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October 3, 1954, Ablain-Saint-Nazaire, Nord:

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.

Summary:

In the regional newspaper La Croix du Nord, local edition of Arras and Béthune, Pas-de-Calais, for October 6, 1954, a journalist proudly announces that he has seen.. a man who saw a flying saucer.

The journalist says that "Sunday", therefore October 3, 1954, around 9 p.m., that man was walking on line 73, accompanied by his wife. Near the easel of the XV pit, in the direction of the Lorette plateau, he saw an object, a sort of basin dominated by a dome-like shape, all appearing of "respectable" dimensions, given the approximate distance and glowing like a forge.

After a while, invaluable, something like a "sausage" broke away from it and "the two craft" remained motionless for so long that the observer and his wife returned home without waiting for a continuation.

Reports:

[Ref. lcn1:] NEWSPAPER "LA CROIX DU NORD":

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I SAW ONE...

Finally, I saw... I saw a man who observed a saucer. Not a story with thirty-six middlemen, miners rumors or a fable built on gossip from workshops nope. Solid, a conscious observer, a sensible as well as disturbing statement.

What does the report say? Sunday around 9:00 p.m., our man was walking on line 73, in the company of his wife. Near the easel of pit XV, in the direction of the Lorette plateau, he saw the object. A sort of basin dominated by a dome-like thing, all appearing of respectable dimensions, given the approximate distance and glowing like a forge. Where the case gets thicker is that after a certain time, not assessable, broke away from this saucer - since it must be called by its name - like a "sausage" and the two craft remained motionless. This hovering lasted so long that the observer and his wife resolved to return to their homes as if nothing had happened.

I am now well advanced to have seen a man who saw a saucer, then tired of watching went to bed. He did not ask me to believe him and told the phenomenon without insisting too much, with the air of apologizing for having been a solitary witness. (On the other side of the plateau, others also saw it.)

Finally, he promised to warn me next time. Whether it's a disc, a strombohedron, a cage-bed or even a carpet, whatever, I want to see, see I tell you.

Explanations:

That evening in all the region there were testimonies consistent with this one.

The explanation, sometimes given at the time in some newspapers was as follows: a setting red moon crescent had been barred by a cloud, making believe in this "separation" in two craft.

Keywords:

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

Ablain-Saint-Nazaire, Nord, moon, split, sausage, dome, couple, night, basin, duration, glowing, red, orange, Lorette, motionless

Sources:

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