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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 Manspach, on Novembre 1973:

Case number:

ALSACAT-1973-11-00-MANSPACH-1

Summary:

The regional newspaper L'Alsace for November 24, 1973, reported that late one evening in November in Manspach, Mr. X, 77, watched in total silence the approach of a yellow ball that landed next to his barn; which had become a luminescent object of green color in size and in the shape of a bus.

It was placed on small piles, looked like it was covered with very thick plastic, with grooves, and included a kind of bay where you could see inside the craft bathed in a misty light.

It had risen a few meters, directed towards the meadow, before disappearing to the north.

The sighting lasted about half an hour.

On the other hand, on a local blog, in January 2011, there was an email reproduced by someone who was talking about his great uncle from Manspach. The author reported that in his childhood memories, between 1968 and 1974, there were dozens of flying saucers in the Sundgau at Manspach, according to his great uncle and several witnesses. These saucers were for the majority round and flat, although of different sizes and colors.

One night, one of them landed in the field just behind the house. It was square in shape, surrounded by a luminous halo. The great uncle was watching it when suddenly a door went open from the top to the ground. But no one came down and the interior looked empty. However, the light inside changed color constantly and there was a weird smell.

The door closed again, the craft rose in the air, it started to rotate and took a round shape.

The author of the email adds that at the time his uncle did not have a camera, and made sketches of the many saucers that he saw.

He adds that some time later, the Press, obviously interested by these phenomena, came to interview the inhabitants of this small village of 300 inhabitants. His great uncle made an appearance in the newspaper L'Alsace which had devoted the inner double page to what he relates here.

A few days later, the police also appeared, but to confiscate his uncle's sketches.

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: Novembre 1973
Time: ?
Duration: 30 minutes.
First known report date: November 24, 1973
Reporting delay: Days, weeks.

Geographical data:

Department: Haut-Rhin
City: Manspach
Place: Near barn in the village, UFO in the sky and lended.
Latitude: 47.620
Longitude: 7.104
Uncertainty ratio: 800 m

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 1
Number of known witnesses: 1
Number of named witnesses: ?
Witness(es) ages: 77
Witness(es) types: Man from the village.

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: The regional Press.
Type of location: Near barn in village, UFO in the sky and lended.
Visibility conditions: ?
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: Yes
UFO departure observed: Yes
Entities: No
Photographs: No.
Sketch(s) by witness(es): Allegedly confiscated by police.
Sketch(es) approved by witness(es): No.
Witness(es) feelings: ?
Witnesses interpretation: ?

Classifications:

Hynek: CE1
ALSACAT: Extraterrestrial craft or invention.

Sources:

[Ref. we1:] ON THE WEB:

Friday, January 21, 2011

UFO: Testimony

Here is the testimony received by e-mail from someone that I take very seriously:

So here goes: From everything I rememberfrom when I was a kid, between 1968 and 1974, there were dozens of flying saucers in the Sundgau in Manspach near Dannemarie. According to my great uncle and several witnesses. The saucers were generally round and flat, although in different sizes and colors. One night, one of them landed in the field just behind the house, but she was of (I am not making abything up course) square shape! It was surrounded by a bright halo. My great uncle was watching it when suddenly a door opened, rolling down from the top until touching the ground. Yet nobodyt came out and the interior seemed empty. However the light inside was constantly changing color and there was a funny smell (ozone ???). In short, the door closed, and the craft is set in motion, starting to rise in the air and then to rotate on itself taking the typical round shape of UFOs. I specify that at the time my uncle had no camera and drew them by hand as there were so many of them!

Sometime later the press obviously interested in these phenomena, came to interview the residents of this small village of 300 inhabitants. My great uncle appeared in the newspaper L'Alsace who had nonetheless devoted its double inside page to this. He described there what I am telling here. A few days later, the police also made its appearance but to confiscate the sketches of my uncle... Of course, after this UFO waves everyone said everything and anything, especially since it happened in a rural village of 300 inhabitants, you can imagine, they all had to be drunk with schnapps and have collective hallucinations!!!

The 1996 appearances: This is my own mother who, though very Cartesian and incredulous, told me the facts by phonong me after work because she was so panicked after seeing on three consecutive weeks a "big ball of light", going close the back door of the barn. These fires balls (there were three of them) came from the forest and headed straight to the barn for about 200 meters, but slowly came to rest a few minutes above the roof, then suddenly descended at breakneck speed until hitting the roof then disappeared just as quickly!

At about the same time I was fishing with a friend when I lived in Colmar, and we saw one night two bright balls of light coming out of the Vosges. They crossed the sky so fast and were so Silent that we got a little scared. I want to clarify that their paths were not straight, they flew in zigzag! One night I went by bicycle alone to the edge of this pond to see if anything would happen. I was not disappointed when by observing the sky I saw at high altitude this time a dozen of these "balls" above me, a real highway! There were even some that flew in pairs and all zigzaged! This was not a natural phenomenon.

Later, in 2005, when I was living in Barcelona already, quietly smoking a cigarette at the window, I saw a triangle-shaped object with three lights at each corner cross the sky at very low altitude. It went at such a speed and without any sound, I did not even have the time to call my buddy that it (the triangle) already disappeared, leaving me in doubt as to its alien nature because, in spite of the speed, it had a "touch" of something human. Imagine my surprise when one day I see this video on Youtube: Ufos over Paris. It was exactly that, however I had not been able to see the two aillerons above (that confirmed the earthly nature of this thing, because why would aliens put aillerons on their widgets if they are supposed to travel in the interstellar void?). The end of the youtube video ends with the dematerialization of the shuttle with this kind of plasma ball, I did not see it either because it sped straight into the sky. See also TR 3B Project which seems to be a political-military "project" actually.

[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 L'Alsace for November 24, 1973, reported that late one November evening in Manspach. Mr. X, age 77, watched in total silence the approach a yellow ball and the landing next to his barn of what had become a glowing green object of the size and shape of a bus.

It was posed on small piles seemed to be covered with thick plastic, with grooves, and had a sort of bay where you could see inside devices bathed in a hazy light.

It went several meters high, facing the meadow, before disappearing to the north.

The sighting lasted about half an hour.

Discussion:

What a story! I will not give any opinion for now as I have no reason to decide what this was all about. Hoever, as I have a frind whose family resided there at that time, I will start some investigation.

Evaluation:

Extraterrestrial craft or invention.

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 22, 2018 Creation, [we1], [cv2].
1.0 Patrick Gross February 22, 2018 First published.

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