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Mid September, 1954, Abbeville, Somme:

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

Summary:

The regional newspaper La Voix du Nord for September 17, 1954, reported that in Abbeville, one finally also saw a "saucer", "or rather a flying basin":

A respectable 79-year-old widow said she had seen "one of these last nights" in the Ponthieu sky "a round, basin-shaped flying machine, lit all over, slipping noiselessly between the suburbs of Portelette and Rouvroy, that is to say towards the sea [...]"

Reports:

[Ref. lvn1:] "LA VOIX DU NORD" NEWSPAPER:

After the saucers, the basins

Abbeville is getting up to date. A gap is filled: the city has its saucer or rather its flying basin... A respectable 79-year-old widow indeed states, having seen, one of these last nights, in the sky of the Ponthieu "a round flying machine round, basin-shaped, lit all over, slipping without engine noise between the suburbs of Portelette and that of Rouvroy, that is to say towards the sea "[... missing continuation.]

Explanations:

The information I found so far is not sufficient for an evaluation.

Keywords:

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Abbeville, Somme, Ponthieu, Portelette, Rouvroy, craft, basin, luminous, silent

Sources:

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Document history:

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