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September 7, 1954, between Harponville and Contay, Somme:

Reference number for this case: 7-sep-54-Harponville. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Reports:

[Ref. ge1] GENDARMERIE NATIONALE:

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GENDARMERIE NATIONALE
COMMANDEMENT REGIONAL DE LA [...]
GENDARMERIE DE LA 2° R.M.
2° Légion bis de la Gendarmerie

AMIENS, le 7 Septembre 1954

RAPPORT
du capitaine [...], commandant la Section de gendarmerie [...]
sur l'apparition d'une "soucoupe volante"

N° 785 / 2

Référence: article 78 et 87 du Décret du 20 Mai 1903.

Le 7 septembre 1954. vers 7 Heures 30, deux personnes circulant à bicyclette déclarent avoir vu une soucoupe volante entre HARPONVILLE et CONTAY.

>em>LES FAITS:

Monsieur [...], maçon, 27 ans et son ouvrier Monsieur de [...] se rendaient ce jour 7 Septembre 1954 de leur domicile [---] à leur lieu de travail: [...]

Vers 7 Heures 30' circulant sur la C.G. 47 entre HARPONVILLE et CONTAY, ces deux personnes ont eu leur attention attirée par un engin de forme bizarre. Il s'agissait d'un gros cylindre de 10 mètres de diamètre et de 3 mètres de hauteur, la surface supérieure était bombée et une porte était apparente sur la paroi verticale. Cet appareil qui était posé dans un champ à 200 mètres de la route s'est levé lorsque les deux hommes cités ci-dessus se sont approchés de lui. Cette montée s'est faite d'abord sur une quinzaine de mètres en oblique puis ensuite verticalement. Aucun bruit n'a été perçu mais un tuyau sous l'appareil laissait s'échapper de la fumée bleue.

L'engin est resté de 4 à 5 minutes à la vue des 2 déclarants.

VALEUR DU RENSEIGNEMENT:

Le Commandant de section qui a interrogé les deux témoins pense qu'il ne s'agit pas de mystificateurs. Ceux-ci déclarent d'ailleurs sans fausse honte, qu'ils ont eu très peur.

La Gendarmerie s'est rendue sur les lieux avec le chien policier BOBBI.

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Le point où se trouvait l'engin d'après les témoins est situé à 800 mètres N.O. du C.D.47, à 1 Km 800 de CONTAY et 4 Kms 800 de VARENNES.

Aucune trace n'existe sur le sol composé en partie d'herbe et en partie de luzerne.

Le chien n'a suivi aucune piste.

Le présent rapport est établi à toutes fins utiles et avec toutes réserves.

Signé illisible.

Destinataire:

Mr le PREFET de la Somme
Mr le Procureur de la République à AMIENS
Mr le Colonel, Cdt la 2°e Légion bis de Gendarmerie
Mr le Colonel Cdt la Subdivision de la Somme
Mr le Chef de Service de Sécurité de la 2° Région Militaire à LILLE
Mr le Chef de Service de la Sécurité Air CAMBRAI.

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COPIE DE DEUX DECLARATION

Monsieur [...], 27 ans, Maçon, [...] qui déclare:

"Aujourd'hui 7 Septembre 1954, vers 7 Heures ou 7 Heures 30 je me rendais par la route de mon domicile à La Houssoye où le travaille lorsque entre ARPONVILLE [sic] et CONTAY, en plaine, à 150 mètres de la route mon attention a été attirée par la forme bizarre d'une meule avec la particularité d'un mouvement oscillatoire. Après avoir fait remarquer ce fait à mon ouvrier [...], avec lui je me suis approché de cet objet pour mieux le regarder. J'étais arrivé à une centaine de mètres lorsqu'il s'est levé, d'abord d'une quinzaine de mètres en ascension oblique assez lente, puis ensuite à la verticale beaucoup plus rapidement et disparaître à ma vue dans le ciel.

Je peux décrire l'objet que j'ai vu de la manière suivante:

Il s'agit d'un cylindre de couleur gris wagon de chemin de fer dont la surface supérieure est légèrement bombée. J'au vu sur le tour une forme de porte et dessous un tuyau par lequel s'échappait de la fumée lors de l'ascension. Les dimensions sont d'après moi les suivantes: diamètre une dizaine de mètres, hauteur 2 mètres 50 à 3 mètres.

Pendant l'ascension de cet objet je n'ai remarqué que l'échappement de fumée à l'exclusion de tout signe lumineux ou sonore, l'appareil ne faisait absolument aucun bruit.

Lecture faite, persiste et signe.

Monsieur [...], 23 ans, maçon [...] qui déclare:

J'ai quitté ACHEUX à 7 Heures pour gagner la HOUSSOYE où je travaille en qualité de maçon. J'étais accompagné de mon patron, Monsieur [...]; en bicyclette nous empruntions le C.D. 47 par HARPONVILLE. Entre cette localité et la commune de CONTAY, sur notre droite, dans un champ dépouillé de récolte et à 150 mètres environ de la route, nous avons aperçu une meule non couverte. Cette dernière présentait l'aspect d'un puisard de château d'eau. Nous avons trouvé cette meule très bizarre et nous nous sommes arrêtés pour l'observer. Elle pouvait avoir une dizaine de mètres de diamètre sur trois mètres de haut environ. Il m'a semblé qu'il existait une ouverture plus large que haute à ce que nous prenions pour une meule et qui, en réalité ne l'était pas.

.../...

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Il s'agissait d'un engin. Ce dernier s'est mis à s'élever dans les airs lentement et sans aucune bruit. En s'élevant l'engin nous a permis de découvrir comme un tuyau d'échappement duquel s'échappait une fumée gris-bleu et peu dense. L'engin avait une couleur sale, soit noire ou bleu foncé. La fumée était visible jusqu'é ce que l'engin ait atteint une dizaine de mètres. Cet engin prenait de l'altitude en oblique. Après une hauteur de 12 mètres environ, il a monté verticalement et il m'a semblé qu'il prenait de la vitesse. Il a disparu dans les airs environ cinq minutes après sa montée.

J'ai avisé de ces faits le garde de la HOUSSOYE qui s'est chargé de vous avertir.

Mon patron et moi ne nous sommes pas approché des lieux tant notre surprise était grande. L'endroit d'où est parti l'engin est sis à proximité d'un bois. Je n'au vu aucune personne après de l'engin"

Lecture faite, persiste et signe.

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CROQUIS DE L'ENGIN D'APRES LES DECLARATIONS DE Mrs [...]

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N° 273/4

AMIENS, le 23 SEPTEMBRE 1954

COPIE

- RAPPORT -

du Chef d'Escadron [...] Commandant la Compagnie de Gendarmerie de la Somme

sur l'apparition d'une "soucoupe volante".

REFERENCES: Ordres verbaux du Général Commandant Régional de Gendarmerie (suite à rapport 785/2 du 7.9.1954 -

Les faits ont été exposés dans le rapport cité en référence.

Ils sont brièvement rappelés ci-dessous:

Le 7 septembre 1954, vers 7 heures 30, deux cyclistes se rendant à leur travail circulent sur la G.C. 47 entre HARPONVILLE et CONTAY, Ils aperçoivent un engin de forme circulaire (diamètre 10 mètres environ) hauteur 2 m. 50 à 3 m.) à 200 mètres de la route. Cet engin a un mouvement d'oscillation. aucun bruit n'est entendu. Les 2 hommes s'en approchent jusqu'à 100 mètres. L'engin s'élève alors en 2 temps: dans un premier temps une assez lente montée oblique jusqu'à une altitude approximativement de 15 mètres, puis une montée verticale pour disparaître à la vue.

Les deux personnes ont eu l'engin sous les yeux durant 4 à 5 minutes. Ce n'est donc pas une vision fugitive.

ENQUETE

Les deux témoins se rendent aussitôt à la brigade de Gedarmerie de CORBIE (la plus proche de leur lieu de travail LA HOUSSOYE) d'où ils sont conduits immédiatement à la Section d'Amiens.

Dès leur arrivée à AMIENS, les deux hommes sont interrogés séparément et simultanément dans deux bureaux. Leurs déclarations sont identiques.

Personnalité des témoins:

1°) - [...], maçon, âgé de 27 ans

Excellente moralité et mentalité. A été choisi pour occuper à la mobilisation un emploi auxiliaire dans la Garde Républicaine.

.../...

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Très bien connu de la brigade locale.

2°) - [...], 23 ans - ouvrier [...] très honorablement connu de la brigade.

Il s'agit donc de deux hommes, ayant une bonne vue, sains d'esprit et sobres. Ils vont perdre le bénéfice d'une journée de travail.

Emploi du temps des témoins:

Pour éviter toute suspicion d'ivresse ou de fatigue, l'emploi du temps des témoins a été vérifié par le Commandant de Compagnie.

Ils se sont couchés la veille vers 21 heures et se sont levés vers 6 heures; Ils ont quitté ACHEUX vers 7 heures, après avoir déjeuné, pour se rendre à leur travail à LA HOUSSOYE. Ils ne se sont pas arrêtés en cours de route pour consommer. Ils sont donc dispos et ne sont pas en état d'ébriété.

Transport sur les lieux:

Messieurs [...] et [...] ont été emmenés sur les lieux, avec le Commandant de Compagnie douze gradés et gendarmes et le chien BOBBI.

Emplacement: 200 m. Nord-Ouest du C. D. 47 - à 1 km 800 de CONTAY et 4 kms 800 de VARENNES.

sol: couvert en partie de luzerne et d'herbes.

Visibilité: le 7 septembre à 7 h. 30, il fait jour, le temps est clair et sans brouillard.

Sur demande du Commandant de Compagnie, Mr. [...] précise qu'il ne s'agit pas d'un hélicoptère car il a déjà vu de près ces appareils.

Renseignements divers:

L'engin n'a pas été vu des habitants de CONTAY-TOUTESCOURT HARPONVILLE - HERISSANT - VADENCOURT, localités entourant le lieu.

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-Consultée, la Station Maître de Radar de LUCHEUX distante de 15 kms, à vol d'oiseau n'était pas en action à 7 h. 30. Elle ne peut fournir aucune indication.

- CONCLUSION -

Messieurs [...] et [...] sont deux hommes sérieux; la visibilité est parfaite.

Le Commandant de compagnie est convaincu que ces personnes ont réellement vu un "engin".

La presse locale alertée par la rumeur publique a envoyé des journalistes sur place. Ceux-ci ont la même conviction que le Commandant de Compagnie. Il n'est pas possible d'affirmer que cet engin soit ce que l'on appelle couramment "Soucoupe Volante".

Une autre affaire de "soucoupe volante" s'est produite dans la région Péronnaise, la Gendarmerie a démontré aisément qu'il s'agissait d'une plaisanterie.

[Ref. nm1:] "LE NOUVEAU NORD-MARITIME" NEWSPAPER:

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MYSTERY IN PICARDIE

Two workmen claim
to have seen a flying saucer
and they describe it
in an impressive manner

The apparatus was on the ground and rose
diagonally, then vertically

One reads in the "Courrier Picard":

That, is the news which came to us at the end of Tuesday afternoon, news which the witnesses of the amazing event confirmed to us.

This information will certainly generate a perfectly comprehensible skepticism, but the two men who "saw" the machine gave us concordant statements on all matters.

So, on Tuesday morning, M. Emile Renard, 27, a masonry craftsman living on the Doullens road in Acheux-en-Amienois, had left his home by bicycle to go to work at Lahoussoye. He was accompanied by his helper, M. Yves de Gillaboz, aged 23, living on the Bertrancourt road in Acheux-en-Amiénois.

They both rode along normally, when at about 7:15 A.M., at which time they had passed through Harponville and were going towards Contay, their attention was caught by a large machine sitting in a recently mowed field, about 200 meters and to their right.

- One might have taken it for an unfinished haystack", M. Renard told us, whom we found in the presence of his family in the course of the evening.

Yes, and the top was a bit rounded, looking like a plate upside down, added Mr. de Gillaboz, whose boss had fetched from his home at our request.

Puzzled, the two men jumped off their machines, and ran into the fields toward the apparatus.

Renard, being faster than his companion, distanced him by a good bit.

- As I approached, he told us, I kept my eyes on the object. Thus I could perceive that it was of a dirty grey color, and was possibly, some ten meters in diameter.

- It was wobbling a bit, M. de Gillaboz specifies.

- Did you hear any sound? we asked.

- Absolutely not, both men replied.

And both specified that they noticed on the side of the craft a sort of door wider than it was high, but closed.

- I had run about 50 meters, said Mr. Renard, when I saw that the apparatus was rising diagonally, while a smoke escaped from a sort of pipe in its lower portion.

In this manner it reached an altitude of about 15 meters. Then it quit the diagonal travel and rose vertically and faster.

We followed it with our eyes for several minutes. The higher it rose, the more difficult it was to see it, and it finally disappeared.

- What were your feelings, at that moment? we asked.

- What would you expect? replied M. Renard, we just stood there with our mouths open.

- As for myself, I wanted to do just one thing: get on my bicycle and get out of here as fast as possible.

- I just like froze, added the master mason. I asked myself what phenomenon we just witnessed, then it occurred to me that perhaps it was a flying saucer like those the newspapers have been telling about.

- Think about it, remarked his companion, we just couldn't accept it. You've got to admit there's some reason to be flabbergasted when you see something like that.

As we interrogate Mr. Renard on what he would have done if he had got close to the craft, he states:

- I wanted to know what it was because I was utterly puzzled by it. I can't say whether I would have dared to touch it, but perhaps I would have tried to see what was inside. How? I really don't know.

Well, speaking for myself, said Mr. de Gillaboz, "I would never have touched the thing, and I didn't like its looks one bit...

During their statement the two men made a strong impression of sincerity. They said that when they had spoken of what they had seen to people in Lahoussoye, the police were called. In the course of the day MM. Renard and de Gillaboz were interrogated separately at great length. They were taken back to the place where they saw the machine. No trace of it could be found on the ground.

At the police station, a complete silence on the subject is being observed; it seems as though they are reluctant either to confirm or deny what remains a mystery to everyone.

However, the testimony of the two men is straightforward and precise, so we are presenting it to our readers just as they told it to us.

[Ref. ji1:] UNIDENTIFIED NEWSPAPER:"

Formal testimony of two workers:

A flying saucer landed in the Somme

Amiens 8 (A.C.P.). - It appears from the testimony of two workers that a mysterious machine flew Tuesday morning from a field bordering the road linking Harponville to Contay in the Somme.

Mr. Emile Renard, a 27-year-old artisanal mason living on the road from Doullens to Acheux-en-Amiénois, was accompanied by his workman, Mr. Vves de Gillaboz, 23, who had left his home on bicycle to go to work at La Houssoye, remaining road of Bertrancourt, also in Acheux.

The two cyclists had crossed Harponville and headed towards Contay when, according to them, their attention was attracted by a large machine, placed in a field about 200 meters on the right of their road:

"It looked like an unfinished millstone," they said, and the slightly rounded top resembled a flattened plate.

Intrigued, the two men jumped down of their machine and ran into the fields towards the gray craft, which might have been about ten meters in diameter. It oscillated somewhat, but made no noise, and on its wall one distinguished a kind of door wider than high, which was closed.

"However," said Mr. Renard, "as I was before my companion, I had traveled about fifty yards, I saw the apparatus rising diagonally, while a smoke escaped through a kind of pipe placed in its lower part, and then at a height of about ten meters, the machine continued to ascend vertically and more rapidly."

It ended by disappearing from the eyes of the two men, who, awestruck, wondered what phenonen they had just witnessed.

At the gendarmerie of Acheux-en-Amienois, where they were long and separately questioned, one keeps the most complete silence, being careful not to inform or to confirm what remains for all a mystery.

MM. Renard and Gillaboz were also taken to the spot where they would have seen the aircraft. But there was no trace on the ground.

[Ref. fa1:] "FEUILLE D'AVIS" NEWSPAPER:

We saw a flying saucer at a distance of 100 meters

ARRAS. - Two masons, MM. Emile Renard, 27, and Yves de Gillaboz, domiciled in Acheux-en-Amiénois (the Somme), said they observed a "flying saucer" at the exit of the village of Harponville.

"The thing, they said, was in a field, 200 meters from the road. It looked like a huge upturned plate, was gray, and measured ten meters. We dropped our bikes and we started to run in the direction of the machine which was sometimes leaning left, sometimes leaning to the right. On the surface a kind of wider than high door could be seen, and carefully closed.

"While we were still a hundred meters of the saucer, the latter began to rise obliquely, without noise, letting an acrid smoke escape through a tube placed below. Having reached 15 meters height, this weird machine rose in a straight line rather quickly and eventually disappeared. We believed we were dreaming..."

The two men, interviewed separately by the police, provided the same report of what they claim to have seen.

[Ref. vm1:] "VAR-MATIN - REPUBLIQUE" NEWSPAPER:

Witnesses statements match:

"The flying saucer takes off at the speed of a helicopter then the acceleration becomes vertiginous"

Amiens, September 14. -- Yesterday we presented, the extraordinary report by Mr. Marius Dewilde, of Quarouble, close to Valenciennes, who stats he saw a flying saucer and two small mysterious beings. This scene, let us recall, occurred Friday, September 10, towards 23:15. Today hereis the story of two resident of Acheux-in-Amienois, misters Emile Renard and Yves de Gillaboz, who, as we had specified briefly, also claim to have seen a flying saucer.

This adventure, which occurred 90 km in straight line from Valenciennes, happened on Tuesday, September 7, towards 7:15 a.m. The craft seemed stopped at a few centimetres of the ground, in a thatch, within 200 meters of the secondary road which goes from Harponville to Contay.

The two witnesses are very honourably known and very esteemed in Acheux-in-Amiénois where they live. It is there, where separately they told us the event, just like, separately, they sketched for us, the general outline of the saucer which we reproduce. But before hearinf their say, let us introduce them briefly:

Mr. Emile Renard is 27 years old, he is owner mason, married and father of four children. Native of Acheux, we weree told by everyone that he is a keen worker. And is the first to express his impatience about the flying saucer.

"For one week, he told us, I waste half of my days to tell this story. I have enough of that, believe me. That's not what puts food on the table for my children."

As of Yves de Gillerboz, he worked as mason with Mr. Renard for one year. He is a strong 23 years old boy, showing health and which, no more than his boss, seems to want to joke around.

A strange haystack

We interrogated them and their accounts agree perfectly, just like the whole agrees on many points with the Mr. Dewilde's vision.

"Instead of using the van whose engine needed repair, Mr. Renard explained to us, my employee and I had left on bicycles to return to our work at the rural policeman's of the commune of Houssoye. Suddenly between Harponville and Contay, the tire of Guillerboz' bicycle deflated. I stopped to hand my pump to him and my eyes were attracted by a kind of disc, within 250 meters of us in a field.

- Look, I told my friend, that's a haystack with a funny color!

But very buzy inflating the tire, he did not answer me. Puzzled, I continued to detail the object when I realized that the latter, while moving compared to the ground, was shaken by a slight swinging, a kind of oscillation around an imaginary axis.

- But look at that, looks at that, it is not a haystack! I shouted to companion.

And both of us, taken by I do not know what presentiment, we rushed through the fields to approach the mysterious apparatus; we had to cross, after a first waste land, a beet field. Hardly had we started to run through the latter that the saucer, for it was now a saucer to us, we were sure, takes off askew during about fifteen meters to then go up vertically."

Craft wingspan: about ten meters

Just like his boss, Mr. Guillerboz, specified to us that the machine was ten meters in width by three meters high approximately.

"It was of a bluish gray color but did not shine", he specified to us. Both finally, affirm that the saucer left without making the least noise. Contrary to Mr. Dewilde, of Quarouble, they did not succeed in approaching the machine at less than 150 meters. But according to these witnesses, this saucer there too, had at its back a kind of tailpipe where smoke came out at the time of takeoff.

Very disturbed by this vision which had lasted at least three minutes, for the machine took some time before disappearing in the clouds, Misters Renard and Guillerboz told their adventure to the forest keeper of Houssaye. It is the latter who insisted that the statement is made to the gendarmerie of Corbie.

The gendarmes came on the spot as well as a specialists in aeronautics. They lengthily investigated but no trace of the passage of the saucer was found in the field. Perhaps it did not land but hovered like a helicopter.

Lastly, the last comparison item between the saucer of Quarouble and that of Acheux-in-Amiénois, the takeoff was achieved initially askew and then vertically. At the start, during the first meters, the witnesses agree to specify that the rise was done about at the same speed as that of a helicopter. It is thereafter that acceleration becomes vertiginous.

[Ref. ra1:] "RADAR" MAGAZINE:

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DESCRIBING SAUCER TAKE-OFF from field near Amiens, Yves de Gillaboz (left), Emile Renard point to the sky where they saw the Martian machine" belching puffs of smoke as it disappeared from view.

GILLABOZ AND RENARD: AN INVERTED PLATE

Amiens. -- Yves de Gillaboz (left) and Emile Renard point out the direction taken by the flying saucer which they caught landing. While going to work, in a roadside field they saw a big cupola, shaped like an inverted deep dish. They ran toward it. They could easily perceive its color, "dirty grey", they declare, and its dimensions, 10 meters by 3. It was oscillating on its base, but was emitting no sound. On the surface appeared a closed door, which was wider than it was high. Before they were able to get close to it, the machine rose diagonally, a thick black smoke escaping from a pipe on its underside. It climbed then to a height of 15 meters, then rose vertically, at a noticeably increasing speed. The two men, in awe, followed it for a moment with their eyes. The police, on being notified, found no suspicious marks at the indicated place. But the seriousness of the two men was beyond doubt. Moreover, Mr. Chovel and his family, near Hirson, saw during the night time a luminous disc resembling the Amiens saucer.

[Ref. ci1:] CIA:

INFORMATION FROM
FOREIGN DOCUMENTS OR RADIO BROACASTS

COUNTRY: Non-Orbit DATE OF INFORMATION: 1954
SUBJET: Military - Unidentified flying objects
HOW PUBLISHED: Dail[y] newspaper DATE DIST.: 29 oct 1954
WHERE PUBLISHED: As indicated NO. OF PAGES: 5
DATE PUBLISHED: 31 Jul - 20 Sep 1954
LANGUAGES: Various SUPPLEMENT TO REPORT NO.:
[Blackened out] [Blackened out] THIS IS UNEVALUATED INFORMATION
SOURCE: As indicated

SIGHTINGS OF UNIDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECTS,
31 JULY - 20 SEPTEMBER 1954

WESTERN EUROPE

[... (Reports from other countries) ...]

France

[... (Previous reports) ...]

UNIDENTIFIED OBJECTS SEEN IN SOMME DEPARTEMENT -- Dakar, Paris-Dakar, 10 Sep 54

A 27-year-old mason and his assistant report that recently (on September 7, see below) they saw a grey object resembling a truncated millstone with a large inverted plate lying on it in a field at about 200 meters from the road where they were driving, near Acheux-en-Amiénois, Somme Department. The object oscillated slowly, and seemed to have a closed door on its side. When the men had run about 50 meters toward it, the object began to fly away. Smoke was then visible from a sort of exhaust pipe on the underside. After an oblique flight of about 15 meters, the object rose vertically and disappeared. Police later found no trace of the object.

[... (next reports)]

Paris, Le Parisien Libéré, 14 Sep 54

Emile Renard, a Mason, and Yves de Guillerboz, his assistant, saw what they considered to be a "flying saucer" at 0:15 on 7 September. Both men are known to be very reliable. They stated that the object apparently never touched the ground, but hovered above the ground like a helicopter. It was about 10 meters in diameter and 3 meters in height. did not glow, and departed noiselessly, trailing smoke as it took off. They saw the object for at least 3 minutes.

(Source contains three crude sketches of the object drawn by these men.)

[Ref. li1:] "LIFE" MAGAZINE:

DESCRIBING SAUCER TAKE-OFF from field near Amiens, Yves de Gillaboz (left), Emile Renard point to the sky where they saw "Martian machine" belching piuffs of smoke as it vanished from sight.

[Ref. hw1:] HAROLD T. WILKINS:

The author indicates that from a village fifty miles from Lille, a report was telegraphed, saying that Emile Renard, a builder, and Yves de Guillerboz, his foreman, had been cycling home along a country lane, when glancing at a stubble field, they saw a strange object parked among the oats.

Renard said:

"I do not frequent bistros or estaminets, but I tell you we saw, on the field, a metal disc, blue grey, thirty feet long, and nine feet high. It took off at the speed of a helicopter and smoke came from its rear. It made no noise and vanished into the clouds."

[Ref. jg1:] JIMMY GUIEU:

The author indicates that on August 8, 1954, close to Acheux-en-Amiénois, the mason Emile Renard and his workman Yves Degillabez saw a saucer posed in a field. They ran in direction of the apparatus whose shaped reminded of "a truncated haystack covered with a huge plate turned upside down."

The apparatus oscillated slightly, proof that it was not posed, and on his wall "one distinguished a 'door'." When the men approached, smoke escaped from the lower part of the saucer and it then started its flight and disappeared.

The gendarmes who opened an investigation noted no trace at the place indicated by the two masons, a detail which is nothing surprising owing to the fact that the apparatus did not rest on the ground but "oscillated slightly."

[Ref. jg2:] JIMMY GUIEU:

The author indicates that on September 7, 1954 in the morning a flying saucer landed in a field near Amiens, between Harponville and Contay.

Emile Renard, mason, aged 27, and his workman Yves Gillabez, aged 23, affirmed to have seen seen in a field ar approximately 200 meters of the road near Acheux-in-Amiénois a craft resembling a truncated haystack covered of a plate turned upside down.

The two men jumped off their bicycles and ran in direction of the craft of gray color, ten meters of diamtre approximately, which oscillated slightly and on which a kind of closed hatchway could be seen.

Jimmy Guieu quotes Mr. Renard saying:

"However, whereas preceding my companion, I had crossed about fifty meters, I saw the craft rise in diagonal, while a smoke escaped by a kind of 'pipe' placed on its lower part. Then, at about fifteen meters height, the craft continued its ascencion vertically and disappeared quickly. Yves and I, we thought we were dreaming!"

The two men were interrogated separately by the Gendarmerie of Acheux-in-Amiénois and made exactly the same report and gave the same details. The gendarmes were astonished not to discover any trace on the location, but that is normal since the witnesses specified that the apparatus oscillated slightly, which obviously proves that it did not touch the ground.

Numerous residents of the district of Peronne reported that they had seen at the same hour as that indicated by the two witnesses a craft of exactly identical description above the wood of Foucancourt-in-Santerre.

[Ref. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel notes that on September 7, 1954, at about 7:15 A.M., two masons of Acheux-en-Amiénois, Mr. Emile Renard, aged 27, and his workman Yves Degillerboz, aged 23, went to their work riding bicycles and were between Harponville and Contay on the secondary road Route Départementale 47 when they lived a strange encounter.

Aimé Michel provides the following account like resulting from the statement to the Gendarmerie (police attached to the Army), which questioned the two men separately, as did the military authorities, which all indicated that the accounts of the two men confirmed each other in all the reported details.

Here is the statement by Mr. Renard at the gendarmerie according to Aimé Michel:

"Instead of taking the van as usual, as its engine was under revision, my workman and I took the bicycles. We were to go to work at the pastoral guard of the community of Lahoussoye. Suddenly, between Harponville and Contay, a tire of Degillerboz' bicycle deflated. I stopped to lend him my pump, and my eyes were attracted by a sort of disc, within 200 meters from us, in a field. You would have thought it was an unfinished haystack, whose top would have been capped by a plate turned upside down."

"- Look at this, I said to my workman, don't you find that this haystack has a strange color?"

"Puzzled, I examined the object, when I realized that it slightly moved with a hardly perceptible swinging, like an oscillation."

"But looks at it! Look at it please! It is not a haystack! I shouted at my companion."

"Then, we both rushed through fields towards the mysterious object. To reach it, we had to cross a waste land, then a beet field. Hardly had we reached this field that the object took off in skew, slipping by in diagonal on about fifteen meters, then started to go up vertically. Maybe, overall, the vision lasted three minutes, after that the object disappeared in the clouds."

"The object flew away without noise, while releasing on it right below, a small puff of smoke. It was of a gray-bluish color. It could have had ten meters in diameter, and three meters height approximately, and, as I said, it resembled a plate turned upside down. On the left, at the bottom, a sort of plate, broader than high, as a door, was observed. It was at approximately 150 meters of us when it took off. It is the rural guard of Lahoussoye who insisted that we report our observation to the gendarmerie of Corbie."

Aimé Michel indicates that after having received the witnesses statements, Gendarmes and specialists in aeronautics, that he says were the military authorities of the city of Amiens, went on the premises where they did not find any traces other than those of the two witnesses. Aimé Michel notes that as the object oscillated, it was to be above ground-level and did not land, which is consistent with the absence of traces.

Aimé Michel indicates that the official investigation, not being able neither to prove nor to disprove a prank - the two men knowing each other well - produced no result and the case was thus closed.

[Ref. mc1:] MICHEL CARROUGES:

The author reports that on September 7, 1954, at 07:15 a.m., in broad daylight since the sun rose at 05:15 a.m., Mr. Emile Renard, aged 27, and his companion Yves Degillerboz, aged 23, mason, were riding their bicycle on the road between Harponville and Contay in the département of Somme, to go to the building site where they worked.

Mr. Degillerboz suddenly realized that one of its tire was deflated. The two cyclists thus stopped and while Mr. Degillerboz was busy to reinflate the tire, Mr. Renard idly looked at the landscape.

Michel Carrouges reports that what Mr. Renard then saw and told as such according to the newspaper article published by Le Perisien Libéré of September 14, 1954:

"My eyes were drawn to a kind of disc, at 250 meters of us, in a field. 'Looks at this,' I said to by co-worker, here is a haystack which has a funny color!" All occupied at inflating, he did not answer me. 'But please looks at this, look at this, it is not a haystack!' I shouted at with my companion. And both, under I do not know which sense of urgency, we rushed through the field to approach the mysterious machine. We had to cross a first waste land, a field of beets. Hardly did we start to run through that, that the saucer, (because now, to us, it was certain, it was a saucer), took off in skew during about fifteen meters and then went up then vertically."

Michel Carrouges indicates that the account of Mr. Renard is confirmed by Mr. Degillerboz, and that the latter adds that the machine was gray bluish and must have been about ten meters wide for approximately three meters in height.

Michel Carrouges reports that the two men spoke about their meeting only to the rural guard to which they went, and that it is this pastoral-guard which insisted that they must report with the gendarmerie of Corbies. Citing Aimé Michel, Carrouges notes that the gendarmes as well as the journalist noted that the two witnesses were annoyed by a publicity which they had not sought and which they tried to espace.

Carrouges points out the important aspect in this case as in many othersm that of traditional "successive assumptions" in which the witness does not think firsthand that he sees a saucer as if he were conditioned to see some, but starts by interpreting what he sees at the beginning as something of commonplace nature, a haystack in this case, before having to give up the commonplace interpretation after a better or nearer glance, and of course after the fact that the "haystack" flies away in this case.

Carrouges also notes that at the time of the takeoff of the machine the witnesses are with 150 meters of him, and that at this distance, as he checked by looking at similarly distant cars, one can accurately realize the color of an object having this sort of proportions.

Carrouges evokes the theory that saucer reports are sometimes caused by landed helicopters, but indicates that on the one hand the departure was quiet and on the other hand, "noboby reported the least helicopter as having landed at the indicated place."

[Ref. jv4:] JACQUES VALLEE:

Jacques Vallée days that at Amiens, France, on September 7, 1954, at 7:15 a.m..:

My eyes were caught by a sort of mound, two hundred yards away in a field. It looked something like an unfinished haystack, with an upside-down plate on top.

"That's a queer color for a haystack," I said to Yves, "look at it."

All of a sudden I noticed that the haystack was moving a little, with a slight swing back and forth, like an oscillation. We both rushed toward the mysterious object. When we got close the object took off on a slant, traveled diagonally upward for about fifty feet and then began to go straight up. We watched it for three minutes. The object was about thirty feet in diameter.

[Ref. jv1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

Jacques Vallée indicates that on September 7, 1954, between Harponville and Contay, two brickmakers saw an object floating in the air above a field. He quotes:

"It resembled an unfinished haystack, with a plate turned upside down at the top."

Vallée indicates that when the men approached, the object flew away.

[Ref. jv2:] JACQUES VALLEE:

142

Sep. 07, 1954 07:15 Harponville (France).

Between Harponville and Contay, two bricklayers, Emile Renard, 27, and Yves Degillerboz, 23 saw an object floating in mid-air over a field: "It looked like an unfinished haystack, with a plate turned upside down on top of it." When they approached, it took off. Diameter 10 m, height 3 m. A kind of door was noticed. The observation lasted over 3 min. The object released smoke when it departed.

(6; M 35) (Le Figaro, September 9, 1954).

[Ref. ld3] "LUMIERES DANS LA NUIT":

In a list of cases of the 1954 French flap that were estimated to need an investigation or a counter-investigation, the magazine noted:

"142. 9/7/54 Harponville"

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

The two authors, journalists and ufologists, indicate that on September 7, 1954, at about 07:15 in the morning in the department of the Somme, two masons of Acheux-in-Amienois, Emile Renard, aged 27, and his colleague workman Yves Degillerboz, aged 23, were going to a building site in Lahoussoye. They rode on bicycles on the Secondary Road 47 because the van which they usually used was under revision.

Whereas they were between Harponville and Contay, Yves Degillerboz had to stop because one of the tires of his bicycle had deflated. Emile Renard put foot at ground also, to lend his pump to his comrade.

While the latter reinflated the tire, Emile Renard randomly looked at the landscape. He told to the gendarmes:

"Within two hundred meters of us, I saw, in a field, something which puzzled me. It resembled an unfinished, and capped haystack topped with a kind of plate turned upside down. While staring at this thing, I realized that it slightly moved with an unperceivable swinging. I uttered an exclamation of surprise. Yves stood up. He saw it, too. We started to run towards this mysterious object. We had to cross a wasteland, then a beet field. At the time when we reached it, the machine took off in oblique, on about fifteen meters, then it climbed vertically and disappeared in the clouds. No noise. There was like a small trail of smoke."

The two men had time to observe the machine well, of which they were not any more than with 150 meters away approximately when it rose from the ground. They made a rather good description of it to the gendarmes, which the authors note as follows: a disc, or more exactly a kind of reversed plate, color gray-bluish, some ten meters in diameter and 3 meters height approximately. On the left of the lower part, they believed to see a kind of door.

The authors indicate that the testimony of the two masons was largely confirmed by many others which, in a radius of 15 kilometers, reported at this same time the overflight of the area of Péronne by an object identical in all manner.

The two authors indicate that they were refer to the report by the gendarmerie and their personal file as source.

[Ref. jv3:] JACQUES VALLEE:

115 -002.47770 50.00400 07 09 54 07 15 105* (CONTAY-SOMME) F 0012444C 049

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

The two authors indicate that on September 7, 1954, at 7:15, between Harponville and Contay, Emile Renard, masonry craftsman, aged 27, residing in Acheux-in-Amiénois and Yves de Gillaboz, aged 23, mason, were going to their workplace when they saw in a field within 200 meters of the secondary road a disc like a haystack or "a turned over plate of some ten meters in diameter oscillating around an imaginary axis." One distinguished on his wall a kind of closed door, broader than high.

The craft rose in diagonal with a smoke which escapes by a kind of pipe on its lower part. At about fifteen meters of altitude the object started a faster vertical rise and disappeared.

They note that the gendarmerie squad of Acheux-en-Amiénois told them by a letter of April 3, 1976 to have never investigated into this case, as opposed to what the newspapers of the time had written, and that the brigade of Corbie gave the same answer.

They indicate as source the newspapers La Montagne in September 1954, Le Parisien Libéré for September 9, 1954 and October 14, 1954, Le Figaro and Nice-Matin for September 9, 1954, Vallée's catalogue and the books of Michel Carrouges and Aimé Michel.

[Ref. dc1:] DOMINIQUE CAUDRON:

Dominique Caudron indicates that in Harponville in the Somme on September 7, 1954 a saucer performed a near-landing, and comments on - by irony - "This time it's, 'they' land on our premises".

[Ref. lg1:] LOREN GROSS:

[... Other cases...]

A saucer lands!?

The time and date: 7:15 a.m. September 7th. Witnesses:M. Emile Renard and Yves Degillerboz. The place:200 miles north of Paris on a road between Contay and Harponville. M. Renard told a constable:

"Suddenly, between Harponville and Contay, Degillerboz's bicycle had a flat. I stopped to lend him my pump and my eyes were attracted to a sort of disc about 200 meters from us in a field.

"'Look,' I said to my worker. 'Don't you find that haystack has a peculiar color?'

"Intrigued, I was examining the object when suddenly it moved with a slight swinging oscillation.

'"But look! Look there! It isn't a haystack,' I cried to my companion.

"Then we ran across the field toward the mysterious object. In order to reach it we had to cross a piece of fallow land and a field of beets. We had hardly reached this last than the object came up obliquely, went on this way diagonally for about 15 meters, then started to go up vertically.

"All in all this vision lasted perhaps three minutes, after which the object disappeared in the clouds.

"The object flew off without noise and emitted on the lower right a little smoke. It could have been about 10 meters in diameter by three meters high and resembled an overturned plate. On the left, below, one could see a sort of plaque which was longer than it was high, like a door. It was about 150 meters from us at the moment of its ascent.

"The Constable of La Houssaye insisted that we report our observations to the Constabulary of Corbie." 38.

After hearing the men out, the Constable checked the area of the sight ing finding the footprints of Renard and Degillerboz in the soft dirt but no trace of a landing by the supposed machine. Since the two witnesses were good friends, the officer of the law assumed the story was a practical joke. Later critics of the lawman's judgement suggested that since the UFO was quivering when first spotted, perhaps it never actually touched down. 39.

Word of this report did reach the offices of BLUE BOOK, one of the few European cases to do so, but when and by what means is not known. Judging by the scanty data obtained case project record card below, the sole bit of paper on the incident), the source must not have been a good one.

[... Other cases...]

  • 38. Paris, France. Le Parisien Libere. 9 September 54. p.7. Also: Paris, France. Figaro. 9 October 54" Also: Paris, France. France-Soir. 9 October ST.
  • 39. Michel, Aime. "Flying Saucers in Europe." Fate. Vol.11, No.l. January 1958. p.33.

[Ref. go1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

The Belgian ufologist indicates that in 1954, on September 7 en France in Acheux en Amiénois - Harponville - Contay, "Emile Renard, mason and Yves Degillerboz his workman, both by bicycle, saw at 07:15 of the morning, a saucer posed in a field, whose form rsembled a truncated haystack covered with an immense plate turned over. The apparatus oscillated slightly. Whereas the witnesses approached a smoke escaped from the lower part of the machine which took its take-off and disappeared. The gendarmerie investigated."

The sources are indicated as "Jimmy GUIEU: 'Black-out sur les S.V.' - Fleuve Noir 1956 - p. 79 et 123 - il cite deux dates (dont le 8.8.54) à des endroits différents pour le même cas" et "Jacques Vallée: "Chronique des apparitions ET" - DENOEL 1972 - COLL. J'AI LU - p. 257)".

The ufologist indicates that the Press version is:

"Suddenly Degillerboz realized that one of his tires was deflated. The two men stop and while Degillerboz is busy reinflating his tire, Renard looks ildly automatically a the landscape (etc...) And both, taken by I do not know which presentiment, we rushed through the fields to approach the mysterious l’engin (...) took off in skew during about fifteen meters to go up vertically then".

The sources are indicated as "Parisien Libéré, 14.9.1954" et "Michel Carrouges : 'Les apparitions de Martiens' éd. Fayard, 1963, p. 86,87" et "Aimé MICHEL : 'Apropos des Soucoupes Volantes', éd. PLANETE, 1966, p. 47, 48".

[Ref. uw1] "UFOWEB" WEBSITE:

Acheux en Amiénois August 08 1954 Somme 8 Somme Source Guieu 2 witnesses see an object shaped like a saucer
Acheux en Amiénois 08 August 1954 Department 80 Somme
Latitude Longitude
Witnesses Objects Shapes 55,637 0.218
2 1 Saucer 50° 04' 27'' 02° 32' 01''
Type Duration Colors Source
Jimmy Guieu

[Ref. jb1] JEROME BEAU:

September 7

Near Acheux-en-Amiénois (Somme), Emile Renard, a 27 year-old mason, and Yves de Guillerrez, his assistant - both regarded as reliable people - see a gray object resembling a truncated kilometric milestone with a large plate resting on its top, from the road where they work. The object, approximately 10 meters in diameter and 3 meters in height, oscillates slowly in lift like a helicopter above the ground, without it never touches. It does not emit light, and seems to have a door on its side. After the men ran up to 50 meters close to it, it flies away without noise, leaving a trail of smoke escaping from a small conduit. After an oblique flight of about fifteen meters, the object rises vertically, and disappears. The witnesses observed the object during at least 3 minutes. The police forces found no traces.

(Des objets non identifiés vus dans la Somme, Paris-Dakar, September 10, 1954)
(Le Parisien Libéré, September 14, 1954).

[Ref. dj1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

On this Day

September 7

[...]

1954 - Between Harponville and Contay, France two bricklayers, Emile Renard, age 27, and Yves DeGillerboz, age 23, saw a bluish-gray object floating in midair over a field. "It looked like an unfinished haystack, with a plate turned upside down on top of it." When they tried to approach it took off. It had a diameter of ten meters (33 feet), and they noticed it had a kind of door. The observation lasted over three minutes, at which point the object released some smoke as it departed straight up.

(Sources: Le Figaro, September 9, 1954; Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 35; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia, pp. 208-209).

[Ref. jb1] JEROME BEAU:

September 1954

07

00:15 Between Harponville and Contay, Close to Acheux-en-Amiénois (Somme), Emile Renard (mason, 27 years old) and Yves Degillerboz (or Guillerrez?) (his assistant brick-maker, 23 years old) - all 2 looked as reliable people - see from the road where they work 1 gray phenomenon of 10 m in diameter and and 3 m high float in the air above a field resembling a truncated milestone with a great plate resting above: It resembled an unfinished haystack, with a plate turned upside down at the top. The phenomenon oscillates slowly in lift like a helicopter above the ground, without never touching it. It does not emit a light, and seems to have a door on its side. A kind of door is visible. After the men ran up to 50 m of it, it flies away without noise, releasing smoke leaving a trail of smoke escape from a small pipe. After an oblique flight of about fifteen meters, the object rises vertically, and disappears. The witnesses observed the object during at least 3 mn. The police force will not find traces.

The sources are indicated as Le Figaro, September 9, 1954; Vallée, J., case #7, "Rapport sur l'analyse de 200 observations documentées faites en 1954"; "Des objets non identifiés vus dans le département de la Somme", Paris-Dakar, September 10, 1954; Le Parisien Libéré, September 14, 1954

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates in his database that in the Somme in Vadencourt on September 7 at 07:15 heures "On the road between Harponville and Contay, two masons going to their work observe an object within two hundred meters of the road. It will be described as a disc like a grinding stone. A turned over Plate of ten meters in diameter oscillating around a secondary axis. On his wall one could distinguish a kind of closed door broader than high. The apparatus rises in diagonal, a smoke escaping from a kind of pipe placed in its lower part. When at about fifteen meter in height, the object continues its vertical rise more quickly and dissapears. It should be noted that contrary to the assertions of the press of the time, it seems that no gendarmerie squad investigated on this case."

The sources are indicated: "Ovni, Premier dossier complet... by Figuet M./ Ruchon J.L. ** Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 7 September 1954 at 07:15 between Contay and Harponville, Contay, France, "Bluish-gray haystack, oscillating, 200 yards away in field. Traveled diagonally upward for 50', then shot straight up. A flying disc was observed. It moved with a falling-leaf motion. It departed by rapidly flying straight up until lost to sight."

And: "One blue domed disc, about 40 feet across, around 500 feet away, was observed by two male witnesses, typical age 27, in a field for over three minutes (Renard). No sound was heard."

The sources are indicated as Michel, Aime, Flying Saucers and the Straight-Line Mystery, S. G. Phillips, New York, 1958; Project Bluebook, (USAF) Blue Book files counted in official statistics; Bowen, Charles, The Humanoids: FSR Special Edition No. 1, FSR, London, 1966; Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073); Vallee, Jacques, Challenge to Science: The UFO Enigma, Henry Regnery, Chicago, 1966; Vallee, Jacques, Preliminary Catalog (N = 500), (in JVallee01); Vallee, Jacques, Anatomy of a Phenomenon, Henry Regnery, Chicago, 1965; Vallee, Jacques, A Century of Landings (N = 923), (in JVallee04), Chicago, 1969; Schoenherr, Luis, Computerized Catalog (N = 3173); Rogerson, Peter, World-Wide Catalog of Type 1 Reports; Olsen, Thomas M., The Reference for Outstanding UFO Sighting Reports, UFOIRC, Riderwood, 1966; Newspaper Clippings; Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002.

[Ref. ud2:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 7 September 1954 at 07:15 in Harponville, France, "An object floating in mid-air over a field "like an unfinished haystack, with a plate turned upside down on top of it"

And: "Between Harponville and Contay, France two bricklayers, Emile Renard, age 27, and Yves DeGillerboz, age 23, saw a bluish-gray object floating in midair over a field. "It looked like an unfinished haystack, with a plate turned upside down on top of it." When they tried to approach it took off. It had a diameter of ten meters (33 feet), and they noticed it had a kind of door. The observation lasted over three minutes, at which point the object released some smoke as it departed straight up."

And: "Between Harponville and Contay, two bricklayers, Emile Renard, 27, and Yves Degillerboz, 23 saw an object floating in mid-air over a field: "It looked like an unfinished haystack, with a plate turned upside down on top of it." When they approached, it took off. Diameter ten meters, height three meters. A kind of door was noticed. The observation lasted over three minutes. The object released smoke when it departed."

And: "An object was sighted that had an appearance and performance beyond the capability of known earthly aircraft."

And: "One object, about 1000 feet across, was observed by two male witnesses, typical age 27."

The sources are indicated as Guieu, Jimmy, Flying Saucers Come from Another World, Citadel, New York, 1956.

[Ref. ud3:] SITE WEB "UFODNA":

The websote indicates that on 8 August 1954 in "Acheux-Amienois", France, "An object was sighted that had an appearance and performance beyond the capability of known earthly aircraft. One object was observed by two male witnesses (Renaud)."

The sources are indicated as Guieu, Jimmy, Flying Saucers Come from Another World, Citadel, New York, 1956.

[Ref. ni1:] "THE NICAP WEBSITE":

*Sep. 7, 1954 - Between Harponville and Contay, Somme department, France two bricklayers, Emile Renard, age 27, and Yves DeGillerboz, age 23, saw a bluish-gray object floating in midair over a field at 7:15 a.m. "It looked like an unfinished haystack, with a plate turned upside down on top of it." When they tried to approach it took off. It had a diameter of ten meters (33 feet), and they noticed it had a kind of door. The observation lasted over three minutes, at which point the object released some smoke as it departed straight up. (Sources: Le Figaro, September 9, 1954; Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 35; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia, pp. 208-209).

[Ref. ta1:] "THINK ABOUT IT" WEBSITE:

Date: September 07, 1954

Location: Harponville France

Time: 0715

Summary: Between Harponville and Contay, two bricklayers, Emile Renard, 27, and Yves Degillerboz, 23 saw an object floating in mid-air over a field: “It looked like an unfinished haystack, with a plate turned upside down on top of it.” When they approached, it took off. Diameter 10 m, height 3 m. A kind of door was noticed. The observation lasted over 3 min. The object released smoke when it departed.

Source: Magonia 142

[Ref. ge1:] "GROUPE D'ETUDES ET D'INFORMATIONS SUR LES PHENOMENES AEROSPATIAUX NON IDENTIFIES":

[CD47] FROM HARPONVILLE (80) TO CONTAY (80) 07.09.1954
Observed on: 08/07/1954
Region: Picardie
Department: Somme
Class: D1
Summary: Observations of a circular object on the ground with a movement of oscillation. Silent takeoff in oblique then vertical while letting escape a smoke; no trace on the ground: unidentified strange phenomenon.
Description:

On September 7, 1954, at approcimately 7:30 a.m. two witnesses go to their work by bicycle on the communal way 47 between Harponville (80) and Contay (80). The weather is clear and without fog. They observe on the ground in a field within 200m of the road, a circular form with an oscillatory movement. The two witnesses describe a cylinder of dark color slightly convex on the upper surface and with an opening on the lathe.

Intrigued, the witnesses approach to a hundred meters and see the object rising without noise in oblique on about fifteen meters then to the vertical. During the rise the witnesses notice blue gray smoke escaping from a pipe. The observation lasted between 4 and 5 minutes before the phenomenon disappeared in the sky. The frightened witnesses leave immediately to go to the gendarmerie.

The same day, the investigation do not note any trace on the ground in the field. One of the witness having already seen helicopters, he affirms that it is not such an apparatus. No other testimony is collected. The credibility of the witnesses is not in doubt.

GEIPAN classes this case D1: strange unidentified phenomenon.

Report: None.

Details of the testimony
Witness
Date of the observation 07-09-1954
Numéro de pièce
Age Adult (more than 18)
Profession Employees, Workers
Sex Male
Reaction Active curiosity
Credibility Normal credibility
Conditions
Environment Departmental ways,Roads
Weather conditions Clear Sky
Hour of the observation Numbered : 6 hours - 8 hours
Reference frame Other; sky or clouds
Distance between phenomenon and witness Close (from 40 to 200 m);Close (from 40 to 200 m);Not-specified
Start of the observation Start of the observation by witness
End of the observation End of the observation by phenomenon
Localization
Angle of the site Others;Not-specified
Direction of observation Geography landmarks (Name of city, village, numbered, etc.)
Heading None
Trajectory Motionless;Ascending;Ascending
Nature of the observation Object;Craft
Characteristic of the observation Unique
Global shape Cigar, cylinder
Color Other (other colors)
Apparent size Numbered
Apparent speed Null;Variable (accel
Noise No noise;No noise
Effect on the environment Nor-specified
Number 1

Details of the testimony
Witness
Date of the observation 09/07/1954
Document number
Age Adult (more than 18)
Profession Employees, Workers
Sex Male
Reaction Active curiosity
Credibility Normal credibility
Conditions
Environment Departmental ways, Roads
Weather conditions Clear Sky
Hour of the observation Numbered: 6 hours - 8 hours
Reference frame Other;Sky or Clouds
Distance between phenomenon and witness Close (from 40 to 200 m)
Start of the observation Start of the observation by witness
End of the observation End of the observation by phenomenon
Localization
Angle of site Other;Not-specified
Direction of observation North-West
Heading North-West
Trajectory Motionless;Ascending;Ascending
Nature of the observation Object;Craft
Characteristic of the observation Unique
Global shape Cigar, cylinder
Color Black (dark)
Apparent size Numbered
Apparent speed Null;Fast, high
Noise No noise;No noise
Effect on the environnement Not-specified
Number 1

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

This database managed to record the case 16 times instead of one time:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19540907 07.09.1954 Contay France CE I
19540907 07.09.1954 Amiens France 07.00 DD
19540907 07.09.1954 Amiens France CE I
19540907 07.09.1954 Amiens France CE I
19540907 07.09.1954 Contay Harponville France CE I
19540907 07.09.1954 Contay Harponville France CE I
19540907 07.09.1954 Contay France CE I
19540907 07.09.1954 Contay France CE I
19540907 07.09.1954 Harponville France CE I
19540907 07.09.1954 Harponville France CE I
19540907 07.09.1954 Harponville France CE I
19540907 07.09.1954 France France CE I
19540907 07.09.1954 Amiens France 07.00 DD
19540907 07.09.1954 Harponville France CE I
19540909 09.09.1954 Amiens France CE I
19540907 07.09.1954 Acheux Amienois France Morning CE I
19541107 07.11.1954 Contray [sic, Contay] France CE I

Explanations:

Not looked for yet.

Keywords:

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

Harponville, Somme, Contay, Acheux-en-Amiénois, Emile Renard, Yves Degerbilloz, Yves Degillerboz, object, door, smoke, masons, grey, blue, blue grey, bicycle, road, field, low, low altitude, fast, silent, gendarmes, police

Sources:

[---] Indicates sources that I have not yet seen.

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