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September 8, 1954, Maubeuge, Nord:

Reference number for this case: 8-Sep-54-Maubeuge. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

The regional newspaper La Frontière for September 17, 1954, noted that "the previous Wednesday", in the evening, Robert Romain, the renowned violinist-soloist of the Symphonic Circle, returned home aftre having conducted his weekly rehearsal at the Harmonie de Louvroil.

He was going by the rue du Gauche Pied in the Faubourg Saint-Lazare, when his attention was drawn to two lighted and oscillating discs, moving at high speed in the dark sky.

The regional newspapers Nord-Matin, of Maubeuge, and Nord-Eclair, of Roubaix, for October 19, 1954, mentioned in the passing that Mr. Robert Romain, "the sympathetic violinist of Maubeuge", had seen, "some weeks ago already," two brilliant discs moving at high speed in the rue du Grand-Pied.

Reports:

[Ref. lfe1:] "LA FRONTIERE" NEWSPAPER:

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We talk too much about flying saucers so that there cannot be "no eel under rock"... and it becomes difficult to believe, in my opinion, that all those claiming to have seen something abnormal in the sky... or even on the earth have had visions! Such as this man from Quarouble who told this week the story of an unknown craft, landed near his gatekeeper house, his encounter with these little men in glass helmets and the light that blinded him when the door of the sidereal opened; which departed silently, vertically in a glowing halo...

Such again as this farmer from the Corrèze who claimed to have met in a hollow path, on his return from work, a pilot of a "flying cigar"... who would have spoken to him in an unknown language. Such again as these young Finnish or Danish (I do not remember) exactly who said they saw a flying saucer landed in a field.

Whether these strange craft come from another planet, nothing is less certain. What is curious is the frequency of their appearances in recent months!

But people are so made that they believe, like Saint-Thomas, only what they see. And there is at least one resident of Maubeuges who saw something abnormal in our northern sky.

Indeed that evening was the previous Wednesday, the renowned violinist-soloist of the Symphonic Circle, returned from having conducted his weekly rehearsal at the Harmonie de Louvroil. He was returning by the rue du Gauche Pied to his home in the Faubourg St-Lazare, when his attention was drawn to two lighted and oscillating discs, moving at high speed in the dark sky... And yet Robert Romain did not dream.

The famous German astronomer Hans Haffner may claim that the "flying saucers" are only balls of fire produced by lightning, at high altitude... The fact remains that lightning have always existed and that we had not yet reported these phenomena so much!

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While waiting for more plausible explanations to come to light our lantern, the Bribeux will undoubtedly one day ring the key to these mysteries. Indeed, since all these awesome news have been circulating, the friend Albert, always has in his bag what to lasso the first saucer or the first Martian - if there are Martians - that would pass within his reach...

This promises a great story one of these days!

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

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A saucer in the sky
of Sous-le-Bois

After Mr. Romain, the sympathetic violinist from Maubeuge, saw a few weeks ago already, two brilliant discs moving at high speed, it happens that Mr. Marcel Hanske, trumpet player and professor at the Ecole Municipale de Louvroil, saw with his wife and her young son, Saturday around 9:20 p.m., as he went to bed, a "ball of fire" crossing the sky at breakneck speed.

Mr. Marcel Hanske, who is well known throughout the region, lives on rue des Alliés, and Sunday with real sincerity, did not fail to report the matter to his friends at the Harmonie de Louvroil. Here he explains what he had seen, to Mr. Alfed Rigaut, the deputy chief of the Louvroil harmony.

(Nord-Matin pic.)

[Ref. ner1:] "NORD-ECLAIR" NEWSPAPER:

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A "BALL OF FIRE"
IN THE SKY
OF SOUS-LE-BOIS

After Robert Romain, the sympathetic violinist of Maubeuge saw, a few weeks ago already, two brilliant discs moving at high speed in the rue du Grand-Pied, it happens that Mr. Marcel Hanske, trumpeter and professor at the municipal school of Louvroil, saw, with his wife and young son, on Saturday around 9:20 a.m., while he was going to bed, a "ball of fire crossing the sky at breakneck speed.

NEAR ARRAS

Gendarmes
see
a luminous "craft"
in the sky

Sunday, around 9:25 p.m., while the chief marshal of the gendarmerie Decréquy and the gendarme Candelle, of the Foucquevillers brigade, on a night tour, checked the identity of the fair mearchants parked on the square of Pommiers, the fairground merchant wife's called the attention of the gendarmes on a luminous craft that passed in the sky.

The gendarmes and Mr. Louis Dumetz, municipal councilor in Pommiers, saw a bright orange craft moving very quickly from East to West at a height of 400 to 500 meters.

This saucer ! was visible for quite a long time.

Explanations:

Insufficient information, possible planes.

Keywords:

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

Maubeuge, Nord, Robert Romain, violonist, discs, brilliant, fast, rue du Grand-Pied

Sources:

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross March 23, 2020 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross April 27, 2020 Addition [lfe1]. In the Summary, addition of the information from [lfe1].

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