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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 La Tête des Faux, on October 14, 1954:

Case number:

ALSACAT-1954-10-14-LATETEDESFAUX-1

Summary:

The regional newspaper Le Nouveau Rhin Français for October 16, 1954, reported several observations of October 14, 1954, including one "above the Tête des Faux".

Data:

Temporal data:

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

Geographical data:

Department: Haut-Rhin
City: Le Bonhomme?
Place: UFO above mountain top "La Tête des Faux".
Latitude: 48.172
Longitude: 7.112
Uncertainty ratio: 15 km

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: ?
Number of known witnesses: ?
Number of named witnesses: 0
Witness(es) ages: ?
Witness(es) types: ?

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: Regional Press.
Type of location: UFO above a mountain top of the Vosges mountains.
Visibility conditions: ?
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 or NL
ALSACAT: Possibly the meteor of 06:15 p.m., totally insufficient information.

Sources:

[Ref. nr1:] "LE NOUVEAU RHIN FRANÇAIS" NEWSPAPER:

"Flying Cigars" in the Kaysersberg Valley!

Lapoutroie. -- Thursday, October 14, shortly after noon, Mr. G. G. and Miss M. H., living in the village, saw two vehicles whose shape reminded a cigar or a "boat." Both cigars sailed together at great heights. They disappeared very suddenly.

Similar phenomena have been seen above the Tête des Faux and the Bonhomme, near Rossberg (between Le Bonhomme and the Bagenelles Pass).

[Ref. cv1:] CHRISTIAN VALENTIN:

Christian Valentin indicated that on October 14, 1954, a day with an intense activity on the southern half of Alsace, a sighting similar to that in Lapoutroie on the same day occurred at la Tete des Faux.

[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 there were sightings on October 14, 1954, including those told in "Le Nouveau Rhin Français for Saturday, October 16, 1954:

"Flying Cigars" in the KAYSERSBERG VALLEY!

Lapoutroie: Thursday, October 14, shortly after noon, Mr. G. G. and Miss M. H., living in the village, saw two vehicles whose shape reminded a cigar or a "boat." Both cigars sailed together at great heights. They disappeared very suddenly.

Similar phenomena have been seen above the Tête des Faux and the Bonhomme, near Rossberg (between Le Bonhomme and the Bagenelles Pass).

Discussion:

Of course there is almost no information about the sighting, so no explanation would be better than another.

It is true that the newspaper said it was "similar" to another observation; but it does not help as the description of this other observation was put into doubt.

It was not specified what was "similar", anyway: the hour, the description...?

"Above the Tête des Faux" is just an indication of the direction in which the alleged UFO was visually located. But we do not know where the witness or witnesses were, so that no actual position or direction can be inferred.

Evaluation:

Possibly the meteor of 06:15 p.m., totally 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 May 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.
3.0 Patrick Gross April 25, 2014 Additions [nr1], [cv2].
3.0 Patrick Gross April 25, 2014 First published in the ALSACAT catalogue.

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