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Beginning of October, 1954, Lillers, Pas-de-Calais:

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

Summary:

The regional newspaper Liberté, on page 4 of the edition of Béthune for October 3, 1954, reported that while crossing the Brűle, Mr. René Pailleux, gardener of the city, had found a something that seemed strange to him and that he brought it to the police station.

It was a metal cylinder about 30 centimeters high, with three fins. Inside, there were three lamps like radio amplification lamps. The whole thing was attached to a parachute, about 1.5 meters in diameter.

The newspaper stated that no one had seen the craft in the air, but that it is likely that the fins that powered a small motor lit the lamps and that the lighted parachute must then have the appearance of a flying saucer.

A sheet was found inside, which showed that the thing "was an experimental device belonging to a weather company."

Reports:

[Ref. lib1:] JOURNAL "LIBERTE":

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LILLERS

Odd find!...

Crossing the Brűle, Mr. René Pailleux, gardener of the city, found a device which seemed strange to him: he took it to the police station. It is a metal cylinder about 30 centimeters high, with three fins. Inside are three lamps like by T.S.F. lamps. Everything was attached to a parachute of about 1.50 meters in diameter. No one saw the device in the air, but it is likely that the fins power a small motor and the lights come on. The lighted parachute should then have the appearance of a... flying saucer.

According to the sheet found inside, it is an experimental device belonging to a weather company.

Explanations:

Negative case, weather device.

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Keywords:

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Lillers, Pas-de-Calais, René Pailleux, gardener, negative cass, balloon, weather device, radio, lamps, parachute

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Document history:

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1.0 Patrick Gross November 2 First published.

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