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The 1954 French flap:

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



In 1968-1969, before the official GEPAN ufology effort started, its future head Dr Claude Poher was a member of the unofficial GEPA ufology group, and gathered a computer coded listing of more than 700 UFO reports on which multiple factors statistical computation could be run. In the file were a number of 1954 French UFO reports, among those this one.

For readability, a decoded interpretation of the data is provided here under the original 80 character encoded string. Decoding was done according to the original indications, the code number and its generic meaning is given. Please not that the generic meaning of each code is a predefined category, not the real specific details of the case. For example, if the main witness' age was 33, the coding would result in a number "3" which corresponds to a category "Adult from 21 to 59 years."

Original code:0623552110195419301JA21040113410151000002020110000000000000000000000000010000000
Location:GC244 Guines (Pas de Calais) - France
Case number:0623
Source code:55
Nature of the source:Reports from official French sources : Police, Gendarmerie, Army, Pilots
Type of Time:1 = local time
Number of witnesses:2 = 2
Main witness named:1 = name(s) indicated
Main witness age:0 = no indication
Main witness occupation:4 = army, police, fireman, constable
Official investigation:1 = an official investigation was made
Weather:1 = beautiful weather, clear sky, no clouds
Duration:3 = from 10 to 59 seconds
Minimal distance witness - phenomenon:4 = from 151 to 999 m
Method of observation:1 = naked eye
Number of "objects" observed simultaneously:01 = 1
Shape of the "object" (terminology of witness(es)):5 = cone, triangular, "coolie hat", trapezoïdal
Dimensions of the phenomenon:10 = 10 meters
Color of the observed phenomenon:00 = no indication
Luminosity of the phenomenon:2 = luminous, fluorescent
Lights or projectors on the phenomenon:0 = no indication
Moving speed of the phenomenon:2 = "very rapid"
Acceleration of the phenomenon:0 = no indication
Trajectory of the phenomenon:1 = straight line or very wide curve
Sounds perceived during observation:1 = no noise, total silence, object noiseless
Maximum angular height of observation (horizon = 0°):0 = no indication
Nature of the landing place:0 = no indication
Number of contact points with ground:0 = no indication
Traces of landing:0 = no indication
Observation of "occupants"0 = no indication
Height of the occupants observed:00 = no indication
Garment of the occupants:00 = no indication
Garment:0 = no indication
General behavior of "occupants":0 = no indication
Interaction of "occupants" with witness:0 = no indication
Head, hair:0 = no indication
Voice, breathing, chin:0 = no indication
Skin:0 = no indication
Eyes:0 = no indication
Mouth:0 = no indication
Various details:0 = no indication
Thermal effects:0 = no indication
Luminous effects:0 = no indication
Magnetic effect (or electromagnetic):0 = no indication
Odor perceived by witness:0 = no indication
Physiological effects on the witness(es):0 = no indication
Psychological effect on the witness(es):0 = no indication
Effects on animals:0 = no indication
Other effects reported:0 = no indication
Nebulosity:1 = luminous trail or "flames" behind the moving phenomenon
Oscillations, emission of matter:0 = no indication
Spin, formation flight:0 = no indication
Immediate disappearance:0 = no indication
Halo surrounding the phenomenon:0 = no indication
Interaction witness / phenomenon (complement to the other rubrics):0 = no indication
Drawing or photo:0 = no indication
Structural details observed:0 = no indication

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Pas de Calais at Guînes on October 21, 1954, at 19:30 "Two witnesses gendarmes being on secondary road 244, observed by clear sky an object in the shape of a cone of a size estimated as 10 meters. It was luminous and moved in straight line without any noise and very fast while leaving a luminous trail. The observation lasted less than one minute and the distance estimated between the witnesses and the object was lower than a thousand meters."

Luc Chastan indicates that the source is "Les Universons par Poher Claude **"


Not looked for yet.

Rather obvious description of a meteor.


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

Guine, Pas-de-Calais, official, multiple, daylight, triangle, luminous, fast trail, meteor


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

Document history:

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0.1 Patrick Gross September 17, 2007 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross January 12, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version.

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