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October 3, 1954, Hallennes-lez-Haubourdin, Nord:

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

Summary:

In 1997, author Jean Sider published that according to the newspaper Nord-Eclair, of Lille, dor October 6, 1954, page 10, on October 3, 1954, at 08:00 p.m. between Hallennes and Sequedin, Nord, Ferdinand Millescamp, 27, Mason, 22 rue Victor Loridon in Haubourdin, saw from the bridge of Sequedin about 500 meters from him, a luminous object placed on the railway. It then rose vertically; residents of Haubourdin confirmed the statements of this witness.

Around 2017, "skeptic" ufologist Dominique Caudron indicates two more newspapers as sources, the one giving the time of the observation as 09:00 p.m..

Caudron summarized the case: "Mr Ferdinand Millescamps, 21 years old, saw at 500 m on the railway, between Sequedin and Hallennes, a luminous object the size of a tramway at 4 or 5 m from the ground, which after to remain motionless for a moment, rose up vertically, and other witnesses would have confirmed this observation."

He discovered that the observed thing was in the direction of the Moon.

Reports:

[Ref. js1] JEAN SIDER:

French ufologist and author Jean Sider learned in an article from the newspaper "Nord-Eclair", of Lille, for October 6, 1954 on page 10, that on October 3, 1954 at 08:00 p.m., between Hallennes and Sequedin, in the department of the Nord, Ferdinand Millescamp, aged 27, mason, from 22 rue Victor Loridon in Haubourdin saw from the bridge of Sequedin at approximately 500 meters from him, a luminous object posed on the rails which then rose vertically. Residents of Haubourdin confirmed the statements of the witness.

[Ref. jd1:] JEAN-PIERRE D'HONDT:

D'Hondt indicates that on October 3, 1954, in Sequedin, department of the Nord, according to the newspaper "Nord Eclair" in their edition of Lille for October 6, 1954, page 10, Ferdinand Millescamp, 27-year-old, mason, 22 street Victor Loridon in Haubourdin, saw from the bridge of Sequedin, at approximately 500 meters of him, a luminous object posed on the railway, which then rose vertically. Residents of Haubourdin confirmed his statements.

[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...]

12) 20 h (N.E.) ou 21 h. (N.M.), SEQUEDIN (59)

- Mr Ferdinand Millescamps, 21, saw at 500 m on the railway, between Sequedin and Hallennes, a luminous object of the size of a tramway at 4 or 5 m. from the ground; which after having stayed motionless for a while, rose, vertically. Other witnesses reportedly confirmed this observation.

(Nord Matin 10/6 page 10, Nord Eclair 10/6 page 10. La Voix du Nord-Lille++ issue page 6)

[... 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...]

12) 20 h (N.E.) ou 21 h. (N.M.), SEQUEDIN (59)

Same direction than the moon

[... other cases...]

In his conclusion, he put this sighting among the 15 sightings for October 3, 1954 in the nord region dor which the Monn explanation ranked as possible.

Explanations:

If I get things correctly...

The correct bridge must be the one I placed in the red circle, since there is a railway line at exactly 500 meters from this bridge at the point where these rails pass the other bridge. In other words, if the object was placed on rails 500 meters from the witness on a "Sequedin bridge", the yellow line to the southwest is a possible direction of observation, and this is indeed the direction to the setting moon.

This is not the only spot where the railway is at 500 meters from the bridge I chose. But this is the spot where the visibility towards the horizon is the best. The direction of observation would then be approximately 217°, towards the South-West.

At 8 p.m., the moon was at the azimuth 213° and the elevation 7°. At 9 p.m., it was at the azimuth 225° and the elevation 1° 4. If it was the moon, it is quite probable, or logical, that the witness said somehting like "between 8 pm and 9 pm".

The problem that remains, to object the moon, would be this vertical departure, the moon goes down, and does not "depart" vertically. It is therefore necessary to add some cloud effect that progressively obscured the moon from the bottom to the top, for example.

Keywords:

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

Hallennes-lez-Haubourdin, Sequedin, Nord, Ferdinand Millecamp, night, mason, bridge, luminous, object, landing, take-off, vertical

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross September 26, 2007 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross January 9, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version.
1.1 Patrick Gross May 27, 2019 Additions [dc3], [dc4], Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet."

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