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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 the Haut-Koenigsbourg, on October 1, 1954:

Case number:

ALSACAT-1954-10-01-HAUTKOENIGSBOURG-1

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."

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: October 1, 1954
Time: ~02:00 a.m.
Duration: 6 minutes or more.
First known report date: October 5, 1954
Reporting delay: 4 days.

Geographical data:

Department: Bas-Rhin
City: ? or Orschwiller
Place: From home, UFO in the sky above or in the direction of the Haut-Koenigsbourg.
Latitude: 48.249
Longitude: 7.344
Uncertainty ratio: 15 km

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 4
Number of known witnesses: ?
Number of named witnesses: 0
Witness(es) ages: 42, adult, 2 young adults or children
Witness(es) types: A man, construction master, his wife, their 2 children.

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: Regional Press.
Type of location: From home, UFO in the sky above or in the direction of a castle in the Vosges mountains.
Visibility conditions: Night
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: ?
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: ?

Classifications:

Hynek: NL
ALSACAT: Unidentified, insufficient information.

Sources:

[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.

Discussion:

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.

Evaluation:

Unidentified, insufficient 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:
0.1 Patrick Gross January 11, 2004 First published in the France 1954 catalogue.
1.0 Patrick Gross February 12, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Addition [jg1].
3.0 Patrick Gross April 23, 2014 Additions [dh1], [cv2].
3.0 Patrick Gross April 23, 2014 First published in the ALSACAT catalogue.
3.1 Patrick Gross October 13, 2016 Addition [sp6].
3.2 Patrick Gross June 2, 2018 Addition [mp1].

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