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October 3, 1954, Estrées-Deniécourt, Somme:

Reference number for this case: 3-Oct-54-Estrées-Deniécourt. 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sightings in the Nord region for October 3, 1954, neglected by ufologists, including many that were previously unpublished, and mostly explainable by a red moon whose appearance was altered by clouds.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 newspapers Le Courrier Picard for October 6, 1954, Nord Matin for October 7, 1954, Libre Artois and Le Journal du Santerre for October 8, 1954:

At 09:15 p.m., Mr. Bedier, his wife and his son were driving on the Route Nationale 336 towards Amiens, when they saw from Estrées-Deniécourt, towards Montdidier, moving close to the ground, a luminous object, domed on its top.

They stopped and were able to observe the motionless object during ten minutes. A vertical dark bar, 1/5th of the object's width, appeared in the middle of the object and stayed there until the end of the observation.

Having resumed their trip, the witnesses lost the object from sight at the place called Warfusée when taking the road of Marcelcave.

Dominique Caudron indicated that the object was in the same direction as the Moon, and had the same apparent behavior than the Moon.

Reports:

[Ref. dc3:] 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...]

33) 21 h 15, RN 336, from ESTRÉES-DENIÉCOURT until WARFUSÉE-ABANCOURT (80)

- Mr Bedier, his wife and his son drove towards Amiens when they saw towards Montdidier, moving close to the ground, a luminous object, domed on the top, They stopped and were able to observe the motionless object during ten minutes. A dark vertical bar, 1/5th of its width, appeared in the middle of the object and stayed there until the end of the observation. Having resumed their drive, the witnesses lost sight of the object at the place called Warfusée while taking the road to Marcelcave.

(Le Courrier Picard 10/6 page 3, Nord Matin 10/7 page 8, Libre Artois 10/8 page 4, le Journal du Santerre 10/8 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. dc4:] DOMINIQUE CAUDRON:

Analysis of the observations of October 3, 1954

[... other cases...]

33) 21 h 15, RN 336, from ESTRÉES-DENIÉCOURT until WARFUSÉE-ABANCOURT (80)

Same direction than the moon, same apparent behavior than the moon.

[... other cases...]

Explanations:

The Moon.

The trip from Estrées-Deniécourt until Abancourt is about 80 kilometers long.

The direction of observation appears to be to the Southwest, where the Moon set took place at that time.

The observed object moves when the witnesses are driving, and appears motionless when they stop; which is a typical illusion in misinterpretations caused by the Moon.

Keywords:

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

Estrées-Deniécourt, Somme, Bedier, wife, son, multiple, car, driving, Montdidier, moving, luminous, object, dome, motionless, duration, vertical, dark, bar, Warfusée, Marcelcave

Sources:

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Document history:

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1.0 Patrick Gross June 6, 2019 First published.

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