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October 18, 1954, Verchocq, Pas-de-Calais:

Reference for this case: 18-Oct-54-Verchocq.
Please cite this reference in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


Before heading GEPAN, the official research group on UFO reports within the CNES, Dr. Claude Poher had, in the 1970s, compiled a synthetic catalog of observations by official witnesses and / or subjected to official investigations.

He noted that on October 18, 1954 at 08:30 p.m. in Verchocq, in the Pas-de-Calais, three witnesses had seen a disk or saucer or lens, luminous, of a size of "2 meters", during 1 to 9 seconds.

It is noted that there was a "luminous trail or 'flames' behind the moving phenomenon", and a "twang or hissing sound".



In 1968-1969, before the official GEPAN ufology effort started, its future head Dr Claude Poher was a member of the unofficial GEPA ufology group, and gathered a computer coded listing of more than 700 UFO reports on which multiple factors statistical computation could be run. In the file were a number of 1954 French UFO reports, among those this one.

For readability, a decoded interpretation of the data is provided here under the original 80 character encoded string. Decoding was done according to the original indications, the code number and its generic meaning is given. Please not that the generic meaning of each code is a predefined category, not the real specific details of the case. For example, if the main witness' age was 33, the coding would result in a number "3" which corresponds to a category "Adult from 21 to 59 years."

Original code:0636551810195420301JA3004010200011AA0G002000037000000000000000000000000010000000
Location:Verschocq [sic] (Somme) - France
Case number:0636
Source code:55
Nature of the source:Reports from official French sources: Police, Gendarmerie, Army, Pilots
Type of Time:1 = local time
Number of witnesses:3 = 3
Main witness named:0 = name is not indicated
Main witness age:0 = no indication
Main witness occupation:4 = army, police, fireman, constable
Official investigation:1 = an official investigation was made
Weather:0 = no indication
Duration:2 = from 1 to 9 seconds
Minimal distance witness - phenomenon:0 = no indication
Method of observation:0 = no indication
Number of "objects" observed simultaneously:01 = 1
Shape of the "object" (terminology of witness(es)):1 = disk, saucer, lenticular
Dimensions of the phenomenon:AA = angular size, 0G = "2 meters"
Color of the observed phenomenon:00 = no indication
Luminosity of the phenomenon:2 = luminous, fluorescent
Lights or projectors on the phenomenon:0 = no indication
Moving speed of the phenomenon:0 = no indication
Acceleration of the phenomenon:0 = no indication
Trajectory of the phenomenon:0 = no indication
Sounds perceived during observation:3 = twang whistle
Maximum angular height of observation (horizon = 0░):7 = altitude is indicated
Nature of the landing place:0 = no indication
Number of contact points with ground:0 = no indication
Traces of landing:0 = no indication
Observation of "occupants"0 = no indication
Height of the occupants observed:00 = no indication
Garment of the occupants:00 = no indication
Garment:0 = no indication
General behavior of "occupants":0 = no indication
Interaction of "occupants" with witness:0 = no indication
Head, hair:0 = no indication
Voice, breathing, chin:0 = no indication
Skin:0 = no indication
Eyes:0 = no indication
Mouth:0 = no indication
Various details:0 = no indication
Thermal effects:0 = no indication
Luminous effects:0 = no indication
Magnetic effect (or electromagnetic):0 = no indication
Odor perceived by witness:0 = no indication
Physiological effects on the witness(es):0 = no indication
Psychological effect on the witness(es):0 = no indication
Effects on animals:0 = no indication
Other effects reported:0 = no indication
Nebulosity:1 = luminous trail or "flames" behind the moving phenomenon
Oscillations, emission of matter:0 = no indication
Spin, formation flight:0 = no indication
Immediate disappearance:0 = no indication
Halo surrounding the phenomenon:0 = no indication
Interaction witness / phenomenon (complement to the other rubrics):0 = no indication
Drawing or photo:0 = no indication
Structural details observed:0 = no indication

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Pas-de-Calais in Verschocq on October 18, 1954 at 20:30 hours "Three gendarmes witnesses observed an object in the shape of a fluorescent disc. Its diameter was evaluated as two meters. It produced an acute whistling sound and one trail was visible."

The source is indicated as "Les Universons by Poher Claude **"

[Ref. ubk1:] "UFO-DATENBANK":

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541018 18.10.1954 Verschocq [sic] France 20.30



The 08:45 p.m. meteor seen in that area on that date.


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

Verchocq, Pas-de-Calais, multiple, official, duration, disc, luminous, trail, meteor


[----] indicates sources that are not yet available to me.

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross December 25, 2004 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross June 7, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Addition [lcn1].
1.1 Patrick Gross March 3, 2017 Addition [ubk1].
1.2 Patrick Gross January 21, 2019 Addition of the Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet."

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