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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.

Summary:

Ufologists Charles Garreau and Raymond Lavier were the first to report on this case in their 1975 book, saying they relied on press sources and their personal file.

According to them, at Rue in the Somme department on October 3, 1954, at 9:15 pm, a single witness, Georges Savary, returned to his farm. As he was about to enter, he saw a luminous object; which came down in a constant trajectory and landed 400 meters away from the buildings.

The authors quote the witness as having stated:

"It looked like a big, incandescent top, it could be two meters high and one meter wide at its biggest part."

Mr. Savary watched the craft for a few minutes, then, not worrying more, went back to bed. But the next day, he told what he had seen to the gendarmes, who then wrote on this subject that "this information deserves the highest degree of credibility."

In 1979, ufologists Michel Figuet and Jean Louis Ruchon specified that the "top" had landed in a pasture named "La Foutaine Bleue."

Mr. Savary would have liked to approach it, but the object had taken off and had moved towards Crotoy. Before going to bed, he had observed it for a few minutes; and it is with the gendarmes of Abbeville that he made his official report.

Figuet and Ruchon give precise press sources: La Voix du Nord, October 6, 1954, p. 6; Le Courier 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; and they indicate that the case is also in the Bulletin du GNEOVNI newsletter #5 by Dominique Caudron.

Dominique Caudron, local "skeptical" ufologist, on the Web, also gives precise press sources. He does not indicate a single witness but several: Mr. and Mrs. G. Savary and Mr. M. Véron. He specified that the object was in the direction of the Moon.

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 subsequently 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. goe1:] 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".

[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...]

35) 21 h 15, RUE (80)

- Mr. and Mrs. G. Savary and Mr. M. Véron saw a kind of top shining of red color that seemed to land to the groun in a pasture named "La Foraine Bleue" at 400 meters of the witnesses. Mr. Savary wanted to get close to it, but the object took off and went away in the direction of Crotoy.

(La Voix du Nord-ed. Somme 6/10 page 6, Abbeville libre 8/10 page 1, Le Courrier Picard 6/10, page 3, Le Journal de Rue 9/10 page 2)

[... 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.

Explanations:

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 azimuth 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.

The direction of Crotoy from Rue is between 195° and 231°. It is therefore the direction in which the Moon was setting, crescent shaped. It is highly probable that only the upper part of the crescent remained visible above the horizon to give the illusion of the landing of an object that was rather vertical, according to the given dimensions.

Keywords:

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

Rue, Somme, Geroges Savary, Véron, Crotoy, 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 [goe1], [lc1].
1.1 Patrick Gross June 8, 2019 Additions [dc3], [dc4], Summary. In the Explanations, deletion of the paragraph "Not completely looked for yet. Possibly the moon." and addition of the paragraph "The direction of Crotoy..."

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