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The 1954 French flap:

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October 3, 1954, Ablain-Saint-Nazaire, Pas-de-Calais:

Reference number for this case: 3-Oct-54-Ablain-Saint-Nazaire. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


Around 2017, "skeptical" ufologist Dominique Caudron, based in the Nord, cataloged sightings in the Nord region for October 3, 1954, neglected by ufologists, including many that were previously unpublished, and mostly explainable by a red moon whose appearance was altered by clouds.

One of these observations was reported in the regional newspaper La Voix du Nord, Lens issue for October 5, 1954, on page 6:

In Ablain-Saint-Nazaire, in the Pas-de-Calais department, at 09:30 p.m., witnesses reportedly saw a saucer land between two haystacks.



In the North of France, it was the mining country which was, in 1954, the seat of a great activity of the "M.O.C." [Mysterious Celestial Objects]. Yet only Ablain-Saint-Nazaire is actually located on a fault, Valenciennes being only on the edge of the mining basin. It is little indeed to justify such an activity! But everything becomes clear to us when we learn that the earthquake of June 11, 1938, took place at 25 kilometers deep between Lille and Courtrait! As in Normandy, an uneventful surface on a dislocated basement.

(Ufologist Fernand Lagarde believed UFOs are linked to faults in the crust of the Earth.)


Dominique Caudron drew up an inventory of observations in the Nord on October 3, 1954, containing 51 reports, including this one:

The Fabulous day of October 3, 1954


Chronology of the observations of October 3.

We give here only a summary of what was published in the press of the time, for the nord region, regardless of what the ufologists could later say. We have numbered all these observations, the first of which have nothing to do with the setting of the moon, in order to be able to study them globally in a table. Some are already the subject of a special file.

[... other cases...]

36) 09:30 p.m., ABLAIN-ST-NAZAIRE (62)

- Witnesses reportedly saw a saucer land between two haystacks.

(La Voix du Nord-ed. Lens 5/10 page 6)

[... other cases...]

All this is only a compilation of the information given by all newspapers of the time, including local editions, and of which ufologists only used a part.

We will see that the analysis of this information makes it possible to eliminate the hypothesis of a flying saucer, in favor of those of multiple observations of the moon, whose image was reddened and deformed by clouds, which also gave it a illusory apparent movement.


Analysis of the observations of October 3, 1954

[... other cases...]

36) 09:30 p.m., ABLAIN-ST-NAZAIRE (62)

Same apparent behavior than the moon.

[... other cases...]


Insufficient information, possible moon. The hour is compatible with the moonset.


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

Ablain-Saint-Nazaire, Pas-de-Calais, saucer, landing, haystacks, multiple


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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross May 28, 2019 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross July 6, 2019 Addition [fle1]."

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