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October 2, 1954, Wimereux, Pas-de-Calais:

Reference number for this case: 2-Oct-54-Wimereux. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Reports:

[Ref. gn1:] GENDARMERIE NATIONALE:

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NATIONAL GENDARMERIE
REGIONAL COMMAND OF THE GENDARMERIE OF THE 2nd MILITARY REGION

2nd Legion of Gendarmerie
Company of the Pas-de-Calais
Section of []
No 155/4

[], October 18, 1954

REPORT

By Captain [], Commanding the Gendarmerie Section

on a photograph of an undentified craft by Mr. []

REFERENCE: Service Memo # 15/4 Regional Command of the National Gendarmerie of January 11, 1954.

Having learned from the press that Mr. [], a 34-year-old SNCF District Chief, residing [] had seen a machine of unknown forc [sic, "form"] and photographed it, that person was heard and stated the following:

"On October 2, 1954, at about 4 p.m., I was at a place known as "pointe aux Oies", on the commune of Wimereux. I was heading towards a Meolithic [sic, Neolithic] dolmen, I walked towards Ambleteuse, turning my back at Wimereux. I wanted to photograph the dolmen, I had my camera open, hanging on the chest (camera Foca-standart, 35 mm aperture 3.5 - format 24/30.) As I was examining the surroundings, in my field of vision was an elliptical shape moving southwest-northeast, it was very light-colored, and I rapidly armed my camera and took a picture. At this point I checked the focus of my camera ordinarily armed at 1/100 - F 6/3 hyperfocal. I wanted to change the shooting settings to 1/500, 3/5 - Infinity / apparatus loaded with Ferramia film S.2.-32. By the time I did these operations, I lost sight of this machine. I specify that at the time of the shooting of the 2nd picture I had the clear impression that the object initiated a half-barrel motion. These photos were taken under the conditions that follow, very clear weather, sunny with west sun, southwest.

I am a former pilot with about 150 hours of flying time. The craft I saw is not a known flying machine.

I cannot present the negatives of the photos that I give you. They are in possession of the newspaper "RADAR" for expertise by a commission of technicians.

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I have nothing to add to what I have just said."

As a result of this statement Mr. [] presented two positive photographs which are attached to the first expedition of this report, the negatives being currently held by the "Radar" newspaper, it was not possible to obtain other prints.

Mr [] has every guarantee of seriousness.

Given the small format of the film wich is difficult to fake especially with regard to the first photograph it seems this testimony must be taken into consideration.

Mr [] gave no publicity to these photographs; which explains the delay in the knowledge of these photographs.

Signed: unreadable

RECIPIENTS

- 2nd Air Force Regional Commander (1 copy)
- Colonel, 2nd Gendarmerie Legion Commandant (1 copy)
- Company Commander 2° R.M. (2 copies)
- Military Security 2nd R.A. (1 copy)

[Ref. jb1:] JEAN-MARIE BIGORNE:

On October 24, 1954, at about 5 P.M., Emile Turpin, aged 34, inspector with the SNCF, France's national railway service, had gone to the location of La Pointe aux Oies, by the sea, within 7 kilometers of Boulogne-sur-Mer, close to Ambleteuse, to photograph a tomb dating from the Neolithic era.

He had prepared his camera to photograph the tomb when he saw a machine in the shape of disc in the sky. He thus was ready to shoot pictures of it, although the camera was set to take pictures of the tomb a few meters off. He reported:

"It is when taking a photograph of this tomb that I saw the machine. Without modifying settings, which were to be on 5 or 7 meters, I took a photograph, I rearmed and I took a second photograph. For the third one, I wanted to change my settings, but I was unable to find the object."

"The machine had the shape of a disc, with a bulge on the central part. It was of bright metal color, which one may describe as close to a reflection on bronzes."

"It passed in front of me on a quite closed parabola. One may have approximately locate it at an angular height of 50 degrees. It came from my left, going down under an angle of 30 degrees, then carried out what one could call an inversion and went up under an angle close to the vertical while moving away from me."

"It did not have an intrinsec movement on its trajectory. Its apparent diameter was that of the Moon. I did not perceive any noise, although the sea could have prevented it. As for speed, it was close to the speed of a jet airplane."

The duration of the passing of the object was very short. If Mr. Turpin had delayed the use of his camera of of three or four seconds, it would have been too late.

The gendarmes carried out an investogation at the time of the observation. The gendarmerie sought any flight plan of planes, balloons, in France, in England and Belgium, and sought the existence of what they thought may have been some new English or French prototype. Nothing was found and the case remained "without explanation."

The camera was a standard Foca 24*36 with 5.6 or 6.3 aperture and 1/100th of a second exposure. The camera had an Oplarf objective, 3.5 of 35 mm and the film was Tri-X.

It was established by timing the duration of rearmament of the camera that between two to three seconds had run out between the first and the second photography.

The pictures:

The first picture.


The second picture.

[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:0620550210195416001JA1137011005014ZZZZ090000100000000000000000000000000000000010
Location:Vimereux (Pas de Calais) - France
Case number:0620
Source code:55
Nature of the source:Reports from official French sources: Police, Gendarmerie, Army, Pilots
Day:02
Month:10
Year:54
Hours:16
Minutes:00
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:7 = civil, military or private pilots
Official investigation:1 = an official investigation was made
Weather:1 = beautiful weather, clear sky, no clouds
Duration:0 = no indication
Minimal distance witness - phenomenon:0 = no indication
Method of observation:5 = photography or film
Number of "objects" observed simultaneously:01 = 1
Shape of the "object" (terminology of witness(es)):4 = oval, egg, ovoïd, "like a rugby ball"
Dimensions of the phenomenon:ZZZZ = no indication
Color of the observed phenomenon:09 = white
Luminosity of the phenomenon:0 = no indication
Lights or projectors on the phenomenon:0 = no indication
Moving speed of the phenomenon:0 = no indication
Acceleration of the phenomenon:0 = no indication
Trajectory of the phenomenon:1 = straignt line or very wide curve
Sounds perceived during observation:0 = no indication
Maximum angular height of observation (horizon = 0°):0 = no indication
Nature of the landing place:0 = no indication
Number of contact points with ground:0 = no indication
Traces of landing:0 = no indication
Observation of "occupants"0 = no indication
Height of the occupants observed:00 = no indication
Garment of the occupants:00 = 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:1 = a drawing or a photograph is added to the original report.
Structural details observed:0 = no indication

[Ref. jp1:] JEAN-PHILIPPE DAIN:

Ref. UFOTO : 0381
24 OCT 1954 17:00
Location : Boulogne sur Mer (FRA) / Author : TURPIN Émile

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

Cet ufologue indique que le 24 octobre 1954, aux environs de Boulogne sur Mer, dans le Pas-de-Calais a eu lieu le cas suivant:

TYPE : 4 / D / DD

REF : LDLN 129 November 1973 page 16

CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE OBSERVATION:

The observation was made at the locality "La Pointe aux Oies", located at 7 km of Boulogne-sur-Mer with sight on Ambleteuse in the north (Michelin map 51, fold 1).

The weather was clear, the wind from NE, the temperature from 12 to 14°C approximately.

On October 24, 1954 towards 05:00 p.m., Mr. Turpin Emile, 34-year-old, inspector with the SNCF with the SNCF, had gone to la Pointe de l'Oie to photograph a tomb of a man of the Neolithic era; "It is when taking a photograph of this tomb that I saw the craft" Mr. Turpin says.

"Without changing the settings (which were to be on 5 or 7 m.) I took a photograph, I rearmed the camera and I took a second photograph. For the third I wanted to change my settings, but I was unable to find the object. (By timing the time necessary to rearmament, one calculated that two to three seconds separate the two photographs).

The machine had the shape of a disc, with a bulge on the central part. It was of light metallic color, which one could bring closer to a reflection on bronze.

It passed in front of me by describing a quite closed parabola. One could approximately locate it at an angular height of 50°. It came from my left i.e. from west to east, downward under an angle of 30° then carried out what one can call an inversion and went up under an angle close to the vertical while moving away from me.

It did not do a movement on its trajectory. Its apparent diameter was that of the moon. I did not perceive any noise, although the sea could have obstructed, as for speed one can say it was close to that of a jet fighter.

The two photographs were taken with a standard Foca 24X36 with 5,6 or 6,3 aperture at 1/100th of a second. The objective was an Oplar F 3,5 or F 35 mm, the film tri-X.

At the time, investigations were made by the gendarmerie. They looked for weather balloons, helicopters, new planes prototypes and celestial bodies. These investigations were extended from the North of France to Belgium and England. They were negative.

At the time of this observation Mr. Turpin had his camera ready, and had what he called a photographer's reflex, by taking the photograph before being astonished or watching it! (3 seconds later there no would have been photographs)

Editors note. - Thanks to our friends Bigorne for his investigation, Melik Hovsepian for his contacts with the witness, Mantaux and Nazero for photographs work. This report shows once again the importance of re-investigating cases of 1954; this one allowed, thanks to file research, to discover a new fact: a witness in possession of a rare film.

[Ref. bo1:] VICENTE-JUAN BALLESTER-OLMOS, "FOTOCAT 1954":

(66)

DATE: 24 October 1954

LOCATION: Boulogne-sur-Mer, Pas de Calais (France)

FORMAT: Picture

PHOTOGRAPHER: Emile Turpin

EXPLANATION: Not available

REFERENCES: Lumières Dans La Nuit, 129, November 1973, pages 16-17.

REMARKS: Several sources have misplaced or misdated this case. For instance, the Larry Robinson database has it as Ambleterre, October 10, 1954. I believe it is the same case. While the Stevens and Roberts 1986 book has it as both Ambleteuse October 1st, Ambleterre October 2, and also as Boulogne Mer October 2.

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates in his database that in the Pas-de-Calais in Wimereux on October 2, 1954 at 16:00 hours, "a pilot witness observed by beautiful weather a white ovoid object which moved in straight line. A photograph was taken by the witness, it was attached to the gendarmerie report."

La source est indiquée comme "Les Universons par Poher Claude ** http://www.premiumwanadoo.com/universons/"

[Ref. lc2:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Pas-de-Calais with Ambleteuse on October 24, 1954 at 17:00 hours, "the witness had gone to the location called La Pointe de l'Oie, at the edge of sea, to photograph a tomb dating from the Neolithic era. He prepared to photograph it when he saw a craft in the shape of disc in the sky. He thus had his apparatus very ready to photograph, although set to photograph the tomb at a few meters. He says: "It is by taking a photograph of this tomb that I saw the machine. Without modifying the settings, which were to be on 5 or 7 m, I took a photograph, I rearmed and I took a second photograph. For the third, I wanted to change my settings, but I was unable to find the object. The machine had the shape of a disc, with a bulge on the central part. It was of clear metal color, you would say it was similar to a bronze reflections. It passed in front of me following a quite closed parabola. One could approximately locate it at an angular height of 50 degrees. It came from my left, going down at an angle of 30 degrees, then carried out what one could call an inversion and went up under an angle close to the vertical while moving away from me. It did move otherwise on its trajectory. Its apparent diameter was that of the Moon. I did not perceive any noise, although the sea could obstruct it. As for speed, it was in the order of that of a jet fighter." The duration of the passage of the object was very short. If the witness had delayed of three or four seconds to use his camera, it would have been too late. The gendarmes carried out an investigation at the time of the observation. The gendarmerie sought any flight plan of planes, balloons, France in England to Belgium, and sought the existence of what they thought could be some new English or French prototype. Nothing was found and the affair remained "without explanation." The camera was a standard Foca 24*36 with 5.6 or 6.3 aperture at 1/100th of second. The apparatus had a Oplarf lens. 3.5 of 35 mm and the film was Tri-X. It was established by timing the delay of rearmament of the camera that from two to three seconds had run out between the first and the second photographic shot."

The source is indicated as being my website at http://ufologie.net.

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 1 October 1954 at 19:00 in Ambleteuse, France, an "object was observed and photographed. One object, about 10 feet across, was observed by one witness."

The sources are indicated as Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073); Vallee, Jacques, Challenge to Science: The UFO Enigma, Henry Regnery, Chicago, 1966.

[Ref. ud2:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 2 October 1954 at 16:00 in Wimereux, France, "an object was observed and photographed. One object was observed by one witness (Turpin)."

The sources are indicated as "Poher, Claude, Etudes Statistiques Portant sur 1000 Temoignag, Author, undated; Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073)".

[Ref. da1:] SITE WEB "DAILY NORD":

DailyNord Which are the UFOS that impressed you the most in the Nord – Pas-de-Calais?

Ufolog62: The case of the dunes of Slack in 1954 with photos taken by someone who had no advantage in crossing one day this kind of experience (see the details below).

[,,,]

Dunes of Slack (Ambleteuse, towards Boulogne-sur-Mer), a disc-shaped craftfalls from the sky: this happens in 1954. A man wishes to make photos of a neolotic tomb in the dunes. All of a sudden, he sees a disc fall from the sky, with a bump in the middle part. Light metallic color. The weird craft then perfeorms a reverse and goes back up vertically before disappearing at the speed of a jet fighter. We even have the images.

[Ref. ta1:] "THINK ABOUT IT" WEBSITE:

Date: October 24 1954

Location: Boulogne-Sur-Mer, France

Time:

Summary:

Source:

[This was hardly the most dedailed version of this case!]

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

WIMEREUX (62) 02.10.1954
Observed on: 02-10-1954
Region: Nord-Pas-de-Calais
Department: Pas-de-Calais
Class: C
Summary:

Rapid observation of the SW-NE displacement of a very clear elliptic object in the sky: lack of information

Description:

On October 2, 1954, a witness prepares to photograph a dolmen at about 4 p.m. in sunny weather when he sees a light-colored elliptical-shaped object moving SW-NE. He takes two photos and sends the negatives to the newspaper "Radar". The gendarmerie learned of the event by the Press and met the witness only on October 15. Prints were attached only to the first shipment of the report (no photos attached to the copies of the report available at GEIPAN).

A brief investigation of this case was conducted by GEPAN in the late 1970s. It concluded that the photographs would not have been published in "Radar" magazine and that the research of the witness (aged about 58 years at the time) have remained unsuccessful.

The observation lasts only a few seconds, the time to take two photos one after the other. The phenomenon disappears before the witness has time to change the setting of his camera. The description too succinct and the absence of photos do not allow to analyze this observation; the GEIPAN classifies this case in C.

Report: None.


Details of the testimony
Witness
Date of the observation 10/02/1954
Document number
Age Adult (more than 18)
Profession Top and Middle Executives
Sex Male
Reaction Active Curiosity
Credibility Normal Credibility
Conditions
Environment Country
Weather Conditions Clear Sky
Hour of the observation Numbered: 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Rererence frame Sky or Clouds
Distance between phenomenon and witness Not-Specified
Start of the observation Start of observation by témoin
End of the observation End of observation by phenomenon
Localization
Angle of the site Not-Specified;Not-Specified
Direction of observation North
Heading South-West
Trajectory Not-Specified;Not-Specified
Nature of the observation Object;Craft
Characteristic of the observation Single
Global shape Other shape (comparison)
Color White (light)
Apparent size Not-Specified
Apparent speed Not-Specified
Noise Not-Specified
Effect on the environment Recordings (video, photos, radar, radio)
Number: 1

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

This database recorded this case 6 times:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541001 01.10.1954 Ambleteuse France
19541002 02.10.1954 Boulogne Mer France 16.00 DD
19540926 26.09.1954 Wimereux France 19.00 NL
19541002 02.10.1954 Wimereux France 16.00 DD
19541024 24.10.1954 Boulogne-sur-Mer France
19541002 02.10.1954 Arbleterre [sic] France Daytime DD

Edited pictures:

Detail, no modifications, of the object on the first photograph.


Detail, no modification, of the object on the second photograph.


Object on the second photograph, blur filter to cancel the grain of the photograph, slight contrast and luminosity enhancement.


Object on the second photograph, I surimposed an interpretation drawing by ufologist François Lagarde with the object.

Explanations:

Not looked for yet.

Keywords:

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

Boulognes-sur-Mer, Ambleteuse, La Pointe aux Oies, Pas-de-Calais, Emile Turpin, object, craft, disc, reflection, fast, saucer, gendarmes, Wimereux

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross August 10, 2004 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross March 2, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [jd1], [lc1], [lc2], [ud2].
1.1 Patrick Gross January 17, 2010 Addition [jp1].
1.2 Patrick Gross 10 octobre 2014 Addition [ta1].
1.3 Patrick Gross October 10, 2014 Addition [ta1].
1.4 Patrick Gross January 24, 2017 Additions [gn1], [ge1], [ub1].

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