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October 16, 1954, Aumale, Seine-Maritime:

Reference for this case: 16-Oct-54-Aumale.
Please cite this reference in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


The local newspaper Bresle et Vimeu Libre, of Gamaches, reported second hand on October 24, 1954, that "Saturday", so on October 16, 1954, in the evening, Mr. Michel Gosselin, trader in Neufchâtel, and president of the Football Club, had gone to Aumale to seek the goalkeeper of his club coming on a leave.

He was accompanied by his cousin, Mr. Jean Leullier.

Suddenly, at exactly 9:25 p.m., in the sky intensely lit by the moon, "he saw a dark disk trailing behind at a wild pace a long orange glow."




The Saucer of Londinières

"For weeks that they appeared in all the skies of France, the flying saucers seemed to show an incomprehensible disdain for the Pays de Bray. This gap is finally filled: the weekend has been, indeed, marked by a sudden influx of unidentifiable craft.

"Friday evening, Mr. Henri Robert, doctor-veterinarian, in Londinières, was returning home when he saw at low height in the sky four overlapping discs.

After noting an astonishing weakness in the engine of his suddenly stopped car, he continued on his way; a few kilometers further, he saw on the road a strange being who, at his approach - and after the car was immobilized again - engulfed himself in a cigar-shaped object and disappeared at a dizzying speed.

"Saturday evening, Mr. Miche [sic] Gosselin, trader in Neufchâtel, and president of the Football-Club, was going to Aumale looking for the goalkeeper of his club coming on leave. He was accompanied by his cousin, Mr. Jean Leullier. Suddenly - it was exactly 9:25 p.m. - in the sky slightly lit by the moon, he saw a dark disc dragging behind it at a crazy pace a long orange glow."

Mr. Henri Robert remained amazed at this unexpected vision. He informed the gendarmerie. One had, moreover, collected other testimonies, that, in particular, of a very gendarme, Mr. Pelfresne.

[Ref. acu1:] "ACTU.FR" WEBSITE:

From Londinières to Aumale in 1954

In 1954, everywhere in France, reports pour in about the presence of unexplained phenomena. The phenomenon does not escape the Pays de Bray with witnesses in Londinières and Aumale. A man, among others, reportedly observed "four flying saucers and a strange being of small sizeand steel grey". Le Réveil gathers several tetimonies that year. The investigation by the gendarmerie, however, yelded no result.



I am very concious that the witness was talking about a dark disc. But it turns out that the core of a meteor, surrounded by the very strong light of the ionized air around it, can reate the illusion of a "dark" disk.

And it turns out that, as reported Aime Michel in 1958 in his book, around 09:30 p.m. that day a big meteor crossed the sky of France.

So I think this meteor is the likely explanation for this observation.


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

Aumale, Seine-Maritime, evening, multiple, Michel Gosselin, Jean Leullier, disc, dark, trail, fast, orange


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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross June 22, 2010 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross October 26, 2019 Additions [acu1], Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet."

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