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October 3, 1954, Aulnoye-Aymeries, Nord:

Reference number for this case: 3-Oct-54-Aulnoye-Aymeries. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

Around 2017, "skeptical" ufologist Dominique Caudron, based in the Nord, cataloged sightings in the Nord region for October 3, 1954, neglected by ufologists, including many that were previously unpublished, and mostly explainable by a red moon whose appearance was altered by clouds.

One of these observations was reported in the regional newspaper Nord Matin, Avesnes issue for October 8, 1954:

At approximately 08:45 p.m., in Aulnoye, in the Nord department, a foreman of the LMA factory reportedly saw the same phenomenon that in Leval; which would thus be "a luminous crescent whose center projected a white glow."

Dominique Caudron explained these observations as misinterpretations of the Moon, the object being in the same direction than the Moon and behaving like the Moon.

In 2020, Dominique Caudron published the original article from Nord Matin; which, reporting on three observations of October 3, 1954, evoked one of them as follows:

"Also, a foreman of the L.M.A. factories, residing on rue des Fleurs, in Aulnoye, who wished to remain anonymous, saw from his home and at the same time as Mr. Bermeja, the craft above the Forges of Leval."

The newspaper told, about witnesses to the three sightings:

"These people whose honesty cannot be doubted, are formal in their declaration, they deny having been the object of hallucination.*

"Mr. Desuel, commissioner of police recorded their observations in a formal report."

Reports:

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

Scan.

AULNOYE-AYMERIES

"SAUCERS" SEEN
IN OUR REGION

The flying saucers are still relevant.

Aulnoye was also waiting for a visit of one of these hitherto mysterious craft, it's done now.

Sunday 3, at 8:45 p.m., Mr. Fabien Bermeja, taxi driver, very balanced man, went to Origny-en-Thiérache with several people on board. At the entrance to the town of Leval, his attention was drawn to an immobile, crescent-shaped luminous dot, the center of which projected a white glow, above the Forges of Leval-Aulnoye.

Shortly after, continuing on their way, the motorist and the passengers noticed that the craft changing appearance, moved, to take the direction of Maroilles and lost sight of it. But, after crossing Leval, the craft reappeared in their view, to see it disappear again behind a lonely house on the road which leads to Taisnières-en-Thiérache.

The car's driver who was going to this locality, arrived at a place called "Fontinette" took the turn and again the same people saw a white glow behind the isolated house.

Also, a foreman of the L.M.A. factories, residing on rue des Fleurs, in Aulnoye, who wished to remain anonymous, saw from his home and at the same time as Mr. Bermeja, the craft above the Forges of Leval.

Furthermore, it is reported that Mr. Colleur, cattle dealer at La Porquerie, hamlet of Pont-sur-Sambre, also saw between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., a mysterious craft moving noiselessly over the Hambre farm.

These people whose honesty cannot be doubted, are formal in their declaration, they deny having been the object of hallucination.

Mr. Desuel, commissioner of police recorded their observations in a formal report.

[Ref. dcn3:] DOMINIQUE CAUDRON:

Dominique Caudron drew up an inventory of observations in the Nord on October 3, 1954, containing 51 reports, including this one:

The Fabulous day of October 3, 1954

[...]

Chronology of the observations of October 3.

We give here only a summary of what was published in the press of the time, for the nord region, regardless of what the ufologists could later say. We have numbered all these observations, the first of which have nothing to do with the setting of the moon, in order to be able to study them globally in a table. Some are already the subject of a special file.

[... other cases...]

21) About 08:45 p.m., AULNOYE (59)

- A foreman of the LMA factories would have seen the same phenomenon than in in Leval.

(Nord Matin-ed. Avesnes 8/10 page 3)

[... other cases...]

All this is only a compilation of the information given by all newspapers of the time, including local editions, and of which ufologists only used a part.

We will see that the analysis of this information makes it possible to eliminate the hypothesis of a flying saucer, in favor of those of multiple observations of the moon, whose image was reddened and deformed by clouds, which also gave it a illusory apparent movement.

[Ref. dcn4:] DOMINIQUE CAUDRON:

Analysis of the observations of October 3, 1954

[... other cases...]

21) About 08:45 p.m., AULNOYE (59)

Proximity with the identifiable case of Leval.

[... other cases...]

Explanations:

Carte

The Moon.

On the map below: the witness was probably at his home, therefore on the blue line which represents the rue des fleurs in Aulnoye-Aymeries. The object being said to have been above the forges, was in a direction between the two yellow lines, i.e. between West-Southwest (252°) and South (180°).

Carte

The Moon that evening at 8:45 p.m. from this location was indeed within this direction interval; it was at the azimuth of 222° 51', and the low elevation of 3° 5', favorable for misintepretations. It was indeed a crescent, being in its last quarter with 36.5% of its surface lighted by the sun.

Keywords:

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

Aulnoye-Aymeries, Nord, Aulnoye, foreman, crescent, gleam, projection, white, Moon

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross June 5, 2019 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross April 28, 2020 Addition [nmn1]. In the Summary, addition of "In 2020..." and what follows. Explanations changed, was "The Moon."

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