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The 1954 French flap:

The index page for the 1954 French flap section of this website is here.

Mid October, 1954, Noyeux, Calvados:

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

Summary:

The newspaper Le Bien Public of Dijon reported on October 20, 1954 a news item that came from Lisieux in the Calvados, telling that several people had run across the fields at Noyeux, towards a flying saucer surrounded by black and white smoke that had been reported to them by a child.

One of the running people, a farmer, Mr. Filate, constantly looking up from the sky, had fallen into a deep pond where he almost drowned, but his companions managed to save him.

Reports:

[Ref. vi1] "VIMANA 21" UFOLOGY BULLETIN:

WHY 1954?

The French flap of 1954 is today more than controversial.

Thus, A.D.R.U.P. wanted to make a compilation of all the documents published in a Burgundy daily newspaper:

"Le Bien Public".

The interest of this catalogue is triple:

  • A- to get back in the mood of that too famous year -
  • B- recall all the testimonies that appeared in the local press, whether they are good or bad. -
  • C- to be used as references for potential researchers of sociological or UFO character.

[... Other cases...]

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 20: ON THE DANGER OF RUNNING AFTER SAUCERS! -

Lisieux - Several people were running across the fields in Noyeux, towards a flying saucer, surrounded by white and black smoke, which had been reported to them by a child. One of them, a farmer, Mr. Filate, did not stop looking at the sky; he fell into a deep pond where he could have drowned. His companions managed to save him.

Explanations:

The press had no reluctance, at the time, to publish "funny" stories of this type, on the contrary.

But is it authentic or invented? I did not found near Lisieux any commune named "Noyeux" or something similar like "Moyeux" or "Noyaux". Was it Bayeux, or is this a clue that the story was made up by a journalist?

I looked for the potential frequency of the "Filate" family name - when stories are invented, names that do not exist are often used to avoid embarrassing anyone. Well, the specialized website filae.com - below - reports only 4 people born in France between 1891 and 1990 bearing this name...

So I think there is a good chance that all this is the invention of a journalist "in need of material", as one said then.

Otherwise, anyway, this is not a case that would be a good example of extraterrestrial visits...

Keywords:

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

Noyeux, Calvados, child, saucer, smoke, black, white, accident, Filate

Sources:

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Document history:

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1.0 Patrick Gross December 15, 2018 First published.

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