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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 Lapoutroie, on August 19, 1947:

Case number:

ALSACAT-1947-08-19-LAPOUTROIE-1

Summary:

The regional newspaper Est-Matin for August 24, 1947, reported that on August 19, 1954, at about 9 p.m., some residents of Lapoutroie were attracted to their window by a strange noise and, looking up at the sky where the first star appeared, they had noticed in awe a kind of glowing ball that was moving at high speed towards the west before disappearing.

They asked themselves if they "were privileged to witness the passage of the famous 'flying saucers' much talked about in recent weeks?"

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: August 19, 1947
Time: ~09:00 p.m.
Duration: ?
First known report date: August 24, 1947
Reporting delay: 5 days?

Geographical data:

Department: Haut-Rhin
City: Lapoutroie
Place: In the city, UFO in the sky.
Latitude: 48.152
Longitude: 7.168
Uncertainty ratio: 1 km

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: Several.
Number of known witnesses: ?
Number of named witnesses: 0
Witness(es) ages: ?
Witness(es) types: Lapoutroie residents.

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: Regional Press.
Type of location: ?
Visibility conditions: Day.
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: No
UFO departure observed: Yes
Entities: No
Photographs: No.
Sketch(s) by witness(es): No.
Sketch(es) approved by witness(es): No.
Witness(es) feelings: Puzzled.
Witnesses interpretation: Maybe flying saucers.

Classifications:

Hynek: DD
ALSACAT: The August 19, 1947, ~08:10 p.m. meteor.

Sources:

[Ref. em1:] "EST-MATIN" NEWSPAPER:

Lapoutroie
Flying discs in our sky?

Tuesday night, some people realized strange phenomena were going on. At 9 p.m., their attention was drawn to their window by a strange noise and, looking up at the sky where the first stars appeared, they noticed in amazement a kind of glowing ball that was moving at high speed towards the west before disappearing. And they wondered if they were privileged to witness the passage of those famous "flying saucers" much talked about in recent weeks?

[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 Est Matin newspaper for Sunday, August 24, 1947, the following article was published, one of three for the phenomenon of August 19, 1947:

LAPOUTROIE
Flying discs in our sky?

Tuesday night, some people realized strange phenomena were going on. At 9 p.m., their attention was drawn to their window by a strange noise and, looking up at the sky where the first stars appeared, they noticed in amazement a kind of glowing ball that was moving at high speed towards the west before disappearing. And they wondered if they were privileged to witness the passage of those famous "flying saucers" much talked about in recent weeks?

Discussion:

About Christian Valentin's book:

It is not at all my habit to "advertise" a book or anything, and I have no interested relationship with the author, but I wanted to say a word on the book by Christian Valentin, "Mythes et Réalités des Phénomènes Aériens Non Identifiés" (i.e. "Myths and Realities of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena" (cover on the left) , ref. [cv2]; which, as its subtitle indicates, is about Alsatian UFO sighting reports and the saucer lore in Alsace.

I think Alsatian ufologist and generally people interested in the UFO question, or in the history of Alsace, my region, would probably like this book.

The 144 pages book is sober but well presented, unbiased, richly documented and illustrated. It is the first work in print specifically about UFO sightings in Alsace. (There was another one a few years ago, but it was partly made by copying - pasting without mention of the sources, portions of my website, especially the Alsatians cases I almost exhaustively documented in my catalog of UFO sightings in France in 1954, and copies from another websites; the trivial explanations I proposed or gave there being almost always stripped off!)

The author does not want to prove or disprove the possibility of extraterrestrial visitors or some other so-called "extraordinary" explanation, he rather offers a chronologically ordered review of Alsatian UFO reports, starting from the origin and stopping in 1980, based on known sources ufology, on the articles of the regional Press, and cases less known or even unreleased so far that he collected directly with the witnesses. His own comments are printed in a different color, references to the sources are always given. A very nice work in my opinion!

The author currently has a blog where he shows what libraries in Alsace have the book available, see: christian.valentin.overblog.com

I managed to find this article on page 6 of the Swiss newspaper "La Feuille d'Avis de Neuchâtel" for August 21, 1947; which indeed explains as a meteor and not a flying saucer the thing that passed in the sky on August 19, 1947 about 08:15 p.m.

Celestial phenomenon

Several people in the city noticed on Tuesday night around 08:10 p.m., a bright glow that completely crossed the sky rather slowly from south to north. The green and straw-yellow gleams which accompanied the phenomenon made it very beautiful to watch. This is not a projectile (luminous bullet for example) but a meteor. The thesis of the flying saucers can in no way be supported!

Evaluation:

The August 19, 1947, ~08:10 p.m. meteor.

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 September 11, 2014 Creation, [em1], [cv2].
1.0 Patrick Gross October 24, 2014 First published.

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