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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 Lembach, on August 8, 1974:

Case number:

ALSACAT-1974-08-08-LEMBACH-1

Summary:

The newspaper Dernières Nouvelles d'Alsace for Thursday, August 15, 1974, reported the following case:

On Thursday, 8 August 1974 staying at the campground lake Fleckenstein, Yves, and Thierry Jacques, three young students of Strasbourg had decided to spend the evening in the town of Lembach by a road between the hills of Thannenbruck and Wingen.

At 09:30 p.m., they were halfway there when suddenly Thierry drew the attention of his comrades on a bright triangle that had appeared in the east and crossed the valley from east to west, flashing three times.

This triangle emitted a bright light from a white matte: "It looked like very luminous lead," he told Yves.

The sighting lasted between five and ten seconds. "It was not a plane as it moved without noise. In addition, the night was very clear and we perfectly noticed the shape of the craft. It was a triangle of white metal that had to evolve at 2000 m above sea level."

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: August 8, 1974
Time: ~11:30 p.m.
Duration: 5 to 10 seconds.
First known report date: August 15, 1974
Reporting delay: 1 week.

Geographical data:

Department: Bas-Rhin
City: Lembach
Place: Walking in valley halfway between the Fleckenstein lake and Lembach, UFO in the sky.
Latitude: 49.020
Longitude: 7.773
Uncertainty ratio: 1 km

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 3
Number of known witnesses: 1 to 3
Number of named witnesses: ?
Witness(es) ages: Teenagers.
Witness(es) types: College boys.

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: The regional Press.
Type of location: Walking in valley, UFO in the sky.
Visibility conditions: Evening.
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: Not a plane.

Classifications:

Hynek: NL or DD
ALSACAT: Unidentified, but meager information.

Sources:

[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 the newspaper Dernières Nouvelles d'Alsace for Thursday, August 15, 1974, reported the following case:

On Thursday, 8 August 1974 staying at the campground lake Fleckenstein, Yves, and Thierry Jacques, three young students of Strasbourg had decided to spend the evening in the town of Lembach by a road between the hills of Thannenbruck and Wingen.

At 09:30 p.m., they were halfway there when suddenly Thierry drew the attention of his comrades on a bright triangle that had appeared in the east and crossed the valley from east to west, flashing three times.

This unknown triangle emitted a bright light from a white matte: "It looked like very luminous lead," he told Yves.

The apparition lasted between five and ten seconds. "It was not a plane as it moved without noise. In addition, the night was very clear and we perfectly noticed the shape of the craft. It was a triangle of white metal that had to evolve at 2000 m above sea level."

Discussion:

About Christian Valentin's book:

It is not at all my habit to "advertise" a book or anything, and I have no interested relationship with the author, but I wanted to say a word on the book by Christian Valentin, "Mythes et Réalités des Phénomènes Aériens Non Identifiés" (i.e. "Myths and Realities of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena" (cover on the left) , ref. [cv2]; which, as its subtitle indicates, is about Alsatian UFO sighting reports and the saucer lore in Alsace.

I think Alsatian ufologists and generally people interested in the UFO question, or in the history of Alsace, my region, would probably like this book.

The 144 pages book is sober but well presented, unbiased, richly documented and illustrated. It is the first work in print specifically about UFO sightings in Alsace. (There was another one a few years ago, but it was partly made by copying - pasting without mention of the sources, portions of my website, especially the Alsatians cases I almost exhaustively documented in my catalog of UFO sightings in France in 1954, and copies from another websites; the trivial explanations I proposed or gave there being almost always stripped off!)

The author does not want to prove or disprove the possibility of extraterrestrial visitors or some other so-called "extraordinary" explanation, he rather offers a chronologically ordered review of Alsatian UFO reports, starting from the origin and stopping in 1980, based on known sources ufology, on the articles of the regional Press, and cases less known or even unreleased so far that he collected directly with the witnesses. His own comments are printed in a different color, references to the sources are always given. A very nice work in my opinion!

The author currently has a blog where he shows what libraries in Alsace have the book available, see: christian.valentin.overblog.com

Below: Aerial view to the Fleckenstein lake with the descent to Lembach.

A distant airplane may well seem silent if the distance is sufficient and/or the wind in the opposite direction; but here the duration of 5 to 10 seconds correspond to a very quick pass for a distant airplane, and if it was a close plane (Mirage III with its delta wing for example), it should have been heard.

So, maybe we should believe the boys when they told it was not a plane.

Evaluation:

Unidentified, but meager 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 September 20, 2015 Creation, [cv2].
1.0 Patrick Gross September 20, 2015 First published.

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