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September 30, 1954, Chéreng, Nord:

Reference number for this case: 30-Sep-54-Chéreng. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Reports:

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

The two authors indicate that in Chéreng in the department of the Nord, on September 30, 1954, at 03:30 p.m., a ten years old schoolboy, Jean-Claude Delmotte, went along the path of the vault, near the town hall and at the edge of the wood of Chéreng, when he saw within 300 meters of him a sphere of three meters in diameter approximately, which was posed in a field.

By the path, he advanced in direction of this object of orange yellow color and very shining. The color of this sphere, initially maroon during two minutes, changed to orange.

The yellow light gradually varying intensity starts to strongly shine. At once, the sphere takes off vertically with a weak noise, while projecting sparks to the bottom - sparks which resemble those that are produced "by the irons of the horses on the pavement stones" - then moves away at a very high speed and disappears, according to the child.

The child notices at the place of landing, footprints of webbed feet of 16 cm length. They are laid out around a perfect circle delimited by these footprints which all are turned towards the outside, the circle had a diameter of 1 meter 50.

The child told of this to Mr. Fiolet, his teacher.

Sent by captain Gandoin of the gendarmerie of Roubaix, the gendarmes of the brigade of Forest-sur-Marque went at the place. Unfortunately, the ground had been trampled by the horses and agricultural carriages and did not show traces of webbed feet anymore. Adjudant-Chief Millerot interrogated the witness and to other children, M. Lison and J.L. Béranger.

The authors indicate as source a newspaper article in the regional newspaper "La Voix du Nord", Lille local version, page 6, October 6, 1954 ans and an investigation report by Mr. Sorez published in "Recherches ufologiques du G.N.E.O.V.N.I #3."

The authors note discrepancies between the child's story as published in the newspaper and the story noted by the investigation. The discrepancies are not very clearly precised by the authors, they indicate: in the in the investigation, the child is said to have seen a shining sphere take off and then taking the shape of an orange waterdrop, then take the shape of a brownish saucer with a bump on the top and the bottom. First frightened and still, he then approached the field and saw the traces on the ground which have been seen by his comrades.

Also, they indicate that the same child, on October 3, 1954, in the morning, saw a craft flying high in the sky and alerted his grandmother but unfortunately the grandmother came too late to see it.

[Ref. go1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

The Belgian ufologist indicates that in 1954, on September 30, in France, in Chéreng (the Nord), " Jean-Claude Delmotte, aged 10, goes along the path of the vault at the edge of the wood of Chéreng. Within 300m of him he sees a dark sphere which becomes yellow-orange. The yellow light becomes more intense and starts to shine strongly. The sphere takes off vertically with a weak noise and throws sparks downwards. Only the young witness and his small comrades Lison and Besanger find prints of "webbed feet" of approximately 16 cm in length. At the time of the investigation the ground was trampled by the horses and cartage (following October 3, 1954) ".

The source is noted "M. FIGUET: J.L. RUCHON: 'Ovni, le premier dossier complet...' Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979, p. 95, 96".

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

This ufologist indicates that on September 30, 1954, in Chéreng, in the Nord, the followinf case took place.

On Sunday, October 3, 1954 at about 20 about fifty people taking part in the festival of the hamlet of l'Autour in Chéreng, saw in the sky a reddish oblong form which after investigation will prove to be probably the first crescent of the moon.

The schoolteacher spoke about this observation in the class on the Monday morning with his pupils and one of them, Jean-Claude Delmotte, born the November 6, 1944, stated to have made an observation the previous Thursday, September 30, 1954.

That day there towards 4 p.m. this young boy walked alone at the entry of the way of the chappell near the town hall, when he saw within approximately 300 meters a sphere roughly 3 meters in diameter, posed in a field located at the limit of the wood of Chéreng.

Following the path, he advanced in the direction of this sphere which seemed to him slightly flattened on its higher part. This object initially of color chestnut changed to a yellow orange and varied inf intensity, and started to strongly shine. At once the sphere rose vertically with a weak noise, while projecting very fast sparks downwards, sparks that the witness would compare to those that horses irons produce on paving stones. Then the object moved away at high speed and disappeared.

The witness having approached the place from where this ball had just risen, saw on the ground a great number of prints in the form of webbed feet of approximately 16 cm length, laid out around a circle of approximately 1 meter 50, delimited perfectly by these marks which all were directed towards the outside.

The teacher, Mr. Piolet, as soon as he learned of this observation on Monday morning, went on the spot with some of his pupils including J.C. Delmotte and his comrade Jean-Luc Bésenger who later was to produce a sketch of these traces. They noted that the prints were still visible.

On Tuesday, October 5, 1954, Mr. Piolet and J.C. Delmotte were heard by regimental sergeant major of the gendarmerie squad of Forest-sur-Marque, Mr. Millerot, who opened an investigation.

The gendarmes went on the spot of the observation accompanied by the children at the place where the traces had been noted. But it had rained in the meantime and the softened ground did not let anything appear any more.

The details of this investigation were reported to us by Mr. Eugene Sorez who was on the spot as of October 5, 1954 and who collected the statements of the various protagonists of this case.

Mr. Eugene Sorez became many years later the president of the GNEOVNI association - whose Jean Pierre D'Hondt was also member.

Mr. D'Hondt indicates that the sources are the newspapers "La Voix du Nord" for 6/10/54 Lille issue; "Nord Matin" for 10/6/54 Lille issue; "Nord Eclair" for 5/10/54, that these newspaper article give a rather confused information, and that another source is the investigation by Mr Sorez in "Recherches Ufologiques" #3.

[Ref. dj1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

Encounters with Aliens On this Day

September 30

[...]

1954 - At 3:30 p.m. in Chereng, France, 10-year old Jean-Claude Delmotte, a school student, saw a three-meter diameter sphere at the edge of some woods, about 300 meters away. It was yellow-orange in color and quite bright. There were landing traces: a circle 1.5 meters in diameter and landing pad imprints 16 cm long. (Sources: La Voix du Nord, October 6, 1954; Michel Figuet and Jean-Louis Ruchon, OVNI: Le premier dossier complet des rencontres rapprochees en France, pp. 95-96).

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Nord in Chéreng, on September 30, 1954, at 15:30 hours, "Aa ten-year-old child goes along the path of the chappell, near the town hall and at the edge of the wood of Chéreng, he sees at 300 m of him, a sphere approximately three meters in diameter which is posed in a field. By the path, he advances in direction of this object of orange yellow color and very shining. The color of this sphere initially brown during two minutes changes to the orange color. The yellow light varying intensity gradually starts to strongly shine. At once, it takes off vertically with a weak noise, while projecting sparks at the bottom (sparks which resemble those that 'irons of horses make on the paving stone' then moves away at very high speed and disappears according to the witness. The child notices on the level of the place of landing prints of 16 cm length of webbed feet. They are laid out around a circle only delimited perfectly by these marks which all are turned towards the outside (diameter of the circle: 1 m 50). Sent by the captain of the gendarmerie of Roubaix the gendarmes of the brigade of Forest-sur-Marque went on the spot. Unfortunately, the ground trampled by the horses and agricultural cartages did not show any more traces of 'webbed feet'."

Luc Chastan indicates that the source is "Ovni, Premier dossier complet... par Figuet M./ Ruchon J.L. ** éd. Alain Lefeuvre 1979".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 30 September 1954 at 15:30 in Chereng, France, "3m diameter sphere lands in field near woods. 16cm webbed footprints found at site. Explanation: Hoax."

And: "At 3:30 p.m. in Chereng, France , 10-year old Jean-Claude Delmotte, a school student, saw a three-meter diameter sphere at the edge of some woods, about 300 meters away. It was yellow-orange in color and quite bright. There were landing traces: a circle 1.5 meters in diameter and landing pad imprints 16 cm long."

And: "An object was observed. Ground traces were found. One sphere, about 10 feet across, was observed in a forest for two minutes."

The sources are indicated as Michel, Aime, Flying Saucers and the Straight-Line Mystery, S. G. Phillips, New York, 1958; Keyhoe, Donald E., Flying Saucer Conspiracy, Holt, New York, 1955; Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073); Schoenherr, Luis, Computerized Catalog (N = 3173); Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002; Hatch, Larry, internet data.

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

*Sep. 30, 1954 - At 3:30 p.m. in Chereng, France, 10-year old Jean-Claude Delmotte, a school student, saw a three-meter diameter sphere at the edge of some woods, about 300 meters away. It was yellow-orange in color and quite bright. There were landing traces: a circle 1.5 meters in diameter and landing pad imprints 16 cm long. (Sources: La Voix du Nord, October 6, 1954; Michel Figuet & Jean-Louis Ruchon, OVNI: Le premier dossier complet des rencontres rapprochees en France, pp. 95-96).

Notes:

The usually rather confused source [ud1] indicates "Hatch, Larry, internet data" as one source. This is actually a web page Larry Hatch set up to list some discredited cases; however, the Chereng case that Mr. Hatch said to be discredited is not this one but the October 3 case; which was indeed estimated by investigators to have been caused by the crescent moon.

Explanations:

Not looked for yet.

Keywords:

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

Chéreng, Nord, child, Jean-Claude Delmotte, Millerot, Gandoin, Fiolet, webbed, circle, traces, footprints, object, landing, daylight, sphere, field, shining, orange, brown, drop, light, sparks, fast, Gendarmes, official, investigation, Sorez, GNEOVNI

Sources:

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross January 16, 2006 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross February 11, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [go1], [jd1], [lc1], [ud1].
1.1 Patrick Gross November 15, 2014 Addition [ni1].

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