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October 14, 1954, Andlau, Bas-Rhin:

Reference number for this case: 14-Oct-54-Andlau. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

The regional newspaper Dernières Nouvelles d'Alsace, in their Colmar issue, reported for 17-18 October 1954, on page 2, an observation of October 14, 1954, suggesting it could be the landing of a "flying cigar."

Two brothers from Andlau, Henri and René Kreyder, told that in this evening around 7 p.m. towards Itterswiller, near the place called "Heidi", not far from the road, about a hundred meters in front of them, "a big shiny machine, cigar-shaped" appeared in the light of their headlights.

The two brothers advanced slowly, illuminating the craft with their headlights. As they tried to approach it, the object rose suddenly without noise, but at an extreme speed and "disappeared in the space of a few seconds in the dark of night."

Reports:

[Ref. dn1:] JOURNAL "DERNIERES NOUVELLES D'ALSACE":

Andlau
Landing of a "Flying cigar"?

Sélestat. -- According to the statements of the brothers H. and R. K. of Andlau, a flying cigar landed on Thursday evening near the city.

The witnesses explanations locate the fact at about 7 p.m. towards Itterswiller, near the place called "Heidi", not far from the road, about a hundred yards before them, when appeared in the headlights a big bright machine, cigar-shaped.

The two brothers went on slowly illuminating the craft with their headlights. As they tried to approach, the object suddenly rose noiselessly, but at an extreme speed and disappeared in the space of a few seconds in the dark of night.

[Ref. js1:] JEAN SIDER:

French ufologist and author Jean Sider learned in an article from the newspaper Les Dernières Nouvelles d'Alsace, Strasbourg, for October 17-18 1954, page 2, that on October 14, 1954, at 07:00 p.m. in Andlau in the department of Bash-Rhin, the brothers Henri and Rene Kreyder, who were driving by car, saw a mysterious machine which stationed not far from the road at the place called Heidi.

The witnesses were returning home when they saw the machine in the headlights of their vehicle, at approximately 100 meters. It was in the shape of a vertical cigar. Finally it took off and disappeared.

[Ref. cv1:] CHRISTIAN VALENTIN:

Christian Valentin indicates among the many observations in Alsace in 1954, that on October 14, 1954, at about 07:00 P.M.- 07:10 P.M. in Andlau, the K. brothers were driving by car at the location named Heidi when they saw in the light of their headlights a shining craft in the shape of a cigar, which was posed vertically at the edge of the road.

They tried to approach it, but the object suddenly rose without noise and disappeared at high speed.

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates in his database that in the Bas-Rhin in Andlau on October 14, 1954 at 19:00 hours "Two brothers drove by car and saw with the location Heidi in the light of their headlights a shining craft in the shape of a cigar which was posed vertically at the edge of the road. They tried to approach some, but the object suddenly rose without noise and disappeared at high speed."

The source is said to be my website, indicated by the old URL of its home page.

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 14 October 1954 at 19:00 in Andlau, France, "A mysterious phenomena was reported by two witnesses on a road."

The website indicates as sources "Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073)" and "Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002".

[Ref. cv2:] CHRISTIAN VALENTIN:

L'ancien journaliste Christian Valentin a publié en 2012 un très intéressant livre retraçant l'histoire des observations d'OVNIS et autres soucoupes volantes en Alsace, des origines jusqu'en 1980.

Dans ce livre, il relate que le 14 octobre 1954, il y a eu le cas suivant à Andlau selon le journal DERNIERES NOUVELLES D'ALSACE du dimanche 17 octobre 1954, dans l'édition bilingue de Sélestat, page 2:

ANDLAU
Landing of a "Flying cigar"?

Sélestat: According to the statements of the brothers H. and R. K. of Andlau, a flying cigar landed on Thursday evening near the city.

The witnesses explanations locate the fact at about 7 p.m. towards Itterswiller, near the place called "Heidi", not far from the road, about a hundred yards before them, when appeared in the headlights a big bright machine, cigar-shaped.

The two brothers went on slowly illuminating the craft with their headlights. As they tried to approach, the object suddenly rose noiselessly, but at an extreme speed and disappeared in the space of a few seconds in the dark of night.

[Ref. sp4:] SPICA UFOLOGY GROUP:

City Date and hour of observation General shape
Identification
General color
Hypothesis
Conclusion
ANDLAU Thursday 14 October 1954 at 07:00 p.m. elongated (cigar)
Unidentified
Does not know
None
Unsolved -lack of info

Explanations:

As shown in my catalog, on October the 14th, 1954, at about 06:10 p.m.., a meteor passed by and was the topic of a dozen independent reports. Nobody seems to have recognized that it was a meteor, at least if one believes the regional press headlines evoking a "flying cigar" or a "flying saucer". Ufologists subsequently did not understand it either, it seems, as these cases remain classified as "true UFOs" in numerous publications and on the web.

This case of Andlau is probably the least evocative of the meteor as it sounds like a "taking off" of something lit by the headlights of the vehicle, and claimed to be quite close, it is said it was at "about 7 p.m." and it is located in the Bas-Rhin while the other reports are in the Haut-Rhin and indicates the passage of the meteor even further south.

However, it is quite possible that this is was indeed the meteor. "About 7 p.m." is not an exact time, the two brothers did not necessarily have a watch on them. The appearance of takeoff, low altitude, fits very well with the fact that this is further north than the other sighting places, the meteor would obviously seem very close to the ground at that greater distance.

And the report is hardly comprehensive: no size, no color, no quantified speed. The distance is obviously questionable, it is impossible to give a true distance of an object that is unknown, especially at night and with an observation period of perhaps only "a few seconds." All that we have is that it was bright and cigar-shaped, which is perfectly compatible with the meteor.

Finally, Itterswiller is south-south-east of Andlau, at 157°. If the two brothers were actually in or near Andlau, this is exactly the direction in which the meteor was visible.

Keywords:

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

Andlau, Bas-Rhin, road, night, craft, cigar, vertical, car, headlights, landing, fast, silent, shiny, Heidi, Henri Kreyder, René Kreyder

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross December 6, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross March 30, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [lc1], [ud1].
3.0 Patrick Gross April 28, 2014 Additions [dn1], [cv2], Summary, Explanations; whcih previously were "Not looked for yet. The 06:15 p.m. meteor that day?"
3.1 Patrick Gross June 11, 2015 Addition [sp4].

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