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September or October, 1954, Leers, Nord:

Reference for this case: Sep-Oct-54-Leers.
Please cite this reference in any correspondence with me regarding this case.



Ufologist Jean-Pierre D'Hondt of GERU received the following letter on January 17, 1999:

I am telling you what I saw one evening of September or October 1954. Being at the time employee of the Customs, I was in guard duty in a sentinel's shack, just at the limit between Leers and Toufflers. I thus ensured the guard of this shelter when, at approximately 06:30 p.m. or 07:00 p.m. I do not know exactly anymore, whereas all was quiet, without wind, nor noise of any kind, I suddenly saw an intense gleam. Thinking that a car had taken this small road, I hurriedly came out in order to see what it was.

I then observed, in the night already fallen, an object which came towards me. It resembled a little a large electric bulb which advanced while swinging, as if it had been attached to a parachute. I well observed this phenomenon which I located at an approximate height of 80 to 100 meters. This machine followed a path Roubaix-Néchin (B), I repeat it, without any noise in this very quiet evening and it left, always swinging and keeping same altitude.

54 years later, I still wonder what it was. I believe to remember that there was a small information in a local newspaper on this matter...

That is my testimony and I swear to you on my honor that what I explain above is very real and is still well anchored in my memory at nearly 73 years of age.

Hoping that this interests you, I send you my best regards.

Mister Bernard Schneider, honorary Customs Officer.

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Nord in Leers in September 1954 at 18:45 hours "the witness is in faction in a customs hut between Leers and Toufflers when he observes an intense light. Thinking of a car, the witness leaves his shelter and then observes an object coming towards him resembling a large electri bulb".

La source est notée comme "Lumières dans la Nuit numéro 376".



Possible Chinese lantern.

See Beuvry-lès-Béthunes.


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

Leers, Nord, Bernard Schneider, customs, guérite, night, light, luminous, gleam, oscillation, silent


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