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October 14, 1954, Guines, Pas-de-Calais:

Reference for this case: 14-Oct-54-Guines. Thank you for including this reference in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

In the regional newspaper La Voix du Nord, local issue of Calais for October 15, 1954, it was reported "with all the usual reservations" that "Thursday" therefore certainly October 14, 1954, a railroad employee reportedly said he saw a flying saucer on the ground near the Calais - Dunkirk railway line, at a place called "Le Pont de Fer", on the road from Guines to Calais.

Reports:

[Ref. vdn1:] NEWSPAPER "LA VOIX DU NORD":

Scan.

Important aerial
patrols
over the strait

All day yesterday, at high altitude, jets from an English base probably patrolled over the Strait of Pas de Calais, also flying over the entire region between Calais and Boulogne.

The sky was streaked with condensation clouds left in the upper atmosphere by the jet engines.

These are most likely important aerial maneuvers, but many people have believed that these incessant movements of planes have increased surveillance due to the recently reported presence of the famous "flying saucers."

This obviously flatters the imagination more and then after all ... why not?

Always
the "Saucers"

On Thursday, an employee of the S.N.C.F. reportedly said he saw a flying saucer on the ground near the Calais - Dunkirk railway line, at a place called "Le Pont de Fer", on the road from Guines to Calais.

Let us record this new statement with all the usual reservations.

Explanations:

Map.

At the North exit of Guines, there is a district called "Le Marais de Guines". Towards the west, one crossed the old railway line, then the canal from Guines to Calais by a bascule bridge, perhaps the "Iron Bridge" ("Le Pont de Fer"). Further north there is a classic bridge (not made of iron), further north another bascule bridge which would be a potential "Iron Bridge", and yet another one at the entrance of Calais. This latter location is the only one near a railway line nowadays, except that the others near Guines could have been near a railway line from Calais to Guines - there is an old train station in Guines.

As far as the case is concerned, the information is so poor that I don't know what to say except that all kinds of misinterpretations are possible.

Keywords:

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Guines, Pas-de-Calais, railwayman, saucer, landing, railway, Le Pont de Fer, Calais

Sources:

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Document history:

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