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October 16, 1954, Pommier, Pas-de-Calais:

Reference for this case: 16-Oct-54-Pommier. Thank you for including this reference in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

The regional newspapers La Croix du Nord, of Lille, Nord-Eclair, of Roubaix, and other newspapers, reported on October 19, 1954, that "Sunday" - therefore October 17, 1954 - around 9:25 p.m., the chief marshal of gendarmerie Decréquy and the gendarme Candelle, of the brigade of Foucquevillers, who were on tour at night, checked the identity of fairg merchants stationed on the square of Pommiers.

The fairground merchant's wife then drew the attention of the gendarmes to "a luminous object passing in the sky."

The gendarmes, and Mr. Louis Dumetz, municipal councilor in Pommiers, then ideed saw "an orange-colored luminous craft moving very quickly from East to West at a height of 400 to 500 meters", and which was "visible for quite a long time."

The national newspaper Paris-Presse for October 20, 1954, reported on page 5 among recent observations that there had been one by a Mr. Decréquy, marshal of the gendarmerie in Pommier in the Pas-de-Calais.

The author and ufologist Aimé Michel had pointed out in his 1958 book on the 1954 wave in France that on October 18, 1954, in Pommier in the north of France, a very classical fireball is seen, confirmed because it is seen at the same hour than in Béthune, Douai, Audruicq, Hesdin, Huby-Saint-Leu.

In 2021, ufologist Dominique Caudron points out that the date is more liely the 16th than the 17th, as the most local Press sources indicated.

Reports:

[Ref. cdn1:] NEWSPAPER "LA CROIX DU NORD":

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LUMINOUS CRAFT
IN THE SKY OF THE ARTOIS

TWO GENDARMES
OF FONCQUEVILLERS
WITNESS THE PHENOMENON

Saturday evening, around 9:30 p.m., the chief Decrequy and the gendarme Candelle, of the brigade of Foncquevillers, controlled [sic] the identity of a household of fairground merchants who had stopped their trailer on the village square of Pommier.

Suddenly, the woman noticed a luminous object which passed in the sky. Indeed, the two gendarmes as well as Mr. Dumetz, municipal councilor of Pommier, who was near there clearly saw a luminous craft of orange hue which moved quickly from East to West at an altitude of approximately 300 meters. After 4 to 5 seconds, the phenomenon disappeared from their sight.

ISIT THE SAME
THAT WAS SEEN IN MAUBEUGE?

Mr. Marcel Hanske, trumpeter and professor at the Ecole Municipal [sic] in Louvroil saw with his wife and young son around 9:20 on Saturday, as he went to bed a "ball of fire" crossing the sky at breakneck speed.

Mr. Marcel Hanske who is trustworthy, lives in rue des Alliés, in Maubeuge and Sunday, with real sincerity, he did not fail to report the matter to his friends in the Harmonie of Louvroil.

[Ref. lis1:] "LIBRE ARTOIS" NEWSPAPER:

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Saturday evening,
two gendarmes
and a city coucilman
of Pommier saw
a luminous object

It was around 9:30 p.m., Saturday evening, the marshal of logis-chief Decréquy accompanied by the gendarme Candelle were making a night tour in the commune of Pommier.

On the square of this locality they noticed a trailer of fairground merchants. While they were busy checking the identity of the fairground merchant household, the woman drew the attention of the gendarmes to a luminous object passing in the sky.

Indeed, chief Decréquy, gendarme Candelle, as well as Mr. Louis Dumetz, city councilman in Pommier and the fairground couple saw a luminous craft of orange color moving very fast from East to West (direction Monchy-au-Bois-Saint-Amand) at a height of about 400 to 500 meters.

Only three to four seconds passed before the "saucer" (?) disappeared from view.

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

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A "BALL OF FIRE"
IN THE SKY
OF SOUS-LE-BOIS

After Robert Romain, the sympathetic violinist of Maubeuge saw, a few weeks ago already, two brilliant discs moving at high speed in the rue du Grand-Pied, it happens that Mr. Marcel Hanske, trumpeter and professor at the municipal school of Louvroil, saw, with his wife and young son, on Saturday around 9:20 a.m., while he was going to bed, a "ball of fire crossing the sky at breakneck speed.

NEAR ARRAS

Gendarmes
see
a luminous "craft"
in the sky

Sunday, around 9:25 p.m., while the chief marshal of the gendarmerie Decréquy and the gendarme Candelle, of the Foucquevillers brigade, on a night tour, checked the identity of the fair mearchants parked on the square of Pommiers, the fairground merchant wife's called the attention of the gendarmes on a luminous craft that passed in the sky.

The gendarmes and Mr. Louis Dumetz, municipal councilor in Pommiers, saw a bright orange craft moving very quickly from East to West at a height of 400 to 500 meters.

This saucer ! was visible for quite a long time.

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

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The brigadier and a gendarme
from Foncquevillers have seen
an orange luminous object

Chief Decréquy and gendarme Clavel, of the Foncquevillers brigade, in surveillance at Pommier, saw an orange luminous craft in the sky of the region at 400 or 55 meters in height.

They were with Mr. Louis Duez, city councilor, at 9:25 p.m. precisely, when the craft, moving at an insane speed, crossed the sky while going from the east towards the west.

This glow only lasted 3 or 4 seconds, but did not look like a saucer. It was also impossible to detail its shape, actually.

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

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again and always
the saucers!

- In Pommier, head marshal Decrequy, commander of the gendarmerie brigade of Fonquevillers, and showmen whose identity he was checking, saw Saturday, around 9:25 p.m., a craft that moved quickly and silently from Monchy-au-Bois to Humbercamp. A cyclist returning from La Cauchie confirmed the fact.

- The same day, at 9:30 p.m., in St-Pol-sur-Ternoise, from different places of the town, a luminous shape moving at considerable speed was seen by several people.

- In Amiens, Mr. Anquetil, waiter; Ms. Fournier, mechanic, in Fosse-Bleuets; Mr. Delattre, farmer, and Mr. Dewindt, from Courcelles-sous-Moyencourt, in Thieulloy-la-Ville; a motorist, Mr. Covemacker, and several people reported the appearance of saucers.

- In Bouzincourt, Mr. Venderworat and his son, loading beet greens, noticed a milky white disc hanging from about thirty meters from the ground. The cultivator turned off the lights of his tractor, saw the glow descend and, finally, disappear. The two men resumed their work and returned to Bouzincourt; then they saw the white glow that seemed to follow them for some time and finally disappeared. Another farmer who was plowing his field in the same area said he saw nothing: he only made it clear that he occasionally turned on the tail light of his tractor to make sure his plowing was correct. Should we conclude from the comparison of the facts to an optical illusion?

[Ref. ppe1:] "PARIS-PRESSE" NEWSPAPER:

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The Martians
paid a visit
to Curzio Malaparte...

...who was not there

CURZIO MALAPARTE missed the book of his life.

A flying saucer stuffed with "Martians" like a subway train at six in the evening landed on the terrace of his summer villa in Capri. And Malaparte was not there! Disappointed, the Martians who probably wanted to have "The Skin" signed off, left.

It was a painter, Raffaele Castello, who saw them. He was walking at night at Cape Maroulo when he saw a huge disc five meters in diameter delicately landing on the Malapartean villa. Four of the Martians - they were short, dressed in overalls and speaking in low voices - entered the writer's house. Half an hour later, they left without having even taken a book. They climbed back into the craft which, casting classic bluish gleams, rose as perpendicular as it was silent and disappeared towards Sicily. Farewell Martians!

Various saucers and cigars have flown all over Italy, Portugal, Belgium, Spain (these are the first, the Franco regime seemed to intimidate the Martians so far) and naturally in France. Our happy compatriots who were favored with their vision are Pierre Pouquet in Saint-Germain-les-Belles (Haute-Vienne), Perrichou and Mrs., in Uzel (Côtes-du-Nord), Meunier in Pont-l'Abbé-d'Arnoult (Vendée) [Charente-Maritime], Boulineau in Luçon, Jean Aufard in Sisternes-la-Forêt (Pas-de-Calais), Perrault and Villerot in Brain, near Decize, Decréquy, marshall of the gendarmerie in Pommier (Pas-de-Calais), Filatte, farmer in Noyeux (Eure).

This Mr. Filatte, running across the fields to observe the saucer, fell into a pond and almost drowned.

The "saucers"
drove their first
victim of asylum

LIVORNO. October 19. (AFP.) - "They are persecuting me... They are coming to get me... I saw them land in a field... Saucers, large and small... Lights and smoke... The Martians... The Martians...", it is by shouting these pieces of sentences expressing his deep agitation that Mr. Bruno Senesi, 34, came to the hospital in Livorno, asking to be helped. But when the nurse returned with the doctor on duty, Senesi was gone. He was found hidden under a bed, shaken by violent shivers.

At the asylum, his condition causes concern.

[Ref. lcx1:] NEWSPAPER "LA CROIX":

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Saucers, cigars, etc.

They fly away!

MM. Jean Augard, farmer in Sisternes-la-Forêt [sic] (Puy-de-Dôme), and Jean Chanzotte, former miner, declared to have seen, in a field by the roadside, a craft of ovoid shape surmounted by a dome of a brilliant white color. As the two men approached the "saucer", it rose vertically and disappeared in a northeast direction, leaving behind a reddish trail.

In Gelles, a neighboring town, several people had seen a similar craft, also posed in a field.

In the Vendée, [Error: in Charente-Maritime] in Pont-l'Abbé-d'Arnoult, a mysterious craft that was rising vertically behind a hedge, was seen by Mr. Meunier, foreman in a masonry company.

While pursuing the saucer...
he "drinks the cup"

Several people were running through fields in Moyaux (Calvados), in the direction of a flying saucer which had been pointed out to them by a child.

One of them, a farmer, Mr. Filate, who never took his eyes off the sky, fell into a deep pond where he almost drowned. Fortunately, his companions managed to save him.

"Melon and tandem"

A "melon" made its appearance this time in the skies of Alsace. Indeed, several people, including a few pilots from the Strasbourg Aero-Club, claim to have seen on Saturday evening a shiny craft, having the shape of a melon, and leaving a trace of two meters of white-orange color, fly over the region of the Bas-Rhin.

Two residents of St-Cirgues (Haute-Loire), saw in the sky, at very high altitude, two luminous balls which seemed interconnected by a rod. The craft remained motionless for a quarter of an hour then disappeared at very high speed.

Brigadier are you right?

Monday evening, around 9:25 p.m., in Pommier (Pas-de-Calais), the brigadier head of the gendarmerie and a gendarme saw an orange luminous craft moving at a very high speed from East to West at about 500 meters of altitude.

In the sky of Italy

One also reports the passage of saucers in the Italian sky, above Milan, Trento, Genoa and the Po delta.

One of these craft reportedly even have landed in Capri at night, of course. It is a painter, Mr. Raffaële Castello, who allgedly saw the saucer land on the terrace of the villa of Malaporte [sic, Malaparte]. The painter, who had thought it was a helicopter, approached and was surprised to see four men, small in size, descend from the disc. The passengers of the craft, who were dressed in an outfit, remained around the disc for about half an hour. Bluish gleams escaped the disc incessantly, pin-like and lightning-fast, they went off in all directions.

After some time, about half an hour, the four men re-entered the disc which, with a slight hum, rose slowly, perpendicularly, and then quickly gained altitude.

Report!

Mr. Holaubek, Vienna's Prefect of Police, ordered officers under his command to report all the flying saucer stories and all the statements by people claiming to have seen "visitors from another world."

[Ref. aml1:] AIME MICHEL:

The author indicates that on October 18, 1954, in Pommier in the north of France, a very classical fireball is seen, confirmed because it is seen at the same hour than in Béthune, Douai, Audruicq, Hesdin, Huby-Saint-Leu.

[Ref. gqy1:] GUY QUINCY:

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October 18, [1954]

? [= unknown hour]: Pommier (28 km SO.Arras--Pas-de-Calais):meteor?

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

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541018 18.10.1954 Pommier France 21.45 NL

[Ref. dcn1:] DOMINIQUE CAUDRON:

Dominique Caudron tells me by email having just completed a study of the October 18, 1954, meteor, and having found corrigenda to do in my catalog. For this case, he indicates to me that the reported dates are:

"October 17, by Nord Eclair for 10/19 p 3, which is not local and gives a fanciful indication of duration"

"October 16 by La Voix du Nord Artois-Somme edition of 10/19 p 4
by La Croix du Nord for 10/19 p 5
by Libre Artois for 10/19 p 3

"undated by Nord matin Arras edition of 10/19 p 3"

"Pommier being in the Artois, the Artois issues are better informed, and the date is probably the 16th".

Explanations:

Map.

The October 16, 1954 meteor at 08:30 p.m.

Keywords:

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

Pommier, Pas-de-Calais, meteor, night, Decréquy, gendarmes, Louis Dumetz, Candelle, Foucquevillers, square, craft, fast, luminous, orange

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross June 10, 2009 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross March 4, 2017 Addition [ubk1].
1.2 Patrick Gross January 19, 2019 Addition of the Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet. Probable meteor."
1.3 Patrick Gross January 15, 2020 Addition [ppe1]. In the Summary, addition of the paragraph "The national newspaper Paris-Presse..."
1.4 Patrick Gross March 23, 2020 Additions [ner1], [cdn1]. In the Summary, addition of the paragraph as per La Croix du Nord and Nord-Eclair.
1.5 Patrick Gross March 30, 2020 Addition [lis1].
1.6 Patrick Gross May 3, 2020 Addition [nmn1].
1.7 Patrick Gross January 10, 2021 Addition [lcx1].
1.8 Patrick Gross September 28, 2021 Addition [gqy1].
1.9 Patrick Gross October 26, 2021 Additions [vdn1], [dcn1]. Case day changed from 17 to 16. In the Summary, addition of the pargraphe "In 2021, ufologist Dominique Caudron..." Explanations changed, were "The 08:45 p.m. meteor."

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