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November 5, 1954, Roye, Somme:

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


At the end of the 1960s, Dr. Claude Poher, future head of "GEPAN", the first official UFO research group in France, had compiled a computer catalog of French sightings reported by officials, or reported to the authorities. There was synthetically noted an observation in Roye in the Somme department on November 5, 1954 at 00:40 a.m., of what would be a motionless luminous dot, orange or fire-colored, flashing or rotating.

It was also noted that an official investigation had been carried out.



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:0644550511195400401JA613501060001AAA01032610200000000000000000000000000000000000
Location:Roye (Somme) - France
Case number:0644
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:6 = 6
Main witness named:1 = name(s) indicated
Main witness age:3 = Adult from 21 to 59 years
Main witness occupation:5 = technician, air trafic controler, radar operator, technical representative, reporter, teacher, photographer, optician, psychologist, ufo private investigator (when profession unknown)
Official investigation:1 = an official investigation was made
Weather:0 = no indication
Duration:6 = from 1 to 24 hours
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)):A = a dot, star, "big planet"
Dimensions of the phenomenon:AA = angular size, 01 = 1 minute of arc
Color of the observed phenomenon:03 = orange, fire color
Luminosity of the phenomenon:2 = luminous, fluorescent
Lights or projectors on the phenomenon:6 = blinking, rotating of pulsating lights
Moving speed of the phenomenon:1 = motionless
Acceleration of the phenomenon:0 = no indication
Trajectory of the phenomenon:2 = motionless or straight line with stops
Sounds perceived during observation:0 = no indication
Maximum angular height of observation (horizon = 0░):0 = no indication
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 in his database that in the Somme in Roye on November 5, 1954 at 00:40 hours, "a witness observed during several hours a dot-like object motionless or having a slight movement. It was of orange color, and flickered."

The source is noted: "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 Roye France 00.40



Totally insufficient information.

Note however that Mars had set at 11:08 p.m..


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

Roye, Somme, multiple, official, point, orange, night, light


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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross January 10, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross March 4, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [lcn1].
1.1 Patrick Gross February 2, 2017 Additions [ubk1].

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