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October 14, 1954, Le Rossberg, Haut-Rhin:

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

Summary:

The regional newspaper Le Nouveau Rhin Français for October 16, 1954, reported several observations of October 14, 1954, including one at "the Bonhomme, near Rossberg (between Le Bonhomme and the Bagenelles Pass)".

Reports:

[Ref. nr1:] "LE NOUVEAU RHIN FRANÇAIS" NEWSPAPER:

"Flying Cigars" in the Kaysersberg Valley!

Lapoutroie. -- Thursday, October 14, shortly after noon, Mr. G. G. and Miss M. H., living in the village, saw two vehicles whose shape reminded a cigar or a "boat." Both cigars sailed together at great heights. They disappeared very suddenly.

Similar phenomena have been seen above the Tête des Faux and the Bonhomme, near the Rossberg (between Le Bonhomme and the Bagenelles Pass).

[Ref. cv1] CHRISTIAN VALENTIN:

Christian Valentin indicated that on October 14, 1954, a day with an intense activity on the southern half of Alsace, a sighting similar to that at Lapoutroie on the same day occurred at the Rossberg.

[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 were sightings on October 14, 1954, inclusing those told in "Le Nouveau Rhin Français for Saturday, October 16, 1954:

"Flying Cigars" in the KAYSERSBERG VALLEY!

Lapoutroie: Thursday, October 14, shortly after noon, Mr. G. G. and Miss M. H., living in the village, saw two vehicles whose shape reminded a cigar or a "boat." Both cigars sailed together at great heights. They disappeared very suddenly.

Similar phenomena have been seen above the Tête des Faux and the Bonhomme, near Rossberg (between Le Bonhomme and the Bagenelles Pass).

Explanations:

Of course there is almost no information about the sighting, so no explanation would be better than another.

It is true that the newspaper said it was "similar" to another observation; but it does not help as the description of this other observation was put into doubt.

It was not specified what was "similar", anyway: the hour, the description...?

It is said that it was "between Le Bonhomme and the Col [pass] des Bagenelles", which gives a location with a precision of a few kilometers. Le Bonhomme is the village. The Rossberg is a nearby summit, 1191 km of altitude, not to be confused with the Rossberg village 40 km further to the south.

The problem is that we do not know if this is the location of witnesses or location of the phenomenon. For example, witnesses may have been tens of kilometers away in the plain of Alsace and may have indicated the Rossberg as the direction where the phenomenon was visible.

Keywords:

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

Le Rossberg, Haut-Rhin

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross July 5, 2007 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross April 8, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version.
3.0 Patrick Gross April 26, 2014 Additions [nr1], [cv2], Summary, Explanations updated, originally "Not looked for yet. The 06:15 meteor that day?"

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