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October 3, 1954, Calaiis, Pas-de-Calais:

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


In 1978, and again around 2017, the "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sightings in the Nord region for October 3, 1954, neglected by ufologists, including many that were previously unpublished, and mostly explainable by a red moon whose appearance was altered by clouds.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 Le Nouveau Nord Maritime for October 7, 1954:

In the evening, at an unspecified hour, in Calais, people saw rockets like "the flying wake of flying saucers". It was actually distress signals launched by aeronaut Paulette Wéber.



The weekend of October 2-3 appears on all graphs as the maximum-maximorum of the 1954 wave. Although the work of counting the press of the time is not yet finished, the 118 various issues of newspapers and magazines I have been able to analyze for this period gives us an almost complete overview, in any case very broadly representative of the regional observations which were reported in the press for Sunday, October 3. I included the observations of the Somme which seemed to me inseparable from those of Nord - Pas-de-Calais and which also appear in the chapter entitled "Zigzag on the mining country" of the book by A. Michel: "Mystérieux Objets Célestes."

I count, as one case, each observation made by an independent group of witnesses. The astonishing quantity of observations reported below, shows once again the interest of thoroughly searching the newspaper archives.

OCTOBER 3, 1954:

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4) Evening, time not specified. CALAIS - 62. The witnesses reportedly saw like "luminous wakes of flying saucers" which were in fact only distress rockets. (le Nouveau Nord Maritime, p. 5, 10/7)

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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.

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04) Evening, hour not specified, CALAIS (62)

- Witnesses saw rockets like "the flying wake of flying saucers". It was distress signals launched by aeronaut Paulette Wéber.

(le Nouveau Nord Maritime 7/10 page 5)

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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.


Analysis of the observations of October 3, 1954

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04) Evening, hour not specified, CALAIS (62)

alarm fireworks according to the newspaper

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Alarm flares.



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

Calaiis, Pas-de-Calais, multiple, rockets, wake, aeronaut, Paulette Wéber, flares


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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross June 5, 2019 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross January 23, 2020 Addition [dcn6]. In the Summary, "Around 2017" changed to "In 1978, and again around 2017".

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