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September 27, 1954, in the Cambrésis, Nord:

Reference number for this case: 27-Sep-54-Cambrésis. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

In the 2010s, a German ufology database on the Web indicated that there was an observation of the type "Nocturnal Light(s)" in Cambresis on September 27, 1954.

I initially did not find anything else about this, except that someone said on a web forum that an article in the newspaper La Voix du Nord for October 2, 1954, was titled "Musical top in the sky of the Cambresis".

The beginning of the article reporteldy said:

"Flying saucers have had their time, the cauliflower's vogue has barely reached its peak, and the buckets are already in favor in the other country, and in Cambrai, the era of musical tops has opened. It is at least to this child's toy that a carpenter from Saint-Hilaire compares the luminous "thing" of a coral pink he has just seen moving over the national road 39 towards Le Cateau..." (And the rest is missing.)

Later, I found that the Paris-Presse newspaper for October 3, 1954, reported:

"A carpenter from the Cambrésis saw a coral pink 'musical spinning top' in the sky".

In 2020, I obtained the article from La Voix du Nord for October 2, 1954; which reported on page 5 under the headline "Musical spinning top in the sky of the Cambrésis...":

The flying saucers have had their time. Then came the cauldrons. The vogue of the cigar is barely at its peak when, already, the buckets are in favor beyond the Quiévrain.

In Cambrai, the era of musical spinning tops is open.

It is at least to this child's toy that a carpenter from Saint-Hilaire compares the luminous "thing" of a coral pink that he has just seen evolving above the national road 39 towards the Cateau.

All the same disturbing fact: a mason from Quiévy saw the "thing" at the same time as did his teammate who lives in St-Hilaire. The three men were indeed driving a short distance from each other.

Their statements are identical: the "thing" was elliptical; its largest axis could be two meters. It trailed behind a dazzling white light.

Their good faith seems complete.

Reports:

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

Scan.

The clouds are crowded
of the most
heterolict
objects

Musical spinning top in
the sky of the Cambrésis...

The flying saucers have had their time. Then came the cauldrons. The vogue of the cigar is barely at its peak when, already, the buckets are in favor beyond the Quiévrain.

In Cambrai, the era of musical spinning tops is open.

It is at least to this child's toy that a carpenter from Saint-Hilaire compares the luminous "thing" of a coral pink that he has just seen evolving above the national road 39 towards the Cateau.

All the same disturbing fact: a mason from Quiévy saw the "thing" at the same time as did his teammate who lives in St-Hilaire. The three men were indeed driving a short distance from each other.

Their statements are identical: the "thing" was elliptical; its largest axis could be two meters. It trailed behind a dazzling white light.

Their good faith seems complete.

...and smokeless cigar
in that of Péronne

Riding a bicycle near the Herbécourt plateau, Mr. Coulon, residing in Cléry-sur-Somme, reportedly saw, last Monday, at 06:30 p.m., a very luminous celestial body of a bright red, reminding in profile the now classic shape of a large cigar.

The craft was 10 km away about the northwest of Péronne and was slowly moving east at 5 or 600 meters in height.

Mr. Coulon did not notice any smoke or trail.

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

Scan.

Saucer with crutches, musical top
and flying can

in Seine-et-Marne, in the Nord
and in England

We did not yet see a flying saucer land on Orly airfield. It is a very sad. But one of them, if we believe two roadmasters, landed in a field not far from the airfield of Quinay-Voisins, near Melun.

- The object, they said, was oval in shape and was about three meters in diameter by 2 m. 50 high. At the top there was a sort of translucent dome. The whole craft shone like aluminum...

It was in broad daylight. The saucer was 200 meters away. The two men, MM. Bernard Goujon and Bernard Pichet, wanted to approach.

- At 150 meters, says Mr. Goujon, I felt tingling as if I had touched an electric current; it was not painful, but I felt like I was paralyzed and my eyesight was blurred slightly. After a moment, the saucer rose slowly and silently to thirty meters from the ground, stopped for a few seconds, then disappeared very quickly.

Traces were found in the field at the location of the saucer; they are about ten centimeters deep and the dimensions of a human foot...

A carpenter from the Cambrésis saw in the sky a "musical spinning top", of coral pink color, two cyclists from Montceau-les-Mines witnessed the take-off of a "dark yellow cigar" and an Englishwoman from Halifax said that she had seen "flying yellow-tailed beer cans..." In Perth, Scotland, two women claim to have seen flying "snails" and, in Jordan, a flying cigar with strong light resembling neon lighting would have crossed the sky. Finally, one of our readers, Mr. Lucien Bordet, assures us that Thursday at 7:30 p.m., a "sphere" descended from the sky to land near him on the Bagatelle sports ground. There came out three gnomes, one of which was "a woman with six breasts". They danced a ballet around him...

[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
19540927 27.09.1954 Cambresis France NL
19540928 28.09.1954 Cambresis France NL

Explanations:

Of course "Cambrésis" is not a location but the name of the region around Cambrai.

I did not find anything else about this, except that on a web forum, it was said that an article in the newspaper La Voix du Nord of October 2, 1954 was titled "Musical top in the sky of Cambresis".

The beginning of the article reportedly said:

"Flying saucers have had their time, the cauliflower's vogue has barely reached its peak, and the buckets are already in favor in the other country, and in Cambrai, the era of musical tops has opened. It is at least to this child's toy that a carpenter from Saint-Hilaire compares the luminous "thing" of a coral pink which he has just seen moving over the national road 39 towards Le Cateau... [The rest is missing.]

Keywords:

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

Cambrésis, Nord, Le Cateau, Saint-Hilaire, carpenter, RN 39, top, pink, night, luminous

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross February 9, 2017 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross July 30, 2019 Addition of the Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet."
1.2 Patrick Gross January 7, 2020 Addition [ppe1]. In the Summary, "I did not find anything else" changed to "I initially did not find anything else"; addition of the paragraphs related to Paris-Presse.
1.3 Patrick Gross April 20, 2020 Addition [vdn1]. In the Summary, addition of "In 2020" and what follows.

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