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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 Colmar, on August 11, 1973:

Case number:

ALSACAT-1973-08-11-COLMAR-1

Summary:

In his 1975 book about flying saucers, ufologist and newspaperman Charles Garreau wrrote that on August 11, 1973, "a luminous object" flew "above Colmar."

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: August 11, 1973
Time: ?
Duration: ?
First known report date: 1974
Reporting delay: Day, 1 year.

Geographical data:

Department: Haut-Rhin
City: Colmar
Place: Not reported, UFO in the sky.
Latitude: 48.079
Longitude: 7.356
Uncertainty ratio: 5 km

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: ?
Number of known witnesses: ?
Number of named witnesses: ?
Witness(es) ages: ?
Witness(es) types: ?

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: ?
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: ?
ALSACAT: Totally insufficient information, no strangeness reported.

Sources:

[Ref. cg1:] CHARLES GARREAU:

- On August 11, [1973,] a luminous object flies above Colmar.

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

Colmar (68) on 11 August 1973

General features

Num Base: 857
Département: Haut Rhin (68)
Place of observation: Colmar
Latitude: 48.083
Longitude: +7.366
Date of observation: 11 August 1973
Hour: Hour not known
Duration (HH:MM:SS): N.C.
Weather: No weather indication
Type of observation: Visual: Distant
Nbr of witness(es): undetermined number
Official investigation: No

Features of the object

Nbr of object: 1
Type of object: Not-defined
Size: Not specified
Color: not defined
Luminosity: Briliant
Visual characteristics: No indication
Speed: not defined
Movement/Displacement: Not specified
Object on the ground: No
Instantaneous disappearance: No

Observation

Observation of a luminous object flying over the city.

Sources

Soucoupes volantes, 25 ans d'enquêtes by Garreau Charles ** Mame

[Ref. ta1:] "LA TAVERNE DE L'ETRANGE" WEBSITE:

On August 11 [1973], important luminous object flies above Colmar for 10 minutes.

[Ref. sp4:] SPICA UFOLOGY GROUP:

City Date and hour of observation General shape
Identification
General color
Hypothesis
Conclusion
COLMAR Saturday 11 August 1973 information not communicated
Unidentified
information not communicated
None
Unsolved -lack of info
COLMAR Friday 17 August 1973 information not communicated
Unidentified
information not communicated
None
Unsolved -lack of info

Discussion:

Like many ufologists authors of books of that time, Charles Garreau apparently did not realuze that as he introduces it, the case is completely unusable: no primary source indicated, no hour, no duration, no measures, no place, no witness information, no strangeness...

The list of what it could have been is long: alien craft, airplane, meteor, shooting star, helicopter, Chinese lantern etc.

[ta1] invents the 10 minutes duration, and [sp4] recorded the same case twice in their list due to misreaded 11 as 17, and both omit to give their source.

Evaluation:

Totally insufficient information, no strangeness reported.

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 March 1, 2016 Creation, [cg1], [lc1], [ta1], [sp4].
1.0 Patrick Gross March 1, 2016 First published.

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