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The 1954 French flap:

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October 3, 1954, Roye, Somme:

Reference number for this case: 3-Oct-54-Roye. 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sightings in the Nord region for October 3, 1954, neglected by ufologists, including many that were previously unpublished, and mostly explainable by a red moon whose appearance was altered by clouds.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 newspaper Le Courrier Picard for October 6, 1954, on page 3:

At an unspecified hour, on National Road 334 between Roye and Amiens in the Somme department, Mr. Caron, bus driver, alerted by the exclamation of a child: "Oh, the weird moon", saw an object to which he attributed a diameter of 3 m.

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...]

45) Hour not specified, RN 334 between ROYE and AMIENS (80)

- Mr Caron, bus driver, alerted by the exclamation of a child: "Oh, the weird moon", saw an object to which he attributes a diameter of 3 m.

(le Courrier Picard 6/10 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.

[Ref. dc4:] DOMINIQUE CAUDRON:

Analysis of the observations of October 3, 1954

[... other cases...]

45) Hour not specified, RN 334 between ROYE and AMIENS (80)

First identified as the moon.

[... other cases...]

Explanations:

Probable Moon.

Keywords:

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

Roye, Somme, Amiens, Caron, bus driver, child, weird, moon

Sources:

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross June 6, 2019 First published.

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