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The 1954 French flap in the Press:

The article below was published in the daily newspaper Le Journal du Pas-de-Calais et de la Somme, France, page 5, on October 19, 1954.


Red ball, white plates,
pink disc... running at high speed
crossed the Picardy sky

Saturday around 9:30 p.m., a waiter going to take his service at Pré-Porus, Mr. Roger Anquetil, saw, as he followed rue de Verdun, a ball emitting an intense red light and followed by a long luminous trail.

The apparition, which only lasted a few seconds, moved from East to West. However, given the altitude of the craft and the lack of visibility caused by the fog, Mr. Anquetil could not provide a detailed description.

At the same time, Mrs. Fournier who was in front of the garage which her husband operates at the place du Marché aux Chevaux, claims to have seen, at low altitude, a craft which spun at a prodigious speed. Is it the same who would have made a turn and dived on Amiens.

This new witness declared that the craft did not emit any noise but that it had an exhaust giving off sparks "as when a car valve closes badly."

The curious apparatus consisted of a disc swollen in its center resembling two plates, like neon.

And before neighbors alerted by the witness were able to leave their home, the craft had disappeared at a prodigious speed, the approximate direction of Poix.

It is precisely in this region that, around 7:15 p.m., Mr. Dewint, farmer in Courcelle-sous-Moyencourt had his attention drawn to a luminous disc, which seemed to land on the plain, at a great distance. He alerted Mr. Delattre, farmer at Fosse-Bleuet who in turn could see this "pinkish glow."

The two men, by car, tried to reach the craft but the road network did not allow them to constantly follow it with their eyes and they finally had to give up without result.

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