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October 31, 1954, Abbeville, Somme:

Reference number for this case: 31-Oct-54-Abbeville. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

The regional newspaper Le Courrier Picard for November 3, 1954, reported on page 3 about an observation "close to the ground" in Long, and said that after its witness had left - thinking that it was necessarily the same phenomenon - the newpaper assured that this "saucer" had left towards Abbeville where "witnesses" would have seen it "while it was flying at quite high altitude."

The newspaper said that it took place "Sunday evening", therefore on the evening of October 31, 1954.

Reports:

[Ref. cpd1:] "LE COURRIER PICARD" NEWSPAPER:

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The Courier of the Somme

The truce of the saucers has ended

Mysterious craft
crisscross again
the Picardy sky

A clear lull had succeeded the veritable saucer carousel which, for long weeks, had taken our region for theater. No more saucers. Was it possible?

Despite the surprise of some, the disappointment of others - and it must be said - the cold indifference of many, it was necessary to face the facts. The mysterious craft had completely deserted our cities and our countries. They continued to criss-cross the sky, and if they seemed to abandon us, they appeared in other regions of France, in Spain, in Italy, in Hungary, in Egypt.

In the most curious shapes. The whole range, indeed, passed there. Cigars, "bedroom pots", crescents, stove pipes, pots. One even saw flying plates on the island of Java. Was it, in this particular case, the brutal conclusion of a domestic fight? We do not know. Enough kidding.

That of the saucers in the Picardy sky has lived.

Indeed, they resumed contact. And we are going to devote a column to them again. To the delight of those who despaired...

A HAYSTACK-SHAPED CRAFT IN LONG

Sunday evening, Mr. Petit, a long-time farmer, went to his fields with a tractor, to tow a cart of beets.

Near a pasture belonging to Mr. Carpentier, he noticed about twenty meters away, a red ball which suddenly landed on the pasture.

Mr. Petit had the impression that his "eyelids were sticking together", the object, he said, was in the shape of a haystack. Asked about the dimensions, Mr. Petit said: "Twice a kitchen table."

The farmer returned to his home, but the "saucer" which would have been there for almost ten minutes, then flew towards Abbeville and was seen by witnesses, while it was flying at quite a high altitude.

A "GRAY CROWN" IN THE SUN BETWEEN VILLERS-BRETONNEUX AND AMIENS

Mr. Paul Granier, former officeware shop director, rue Miraumont, in Amiens, writes to us that driving in the car, on All Saints' Day, on the road leading from Villers-Bretonneux to Amiens, he saw around 4:15 p.m., "for a few minutes, in the sun a gray crown rotating concentrically and projecting around it gleams of different colors."

Two young motorcyclists, according to Mr. Granier, stopped to "contemplate" the phenomenon.

Explanations:

The information is insufficient for the moment at least; I can just say that there is not necessarily a relationship between the previous observation in Long and this one, and that it hardly presents any real strangeness.

Abbeville is at 11 km West-Northwest of Long.

Obviously, the witness did not see the "saucer" leave towards Abbeville, he had left the place before and it was the newspaper who embroidered the connection. The observation therefore took place in or around Abbeville.

Keywords:

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Abbeville, Somme, multiple, high

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