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The 1954 French flap in the Press:

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

See the case file.


land in Quarouble?

A resident claims to have seen
the craft at six meters and have
been grazed by two of its occupants,
stocky, helmeted little creatures

A new flying saucer has descended from the sky. It reportedly occurred in the night from Friday to Saturday on the territory of Quarouble at P. N. 79 on the railway track operated by the National Coal Mines.

Mr. Marius Dewilde, 34, claims to have seen the object within six meters. Better still, two of the occupants of the saucer, surprised when they had descended to the ground, grazed him, he said, in their race to join the apparatus, which, as usual, left no trace.

"It was 10:30 p.m.", Mr. Dewilde told, "my wife was in bed, I was reading by the fireside, when my attention was drawn to my dog's barking. The beast hooted to death. Believing in the presence of prowlers in my backyard, I went out with a flashlight. From my enclosure, in the night, less than six meters from the door of my house, I saw a dark mass. I thought it was a harvest cart. My dog ??then crawled towards me. At that time I turned my gaze to a small path leading into a pasture, I saw two men, small, who ran towards the P. N. Immediately I thought of smugglers bending under their load. They sometimes take this path but the two beings in a hurry almost brushed against me. I pointed the beam at my flashlight. The beam was reflected on the head of one of them as on glass. The head seemed to me rather large, but I did not have the time to detail it. At the same time the door of the craft opened. A

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[Photo caption:] Mrs. Dewilde, in the absence of her husband, shows Commissioner Fouchet the place where the craft landed. (Nord-Matin photo.)




bright light dazzled me like a flash of magnesium. Blinded, paralyzed by fear, I saw the door close, the craft oscillate slightly, rise to ten meters, then flash like a lightning in the direction of Anzin, that is to say west."

Mr. Dewilde, invited to describe the saucer, also indicated that it was round, possibly conical.

According to his indications, one could estimate that it could measure about 3 meters high and 6 meters in diameter. As it climbed, it let out a little smoke and reddened until it looked like a ball of fire.

When he had recovered, Mr. Dewilde went to wake up his wife, the neighbor, ran to the gendarmerie of Onnaing, where he arrived around midnight. Commissioner Gouchet found before him a man trembling with all his limbs, suffering from intestinal contractions which ruled out the hypothesis of comedy.

Mr. Dewilde had been afraid, he said, of the stocky, helmeted little beings, also afraid of the lightning that occurred when they opened the door of the saucer.

His demeanor indicated that one is not dealing with a simulator.

The Quarouble resident is also known for a skeptic, a tough guy, his friends say. And he's smart.

Before concluding, it may be useful to locate the place where the saucer came to land.

P. N. 79 is in the fields, at least two kilometers from the village. The house of Mr. and Mrs. Dewilde is isolated in the middle of fields and groves. In front of the door passes the railway track on which the craft landed, which, if the witness is to be believed, almost brushed against the barrier of the small courtyard.

Let's add that yesterday the air police came to inspect the place. No trace was found. It was only observed that a piece of ballast had been freshly removed. On the path taken by the little men, no footprint has remained.

It is true that the hard ground in this place is daily searched by the cattle.


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