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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 Saint-Pierre, on August 12, 1973:

Case number:

ALSACAT-1973-08-12-STPIERRE-1

Summary:

Ufologist and journalist Charles Garreau reported in his 1974 book about flying saucers, that on August 12, 1973, at about 11 p.m. in St. Pierre in the Haut-Rhin - actually in the Bas-Rhin - two residents attended the maneuvers of a bright object.

The object moved horizontally, then vertically, then horizontally again, doing this three times, and it "disappeared" after its last climb.

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: August 12, 1973
Time: ~11:00 p.m.
Duration: ?
First known report date: 1974
Reporting delay: Day, 1 year.

Geographical data:

Department: Bas-Rhin
City: Saint-Pierre
Place: Not reported, UFO in the sky.
Latitude: 48.383
Longitude: 7.472
Uncertainty ratio: 2 km

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 2
Number of known witnesses: ?
Number of named witnesses: 0
Witness(es) ages: ?
Witness(es) types: ?

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: Ufology book by Charles Garreau.
Type of location: Not reported, 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: Unidentified but totally insufficient information.

Sources:

[Ref. cg1:] CHARLES GARREAU:

- On August 12 [, 1973], in Saint-Pierre (Haut-Rhin) two people attended, about 23 hours, the moves of a luminous object. It moves horizontally, then vertically, then horizontally again, and this it does three times. It disappears after the last climb.

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

St Pierre (67) on 12 August 1973

General features

Num Base: 858
Departement: Bas Rhin (67)
Place of observation: St Pierre
Latitude: 48.383
Longitude: +7.466
Date of observation: 12 August 1973
Hour: 23:00 hours
Duration (HH:MM:SS): N.C.
Weather: No weather indication
Type of observation: Visual: Distant
Nbr of witness(es): 2
Official investigation: No

Features of the object

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

Observation

Two residents watch the operations of a luminous object. The latter moves horizontally, then vertically, then again horizontally, and this; three times. It disappears after its last ascent.

Sources

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

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

On August 12, [1973], in Saint-Pierre (Haut-Rhin)

[Ref. sp4:] SPICA UFOLOGY GROUP:

City Date and hour of observation General shape
Identification
General color
Hypothesis
Conclusion
SAINT-PIERRE Sunday 12 August 1973 11:00 p.m. information not communicated
Unidentified
information not communicated
None
Unsolved -lack of info

Discussion:

As often in the books by Charles Garreau, there is no source reference, and certainly not enough information to try any explanation.

Evaluation:

Unidentified but totally 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 February 29, 2016 Creation, [cg1], [lc1], [ta1], [sp4].
1.0 Patrick Gross February 29, 2016 First published.

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