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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 Weyersheim, in July or August 1976:

Case number:

ALSACAT-1976-08-00-WEYERSHEIM-1

Summary:

This case has no clear primary source, web catalogues giving Denys Breysse and CNEGU's catalogues as sources; CNEGU indicating that their possible or probable explanation is that it was the Moon.

In July or August 1976, at 8 p.m. in Weyersheim, Bas-Rhin, "Three women were taking a stroll when they noticed a red sphere of light in the sky just west of their location. It then hovered not too far from the ground and it seemed to have numerous luminous filaments or beams of light shining towards the ground. There also appeared to be numerous little “men” milling about on the ground under the object. Soon the truncated beams of light appeared to retract inside the object and the little figures vanished. The craft then also disappeared."

CNEGU provides another summary, dating the case in summer, July or August. Three women from Weyersheim in the Bas-Rhin going to church for the 8 p.m. mass saw a red glow in the sky in the direction of Bietlenheim in the West. A motionless irregular shape let "strings" hang down, fitted with "little guys", to the ground. The "strings" go up back in the shape one after the other and the phenomenon disappeared on the spot after two minutes.

The source given by CNEGU is a "report of G. Koeberle, LDLN investigator in 1977" in the "ONA Archive".

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: July or August 1976
Time: ~08:00 p.m.
Duration: 2 minutes or more.
First known report date: 1977
Reporting delay: Hours, 1 year.

Geographical data:

Department: Bas-Rhin
City: Weyersheim
Place: ?
Latitude: 48.713
Longitude: 7.802
Uncertainty ratio: 4 km

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 3
Number of known witnesses: 1 to 3
Number of named witnesses: 0
Witness(es) ages: Young adults, adults or aged.
Witness(es) types: Women going to Mass.

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: Local ufologist.
Type of location: ?
Visibility conditions: Day.
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: No
UFO departure observed: Yes
Entities: Yes
Photographs: No.
Sketch(s) by witness(es): No.
Sketch(es) approved by witness(es): No.
Witness(es) feelings: ?
Witnesses interpretation: ?

Classifications:

Hynek: CE3
ALSACAT: Unidentified, possible helicopter and crew, insufficient data.

Sources:

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

281.

Location. Weyersheim, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France

Date: August 1976

Time: 2000

Three women were taking a stroll when they noticed a red sphere of light in the sky just west of their location. It then hovered not too far from the ground and it seemed to have numerous luminous filaments or beams of light shining towards the ground. There also appeared to be numerous little “men” milling about on the ground under the object. Soon the truncated beams of light appeared to retract inside the object and the little figures vanished. The craft then also disappeared.

HC addendum

Source: Catalog CNEGU, Denys Breysse Project Becassine

Type: C

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

August 1976 20:00

Weyersheim, Alsace, France

Three women were taking a stroll when...

Three women were taking a stroll when they noticed a red sphere of light in the sky just west of their location. It then hovered not to far from the ground and it seemed to have numerous luminous filaments or beams of light shining towards the ground. There also appeared to be numerous little "men" milling about on the ground under the object. Soon the truncated beams of light appeared to retract inside the object and the little figures vanished. The craft then also disappeared.

Hynek rating: CE3

The sources are indicated as: "Rosales, Albert, Humanoid Sighting Reports Database."

[Ref. cn1:] "CNEGU" UFOLOGY GROUP:

Soit:

Explanation validated by CNEGU
CNEGU order numer Place Prob / Poss Certain
F/00/67 76 07 00 (01) Weyersheim. Moon

And:

F/00/67/760700 (01)

IQ : 0,1,1,1,0 (3)

IE : 1,0,0,0,0 (1)

In Summer (July or August), three inhabitants of Weyersheim (67) going to church for mass at 8 p.m. (GMT: 6 p.m.) perceive a red glow in the sky towards Bietlenheim (West). A motionless irregular shape leaves "ropes" hang fitted with "little guys" to the ground. The "threads" tract one after the other and the phenomenon disappears there after two minutes.

Source : report of G. Koeberle, LDLN investigator in 1977 (ONA Archive).

For this case and some others, CNEGU also noted in the same document:

These 15 observations of the CNEGU 1976 Catalog are suspected to be "Moon mistakes" but for lack of information (no investigation, too succinct investigation), by unavailability for reconstitution in 1994 or due to unfavorable weather, these cases could not be verified.

[Ref. ta1:] SITE WEB "THINK ABOUT IT:

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Source:

Location. Weyersheim, France

Date: August 1976

Time: 2000

Three women were taking a stroll when they noticed a red sphere of light in the sky just west of their location. It then hovered not to far from the ground and it seemed to have numerous luminous filaments or beams of light shining towards the ground. There also appeared to be numerous little “men” milling about on the ground under the object. Soon the truncated beams of light appeared to retract inside the object and the little figures vanished. The craft then also disappeared.

Source: Catalog CNEGU, Denys Breysse Project Becassine

Discussion:

French ufologist Denys Breysse had undertaken between 1978 and 1985 a project of paper cards and computer encoded catalog, on Amstrad CPC464 and then on a PC, of close encounters of the 3rd kind, explained or not, "Project Bécassine", "to try to better understand the phenomenon of CE3 through further mathematical studies." A computer case record was limited to 128 characters. This work is not published.

The CNEGU ("Northeast Committee of Ufology Groups") catalog, partially published in LDLN, is about sighting reports in the northeast of France, explained or not. They write the case off as "probable or possible" Moon.

How could CNEGU decide the "Moon" was as "probable or possible" explanation for a case that does not even have a date? What about the explanation for the "little men" hanging on "strings"? Why could it not rather be a "probable or possible" helicopter?

The Haguenau airfield has its strip at 7.5 km from Weyersheim. At 8 p.m. in the Summer, it is daylight. Did the ladies see a helicopter and its crew? A helicopter that landed its crew there due to a technical problem? Or was this a military or police drill, landing officers with cables? At face value, the story seems too strange for that, but how reliable is the documentation, is it credible?

Evaluation:

Unidentified, possible helicopter and crew, insufficient data.

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
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history:

Version: Create/changed by: Date: Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross April 20, 2016 Creation, [ar1], [ud1], [cn1], [ta1].
1.0 Patrick Gross April 20, 2016 First published.

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