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The 1954 French flap:

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October 3, 1954, Boves, Somme:

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

Summary:

In the sensation magazine Radar for October 17, 1954, it was reported that in Boves, a suburb of Amiens, many of the 1918 residents saw "the mysterious craft". Returning home, Mrs. and Mr. Dheilly, a retired postman, had seen an orange glow, and they had alerted Mr. Quin. "The disc" has "turned" for 4 minutes then "disappeared" "in the form of a crescent..."

In 1997, the ufologist and author Jean Sider reported in his book on the 1954 French wave that the newspaper La Tribune d'Albert for October 9, 1954, page 3, told that at an unspecified hour, several people in Boves "saw flying saucers, or at least a strange glow that was moving slowly."

These people said that "the craft seemed to fly" around the Boves football field.

Sider said some of the witnesses were Mr. and Mrs. Dhelly, Mr. and Mrs. Quin, and Mr. Roland Laporte, beverage seller at Fouecamps's bridge.

The observation then appeared as summaries of what Jean Sider said, then in 2017, the "skeptical" ufologist Dominique Caudron, based in the Nord and who had worked a lot on the misinterpretations caused by the Moon throughout the region that evening, brought these details:

First, at Boves on October 3, 1954, at 08:50 p.m., Mr. and Mrs. Dheilly had observed an orange half-disc, moving towards a nearby wooded ridge, roughly in the axis of the street and the other side of the marshes (thus in the south-west) and Mrs. Dheilly had initially compared it to the Moon. They went to alert Mr. and Mrs. Quin, who saw the object through the trees. It seemed to lengthen and thin, before disappearing.

Dominique Caudron quoted his press sources: Le Courrier Picard of October 5, 1954, on page 3, La Voix du Nord, edition of the Somme of October 6, 1954 on page 6, Nord-Matin of October 6, 1954, on page 10 and of October 7, 1954, on page 8, Libre Artois of October 8, 1954, on page 4, Le Journal du Santerre of October 8, 1954, on page 3, the Journal de Doullens of October 9, 1954, on page 1, Les Tablettes de Péronne of October 9, 1954, on page 3, and La Tribune d'Albert of October 9, 1954, on page 3.

Then, this same October 3, 1954, at 08:50 p.m., in Boves, from the bridge of Foucencamps, Mr. Laurent Laporte reportedly witnessed the same phenomenon, this according to Le Courrier Picard of October 5, 1954, on page 3, La Voix du Nord, edition of the Somme of October 6, 1954, on page 6, Le Journal de Santerre of October 8, 1954, on page 3, Les Tablettes de Peronne of October 9, 1954, on page 3, and La Tribune d'Albert of October 9, 1954, on page 3.

He then explains that the data analysis shows that it was the Moon.

Reports:

[Ref. rdr1:] "RADAR" MAGAZINE:

BOVES

Testimonys flow from everywhere. No more doubts about the materiality of the facts. In Boves, a suburb of Amiens, a large number of the 1.918 inhabitants saw the mysterious machines. Returning on their premises, Mrs. and Mr. Dheilly, retired postman, see an orange gleam. They warn Mr. Quin. The disc turns 4 minutes then it disappears in the shape of a crescent...".

[Photo caption:] Mr and Mrs Dheilly: "There, it takes off..."

[Ref. jsr1:] JEAN SIDER:

French ufologist and author Jean Sider learned in an article from the newspaper La TRibune d'Albert, of Albert, for October 9, 1954, on page 3, that at an unspecified time, several people of Boves saw flying saucers, or at least a strange gleam which moved at a slow pace.

These people said that the machine seemed to fly away from the football field of Boves.

The saucer was seen by Mr. and Mrs. Dhelly, Mr. and Mrs. Quin, and Mr. Roland Laporte, a tobacconist of Fouecamps.

[Ref. lhh1:] LARRY HATCH - "*U* COMPUTER DATABASE":

3877: 1954/10/00 00:00 2 2:22:20 E 49:51:00 N 3311 WEU FRN SMM 6:9

BOVES+DEMUIN,FR:SVRL OBS:'LAMPSHADE-SCR' GLOWS:MNVRS as if LANDING:/r217p89

Ref#194 LUMIERES dans la NUIT.(LDLN France) Issue No. 319 : TOWN &CITY

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Somme in Boves in October 1954 at an unknown hour, "In the first days of the month, five witnesses observed a strange gleam moving slowly. The object seemed to have flown away from the accesses of the soccer field."

The source is noted: "Lumières dans la Nuit".

[Ref. uda1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that in October 1954 in Boves, France, "Lampshade shaped disc glows, maneuvers as if about to land."

And: "An unusual object was sighted, that had unconventional appearance and performance. One luminous disc was observed by several witnesses in a town for two minutes."

The sources are indicated as Lumieres dans la Nuit, Lumieres dans la Nuit; Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002.

[Ref. dcn3:] DOMINIQUE CAUDRON:

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...]

24) 20 h 50, BOVES (80)

- Mr. and Mrs Dheilly observed an orange half-disc, moving towards a nearby and wooded crest, roughly in the axis of the street and on the other side of the marshes (thus southwest) and that Mrs. Dheilly initially compared to the Moon. They went to alert Mr. and Mrs Quin who saw the object through the trees. It seemed to grow longer and thinner before disappearing.

(Le Courrier Picard 5/10 page 3, La Voix du Nord-ed. Somme 6/10 page 6, Nord Matin 6/10 page 10 et 7/10 page 8, Libre Artois 8/10 page 4, Le Journal du Santerre 8/10 page 3, le Journal de Doullens 9/10 page 1, Les tablettes de Péronne 9/10 page 3, La Tribune d'Albert 9/10 page 3)

(The dsata analysis shows that it was quite simply the Moon)

25) 20 h 50, BOVES (80)

- From the bridge of Foucencamps, Mr. Laurent Laporte reportedly witnessed the same phenomenon.

(Le Courrier Picard 5/10 page 3, La Voix du Nord-ed. Somme 6/10 page 6, Le Journal du Santerre 8/10 page 3, Les tablettes de Péronne 9/10 page 3, La Tribune d'Albert 9/10 page 3)

[... 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.

Explanations:

The Moon.

Keywords:

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

Boves, Somme, Dhelly, Dheilly, Quin, Roland Laporte, gleam, moving, slow, multiple

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross June 19, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross March 5, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [lcn1], [uda1].
1.1 Patrick Gross December 4, 2019 Additions [lhh1], [dcn3], Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet."

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