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The 1954 French flap:

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August 25, 1954, Nord:

Reference number for this case: 25-Aug-54-Nord. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


Jean-Marie Bigorne, veteran of the French ufology, published in 2014 his field investigator memories.

He told in it that on August 25, 1954, in the department of the Nord, he had seen a "reddish cigar, surrounded by waves of heat"; which passed silently above his commune, and suddenly disappeared.

This had strongly intrigued him, and he had vainly tried to understand what it was.

He did not give the hour, nor the name of his commune, just stating that it was within 30 kilometers in straight line from Quarouble, place of the famous alleged encounter two weeks later: which had also puzzled him.



This ufologist wrote that on August 25, 1954, a reddish cigar, surrounded by waves of heat, passed silently above the town, and had suddenly disappeared; which had greatly intrigued him.

He had unsuccessfully "tried to understand" what it was.

Jean-Marie Bigorne does not give the name of the town where the observation took place, but he says it was 30 kilometers in straight line from Quarouble, place of the famous sighting report two weeks later; which had also puzzled him.


Now we know what led Jean-Marie Bigorne to become ufologist, a well-known field investigator.

Unfortunately he does not give much information on this observation, no place, but also: no hour, no duration, no angular size and speed etc., and it is unclear whether he saw it himself, or if it has been reported by others in the community.

So this is unfortunately a case with insufficient data, and as it is presented, it could even have been a meteor.


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

Nord, cigar, red, silent, heat, disappearance


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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross October 17, 2014 First published, [bi1].
1.1 Patrick Gross December 20, 2016 Addition of the Summary.

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