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The 1954 French flap in the Press:

The article below was published in the daily newspaper La Croix du Nord, Lille, Pas-de-Calais, France, pages 1 and 8, September 12, 1954.


A resident of Quarouble
says: "I saw a
flying saucer
two little being with helmets
of glass> jumped into the craft"

Will the epidemic of flying saucers which usually rages in July and August reach its climax in September this year? A few days ago, it was near Amiens that walkers claimed to have seen a mysterious craft. As they approached, the machine rose into the air and when the gendarmes went to the landing site, they did not, of course, detect any suspicious traces.

In the night from Friday to Saturday, a saucer reportedly landed this time on the territory of the commune of Quarouble, located in the Valenciennes area, near the Belgian border.

Mr. Marius Dewilde, 34, who occupies a house at P.N. 79, on the railway line, claims to have seen the craft within five meters.

Two little beings

"At around 10:30 p.m., said Mr. Dewilde, when I was busy reading and my wife had gone to the next room, I heard my

Continued on the last page,
in the fifth column, under the title



dog howling to death. Thinking that a prowler was trying to enter my backyard, I went out, armed with a flashlight. Then I saw, about six meters away, a dark shape, which I took for a cart of farmers abandoned in the fields. As my beast continued to bark, I saw small beings emerging from a nearby path. They were running towards the railway crossing. The beam of my lamp lit the head of one of them. I was dazzled by a reflection similar to that which a glass object can emit. Almost immediately the door of the craft opened, closed, then it rose ten meters after oscillating for a moment. A very bright light gushes out, like a lightning of magnesium, and the saucer, like a ball of fire, took the direction of the West."

Metallic spacesuits

Mr. Marius Dewilde, after alerting his wife and neighbors, hastened to the police station of Onnaing, where he told his astonishing adventure. From the description he gave of the craft, one could estimate that the height of the flying machine was of the order of three meters, its diameter of six meters, its shape round or conical.

The size of the extraordinary travelers did not exceed 1 m., and the two of them seemed to be wearing some kind of metallic spacesuits.

No trace

The air police, informed of the facts, went on Saturday afternoon to the place, but they did not find any clue likely to give more substance to the assertions of Mr. Dewilde, who is believed to a serious man little inclined to hallucinations. However, a part of ballast, freshly shattered, caught the attention of the investigators.

Let us add that the saucer would have landed in a particularly calm place, more than 2 kms from the village, among the pastures and groves, well made to rest the unknown visitors of their interplanetary journey... and wait - in calm - the saucers to come...

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