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ALSACAT:

As its name suggests, ALSACAT is my comprehensive catalog of UFO sighting reports in Alsace, the region is the North-East of France, whether they are "explained" or "unexplained".

The ALSACAT catalog is made of case files with a case number, summary, quantitative information (date, location, number of witnesses...), classifications, all sources mentioning the case with their references, a discussion of the case in order to evaluate its causes, and a history of the changes made to the file. A general index and thematic sub-catalogs give access to these Alsatian case files.

Case of Haguenau, on March 14, 1945:

Case number:

ALSACAT-1945-03-14-HAGUENAU-1

Summary:

A mission report from the 415th Night Fighters Squadron of the US Army indicated that on March 14, 1945, from 6:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., an intrusion mission was carried.

The crew noted that the visibility was too poor for observation, that they patrolled on the front of the 7th Army at the location coded"R-1108" near Haguenau in the Bas-Rhin, where they saw artillery flashes.

Before leaving, they saw "foo fires", three red lights, 3 miles away and at an altitude of 3,000 feet, stationary.

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: March 14, 1945
Time: Between 6:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Duration: ?
First known report date: March 1945
Reporting delay: Hours, days.

Geographical data:

Department: Bas-Rhin
City: Haguenau
Place: From a night fighter plane, UFO in the sky.
Latitude: 48.810
Longitude: 7.789
Uncertainty ratio: 20 km

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 1 to 2
Number of known witnesses: 1 to 2
Number of named witnesses: 0
Witness(es) ages: Adults.
Witness(es) types: Night fighter crew of the US Army.

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: Military mission report.
Type of location: From a night fighter plane, UFO in the sky.
Visibility conditions: Evening.
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: ?
UFO departure observed: ?
Entities: No
Photographs: No.
Sketch(s) by witness(es): No.
Sketch(es) approved by witness(es): No.
Witness(es) feelings: ?
Witnesses interpretation: ?

Classifications:

Hynek: NL
ALSACAT: Unidentified, poor data.

Sources:

[Ref. af1:] U.S. ARMY AIR FORCE 415TH NIGHT FIGHTER SQUADRON::


MISSION REPORT

UNIT REPORTING: 415TH NIGHT FIGHTER SQUADRON

MISSIONS: 2 MISSIONS 2 SORTIES DATE: MARCH 14/15

REPORT

1. 1845/2030 - INTRUDER. Visibility too poor for observation. Patrolled 7th Army Front from R-1108 to HAGUENAU - artillery flashes see. Before leaving, saw foo fire (3 red lights) 3 miles away at 3,000 feet stationary. Vicinity of LUNEVILLE, saw what appeared to be ammo dump burning.

[Ref. pr1:] SITE WEB "PROJECT 1947":

March 14/15, 1945 - Mission 1 - 1845-2030 - Patrolled 7th Army Front from R-1108 to Hagenau - artillery flashes seen. Before leaving, saw floo fire (3 red lights) 3 miles away at 3000 feet stationary.

[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 wrote a chapter about the "Foo Fighters" with a general presentation of the topic followed by a chronology of cases.

He says that from the end of September to the end of November 1944, the US 415th Night Fighter Squadron was based on the Dijon Longvic air base, before moving to the old Toul air base on the plate of Ochey, rebuilt by the US military with an artificial landing strip.

One of the reported observation was on March 14, 1945, and he quotes:

Haguenau, around 08:00 p.m. "before going home, saw three red lights (Foo fires) 3 miles apart and motionless at 1,000 feet."

He indicates that this is a translated extract of "War Diaries et Unit Reporting" - 145th Night Fighter Squadron, Ochey Air Base, France, according to Barry Greenwood, in Just Cause N°32 et 33, CUFON - Computer UFO Network - Seattle, Washington, USA.

Discussion:

You may want to read the Discussion of this other case for general considerations about the "Foo-fighters" of the Rhine Valley in 1944-1945.

Evaluation:

Unidentified, poor data.

Sources references:

* = Source is available to me.
? = Source I am told about but could not get so far. Help needed.

File history:

Authoring:

Main author: Patrick Gross
Contributors: None
Reviewers: None
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history:

Version: Create/changed by: Date: Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross February 25, 2018 Creation, [pr1], [cv2].
1.0 Patrick Gross February 25, 2018 First published.

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