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October 1, 1954, Hhaut-Koenigsbourg, Bas-Rhin:

Reference number for this case: 1-Oct-54-Haut-Koenigsbourg. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

The regional newspaper Dernières Nouvelles du Haut-Rhin reported on October 5, 1954, that a "flying saucer" was seen "above the Hochkoenigsbourg" on October 1, 1954:

"In the night from Friday to Saturday, around 2 a.m., construction master Mr. C. V. (aged 42), saw a flying saucer above the Hochkoenigsbourg. It took the form of a luminous disc where blue, green and red rays came from. Mr. V. woke up his wife and two sons and the whole family was able to contemplate this rare spectacle. The disk would repeatedly change color. Then, after about 6 minutes, it reportedly disappeared going up vertically, leaving a luminous trail."

Reports:

[Ref. dh1:] "DERNIERES NOUVELLES DU HAUT-RHIN" NEWSPAPER:

A flying saucer above the Hochkoenigsbourg

Rombach le Franc. -- In the night from Friday to Saturday, around 2 a.m., construction master Mr. C. V. (aged 42), saw a flying saucer above the Hochkoenigsbourg. It took the form of a luminous disc where blue, green and red rays came from. Mr. V. woke up his wife and two sons and the whole family was able to contemplate this rare spectacle. The disk would repeatedly change color. Then, after about 6 minutes, it reportedly disappeared going up vertically, leaving a luminous trail.

[Ref. cv1:] CHRISTIAN VALENTIN:

Christian Valentin indicates that on October 1, 1954, a luminous disc hovered during a few minutes above the Haut-Koenigsbourg. He changed colors several times and emitted blue, green and red rays, then he fled away vertically.

[Ref. jg1:] JEAN-JACQUES GOETSCHY:

Jean-Jacques Goetschy indicates that in the night of October 1, 1954, a disc stations above the Haut–Koenigsbourg, a very known castle in Alsace.

The author indicates that the source is "Les Saisons D’Alsace 2004 Un Dossier Complet sur la Vague de 1954 en Alsace by Christian Valentin".

[Ref. sp6:] "SPICA" UFOLOGY ASSOCIATION:

Fifty years ago
"the ufos in Alsace"

[... Other cases...]

In the night of October 01 a disc stations above the Haut – Koenigsbourg (Castle very well known in Alsace.

[... Other cases...]

[Ref. mp1:] MICHEL PADRINES:

The author indicates:

On 10/01/1954: a stationary disc obove the castle of the Haut-Koenigsbourg.

No source is given.

[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 on Saturday, October 2, 1954 at 2 o'clock in the morning in the Haut-Rhin at the Hochkoenigsbourg, there was this observation that the "Dernières Nouvelles du Haut-Rhin" for Tuesday, October 5, 1954, reported like this in their bilingual issue:

A flying saucer above the HOCHKOENIGSBOURG

Rombach le Franc: In the night from Friday to Saturday, around 2 a.m., construction master Mr. C. V. (aged 42), saw a flying saucer above the Hochkoenigsbourg. It took the form of a luminous disc where blue, green and red rays came from. Mr. V. woke up his wife and two sons and the whole family was able to contemplate this rare spectacle. The disk would repeatedly change color. Then, after about 6 minutes, it reportedly disappeared going up vertically, leaving a luminous trail.

Explanations:

Haut-Koenigsbourg or Hochkoenigsbourg is a castle on the steps of the Vosges mountains and a touristic highlight in Alsace:

It is impossible to know whether the thing was really above the Haut-Koenigsbourg, or simply in that visual direction. There are no locating of the witnesses, which could have been miles away from the castle, in the plain for example. And there is no distance.

The color change may suggest a star, the trail could suggest a meteor, but the combination of the two here seems to exclude the one and the other. No star goes up with a trail and no meteor is visible for 6 minutes or more. Unless there were both, a star and a meteor...

Unfortunately the very poor information in the newspaper does not allow any certain explanation.

Keywords:

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

Haut-Koenigsbourg, Bas-Rhin, duration, manoeuvre, disc, rays, blue, green, red, fast, vertical, motionless

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross January 11, 2004 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross February 12, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [jg1].
3.0 Patrick Gross April 23, 2014 Additions [dh1], [cv2], Summary, Explanations.
3.1 Patrick Gross October 13, 2016 Addition [sp6].
3.2 Patrick Gross June 2, 2018 Addition [mp1].

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