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The 1954 French flap:

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October 3, 1954, Provin, Nord:

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


Around 2017, the "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sightings in the Nord region for October 3, 1954, neglected by ufologists, including many that were previously unpublished, and mostly explainable by a red moon whose appearance was altered by clouds.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 La Voix du Nord for October 5, 1954:

At an unspecified hour, in Provin, Nord department, the mother of the town hall secretary saw a luminous craft passing with an engine noise, and others made the same statement to the gendarmes.



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...]

39) Hour not specified, PROVIN (59)

- The mother of the town hall secretary saw a luminous craft passing with engine noise. Others made the same statement to the gendarmes.

(La Voix du Nord 10/5 page 3)

[... 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.


Analysis of the observations of October 3, 1954

[... other cases...]

39) Hour not specified, PROVIN (59)

Insufficient information.

[... other cases...]


The information is certainly insufficient; the engine noise suggests a possible plane or helicopter to me.


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

Provin, Nord, town hall secretary, craft, luminous, noise, sound, engine, multiple, gendarmes


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