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

Reference for this case: 3-Oct-54-Tingry.
Please cite this reference in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


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sightings in the Nord region for October 3, 1954, neglected by ufologists, including many that were previously unpublished, and mostly explainable by a red moon whose appearance was altered by clouds.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 Le Journal du Pas de Calais et de la Somme for October 7, 1954, page 2:

In the evening, on the plate of Tingry in the Pas-de-Calais department, Mr. Depersin, teacher, and Mr. Constant, observed the same phenomenon as Mr Marcel Thiebaut but recognized it as a moonset.




The "saucer"
of Tingry was but...
a moon effect

We told with great objectivity, the interview which an engineer had kindly granted us, who, Sunday evening, on the Tingry plateau had seen in the distance two discs of reddish color.

Was it a saucer or an optical illusion?

We received yesterday the visit of Mr. Constant, who was also on Sunday on the Tingry plateau in the company of Mr. Deperdin, a teacher at the Desoteux school.

He is adamant and told us: "It was not a flying saucer, and this phenomenon was nothing extraordinary."

"It was quite simply a moon effect, as can be seen in the evening."

This statement is not intended to surprise us, although we do not question the engineer's words for a moment.

But it is obviously very difficult to know whether all the phenomena that we can see in the sky are optical effects, shooting stars or devices of a nature that we do not know.

M. D.


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...]

47) evening, plate of TINGRY (62)

- Mr Depersin, teacher, and Mr Constant, observed the same phenomenon as Mr Marcel Thiebaut but recognized it as a moonset.

(le Journal du Pas de Calais et de la Somme 7/10 page 2)

[... 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.


Analysis of the observations of October 3, 1954

[... other cases...]

47) evening, plate of TINGRY (62)

Identified as the moon by the witnesses.

[... other cases...]



Negative case. The Moon.


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

Tingry, Pas-de-Calais, Depersin, teacher, Constant, Moon, moonset, negative


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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross June 6, 2019 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross July 7, 2020 Addition [jps1].

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