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September 26, 1954, Bray-Dunes, Nord:

Reference number for this case: 26-Sep-54-Bray-Dunes. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


The regional newspaper Le Nouveau Nord Maritime reported on page 9, October 6, 1954, an observation, with few details but a lot of conviction, pompous notes, and journalistic stereotypes.

They had heard the main witness, an honorable director of an important Dunkirk business who wanted to remain anonymous so as not to be disturbed by the curious.

He had apparently said that accompanied by the driver of his establishment, a notorious sportsman, and their ladies, they drove a 15 CV car coming from Dunkirk by the road to Furne and heading towards Bray-Dunes, on Sunday, September 26, 1954, at approximately 05:45 p.m.. The air was warm and the car windows were opened.

After crossing the bridge giving access to Bray-Dunes, the main witness, leaning out of the door, saw very high in the sky, and almost vertically above the car, a disc.

The witness then alerted the driver, who stopped the car, and the four people got out of the car and could see that the disc was shining with a very strong metallic shine, as if it were made of polished aluminum, although the weather was not sunny. It had "the apparent diameter of a dessert plate" - (which does not mean anything).

The disc seemed motionless "or at least did not mark any lateral displacement. And then the saucer took a rapid and vertical upward movement, went up, went up, and disappeared as absorbed by the sky..."

About one minute had elapsed between the time the first witness saw the craft and the time it was lost from sight. No noise was heard, no smoke, no exhaust glow appeared.

The four people had clearly followed the phenomenon and the driver even claimed to have seen two saucers.

The newspapers L'Echo Républicain and L'Ardennais reported on October 7, 1954, that a Dunkirk merchant had stated he had seen strange luminous objects several days ago in the sky of Bray-Dunes. An investigation had been opened, and had concluded that they were two military planes whose metallic coating could have created an illusion.

On the same October 7, 1954, the national newspaper Paris-Presse explained that the saucers seen in the Bray-Dunes region were jet planes from the Coxide air base in Belgium.




A Dunkerquois in good faith
but discreet says:

"I saw a flying saucer
above Bray-Dunes "

Soon we will probably say: "A saucer"? There is nothing to make a fuss about it!" The fact is that our colleagues from France and Navarre, are now telling, by the dozens, stories of flying saucers. The thing is no longer to doubt although it is necessary, by dissecting the stories that are published, to make good count of the exaggeration or the malice of some, of the distortion which the facts undergo, of the psychosis which is created and which is not without influencing the weak brains and high-powered imaginations.

The most skeptical still concede "that there is something" and fear takes hold of "simple souls", especially since the Disciples of Christ of Montfavet announced - probably to take revenge for a public opinion which is not favorable to them - that the invasion of the flying saucers "announces the end of the world..." Brrr!...

For our part, despising these wicked prophets, distributors of curses, we prefer to abandon the "meaning and origin" side of the thing and, indulging in the disturbing mystery that envelops the appearance and maneuvers of these craft, continue to "chase" the saucer ...

Great was our emotion when a few days ago, we were going to interview, on the side of Malo-Terminus, people who "had seen something"; great was also our disappointment.

But this time we have our saucer, a sure testimony, without cracking or seasoning, a fact of which we immediately accept the guarantee.

They were four...

It is not a question here of any "musketeers", but of an honorable Dunkirk resident, director of an important trade, who was accompanied by the driver of the establishment, notorious sportsman, and their ladies. These four people were driving by car - a 15 CV - coming from Dunkirk by the Furne road and heading towards Bray-Dunes, after having crossed the bridge giving access to this town.

This was on Sunday September 26 and it was around 5:45 p.m.; the air was warm and the four occupants of the car, whose windows were down, tasted the sweetness of a fine late afternoon. Suddenly, as he leaned by the door, Mr. X... saw, very high in the sky, and almost vertically, above the place where they were, a disc...

The saucer goes up and disappears...

Our fellow citizen - who prefers to remain anonymous not because he fears being mocked and doubted about a fact which he is too certain, but because he does not want to be "shaved" by the curious - alerted his neighbor, the driver, who stopped the car. The four people got out of the car and were able, for a few more moments, to verify the fact: the disc, which shone with a very pronounced metallic luster, as if it were polished aluminum - and then tthe weather was not at all sunny - had the apparent diameter of a dessert plate.

It seemed motionless or at least marked by no lateral movement. And then the saucer took a rapid and vertical upward movement, went up, went up, and disappeared as if absorbed by the sky... between the moment when Mr. X... had seen the craft, and when the disc had disappeared, about a minute had passed. No noise had been perceived, no smoke, no exhaust glow had appeared...

The four people had clearly followed the phenomenon and the driver even claimed to have seen two saucers...

But we will stick mainly to the story told to us by our interlocutor, a positive man, that his profession and his responsibilities do not drive to anticipation novels, and who is more interested in figures and business results than the problem of interplanetary relationships. Modernizing a current formula of supreme indifference, he could assert: "Never mind the atom..."

But he is a wise man who devotes the right time and interest to each thing, and who, after having concisely told us what he will now be difficult to call - an adventure - returned to work, without starting any controversy.


In any event, here are the Dunkirks consoled; their sky is not considered taboo by pilots of flying saucers - whether they are Earthmen, Martians, Lunatics or Uranids -; they came there, they come here probably more frequently than we think, and it is not forbidden to hope that one day someone will see land not far from him (in general these facts happen in the countryside) the famous "thing" in the shape of a haystack, surmounted by a small dome, and from which will emerge a being dressed in a diving suit...

Alas! ... all those who have seen the saucers on the ground so far have been so terrified that they could not bring themselves to approach any craft and try to penetrate or saize the beings who had come out of it.

Interest is a much more powerful stimulus than curiosity or the simple taste for adventure; by promising a substantial bonus to the first person who succeeds in snatching a tangible and material evidence from a saucer or from one of its occupants, the Department of National Defense would obtain a result...

"Who will bring the first" piece of saucer "or the first helmet of a flying cigar pilot...?"

But many would have a hard time overcoming the paralyzing fear of being taken into space for a journey that would never end...


A retired miner
of Pas-de-Calais
manufactured all
kinds of craft



The disturbing waltz continues...

Saucers in the French and Italian way

PARIS, 6. - Several Parisians said they saw yesterday afternoon flying saucers moving in the sky of the capital. Bystanders claimed to have seen one at 4:30 p.m., near the porte Dorée.

Mr. Pierre Allouis, cardboard reseller, was traveling in a cab for business when the vehicle was stopped by a red light. Hearing, he said, a shrill whistling sound, he looked through the window and saw a flying vehicle that fled in height, leaving behind a plume of smoke.

Mr. Allouis described the saucer as a disc larger than a normal plane and of silver color.

The same testimony is given by Mr. Gilbert Bason, residing 35, Faubourg St. Antoine, and Mr. Paul Julien, house painter, who lives 3, rue de la Pompe; the latter, however, believes that this is not a saucer but a flying wing that has the shape of a triangle with rounded edges.

BERGERAC, 4. - Mr. Jean Defix, fireman in Bergerac and Jean Labonne stated they have seen landing in the garden of the latter, a luminous disc about three meters in diameter, supported by three legs.

LEZIGNAN, 6. - Two residents of Lezignan Misters André Gardia and André Darsens, who were driving in a truck on the main road 3, said they saw a disc-shaped craft rise in a field between the village of Lagrasse and the hamlet of Bray-Dunesmagne (Aude).

The craft, they said, was about ten meters in diameter. Before they could approach it, it wrapped a bright glow and disappeared.

DINAN, 6. - In Mégrit (Côtes-du-Nord), a young farmer, Mr. Hen [missing part]

[...]oped MM. Andre and Andre Guardia Darsens of a glow before disappearing. The one in Clermont-Ferrand literally transfixed witnesses who wanted to see it up close and it emitted a strong smell of nitro-benzine.

When the craft moved away, the discomfort ceased like the smell.

Mr. Lehérissé claimed to have seen in the yard of his farm a craft of about 1 meter in diameter, within which appeared two human forms, motionless and the size of a child.


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NEVERS, 6. - In Nevers, five inhabitants of Château-Chinon said they saw last night at high altitude, a kind of bright spot, which split in two discs. These, they say, began to turn while changing color several times.

DUNKIRK, 6. - A merchant of Dunkirk had, several days ago, reported seeing strange bright objects in the sky of Bray-Dunes. An investigation was opened. It concluded that they were two military airplanes whose metallic coating could have been misleading.

SAINT-BRIEUC, 6. - Several residents of Saint-Brieuc saw, last night, a flying saucer which took the shape of a cigar before disapea[...]


The beautiful story of the poor fisherman

Fragrant, colorful and inhabited, the "saucers" are also international. In Mantua, they rose in tight formations and one of them broke off from the group to make a small air carousel number that lasted an hour... and blocked traffic in the center of the city, witnesses being in the streets to see better.

In Roverbella, finally, a poor fisherman entered into conversation with a "Martian" dressed in red, but they did not understand each other and his companion disappeared when the fisherman's wife came around. Misogynist perhaps...


Finally! Paris had his saucers too!

A few days ago, a French radio broadcaster complained bitterly of the disdain that the "Uranids" and their heavenly vehicles were showing towards the capital. Only the inhabitants of the countryside seemed to interest the interplanetary travelers who approached them willingly and even tried to enter into conversation with them. Well, it was not an arbitrary privilege. Injustice is repaired. Paris, the big city, had its flying saucers!

Several Parisians have indeed said they saw, Tuesday afternoon, a craft moving in the sky. Passersby claimed to have seen one around 04:30 p.m., near the Porte Dorée.

Mr. Pierre Allouis, salesman in cardboard, went to his business by taxi, when the vehicle was stopped by a red light; Hearing, he said, a shrill whistling sound, he looked out of the door and saw a flying craft escaping high, leaving a plume of smoke in its wake.

Mr. Allouis describes the saucer as a disc bigger than a normal plane and silver. The same testimony is given by Mr. Gilbert Bacon and Mr. Paul Julien, a house painter. The latter, however, believe that it is not a saucer but a flying wing that affects the shape of a triangle with rounded edges.

At Le Bourget, it is explained that given the intensity of the air traffic, it is impossible to confirm by radar the passage of the craft at the insufficiently specified time. On the other hand, the radar cannot record the passage of a heavier than air more than by a bright spot regardless of the nature of the craft.

Finally! Paris had his saucers too!

(Continued from the first page.)

LEZIGNAN. -- Two inhabitants of Lezignan, Messrs. André Garcia and André Darzens, who were driving in a truck on the departmental road D3, claimed to have seen a disc-shaped machine land in a field between the village of Lagrasse and the hamlet of Villemagne (Aude).

The craft, they said, was about ten meters in diameter. Before they could get close, it surrounded them in a bright glow and disappeared.

BERGERAC. -- Mr. Jean Defix, firefighter at Bergerac, and Mr. Jean Labonne, said that they saw a luminous disk about 3 meters in diameter, supported by three crutches, in the garden of the latter.

DINAN. -- In Megrit (Côtes du Nord), a young farmer, Mr. Henri Leherissé, said he saw in the yard of his farm a craft with a diameter of about 1 meter, around which appeared two human forms, immobile and the size of a child.

NEVERS. -- In Nevers, five residents of Château-Chinon said they saw Monday evening, at very high altitude, a kind of bright spot that split into two discs. These, they say, began to turn by changing color several times.

DUNKIRK. -- A Dunkirk merchant had, several days ago, said to have seen strange luminous objects in the sky of Bray-Dunes. An investigation had been opened. It concluded that they were two military planes whose metal coating had been misleading.

CLERMONT-FERRAND. -- Two saucers were seen Tuesday in the sky of Clermont. The first 10 kilometers from Beaumont at 03:45 p.m. It was moving west-east. Witnesses testified that the craft got closer to them and became less and less brilliant.

When they were only 150 meters away, they felt a "curious sensation" and were nailed to the spot. At that moment there was a smell of nitro-benzene. Soon the machine moved away, the discomfort ceased, and the saucer disappeared.

The other saucer was sighted over the hills of Chanturgue, near Clermont. It was moving vertically and was bright white.

A saucer was also sighted in Billom by a group of 30 people. The craft was moving over the city. It was moving horizontally. It was visible for 3 to 4 minutes before disappearing. An intense light emanated from the craft.

SAINT-BRIEUC. -- Several residents of Saint-Brieuc saw, during the night of Tuesday to Wednesday, a flying saucer that took the shape of a cigar before disappearing. They could watch it for over an hour.

The same phenomenon was noted in Trégueux where a cyclist returned home frightened by what he had seen.

LA ROCHELLE. -- In the night from Tuesday to Wednesday, several people from Thouare-sur-Vie (Vendée) saw in the sky a dozen luminous objects having an elongated shape and passing at a very high speed and high altitude.

LA ROCHELLE. -- Mr. and Mrs. Guillemoteau were standing in front of their farm when they saw about one meter from the ground, a spherical saucer measuring 2 to 3 meters in height and 5 meters in diameter.

The machine, which produced no noise, stopped for a few minutes, then climbed vertically. Mr. Guillemoteau went to the place where he had seen the machine the next day and was able to note oily traces on the grass.

QUIMPER. -- Around 4 o'clock Tuesday morning, Mr. Pierre Lucas, baker worker in Loctudy (Finistère), who was busy drawing water from the bakery yard, suddenly saw in the night a craft of the shape of a saucer 2 m 50 to 3 m in diameter. He saw an individual about 1m20 come out of it and hit him on the shoulder while uttering unintelligible words.

The baker's worker managed to keep his cool and returned to the bakehouse where the stranger followed him. In the light, Mr. Lucas could stare at the visitor. His face was hairy and his eyes were the size of a raven's egg. The young man called his boss, but before he had time to go down, the stranger had disappeared as well as his saucer of which no trace was found.

A Concarneau beer merchant, for his part, said he saw in the sky two luminous discs of the shape of round tables prolonged by a kind of tail. One of the disks was motionless while the other was moving nearby. Both disks disappeared after ten minutes after having launching a rocket.

Italy does not stay on the sidelines of this invasion

MANTUA. -- The traffic was interrupted for more than an hour in the center of Mantua by groups of people gathered to observe a strange "white object" which, at a high height stood out clearly on the background of the blue sky.

After making extremely rapid maneuvers, the spherical machine - which according to some witnesses, was part of "a flying saucer formation" - remained motionless for some time in the sky, before disappear on the horizon.

On the other hand, the "Uranids" seem to want to visit the whole peninsula. Indeed, a fisherman from Roverbella, in the province of Mantua, said he was approached during the night by a a mysterious individual, dressed in red, who would have told him "unintelligible words" and who would have moved away quickly before the fisherman had time to call his wife.

Finally, a host of testimonials of saucers, disks, cigars, spheres and other flying objects having been seen in Quend (Somme), in Grandvillars (Belfort territory), in Magnac-Laval (Haute-Vienne), in Saint-Jean-d'Angely (Charente-Maritime), in Forges (Corrèze), in Perros-Guirrec (Côtes-du-Nord).

Finally, to a host of testimonials that may be doubted can be added some information such as the one we produce below, the indisputable seriousness of which leaves the most skeptical speechless.

MELUN. -- The Coulommiers newspaper, "Le Pays Briard", publishes a letter sent by one of their readers, Mr. Eugène Farnier, a member of the Society of Civil Engineers of France, about a flying saucer.

In this letter, Mr. Farnier states that he saw above his property, in Jouy-sur-Morin, a big disc of 8 to 10 meters in diameter "turning on itself", letting out red-violet gleams, with a tail reminding a little of the arrival of a jet plane. "The craft was about 400 meters above the ground and it was more above me for than 20 minutes," said Mr. Farnier, "so I had the opportunity to examine it well." The craft then disappeared in the direction of Coulommiers."

In his letter Mr. Farnier said: "Former Commissioner of the French Flying Club, having been in the aviation, I could not be a victim of hallucination. This machine was not a balloon but a thick wing hovering on the spot and moving at a very high speed while gradually taking height."



Descended from his "saucer" in Loctudy (Finistère)


... While in Paris, a cardboard salesman sees a "flying disc" above the Porte Dorée

AGAIN a Martian. Each department will soon have its own. It was in the Finistère that the last specimen of the species appeared. This time, he showed himself without a helmet, with his face uncovered. He was not pretty.

A baker from Loctudy, Mr. Pierre Lucas, saw him disembark yesterday at 4 a.m. in a saucer flying three meters in diameter, in the courtyard of the bakery.

- He was no more than 1 m. 20 tall, he says. He approached me and tapped me on the shoulder with unintelligible words.

"I managed to keep my cool," continues the courageous bakery apprentice. The visitor followed me into the bakery. In the light, I could stare at him. His face was covered with hair and eyes the size of a crow's egg. I called my boss, but the Martian, when he arrived, was already gone. And the saucer was gone."

That same night, a Concarneau beer merchant saw two luminous round tables in the sky, extended by a sort of tail.

In the Nord, one did not see a Martian, but the gendarmes of Beuvry-les-Béthune wrote up a report against a manufacturer of flying saucers. He is a pensioner, named d'Oliveira. He is not Martian, but Portuguese. A whole stock of saucers was found in his attic. In fact, they were paper balloons 1 m. 50 to 5 meters in diameter, and of all colors.

I launched thousands of them, he said. It was so beautiful. In the evening, it looked like fireballs...

The saucer factory is now closed. The industrialist will be prosecuted for "having set off flaming devices within 100 meters of the homes".

Bad day yesterday for the saucers in the Nord: an investigation, carried out at Bray-Dunes, near Dunkirk, allowed to establish that the craft seen in this region were jet planes from the Belgian base of Coxide.

"Flying tram"

A resident of Haubourdin however observed a "flying tram", and a child saw a saucer land at Cheny, near Lille; which left traces "like that, he said, of a frog man". The gendarmes examined these traces; they looked very similar to those of horse hooves.

Paris, which the saucers have neglected until now, was favored by an appearance yesterday afternoon. A flying disc, followed by a plume of smoke, flew at 4:30 p.m. over the Porte Dorée under the eyes of Mr. Allouis, cardboard salesman. Several other people confirmed his testimony. But a spoilsport suggests that the flying disc, which he also observed, was, it seemed, a flying wing.

One saw yesterday a good twenty saucers, cigars, fireballs, light globes, at Limoges, at Brive, at Azat-le-Ris and at Magnac-Laval (Haute-Vienne), at Forgès and Le Mazin (Corrèze), at Payzac (Dordogne), at Chàteau-Chinon, at Nassier, in the Poitou marshes, at Vix (Vendée), at La Rochelle, at Albi.

Near Clermont-Ferrand, two saucers which, in passing, gave off a smell of nitro-benzine; near La Rochelle, another one that left oil stains when it landed in a meadow.

Finally, a technician from the weather station at Mans-Arnage observed yesterday morning at 6:08 a.m. two strong dark red lights.

- They were, he said, neither planes, nor sounding balloons, nor meteors. But I will not go so far as to claim that these are flying saucers...


Military jet planes.


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

Bray-Dunes, Nord, trader, objects, luminous, two, planes, military, metallic


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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross October 29, 2016 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross December 25, 2019 Additions [ads1], [ppe1], Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet."
1.2 Patrick Gross February 14, 2020 Addition [nnm1]. Case date changed from "Beg. Oct." to September 26, 1954. In the Summary, addition of the Le Nouveau Nord Maritime part.

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