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Beginning of October, 1954, Le Touquet, Pas-de-Calais:

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

Summary:

The regional newspaper Le Journal du Pas-de-Calais et de la somme for October 22, 1954, on page 7, and the regional newspaper Le Courrier Picard for October 23, 1954, reported en page 6 about "mysterious phenomena" os "saucers" in the Pas-de-Calais department.

On this occasion these newspapers reminded that at the beginning of October a young resident of Le Touquet had found on the Canche, a sounding balloon "covered with a cap with antennas, provided with all equipment and lamps and hung to a parachute." The balloon was approximately one meter in diameter.

The young man wrote to the War Office, in London, which answered him immediately by thanking him, specifying that they had followed the route and the landing of this sounding balloon, which was no longer of interest to them now.

The newspapers then played with the idea that this balloon might have been mistaken for a flying saucer and perhaps even photographed as such.

Reports:

[Ref. jpc1:] NEWSPAPER "LE JOURNAL DU PAS-DE-CALAIS ET DE LA SOMME":

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Appearance of saucers
in the Touquet sky

Testimonies absolutely trustworthy allow us to guarantee the appearance of a phenomenon in the sky of Le Touquet, Thursday 21, at 7:15 p.m.

This phenomenon had a round shape and was very luminous (much more than the stars). Its color was yellow-red. Its size, given the altitude, appeared like a plate. This "object" was followed by a trail, also very bright, whose length was about two and a half times its diameter.

Coming from the sea, it was moving, at a dizzying speed, towards the East and it disappeared very quickly in front of the observers.

Let us note that at the beginning of October a young resident of Le Touquet found, on the Canche, a sounding balloon covered with a cap with antennas, provided with a whole apparatus and lamps, and hung on a parachute. This balloon had an approximate diameter of one meter. The young man wrote to the War Office, in London, who answered him immediately by thanking him and by specifying to him that they had followed the course and the landing of this sounding balloon which did not interest them any more now.

Note that if this balloon was mistaken, certainly, at random in its wanderings, for a flying saucer, here and there, and even perhaps photographed as such the phenomenon of Thursday evening - which we refuse to qualify for now - however, has nothing in common with a similar object.

[Ref. cpd1:] "LE COURRIER PICARD" NEWSPAPER:

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PAS-DE-CALAIS

Unexplained phenomena
were observed Thursday evening

Several people declare having observed in Le Touquet, Thursday 21, at 7:15 p.m., an unidentified object of round shape and very bright (much more than the stars). Its color was yellow-red. Its size, given the altitude, appeared like a plate. This "object" was followed by a trail, also very bright, whose length was about 2 1/2 times its diameter.

Coming from the sea, it was moving at a dizzying speed, towards the east and disappeared very quickly in the eyes of the observers.

Note that in early October, a young resident of Le Touquet found, on the Canche, a sounding balloon covered with a cap with antennas, fitted with all sorts of gear and lamps and hung on a parachute. This balloon had an approximate diameter of 1 meter. The young man wrote to the War Office in London, who answered him immediately, thanking him and telling him that they had followed the route and the landing of this sounding balloon; which was no longer of interest now for them.

Note that if this balloon was taken, certainly, at random if its wanderings, for a flying saucer, here and there, and perhaps even photographed as such, the phenomenon of Thursday evening has nothing in common, however with a similar object.

In addition, in Montreuil-sur-Mer, a few young people who were playing Thursday at night, a nocturnal basketball game, on the grounds of avenue Général-Leclerc, clearly saw, twice, a luminous body crossing the sky at a very high speed, first east to west, then in the opposite direction.

Their testimony describes the craft as resembling a fluorescent light tube; which appeared to them to be twice the length of the diameter of the moon, as it appears to us.

Explanations:

Negative case, weather balloon.

It seems that no ufologist knew about this or thought it would be useful to document it.

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Keywords:

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Le Touquet, Pas-de-Calais, weather balloon, crash, negative case, sounding balloon, balloon, British

Sources:

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross May 5, 2020 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross July 1, 2020 Addition [jpc1]. In the Summary, "The regional newspaper Le Courrier Picard for October 23, 1954, reported en page 6" changed to "The regional newspaper Le Journal du Pas-de-Calais et de la somme for October 22, 1954, on page 7, and the regional newspaper Le Courrier Picard for October 23, 1954, reported en page 6", and "On this occasion the newspaper" changed to "On this occasion theses newspapers" and "The newspaper then played" changed to "The newspapers then played".

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