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The 1954 French flap:

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End October or beg. November, 1954, Beauchamps, Somme:

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


The regional newspaper Le Courrier Picard for November 4, 1954, reported that a "miss from Beauchamps" reported to them that "this week", for about a minute, at 06:45 p.m., near the Pont de la Bresle, she saw emerging from the forest of Eu, in the direction of Breilly, a small orange-pink ball, growing in size and getting closer so that soon, it had "at this distance, the size of a grapefruit."

The ball reportedly suddenly elongated, taking the shape of a crescent, which immobilized to thin in the middle and "transform into two other small balloons which moved away from each other on a distance of about three meters."

The two "strange balls then came closer, overlapped and amalgamated to reform the initial ball, which went back to where it came from."




Saucers of electrons?

Past, present, future, everything is now mixed in the famous round of the saucers.

Since the mysterious craft haunt our skies again, each of us passionately re-evokes the hypotheses made in their time on this delicious-sea-serpent-topic.

On the other hand, other information reaches us, which denounces new visions... or old ones.

However, the latter would seem to want to support the recent theories developed in the scientific world; which would tend to suppose that the saucers are formed by masses of electrons caused by themselves or by solar "emissions" or by still unknown yet consequences of atomic explosions.

These masses of electrons would appear in the sky at any time, and, luminous and of positive charge obviously, they would flee in front of any terrestrial mass of identical charge, which would explain the extraordinary rapidity with which the "saucers" disappear, and especially in front of planes. If, for an indefinite reason, an aircraft encounters an electron mass, a violent explosion will ensue.

This would justify the destruction of the American plane which chased, in 1952, a "saucer".

About 1952, a resident of Albert, Mr. Maxime Rubiera, currently at Clairvivre, in the Dordogne, where he has been in treatment for several years, informs us that on June 17 of that year, when he was on the terrace of his room, he suddenly saw in the sky, at his height, a red dot advancing in his direction and which, for 15 to 20 seconds, stopped.

It was a ball of 70 centimeters in apparent diameter, red-white like a molten metal, and which two wings of fire, although well detached, accompanied in its march.

For her part, a young lady from Beauchamps tells us that this week, she attended for a minute at around 6 p.m. 45, near the Bresle bridge, a phenomenon which resembles in many ways the previous phenomenon.

She saw emerging from the forest of Eu, in the direction of Breilly, a small orange-pink ball, getting bigger as she got closer to have soon, at this distance, the size of a grapefruit.

Suddenly the ball lengthened and took the form of a crescent which came to a standstill to become thinner in the middle and it transformed into two other small balloons which moved away from each other over a distance of about three meters. The two strange balls then moved closer, overlapped and amalgamated to reform the initial ball, which started again towards the place where it came from.

That's it. So, you see, if our reader-witnesses agree, we will have a lot to say about the flying saucers.


This observation seems to be a revival of what had happened in the same region on October 3, 1954: a red moon had its crescent barred by a cloud, and many people, not all, had interpreted this exactly like the youg lady of Beauchamp, a "split" of the phenomenon in two and its subsequent reunion.

Here, we roughly get the place, probably Beauchamps, the domicile of the witnesses; we get the hour, around 6:45 p.m., and we may have something to find a direction of observation, at least approximate. A date is missing, we only get "this week."

The newspaper was for Thursday, November 4, 1954, so "this week" should mean Monday 1 or Tuesday 2 or Wednesday 3.

As for the direction, there are issues, Beauchamps in the Somme is easy to locate, Eu too, but Breilly is almost in the opposite direction from Eu, East and more than 48 kilometers away; which makes it doubtful that this small distant village could have been used as a direction landmark.

La Bresle is a coastal river which crosses the Somme, passing between Beauchamps and Incheville which is almost contiguous to it in the Southeast 300 m from the center of Beauchamps. The Forêt d'Eu stretches from West to South-East of Beauchamps.

We can hardly say more than this: the phenomenon must have been between the West and the Southeast of the witness.

On October 29, 1954, at 6:45 p.m., the Moon was at 231°, having just set.

On October 30, 1954, at 6:45 p.m., the Moon was at 221°, 3° elevation, setting at 07:22 p.m.

On October 31, 1954, at 6:45 p.m., the Moon was at 212°, 9° elevation, setting at 08:17 p.m.

On November 1, 1954, at 6:45 p.m., the Moon was at 202°, 14° elevation, setting at 09:20 p.m.

On November 2, 1954, at 6:45 p.m., the Moon was at 191°, 19° elevation, setting at 10:20 p.m.

On November 2, 1954, at 6:45 p.m., the Moon was at 179°, 23° elevation, setting at 11:40 p.m.

In other words, in the period of possible dates for the observation, the Moon was indeed present in the sky, low, and in directions totally compatible with the indication "above the forest of Eu."


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

Beauchamps, Somme, duration, evening, Bresle, Eu forest, Breilly, small ball, two, pink, orange, crescent, motionless, split


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