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October 3, 1954, Rue, Somme:

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

Reports:

[Ref. gl1:] CHARLES GARREAU AND RAYMOND LAVIER:

The ufologists and authors describe the sighting in Rue in the Somme, for October 3, 1954 at 09:15 P.M. based on their personal file and newspaper clippings.

The single witness, Mr. Georges Savary was returning to his farm. At the moment when he was about to enter inside, he saw a luminous object, which descended following a constant trajectory, and landed at 400 meters of the constructions.

The authors provide this part of the narrative by the witness:

"You would have said a big glowing top. It could have been two meters high and one meter large at its largest part."

Mr. Savary observes the machine for a few minutes, then, without caring any more, returned home and went to bed.

On the next day however, he told what he saw to the gendarmes.

The authors say that the gendarmes susbsequently wrote about it that "The highest degree of credibility is deserved by this information."

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

These two authors indicate that on October 3, 1954 at 09:10 p.m. in Rue in the department of the Somme, at the time he entered his home, G. Savary saw a luminous object having the shape of a spinning top which landed at 400 meters of his farm in a pasture named "La fontaine bleue" ("the blue fountain").

Mr. Savary wanted to approach, but the object took off and moved away in the direction to Crotoy. G. Savary observed the object a few minutes, and without being concerned with it anymore, returned at his place and went to bed. The next day, he told his adventure to the gendarmes of Abbeville.

The authors indicate that the sources are Quincy; La Voix du Nord for October 6, 1954, p. 6; Courrier Picard for October 6, 1954, page 3; Abbeville Libre for October 8, 1954, page 1; Le Journal de Rue for October 9, 1954, page 2; C. Garreau and R. Lavier in "Face aux ET" page 31; the GNEOVNI Bulletin #5 by Dominique Caudron.

[Ref. go1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

Godelieve van Overmeire indicates that in 1954, on October 3, in France in Rue (the Somme), at 21:15, George Savary returns to his farm. At the time when he enters home he sees a luminous object which goes down while following a regular trajectory and lands at 400 meters of the buildings. "You would have said a large incandescent spinning top. It could have been 2 m in height and 1 m broad at its largest part." He observes the craft during a few minutes and without more concern, returns at his place and goes to bed. The next day he tells the gendarmes what he saw.

Godelieve van Overmeire indicates that the source is Garreau and Lavier in "Face aux extra-terrestres", Delarge 1975, J'ai Lu, p. 32,33.

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Somme in rue on October 3, 1954 at 21:10 hours, at the time to enter in his home, the witness sees a luminous object having the shape of a spinning top which rises at 400 meters of his farm in a pasture named "La Fontaine Bleue". He wants to get closer but the object takes off and moves away in direction of Crotoy. The witness observes the object a few minutes, and without more concern he returns home and goes to bed. The next day, he tells his adventure to the gendarmes of Abbeville.

Luc Chastan indicates that the source is "Ovni, Premier dossier complet... by Figuet M./ Ruchon J.L. ** Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979".

Explanations:

Not completely looked for yet. Possibly the moon.

Rue is at the latitude 50° 16' 23" North and the longitude, 01° 40' 07" West, on October 3, 1954 at 09:10 p.m., the moon was at azimut 223° 17' 17.2" and elevation 2° 49' 57.8" that is, very low on the horizon and in the South-West. Mars was a bit higher and at the left of the moon at 200° 1' 33.2" at an elevation of 12° 17' 1.6", almost motionless, barely going down 1° in 20 minutes. The moon was 40% visible, and was setting down at the time of the observation.

Keywords:

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

Rue, Somme, farm, farmer, spinning top, luminous, object, glowing, landing, gendarmes, gendarmerie

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross March 17, 2007 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross January 9, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [go1], [lc1].

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