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October 6, 1954, Sailly-lez-Cambrai, Nord:

Reference for this case: 6-Oct-54-Sailly-lez-Cambrai.
Please cite this reference in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

In the Cambrai issue, the regional newspaper Nord-Matin for October 9, 1954, reported that there was a big stir "Wednesday" - thus on October 6, 1954 - at 07:15 p.m., in Sailly-les-Cambrai, because in the sky of the village a luminous ball coming from the direction of the north was observed, moving in horizontal flight. Then, suddenly, the ball went up vertically and changed shape, elongating and rising quickly.

This was observed for a few minutes by many people, and no noise came from the "craft"; which seemed to be quite far away.

The newspaper wondered if it was a "flying saucer."

Exactly the same report appeared in the regional newspaper La Voix du Nord, Cambrai issue, also on October 9, 1954.

Reports:

[Ref. nmn1:] NEWSPAPER "NORD-MATIN":

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SAILLY-LEZ-CAMBRAI

Flying saucer?

Great excitement on Wednesday, at 7:15 p.m., in Sailly. In the sky of our village one was bale to observe a luminous ball coming from the direction of north and which moved in horizontal flight. Then, suddenly, the ascent became vertical and the "thing" changing shape, lengthened and rose quickly.

The phenomenon was observed for a few minutes by many people. Note that no noise came from the craft, which seemed to be quite far away.

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

Scan.

SAILLY-LEZ-CAMBRAI

Flying saucer?

Great excitement, Wednesday at 7:15 p.m., in Sailly. In the sky of our village, a luminous ball with an apparent diameter of about 30 centimeters could be observed, coming from a northerly direction and moving in horizontal flight. Then suddenly the ascent became vertical, and the "thing", changing shape, lengthened and rose rapidly.

The phenomenon could be observed for a few minutes by many trustworthy people. Note that no noise came from the craft which seemed to be quite far away.

  • [vdn1] Article in the regional La Voix du Nord, Cambrai local issue, France, page 6, October 9, 1954.
  • Explanations:

    Sailly-lez-Cambrai

    I would think of a meteor, if the duration was a bit exaggerated - I do not have an obvious meteor at this date and hour. It could also have been a distant plane.

    Keywords:

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

    Sailly-lez-Cambrai, Nord, ball, luminous, movement, horizontal, ascent, vertical, change of shape, elongated, fast, silent, duration, distant

    Sources:

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    Document history:

    Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
    1.0 Patrick Gross March 18, 2020 First published.
    1.1 Patrick Gross October 11, 2021 Addition [vdn1]. In the Summary, addition of the paragraph "Exactly the same report appeared..."

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