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October 20, 1954, Comines, Nord:

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Summary:

The regional newspaper La Voix du Nord, in the local issue of Armentičres for October 22, 1954, reported that "in the night from Tuesday to Wednesday", therefore on October 20, 1954, at about 3 o'clock in the morning, a worker, Mr. Joseph Journiaux, better known under the name of "La Tulipe", domiciled in rue Gambetta, in Comines, France, being in the courtyard of the Establishments Vienne and Bonduelle, had seen a ball of fire in the sky, moving towards Belgium.

The regional newspaper La Croix du Nord, in the local issue for Lille for October 24, 1954, reported that "repeated assertions since Thursday" forced them to mention "that a craft was reportedly seen once more in the Comines sky and the witness is, this time, Mr. Joseph Jouniaux."

The regional newspaper Nord-Eclair, in the Tourcoing and Lys issue of the same day, reported the same thing.

Reports:

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

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PHENOMENENA IN THE SKY
OF THE FRNCH AND BELGIAN
FLANDRES

According to statements from several people who have no relationship between them, a curious phenomenon has been observed on both sides of the Franco-Belgian border, particularly in the sky of Herseaux, around the farm "La Vellerie". It was a trail of green hue.

Also, near Ypres, in Zillebčke, Baron Jacques de Vonck saw a mysterious craft moving north of d'Ypres, at a high speed. A little later, a round, yellowish-colored shape was seen by the same observer, this time in the sky of Zillebčke itself. It emitted flames similar to those of flying bombs and Mr. Baron de Vonck followed the craft for about four minutes.

The gendarmes of the Comines-Belgique brigade are said to have made the same observation. Finally, in the night from Tuesday to Wednesday around 3 a.m., a worker, Mr. Joseph Journiaux, better known under the name of "La Tulipe", domiciled rue Gambetta, in Comines, France, also saw a ball of fire in the sky, moving towards Belgium. The observer was in the courtyard of Etablissements Vienne and Bonduelle, where a borehole is currently being dug.

[Ref. cdn1:] "LE COURRIER DU NORD" NEWSPAPER:

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NO FRONTIER
FOR THE SAUCERS...

These seem to make a "pause". Indeed, the "mysterious" craft manifest the desire to be less "noticed".

However, assertions reiterated since Thursday oblige us to mention that a craft was reportedly seen once more in the sky of the Comines and the witness is, this time, Mr. Joseph Jouniaux.

Other reliable people from a neighboring town had observed this phenomenon in the sky of Ypres and that of Zillebecke.

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

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The saucers hour...

The latter seems to want to mark a pause in this round which knows the fervor of an audience always hungry for strong sensations. Indeed, for some time, the "mysterious" craft are less noticed. However, assertions reiterated since Thursday, oblige us to mention that a craft was allegedly seen once more in the Cominian sky. In correlation with the witness in this case, Mr. Joseph Jouniaur, other reliable people, from neighboring municipalities, would have observed this phenomenon in the skies of Ypres and that of Zillebecke.

Explanations:

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Keywords:

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Comines, Nord, Joseph Journiaux, worker, Joseph Jouniaux, craft, night, ball, fire

Sources:

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross March 31, 2020 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross June 25, 2020 Addition [ner1]. In the Summary, addition of the paragraph "The regional newspaper Nord-Eclair..."
1.2 Patrick Gross October 23, 2021 Addition [vdn1]. In the Summary, addition of the information from [vdn1]. Explanations changed, were "Totally insufficient information."

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