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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 Biesheim, on October 14, 1954:

Case number:

ALSACAT-1954-10-14-BIESHEIM-1

Summary:

The regional newspaper Dernières Nouvelles du Haut-Rhin for October 16, 1954, had reported a sighting of a "flying saucer" on October 14, 1954, in the region of Colmar.

A reader from Wintzenheim who was at approximately 06:10 p.m. between Biesheim and Neuf Brisach told them that in his south there was a colored ball that was heading south at a height of about 800 to 1000 m, and went down sharply as if it wanted to land somewhere in the country of Baden in Germany.

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: October 14, 1954
Time: ~06:10 p.m.
Duration: ?
First known report date: October 16, 1954
Reporting delay: 1 to 2 days.

Geographical data:

Department: Haut-Rhin
City: Biesheim or Neuf Brisach
Place: Between Biesheim and Neuf Brisach, UFO in the sky.
Latitude: 48.028
Longitude: 7.535
Uncertainty ratio: 1.5 km

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 1
Number of known witnesses: 1
Number of named witnesses: 1
Witness(es) ages: Adult or aged.
Witness(es) types: Male, from nearby village.

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: Told by witness to the regional Press.
Type of location: Between two villages, 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: Probably the 06:10 p.m. meteor that day.

Sources:

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

The saucer was also visible in the region of Colmar

Biesheim. -- In yesterday's issue we reported that two motorists who were between Niffer and Kembs saw one of these mysterious celestial body which are talked about so much at this time and was moving at breakneck speed. This phenomenon was also observed by one of our readers, Mr. F. S. of Wintzenheim who was at the indicated hour in Biesheim and Neuf Brisach and therefore saw this object from the north side. From his description it was a colored ball that was heading south at a height of about 800 to 1000 m and descended suddenly as if it wanted to land somewhere in the country of Baden.

[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 the Dernières Nouvelles du Haut-Rhin for Saturday, October 16, in the bilingual issue, reported an observation on the 14th of October 1954:

The saucer was also visible in the REGION OF COLMAR

Biesheim: in yesterday's issue we reported that two motorists who were between Niffer and Kembs saw one of these mysterious celestial body which are talked about so much at this time and was moving at breakneck speed. This phenomenon was also observed by one of our readers, Mr. F. S. of Wintzenheim who was at the indicated hour in Biesheim and Neuf Brisach and therefore saw this object from the north side. From his description it was a colored ball that was heading south at a height of about 800 to 1000 m and descended suddenly as if it wanted to land somewhere in the country of Baden.

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

The reader said that the "saucer" was going south, but at the same time he said it that it seemed to prepare to land in the country of Baden, in Germany, so in the East. As it went from his south to the east, it followed a path which is the one that was reported for the 06:10 p.m. meteor widely seen in the region that day.

At that time, and still quite often now, the regional newspapers, when there is a case of a UFO or supposed UFO, are most interested in the credibility of the observation, considering an observation is credible when there are many independent or seemingly independent witnesses. The description is less their concern, we often see that no details are collected. Here, even more than most other reports of this meteor event, the information is extremely meager: we do not know if it was silent or noisy, we do not know if it was luminous or not, we are told it was colored but the color or colors are not specified, it is not known if there was a trail or no trail, there is no displacement angle, no elevation angle, no angular velocity, no angular size.

Evaluation:

Probably the 06:10 p.m. meteor that day.

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 April 27, 2014 Creation, [dh1], [cv2].
1.0 Patrick Gross April 27, 2014 First published.

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