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October 27, 1954, Oye-Plage, Pas-de-Calais:

Reference number for this case: 27-oct-54-Oye-Plage. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

It is the report of the local gendarmerie, published by the official GEIPAN around 2014 that gives the best information on this case, whereas it appeared only a a brief summary in the ufological literature, and did not appear in the Press as far as I know.

The Gendarmes report three days after the alleged facts tells us that a the town hall secretary of Oye-Plage went to the home of the mayor of that city on October 27, 1954, at about 10:30 p.m., to tell him of the death of a resident of the city.

The witness told the gendarmes that he left the mayor at 11:15 p.m., that he took a few steps on the right sidewalk towards the town hall, when he suddenly saw at about ten meters in front of him an "opalescent" glow that progressed over the national road 40 at a height of about 20 meters, in the direction of Calais. He told:

"I was extremely surprised because I did not have the flying saucers in mind and I stopped for a few seconds; regretting the late hour that did not let any light shine at the houses where I could have knocked to get other witnesses. Then, resuming my walk, I was able to see the exact shape of the craft which was traveling at a speed which I estimate at 30 km per hour. It appeared to me like a cigar, or the cabin of an airplane without a wing, and the front seemed slightly wider than the rear, for as it followed the sinuosities of the national road I could see its side."

"As to the dimensions of the thing, I estimate them as follows: about eight meters long and 1 meter to 0 meter 80 in diameter, I even thought it would have been impossible for an average man to stand upright inside."

"The machine emitted a light which appeared to me to be yellowish white, but nevertheless produced no radiation, and was confined to the contours of the apparatus, not even illuminating the roofs of the houses over which it was flying."

"I realized that this craft followed the sinuosities of the national highway in the direction of Calais, because I saw it disappear in the curve of the roadway, a little above the ROUSSEL butcher and reappear at the crossroads BLOQUEL (RN 40 and CDGC 219) to continue its path towards Calais and still skirting the Natnl. road. At a place which I place at the entrance of Marck, the machine suddenly turned to its left towards [the] Southwest. I am quite certain of this direction, for having left the National Road, I ran into the Rue de la Mairie, where I again saw the thing which had just changed direction."

"From this distance (about 5 km) and from where I was, it appeared to me in the form of a sphere and of a more intense and yellower radiance. At that moment, as it seemed motionless, I went to knock at my neighbor's Mr. [], director of Oye-Plage school, my neighbor not arriving, I came back on the road, I still looked at the craft for a few moments, then I went to knock again at Mr. []'s; finally, as nobody came out, I went to prepare some mussels for my supper. During the cooking of these mussels, I went out again on the road and I again saw the machine at the same place. I went home and ate, and as soon as I had finished my meal and went out again, I did not notice anything."

"I forgot to point out that the craft in question made no noise and did not emit smoke or smell, which I would surely have heard or smelled when it was about ten meters in front of me. I did not notice neither a window, nor a door nor a porthole."

"In my opinion, this is a military device that maps the route of the national road by photography, or other process."

"I think I was the only one to see it that night, because I did not meet anyone on my way, Mr. [], whom I tried to wake up did not bother."

On interrogation of the gendarmes, he explained that the reason he had not notified the mayor when the craft appeared to him was for fear of losing sight of it.

For verification, the gendarmes questioned the schoolmaster at whose door the witness had knocked unsuccessfully for additional witness. The schoolmaster confirmed that her mother-in-law had been alerted by knocking on the night of October 27th, but believing it was a prank, she had not thought it necessary to wake her son-in-law who was asleep.

Still for verification, the gendarmes heard the mayor. He confirmed that on October 27, 1954, at about 10:30 p.m., the witness came at his home to notify him of the death of [X]. They talked about it until about 11:15 p.m., when the witness left him to go home to the town hall. The mayor accompanied him to the doorstep and even waited until he had walked some twenty meters before turning off the light in the corridor. Then the mayor did a little reading and went to bed.

The mayor said that when he arrived at the town hall the next day, the witness reported the sighting. The witness told him that the day before when he had left the Mayor's home and was at the level of the [X] bar on National Highway 40, he had seen a "flying cigar" about ten meters in front of him and at a height of about 20 meters, skirting the road in the direction of Calais. He had described the craft to him as being about eight meters in length, of a diameter of 80 centimeters, a rounded shape at both ends, emitting a yellowish white light limited to the contours of the craft. The witness also told him that he had followed the craft with the eyes to the entrance of the village of Marck, where it suddenly turned to the left to stop for a long time.

The mayor had asked on that day why the witness had not walked back to alert me, and the latter had replied that he had feared losing sight of the craft as it "marched" towards Calais.

The mayor said that the witness seemed sincere to him, that he had not been drinking, and that although he was the correspondent of various local newspapers, he had no suspicion that the witness invented his case to make a newspaper article.

The many ufological versions starting with that of Jacques Vallée, giving no source, the others being recopies of Vallée, are very brief: "On Route N40, the Mayor's secretary saw for 15 min a bright, lightened, cigar-shaped object, flying very low and following the turns of the road at 20 m altitude. Suddenly it turned at a right angle from the road and flew away."

Reports:

[Ref. ge1:] GENDARMERIE NATIONALE:

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2nd Legion.
Company of the Pas-de-Calais.
Section of Saint-Omer.
Brigade of [].
No. 1030 of 30/10/1954.

Proceedings

INFORMATION.

on an overfly of the commune of OYE-PLAGE by an unidentified machine.

9th Sending.

NATIONAL GENDARMERIE

This day, thirty October, nineteen hundred and fifty-four.

We, the undersigned: [], M.D.L. [Marshal of the Logis] Chief

And: [], policeman at the residence [], department of the Pas-de-Calais, report the following operations that we carried out, acting in uniform and in accordance with the orders of our chiefs.

On the thirtieth of October, nineteen hundred and fifty-four, at four o'clock on duty at OYE-PLAGE (Pas de Calais), we learned that on the night of October 27, 1954, an unidentified craft flying over this locality had been seen by Mr. [], [], in Oye-Plage.

Heard on this:

[Witness name]

who told us:

"On October 27, 1954, at around 10:30 p.m., I went to the home of Mr. [], the mayor of the commune, to announce the death of Mr. [], who lived in the village. I came out of there by 11:15 p.m. After a few steps on the right sidewalk in the direction of the town hall, suddenly I noticed an "opalescent" glow in front of me, which "marched" over National Road No. 40, at about 20 meters high, in the direction of Calais.

"I was extremely surprised because I did not have the flying saucers in mind and I stopped for a few seconds; regretting the late hour that did not let any light shine at the houses where I could have knocked to get other witnesses. Then, resuming my walk, I was able to see the exact shape of the craft which was traveling at a speed which I estimate at 30 km per hour. It appeared to me like a cigar, or the cabin of an airplane without a wing, and the front seemed slightly wider than the rear, for as it followed the sinuosities of the national road I could see its side.

"As to the dimensions of the thing, I estimate them as follows: about eight meters long and 1 meter to 0 meter 80 in diameter, I even thought it would have been impossible for an average man to stand upright inside.

"The machine emitted a light which appeared to me to be yellowish white, but nevertheless produced no radiation, and was confined to the contours of the apparatus, not even illuminating the roofs of the houses over which it was flying.

"I realized that this craft followed the sinuosities of the national highway

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in the direction of Calais, because I saw it disappear in the curve of the roadway, a little above the ROUSSEL butcher and reappear at the crossroads BLOQUEL (RN 40 and CDGC 219) to continue its path towards Calais and still skirting the Natnl. road. At a place which I place at the entrance of Marck, the machine suddenly turned to its left towards [the] Southwest. I am quite certain of this direction, for having left the National Road, I ran into the Rue de la Mairie, where I again saw the thing which had just changed direction.

"From this distance (about 5 km) and from where I was, it appeared to me in the form of a sphere and of a more intense and yellower radiance. At that moment, as it seemed motionless, I went to knock at my neighbor's Mr. [], director of Oye-Plage school, my neighbor not arriving, I came back on the road, I still looked at the craft for a few moments, then I went to knock again at Mr. []'s; finally, as nobody came out, I went to prepare some mussels for my supper. During the cooking of these mussels, I went out again on the road and I again saw the machine at the same place. I went home and ate, and as soon as I had finished my meal and went out again, I did not notice anything.

"I forgot to point out that the craft in question made no noise and did not emit smoke or smell, which I would surely have heard or smelled when it was about ten meters in front of me. I did not notice neither a window, nor a door nor a porthole.

"In my opinion, this is a military device that maps the route of the national road by photography, or other process.

"I think I was the only one to see it that night, because I did not meet anyone on my way, Mr. [], whom I tried to wake up did not bother.

S.I [being interrogated on this] The reason I did not notify Mr. [name of the mayor] when this machine appeared to me, was because I did not want to lose sight of the craft.

Reading done, persists and signs.

Verbally, Mr. [], director of the boys' school in Oye-Plage, told us that his mother-in-law [was] alerted on the night of October 27 by knocking at the door, but believing in a prank, she had not thought necessary to awaken her son-in-law who was asleep.

[The mayor] told us:

"Indeed, on October 27, 1954, around 10:30 p.m., Mr. [witness name] came to inform me at my residence about the death of [].

We talked about that until about 11:15 p.m. and he left me to go back home to the town hall. I accompanied him to the threshold of the door, and I even waited until he had gone some twenty meters before turning off the light in the corridor. Then I did a little reading and went to bed.

The next day, upon my arrival at the mayor's office, [the witness] told me

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that, the evening before, after he left me, he had seen a "flying cigar" about ten meters in front of him as he was at the level of the [bar] on the highway No. 40 and at a height of about 20 meters following the road in the direction of Calais. He described this craft as being about 8 meters long, with a diameter of 80 centimeters, rounded at both ends, emitting a yellowish white light limited to the contours of the craft. Mr. [witness name] also told me that he had followed with his eyes this machine to the entrance of Marck commune, where it suddenly turned to the left to stop for a long time.

That day, I asked my secretary why he had not walked back to tell me, and he replied that, since this craft was going towards Calais, he had feared to lose sight of it.

In this, Mr. [the witness] seems sincere to me. He had not been drinking, and although he was a correspondent of various local newspapers, I do not suspect him of having invented this case to make an newspaper article bout it.

Reading done, persists and signs.

Written in ten copies, intended to:

The first four: To the General, Regional Commandant of the Gendarmerie, in Lille.

The fifth: To the colonel, commanding the 2nd Legion of Gendarmerie, in Lille.

The sixth and seventh. To the Chief of Squadron, Commanding the Company of Gendarmerie, at Arras.

The eighth: To the Commander of the Military Security, of the 2nd Military Region, in Lille.

The ninth: To the Air Security Commander of the 2nd Military Region, in CAMBRAI.

The tenth: in the archives.

Done and closed, at [] on 30 October 1954.



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National Gendarmerie.
Regional Commander of the 2nd Military Region.
2nd Legion.
Company of the Pas-de-Calais.
Section []
No 159/4

- REPORT -

Chief Warrant Officer [] Temporary Commanding Officer Section

On an overfly of the commune of OYE-PLAGE by an unidentified machine.

REFERENCE: Note nr 926/2 Company of 13 October 1954.

On October 27, 1954, around 11:15 p.m., Mr. [] saw at about a dozen meters in front of him an "opalescent" gleam that flew over National Road No. 40 at Oye-Plage at a height of about twenty meters and was heading towards Calais.

According to him, this machine, which moved at an approximate speed of 30 Kms per hour, had the shape of a cigar. The front appeared slightly wider than the rear. Mr. [] estimates its dimensions as follows: length: 8 meters, diameter 0m60 to 1m.

The machine emitted a light which at first appeared to the observer of a yellowish white color, without radiation, and then, as it moved away, appeared to him in the shape of a sphere and of a more intense and yellowish radiation.

No other witness saw this machine, about which as Mr. [] was unable to provide further details for its identification.

RECIPIENTS:

- General Regional Commandant of the Gendarmerie in Lille (by V. H. - 4 copies)
- Colonel Commanding the 2nd Legion of Gendarmerie (by V.H.- 1 ex.)
- Head of Squadron Commanding the Company of P.d.C. In Arras (2 copies)
- Military Security 2 ° Legion (1 ex.)
- Safety "Air" 2 ° Region (1 ex.)

[Ref. jv1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

319

Oct. 27, 1954, 11:15 P.M., Oye-Plage (France).

On Route N40, the Mayor's secretary saw for 15 min a bright, lightened, cigar-shaped object, flying very low and following the turns of the road at 20 m altitude. Suddenly it turned at a right angle from the road and flew away. (Personnel).

[Ref. cp1:] CLAUDE POHER, UFO RESEARCH GROUP "GEPA":

In 1968-1969, before the official GEPAN ufology effort started, its future head Dr. Claude Poher was a member of the unofficial GEPA ufology group, and gathered a computer coded listing of more than 700 UFO reports on which multiple factors statistical computation could be run. In the file were a number of 1954 French UFO reports, among those this one.

For readability, a decoded interpretation of the data is provided here under the original 80 character encoded string. Decoding was done according to the original indications, the code number and its generic meaning is given. Please not that the generic meaning of each code is a predefined category, not the real specific details of the case. For example, if the main witness' age was 33, the coding would result in a number "3" which corresponds to a category "Adult from 21 to 59 years."

Original code:0649552710195423151JA11330100200130108091050519000000000000000000000000000000000
Location:Oye-Plage (Pas de Calais) - France
Case number:0649
Source code:55
Nature of the source:Reports from official French sources: Police, Gendarmerie, Army, Pilots
Day:27
Month:10
Year:54
Hours:23
Minutes:15
Type of Time:1 = local time
Number of witnesses:1 = 1
Main witness named:1 = name (s) indicated
Main witness age:3 = Adult from 21 to 59 years
Main witness occupation:3 = workman, truck driver, employee, craftsman, nurse, musician, writer, businessman
Official investigation:1 = an official investigation was made
Weather:0 = no indication
Duration:0 = no indication
Minimal distance witness - phenomenon:2 = from 10 to 20 m
Method of observation:0 = no indication
Number of "objects" observed simultaneously:01 = 1
Shape of the "object" (terminology of witness(es)):3 = cigar, cylinder, rocket
Dimensions of the phenomenon:01 = 1 meter, 08 = 8 meters
Color of the observed phenomenon:09 = white
Luminosity of the phenomenon:1 = glow, low luminosity
Lights or projectors on the phenomenon:0 = no indication
Moving speed of the phenomenon:5 = 0 to 500 km/h
Acceleration of the phenomenon:0 = no indication
Trajectory of the phenomenon:5 = complex trajectory with a certain regularity. following a river or a sinuous road
Sounds perceived during observation:1 = no noise, total silence, object noiseless
Maximum angular height of observation (horizon = 0°):9 = "seen on ground" or "close to the ground"
Nature of the landing place:0 = no indication0 = no indication
Number of contact points with ground:0 = no indication0 = no indication
Traces of landing:0 = no indication0 = no indication
Observation of "occupants":0 = no indication
Height of the occupants observed:00 = no indication0 = no indication
Garment of the occupants:00 = no indication0 = no indication
Garment:0 = no indication
General behavior of "occupants":0 = no indication
Interaction of "occupants" with witness:0 = no indication
Head, hair:0 = no indication
Voice, breathing, chin:0 = no indication
Skin:0 = no indication
Eyes:0 = no indication
Mouth:0 = no indication
Various details:0 = no indication
Thermal effects:0 = no indication
Luminous effects:0 = no indication
Magnetic effect (or electromagnetic):0 = no indication
Odor perceived by witness:0 = no indication
Physiological effects on the witness(es):0 = no indication
Psychological effect on the witness(es):0 = no indication
Effects on animals:0 = no indication
Other effects reported:0 = no indication
Nebulosity:0 = no indication
Oscillations, emission of matter:0 = no indication
Spin, formation flight:0 = no indication
Immediate disappearance:0 = no indication
Halo surrounding the phenomenon:0 = no indication
Interaction witness / phenomenon (complement to the other rubrics):0 = no indication
Drawing or photo:0 = no indication
Structural details observed:0 = no indication

[Ref. fr1:] MICHEL FIGUET AND JEAN-LOUIS RUCHON:

The two authors indicate that on October 27, 1954 at 11:15 p.m., in Oye-Plage in the department of Pas-de-Calais, the secretary of the town hall observed during about fifteen minutes, on the N40 road, a shining object, lit, having the shape of a cigar and moving at very low altitude, while following the turns of the road. Suddenly, it forked at right angle and disappeared.

The authors indicate the catalogue by Jacques Vallée as source.

[Ref. lg1] LOREN GROSS:

October 27th. Oye-Plage, France. (11:15 p.m.)

The mayor's secretary had quite a story to tell after driving on Route 40. For a quarter of a hour her car was followed by a glowing cigar-shaped UFO. Only an estimated 60 feet above her vehicle, the "cigar" stayed with her car in spite of the many bends in the road. Eventually the object tired of the game and sped away at a right angle. 221.

  • 221. Rogerson, Peter. "The Catalogue." MUFOB New Series 4. Autumn 1976 #38. p.7.

[Note: why Peter Rogerson put the witness in a car is a mystery to me.]

[Ref. go1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

The Belgian ufologist indicates that in 1954, on October 27, in France, in Oye-Plage "the secretary of the town hall observed during 15 minutes on main road 40, at 23:15, a shining object, lit, having the shape of a cigar and moving very low, at 20 m of altitude while following the sinuosities of the road. Suddenly it veered at right angle and disappeared."

The source is indicated as "Jacques Vallée: 'Chronique des apparitions ET' - Denoel 1972 - J'AI LU COLL. - p. 291".

[Ref. dx1:] "DOSSIER X" WEBSITE:

27 October 1954, 11:15 p.m.. Oye-Plage (France):

The secretary of the town hall observed during 15 minutes a shining, lit object, on the road N40, having the shape of a cigar and moving very low, at 20 meters of altitude, while following the curves of the road. Suddenly, it made a right angle turn and disappeared (x)

[Ref. jd1:] JEAN-PIERRE D'HONDT:

This ufologist indicates that on October 27, 1954, in Oye-Plage, in the Pas-de-Calais, according to the book "rencontres rapprochées" by M. Figuet page 203, the secretary of town hall "observed towards 23:15, during 15 minutes on the road RN 40 a shining object, lit, having the shape of a a cigar and moving very low, at 20 meters of altitude, while following the sinuosities of the road. Suddenly, it veered at right angle and disappeared."

[Ref. jb1:] JEROME BEAU:

1954

[...]

Wednesday, October 27

[...]

11:15 p.m.: In Oye-Plage (France), the secretary of the town hall observes during 15 minutes a shining object on the road N40, lit, having the shape of a cigar and moving very low, at 20 m of altitude, while following the curves of the road. Suddenly, it turned at right angle and disappears.

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Pas-de-Calais in Oye Plage on October 27, 1954 at 23:15 hours "The witness observes during about fifteen minutes, on the N40 a shining object, enlightened, having the shape of a cigar and moving at very low altitude, while following the sinuosities of the road. Suddenly, it veers at right angle and disappears."

The source is indicated as "Ovni, Premier dossier complet... par Figuet M./ Ruchon J.L. ** éd. Alain Lefeuvre 1979".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 27 October 1954 at 23:15 in Oye-Plage, France, "On Route N40, the Mayor's secretary saw for 15 minutes a bright, cigar-shaped object, flying very low and following the turns of the road at 20 meters altitude. Suddenly it tumed at a right angle from the road and flew away."

And: "An object was sighted that had an appearance and performance beyond the capability of known earthly aircraft. One cigar-shaped object, about 40 feet across, was observed by one witness on a highway for 16 minutes."

The sources are indicated as Poher, Claude, Etudes Statistiques Portant sur 1000 Temoignag, Author, undated; Bowen, Charles, The Humanoids: FSR Special Edition No. 1, FSR, London, 1966; Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073); Vallee, Jacques, A Century of Landings (N = 923), (in JVallee04), Chicago, 1969; Schoenherr, Luis, Computerized Catalog (N = 3173); Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002.

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

*Oct. 27, 1954 - The close encounter experiences continued unabated during that evening. At 7:30 p.m. farmer Gilbert Hee, in Les-Jonquerets-de-Livet, France was gathering pears when he suddenly saw an elongated object with a light at both ends resting in the pasture. He didn't dare get closer to investigate, but he did see cows gathering around the object. A minute later, the lights on the object went out, and the witness lost interest and went home. Two hours later, an 18-year-old man named Cheradame fell from his motorcycle when it suddenly failed at the same spot, and alerted neighbors saw the object again. It had moved only slightly and two occupants were seen. They were short, about one meter tall, and walked in a stiff fashion. They had on clothes resembling bright armor. They vanished suddenly, and the craft took off without making a sound. At 8:30 p.m. a schoolboy and his school director saw a UFO on the ground in Moussey, France. Triangular ground traces were reported. At 11:15 p.m. in Oye-Plage, France on Route N40, the Mayor's secretary saw a bright, cigar-shaped object for 15 minutes. It was flying very low and following the turns of the road at 20 meters altitude. It suddenly turned at a right angle from the road and flew away. (Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, cases 317-319; David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1954-120, citing Vallee).

[Ref. ge1:] "GROUPE D'ETUDES ET D'INFORMATIONS SUR LES PHENOMENES AEROSPATIAUX NON IDENTIFIES":

OYE-PLAGE (62) 27.10.1954
Observed on: 27-10-1954
Region: Nord-Pas-de-Calais
Department: Pas-de-Calais
Class: C
Summary: Observation of the silent moving and the maneuvers of a white-yellowish cigar: lack of corroboration.
Description:

On October 27, 1954, at about 11:15 p.m. a witness walking in the street (R.N. 40) saw a glimmer of opalescence about a dozen meters before him. It is a cigar-shaped "craft" whose front appears wider than the rear of 8 m long and 0.80-1 m diameter without porthole nor door. It moves silently at about 30 km / h at a height of 20 m above the road and follows its windings. It emits a yellowish white light limited to the outlines of the craft and does not illuminate the roof of the houses it flies over. It disappears in a curve of the road, reappears farther then suddenly obliques on its left (towards the Southwest) at the entrance of the commune of Marck at 5 km. It then appears immobile in the shape of a sphere of a more intense and yellower radiation. The witness goes home, prepares his meal, still observes the object in the same place but after his meal the object has disappeared. Despite the witness's efforts to have someone else see the phenomenon, he will be the only one to make that observation.

This observation is of average consistency with only one witness a priori in good faith. What he describes is not very strange since it is only a luminous spot observed from quite far. The movements of the object are only observed when the witness moves: arrived at his home, he will perceive the object still. Several hypotheses are possible:

A light very distant and low on the horizon, which seems to follow the movements of the witness; An astronomical verification indicates only the planet Mars in the direction of observation of the witness but it goes down at 11 p.m.. One can also envisage a light from the port of Calais.

- a helicopter headlight could have made the same effect.

The GEIPAN classifies this case in C because of a lack of corroboration.

Report: None.


Details of the testimony
Witness
Date of the observation 27-10-1954
Document number
Age Adult (More than 18)
Profession Employees, Workers
Sex Male
Reaction Active Curiosity
Credibility Normal Credibility
Conditions
Environment Urban landscape
Weather conditions Not-specified
Hour of the observation Numbered: 10 p.m. 00 p.m.
Reference frame Landscape Urbain (houses, trees, streetlamps
Distance between phenomenon and witness Very close (- than 40 m);Very far (more than 1 km)
Start of the observation Start of observation by witness
End of the observation End of observation by witness
Localization
Angle of the site Numbered;Not-specified
Direction of observation Geographical landmarks (Name of city, village, numbered, etc.)
Heading Geographical landmarks (Name of city, village, numbered, etc.)
Trajectory Others;with change of direction;Immo
Nature of the observation Others
Characteristic of the observation Unique
Global shape Other shape (comparison)
Color Others (other colors)
Apparent size Numbered
Apparent speed Numbered
Noise None bruit
Effect on the environment Not-specified
Number: 1


Details of the testimony
Witness
Date of the observation 27-10-1954
Document number
Age Adult (More than 18)
Profession Other Category
Sex Male
Reaction Active Curiosity
Credibility
Conditions
Environment
Weather conditions
Hour of the observation
Reference frame
Distance between phenomenon and witness
Start of the observation
End of the observation
Localization
Angle of the site
Direction of observation
Heading
Trajectory
Nature of the observation
Characteristic of the observation
Global shape
Color
Apparent size
Apparent speed
Noise
Effect on the environment
Number:

[Ref. ub1:] "UFO-DATENBANK":

This database recorded this case 6 times instead of one:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541027 27.10.1954 Oye France 23.15 CE I
19541027 27.10.1954 Oye Plage France 22.30 CE II
19541027 27.10.1954 Oye Plage France 23.15 CE I
19541027 27.10.1954 Oye Plage France 23.15
19541027 27.10.1954 Oye Plage France
19541101 01.11.1954 Oye Plage France 23.15 NL

Explanations:

Carte

General view of cited landmarks.

Marck is in the 244° direction; Calais is in the 258° direction, with +- 10° margin north or south.


Carte

View of cited landmarks.

The town hall, a butchery that is probably not the one indicated, a bar that was perhaps the one indicated.

We do not know the address of the mayor of the time. From the report it appears that the witness, secretary of the mayor, lodged at or near the town hall.

The "Bloquel crossroads" is the crossroads of the departmental 219 coming from Audruicq and the national road 40.


Carte

As he walks in the direction of the town hall, that the craft is above the RN 40, in front of him, moving towards Calais, one could think that at the beginning of the observation he is himself on the RN 40, (yellow line) looking at the machine in the 260° direction. The craft would have been about ten meters in front of him. But then, there would not have been a sight of the craft by its side and later from the rear, which he clearly indicates in his report.

If, on the contrary, the mayor dwells northward of the RN40, the witness returns to his house at or near the town hall, walking towards the south (one of the red lines); he can see the craft from the side in front of him, above the RN 40, losing sight of the craft as it moved towards Calais, and he can see it again from the rear over the crossroads Bloquel when he arrives on the RN 40. Everything is there: he would have seen the craft over RN 40 in his south as he was walking north of the craft moving to the West, loose it because of the house, see it again from the back in the West when arriving on the RN 40.

In this scenario, arrived on the RN40, he sees the craft on his right above the crossroads Bloquel; le loses sight of it: it would be logical, the craft continues its route to the southwest and is then masked by the dwellings.

Then, "having left the National Road", he ran in "the street of the Town hall" (the blue line) and again saw the machine, logically, "that had just turned." He would have seen the craft again when he came at the end of the blue line looking to his right through the rue de la Procession. There is no longer any obstacle to the sight there.

With this rue de la Procession before him as he was looking at the object, it turns out that the street behind him is the rue des Ecoles, the street of the Schools - the "same" street changes name where he stood; and indeed he knocks at the schoolmaster's home, the latter probably lodged in or near the school.

The mayor of the time, now deceased, was Mr. Hector Dubuis. It would be enough to find his address then to ascertain the trajectory of the witness; but I did not yet succeed to find it. However no Dubuis in 2017 at Oye-Plage has an address incompatible with the route I suppose.

I have no certainty as to this supposed path, but it is not at all evident that the object has always been in the same direction of observation with respect to him; it rather seems to me that he saw it "pass" in front of him, seen from the side, then to turn and to go away following the RN40, seen from behind.

Note that a luminous surface, at night, may seem more intense when it becomes "smaller" in appearance, when it moves away.

About a potential astronomical explanation:

Mars, Venus, stars, cannot at all be described as cigar-shaped. Venus can appear as a "Venus pillar", but vertical, never horizontal. But the witness told of "the front slightly wider than the rear"; if the thing had been vertical, he would have spoken of the top and bottom for such a comparison. The moon may appear cigar-shaped and show "shape changes" when moving clouds partially mask it.

The moon was below since 05:20 p.m.. Venus was below the horizon sinc 05:50 p.m..

Mars went below the horizon at 11:13 p.m., two minutes before the start of the observation - one might suspect this hour not to be precise. Mars was at 237°, which is a direction sufficiently compatible with those that are certain for the observed "craft", if one excludes the initial path of the witness towards the south with the device in front of him such as I propose. But on the other hand, I never knew a single case where Mars had been mistaken for or described as a "cylinder" at 10 meters, with a "front" appearing "slightly wider than the rear". Mars normally appears round, never cylindrical, orange, not yellowish or even yellow. And all the same, Mars would have been so low on the horizon that there was little chance that the witness was surprised that the craft did not illuminate the roofs of the houses. The witness is in the middle of the dwellings, if the craft is seen higher than the roofs it can absolutely not be as low as Mars was then.

Helicopter:

In 1954, France has Alouettes II, Djinns, Piasecki HUP2, Sikorksi H19, Bell 47G, Westland 55, Vertol H-21, Hiller helicopters... Most are in Vietnam, then in Algeria. None is to my knowledge based in the Nord in October 1954. The first night flight of a French military helicopter is that of a Bell 47 and takes place on May 12, 1954, in Algeria; Bell 47's have "night flight" lighting.

The helicopter can be excluded: the witness specifies that the craft moved silently; at 11:00 p.m. in this small town, where everything was asleep, a helicopter even relatively distant would have been heard. Moreover, the cylinder does not resemble either a helicopter or its possible lights.

One point was highlighted by the witness, both with the gendarmes and the day after the observation with the mayor: the light of the craft was limited to its contours, it did not spread. The lights and headlights of a helicopter produce absolutely no such effect.

(See some examples at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6q6xILA6AY )

Proportions:

The witness indicated dimensions of "about eight meters long and 1 meter to 0 meter 80 in diameter" and "The front appeared slightly wider than the rear". What gives us these proportions:

Credibility:

Firstly, there is none of the "fantasies" that are found in known hoaxes in this narrative. And although there is only a single witness to the alleged observation of the craft, the other aspects of his narrative are corroborated. The schoolmaster indicated that the witness had indeed knocked on his door. It would make little sense if there had been nothing to observe, unless a very machiavellian ruse was imagined. There is therefore no certainty as to the reality of the observation of the craft, but there is no particular reason to assert that the testimony would be fraudulent, apart from an a priori will to consider that such things cannot exist.

Keywords:

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

Oye-Plage, Pas-de-Calais, secretary, mayor, bright, cigar, object, low, road, manoeuvers, lightened, angle, schoolmaster, silent, yellow, sphere, round, white, rounded, duration

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross April 18, 2006 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross February 10, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [go1], [lc1], [ud1].
1.1 Patrick Gross November 18, 2014 Addition [ni1].
1.2 Patrick Gross December 13, 2016 Additions [lg1], [ub1].
1.3 Patrick Gross February 3, 2017 Additions [gn1], [ge1], Summary. Explanations changed, were: "Not looked for yet. Light of a car ahead on the same road?"

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