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OCTOBER 16, 1954, WINTZENHEIM, HAUT-RHIN:

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

Summary:

The regional newspaper Le Nouveau Rhin Français, in their Colmar issue for October 17, 1954, reported that on October 16, 1954, around 09:25 p.m., they were informed from Wintzenheim that a kind of luminous ball was spotted at a height of about 2000 meters.

It "revolved on its axis and moved at a particularly high rate of speed from East to West in the direction of Hohlandsburg. Four people who were together observed this ball."

Reports:

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

Was it a flying saucer... naturally...?

Last night, at 07:30 p.m. precisely, an object of a brilliant blue-green light moved at high altitude over our city. Its race seemed to go down and went from West to East. Whatever it was, it was not an ordinary shooting star because its brightness varied from green to blue. The projectile was traveling at high altitude and high speed.

A little later, around 09:25 p.m., we were informed from Wintzenheim that a kind of luminous ball was spotted at a height of about 2000 meters, it revolved on its axis and moved at a particularly high rate of speed from East to West in the direction of Hohlandsburg. Four people who were together observed this ball.

[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 09:25 p.m. in Wintzenheim, four inhabitants reported the passage from the east towards the west of a luminous ball rotating on its axis.

[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 LE NOUVEAU RHIN FRANCAIS for Sunday, October 17, 1954, in the comar bilingual issue, published this article:

Was it a flying saucer... naturally...?

Last night, at 07:30 p.m. precisely, an object of a brilliant blue-green light moved at high altitude over our city. Its race seemed to go down and went from West to East. Whatever it was, it was not an ordinary shooting star because its brightness varied from green to blue. The projectile was traveling at high altitude and high speed.

A little later, around 09:25 p.m., we were informed from Wintzenheim that a kind of luminous ball was spotted at a height of about 2000 meters, it revolved on its axis and moved at a particularly high rate of speed from East to West in the direction of Hohlandsburg. Four people who were together observed this ball.

Explanations:

The Hohlandsburg castle is 2 kilometers south-west of the center of Wintzenheim. The direction is however given as east to west rather than north-east to south-west, so witnesses were likely towards the east end of Wintzenheim, for example.

The direction, the description, all fits with my idea that this was again an observation of meteor of 09:35 p.m. of that day, seen widely in France and identified as such by ufologist Aimé Michel in his 1956 book.

Keywords:

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

Wintzenheim, Haut-Rhin, ball, luminous, rotation, multiple, night, high

Sources:

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross October 27, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross December 28, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version.
3.0 Patrick Gross April 30, 2014 Additions [nr1], [cv2], Summary, Explanation; which were "The meteor of October 16, 1954 at 09:30 p.m." previously.

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