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The 1954 French flap:

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October 3, 1954, Pont-sur-Sambre, Nord:

Reference number for this case: 3-Oct-54-Pont-sur-Sambre. 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sightings in the Nord region for October 3, 1954, neglected by ufologists, including many that were previously unpublished, and mostly explainable by a red moon whose appearance was altered by clouds.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, on page 3:

A Mr. Colleur allegedly saw a mysterious object moving noiselessly above the farm of the Hambre.

In 2020, Dominique Caudron published the original article from Nord Matin; which reporting on two observations of October 3, 1954, in the night, evoked a third observation as follows:

"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."

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:

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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...]

03) 3 p.m. or 4 p.m., PONT sur SAMBRE (59)

- Mr. Colleur allegedly saw a mysterious object moving noiselessly above the "ferme [farm] du Hambre"

(Nord Matin-Avesnes issue 10/8 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...]

03) 3 p.m. or 4 p.m., PONT sur SAMBRE (59)

Insufficient information

[... other cases...]

Explanations:

Insufficient information.

Let me note, however, since the Moon was the star of October 3, 1954, in the Nord region, that it was already in the sky at the time of the sighting.

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Update on April 28, 2020:

The article in Nord Matin may suggest that the witness was at his home in "La Porquerie". This is a hamlet 2.2 km west of Pont-sur-Sambre.

The article also indicates that the "thing" would have been above "the Hambre farm"; unfortunately I haven't been able to locate it yet.

Keywords:

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

Pont-sur-Sambre, Nord, object, single, Colleur, silent, farm

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross May 26, 2019 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross April 28, 2020 Addition [nmn1]. In the Summary, addition of "In 2020..." and what follows. In the Explanations, addition of the "Update on April 28, 2020" part.

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