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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 Eckwersheim, on May 8, 1975:

Case number:

ALSACAT-1975-05-08-ECKWERSHEIM-1

Summary:

The regional newspaper Dernières Nouvelles d'Alsace for Saturday, May 10, 1975, reported an observation of Thursday, May 8, 1975, at 01:45 a.m. in Eckwersheim, wondering if it was a flying saucer.

The newspaper said that nine young people said to have observed one in the sky.

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: May 8, 1975
Time: 01:45 a.m.
Duration: ?
First known report date: May 10, 1975
Reporting delay: 2 days.

Geographical data:

Department: Bas-Rhin
City: Eckwersheim
Place: ?
Latitude: 48.682
Longitude: 7.695
Uncertainty ratio: 2 km

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 9
Number of known witnesses: 1 to 9
Number of named witnesses: ?
Witness(es) ages: Young.
Witness(es) types: ?

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: The regional Press.
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: Flying saucer.

Classifications:

Hynek: ?
ALSACAT: Totally insufficient information.

Sources:

[Ref. dn1:] "DERNIERES NOUVELLES D'ALSACE" NEWSPAPER:

A flying saucer in Alsace?

Did an unidentified flying object again cross the Alsatian sky? This is the question that we can ask today with the testimony of nine young people who claim to have seen a "flying saucer" in the sky of Eckwersheim on the night from Wednesday to Thursday, at 1:45.

[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 this case of Thursday, May 8, 1975, in Eckwersheim was posted like this in the newspaper Dernières Nouvelles d'Alsace for Saturday, May 10, 1975:

A flying saucer in Alsace?

Did an unidentified flying object again cross the Alsatian sky? This is the question that we can ask today with the testimony of nine young people who claim to have seen a "flying saucer" in the sky of Eckwersheim on the night from Wednesday to Thursday, at 1:45.

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

The incredibly bried newspaper article does not allow to understand what would have been seen.

Evaluation:

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 September 20, 2015 Creation, [dn1], [cv2].
1.0 Patrick Gross September 20, 2015 First published.

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