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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 Willer, on September 30, 1954:

Case number:

ALSACAT-1954-09-30-WILLER-1

Summary:

On October 5, 1954, the regional newspaper L'Alsace in its French edition at least, reported on page 10 that "flying saucers" were seen in the sky of the Sundgau, the area south of the Haut-Rhin.

The newspaper reported that in the afternoon at about 4 p.m., two girls from Willer who worked in the fields, B. M., aged 16, and her sister C., aged 20, saw in the sky, passing at high speed, two dark-colored and oval discs one on the top or above the other.

These objects reportedly emitted absolutely no light and made no noise. They quickly disappeared in the direction of Windenhof.

The newspaper adds that farmers from Grentzingen said they also saw, the same day, at the same hour, the two mysterious craft.

The case later appeared in the UFO literature with a wrong date and almost no details, probably because it was found by ufologist Aimé Michel in a later article in L'Alsace that mentioned it again but did not give the date and the details.

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: September 30, 1954
Time: ~04:00 p.m.
Duration: ?
First known report date: October 5, 1954
Reporting delay: 6 days?

Geographical data:

Department: Haut-Rhin
City: Willer
Place: From fields in the Sundgau, UFOs in the sky.
Latitude: 47.575
Longitude: 7.310
Uncertainty ratio: 5 km

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 4 or more.
Number of known witnesses: 3 or more.
Number of named witnesses: 0
Witness(es) ages: 16, 20, and others.
Witness(es) types: 2 farm girls, and farm workers men separately.

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: The local Press?
Type of location: From fields, UFOs in the sky.
Visibility conditions: Daylight outside.
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: DD
ALSACAT: Unidentified, not enough information.

Sources:

[Ref. al1:] "L'ALSACE" NEWSPAPER:

"Flying saucers" in the Sundgau sky

Thursday afternoon around 4 p.m., two girls of Willer who were working in the fields, Misses B. M., aged 16 and her sister C., aged 20, saw in the sky, passing at high speed, two dark superimposed discs, of oval shape...

They emitted absolutely no light and made no sound. The two dark "objects" quickly disappeared in the direction of Windenhof. The same day, at the same hour, other witnesses, some farmers, also of Grentzingen, also say they saw the two mysterious craft.

[Ref. al2] "L'ALSACE" NEWSPAPER:

The newspaper reports on October 6, 1954, with no other information, that there was a sighting in Willer, the Haut-Rhin. The date is not given but the sighting is mentioned among others that took place on October 2 and 3, 1954.

See the article here.

[Ref. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel reports that there was a sighting on October 2, 1954, in Willer, France.

[Ref. jv5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

185 -007.31900 47.58500 02 10 1954 WILLER F 151 C** 170

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates in his database that in the Haut-Rhin in Willer on October 2, 1954, at an unknown hour, there was an observation of a disc.

The source is indicated as "M.O.C. by Michel Aimé ** Arthaud 1958".

[Ref. pc1:] PATRICK COMBES:

Patrick Combes copied the [lc1] source, crediting it by a link.

[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 lists the case for Thursday, September30, 1954, at 16:00 in Willer in the Haut-Rhin.

He documents it by giving the source, the article of the newspaper L'Alsace, for Tuesday October 5, 1954, page 10 of the French issue, saying:

"Flying saucers" in the SUNDGAU SKY

Thursday afternoon around 4 p.m., two girls of Willer who were working in the fields, Misses B. M., aged 16 and her sister C., aged 20, saw in the sky, passing at high speed, two dark superimposed discs, of oval shape...

They emitted absolutely no light and made no sound. The two dark "objects" quickly disappeared in the direction of Windenhof. The same day, at the same hour, other witnesses, some farmers, also of Grentzingen, also say they saw the two mysterious craft.

[Ref. sp4:] SPICA UFOLOGY GROUP:

City Date and hour of observation General shape
Identification
General color
Hypothesis
Conclusion
WILLER-SUR-THUR Saturday 2 October 1954 Circular, round or disc (2D)
Unidentified
information not communicated
None
Unsolved -lack of info

[Ref. ub1:] "UFO-DATENBANK":

This database recorded the case 3 times:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541002 02.10.1954 Willer France
19541002 02.10.1954 Willer France
19541002 02.10.1954 Willer France

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

Without the first article in the newspaper L'Alsace for October 5, 1954, it was not possible for me to see that the date given by Vallée, Michel, Chastan, was wrong. The description, very meager, was not right either as this was not "one" disc but two, etc.

So we have here a case that became stranger again than it was in the UFO literature case, with among other things, what seems to be independent witnesses.

Unfortunately it was apparently not investigated and many details are missing, such as angular size, angular speed, distances, etc. So there is no way to disprove that it may have been planes of helicopters, as in the distance they make look like oval-shaped, and silent.

Left:

Willer, Grentzingen, distant from center to center of about kilometers. We do not know ehere the witnesses were, we only know the girls were from Willer and the men from Grentzingen.

The Windenhof, near Jettingen, seen from the start of the arrow would be in the direction indicated by the arrow. But again we do not know where the girls were so the arrow does not tell us anything absolute.

Evaluation:

Unidentified, not enough information.

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
Editeur: Patrick Gross

Changes history:

Version: Create/changed by: Date: Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross March 20, 2009 First published in the France 1954 catalogue.
1.1 Patrick Gross June 3, 2010 Addition [al2].
1.1 Patrick Gross June 20, 2010 Addition [jv5].
1.2 Patrick Gross February 19, 2014 A search on the web and my file revealed no other information. Addition of the Summary.
2.0 Patrick Gross March 27, 2014 Additions [al1], [cv2]. Change of case date, was previously September 2, 1954. Summary rewritten according to [al1]. The old summary said: "The regional newspaper 'L'Alsace' reported on October 6, 1954, with no other information, that there was a sighting in Willer. It may have occurred on October 2 or 3, 1954."
2.0 Patrick Gross March 25, 2014 First published in the ALSACAT catalogue.
2.1 Patrick Gross December 18, 2014 Addition [pc1].
2.2 Patrick Gross July 15, 2015 Addition [sp4].
2.3 Patrick Gross January 21, 2017 Addition [ub1].

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