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October 22, 1954, Cassel, Nord:

Reference number for this case: 22-Oct-54-Cassel. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Résumé:

In 1977, the ufology group GNEOVNI of the Nord had noted in their bulletin #2 that on October 22, 1954, in Cassel, North, according to the newspaper La Voix du Nord of October 24, 1954, edition of Dunkirk, took place the following observation:

On Friday, October 22, 1954 at 7:15 a.m., Mrs. Bachelier, 27, living on avenue Albert Mahieu in Cassel, reportedly saw from her home a saucer that landed at a few hundred meters from the Masson castle, between Cassel and the Mount Recollets. The craft had the shape of a saucer surmounted by a sort of cube, a bright glow and a kind of thick yellow smoke came out.

Ms. Bachelier reportedly called her father, Mr. Hughe, a cotton greaser, and her neighbor, Ms. Georgette Wallyn, a 19-year-old stenographer, who also saw the phenomenon.

After a few minutes, the object reportedly rose almost vertically to disappear in the clouds.

Around 2006, the ufology group GERU noted the same report on their website.

Reports:

[Ref. gni1:] GNEOVNI:

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A LANDING IN CASSEL:

On Friday, October 22, 1954 at 7.15 a.m. Mme BACHELIER, 27, avenue Albert Mahieu in Cassel, reportedly saw from her home a saucer which reportedly landed a few hundred meters from the MASSON castle between Cassel and Mont-des-Recollets. The craft had the shape of a saucer surmounted by a sort of cube, a bright gleam and a kind of yellow smoke came out. Mme BACHELIER called her father, Mr HUGUE, oiler in the cotton plant of Fives, and her neighbor, Georgette WALLYN 19-year-old shorthand typist who saw the phenomenon. After a few minutes the object would have risen almost vertically to disappear in the clouds.

(D'après "LA VOIX DU NORD" 24/10/54 édit. de Dunkerque)

The bulletin indicated that it was ufologist Dominique Caudron who found the Press article.

[Ref. geu1:] G.E.R.U.:

The ufology group GERU had noted on their web site that on October 22, 1954, in Cassel, the Nord, according to the newspaper "La Voix du Nord" for 10/24/54, Dunkirk issue, the following sighting took place:

On Friday 10/22/54 towards 07:15, Mrs. Bachelier, 27 years old, residing Avenue Albert Mahieu in Cassel, is said to have seen, from her home, a saucer which would have landed at a few hundreds of meters of the Masson castle, between Cassel and the mount of Recollets. The apparatus had the shape of a saucer surmounted of a kind of cube, a sharp gleam and a sort of thick yellow smoke came out of it. Mrs. Bachelier called her father, Mr. Hughe, greaser at the cotton factory of Fives, and her neighbor Mrs. Georgette Wallyn, 19 years old, shorthand typist, who saw the phenomenon. At the end of a few minutes, the object is said to have risen almost vertically to disappear in the clouds.

Explanations:

Map

Unfortunately, the precise street numer of the witnesses in the avenue (yellow line on the map) was not reported; which removes much to the precision in the direction, which witnesses had given with two landmarks, the mount and the castle:

Scan.

So we can only say that the phenomenon was between East and Northeast.

The day was starting, but the sun will only appeared at 7:44 a.m.

The Moon was a crescent with 17.9% of its illuminated area at 33° elevation and 133° azimuth (southeast). It had risen at 3:13 a.m. Venus was not up until 11:15 a.m.

The description "a saucer surmounted by a sort of cube, a bright glow and a kind of thick yellow smoke came out" does not seem to me to correspond to the Moon.

Was it a helicopter? We are not told if the thing was silent or noisy; on the other hand, the statement that a "kind of thick yellow smoke was coming out" does not seem to me to be compatible with a helicopter.

The phenomenon remains unidentified for me.

Keywords:

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

Cassel, Nord, Cassel, Nord, Bachelier, Hughe, Georgette Wallyn, saucer, landing, takeoff, light, smoke, yellow, gleam, cube, multiple, duration, clouds

Sources:

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross September 10, 2007 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross January 14, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version.
1.1 Patrick Gross November 18, 2019 Addition of the Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet."
1.2 Patrick Gross January 18, 2020 Addition [gni1].

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