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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 Petit-Rombach, on April 24 or 26, 1966:

Case number:

ALSACAT-1966-04-24-PETITROMBACH-1

Summary:

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 was a case on April 24 or 26, 1966, in Petit-Rombach in the Haut-Rhin; which was told to him by Michel Dri on Friday, September 4, 2009, as follows.

Michel Dri, recently retired, had returned to live in the home of his parents at Petit Rombach, told him about his sighting there, in April 1966 as he was 16 years old. He had experienced the close observation with his friend D. and it deeply impressed them.

"It was on April 24th or 26th in the evening, between 9 and 10 p.m., we were in the parking lot opposite, near the outside staircase of the hotel restaurant "Au Bois du Prince." My friend D. drew my attention to what seemed at the time to be an extremely bright star. It was located high in the sky, heading South-Southwest. We watched when suddenly it came down at once, and in a split second, we were in the presence of a very large object, parked, motionless and without noise, about ten meters above the roof of the hotel, almost at our vertical. Its lower part only was visible, the object was dark, oval-shaped, with a length of twenty meters and a width of 6 to 7 meters. 3 light beams shaped live stovepipes, green, orange and dark blue went in range of one of the two ends pointing towards the east. The origin of the light beams was not visible, as if it was on the top of the oval."

"Although the bottom side of the object was dark, we were plunged, my comrade and I, in a sort of pocket of pale and misty light, like a dome of pale light for which we could not distinguish the source. After about thirty seconds, scared and uncomfortable, I run home to tell my parents while D. rushed inside the hotel to persuade those present to come out and look... When we came out, the object had disappeared and at its place persisted a long trail of light particles such as crackling sparklers, which stretched towards the south, where the object had come. This trail dissipated on the site shortly after."

"Until today, I did not know that my observation was the subject of a report in a journal (LDLN # 275/276 June 1987 - Investigation of Eric Antoine). I no longer evoke this experience to others because I quickly realized after the fact that I was not believed, and I was considered to be a storyteller. I'd like to meet others who experienced the same thing to discuss it."

"I will never forget what I experienced that night. I was very scared, I confess: I still get chills when I tell it 43 years later. When I look back, I also feel like a feeling of elation because it was really something extraordinary, and I take from time to time some form of comfort and strength in difficult times. With hindsight, I now think I was very lucky to live this amazing event."

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: April 24 or 26, 1966
Time: Between 9 and 10 p.m.
Duration: 30 seconds or more.
First known report date: June 1987 or earlier.
Reporting delay:

Geographical data:

Department: Haut-Rhin
City: Petit-Rombach
Place: On the car park near the outside staircase of the hôtel-restaurant "Au Bois du Prince".
Latitude: 48.263
Longitude: 7.204
Uncertainty ratio: 10 m

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 2
Number of known witnesses: 2
Number of named witnesses: 1
Witness(es) ages: 16, ?
Witness(es) types: Teenager and his male friend.

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: Ufology magazine LDLN and local ufologists.
Type of location: Outside hotel, UFO in the sky.
Visibility conditions: Night.
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: Yes
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: CE1
ALSACAT: Possible extraterrestrial craft.

Sources:

[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 was a case on April 24 or 26, 1966, in Petit-Rombach in the Haut-Rhin; which was told to him by Michel Dri on Friday, September 4, 2009, as follows.

Michel Dri, recently retired, had returned to live in the home of his parents at Petit Rombach, told him about his sighting there, in April 1966 as he was 16 years old. He had experienced the close observation with his friend D. and it deeply impressed them.

"It was on April 24th or 26th in the evening, between 9 and 10 p.m., we were in the parking lot opposite, near the outside staircase of the hotel restaurant "Au Bois du Prince." My friend D. drew my attention to what seemed at the time to be an extremely bright star. It was located high in the sky, heading South-Southwest. We watched when suddenly it came down at once, and in a split second, we were in the presence of a very large object, parked, motionless and without noise, about ten meters above the roof of the hotel, almost at our vertical. Its lower part only was visible, the object was dark, oval-shaped, with a length of twenty meters and a width of 6 to 7 meters. 3 light beams shaped live stovepipes, green, orange and dark blue went in range of one of the two ends pointing towards the east. The origin of the light beams was not visible, as if it was on the top of the oval."

"Although the bottom side of the object was dark, we were plunged, my comrade and I, in a sort of pocket of pale and misty light, like a dome of pale light for which we could not distinguish the source. After about thirty seconds, scared and uncomfortable, I run home to tell my parents while D. rushed inside the hotel to persuade those present to come out and look... When we came out, the object had disappeared and at its place persisted a long trail of light particles such as crackling sparklers, which stretched towards the south, where the object had come. This trail dissipated on the site shortly after."

"Until today, I did not know that my observation was the subject of a report in a journal (LDLN # 275/276 June 1987 - Investigation of Eric Antoine). I no longer evoke this experience to others because I quickly realized after the fact that I was not believed, and I was considered to be a storyteller. I'd like to meet others who experienced the same thing to discuss it."

"I will never forget what I experienced that night. I was very scared, I confess: I still get chills when I tell it 43 years later. When I look back, I also feel like a feeling of elation because it was really something extraordinary, and I take from time to time some form of comfort and strength in difficult times. With hindsight, I now think I was very lucky to live this amazing event."

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

La localisation des témoins est assez précise:

A gauche: Vue arérienne de Petit Rombach, le point bleu localise les témoins.

A gauche: Vue de l'hôtel dans ces années-là.

A gauche: Vue actuelle du parking et des escaliers.

A gauche: Vue actuelle depuis la position des témoins vers le Sud-Sud-Ouest, leur direction d'observation. La montagne est devant, masquant toute source lumineuse au sol dans la direction de Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines.

Evaluation:

Possible extraterrestrial craft.

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 8, 2016 Creation, [cv2].
1.0 Patrick Gross April 8, 2016 First published.

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