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October 3, 1954, Rue, Somme:

Reference number for this case: 3-oct-54-Rue2. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


[Ref. jg1:] JIMMY GUIEU:

This author indicates that 3 days after October 1st, 1954, in the evening, a butcher of Rue in the Somme was going back from Berck with his wife and his son by car. They were followed by a mysterious machine of oblong form and orange color which flew at low altitude without exceeding 50 km/h.

The machine finally disappeared in the direction of Saint-Quentin-en-Tournant towards the sea, and was observed by many other people.

[Ref. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel indicates that on October 3, 1954 between Waben and Rue from 09:05 p.m. on, George Galland, tradesman in Rue in the Somme, his wife and his son, drove by car on main road 40, 65 kilometer more in the west in relation with the sighting of Hérissart, and right at the time when the latter finished.

The three motorists suddenly saw an orange object in the sky, and saw that this object followed them. George Galland slowed down to 50 km/h and the phenomenon did the same, following them on several hundred meters at near ground level.

Then, after 8 kilometers of pursuit, just before the entry in Rue, the object suddenly accelerated, turned to the right and disappeared above Saint-Quentin-en-Tourmont in the direction of the sea.

Aimé Michel notes the temporal and geographical continuation of this sighting following that of Hérissart.

He specifies that this observation is with less than 5 minutes apart from the one in Hérissart at 60 kilometers from there, and that if it were a helicopter there would thus have been two of them. He points out that the two machines were observed close enough to distinguish these "cables" under them and that under these conditions it would have been astonishing not to distinguish just as well that would have been helicopters.


219 -001.64800 50.29200 03 10 1954 21 10 1 (QUEND-SOMME) F 0013 C 194


The authors indicate that on September 30, 1954, 02:30 after the sighting in Ligescourt, a butcher Me. Galant, said his car was pursued near Rue and Quend by an orange-colored glowing object that flew low along the road and followed him for about 800 feet. He had no knowledge of the incident in Ligescourt.



Oct. 03, 1954, 09:10 P.M., Quend (France).

Less than 3 hrs after case 183 [Vron on the road to Quend], an orange object chased a car for 8 km, then flew away toward the sea. Witness: Georges Galant, a butcher. (35; M 116) (France-Soir, October 7, 1954).


The author indicates that on October 3, 1954 approximately 2 hours 30 after the case in Vron that day, an orange object chased after a bus. The U.F.O flew extremely low above the road between Rue and Quend. During 8 kilometers, it followed the bus, driven by a butcher, Mr. Galant, then it moved away.


These authors join this observation to other observation in the department of the Nord and explain that layered stratus clouds had created an illusion that fooled the witnesses.


The two authors indicate that Aimé Michel wrote on page 144 of his book "A propos des soucoupes volantes", concerning the case "between Waben and Rue, 09:05 p.m.":

"Mr. George Galland, tradesman in Rue, his wife and his son drove by car on main road 40, between Waben and Rue, they suddenly saw in the sky an orange object, the object followed them, when Mr. Gallant slowed down the object which followed them at ground level did the same. Finally after 8 kilometers of pursuit, the object accelerated suddenly, veered on the right and disappeared in the direction of the sea."

They comment on, while giving in reference "Domenique Caudron", "and yet it was the moon", and that there was no mysterious object in France on October 3, 1954, except for 2 or 3 uninportant phenomena that they say they cound not label.

[Ref. lg1] LOREN GROSS:

Rue, France. (9:10 p.m.)

An orange-colored UFO chased a car driven by M. George Gallant for 8 kilometers and only broke off the pursuit when the town limits of Rve were reached. Gallant's wife and son were passengers in the car and also witnesses the phenomenon. 31.

  • 31. France-Soir. 7 October 54.


Godelieve van Overmeire indicates that in 1954, on October 3, France, in Quend, George Galant was paced in the car on 8 km by an orange object at 21:10. Then the thing moved away towards the sea.

Godelieve van Overmeire indicates that the sources are France-Soir, Oct. 7, 1954; Jacques Vallée: "Chronique des apparitions ET" - Denoël 1972 - J'AI LU Coll. - p. 266.

Godelieve van Overmeire indicates another version "IN REALITY: At 21:30 the Moon set down in crescent in the south-west. Optical illusion caused by a stratus layer. (M. FIGUET / J.L. RUCHON: "OVNI, premier dossier complet..." Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979, p. 657 to 660)".


Fabrice Bonvin notes:

Case #016: 03/10/1954, p. 113 (Rue 80120)

[Ref. lh1:] LARRY HATCH:

! 1954/10/03 CHERENG + MARCOING + QUEND + LIEVIN ++, FRANCE: Close Encounters with the Moon!

[Ref. ni1:] NICAP WEBSITE:

October 3, 1954 -- Nr. Waben, France.
UFO paced car. [II]

[Ref. jb1:] JEROME BEAU:

Jérôme Beau indicates that on Sunday October 3, 1954, at 21:10 in Quend (France), an orange object chases a car on 8 km, then moves away towards the sea. Mr. Gallant George, butcher, was the witness.

The sources are indicated as France-Soir, October 7, 1954; Vallée, J., case #48, "Rapport sur l'analyse de 200 observations documentées faites en 1954".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 3 October 1954 at 21:10 in Quend, France, "less than three hours after case 183, an orange object chased a car for eight kilometers, then flew away toward the sea. Witness: Georges Galant, a butcher. One orange star was observed."

The source is indicated as "Vallee Magonia Database".


Dominique Caudron indicates that the catalogue of 800 cases published in 1970 by Maurice Santos, is a good example of what one should not do; he indicates to extract from it the list of the cases of October 3, 1954; which he knows well as he had investigated into these cases of his area of Nord. For each case, below the text of the Santos catalogue, he states what should have been written, and the explanation after analysis, when there is one.

Santos wrote that for this case #526 of October 3, 1954, in Rue, "3 people in a car are followed in the distance by an orange disc."

In fact, Dominique Caudron says, at 09:15 p.m., on the RN 40 between Pont à Cailloux and Here les Quend, in the 80, a motorist and his female passenger were escorted by a cigar flying at 50 km/h, which forked towards St Quentin in Tourmont.

Dominique Caudron indicates that this was actually the moon.

He adds that the Santos case #535 of "Various Form" in Saint-Ouentin-en-Tourmont of an "Unknown Flying Object", luminous, at low altitude, that "maneuvre at 90 degrees" is the same case as this one.

Santos wrote that for this case #536 of October 3, 1954, of "Various Forms" there had been luminous Unknown Object Flying at low altitude. " Operation with 90 degrees."

Dominique Caudron says that it is the same case as the case #527.

Santos wrote that for this case #535 of "various forms" that there was a luminous Unknown Flying Object in Saint-Ouentin-en-Tourmont on October 3, 1954. I was at low alttitude, "maneuver at 90 degrees."

Dominique Caudron says that this is the same case as case #527.

Santos wrote that for this case #537 of October 3, 1954, of "Various Forms" there had been in Flying Quend luminous Unknown Object.

Dominique Caudron says that it is the same case as the case #527.

He notes that the numbering of the cases by Santos seemed a good idea, but that it prevents the evolution of the catalogue, whose numbering becomes incoherent at the first update: "For example, this catalogue contains only 10 cases for the area of the Nord, whereas we know 48 of them. How to place the 38 others?"

[Ref. ub1:] "UFO-DATENBANK":

This database recorded this case 12 times:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19540930 30.09.1954 Rue France 21.15 CE I
19540930 30.09.1954 Rue France 21.15 CE I
19541003 03.10.1954 Rue France
19541003 03.10.1954 Rue France CE I
19541003 03.10.1954 Rue France
19541003 03.10.1954 Rue Fleury France CE I
19541003 03.10.1954 Berck France 21.30 NL
19541003 03.10.1954 Waben France CE I
19541003 03.10.1954 Waben France CE I
19541003 03.10.1954 Waben France
19541003 03.10.1954 Waben France CE II
19541003 03.10.1954 Berck France Evening NL


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 09:15 p.m., the moon was at azimut 224° 18' 34.9" and levation 2° 17' 57.9" that is, very low on the horizon and in the South-West. Mars was a bit hight and at the left of the moon at 201° 13' 9.7" at an elevation of 11° 59' 11.3". The moon was 40% visible thus of oblong form. The speed indicated by the butcher can be that of his own car whose movement gives the classic illusion of a movement of the moon following the car "at the same speed." The many the other people mentioned by Guieu refer to an observation at the same time in Rue of which nothing says that it was about the same phenomenon.


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

Rue, Somme, Butcher, road, car, followed, oblong, low, orange, slow.


[---] 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], [jb1], [ud1].
1.1 Patrick Gross June 21, 2010 Addition [jv5].
1.3 Patrick Gross October 14, 2016 Addition [dc1].
1.4 Patrick Gross December 16, 2016 Additions [lg1], [ub1].

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