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October 6, 1954, Sailly-lez-Cambrai, Nord:

Reference number for this case: 6-Oct-54-Sailly-lez-Cambrai. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

In the Cambrai issue, the regional newspaper Nord-Matin for October 9, 1954, reported that there was a big stir "Wednesday" - thus on October 6, 1954 - at 07:15 p.m., in Sailly-les-Cambrai, because in the sky of the village a luminous ball coming from the direction of the north was observed, moving in horizontal flight. Then, suddenly, the ball went up vertically and changed shape, elongating and rising quickly.

This was observed for a few minutes by many people, and no noise came from the "craft"; which seemed to be quite far away.

The newspaper wondered if it was a "flying saucer."

Reports:

[Ref. nmn1:] "NORD-MATIN" NEWSPAPER:

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SAILLY-LEZ-CAMBRAI

Flying saucer?

Great excitement on Wednesday, at 7:15 p.m., in Sailly. In the sky of our village one was bale to observe a luminous ball coming from the direction of north and which moved in horizontal flight. Then, suddenly, the ascent became vertical and the "thing" changing shape, lengthened and rose quickly.

The phenomenon was observed for a few minutes by many people. Note that no noise came from the craft, which seemed to be quite far away.

Explanations:

I would think of a meteor, if the duration was a bit exaggerated - I do not have an obvious meteor at this date and hour. It could also have been a distant plane.

Sailly-lez-Cambrai

Keywords:

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Sailly-lez-Cambrai, Nord, ball, luminous, movement, horizontal, ascent, vertical, change of shape, elongated, fast, silent, duration, distant

Sources:

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