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The 1954 French flap:

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October 3, 1954, Dunkerque, Nord:

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

Summary:

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sightings in the Nord region for October 3, 1954, neglected by ufologists, including many that were previously unpublished, and mostly explainable by a red moon whose appearance was altered by clouds.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 Le Nouveau Nord Maritime for October 7, 1954, on page 2:

At 08:10 p.m., in Dunkirk, a young woman saw an oval object, red-orange at the ends, dark red in the center, barred like by a handle, which she first took for the moon. The object deformed and took the shape of a cigar with dark spots.

Back home, she alerted her husband who saw the object further west. The cigar split into two parts and disappeared in the background of the sky.

Reports:

[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...]

13) 08:10 p.m., DUNKERQUE (59)

- A young woman saw an oval object, red-orange at the ends, dark red in the center, barred like by a handle, which she first took for the moon. The object deformed and took the shape of a cigar with dark spots. Back home, she alerts her husband who sees the object further west. The cigar split into two parts and disappeared in the background of the sky.

(Le Nouveau Nord Maritime 10/7 page 2)

[... 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.

[Ref. dcn4:] DOMINIQUE CAUDRON:

Analysis of the observations of October 3, 1954

[... other cases...]

13) 08:10 p.m., DUNKERQUE (59)

First identified as the moon, same apparent behavior than the moon.

[... other cases...]

Explanations:

Dominique Caudron is right: the woman at first did recognize that the thing was the Moon, and what happened next is quite similar to other cases of that night when the Moon had taken these disconcerting appearances, being a crescent red moon deformed by clouds in the field of vision.

Keywords:

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

Dunkerque, Nord, young woman, husband, night, red, oval, red, orange, barred, cigar, dark, spots, split

Sources:

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Document history:

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