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November 9, 1954, Cousolre-le-Château, Nord:

Reference number for this case: 9-Nov-54-CousolreLeChâteau. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

The press reported on November 13, 1954, from an Agence France Presse (AFP) newsbrief from Lille evoking a flying saucer in the Nord, in these terms:

At Cousolre, near Maubeuge, Mr. and Mrs. Leclerq had declared having seen, "yesterday morning", shortly before sunrise, over a meadow distant from less than 100 meters from their dwelling, a machine diffusing a reddish glow, having sometimes the shape of a cigar, sometimes that of a disc. After changing for a few minutes, the machine quickly gained height and disappeared to the southwest.

In the 1970s, ufologists Charles Garreau and Raymond Lavier gave their version: which they say came from their documentation and a gendarmerie report:

The landing took place on November 9, 1954, at 6 o'clock in the morning. Mrs. Leclercq, a farmer whose farm was located at a place called Le Moussey, 1 km and a half southwest of Cousolre-le-Château, had left her home to milk her cows, and had seen a luminous craft "having the volume of a blimp" which rested on the ground about fifty meters from her. She said:

"It seemed to me like a disc, sometimes like a cigar, it seemed to swing, and when I went into the yard it rose obliquely to the south-east and then turned southwest and quickly disappeared."

Reports:

[Ref. lp1:] "LE PROVENCAL" NEWSPAPER:

Flying saucer in the sky of the Nord

Lille (A.F.P.).

In Cousolre, close to Maubeuge, Mr. and Mrs. Leclerq stated to have seen, yesterday morning, little before the rising of the day, above a meadow distant less than 100 meters of their dwelling, a machine diffusing a reddish gleam, having sometimes the shape of a cigar, sometimes that of a disc. After having evolved a few minutes, the machine took height quickly and disappeared towards the South-west.

[Ref. jv5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

406 09 11 1954 06 00 1 COULSOU F 0011 E

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

As a part of their demonstration of their theory that there is a non-random distances relation between the landing place of saucers, the two authors mention that such a landing took place on November 9, 1954, at 6 o'clock, in Cousolre-le-Château in the North.

The authors indicate as being their source a report of the gendarmerie, and personal file.

They indicate that Mrs. Leclercq, a farmer whose farm is in the locality of Moussey, at 1 kilometer and half in the south-west of Cousolre, left home to go milk her cows. She then saw a luminous machine "having the volume of a tethered balloon" which rested on the ground at about fifty meters of her.

The authors give elements of her account:

"It appeared to me sometimes as a disc, sometimes as a cigar. It seemed to swing. When I advanced in the court, it rose in an oblique manner towards south-east, then it veered towards the south-west and quickly disappeared."

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

The two ufologists and authors indicate that on November 9, 1954 at 6 o'clock in the morning, at the place called Le Moussey at 1.5 kilometers in the south-west of Cousolre, Mrs. Leclercq, farmer, went outside to go to milk the cows.

She then saw a luminous machine which was posed in a field within approximately 50 meters of her.

It changed shape while swinging. At the time when she advanced in the yard, the machine rose obliquely and "quickly disappeared."

The authors indicate Garreau and Lavier as sources.

[Ref. mf1:] MICHEL FIGUET:

Cet ufologue a noté:

CASW Nr CLASSIFICATION DATE HOUR PLACE ZIP CODE CREDIBILITY SOURCE
276 CE0 11 09 1954 06.00 Cousolre "le Moussey" 59149 E8 RS, (OVNI : p. 212)

[Ref. go1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

The Belgian ufologist indicates that in 1954, on November 9 in Cousolre (Nord), France, "At 6 hours of the morning Mrs. Leclercq comes out to milk the cows. She sees at 50 m a luminous machine, having the volume of a tethered balloon, which rests on the ground. 'It seemed to me sometimes a disc, sometimes like a cigar. It seemed to swing. When I advanced in the yard, it rose in oblique towards the south-east, then it veered towards the south-west and disappeared quickly."

The source is indicated as "GARREAU and LAVIER: 'Face aux extra-terrestres' - DELARGE 1975 - J'ai Lu, p. 211".

[Ref. jd1:] JEAN-PIERRE D'HONDT:

This ufologist indicates that on November 9, 1954 at 6 o'clock in Cousolre, in the Nord, according to "Face aux E.T." by C. Garreau page 204, according to a gendarmerie report, Mrs. Leclercq, a farmer whose farm is at the locality "Le Moussey", at 1,500 km [sic] in the south-west of Cousolre came out to milk her cows.

She then saw at about fifty meters of her, a luminous craft "having the volume of a tethered balloon" resting on the ground.

"It appeared to me sometimes as a disc, sometimes as a cigar. It seemed to swing. When I advanced in the yard, it rose in oblique towards the south-east, then it veered towards the south-west and quickly disappeared."

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Nord in Cousolre le Château on November 9, 1954 at 06:00 hours, "At the location Moussey a woman comes outside to go to milk her cows. She then observes a luminous object having the form sometimes of a disc, sometimes of a cigar and swinging. It is very near to the ground. At the time when the witness advances in the yard, the object rises in oblique and dissapears quickly."

The source is indicated as "Ovni, Premier dossier complet... by Figuet M./ Ruchon J.L. ** Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 9 November 1954 at 06:00 in "Coulsou", France, "An object was sighted that had an appearance and performance beyond the capability of known earthly aircraft. One object was observed by one witness."

The sources are indicated as 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).

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

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541109 09.11.1954 Coulsou [sic] France 06.00 CE I
19541109 09.11.1954 Coulsou [sic] France 06.00 CE I

Explanations:

The question is: was this an extraterrestrial craft or a helicopter? Unfortunately there is not enough information to decide for sure; for example, we are not told whether this craft was silent or not.

Keywords:

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

Cousolre-le-Château, Nord, landing, field, cigar, disc, luminous, manoeuver, oblique, fast, swinging, farmer, Leclercq

Sources:

[---] indicates sources which I have not yet checked.

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross December 4, 2004 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross May 25, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [go1], [jd1], [lc1], [ud1].
1.1 Patrick Gross July 1, 2010 Addition [jv5].
1.2 Patrick Gross November 30, 2016 Addition [ub1].
1.3 Patrick Gross December 24, 2018 Addition [mf1], Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet."

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