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October 21, 1954, Le Touquet, Pas-de-Calais:

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

Summary:

The regional newspapers Le Journal du Pas-de-Calais et de la Somme for October 22, 1954, on page 7, and Le Courrier Picard for October 23, 1954, on page 6, reported about "mysterious phenomena" in the Pas-de-Calais department.

One of them was that on Thursday, October 21, 1954, several people had, according to their statements, observed at Le Touquet, at 7:15 p.m., an unidentified object of round shape, very brilliant, much brighter than the stars. Its color "tended to yellow-red", and its "size, given the altitude, appeared like a plate."

The object was followed by a trail, also very bright, whose length was about 2.5 times its diameter.

Coming from the sea, it moved "at breakneck speed, towards the east and disappeared very quickly in the eyes of the observers."

It seems that this obvious meteor was cataloged by computer by ufologist Jacques Vallée, if we believe two foreign Web catalogs from the 2010s. The date, obviously wrong, was given there as October 22, 1954.

Reports:

[Ref. jpc1:] NEWSPAPER "LE JOURNAL DU PAS-DE-CALAIS ET DE LA SOMME":

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Appearance of saucers
in the Touquet sky

Testimonies absolutely trustworthy allow us to guarantee the appearance of a phenomenon in the sky of Le Touquet, Thursday 21, at 7:15 p.m.

This phenomenon had a round shape and was very luminous (much more than the stars). Its color was yellow-red. Its size, given the altitude, appeared like a plate. This "object" was followed by a trail, also very bright, whose length was about two and a half 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.

Let us note that at the beginning of October a young resident of Le Touquet found, on the Canche, a sounding balloon covered with a cap with antennas, provided with a whole apparatus and lamps, and hung on a parachute. This balloon had an approximate diameter of one meter. The young man wrote to the War Office, in London, who answered him immediately by thanking him and by specifying to him that they had followed the course and the landing of this sounding balloon which did not interest them any more now.

Note that if this balloon was mistaken, certainly, at random in its wanderings, for a flying saucer, here and there, and even perhaps photographed as such the phenomenon of Thursday evening - which we refuse to qualify for now - however, has nothing in common with a similar object.

[Ref. cpd1:] "LE COURRIER PICARD" NEWSPAPER:

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PAS-DE-CALAIS

Unexplained phenomena
were observed Thursday evening

Several people declare having observed in Le Touquet, Thursday 21, at 7:15 p.m., an unidentified object of round shape and very bright (much more than the stars). Its color was yellow-red. Its size, given the altitude, appeared like a plate. This "object" was followed by a trail, also very bright, whose length was about 2 1/2 times its diameter.

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

Note that in early October, a young resident of Le Touquet found, on the Canche, a sounding balloon covered with a cap with antennas, fitted with all sorts of gear and lamps and hung on a parachute. This balloon had an approximate diameter of 1 meter. The young man wrote to the War Office in London, who answered him immediately, thanking him and telling him that they had followed the route and the landing of this sounding balloon; which was no longer of interest now for them.

Note that if this balloon was taken, certainly, at random if its wanderings, for a flying saucer, here and there, and perhaps even photographed as such, the phenomenon of Thursday evening has nothing in common, however with a similar object.

In addition, in Montreuil-sur-Mer, a few young people who were playing Thursday at night, a nocturnal basketball game, on the grounds of avenue Général-Leclerc, clearly saw, twice, a luminous body crossing the sky at a very high speed, first east to west, then in the opposite direction.

Their testimony describes the craft as resembling a fluorescent light tube; which appeared to them to be twice the length of the diameter of the moon, as it appears to us.

[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. 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.

[Ref. uda1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 22 October 1954 at 19:15 in Le Touquet, France "An unidentified object was sighted, but with appearance and behavior that most likely would have a conventional explanation. One object was observed."

The source is indicated as "Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073)."

[Ref. ubk1:] "UFO-DATENBANK":

This database recorded this case twice:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541022 22.10.1954 Le Touquet France 19.15 NL
19541022 22.10.1954 Le Touquet France 19.15 NL

Explanations:

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Obvious description of a meteor.

Keywords:

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

Le Touquet, Pas-de-Calais, object, luminous, brilliant, trail, fast, multiple, night, sea

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross March 16, 2010 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross March 6, 2017 Addition [ubk1].
1.2 Patrick Gross January 4, 2019 Addition of the Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet."
1.0 Patrick Gross May 5, 2020 Additions [cpd1], Summary, Case date changed from October 22 to October 21. Explanations changed, were "Totally insufficient information."
1.1 Patrick Gross June 1, 2020 Addition [nnm1].
1.2 Patrick Gross June 11, 2020 Addition [las1].
1.3 Patrick Gross July 1, 2020 Addition [jpc1]. In the Summary, "The regional newspaper Le Courrier Picard for October 23, 1954, reported en page 6" changed to "The regional newspapers Le Journal du Pas-de-Calais et de la Somme for October 22, 1954, on page 7, and Le Courrier Picard for October 23, 1954, on page 6".

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