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The 1954 French flap:

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Beginning of October, 1954, Hornaing, Nord:

Reference number for this case: Beg-Oct-54-Hornaing. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.







Last week MM. Jean Lebon, coffe shop owner, rue Jean-Jaurès and Roland Leleu were returning from Escaudain by car, around 9 p.m., when they were intrigued by a bright red glow in the sky in the direction of Fenain: the driver of the Citroën had the impression that the engine of his car "stalled" and his passenger believed to feel a strange tingling on the body.

After a moment of emotion, our two fellow citizens tried to better distinguish the mysterious machine which was nothing but the slag heap of the Agache pit which has been burning every evening and for a very long time, everyone knows.

Our two friends were therefore off for fear; but, let's bet they'll never get caught with the "flying saucers" again.


Misinterpretation or journalistic invention.

During the whole "saucer" flap in the fall of 1954 in France, this newspaper only published stories of pranks or mistakes, vague at will, or mocked certain cases. It is quite possible that this story was just an invention of this newspaper.

One may wonder how this misinterpretation, explained immediately by the witnesses themselves, would have been known to them: when one makes such a mistake - which is quite plausible - one certainly does not want to see one's name in the newspaper as an "imaginative" person...



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Hornaing, Nord,


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