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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'Hôpital 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'Hôpital 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.

[Ref. abt2:] NEWSPAPER "L'ABEILLE DE LA TERNOISE":

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Flying Saucers...

Like it or not, there is a problem with the flying saucers, the matter seems to be getting serious.

Whereas, at the beginning, many newspapers scoffed (and L'Abeille, like the others), it became obvious, even to the most skeptical "that there is something".

To take only examples close to here and officially noted by the gendarmeries and the security services of the territory, how to admit that in Hem-Hardinval, the mysterious craft which intrigued several farmers, known for their seriousness, and which frightened their horses, is a product of the imagination? At a distance of 100 meters, people still could not dream... As could not dream the inhabitants of Domart-en-Ponthieu who saw a saucer land near their car, and strange beings get out of it.

In the Ternois, people are more discreet, and if we know that some saw bizarre craft (a miner from Linzeux, a Buneville farmer woman, etc.) they were careful not to advertise too much what they saw.

Other residents of the Ternois also saw strange objects in the sky: an industrialist from Saint-Pol returning in the evening by car, farm workers returning from work. Monday evening a dozen Saint-Pol residents saw around 8:30 p.m. a luminous object, followed by a dazzling tail which took the direction of Ramecourt. The object was clearly seen by a city councilor, a doctor and various other personalities.

We also talked about strange objects seen in Frévent, in Auxi, in Wavrans, etc...

What should we conclude from this? It would obviously be very difficult to say.

Be that as it may, we find ourselves in the presence of two very distinct phenomena: luminous objects in the sky and objects of metallic appearance posed in the countryside, or landing there.

Some objections immediately come to mind. Why would the occupants of these objects come to land in hollow paths, in the deserted plains, etc. If they really come from other planets and are on an observation mission, it would make more sense for them to come near factories, big cities, ports. Given their power and the influence of their so-called paralyzing beam, what would they risk?

L'Abeille obviously does not claim to provide its readers with the solution to this problem which, to be honest, seems really frightening. However, we thought it would be interesting to publish extracts from a letter that a prominent Swiss personality, Mr. Alfred Nahon, professor of philosophy and psychology in Lausanne, just sent to the newspaper L'Express.

Here's what he writes:

"I was surprised the other day to find that you seem to deal with the so-called "flying saucer" issue lightly.

Studying the questions and information relating to "flying saucers", I have been perfectly aware for seven years, of everything that has been said or written on this matter. I am a member and general correspondent for Switzerland of the International Investigation Commission "Ouranos".

It follows from my information, intersected by the turn of certain important diplomatic facts, that these craft come from several planets and that their occupants have advised the main governments to have to stop their atomic and military policies in general.

It is a long time since the population should have been honestly informed of the truth: the extraterrestrial nature of these apparatuses, the peaceful mission of its other humanity, the possibility of several landings in the immediate future, details on the past landings in 1948 and 1952 in the United States, 1952 and 1954 in France, etc.

In recent days, identical phenomena multiplied, in France in particular, and the public, who once laughed, seems to be worried today.

This concern is not justified. It is due to the ignorance in which the population was kept on all the phases and particularity of these prodigious forewords to the interplanetary era.

Consequently, I think that it is necessary, without delay, to train the public in the idea of this reality, to inform them of all the historical aspect of the question, of our own preparations with a view to going to nearby planets and provide directions for contact or simple unsuccessful landing.

Alfred Nahon
Professor of Philosophy
and Psychology

Lausanne

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

Sources:

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross March 31, 2020 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross June 22, 2020 Addition [abt2].

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