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Beginning of October, 1954, Bouzincourt, Somme:

Reference number for this case: Beg-Oct-54-Bouzincourt. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

The regional newspaper Nord-Matin, in the Arras issue for October 20, 1954, reported that Mr. André Vandewoyestine, farmer in Bouzincourt, was busy, around 8:00 p.m., (at a date not specified by the newspaper) with his son Bernard, aged 17, to unload beet greens from a dumper, near the road from Aveluy to Bouzincourt.

His attention was suddenly drawn to "a milky white glow that seemed to be suspended some thirty meters high."

Intrigued and rather frightened, he turned off the headlights of his tractor and was able to observe for "a fairly long time this gleam which he saw descend and disappear at a distance of 300 meters from the road at a place called 'Les Fossés de Martinsart'."

The two men finished their work and resumed their way to Bouzincourt, and it was then that they once again saw that glow that followed them for a few moments and ended up disappearing in the northwest direction. The two growers had heard no noise.

It was through one of their friends that the gendarmerie was informed, much later, of this phenomenon. The newspaper indicates that the gendarmes of Albert then immediately came to carry out an investigation - about which nothing is known.

Reports:

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

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A saucer in Bouzincourt

Mr. André Vandewoyestine who is a farmer in Bouzincourt, was busy, around 8:00 p.m., with his 17-year-old son Bernard, unloading beet greens from a dump truck near the road from Aveluy to Bouzincourt.

His attention was suddenly drawn to a milky white glow that seemed to be suspended some thirty meters high.

Intrigued and rather frightened, the cultivator turned off the headlights of his tractor and was able to examine for a long time this gleam which he saw descend and disappear at a distance of 300 meters from the road at a place called "Les Fossés de Martinsart."

The two men finished their work and resumed their way to Bouzincourt, and it was then that they saw again this gleam which followed them for a few moments and finally disappeared in the north-west direction. The two growers heard no noise.

It was only on the indication of a friend that the gendarmerie was informed, much later, of this phenomenon. The gendarmes of Albert immediately came to carry out an investigation.

Explanations:

Unidentified, insufficient information.

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Keywords:

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Bouzincourt, Somme, André Vandewoyestine, farmer, night, Bernard, Aveluy, glow, white, milky, hovering, frightened, headlights, tractor, duration, descent, road, Les Fossés de Martinsart, silent, gendarmes, investigation

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