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September 10, 1954, Onnaing, Nord:

Reference number for this case: 10-sep-54-Onnaing. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

Around the famous alleged close encounter of the third kind of Marius Dewilde on September 10, 1954, in Quarouble, there were, according to the press, other testimonies which seemed to corroborate the story.

One of them was a sighting in Onnaing, on the same night, at the same hour of 10:30 p.m., where a young man, Edmond Auverlot, and a retired man, Mr. Hublard (or Hubard or Hubblard), saw a red or reddish glow move in the sky.

Another version, in Radar magazine for September 26, 1954, was that in the Valenciennes region, Serge Delhaye and his friend Auverlotte had seen, a quarter of an hour before Marius Dewilde, the passage of a bright red mass which, in the blink of an eye, became light pink, then white.

This observation is mentioned without details by Marc Thirouin, who investigated the Dewilde case, in 1960. He noted that he had been told that the movie theaters of Vicq and Onnaing had suffered a drop in lighting around the time of the Quarouble landing, but that he was unable to receive any authorized testimony on this matter.

In 2016, "skeptical" ufologist Dominique Caudron, operating in the Nord, indicated that he found Press sources mentioning many observations that night in the area, indicating that it was a meteor, citing a newspaper talking about its trail in an observation by a dozen people.

Reports:

[Ref. lcd1:] "LA CROIX DU NORD" NEWSPAPER:

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In Quarouble

A mysterious craft would have
indeed landed on the railway track

Suspicious traces were found on the disused railway track, where Mr. Marius Dewilde claims to have seen a flying saucer, posed during the night from Friday to Saturday. After carefully examining the sleepers near P.N. 79, air police inspectors noticed that one of them bore symmetrically arranged marks, a kind of "claw", we were told, at the Onnaing police station.

The wood received deep prints in five different locations and investigators believe they may have been caused when the craft landed.

In addition, some of the stones from the ballast were removed. Their appearance and abnormal arrangement caught the attention of the inspectors. However, no footprints were noticed around the house. But it may be that the paths hardened in this place by the passage of many cattle did not keep track of the strange little beings seen by Mr. Dewilde.

Let's add that several people, including a young man from Onnaing, said they saw Friday around 10:30 p.m., a luminous ball moving towards the West.

[Ref. nmn1:] NEWSPAPER "NORD-MATIN":

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The flying saucers

Traces have been
found in Quarouble
on the railway by
the air police

While the population of the Valenciennes borough continues, for the most part to doubt the story of Mr. Dewilde, the Authorities take the landing of flying saucers on our territory very seriously.

Others have spoken of Martians. On the origin of the beings who would have explored the pastures on the edge of P.N. 79, it is perhaps better to assume nothing. The fear that Mr. Dewilde felt at their sight, if we admit that his adventure had really been lived, has certainly distorted his assessments, both on the size and on the appearance of the occupants of the saucer. Especially since the night from Friday to Saturday was particularly dark.

One thing is official, however: representatives of the air police have discovered, on the railway sleepers, deep claws and impact spots which may lead to believe in the landing in this location of a craft. They also found ballast stones with suspicious traces.

We add that young people from neighboring villages, namely Onnaing and Vicq, saw in the sky, at the time indicated by Mr. Dewilde, and heading west, a luminous disc.

In any case, the case seems disturbing.

A farmer from Corrèze
claims to have been kissed
by a pilot
of a "flying cigar"

The adventure of Marius Dewilde, this farmer from Quarouble, who saw two men embarking in their sidereal machine, is not unique.

There is better, if we have to believe a farmer in the hamlet of Mou-

Read more on the sixth page under the title:
SAUCERS

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SAUCERS

rieras (Corrèze). The latter, Mr. Antoine Mazaud, reportedly made an extraordinary encounter on September 10.

It was 8:30 p.m. that day, night was beginning to fall and the farmer was following a hollow path when he found himself face to face with a medium-sized stranger wearing a motorcycle helmet without earmuffs.

The two men were both surprised and the farmer, somewhat worried, made a gesture of defense with his pitchfork.

It was then that the individual approached the cultivator, his hand extended, as if to show him his good intentions. Then, fearing that he would not be understood, he approached the farmer, uttering incomprehensible words and kissed him.

He then walked away to a bizarre craft shaped like a cigar. And, before Mr. Mazaud recovered from his surprise, the craft took off vertically and disappeared towards the West.

Subsequently, the farmer returning home told his wife about his adventure, but asked her not to say a word to anyone.

"They would make fun of me," he said.

Mrs. Mazaud could not resist the pleasure of telling - under the seal of secrecy, of course - this adventure to a neighbor and soon the whole country knew about it.

The Ussel gendarmerie questioned Mr. Mazaud who confirmed his story. But it was too late to find traces. Mr. Mazaud is not considered, in the country, as being subject to hallucinations.

A flying saucer
in Finland

It should also be noted that several people said they saw a "flying saucer" last night near Helsinki.

The strange object, circular in shape, moved at about 800 meters of altitude. It emitted an intense light by leaving in its wake a long reddish tail about three times longer than the diameter of the saucer.

The strange vision was visible for seven seconds.

[Ref. ner1:] NEWSPAPER "NORD-ECLAIR":

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Traces are found
on the railway
where a resident of Quarouble
claims to have seen a saucer

A farmer from the Corrèze claims to have
kissed the passenger in a "flying cigar"!

The mystery of flying saucers fascinates public opinion. It is no longer from America or Australia that the testimonies come, but from France. They multiply in a quite peculiar manner. We reported the declarations of Mr. Dewilde, of Quarouble. The latter, semsible man, claims that "he saw." A farmer from Corrèze just made such surprising revelations. On the other hand, a German scientist publishes a study disputing the existence of mysterious craft. Who is right?

Suspicious traces were found on the disused railway track, where Mr. Marius Dewilde claims to have seen a landed flying saucer during the night from Friday to Saturday.

After carefully examination of the sleepers near P. N. 79, the air police inspectors noticed that one of them bore symmetrically arranged marks, some sort of "claws", we were told at the Onnaing police station.

The wood has received deep prints in five different locations, and investigators believe they may have been caused when the craft landed.

In addition, they collected some of the stones from the ballast, whose appearance and layout had caught their attention. However, no footprints were noticed. But it may be that the paths hardened in this place by the passage of many cattle, did not keet trace of the "strange little beings" seen by Mr. Dewilde.

Let us add that several people - including a young man from Onnaing - stated that they saw Friday at around 10:30 p.m., a luminous ball moving towards the West.

Continued on page 9
under the title:
SAUCERS

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Saucers

"The passenger
of the saucer
kissed me"

Tulle. -- The gendarmes of the Bugeat brigade (Corrèze), learning yesterday morning, by public rumor that a farmer in the hamlet of Mouriéras, commune of Bugeat (Corrèze), Mr. Antoine Mazaud, had conversed with the passenger in a "flying saucer", went to the farmer, to have these rumors confirmed.

Mazaud tells them that on September 10, at 8:30 p.m., returning from his fields, he met an unknown individual of normal size, wearing a helmet without earmuffs, on a path, 1.500 meters from his home, who shook his hand and kissed him, saying unintelligible words.

The man then climbed into an unlit cigar-shaped craft, three to four meters long which, taking off vertically, set off towards the West, making no more noise than a bee.

Mr. Mazaud then declares that he did not want to speak about this story, because he feared that one would scoff at him.

Balls of fire?

The eminent German astronomer Hans Haffner claims that flying saucers, apart from hallucinations and aerial reflections, are balls of fire produced by lightning at high altitude. He claims his theory fits with all sightings of flying saucers reported so far.

"Let's get rid of the flying saucer psychosis," he writes. "Flying saucers are actually a natural phenomenon that occurs in the layer of air surrounding the earth."

Mr. Haffner, professor of astronomy at the University of Hamburg and head of section at the Hamburg-Bergedorf Observatory, says that all of the flying saucers that have been seen so far can be classified into four groups:

Hallucinations and visions

1) Hallucinations, more frequent than generally believed.

2) Optical illusion even deceiving the lens of the camera. The so-called flying saucer photographs are reflections often seen when taking photos against the light.

3) Weather balloons.

4) Unknown flying objects.

All the objects of the fourth category can be explained by what we know about balls of fire produced by lightning. This phenomenon rarely occurs and we only have two or three photographs. The size, shape, speed, color, brightness, duration, electrical composition and mode of dissolution of these balls of fire are "remarkably similar" to descriptions of flying saucers, Professor Haffner writes.

The balls of fire often emit very bright rays of light, which also matches the story of people who say they saw saucers.

[Ref. las1:] NEWSPAPER "LIBRE ARTOIS":

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The flying saucers
traces were found
in Quarouble on the railway
by the air police

While the population of the district of Valenciennes continues, for the most part to doubt the story of Mr. Dewilde, the Authority takes the landing of flying saucers on our territory very seriously.

Others have spoken of Martians. On the origin of the beings who would have explored the pastures bordering the P.N. 79, it may be better to assume nothing. The fear that Mr. Dewilde felt at their sight, by admitting that his adventure had been truly lived, has certainly distorted his assessments, both on the size and on the appearance of the occupants of the saucer. Especially since the night from Friday to Saturday was particularly dark.

One thing is official, however: representatives of the air police have discovered, on the railway sleepers, deep claws and impact points which may lead to believe that a craft had landed at this place. They also found ballast stones with suspicious traces.

We add that young people from neighboring villages, that is to say from Onnaing and from Vicq, saw in the sky, at the time indicated by Mr. Dewilde, and moving towards the West, a luminous disc.

In any case, the affair seems disturbing.

A CORREZIAN FARMER
claims to have been
KISSED
BY A PILOT
OF "FLYING CIGAR"

The adventure of Marius Dewilde, the Quarouble farmer, who saw two men getting into a sidereal machine, is not unique.

There is better, if one has to believe a farmer from the hamlet of Mouriéras (Corrèze). The latter, Mr. Antoine Mazoud [sic], reportedly made an extraordinary encounter on September 10.

It was 8:30 p.m. that day, night was beginning to fall and the farmer was following a hollow path when he found himself face to face with a medium-sized stranger wearing a motorcycle helmet without earmuffs.

The two men were also surprised and the somewhat worried farmer made a defense gesture with his fork.

This while the stranger approached the farmer, his hand extended, as if to show him his good intentions. Then, fearing that he would not be understood, he approached the farmer, uttering incomprehensible words and kissed him.

He then walked away to a bizarre craft shaped like a cigar. And, before Mr. Mazeud recovered from his surprise, the craft took off vertically and disappeared towards the West.

Subsequently, the farmer returning home told his wife about his adventure, but asked her not to say a word to anyone:

"They would make fun of me," he said.

Mme Mazaud could not resist the pleasure of telling - under the seal of secrecy, of course - this adventure to a neighbor and soon the whole country knew about it.

The Ussel gendarmerie questioned Mr. Mazaud who confirmed his story. But it was too late to find traces. Mr. Mazaud is not considered in the country as being subjected to hallucinations.

[Ref. fas1:] "FEUILLE D'AVIS" NEWSPAPER:

Still the flying saucer problem

Would they Martians landed on French soil?

Following the information that we recently published about the two passengers of a flying saucer, we learned today the following details:

Three inspectors of the air police returned to Quarouble (Nord) to hear Mr. Marius Dewilde, the man who "saw" two Martians to the garden gate.

They left the village believe that on the night of Friday to Saturday, a mysterious flying object has landed, as stated by Mr. Dewilde, on the railway Saint-Amand - White-Misseron near the crossing 79 .

The findings seem they could do, indeed, confirm the testimony of the metalworker. The latter said that on Friday to 22 pm. 30 he saw an oblong craft, 3 meters tall, long 6, placed on the track, a few meters from his house. Two beings of human appearance, very small and, apparently, wearing suits, were nearby. Mr. Dewilde walked toward them, but at that time, the craft leveled on him a beam of light green reflection, which had the effect of paralyzing it. When he regained the use of his limbs, the machine began to rise in the sky and two people were missing.

Investigators have found no trace of the existence of these two characters. The surrounding ground, examined meter by meter, has not delivered a pitch mark.

On the other hand, one of the sleepers showed signs that have been made by a machine at the time of landing. In five places the wood of the cross is tapped over approximately four square centimeters surface. These brands all have the same appearance and are arranged in a symmetrical manner, on the same line: three of them - those in the middle - are separated by a gap of 43 centimeters. The last two are distant previous 67 centimeters.

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Martians in France!

(CONTINUED FROM FIRST PAGE)

A machine which would land on crutches and not on wheels like our planes would not leave different traces, stated one of the police of the air inspectors.

The story made by Mr. Dewilde is also confirmed by the testimonies of several people in the area. In Onnaing, a young man, Mr. Edmond Auverlot, and a pensioner, Mr Hublard, saw, at 10:30, p.m., the time indicated by M. Dewilde, saw a red light moving in the sky. The same light was seen from Vicq by three young people coming out of a ball.

All these testimonies, these facts, give to the account of Mr. Dewilde a color of authenticity. However, many people remain skeptical. Mr. Dewilde is undoubtedly of good faith; but one year ago he was victim of a serious industrial accident (cranial traumatism), in the continuation of which he showed some nervous disorders. So one thinks he might have been the victim of " waked up hallucinations", well-known phenomenon in medicine.

[Ref. cpe1:] "LA CROIX DE PICARDIE" NEWSPAPER:

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Flying saucers in the sky of France?

The flying saucers multiply at a dizzying rate. Indeed, witnesses to the evolutions of these mysterious craft have been legion in France for some time.

It is first Mr. Marius Dewilde who said he saw a saucer on September 10, at 10 p.m., posed on a railway track near Valenciennes. When he approached the apparatus, two strange and stocky men, whose size did not exceed one meter, moved quickly towards the craft. A few moments later, a square of intense light appeared on the sides of the saucer. The witness was dazzled, and when he opened his eyes, everything was gone.

In Onnaing, 70 kilometers away, a young man, Mr. Auverlot and a pensioner, Mr. Hublard, revealed to have seen on the same day, at the same time, a red glow moving in the sky. As for Mr. Emile Renard, he claims to have seen a saucer which had landed in a field near Acheux-en-Amiénois. The craft hovered slightly above the ground, and when he wanted to approach it, the craft took off and disappeared.

Better still, Mr. Mazaud, farmer of Mourieras (Corrèze), reportedly met an unknown individual, wearing a helmet, on a path, who shook his hand and kissed him, saying unintelligible words. The stranger then climbed into an unlit cigar-shaped craft, four meters long, which, taking off vertically, set off in a westward direction, making no more noise than a bee.

In Origny-en-Thiérache and in the region of Château-Thierry (Aisne), residents claim to have seen a meteor about the size of a motorcycle wheel. Its passage through the Marne valley was accompanied by a blast heard from several localities.

[Ref. rdr1:] "RADAR" MAGAZINE:

VALENCIENNES. -- Serge Delhaye and his friend Auverlotte saw them too. A quarter of an hour earlier than Dewilde, they observed the passage of a bright red mass which, in the blink of an eye, became light pink, then white.

[Ref. jgu1:] JIMMY GUIEU:

The story of Marius Dewilde is confirmed by police reports (traces detected on the railway) and also by testimonies of several inhabitants. In Onnaing, Mr. Edmond Auverlotte, and a retiree, Mr. Hublard, saw towards 10:30 p.m. (hour indicated by Mr. Dewilde) a red glow, turning to light pink, then to white, move in the sky. The same "glow" was seen from Vicq by three young people coming out of a ball.

[Ref. aml1:] AIME MICHEL:

French ufologist Aimé Michel notes that on September 10, 1954, in Onnaing, which is located two kilometers south from Quarouble, Mr. Edmond Auverlot et Mr. Hubblard have observed at about 10:30 p.m., a red glow which was moving in the sky, coming seemingly from the direction of Quarouble.

The sighting was discovered by unspecified investigators, who wanted to find out whether other people saw something similar to the famous observation by Marius Dewilde à Quarouble.

[Ref. mtn1:] MARC THIROUIN":

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By what coincidence finally, at the very hour when Marius Dewilde situated the first facts (10 September, 10:30 p.m.) - which he will immediately report to the law enforcement representatives - two other observations are made, which overlap with his and of which he cannot at this moment know the existence? (see map: Fig. 5).

One in Vicq, 2 km north-east of Quarouble, where several people see a red glow move in the sky precisely on the side of Quarouble.

Another in Onnaing, 2 km SW. of this locality, where a red glow is also seen in the same direction by two witnesses.

In a footnote, Marc Thirouin indicated that one told him that the Vicq and Onnaing movie theaters suffered a drop in lighting around the time of the landing of Quarouble, but that he could not receive on this matter an authorized testimony.

[Ref. jve6:] JACQUES VALLEE:

Jacques Vallée quotes the newspaper France-Soir for, September 15, 1954:

"The narrative made by M. Dewilde is also confirmed by several inhabitants of the region. In Onnaing, a young man called M. Edmond Auverlot and a retired man, M. Hublard, have seen about 10:30 P.M. (the time indicated by M. Dewilde) a reddish light traveling in the sky. The same light has been seen from Vicq by three young men."

[Ref. gni1:] GNEOVNI:

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9/10/1954 - ONNAING -59- Type IV

2km South of Quarouble MM. AUVERLOT and HUBLARD saw around 10:30 p.m. a red glow in the sky coming from the direction of Quarouble. (M.O.C., A. Miche1 p.63)

[Ref. hdt1:] "HENRI DURRANT":

The author indicates that Mr. Dewilde's visual testimony of a UFO in flight was confirmed by two other visual testimonies of glowing red devices, moving in the sky around 10:30 p.m., one of them in Onnaing, two kilometers southwest of Quarouble, by two people.

[Ref. gal1:] CHARLES GARREAU AND RAYMOND LAVIER:

The two French authors and ufologists, while exposing the famous encounter by Marius Dewilde, thus report that two other observations lend credibility to that story. It happened that Mr. Edmond Auverlotte and a pensioner, Mr. Hubbard, from Onnaing, which saw the same day towards 10:20 P.M. a red gleam changing to light pink then white; it moved in the sky.

[Ref. rpt1:] RENE PACAUT:

Rene Pacaut indicates that at the same hour as the observation of Marius Dewilde, two men of Onnaing, Mr. Auverlotte and Mr. Hublard, visually followed a gleam which changed color while moving in the sky.

[Ref. fru1:] MICHEL FIGUET AND JEAN-LOUIS RUCHON:

The two authors indicate that on September 10, 1954, at 10:30 P.M., in Onnaing, two witnesses observed a red gleam cross the sky above Quarouble.

[Ref. lgs1:] LOREN GROSS:

Other reports:

That same Friday evening (the lOth) west of Paris, at 10:00 p.m., a UFO report was made at Villeneuve-en-Chevrie. A brilliant oval object was spotted by a Mme. Traussier. 62.

More important then that however, were two reports that lent support to the Dewilde case. At the village of Onnain [sic], just to the south of Quarouble, two people saw a red blob in the sky coming from the direction of Quarouble at approximately 10:30 p.m., the time of the supposed "encounter with two creatures" behind Dewilde's home. The witnesses at Onnain were M. Edmond Auverlot and a M. Hublard. Moreover, some Frenchmen returning from a dance at the village of Vicq sighted a reddish luminosity in the air when they were 1/2 mile from Quarouble. The time was: 10:30 p.m. The course of the UFO as reported by these men agreed with that given by the witnesses at Onnaing. 63.

Reference 63 is given as "Michel, Aimé, 'Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery', page 47.

[Ref. abr1:] ALAN BAKER:

The author indicates that the story by Mr. Dewilde is confirmed by several inhabitants of the region. In Onnaing, at about 10.30 p.m. (the time indicated by M. Dewilde), a young man called M. Edmond Auverlot and a retired man, M. Hublard, saw a reddish light travelling in the sky.

[Ref. jdt1:] JEAN-PIERRE D'HONDT:

This ufologist indicates that on September 10, 1954, in Onnaing, the Nord, at 2 km in the South of Quarouble, "Messrs Auverlot and Hublard saw towards 10:30 p.m., a red gleam in the sky coming from the direction of Quarouble."

The source is indicated as "book M.O.C. by Aimé Michel page 63".

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in Onnaing in the Nord (59) on September 10, 1954, at 10:30 p.m. "Two witnesses observe a red gleam cross the sky above Quarouble."

The source is noted as "Ovni, Premier dossier complet... by Figuet M./ Ruchon J.L. ** Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979".

[Ref. jdy1:] "EUDES JOLONQUY":

6. The visual testimony of M. Dewilde, of a UFO in flight, was confirmed by two other testomonies of reddish glowing objects, moving in the sky at about 10:30 p.m.:

a) In Vicq, 2 kilometers in the N.-W of Quarouble, by several people.

b) In Onnaing; 2 kilometers in the S. W. of Quarouble, by two people.

[Ref. dcn1:] DOMINIQUE CAUDRON:

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"Skeptic" ufologist Dominique Caudron, who is from the North of France, explains in one of his web pages that according to him, Marius Dewilde invented his encounter starting from his observation of what would have really been a meteor. Here is what he said about the case in Vicq:

Witnesses describe a bolide

[Photo: the caption is "a witness of Vicq" and the file name is "Ravet".]

But if it was a bolide, other witnesses would probably have seen it too. Indeed other witnesses have also seen it, with their own eyes.

They were, first of all, inhabitants of the neighboring communes of Quarouble, convinced that they had seen the craft which had risen from Quarouble:

At Onnaing Mr. Edouard Auverlot and Mr. Hublart saw a light in the sky pass at the time indicated by Dewilde.

At Vicq, three young men, including Augustin Ravet, saw the passage of a very brilliant object coming from the direction of Quarouble. This does not mean that it appeared in the direction of Quarouble but that it seemed to be following an East-West trajectory.

And according to Nord-Eclair: "More than ten people said they saw, that evening, at around 10:30 p.m., a "fireball", a "disc with a trail of fire" in the sky. Testimonies agree that the craft was heading for Anzin."

Other local testimonies are mentioned twelve years later by Aimé Michel, in Bruay-Thiers, and Valencienne La Briquette. Another, even later, testimony is about an observation at the Vicq pumping station. These observations are not useful, not only because of the delay, but also because certain details (mysterious breakdown) seem imported from ufological mythology.

[Ref. ubk1:] "UFO-DATENBANK":

This database recorded the case twice:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19540910 10.09.1954 Onnaing France 22.30 NL
19540910 10.09.1954 Onnaing France 22.30 NL

Explanations:

Possible meteor.

Map.

Keywords:

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

Onnaing, Nord, Edmond Auverlot, Serge Delhaye, Hubblard, Auverlotte, Hublard, glow, red, Quarouble

Sources:

[----] indicates sources that are not yet available to me.

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross October 17, 2007 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross March 18, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version.
1.1 Patrick Gross July 4, 2010 Additions [abr1], [lcn1].
1.3 Patrick Gross October 17, 2016. Addition [fas1].
1.4 Patrick Gross January 5, 2017. Addition [ubk1].
1.5 Patrick Gross January 28, 2017. Additions [hdt1], [lgs1], [dcn1].
1.6 Patrick Gross April 17, 2019. Addition [mtn1]. In the Summary, addition of the paragraph "This observation is mentioned without details by Marc Thirouin..." Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet".
1.7 Patrick Gross September 5, 2019. Additions [jgu1], [mtn1], [jdy1].
1.8 Patrick Gross January 18, 2020 Addition [gni1].
1.9 Patrick Gross April 26, 2020 Additions [cpe1], [rdr1]. In the Summary, addition of the paragraph "Another version, in Radar magazine..."
2.0 Patrick Gross May 19, 2020 Addition [lcd1].
2.1 Patrick Gross June 2, 2020 Addition [nmn1].
2.2 Patrick Gross June 12, 2020 Addition [las1].
2.3 Patrick Gross June 26, 2020 Addition [ner1].

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