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October 11, 1954, Heimersdorf, Haut-Rhin:

Reference number for this case: 11-oct-54-Heimersdorf. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

The regional newspaper L'Alsace for October 12, 1954, reported on page 5 that an "incandescent barrel" landed in Heimersdorf on October 11, 1954:

"We are told from Heimersdorf in the Sundgau that two girls, Misses Anny and Roselyne Pracht, aged 18 and 22 (respectively), saw on Sunday night around 07:30 p.m., while they were returning home by bicycle, a gleam in a pasture, at the exit from Heimersdorf to Feldbach. They first thought it was a fire ignited by a shepherd, but driven by curiosity, they went off across the fields."

"They came back quickly, completely terrified by what they had seen: the said light came from an object 2 meters high like a barrel. At their approach, the red glowing craft suddenly rose without noise in the sky to disappear quickly. Let's add that the phenomenon was also observed by two gypsies who live near the place."

The case was cited by other French newspapers, later repeated without investigation by ufologists Aimé Michel, Jacques Vallee, Charles Garreau, Raymond Lavier, Figuet Michel, Jean-Louis Ruchon etc.

In 2005, I heard from the mouth of a retired M.D., author and well-known personality of the area, who had contemporary knowledge of the case, that Annie Pracht was actually a "simply minded" person that nobody believed. She had already claimed to have seen the "Blessed Virgin": which had proven to have been just a fire lit by gypsies. This information that I published in 2005 did not deter other authors and webmasters to continue to publish the case as if it were valid, "unexplained".

Reports:

[Ref. la1] "L'ALSACE" NEWSPAPER:

An incandescent barrel lands in Heimersdorf

And it goes on... Here is a new witness to the daily topic of UFOs.

It is reported from Heimersdorf in the Sundgau that two girls, Misses Anny and Roselyne Pracht, aged 18 and 22 years (respectively), saw on Sunday night around 07:30 p.m., while they were returning home by bicycle, a gleam in the grazing, at the exit of Heimersdorf to Feldbach. They first thought it was a fire ignited by a shepherd, but driven by curiosity, they went off across the fields.

They came quickly back, totally terrified by what they saw: the mentioned light came from an object, 2 m high, looking like a barrel. As they approached, the craft changed suddenly to a glowing red, rose silently into the sky to disappear quickly. Let's add that the phenomenon was also observed by two gypsies who live near the place.

[Ref. fs1:] "FRANCE-SOIR" NEWSPAPER:

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Calcined stone, grass burned under the saucer of Doncourt-Village

NANCY, October 13 ("France-soir" news brief). - At about 1:30 a.m., yesterday morning, when everything was asleep in Doncourt-Village (the Meurthe-et-Moselle), an abnormal whistling sound awoke the inhabitants of a farm, out in the country. Worried, the farmers went at the window and saw a flat object, "three times as big as a setting sun", they said, posed at the edge of the woods nearby. Soon the object rose with great speed to the vertical and disappeared. At the place indicated by the farmers, the gendarmes found that the stones had been calcined and had taken on a brick-red color on a circumference of 1 m. 50. The earth, everywhere else soaked by rain, was, within this circumference, reduced to ashes on a depth of three centimeters.

A luminous machine observed in Cameroon by credible witnesses

YAOUNDE (Cameroon), Oct. 12 ("France-soir" news brief). - An enormous illuminated disk was observed Sunday in Yaoundé by a group of trustworty people: Colonel Cauvin, director of the health and prophylaxis services of Cameroon; Dr. Menn, chief medical officer of the hospital; MM. Dumont, Director of the Security Services; Poileux, Councilor of the Territorial Assembly; Moreau, administrator and deputy mayor of Youndé. It was the dog of the house who, by barking, attracted the occupants. Under the disc hung a sort of oscillating cylinder. The machine, after a few seconds, disappeared quickly towards the east.

AN ORANGE DISC emitting bright lights was observed in Champagne-sur-Seine (the Seine-et-Marne) by M. T ..., a seasonal worker in Machault, who took pictures. A butcher at Seine-Port saw at Savigny-le-Temple a similar machine, as well as in Meaux, Mr. Lefranc, a bank clerk in Paris.

AN INCANDESCENT BARREL, two meters high, was seen in a pasture by two young girls from Heimersdorf (Haut-Rhin). The craft rose and disappeared quickly.

[Ref. in1] "L'INDEPENDANT" NEWSPAPER:

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Saucers

MULHOUSE. -- Having seen a mulière in a pasture, two girls of Heimersdorf, Anny and Roselyne Pracht, 22 and 18 yearsold, approached, thinking that it was a fire lit by a shepherd. They then saw, they claim, a machine of a height of approximately 2 meters. On their approach, the machine, in the shape of a barrel, changed to the incandescent red, rose in the airs and disappeared at the horizon. The same phenomenon was observed by two other people.

Passage of spheres on Perpignan

PERPIGNAN. -- Sunday evening, towards 08:30 p.m., Mr. Olivieri, living on Avenue du General-of-Gaulle, who was around 08:50 p.m. in a street close to his residence saw in the sky two spheres which moved at a high speed. They were, he says, at approximately 3.000 meters of altitude and at little distance one from the other, their front was dark but they left while moving a very marked orange wake. I called at once my daughter Jacqueline, 19 years old, who was able to make the same observations as I. Having spent several years in aviation, I can say with certainty that they were not planes, not even jet planes. The moonlight enabled me however to observe them with precision during their short passage.

[Ref. ha1:] "LE HAVRE" NEWSPAPER:

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FLYING SAUCERS

A motorist said he saw two "little people" cross the road and then fly aboard their craft ...

ALBI, October 12. -- A car driver from Briatexte (Tarn), M. Jean-Pierre Mitto, technical agent in a company currently exposing at the "Household Arts" of Toulouse, said he met in the dark, on the national road No. 631, the passengers of a flying saucer.

"Returning to Toulouse, with two parents, he said, I suddenly distinguished in the beam of my headlights, two little people who crossed the road, a few meters away from my car. I stopped immediately and, to our amazement, we then saw from a nearby meadow a large red disk with a diameter of 6 meters, fly away, rising vertically. The craft disappeared into the sky in a few seconds".

OTHER DISCS, BALLS AND CIGARS

MULHOUSE. -- Having seen this evening a light in a pasture, two young girls of Heimersdorf, Anny and Roselyne Pracht aged 22 and 18, came closer thinking it was a fire lit by a shepherd. Then they saw, they claim, a craft of a height of about 2 meters. At their approach, the barrel-shaped craft turned to a glowing red, rose into the air and disappeared over the horizon. The same phenomenon was observed by two other people.

MELUN. -- Mr. Jules Lefranc, bank employee, Paris resident, saw in the sky, near the François - de - Tessart stadium in Meaux, for about three minutes, an object brightly lit from the inside that, he said, was shaped like a small soccer ball. This craft disappeared while leaving behind, the witness said, a luminous trail of the size of a stovepipe.

Residents of Trilport reportedly saw an identical craft motionless.

MELUN. -- A resident of Fontainebleau stated he saw

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[Ref. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel notes that at dawn on October 11, 1954, two young girls of Heimersdorf in High Alsace, Anny and Roselyne Pracht, going out of their home, were intrigued by a curious light coming from the close pasture.

They close in, initially thinking that it could be a shepherd's fire but discover that it is a circular and luminous craft of a height of two meters. When they approach, the craft turns glowing red and takes off and then disappears at the horizon.

Michel notes that two other people of the village of Heimersdorf have been able to see the take-off and the fast departure of the object, and that all happened in silence.

He put the sighting location on a map supposed to demonstrate cases are lined up:

Map by Aimé Michel

[Ref. jv5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

302 -007.23951 47.57400 11 10 1954 06 00 2 HEIMERSDORF HT-RH F 0014 1C** 272

[Ref. jv1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

235

Oct. 11, 1954, dawn, Heimersdorf (France).

Anny Pracht, her sister Roselyne, and two other persons saw a luminous object on the ground. It became fiery red in color and flew away when they came near. (Le Figaro, 13 oct 1954) (56; M 162).

[Ref. jv2:] JACQUES VALLEE:

The author indicates that on October 11, 1954, at dawn, four people of Heimersdorf, close to Mulhouse, saw a luminous apparatus on the ground. When they approached the machine, it became fiery red of flame and fled away.

[Ref. gl1:] CHARLES GARREAU AND RAYMOND LAVIER:

The two authors and ufologists report that on October 10, 1954 around 08:00 P.M., in Heimersdorf in the department of Haut-Rhin, according to an AFP newsbrief and their personal file, two girls of the village, Anny and Roselyne Pracht, saw a light in a pasture.

They thought that a shepherd had lit a fire and approached it. They then discovered that the light came from a barrel-shaped machine of approximately two meters of diameter.

When they approached, the machine changed to a glowing red, took off, and rose quickly in the sky.

The authors add that two other people saw it from a little further away.

[Ref. fr1] MICHEL FIGUET ET JEAN-LOUIS RUCHON:

The two authors indicate that on October 11, 1954 at dawn with Heimersdorf, Misses Annie and Roselyne Pracht, aged 18 and 22, leave their home(s) and are intrigued by a light in a meadow. They approach thinking that it is a brush fire lit by a shepherd, and then see a two-meters-high luminous machine in the shape of a barrel, on the ground.

When they approach, the apparatus becomes red incandescent, rises in the air and disappears at the horizon.

Two other people see the same phenomenon.

The authors indicate that the sources are "Quincy", Aimé Michel in "A propos des soucoupes volantes" page 201, and Le Figaro for October 13, 1954.

[Ref. go1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

The Belgian ufologist indicates that on October 11, 1954 in France, in Heimersdorf, Annie Pracht and her sister Roselyne as well as other people saw at dawn a luminous object on the ground. It was of a blazing red color and flew away as soon as they approached.

The sources are indicated as "Le Figaro, 13 oct 1954" and "Jacques Vallée: "Chronique des apparitions ET" - DENOEL 1972 - COLL. J'AI LU - p. 276".

[Ref. cv1:] CHRISTIAN VALENTIN:

Christian Valentin indicates that on October 10, 1954, at 07:30 p.m. in the Haut-Rhin, two girls of in Heimersdorf returned home on bicycles when a gleam in a pasture puzzled them.

They approach, and panic when realizing that it is an object in the shape of a barrel of 2 meters height. When they approach, the object changes to red incandescent and rises without noise in the sky, to disappear there.

Two residents of Heimersdorf have also seen the objet.

[Ref. pg1:] PATRICK GROSS:

In the summer of 2005, as I was hosting a tiny conference on UFOs in the Sundgau area, I met again an aged man whom I had already met several time 20 years ago. This gentleman was a very well known doctor in the Sundgau, the area of this event, and he exerted there then.

Once retired, this exceptionally knowledgeable man of an encyclopedical culture became a writer. This fascinating man has a huge memory and can talk for hours about the local history and many other matters and it never becomes boring.

It is him who could give me certain information on this case, new information that throws a new light on this: all things considered, a first point is that Annie Pracht was, to use the expression of my old friend the doctor, known as "a not fully grown girl", i.e., she was a little simple minded. The second thing is that one year before she had already observed some vague vision, but had then reported this appearance as being that of the Virgin Mary, Virgin Mary who proved to be a simple gypsy campfire.

In fact, as for her observation of 1954, since her credibility was already known as poor, her reliability as bad and her imagination as quite wild, nobody had believed her one second then.

[Ref. dj1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

Donald Johnson indicates that on October 11, 1954, Ms. Anny Pracht, her sister Roselyne, and two other witnesses in Heimersdorf, France saw a luminous object on the ground. It became fiery red in color and flew away when they came near.

Donald Johnson indicates that the source is Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 225.

[Ref. jb1:] JEROME BEAU:

Jerome Beau indicates that on October 11, 1954, at dawn, in Heimersdorf, France, Annie Pracht and her sister Roselyne, like two other people, see 1 luminous object on the ground. It became of a blazing red color and flew away as soon as they approached.

Jérôme Beau indicates that the source is "Le Figaro, October 13, 1954".

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Haut Rhin in Heimersdorf on October 11, 1954 at approximately 8 p.m., two young girls who leave their home(s) see a light in the meadows. Believing that it is a campfire lit by a shepherd, they approach and then discover it is a circular and luminous apparatus of approximately 2 meters in diameter. At their approach, the craft becomes glowing red and takes off, rising quickly in the sky. It should be noted that two other people will be witness of the takeoff sequence.

Luc Chastan indicates that the sources are Chroniques des apparitions E.T. by Vallée Jacques ** DENOEL 1972 - coll. J'AI L; and Face aux Extra terrestres by Garreau et Lavier ** DELARGE 1975.

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 11 October 1954 at 06:00 in Heimersdorf, France, Anny Pracht, her sister Roselyne, and two other persons saw a luminous object on the ground. It became fiery red in color and flew away when they came near.

The website comments that "an object was sighted that had an appearance and performance beyond the capability of known earthly aircraft. One red ball, about 5 feet across, was observed by four witnesses in a city for eight minutes."

The sources are noted as Michel, Aime, Flying Saucers and the Straight-Line Mystery, S. G. Phillips, New York, 1958; Bowen, Charles, The Humanoids: FSR Special Edition No. 1, FSR, London, 1966; Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073); Vallee, Jacques, Challenge to Science: The UFO Enigma, Henry Regnery, Chicago, 1966; Vallee, Jacques, Preliminary Catalog (N = 500), (in JVallee01); Vallee, Jacques, A Century of Landings (N = 923), (in JVallee04), Chicago, 1969; Schoenherr, Luis, Computerized Catalog (N = 3173); Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002.

[Ref. cv2:] CHRISTIAN VALENTIN:

Former journalist Christian Valentin published in 2012 a very interesting book telling the story of UFO sightings, flying saucers sightings, in Alsace, from the beginning to 1980.

In this book, he reports that there was a case in Heimersdorf on Sunday, October 10, 1954 as reported in "L'Alsace " of Tuesday, October 12, 1954, page 5 of the French edition:

An incandescent barrel lands in Heimersdorf

And it goes on... Here is a new witness to the daily topic of UFOs.

It is reported from Heimersdorf in the Sundgau that two girls, Misses A. and R. P., aged 18 and 22 years (respectively), saw on Sunday night around 07:30 p.m., while they were returning home by bicycle, a gleam in the grazing, at the exit of Heimersdorf to Feldbach. They first thought it was a fire ignited by a shepherd, but driven by curiosity, they went off across the fields.

They came quickly back, totally terrified by what they saw: the mentioned light came from an object, 2 m high, looking like a barrel. As they approached, the craft changed suddenly to a glowing red, rose silently into the sky to disappear quickly. Let's add that the phenomenon was also observed by two gypsies who live near the place.

[Ref. ni1:] "THE NICAP WEBSITE":

*Oct. 11, 1954 - At dawn Ms. Anny Pracht, her sister Roselyne, and two other witnesses in Heimersdorf, Haut-Rhin, France saw a luminous object on the ground. It became fiery red in color and flew away when they came near. (Sources: Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 162; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 225, case # 235).

[Ref. sp4:] SPICA UFOLOGY GROUP:

City Date and hour of observation General shape
Identification
General color
Hypothesis
Conclusion
HEIMERSDORF Monday 11 October 1954 at 20h00 Circular, round or disc (2D)
Unidentified
red
None
Unsolved -lack of info

[Ref. ub1:] "UFO-DATENBANK":

This database recorded this case seven times instead of one:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541011 11.10.1954 Heimersdorf France 04.00 CE I
19541011 11.10.1954 Heimersdorf France 04.00 CE I
19541011 11.10.1954 Heimersdorf France 06.00
19541011 11.10.1954 Heimersdorf France Start of day
19541011 11.10.1954 Heimersdorf France Start of day
19541011 11.10.1954 Heimersdorf France Start of day CE I
19541011 11.10.1954 Heimersdorf France Start of day CE I

Note:

Garreau and Lavier date this observation as of October 10.

Explanations:

In 2005, see [pg1], I gave important information about the case.

Not a soul found it useful to cite it. All subsequent sources silence it: Jérôme Beau, Luc Chastan, Christian Valentin, UFOdna. All of them know my website, and my "France 1954" catalog where this was published in 2005.

How the place looks in 2005.

Keywords:

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

Heimersdorf, Haut-Rhin, Annie Pracht, Anny Pracht, Roselyne Pracht, multiple, object, landing, luminous, fiery, red, fast

Sources:

[---] indicates sources which I have not yet checked.

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross April 6, 2003 First published.
0.2 Patrick Gross December 21, 2005 Addition [pg1].
1.0 Patrick Gross December 17, 2008 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions, [fr1], [go1], [dj1], [lc1], [jb1], [ud1].
1.1 Patrick Gross June 28, 2010 Addition [jv5].
1.2 Patrick Gross October 25, 2011 Addition [in1].
3.0 Patrick Gross April 24, 2014 Additions [cv2], Summary, Explanations.
3.1 Patrick Gross September 21, 2014 Additions [ha1], [ni1].
3.1 Patrick Gross May 11, 2015 Addition [sp4].
3.3 Patrick Gross January 4, 2017 Additions [fs1], [ub1].

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