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October 23, 1954, Ernemont-sur-Buchy, Seine-Maritime:

Reference number for this case: 23-Oct-54-Ernemont. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

The author and ufologist Jean Sider reported in the 1990s a case of October 23, 1954, in Ernemont-sur-Buchy, Seine-Maritime, with two witnesses left in anonymity. Sider had found the story on page 1 of Le Bulletin de l'Arrondissement de Rouen, of Darnétal, in the Seine-Maritime, for October 29, 1954.

At 05:10 a.m., one of the witnesses was woken up by a night bird who fluttered against his window. He stood up and saw a crescent-shaped glow in the sky of an intensity he never had still seen.

The glow soon came to land about 300 meters from his house. The witness called his roommate and both of them then saw three shadows lit by a flashlight, which appeared to be moving in three different directions.

Then, for about an hour, until exactly 06:15 a.m., there was:

This was repeated twice and at 06:15 a.m. the intense light was again visible, comparable to a neon light, but much more powerful. Eventually, the witnesses observed a luminous trail in the sky, and the sighting ended.

The next day, one of the witnesses went to the place of the alleged landing and found that the grass had been trampled on the embankment on the Héronchelles road.

The journalist finished his article estimating the accuracy of the details provided by the two witnesses urged him not to doubt their testimony.

It would be the Mayor of the locality, Mr. Decorde, who would have directed the journalist to the homes of the witnesses.

Reports:

[Ref. js1] JEAN SIDER:

The author reports a case of October 23, 1954, at 5:10 a.m. in Ernemont-sur-Buchy, in the Seine-Maritime, with two witnesses left in anonymity.

One of the witnesses was awakened by a night bird who fluttered against his window, he stood up and saw a glow in the sky, of an intensity he had never seen before, and crescent shaped.

"In less time than it takes to say", it came to land about 300 meters from his house. The witness called his roommate and both of them were able to see three shadows lit by a flashlight, which appeared to be moving in three different directions.

Then, for about an hour, until exactly 06:15 a.m., these things happen:

Jean Sider indicates that all these maneuvers were repeated a second time, and at 06:15 a.m. the intense light was again visible, comparable to a neon lighting, but much more powerful. Finally, the witnesses observed an illuminating trail in the sky, and "the sound and light show ends."

The next day, one of the witnesses went to the place of the alleged landing and found that the grass had been trampled on the embankment on the Héronchelles road.

The journalist ended his article by admitting that the precision of the details delivered by the two witnesses incite him to not question their testimony.

According to the source, it was the Mayor of the locality, Mr. Decorde, who directed the journalist to the homes of the witnesses.

Jean Sider indicates that the source is Le Bulletin de l'Arondissement de Rouen, of Darnétal, Seine-Maritime, for October 29, 1954, on page 1.

Jean Sider comments that the "sorrowful minds will always be able to say that it was at best a helicopter transporting some smugglers having rendezvous with accomplices". But he notes that there is the problem of this intense lighting that lacks discretion, the speed of the land, "which are at odds with the rationalist mindset." He adds that "As for ETH buffs, they can gargle in thinking it is proof that 'they' live among us!'

[Ref. lh1] LARRY HATCH - "*U* COMPUTER DATABASE":

4252: 1954/10/23 05:10 60 1:22:00 E 49:32:00 N 3333 WEU FRN SMR 8:7

ERNEMONT/BUCHY,FR:BRILL CRESCENT ^:3 SHADOWS EXIT/diff dirs:OUTAGES:repeats!

Ref#217 Jean SIDER: Le DOSSIER 1954 (2 vol.) Page No. 216 : RESIDENT'L

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

195.

Location. Ernemont, France

Date: October 23 1954

Time: 0510A

A witness watched a brilliant crescent-shaped object land near the outskirts of town. Three shadowy figures exited the object and went in different directions, apparently exploring the area. This was followed by a power outage. No other information.

HC addendum

Source: UFOCAT quoting Larry Hatch U computer database

Type: B

[Ref. dj1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

Encounters with Aliens on this Day

October 23

1954 - At 5:10 a.m. a brilliant crescent-shaped object landed in Ernemont, France. Three shadowy figures exited the object and went in different directions. This was followed by a power outage. (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case 4044).

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates in his database that in the Seine Maritime à Ernemont sur Buchy on October 23, 1954 at 05:10, "A witness observed a shining object in the shape of a crescent to land close to the peripheries of the city. Three characters left the object and went in various directions, apparently exploring the sector. This was followed of a power outage. No other information."

The source is indicated as: "Les OVNI vus de près by Gross Patrick ** http://ufologie.net". (This is the old URL of the home page of my website.)

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 23 October 1954 at 05:10 in Ernemont, France, "Brilliant crescent-shaped object lands. three shadows exit object and go in different directions. Power outages."

"At 5:10 a.m. a brilliant crescent-shaped object landed in Ernemont, France. Three shadowy figures exited the object and went in different directions. This was followed by a power outage."

"An object was observed. Electromagnetic effects were noted. One bright crescent-shaped object was observed in a residential area for over 60 minutes. Three silhouetted beings were seen."

The source is indicated as Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002.

[Ref. ta1:] "THINK ABOUT IT" WEBSITE:

Location: Ernemont, France

Date: October 23 1954

Time: 0510A

A witness watched a brilliant crescent-shaped object land near the outskirts of town. Three shadowy figures exited the object and went in different directions, apparently exploring the area. This was followed by a power outage. No other information.

Source: UFOCAT quoting Larry Hatch U computer database

[Ref. ni1:] "THE NICAP WEBSITE":

*Oct. 23, 1954 - At 5:10 a.m. a brilliant crescent-shaped object landed in Ernemont, France. Three shadowy figures exited the object and went in different directions. This was followed by a power outage. (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case 4044).

Notes:

There are at least three "Ernemont" in France:

In a listing "Etude de la vague de 1954" at www.ovnis.atfreeweb.com/ovnistat.pdf there is an entry "Ernemont-sur-Buchy (Seine-Maritime) - 41 min sans ECS 41"

Explanations:

Although there is the lack of discretion mentioned by Jean Sider, it does not appear to me that this incident would have anything to do with aliens.

I cannot assess with certainty what happened, especially as I do not have the original newspaper report; but too many features (the car, the moped noise) point out to some human activities, and - maybe that is the key point - all this seems to have been sighted from the very long distance of 300 meters.

Keywords:

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

Ernemont, Ernemont-sur-Buchy, Seine-Maritime, object, shiny, crescent, landing, occupants, three, failure, effect, power, outage

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross February 24, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross January 25, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [dj1], [lc1], [ud1].
1.1 Patrick Gross October 10, 2014 Addition [ta1].
1.2 Patrick Gross October 23, 2014 Addition [ni1].
1.2 Patrick Gross December 26, 2018 Additions [js1], [lh1], Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet."

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