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October 3, 1954, Marcoing, Nord:

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

Reports:

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

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Transforner craft in Marcoing,
under the eyes of about forty
people, including the entire gendarmerie

Sunday between 8:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m., Miss Anne-Marie Pérut, 20 years old, daughter of a gendarme of the Marcoing brigade, saw through the window of her bedroom a very bright glow. She approached and noticed that less than a kilometer from the gendarmerie, above the Couillet wood, a very large ball of fire to which was suspended a second ball in the shape of a nacelle, which swayed, remained motionless in the sky.

She immediately alerted her father who refused to believe her. Mr. Pérut finally resolved to come and see the "thing", and to make sure he was not the victim of a hallucination, he warned all his colleagues and their families.

More than twenty people were soon to contemplate the phenomenon. The gendarmerie allowed itself to stop the cyclists coming from Masnières and going to Marcoing. More than thirty spectators attended the show. For more than a quarter of an hour the two fireballs remained almost immobile at around 500 to 600 meters above sea level, moving vertically at times.

Suddenly, they turned into an elongated shape that we readily call a cigar. The latter then moved horizontally almost as far as the eye could see and returned to the same place in the form of a spinning top. When the latter disappeared definitively in the direction of Viller-Plouich, that is to say Southwest, a rather bright gleam persisted for quite a long time in the sky.

The 30 or 40 spectators, including all the gendarmes of the Marcoing brigade, tried in vain to consider themselves hallucinated. They were all the more disturbed because the place where the saucer was seen is considered to be a strategic spot. Their emotion was at its height when a few minutes later a plane circled this area.

Note that the phenomenon was seen by several people of Marcoing, of Noyelles-sur-Escaut and by cyclists traveling between Iwuy and Escaudières.

[Ref. lae1] "L'ALSACE" NEWSPAPER:

The newspaper reports on October 6, 1954, with no other information, that there was a sighting in Marcoing. The date is not given but the sighting is mentioned among others that took place on October 2 and 3, 1954.

See the article here.

[Ref. lie1:] "LIFE" MAGAZINE:

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MARTIAN MEN'S HEIGHT is shown by two bakers. Pierre Lucas (left) of Loctudy was going to well when, he said, orange ball fell from the sky. Suddenly a small bearded figure with one eye in the middle of his forehead tapped him on the shoulder. Serge Pochet (right) of Marcoing was approached by two small shadows.

[Ref. ars1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

103.
Location. Marcoing France
Date: October 3 1954 Time: night

Bakers apprentice Serge Pochet was approached by 2 small shadowy entities, about 3-feet tall. No other information.

Humcat 1954-67
Source: Humcat quoting Newspaper reports
Type: E?

[Ref. djn2:] DONALD JONHSON:

Donald Johnson says that on October 3, 1954, a humanoid report occurred later than 6:45 p.m., in the night and did not involve a UFO sighting: young baker's apprentice S. Pouchet, was approached by two small shadowy beings, about three feet tall, in Marcoing, Nord, France.

The sources are noted as "Webb, David F. & Bloecher, Ted. HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case A0271, citing Life Magazine, November 1, 1954" and "Life Magazine, November 1, 1954".

[Ref. gni1:] "GNEOVNI" UFOLOGY GROUP:

In "Special notes" of their catalogue, the GNEOVNI group indicates that there exists in several books, such as Aimé Michel's "M.O.C.", Planète publishers in 1966, in which there is a number of observation cases in the Nord and Pas-de-Calais which are not included in their catalogue because there "remains much doubts as to their credibility." One of them is noted "3-10-54 Marcoing nord".

[Ref. tai1:] "THINK ABOUT IT" WEBSITE:

Location: Marcoing France

Date: October 3 1954

Time: night

Bakers apprentice Serge Pochet was approached by 2 small shadowy entities, about 3-feet tall. No other information.

Source: Humcat quoting Newspaper reports

[Ref. ubk1:] "UFO-DATENBANK":

This database recorded this case 9 times:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541003 03.10.1954 Marcoing France Night CE III
19541003 03.10.1954 Marcoing France 20.00 NL
19541003 03.10.1954 Marcoing France 20.00 NL
19541003 03.10.1954 Marcoing France 20.00 NL
19541003 03.10.1954 Marcoing France 20.00 NL
19541003 03.10.1954 Marcoing France 20.30 NL
19541003 03.10.1954 Marcoing France 20.30 NL
19541003 03.10.1954 Marcoing France 20.00 NL
19541003 03.10.1954 Marcoing France Night CE III

Explanations:

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Keywords:

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Marcoing, Nord, Serge Pochet, entity, entities, dark, small, two

Sources:

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross June 20, 2004 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross January 9, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version.
1.1 Patrick Gross February 28, 2010 Addition [djn2].
1.2 Patrick Gross June 3, 2010 Addition [lae1].
1.3 Patrick Gross July 7, 2010 Addition [gni1].
1.4 Patrick Gross July 14, 2010 Addition [lie1].
1.5 Patrick Gross October 3, 2014 Addition [tai1].
1.6 Patrick Gross February 11, 2017 Addition [ubk1].
1.7 Patrick Gross April 20, 2020 Addition [vdn1].

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