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November 5, 1954, Biermont, Oise:

Reference for this case: 5-Nov-54-Biermont.
Please cite this reference in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


In 1968-1969, before the official GEPAN ufology effort was established, its future leader Dr. Claude Poher had been a member of the unofficial ufology group GEPA, and collected and encoded on computer more than 700 UFO reports on which statistical calculations on multiple factors could be carried out.

In this file was a case from November 5, 1954, at 00:50 a.m., in Biermont, noted as having 1 adult witness who was "farmer, docker, sailor" or "guard", who had observed a "square, rectangular, parallelipiped" phenomenon, silent, luminous, orange or fire-coloured, fast, which had moved in a "straight line or very wide curve."



In 1968-1969, before the official GEPAN ufology effort started, its future head Dr Claude Poher was a member of the unofficial GEPA ufology group, and gathered a computer coded listing of more than 700 UFO reports on which multiple factors statistical computation could be run. In the file were a number of 1954 French UFO reports, among those this one.

For readability, a decoded interpretation of the data is provided here under the original 80 character encoded string. Decoding was done according to the original indications, the code number and its generic meaning is given. Please not that the generic meaning of each code is a predefined category, not the real specific details of the case. For example, if the main witness' age was 33, the coding would result in a number "3" which corresponds to a category "Adult from 21 to 59 years."

Original code:0645550511195400501JA11320154000170402032080117000000000000000000000000000000000
Location:Biermont (Oise) - France
Case number:0645
Source code:55
Nature of the source:Reports from official French sources : Police, Gendarmerie, Army, Pilots
Type of Time:1 = local time
Number of witnesses:1 = 1
Main witness named:1 = name(s) indicated
Main witness age:3 = Adult from 21 to 59 years
Main witness occupation:2 = farmer, docker, navy, housekeeper
Official investigation:1 = an official investigation was made
Weather:5 = rain, snow, hail, thunderstorm, low visibility
Duration:4 = from 1 to 19 minutes
Minimal distance witness - phenomenon:0 = no indication
Method of observation:0 = no indication
Number of "objects" observed simultaneously:01 = 1
Shape of the "object" (terminology of witness(es)):7 = square, rectangular, parallelipiped
Dimensions of the phenomenon:04 = 4 meters, 02 = by 2 meters
Color of the observed phenomenon:03 = orange, fire color
Luminosity of the phenomenon:2 = luminous, fluorescent
Lights or projectors on the phenomenon:0 = no indication
Moving speed of the phenomenon:8 = 1500 to 2500 km/h
Acceleration of the phenomenon:0 = no indication
Trajectory of the phenomenon:1 = straight line or very wide curve
Sounds perceived during observation:1 = no noise, total silence, object noiseless
Maximum angular height of observation (horizon = 0░):7 = altitude is indicated
Nature of the landing place:0 = no indication
Number of contact points with ground:0 = no indication
Traces of landing:0 = no indication
Observation of "occupants"0 = no indication
Height of the occupants observed:00 = no indication
Garment of the occupants:00 = no indication
Garment:0 = no indication
General behavior of "occupants":0 = no indication
Interaction of "occupants" with witness:0 = no indication
Head, hair:0 = no indication
Voice, breathing, chin:0 = no indication
Skin:0 = no indication
Eyes:0 = no indication
Mouth:0 = no indication
Various details:0 = no indication
Thermal effects:0 = no indication
Luminous effects:0 = no indication
Magnetic effect (or electromagnetic):0 = no indication
Odor perceived by witness:0 = no indication
Physiological effects on the witness(es):0 = no indication
Psychological effect on the witness(es):0 = no indication
Effects on animals:0 = no indication
Other effects reported:0 = no indication
Nebulosity:0 = no indication
Oscillations, emission of matter:0 = no indication
Spin, formation flight:0 = no indication
Immediate disappearance:0 = no indication
Halo surrounding the phenomenon:0 = no indication
Interaction witness / phenomenon (complement to the other rubrics):0 = no indication
Drawing or photo:0 = no indication
Structural details observed:0 = no indication

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Oise in Biermont on November 5, 1954 at 00:50 hours, a witness observed during several minutes a rectangular object of four meters by two meters, orange, which moved at a speed estimated from 1500 to 2500 km/h, making a broad curve.

The source is indicated as "Les Universons by Poher Claude **"

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

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541105 05.11.1954 Biermont France 00.50



The information is insufficient; but it does eem to have low strangeness and it could have been a meteor for example.


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

Biermont, Oise, official, square, luminous, orange, duration, fast, meteor


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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross March 28, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross December 21, 2008 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Addition [lcn1].
1.1 Patrick Gross January 2, 2017 Addition [ubk1].
1.2 Patrick Gross March 26, 2022 Addition of the Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet."

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