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The 1954 French flap:

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Beginning of November, 1954, Rouvrel, Somme:

Reference number for this case: Jour-Mois-54-Rouvrel. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

The regional newspaper La Voix du Nord, in their issue of the Somme for November 6, 1954, reported among other observations that a jeweler from Montdidier, Mr. Duval, his wife, and the great-mother of the latter, had seen "move an orange top, during ten minutes, above Rouvrel, Sains-en-Amiénois, Estrées-sur-Noye and Guyancourt."

Reports:

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

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Spinning top, ball, cone,
it's always
flying saucers!

Since the beginning of the week, the round of mysterious flying machines has resumed in the Picardy sky.

It is a jeweler from Montdidier, Mr. Duval, who, with his wife and her grandmother, sees an orange spinning top move, for ten minutes, above Rouvrel, Sains-en-Amiénois, Estrées-sur-Noye and Guyancourt.

Residents of Villers-Tournel confirm this statement.

In Camon, near Amiens, it is the entire municipal council which, its meeting over, contemplated for five minutes, four red balls moving at low altitude, then fleeing in single line towards Amiens.

Near Péronne, at nightfall, a teacher, his wife and his daughter also witness the moves of a mysterious machine who finally heads for Amiens.

Same version given by Mr. Loffroy, mayor, and Mr. Buttin teacher in Carrepuis.

Explanations:

Map.

One can think that the witnesses were at home in Montdidier and that the places they give correspond to a direction of observation which would almost always be towards the North-West:

Carte.

These places were at about 18 to 27 km from them, so they did not see them but gave them as geographical landmarks.

For lack of a precise date and hour, it is not possible to me to check a cause of an astronomical misinterpretation.

Keywords:

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

Rouvrel, Somme, jeweler, Montdidier, Duval, multiple, orange, spinning top, move, duration, Sains-en-Amiénois, Estrées-sur-Noye, Guyancourt-en-Noyes

Sources:

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Document history:

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