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October 27, 1954, Herbécourt, Somme:

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

Summary:

The regional newspaper La Voix du Nord, of the Nord - Pas-de-Calais, reported on October 2, 1954, under a title about a "smokeless cigar" in the sky "of Péronne":

Riding a bicycle near the Herbécourt plateau, Mr. Coulon, residing in Cléry-sur-Somme, reportedly saw, last Monday, at 06:30 p.m., a very luminous celestial body of a bright red, reminding in profile the now classic shape of a large cigar.

The craft was 10 km away about the northwest of Péronne and was slowly moving east at 5 or 600 meters in height.

Mr. Coulon did not notice any smoke or trail.

Reports:

[Ref. vdn1:] "LA VOIX DU NORD" NEWSPAPER:

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The clouds are crowded
of the most
heterolict
objects

Musical spinning top in
the sky of the Cambrésis...

The flying saucers have had their time. Then came the cauldrona. The vogue of the cigar is barely at its peak when, already, the buckets are in favor beyond the Quiévrain.

In Cambrai, the era of musical spinning tops is open.

It is at least to this child's toy that a carpenter from Saint-Hilaire compares the luminous "thing" of a coral pink that he has just seen evolving above the national road 39 towards the Cateau.

All the same disturbing fact: a mason from Quiévy saw the "thing" at the same time as did his teammate who lives in St-Hilaire. The three men were indeed driving a short distance from each other.

Their statements are identical: the "thing" was elliptical; its largest axis could be two meters. It trailed behind a dazzling white light.

Their good faith seems complete.

...and smokeless cigar
in that of Péronne

Riding a bicycle near the Herbécourt plateau, Mr. Coulon, residing in Cléry-sur-Somme, reportedly saw, last Monday, at 06:30 p.m., a very luminous celestial body of a bright red, reminding in profile the now classic shape of a large cigar.

The craft was 10 km away about the northwest of Péronne and was slowly moving east at 5 or 600 meters in height.

Mr. Coulon did not notice any smoke or trail.

Explanations:

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Keywords:

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Herbécourt, Somme, plateau d'Herbécourt, Coulon, Cléry-sur-Somme, celestial body, luminous, red, sharp, big, cigar, craft, Péronne, slow

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