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September 26, 1954, Wimereux, Pas-de-Calais:

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

Summary:

The regional newspaper Nord-Matin for September 29, 1954, and the regional newspaper Le Nouveau Nord Maritime for September 30, 1954, reported that Mr. Raoul Baptiste, 72, a retired entrepreneur domiciled in Wimereux, had stated he saw on "Sunday" therefore on September 26, 1954, around 11 p.m., "a craft, which could be a flying saucer, heading at very low altitude towards the North."

Reports:

[Ref. nmn1:] "NORD-MATIN" NEWSPAPER:

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"THE TRAVELERS
FROM ANOTHER WORLD"...
WERE
HOAXERS

LISBON. - "The travelers from another world", which a Lisbon newspaper had announced they visited Portugal, were not even born of an imagination exacerbated by the countless visions of flying saucers. They were just the creation of hoaxers, whom the same newspaper denounced yesterday.

A FLYING SAUCER
IN WIMEREUX?

Mr. Raoul Baptiste, 72, a retired entrepreneur, living with his daughter, Mme Grivois, rue des dunes, in Wimereux, reportedly saw, Sunday evening, a quite special craft circulating in the sky.

The nature of the craft Mr. Raoul Baptiste reportedly saw cannot be assessed currently. Perhaps it is a flying saucer?...

[Ref. nnm1:] "LE NOUVEAU NORD MARITIME" NEWSPAPER:

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The mysterious craft continue their round

An "interplanetary diver" appears to a farmer

Châtellerault, 29. -- Mr. Yves David, 28, farmer in Les Brouloux, commune of Vouneuil-sur-Vienne (Vienne), said he saw advance towards him on the road from Cenon to Vouneuil, on September 19 at 10 p.m., a kind of "diver".

The latter, he said, came to caress his arm, made unintelligible sounds and withdrew towards a craft (which Mr. David cannot describe). A green beam of light was projected in his direction, nailing him on the spot, then the craft disappeared in the sky, vertically, without any noise.

Mr. David declares that he told nothing about this bizarre encounter for fear of being laughed at. He did, however, share it with a friend, asking him if anyone else had seen the "diver". That's how the whole country found out.

A luminous sphere photographed in the sky of Sweden

Stockholm, 23. -- A luminous sphere, which left behind a trail of fire, was photographed last night in Djuv, in the south-east of Sweden. The object, which was moving north, said the witness, was flying quickly, "as high, he said, as a jet plane but without making any noise".

At the Lund Observatory, it is stated that no meteor was observed at the time when the witness photographed the said phenomenon with the telephoto lens.

Luminous objects in the sky of the Roussillon...

Perpignan, 29. -- A baker from Canet-Plage, Mr. Etienne Err, said that after returning from a tour of delivery with his van, he had seen above this locality, a brilliant disc which, after having flown in large circles, moved away in direction of the sea.

Also, seven workers from a factory in the suburbs of Perpignan claim to have also seen an object of indefinite color, moving at high speed and which would have crossed the Pyrenees towards Spain.

... And in the sky of Haute-Garonne

Toulouse, 29. -- Three residents of Lanta, near Villefranche du Laurageais (Haute-Garonne), Mr. and Mrs. Brunet and Mr. Garda, a teacher in the locality, claim to have seen, last night, above the village, a luminous disc of orange color.

The object moved at a great height and moved in a North-South direction.

After being visible for thirty to forty seconds, the luminous disc disappeared on the horizon.

The "Martians" of Lisbon never existed

Lisbon, 29. -- "Travelers from another world", whose visit to Portugal was announced by a Lisbon newspaper, were not even born from an imagination exacerbated by the countless visions of flying saucers. They were just the creation of hoaxers, which the same newspaper denounced yesterday.

A FLYING SAUCER SEEN IN WIMEREUX

Boulogne-sur-Mer, 29. -- Mr. Raoul Baptiste, 72, a retired entrepreneur domiciled in Wimereux, said he saw a craft, around 11 p.m. Sunday, which could be a flying saucer, heading very low to the north.

Explanations:

Totally insufficient information.

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Keywords:

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

Wimereux, Pas-de-Calais, Raoul Baptiste, entrepreneur, retired, night, craft, saucer, low

Sources:

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross March 1, 2020 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross March 28, 2020 Addition [nmn1]. In the Summaty, "The regional newspaper" changed to "The regional newspaper Nord-Matin for September 29, 1954, and "

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