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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 Eguisheim, on October 14, 1954:

Case number:

ALSACAT-1954-10-15-EGUISHEIM-1

Summary:

On October 16, 1954, the regional newspaper "L'Alsace" published reports of sightings on October 14, 1954 at 06:10 p.m., including this one:

"It is also at 06:10 p.m. that two millers of Altkirch, who were returning from Colmar where their congress was held witnessed a similar phenomenon. They drove by car between Eguisheim and Hattstatt to return home, and coincidentally they were talking about flying saucers, when suddenly they saw passing in the sky in front of them, a few kilometers away they estimated, a strange object. It was not a saucer or a cigar, but a machine which had substantially the shape of a soup tureen. It was a fiery red and disappeared towards the Rhine at a prodigious speed."

"It was by reading in "L'Alsace" the news that we published yesterday, that the two men decided to tell their adventures to our Altkirch newsroom."

Data:

Temporal data:

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

Geographical data:

Department: Haut-Rhin
City: Eguisheim, Hattstatt
Place: From inside the car driving between Eguisheim and Hattstatt, UFO in the sky.
Latitude: 48.027
Longitude: 7.304
Uncertainty ratio: 3 km

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 2
Number of known witnesses: 1 or 2
Number of named witnesses: 0
Witness(es) ages: Adults.
Witness(es) types: Two millers from Altkirch.

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: Told to the regional Press after they published a similar sighting.
Type of location: From inside the car driving between two villages, UFO in the sky.
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: ?
Witnesses interpretation: ?

Classifications:

Hynek: NL
ALSACAT: Probably the 06:10 p.m. meteor that day.

Sources:

[Ref. la1:] "L'ALSACE" NEWSPAPER:

Cigars, saucers... and pots

We reported in yesterday's issue the phenomenon witnessed the day before, Thursday, at 06:10 p.m., on the road from Battenheim to the Ile Napoleon, by an industry executive from Mulhouse, his wife and their little daughter.

They had seen, rushing in straight line in the sky and disappearing in the direction of Switzerland, an elongated object, emitting a bright light. The appearance lasted about two seconds.

As might have been be expected, the mysterious craft was seen by other witnesses, who told us yesterday about their observations.

The first witness, a professor in Mulhouse, was riding a motorcycle on the road of Sierentz. He arrived at the exit of Habsheim, when he saw a thing of a shape difficult to define, especially remarkable by the intense green light that emanated from it, and the trail, also green, it left behind. The object dove straight towards Germany, where it disappeared.

"I first thought of a plane crashing down to the ground. But how to reconcile this hypothesis with the light and the green trail? No reflection by clouds was possible. The sky was already dark, but where the stars were not yet visible, was in fact entirely clear..."

Such are the explanations provided to us by this witness, entirely trustworthy.

It is also at 06:10 p.m. that two millers of Altkirch, who were returning from Colmar where their congress was held witnessed a similar phenomenon. They drove by car between Eguisheim and Hattstatt to return home, and coincidentally they were talking about flying saucers, when suddenly they saw passing in the sky in front of them, a few kilometers away they estimated, a strange object. It was not a saucer or a cigar, but a machine which had substantially the shape of a soup tureen. It was a fiery red and disappeared towards the Rhine at a prodigious speed.

It was by reading in "L'Alsace" the news that we published yesterday, that the two men decided to tell their adventures to our Altkirch newsroom.

[Ref. bb1:] GERARD BARTHEL AND JACQUES BRUCKER:

The two authors indicate that if the newspaper "L'Alsace" is believable, on October 14 at 06:10 p.m. (06:15 further in the book) between Hatstatt and Eguisheim in the department of Haut-Rhin, two millers from Altkirch who returned from Colmar observed within a few kilometers a sort of soup tureen of red color which took the direction of the Rhine.

They mention this case for the purpose of saying that flying saucers do not exist, among other reasons, because the various descriptions of such sightings are ridiculously referring to all sorts of objects like "soup turreen", "cigar", "saucer", "donut" etc. They note further in their book that the description is evidently of a meteor.

Further in the book they locate the case as of October 16, 1954, and say that the witness could not be located through their investigation.

[Ref. js1:] JEAN SIDER:

Jean Sider indicates that Barthel and Brucker say the witness was not found after investigation and that the description was that of a meteor, but they do not give any indication about what they did to check the case.

[Ref. ro1:] RAOUL ROBE:

In the article on an Alsatian alleged sighting, that of Merxheim, the author shows a series of other "known UFO sightings around" that location, including:

EGUISHEIM - 10/16/54 at 14,3 km N. [from Merxheim]

[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 at 06:00 p.m.in the South of Alsace, according to L'ALSACE for Friday, October 16, 1954, the following sighting took place on October 14, 1954:

Cigars, saucers... and pots

We reported in yesterday's issue the phenomenon witnessed the day before, Thursday, at 06:10 p.m., on the road from Battenheim to the Ile Napoleon, by an industry executive from Mulhouse, his wife and their little daughter.

They had seen, rushing in straight line in the sky and disappearing in the direction of Switzerland, an elongated object, emitting a bright light. The appearance lasted about two seconds.

As might have been be expected, the mysterious craft was seen by other witnesses, who told us yesterday about their observations.

The first witness, a professor in Mulhouse, was riding a motorcycle on the road of Sierentz. He arrived at the exit of Habsheim, when he saw a thing of a shape difficult to define, especially remarkable by the intense green light that emanated from it, and the trail, also green, it left behind. The object dove straight towards Germany, where it disappeared.

"I first thought of a plane crashing down to the ground. But how to reconcile this hypothesis with the light and the green trail? No reflection by clouds was possible. The sky was already dark, but where the stars were not yet visible, was in fact entirely clear..."

Such are the explanations provided to us by this witness, entirely trustworthy.

It is also at 06:10 p.m. that two millers of Altkirch, who were returning from Colmar where their congress was held witnessed a similar phenomenon. They drove by car between Eguisheim and Hattstatt to return home, and coincidentally they were talking about flying saucers, when suddenly they saw passing in the sky in front of them, a few kilometers away they estimated, a strange object. It was not a saucer or a cigar, but a machine which had substantially the shape of a soup tureen. It was a fiery red and disappeared towards the Rhine at a prodigious speed.

It was by reading in "L'Alsace" the news that we published yesterday, that the two men decided to tell their adventures to our Altkirch newsroom.

Discussion:

If they were actually driving from Eguisheim towards Hatstatt, the two witnesses drove roughly to the south. The object was in front of them, and going towards the Rhine, so that would coincide well with the other observations reports of what was probably the meteor that day at 18:10.

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 October 1, 2005 First published in the France 1954 catalogue.
1.0 Patrick Gross April 8, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version.
1.1 Patrick Gross April 26, 2009 Addition [js1].
1.2 Patrick Gross February 20, 2014 Addition [ro1].
3.0 Patrick Gross April 26, 2014 Additions [la1], [cv2].
3.0 Patrick Gross April 26, 2014 First published in the ALSACAT catalogue.

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