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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 Schwobsheim, on October 30, 1954:

Case number:

ALSACAT-1954-10-30-SCHWOBSHEIM-1

Summary:

The bilingual issue of the regional newspaper Dernières Nouvelles d'Alsace for November 3, 1954, reported an observation of Saturday, November 30, 1954, at about 09:30 p.m. in the Schwobstein and Marckholsheim area the Bas-Rhin.

One A. H., employee at the Simler butcher, was returnong to Schwobsheim when he saw like a bright silvery fireball followed by a luminous trail.

The whole had been visible about twenty seconds, and quickly moved from the Northeast to the Southwest.

According to the gendarmerie of Marckolsheim, the observation was confirmed by several witnesses in Schwobsheim and Heidolsheim.

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: October 30, 1954
Time: ~09:30 p.m.
Duration: ~20 seconds.
First known report date: November 3, 1954
Reporting delay: 3 days.

Geographical data:

Department: Bas-Rhin
City: Schwobsheim, Heidolsheim, Marckholsheim
Place: ?
Latitude: 48.204
Longitude: 7.546
Uncertainty ratio: 5 km

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 3 or more.
Number of known witnesses: 3 or more.
Number of named witnesses: 1
Witness(es) ages: Adults.
Witness(es) types: Butcher worker, others.

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: The regional Press.
Type of location: ?
Visibility conditions: Night
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: Probable meteor.

Sources:

[Ref. dn1:] JOURNAL "DERNIERES NOUVELLES D'ALSACE":

Marckolsheim. -- A[]. H[]., employee of the Simler butcher, returned to Schwobsheim on Saturday evening around 09:30 p.m. when he saw an extraordinary apparition, like a bright silvery fireball, followed by a luminous trail. The thing was visible for about twenty seconds and was moving rapidly from the Northeast to the Southwest. According to the gendarmerie of Marckolsheim, the observation was confirmed by several witnesses in Schwobsheim and Heidolsheim.

[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 bilingual edition of Les Dernières Nouvelles d'Alsace for Wednesday, November 3, 1954, had reported the observation of Saturday, November 30, 1954 at 09:30 p.m. in Marckholsheim in the Bas-Rhin:

Marckolsheim. -- A[]. H[]., employee of the Simler butcher, returned to Schwobsheim on Saturday evening around 09:30 p.m. when he saw an extraordinary apparition, like a bright silvery fireball, followed by a luminous trail. The thing was visible for about twenty seconds and was moving rapidly from the Northeast to the Southwest. According to the gendarmerie of Marckolsheim, the observation was confirmed by several witnesses in Schwobsheim and Heidolsheim.

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 ufologists 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

This is obviously a description of a meteor.

Above: There is about 10 kilometers between Schwobsheim and Marckolsheim.

Evaluation:

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
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history:

Version: Create/changed by: Date: Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross May 3, 2015 Creation, [dn1], [cv2].
1.0 Patrick Gross May 3, 2015 First published.

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