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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 Mulhouse, on April 20, 1970:

Case number:

ALSACAT-1970-04-20-MULHOUSE-1

Summary:

Among a number of observations reported in the Mulhouse area, on April 20, 1970, and subsequently, the regional newspaper L'Alsace for April 24, 1970, reported that there had been "another witness" for that of April 20, 1970:

An unnamed resident of Mulhouse, after his work, was walking as he liked at the edge of Mulhouse, towards the Cernay road, and had observed the phenomenon already reported, but situated it "much closer than thought so far." He stated that if it had happened in Berrwiller, he would not have been able to see the luminous ball at ground level; the trees would have hidden its departure. As he saw it from the ground, he thought it had to take off from a much closer area of Wittelsheim, for example on the meadows of the Thur.

The paper noted that there is still no explanation for these observations.

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: April 20, 1970
Time: ?
Duration: ?
First known report date: April 24, 1970
Reporting delay: 3 days.

Geographical data:

Department: Haut-Rhin
City: Mulhouse
Place: Edge of Mulhouse near the road to Cernay, UFO on the ground then in the sky
Latitude: 47.752
Longitude: 7.288
Uncertainty ratio: 4 km

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 1
Number of known witnesses: 1
Number of named witnesses: 0
Witness(es) ages: Adult.
Witness(es) types: Male, worker.

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: Told to the regional Press.
Type of location: Edge of town, UFO on the ground then in the sky.
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: ?
ALSACAT: Unidentified, totally insufficient data.

Sources:

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

Again a witness

Still no explanation for the "flying saucer" of Monday night, but one more witness. It is a resident of Mulhouse who, after work, likes to walk at the edge of our locality, towards the road to Cernay. He, however, brings a precision. Having observed the phenomenon, he places it much closer than hitherto thought: "if it had happened in Berrwiller, I would not have seen the luminous ball at ground level. The trees would have hidden my sight. As I saw it from the ground, it must have taken off in a much closer corner of Wittelsheim, for example on the meadows of the Thur."

It remains to know what happened in reality on the meadows of the Thur last Monday around 9 p.m..

[Ref. cv2:] CHRISTIAN VALENTIN:

Christian Valentin indicates that among the articles about the observation of April 20, 1970, in the Mulhouse area, there was the one of Friday, April 24, 1970, in the Mulhouse issue of the newspaper L'Alsace:

Again a witness

Still no explanation for the "flying saucer" of Monday night, but one more witness. It is a resident of Mulhouse who, after work, likes to walk at the edge of our locality, towards the road to Cernay. He, however, brings a precision. Having observed the phenomenon, he places it much closer than hitherto thought: "if it had happened in Berrwiller, I would not have seen the luminous ball at ground level. The trees would have hidden my sight. As I saw it from the ground, it must have taken off in a much closer corner of Wittelsheim, for example on the meadows of the Thur."

It remains to know what happened in reality on the meadows of the Thur last Monday around 9 p.m..

Discussion:

Like with the other additional testimonies for the observation(s) of April 20th, 1970, in the sector of Mulhouse, there is only little data. The journalists must have considered or heard that the hours was the same, but formally, it is not assured.

The witness might have been near Lutterbach, or Morschwiller-le-Bas, on the edge of Mulhouse.

Above:

The mentioned locations.

The map shows about 30 km in its width.

Evaluation:

Unidentified, totally insufficient data.

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 July 3, 2018 Creation, [la1], [cv2].
1.0 Patrick Gross July 3, 2018 First published.

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