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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 Wittenheim, on April 20, 1970:

Case number:

ALSACAT-1970-04-20-WITTENHEIM-1

Summary:

In the regional newspaper L'Alsace for April 24, 25 and 26, 1970, various observations in the Mulhouse sector were reported.

One of the observations is mentioned in L'Alsace for April 25, 1970, dated April 20, 1970. Claude Blumer from the rue d'Auvergne in Wittenheim and one of his friends from the Jeune Bois district in Wittenheim, reportedly saw a yellow ball passing very high in the sky, coming from the direction of Pulversheim and following a North-South course. The two witnesses, teenagers, had assured that it was neither a balloon nor a shooting star.

A local GEPA investigator, not named in the magazine of this ufology group, had questioned about twenty witnesses about these appearances. All agreed to tell what they saw, only two inhabitants of Wittelsheim had accepted that their name be published. And unfortunately, if some of the observations of the series are described, I found no more accurate account of the observation of the two witnesses at Wittenheim on April 20, 1970.

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: April 20, 1970
Time: Night?
Duration: ?
First known report date: April 25, 1970
Reporting delay: 4 days.

Geographical data:

Department: Haut-Rhin
City: Wittenheim
Place: ?
Latitude: 47.809
Longitude: 7.235
Uncertainty ratio: 4 km

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 2
Number of known witnesses: 1 or 2
Number of named witnesses: 1
Witness(es) ages: Teenagers.
Witness(es) types: Male teenager residents.

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: Reported to the regional Press.
Type of location: ?
Visibility conditions: Night?
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: Yes
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: Not a balloon, not a shooting star.

Classifications:

Hynek: ?
ALSACAT: Unidentified, insufficient information.

Sources:

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

The flying saucer (Continued)

Two other people, Claude Blumel, who lives in rue d'Auvergne and one of his friends who is living in Jeune-Bois Wittenheim, saw on Monday the unidentified flying object (UFO) in the sky of their locality. It was a yellow ball which, very high in the sky, was heading north-south, apparently coming from the direction of Pulversheim. Both teenagers are positive: it was neither a balloon nor a shooting star.

[Ref. gp1:] "PHENOMENE SPATIAUX" UFOLOGY MAGAZINE - GEPA:

OBSERVATIONS IN ALSACE

On April 27, Mr Jacques Thomas of Belfort, was kind enough to send us three clippings of the newspaper "L'Alsace" dated respectively 24, 25 and 26 April, reporting that at places located some tens of kilometers from Mulhouse, north of this city, several witnesses had seen on April 20, around 9 pm, and on April 24, around 10:30 p.m., unusual objects.

The object of April 20 was described by three witnesses, including Mr. Claude Blumer, of Jeune Bois - Wittenheim, as a kind of luminous ball seen at ground level and then rising from the ground, by a witness, and high in the sky by two other witnesses who specified it was yellow.

[...]

Mr. Jacques Thomas can not investigate in person immediately, so we, on his advice, alerted two of our Alsatian correspondents. One of them, after careful investigation, sent us the following report:

"The week of April 20 to 26 was marked by a number of unexplained space phenomena, in a triangle formed by three points: Mulhouse, Ensisheim and the balloon of Guebwiller in the Haut-Rhin.

"I interviewed twenty witnesses about these apparitions, but if these people were willing to tell me what they had seen, they asked me insistently not to be named, for fear of ridicule, but two inhabitants of Wittelsheim; about whom I give their exact report further below.

"If I summarize all the statements (the interviewed people do not know each other and stay in different places), it is certain that on five consecutive evenings, Monday 20, Tuesday 21, Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 and Friday 24, April, objects were noticed in the sky of southern Alsace, at night, between 08:30 p.m. and midnight.

"The witnesses placed these moving lights, flashing and silent in the triangle already defined and not elsewhere.

"On April 20, 1970, at 10:30 p.m., Miss Suzanne Meyer, 26, living in the suburbs of Wittelsheim, was leaving a friend and returned to her parents' home. When she entered the small family garden, Miss Meyer, saw in front of her, toward the Vosges mountain range, at the height of the Thur farm, an unusual glow, that was like the light of the street lamps illuminating the streets, but more red. Suddenly the light rose slowly vertically without changing color, but while emitting beams, specifically luminous lines.

"Arrived at a certain altitude, the glow marked a pause, then resumed a horizontal movement heading towards an isolated cloud, an elongated cloud located at the height of the first summits of the Vosges mountains. At the same pace, light penetrated the cloud that was internally lit for about ten minutes, then suddenly the light disappeared. There remained only in the starry sky the motionless elongated cloud.

"Ms. Meyer waited for twenty minutes to see "if the light came out of the cloud," but nothing happened and she went away, without understanding and without trying to understand.

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN - "BASE OVNI FRANCE":

Mulhouse (68) on April 20, 1970

General features

Num Base: 304
Department: Haut Rhin (68)
Place of observation: Mulhouse
Latitude: 47.75
Longitude: +7.333
Date of observation: April 20, 1970
Hour: 22:30 hours
Duration (HH:MM:SS): N.C.
Weather: Sky cloudy low altitude
Type of observation: Visual: Distant
Nbr of witness(es): 3
Official investigation: 3

Features of the object

Nbr of object: 1
Type of object: Sphere
Size: Not specified
Color: Yellow
Luminosity: Halo
Visual characteristics: Halo
Speed: not defined
Movement/Displacement: No indication
Object on the ground: On the ground then take off
Instantaneous disappearance: No

Observation

Three witnesses, observe during at least one minute a round object of yellow color with a halo. It goes off from the ground and takes off to continue a trajectory interrupted of times when it is motionless and times when it is fast.

Sources

Les Universons by Poher Claude ** http://www.premiumwanadoo.com/universons/

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

20 April 1970 22:30

Mulhouse, Alsace, France

One object was observed by three witnesses for over three minutes (Blumer).

Hynek rating: NO

The sources are indicated as: "Poher, Claude, Etudes Statistiques Portant sur 1000 Temoignag [sic], Author, undated; GEPA, Phenomenes Spatiaux."

[Ref. sp4:] SPICA UFOLOGY GROUP:

City Date and hour of observation General shape
Identification
General color
Hypothesis
Conclusion
MULHOUSE Monday 20 April 1970 at 10:30 p.m. Circular, round or disc (2D)
Unidentified
yellow
None
Unsolved -lack of info

[Ref. ub1:] "UFODATENBANK":

This German database managed to record the same case three times:

Case number: 19700420
New case number:
Date of observation 20.04.1970
Hour of observation 22.30
Zip code:
Place of observation Mulhouse
Geocoordinates: Length: Width:
Federal state:
Country of observation: France:
Witnesses:
Classification: (Explanation)
Note: (Explanation)
Identification:
Investigation::
Status of investigation: (Explanation) (WRITTEN) Reproduction
Investigator:
Source: DUFOA-Deutschland - SiDat - 1996-2002

Case number: 19700424
New case number:
Date of observation 24.04.1970
Hour of observation 22.30
Zip code:
Place of observation Mulhouse
Geocoordinates: Length: Width:
Federal state:
Country of observation: France:
Witnesses:
Classification: (Explanation)
Note: (Explanation)
Identification:
Investigation::
Status of investigation: (Explanation) (WRITTEN) Reproduction
Investigator:
Source: DUFOA-Deutschland - SiDat - 1996-2002

Case number: 19700424
New case number:
Date of observation 24.04.1970
Hour of observation 22.30
Zip code:
Place of observation Mulhouse
Geocoordinates: Longueur: Largeur:
Federal state:
Country of observation: France:
Witnesses:
Classification: (Explanation)
Note: (Explanation)
Identification:
Investigation::
Status of investigation: (Explanation) (WRITTEN) Reproduction
Investigator:
Source: DUFOA-Deutschland - SiDat - 1996-2002

Discussion:

The situation is rather confusing since there have been multiple observations in the Mulhouse area for several days, but generally poorly documented.

Here for example, there is no hour of observation; it can be assumed that it was in the night since both witnesses said it was not a shooting star, a typically nocturnal thing.

It is therefore possible that this observation confirms that of Suzanne Meyer at Wittelsheim at this time around 10:30 p.m., but this is by no means certain.

The two young people from Wittenheim see their UFO coming from North-North-West (from Pulversheim). Suzanne Meyer in Wittelsheim is 7 km west-southwest of both teenagers and sees the object in the direction of the Valley of Thur, so to the east. It is not yellow but red, it is not high in the sky since it is climbing towards the sky.

The sources referring to "three" witnesses simply took it as obvious that these two observations would be those of the same object, but this is not obvious. Only the SPICA in its listing notes two separate observations (but without any details, and placing them both in Mulhouse and both at 10:30 p.m.).

The two teenagers report their observation because the newspaper had reported UFOs in the area. Their description as given in the newspaper does not contain any particular strangeness, perhaps due to lack of data, perhaps because it was nothing more than an airplane.

Evaluation:

Unidentified, 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 July 2, 2018 Creation, [la1], [cp1], [cp2], [lc1], [ud1], [ub1], [sp4].
1.0 Patrick Gross July 2, 2018 First published.

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