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October 7, 1954, Noeux-les-Mines, Pas-de-Calais:

Reference number for this case: 7-Oct-54-Noeux-les-Mines. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

The regional newspaper La Voix du Nord, in the local edition of Béthune for October 9, 1954, reported that Mr. André Potel, driver, living on rue Jean-Jaurès in Noeux-les-Mines, had seen in the night from October 6 to 7, 1954, around 00:11 a.m., a craft in the shape of a mushroom, surrounded by a reddish line, which remained motionless in the sky.

Mr. Potel had called his family and they watched the craft together for about 20 minutes, before it disappeared behind the surrounding woods.

The newspaper specified that Mr. Potel, well known in the city, made a statement at the Noeux-les-Mines police station.

Reports:

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

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A flying saucer
in Noeux-les-Mines?

Mr. André Potel, driver at the Delanno[...] establishments, living rue Jean-Jaurès in Noeux-les-Mines, saw during the night from the 6th to the 7th around 0:11 a.m., a craft in the shape of a mushroom, surrounded by a reddish line, and which remained motionless in the sky.

Mr. Potel called his family and they were able to watch the craft together for about 20 minutes. Then the object disappeared behind the surrounding woods.

Mr. Potel, who is very well known in our city, went to make his statement at the Noeux-les-Mines police station.

[Ref. vdn2:] NEWSPAPER "LA VOIX DU NORD":

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NOEUX-LES-MINES

After the saucer...
the cigar!

In one of our last issues we pointed out to our readers that Mr. Potel and his family had seen a flying saucer during the night.

It is now a cigar-shaped craft that was sighted, on the evening of October 15, around 8:35 p.m., by Mr. André Lenoir, production manager at the Noeux factories. The sky suddenly lit up and Mr. Lenoir, as well as several people who were in the rue nationale, saw this luminous craft for a few moments, then saw it disappear at high speed.

At the same time, several people living in Sailly-Labourse reportedly also saw this phenomenon.

Explanations:

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A nighttime observation of something reddish for 20 minutes, which obviously descends behind the horizon, should make thing of a red moon possibly distorted by clouds.

And precisely at midnight 11 in Noeux-les-Mines, the moon was at the low elevation of 3° 20, setting behind the horizon at 39 minutes past midnight.

It was in the waning gibbous phase, with 67.5% of its surface illuminated.

It was a the heading of 236° 5' (towards the South-West) and in 2020 there is still a wood there, along the Loisne river, able to hide it at the end of the observation.

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Keywords:

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Noeux-les-Mines, Pas-de-Calais, André Potel, driver, night, craft, multiple, police, duration, mushroom, line, red, motionless

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