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The 1954 French flap:

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Beginning of October, 1954, Avesnes-le-Comte, Pas-de-Calais:

Reference for this case: Beg-Oct-54-Avesnes-le-Comte.
Please cite this reference in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


The local newspaper L'Abeille de la Ternoise for October 9, 1954, reported that in Avesnes-le-Compte, there had been "intense emotion" a few days before when Mr. Adrien Chevalier and Mrs. Jules Deneuville had found "a craft in a pasture 300 meters from the city."

Intrigued, they called the gendarmes who recovered the device, 1.50 meters high and 1.20 meters wide. The newspaper explained that it "seems to be a sounding device" - to understand: a sounding balloon - "and not a flying saucer."





- A weird craft. -- An intense emotion reigned a few days ago in our city on the occasion of the discovery by Mr. Adrien Chevalier and by Ms. Jules Deneuville of a craft in a pasture 300 meters from our city.

Intrigued, these people called the gendarmes who took the device, 1.50 m. high and 1.20 m. wide. It seems to be a sounding craft and not a flying saucer.



Negative case, weather balloon debris.


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

Avesnes-le-Comte, Pas-de-Calais, Adrien Chevalier, Jules Deneuville, weather balloon, negative case, crash, pasture, police, gendarmerie


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