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September or October, 1954, Maubeuge, Nord:

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


The regional newspapers Nord-Matin, of Maubeuge, and Nord-Eclair, of Roubaix, for October 19, 1954, mentioned in the passing that Mr. Robert Romain, "the sympathetic violinist of Maubeuge", had seen, "some weeks ago already," two brilliant discs moving at high speed in the rue du Grand-Pied.




A saucer in the sky
of Sous-le-Bois

After Mr. Romain, the sympathetic violinist from Maubeuge, saw a few weeks ago already, two brilliant discs moving at high speed, it happens that Mr. Marcel Hanske, trumpet player and professor at the Ecole Municipale de Louvroil, saw with his wife and her young son, Saturday around 9:20 p.m., as he went to bed, a "ball of fire" crossing the sky at breakneck speed.

Mr. Marcel Hanske, who is well known throughout the region, lives on rue des Alliés, and Sunday with real sincerity, did not fail to report the matter to his friends at the Harmonie de Louvroil. Here he explains what he had seen, to Mr. Alfed Rigaut, the deputy chief of the Louvroil harmony.

(Nord-Matin pic.)




After Robert Romain, the sympathetic violinist of Maubeuge saw, a few weeks ago already, two brilliant discs moving at high speed in the rue du Grand-Pied, it happens that Mr. Marcel Hanske, trumpeter and professor at the municipal school of Louvroil, saw, with his wife and young son, on Saturday around 9:20 a.m., while he was going to bed, a "ball of fire crossing the sky at breakneck speed.


a luminous "craft"
in the sky

Sunday, around 9:25 p.m., while the chief marshal of the gendarmerie Decréquy and the gendarme Candelle, of the Foucquevillers brigade, on a night tour, checked the identity of the fair mearchants parked on the square of Pommiers, the fairground merchant wife's called the attention of the gendarmes on a luminous craft that passed in the sky.

The gendarmes and Mr. Louis Dumetz, municipal councilor in Pommiers, saw a bright orange craft moving very quickly from East to West at a height of 400 to 500 meters.

This saucer ! was visible for quite a long time.


Insufficient information, possible planes.


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

Maubeuge, Nord, Robert Romain, violonist, discs, brilliant, fast, rue du Grand-Pied


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