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Mid Occtober, 1954, Baeuvoir-Wavans, Pas-de-Calais:

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

Summary:

The local newspaper L'Abeille de la Ternoise, from Saint-Pol-sur-Ternoise, in Pas-de-Calais, reported on page 1 for October 23, 1954, "a true story:" a sales representative who came from Viller-l'H˘pital returned to Auxi around 9 p.m. When he descended the coast of Wavans, while there was a little fog, he stopped suddenly because in the distance on the left, a suspicious light had just appeared.

The man swore it was "a saucer", but the newspaper said that in fact it was only the top of the "derrick" of the Wanves-les-Mines drilling, which remains illuminated all night.

Reports:

[Ref. abe1:] "L'ABEILLE DE LA TERNOISE" NEWSPAPER:

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- The turn taken by the more and more frequent visits of saucers in the region should logically make it more difficult to scoff about them. Here is another true story, however. A sales representative who came from Viller-l'H˘pital returned to Auxi around 9 p.m. and going down the hill of Wavans. There was a bit of fog outside and... elsewhere. Suddenly our man stopped suddenly, in the distance on the left a suspicious light had just appeared. He still swears it was a saucer.

In fact it was only the top of the "derrick" of the Wanves-les-Mines drilling, which remains lit all night.

Explanations:

Negative case, derrick lighting.

Keywords:

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

Baeuvoir-Wavans, Pas-de-Calais, derrick, misinterpretation, luminous, fog, negative case

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Document history:

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