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October 16, 1954, Heidolsheim, Bas-Rhin:

Reference number for this case: 16-Oct-54-Heidolsheim. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

The local newspaper Le Nouveau Rhin Français wrote October 20, 1954, that flying saucers were also seen in Heidolsheim on October 16, 1954:

Five young people had seen "around 9:30 a flying object traveling at high altitude from the North-East to the South-West, smokeless and at a high speed, producing a profusion of white light rays."

Reports:

[Ref. nr1:] JOURNAL "LE NOUVEAU RHIN FRANCAIS":

HEIDOLSHEIM

Here too, flying saucers were seen.

Five young people saw last Saturday around 9:30 a flying object traveling at high altitude from North-East to South-West, smokeless and at high speed, producing a profusion of white light rays.

[Ref. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel wrote about the October 16, 1954, 09:30 p.m. meteor:

THE TEST OF THE METEOR. October 16, as if it was purposely, a splendid meteor crossed the north of France towards 09:30 p.m.. It was observed on a score of departments by thousands of people, from the Allier to Lorraine and from the Swiss border to Paris. Naturally many witnesses believed to have seen a Flying Saucer and said so. The newspapers printed "Flying Saucer in Orly", or "in Montididier", or "in Metz." But once again the description made by all these weak brains appeared of a remarkable honesty.

[...]

The innumerable gathered testimonies show indeed that even when the witnesses called "Flying saucer" the observed object, their description is identical on 200.000 square kilometers where the phenomenon was visible: an "orange ball followed by a trail", a "large luminous ball with a tail", a "flying egg followed by a trail", a "bottle's bottom with a trail of thirty times its diameter", etc. The same phenomenon is uniformly described.

[...]

[Ref. cv1:] CHRISTIAN VALENTIN:

Press reporter Christian Valentin points out that at the time of the big flap of flying saucers of 1954 in France, there was, on October 16, 1954 a significant number of observations which were that of a meteor.

In this series, he indicates that on October 16, 1954 at 09:30 p.m. in Heidolsheim, five young people observed a luminous ball moving from the north-western direction towards the direction of the south-west.

[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 in the newspaper Le Nouveau Rhin Français for Wednesday, October 20, 1954, Colmar issue, this article was published:

HEIDOLSHEIM

Here too, flying saucers were seen.

Five young people saw last Saturday around 9:30 a flying object traveling at high altitude from North-East to South-West, smokeless and at high speed, producing a profusion of white light rays.

Explanations:

The hour is given as "9:30" but without specifying whether it is in the evening or the morning. Obviously the direction and description match more the 09:35 p.m. meteor than "flying saucers".

Keywords:

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

Heidolsheim, Bas-Rhin, multiple, luminous, ball, anonymous, night, white, beams, young, light, smokeless

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross October 22, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross December 27, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version.
3.0 Patrick Gross May 1, 2014 Additions [nr1], [cv2], Summary. Explanations changed, were "The meteor of October 16, 1954, at 09:30 p.m." previously.

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