported on page 6 that "Thursday" - therefore on October 21, 1954 - in the evening, Mrs. Decobert-Delhaye, living on Vieille Rue in Audruicq, was in her kitchen when she heard an unusual noise, resembling a pendulum ticking.

She immediately went outside into the courtyard and was amazed to see in the sky, in the direction of Nortkerque, at a very low height, a ball of fire of multiple colors.

She was frightened, went home, and through the window, saw that the ball remained motionless, and a few moments later, she saw it clearly heading towards Calais.

The newspaper adds that other people had also noticed the passage of this phenoneme at the same hours.

The newspaper Nord Littoral for October 24, 1954 also, reported the same thing; however, the case seems to have been totally overlooked in the ufology literature.

Reports:

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

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"SAUCERS"
ON THE SIDES
OF OUR REGION

Numerous witnesses, residents of municipalities in the regions of Bray-sur-Seine, Lagny, Moret, Thoméry, stated they saw, at nightfall, a strange phenomenon: an oval shaped object, yellow orange in color, measuring more than 20 meters, at 300 or 400 meters of altitude.

The craft remained motionless for a while and disappeared at breakneck speed.

Other appearances of strange craft were reported throughout France and especially on the coasts of our region.

The day before yesterday evening, around 7:30 p.m., various people noted the presence above Boulogne and the surrounding area, of a mysterious craft.

This object was heading in a steady direction, that is to say coming from the sea heading for Desvres. It looked like fireworks according to all witnesses.

This craft was seen at around the same time on Boulogne, Outreau and Desvres.

Around 8 p.m., Mme Decobert-Delhaye, residing at Vieille-Rue, in Audruicq, was in her kitchen when she heard an unusual noise resembling a pendulum ticking. Immediately she went out into the courtyard and was amazed to see in the sky, in the direction of Nortkerque, at a very low height, a ball of fire in multiple colors.

Frightened, she went home and, through the window, noticed that the ball remained motionless. A few moments later, she clearly saw the ball heading towards Calais.

Other people also noticed the passage of this phenomenon at the same time.

In the sky of Le Touquet, at 7:15 p.m., a round and very shiny craft appeared. Its color was yellow-red, it looked like a plate. This object was followed by a trail, also very bright, whose length was about 2.5 times its diameter.

Coming from the sea, it was moving at a dizzying speed towards the East and it disappeared very quickly in front of the observers.

[Ref. nnm1:] "LE NOUVEAU NORD MARITIME" NEWSPAPER:

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AUDRUICQ

WAS IT A SAUCER?

Thursday evening, around [?] o'clock., Mrs. Decobert-Delhaye living at Vieille Rue, in Audruicq, was in her kitchen when she heard an unusual noise, resembling a pendulum ticking. Immediately she went out into the courtyard and was amazed to see in the sky, in the direction of Nordkerque, at a very low height, a ball of fire of multiple colors.

Frightened, she returned inside and through the window noticed that the ball remained motionless; a few moments later, she clearly saw the ball heading towards Calais.

Other people also noticed the passage of this phenomenon at the same hour.

[Ref. nll1:] "NORD LITTORAL" NEWSPAPER:

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AUDRUICQ

TIC-TAC:

Was it a saucer?

Thursday evening, around 8 p.m.., Mrs. Decobert-Delhaye living at Vieille Rue, in Audruicq, was in her kitchen when she heard an unusual noise, resembling a pendulum ticking. Immediately she went out into the courtyard and was amazed to see in the sky, in the direction of Nordkerque, at a very low height, a ball of fire of multiple colors.

Frightened, she returned inside and through the window noticed that the ball remained motionless; a few moments later, she clearly saw the ball heading towards Calais.

Other people also noticed the passage of this phenomenon at the same hour.

[Ref. las1:] NEWSPAPER "LIBRE ARTOIS":

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"Saucers"
on the coasts
of our region

Numerous witnesses, residents of municipalities in the regions of Bray-sur-Seine, Lagny, Moret, Thomery, declared to have seen, at nightfall, a strange phenomenon: an oval shaped object, yellow orange in color, measuring more than 20 meters, at 300 and 400 meters of altitude.

The craft remained motionless for a while and disappeared at breakneck speed.

Other strange apparitions were reported throughout France and especially on the coasts of our region.

The day before yesterday evening, around 7:30 p.m., various people noted the presence above Boulogne and the surrounding area, of a mysterious craft.

The object in question was heading in a fixed direction, that is to say coming from the sea heading for Desvres. It looked like fireworks according to all witnesses.

This craft was seen around the same time on Boulogne, Outreau and Desvres.

Around 8 p.m., Mrs. Decobert-Delhaye, residing Vieilles-Rue in Audruicq, was in her kitchen when she heard an unusual noise resembling a pendulum ticking. Immediately she went out into the courtyard and was amazed to see in the sky, towards Nortkerque, at a very low height, a ball of fire in multiple colors.

Frightened, she went home and, through the window, noticed that the ball remained motionless. A few moments later, she clearly saw the ball heading towards Calais.

Other people also noticed this phenomenon happening at the same time.

In the sky of Le Touquet, at 6:15 p.m., a craft of round shape and very shiny appeared. Its color was yellow-red, it looked like a plate. This object was followed by a trail, also very bright, whose length was about 2.5 times its diameter.

Coming from the sea, it was moving at a dizzying speed towards the east and it disappeared very quickly in front of the observers.

Explanations:

Unidentified, possible helicopter, meager information.

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Keywords:

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

Audruicq, Pas-de-Calais, Decobert-Delhaye, Nortkerque, Calais, ball, luminous, multicolor, multiple, movov, motionless, fire, sound, tic-tac

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross February 23, 2020 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross April 16, 2020 Addition [nll1]. In the Summary, addition of the paragraph "The newspaper Nord Littoral for October 24, 1954..."
1.2 Patrick Gross June 1, 2020 Addition [nnm1].
1.3 Patrick Gross June 11, 2020 Addition [las1].

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