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October 3, 1954, Chéreng, Nord:

Reference number for this case: 3-Oct-54-Chéreng2. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.



Godelieve van Overmeire indicates that in 1954, on October 3 in France in Chéreng, in the morning the young Delmotte saw a machine evolving high in the sky. He informs his grandmother, who came too late to confirm the observation.

The source is note M. Figuet / J.L. Ruchon: "Ovni, Premier dossier complet..." Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979, p. 111.

Godelieve van Overmeire add that "in reality it was a close encounter with the Moon!" according to Larry Hatch, dec. 2003.


UFO: "These mysterious traces that I have observed Chéreng in 1954 marked my life"

Published on 10/19/2013 - Updated 10/19/2013 at 10:06 p.m.

Marie Vandekerkhove

Jean-Luc Bésengez was only a child when he witnessed a strange phenomenon: with his school principal and two other comrades, he noted webbed feet footprints in a field. His classmate claimed to have seen a flying saucer ... as fifty Chérengeois of the time! The only certainty is the size and layout of these footprints did not correspond to anything known. They remain unexplained, almost 60 years later. Only survivor, he returned to an ultra adventure publicized at the time, who influenced his life.


[Caption:] In a field opposite the castle Chéreng, Jean-Luc Bésengez shows where he spotted the traces of webbed feet there almost 60 years.

Affable, elegant, Jean-Luc Bésengez is not a visionary. This sprightly septuagenarian, now retired, led a successful career in the printing industry. trade repro, he also participated in animated films for television. This native of Chéreng has now left the town. But it is still in the field, in front of the castle, it places the source of his professional destiny. He is sure: "What I saw that day has increased tenfold my sense of observation."

We are on Monday, 4 October 1954. Jean-Luc Bésengez 11 years, he is enrolled in public school Chéreng. The day before, fifty people think I saw a flying saucer during the Ducasse of around (see below). "We talked about it in class because our teacher had also witnessed this phenomenon. This is where Jean-Claude Delmotte spoke of" his "appearance" recalls the septuagenarian. Jean-Claude, 10, enjoys biking in the field adjacent to the castle, the small stone path that makes squealing wheels. This is a class header, not one to tell nonsense. And especially not to the schoolmaster. Jean-Claude recounts seeing a sphere of 3 m in diameter, brown, and orange and bright, floor-standing, Thursday 30 September. He said he then spotted footprints forming a circle.

"At lunch hour, Marcel Lison, Jean-Claude Delmotte and I went to see the traces, still visible. And went to seek the principal," recalls Jean-Luc Bésengez. "Mr. Fiolet" realizes, with his students, the incongruity of these traces. They are arranged in circles. Each is 16 cm. "We first thought to animals, but the direction has made us doubt," Jean-Luc Bésengez tip. "I regret that the teacher did not think to make casts or preserve traces", plague the former student, who draws in detail the footprint on the blackboard on the way in the classroom.

All the excitement of their discovery, Chérengeois also forget to count the traces. In the evening, the press rushed into the field: the "flying saucers" (the term UFO has not been invented yet) agitate the columns of all the newspapers that year. But when the journalists arrived, the rain and plowing have erased the footprints. More webbed feet. In their place, horse hooves dug their groove.

The next day the gendarmes of the Forest-sur-Marque brigade arrive to investigate. They ask the children, the school principal. Other investigators are there: the precursors of GNEOVNI, a group of enthusiasts of unexplained phenomena an engineer, Eugene Sorez "I was a little sucks," recalls the scholar. The press relays the location of a possible landing of "beings". "I think even remember what I did the One of France Soir", thinks Jean-Luc Bésengez which still keeps the impression that gave little credit to his childhood speech.

The observation, restlessness around this mystery, have shaped his life. His sister married a journalist who came to interview him. Jean-Luc Bésengez never ordered his sketches and made the Fine Arts. Later, his first color animated film, spent on regional television, around 1975, evoked a journalist abducted by aliens. Its title: Extrapoll. The "witness" runs the UFO literature for 60 years. He saw Hollywood draw webbed feet to little green men, "perhaps through my drawing." But never found reason to what he saw in this field in 1954. "The logic does not explain it but it was real." Fiolet, Lison and Delmotte died. He remains alone with his questions.

When the village sees saucers

Residents who attended the celebration of the Hamlet of Around, Sunday, October 3, hear a buzzing, around 19 h 20. They see on the horizon a reddish machine semblance rest on the ground that one stroke s' student and moves horizontally. Other testimonies suggest rather "two flying cigars".

Mr. Fiolet, director of the boys' school, is present. It describes very precisely the "appearance" in one of our colleagues, "I found them in the sky, towards South-West, an oblong-shaped device which emanated a powerful reddish glow We could. said a crescent moon rounded down. the central part of the machine, slightly swollen, seemed more enlightened. All of a sudden, the bulging part died. then I had the impression of see two cigars. The craft which evolved slowly turned and disappeared."

The next day, Mr. Fiolet talking in class. And raises the testimony of Jean-Claude Delmotte, resumed Leave the a by the press (see below against an extract of Nord Eclair of 5 October 1954, with Jean-Luc Bésengez photo on the lower, first to the second row on the left, cut brush). Due respect to fans of unexplained: this vision would actually be astronomical origin. The villagers were frightened by the reddish moon, according to the "experts" regional ufology (discipline that is interested in UFOs). But traces of webbed feet remain, they officially unexplained. Mr. VDK.


[Caption:] Reconstitution of the sketch by Jean-Luc Bésangez.





[Caption:] Three newspapers of the time (La Voix du Nord, Nord Matin et Nord Eclair) echoed surprizing visits in a field opposite the castle.


Location: Chereng, Nord, France

Date: September 30 1954

Time: afternoon

10-year-old Jean Claude Delmotte is walking along a path at the edge of the Chereng forest when he suddenly sees a dark spherical object about 300 meters away, which soon becomes yellow-orange in color. The yellow light becomes more intense and bright. The sphere then takes off on a vertical flight path emitting a weak noise and emitting sparks. Later the witness and two friends find strange prints on the ground at the site of the observation, described as resembling those of “webbed feet” about 16cm in length. The ground was soon trampled by horse carts.

Source: Figuet/Ruchon Dossier Ovni 1979


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Document history:

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1.0 Patrick Gross January 9, 2009 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross December 21, 2016 Addition [lvn1], [tai1].

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