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The 1954 French flap:

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October 3, 1954, Iwuy, Nord:

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


In his 1958 book on the French wave of 1954, the pioneering ufologist Aimé Michel, discussing the observation in Marcoing on October 3, 1954, wrote that the witnesses, mainly the Marcoing gendarmes, had carried out an investigation which showed that the object they had seen had also been seen by numerous witnesses at the time of its arrival, notably in Iwuy.

In 1979, the "skeptical" ufologist Dominique Caudron, who is from the region, indicated that there was no observation at Iwuy.


[Ref. aml1:] AIME MICHEL:

Discussing the sighting in Marcoing on October 3, 1954, Aimé Michel said:

An investigation conducted by the Marcoing police showed that the object had been observed at the moment of its arrival by numerous witnesses at Iwuy, [... other places...]


Discussing the October 3, 1954, sightings in the North of France, Dominique Caudron indicates about Iwuy:

There was no observation in IWUY.


Possible non-event.

If the gendarmes had noted an observation in Iwuy and that Aimé Michel knew of it, it should be in a gendarmerie report that Michel would have read. But for the moment, this hypothetical report is not published.

Even if there were witnesses at Iwuy, the chances are very high that they made the same misinterpretation as most of the other witnesses in the region that night, ie not being able to recognize the Moon, which was a red moon in the process of setting and barred by a cloud, thus seeming to split into two objects.


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

Iwuy, Nord, night


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