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Mid October, 1954, Bouin, Pas-de-Calais:

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

Summary:

In 1958, French ufologist Aimé Michel reported that on October 27, 1954 a "particularly well proven" case occurred in Bouin -and other places - in the Pas-de-Calais when many inhabitants saw an extremely luminous sphere flying over the national forest of Hesdin from the west to the east.

In reality, the date given by Aimé Michel corresponds to the date of publication of the earliest source I have, Le Journal du Pas-de-Calais et de la Somme for October 27, 1954. It reported this:

"In Bouin, on the Hesdin-Montreuil road, around 8:15 p.m., residents saw on two consecutive days, an abnormally bright sphere above the forest."

Therefore, the time is known but not the date, necessarily before October 27, 1954; the observation takes place "two consecutive days"; as for the "particularly well proven" side evoked by Aimé Michel, the latter probably deduced it from the following remark of the newspaper; which must have appeared or be reflected somehow again later in another newspaper:

"All these good people, renowned for their common sense and seriousness, must be believed without restriction. On the other hand, none of them saw a saucer land, and even less beings moving around it."

"Their opinion is that this is a new secret craft."

Reports:

[Ref. jps1:] "LE JOURNAL DU PAS-DE-CALAIS ET DE LA SOMME" NEWSPAPER:

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"Saucers"
in the region
of Hesdin - St-Pol

It was rumored in Hesdin that a local trader had seen a saucer and Martians. Here are the facts as reported to us:

Having finished his delivery round, the merchant was driving in a van between Erquières and Wail, around 10 p.m., in the company of two passengers, when suddenly a blinding glare dazzled him. At the same time its brand new engine gave signs of failure in the same time as his headlights did.

The driver and one of the passengers were seriously shocked and are still wondering what could have happened to them, as there were no thunderstorms in the area that evening.

The same trader saw a few days from then one of these objects with different colors that are so much talked about and which he described to us very precisely. This was happening in Linzeux and several witnesses attest to this.

In Bouin, on the Hesdin-Montreuil road, around 8:15 p.m., residents saw on two consecutive days, an abnormally bright sphere above the forest.

Same observation and in the same place, by a resident of Huby-Saint-Leu and by another well-known person.

All these good people, renowned for their common sense and seriousness, must be believed without restriction. On the other hand, none of them saw a saucer land, and even less beings moving around it.

Their opinion is that this is a new secret craft.

[Ref. aml1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel reports that on October 27 a particularly well proven case occurred in Huby-Saint-Leu in Pas-de-Calais when many inhabitants saw an extremely luminous sphere flying over the national forest of Hesdin from the west to the east.

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Pas-de-Calais in Bouin Plumoison on October 27, 1954 at an unknown hour "Many residents saw an extremely luminous sphere flying over the national forest of Hesdin from west to east."

The source is indicated as "M.O.C. par Michel Aimé ** Arthaud 1958".

[Ref. ubk1:] "UFO-DATENBANK":

This database recorded this case twice:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541027 27.10.1954 Bouin France 19.00

Explanations:

Totally insufficient data.

Since the newspaper tells us about an observation two consecutive nights, we can think that it was perhaps an astronomical misinterpretation; a star, or Venus for example.

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Keywords:

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

Bouin, Pas-de-Calais, sphere, luminous, multiple

Sources:

[----] indicates sources which I have not yet checked.

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross January 2, 2004 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross February 10, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Addition [lcn1].
1.1 Patrick Gross March 7, 2017 Addition [lcn1].
1.2 Patrick Gross December 19, 2018 Addition of the Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet."
1.3 Patrick Gross May 20, 2020 Addition [jps1]. In the Summary, addition of the information from [jps1]. Explanations changed, were "Totally insufficient data. Probable meteor."

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