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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 Bischwiller, on May 1, 1966:

Case number:

ALSACAT-1966-05-01-BISCHWILLER-1

Summary:

In this period "rich in UFOs", the regional newspaper DernièRes Nouvelles d'Alsace for May 3, 1966, reported "a luminous phenomenon again", this time in Bischwiller during the night from Saturday to Sunday, May 1, 1966, at precisely 01:30 a.m.

Mr. C. S., porter of the city of Bischwiller, and his son, had seen a luminous disc which moved from north to south in the sky.

According to the two witnesses, the appearance lasted ten minutes before disappearing suddenly.

The newspaper wondered whether it was a natural phenomenon or an artificial satellite, noting that nearly 300 satellites orbit the earth.

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: May 1, 1966
Time: 01:30 a.m.
Duration: ~10 minutes.
First known report date: May 3, 1966
Reporting delay: Hour, 3 days?

Geographical data:

Department: Bas-Rhin
City: Bischwiller
Place: From Bischwiller, UFO in the sky.
Latitude: 48.767
Longitude: 7.856
Uncertainty ratio: 2 km

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 2
Number of known witnesses: 1 to 2
Number of named witnesses: 1
Witness(es) ages: Adults.
Witness(es) types: City usher and his son-in-law.

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: The regional Press?
Type of location: From village, 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: Low strangeness, possible meteor or satellite or aircraft.

Sources:

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

Another luminous phenomenon...

Bischwiller. -- After the night of April 22 to 23, during which several unidentified objects were seen in the sky of Alsace, another luminous phenomenon occurred in our region, in Bischwiller, this time in the night from Saturday to Sunday.

It was 1:30 precisely when Mr. C. S., usher of the city of Bischwiller, and his son in law, saw in the sky a luminous disc which moved from north to south. According to the two witnesses, the apparition lasted ten minutes before disappearing suddenly. Was it a natural phenomenon or an artificial satellite? It is worth recalling in this connection that nearly 300 of these items revolve around our planet.

[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 on Sunday, May 1st, 1966, at 1:30 in Bischwiller in the Bas-Rhin the following observation occurred, reported as follows in the newspaper Les Dernières Nouvelles d'Alsace for Tusday, May 3, 1966:

Another luminous phenomenon...

Bischwiller. After the night of April 22 to 23, during which several unidentified objects were seen in the sky of Alsace, another luminous phenomenon occurred in our region, in Bischwiller, this time in the night from Saturday to Sunday.

It was 1:30 precisely when Mr. C. S., usher of the city of Bischwiller, and his son in law, saw in the sky a luminous disc which moved from north to south. According to the two witnesses, the apparition lasted ten minutes before disappearing suddenly. Was it a natural phenomenon or an artificial satellite? It is worth recalling in this connection that nearly 300 of these items revolve around our planet.

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 newspaper unfortunately does not give enough details so that trivial causes such as a satellite, a meteor or an aircraft, cannot be ruled out.

Evaluation:

Low strangeness, possible meteor or satellite or aircraft.

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 July 15, 2015 Creation, [dn1], [cv2].
1.0 Patrick Gross July 15, 2015 First published.

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