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October 3, 1954, Fleurbaix, Pas-de-Calais:

Reference number for this case: 3-Oct-54-Fleurbaix. 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sightings in the Nord region for October 3, 1954, neglected by ufologists, including many that were previously unpublished, and mostly explainable by a red moon whose appearance was altered by clouds.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 recorded by the GNEOVNI ufology group:

Between 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., in Fleurbaix, Miss Rohart, traveling by car as a passenger, saw at the cemetery a motionless yellow-orange crescent, with a dark central region, which a dozen witnesses were already observing. The lower part went down to the ground and after a few minutes, resumed its initial position. When the car left, the object followed it on its right to Fauquissart where it left in the direction of Ablain-St-Nazaire where it seemed to stop at low altitude, then it was lost from sight.

In 1979, ufologists Michel Figuet and Jean-Louis Ruchon had already dealt with the series of misinterpretations caused by the Moon in the Nord region of France that October 3, 1954. They mentioned Fleurbaix as one of the cases, and said they had learned via Mr. Bonte, I.D.N. engineer, that on that night the Moon was barred by a stratus, and thus those observations were observations of the Moon barred by a stratus.

Reports:

[Ref. fr1:] MICHEL FIGUET AND JEAN-LOUIS RUCHON:

The authors indicate that the sighting in Ablain-Saint-Nazaire, on October 3, 1954, at 9:30 p.m., was the same as others including the one in Fleurbaix, and as they know from Mr. Bonte, I.D.N. engineer, that evening the Moon was barred by a stratus, and thus these sightings were the Moon barred by a stratus.

They add that the landing of the lower part in the field is not worth as objection because the distance is not known.

The authors indicate that the sources for those sightings are La Voix du Nord, of Lens, page 3, October 10, 1954; Nord-Matin for October 5, page 10; Aimé Michel in Mystérieux Objets Célestes page 159, and in A Propos des Soucoupes Volantes page 146; "Chronologie d'un dimanche fantastique" by Dominique Caudron in Bulletin du GNEOVNI #5; and Quincy.

[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...]

15) Between 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., FLEURBAIX (62)

- Miss Rohart, traveling by car as a passenger, saw at the cemetery a motionless yellow-orange crescent, with a dark central region, which a dozen witnesses were already observing. The lower part went down to the ground and after a few minutes, resumed its initial position. When the car left, the object followed it on its right to Fauquissart where it left in the direction of Ablain-St-Nazaire where it seemed to stop at low altitude, then it was lost from sight.

(GNEOVNI Archive)

the indication of Ablain St-Nazaire as direction is likely an interpretation of the investigator

[... 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...]

15) Between 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., FLEURBAIX (62)

Same appearance as the moon that night, same direction as the moon, same apparent behavior as the moon that night.

[... other cases...]

Explanations:

The Moon.

Keywords:

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

Fleurbaix, Pas-de-Calais, Rohart, car, cemetery, motionless, yellow, orange, crescent, dark, split, stop, low

Sources:

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

Document history:

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1.0 Patrick Gross June 6 First published.

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