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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 the Fackenthal, on July 20, 1976:

Case number:

ALSACAT-1976-07-20-FACKENTHAL-1

Summary:

A 64-year-old pensioner under pseudonyme reported to the ufology forum "Les Mystères des OVNIS" on March 9, 2011, about his observation at a place called the Fackenthal in the Lower Rhine on July 20, 1976 around 09:30 p.m. ot 10:00 p.m., of a "luminous sphere."

Leaving an inn to reach his vehicle, he looked up reflexively to observe the heavens, being an astronomy buff.

He immediately noticed a particularly bright "star". As he drove down the departmental road through a large forest, he still saw this "star", which was so brilliant that he decided to stop and observe it better.

Some 20 to 30 seconds later, to his astonishment, this "star" had "dropped off its Ovservation Station, to RUSH in my direction", at a speed he estimates at about 100 km / h. It stopped after some "jerks" on the last meters and stopped at about 100 to 120 meters in front of him, on the left of the road, and at a height that he evaluates as 35 or 40 meters.

After 20 to 30 seconds, "The ARTEFACT because this is what it was, moved to cross the road, quietly at about 30 Km/h and moved away grazing the tree tops and this IN AN ABSOLUTE SILENCE! ... The road on which I was (D 204 connecting GRENDELBRUCH to ROSHEIM is surrounded by thousands of hectares of forest, in 1976 there was very little traffic around 10 p.m.!... What is CAPITAL, is the CAUSE to EFFECT relation between my stop on the low side and the pseudo Star which came to 'present' itself to me (?) or to identify me (?)... "

He is certain that this luminous sphere of 4 to 5 meters in diameter had no supporting mass or structure, because the night was very clear and the thing came closer to him and went to his right "at an angle estimated at 120/130 degrees from its 'stationary' situation in front of me."

He notes other elements that greatly puzzled him: the thing was probably posted a few hundred meters high and close to the facilities of the 5th Gresswiller Equipment Regiment, as well as 6 or 8 kilometers in straight line from the Mutzig Fort, a very ancient military area dedicated since 1994 to Electronic Warfare Surveillance.

He said the sighting lasted about 4 to 5 minutes, that there was a magnificent starry sky, that he was the only witness and did not report to the authorities.

In the next fortnight, he had searched in vain for a mention of the event in the local press, because he was convinced that the "star" must have been seen at least by the guard on duty night and day at the entrance of the Gresswiller base.

In the discussion he added:

"On the one hand there was a "vision" close to the phenomenon (probably less than 100 or even 80 m when the ARTEFACT crossed the forest road, to quietly go away shaving the treetops.) But also 2 others "strong" facts: a CERTAIN CAUSAL relationship between "him" AND me, since after a very short observation time (I would say as soon as it spotted me... It could stand then 2 km or MORE (a ladle) and a few hundred meters above ground level. It came to "present" to me nevertheless staying at a distance that I call a "safe" distance... I was indeed going to run away like a rabbit to take refuge in my vehicle when it stopped after a few jerks! Finally let us not forget the presence of two military bases: that of GRESSWILLER that it was almost to overfly! And the famous Fort of MUTZIG, Telecom and electronic surveillance Center (see WIKIPEDIA for more information). I forgot to specify that ALL occurred in TOTAL silence, the environment being almost exclusively "the forest", the first small towns being located at two or three kilometers from my "observation post (GRENDELBRUCH, MOLLKIRCH, and finally GRESSWILLER a little further).

The witness provided maps of the sighting, shown below in this file.

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: July 20, 1976
Time: ~09:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Duration: 4 to 5 minutes.
First known report date: March 9, 2011
Reporting delay: 35 years.

Geographical data:

Department: Bas-Rhin
City: Rosheim
Place: From edge of street, Neuhiesel - The Fackenthal
Latitude: 48.492
Longitude: 7.346
Uncertainty ratio: 100 m

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 1
Number of known witnesses: 1
Number of named witnesses: 0
Witness(es) ages: 29
Witness(es) types: Man.

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: ?
Type of location: ?
Visibility conditions: Night
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: Yes
UFO departure observed: Yes
Entities: No
Photographs: No.
Sketch(s) by witness(es): No.
Sketch(es) approved by witness(es): No.
Witness(es) feelings: Puzzled.
Witnesses interpretation: Secret foreign or alien craft.

Classifications:

Hynek: NL
ALSACAT: Unidentified.

Sources:

[Ref. my1:] "LES MYSTERES DES OVNIS" WEB FORUM:

Stanalpha1
Exceptional participation
Male Age: 64
Number of messages: 775
Registered on: 03/09/2011
Localization: ALSACE
Job: Retired
Hobbies: Astronomy anthropology , music, travels, nature, news

Subject: 1976: on 07/20 at 09:30 p.m. 10 p.m. -luminous sphere - Place called Fackenthal (67) Tu 09 Mar 2011, 11:13 p.m.

1976: on 07/20 at 09:30 p.m. 10 p.m. -luminous sphere - Place called Fackenthal (67)

Firstname or pseudo : STANALPHA1

City: LOCATION FACKENTHAL

Department: 67

Region or Country: ALSACE

Date: 07/20/1976

Hour of the start of the observation: ABOUT 08: 30 p.m. / 10 p.m.

Duration of the observation: ABOUT 4 TO 5 MINUTES

Weather conditions: BEAUTIFUL SUMMER STARRY SKY

Number of witnesses: 1

Type of phenomenon: LUmINOUS SPHERE

Officially reported: No

Complete observation story:

As I left a hostel to reach my vehicle, I looked up to see the celestial vault (it is a reflex because i love the stars), I immediately saw a particularly bright "star." While driving on the departmental road crossing a hug forest, I still saw this " Astre "so brilliant that I decided to stop to observe it better. Some 20 to 30 seconds later, to my amazement, the "STAR" left its OBservation Station, to RUSH in my direction ( estimated possible speed: around 100 KM)..To stop after a few "jerks" on the last meters and become motionless at about 100 to 120 M in front of me, on the left side of the road, and at a height which I estimate at 35 / 40M approximately. After 20 to 30 seconds, THE ARTEFACT because that is what it is, shook to cross the said road, gently at about 30 KM / H and to go away near the summit of the trees and this in an ABSOLUTE SILENCE!...The road on which I was located (D 204 connecting GRENDELBRUCH TO ROSHEIM is surrounded by thousands of hectares of forest, in 1976 it was very little attended around 10 pm! What is CAPITAL, it is the relation of CAUSE to EFFECT between my stop on the low side and the pseudo Star that comes to "introduce to me (?) Or to identify me (?) ...

I have the certainty that this luminous sphere (4 to 5M in diameter) had no supporting mass / structure ... because the night was very clear and the "object" came closer to me sinc it directed to my right with an angle estimated at 120/130 degrees relative to its "stationary" position ahead of me ... Other very disturbing elements: th Artefact was probably positioned a few hundred meters in height and near the 5TH REGIMENT OF HARDWARE OF GRESSWILLER, as well as a few KMS in straight line (6 or 8) FROM THE FORT OF MUTZIG, very old military zone, but since 1994 it is now dedicated to Surveillance to Electronic Warfare. ... Here is on honor what was my "experience" ... I am ready to answer all your questions ...

Precise description:

Size of the phenomenon:

Behaviour:

Angular height:

Specific noise: not specified

Similar photo: not specified

Direction of the object relative to the wind: not specified

Presence of installations: not specified

I certify on my honor the accuracy of the information provided and the authenticity of the documents provided. I do not know how to identify this phenomenon thank you in advance for your answers.

Regards
STANALPHA1

Benjamin.d
Forum manager
Male Age: 37
Number of messages: 12577
Registered on: 03/11/2007
Localization: France
Job: Private
Hobbies: Ufology, History, reading

Subject: Re: 1976: on 07/20 at 09:30 p.m. 10 p.m. -luminous sphere - Place called Fackenthal (67) Th 10 Mar 2011, 01:45 p.m.

Hello,

Thank you very much for your testimony, which is very interesting. You're talking about a military zone and it's a safe bet that the UFO in question was interested in this area. I will see if there are any testimonies in the area.

I found this interesting document:

Alsace Region - Establishment holding radioactive waste

http://www.andra.fr/download/site-principal/document/pdf/ALS.pdf

Goo day

Stanalpha1
Exceptional participation
Male Age: 64
Number of messages: 775
Registered on: 03/09/2011
Localization: ALSACE
Job: Retired
Hobbies: Astronomy anthropology , music, travels, nature, news

Hello Benjamin,

Thank you for this information about radioactive waste/Gresswiller..I wanted to complete my story yesterday by saying that I was during this observation persuaded that I had seen something really exceptional (applying to my "lived history" a grid of strangeness like the case of BELGIUM ERNAGE 1989 colonel AMOND-cf page 35 of the report) .. I ended up at an equivalent level! However, being informed at the time of existing varieties of aircraft (and their performance)? I PERSUADED myself that I had attended this night of July 1976, either a military exercise in connection with the GRESWILLER Base, or (small delirium) with a foreign aircraft coming to "observe" knowing that within a radius of one hundred kilometers to there were several military bases of the former Allies of the Second World War..Or from a power coming from the EAST? ... nevertheless I did not wish to make deposition with the gendarmerie to avoid being "annoyed" and to be taken for a crackpot, I tried in vain in the fortnight that followed an article in the local press related to the event: I was convinced that the said "Star "had been seen, if only by the guard post on duty night and day at the entrance of the base of GRESSWILLER .... A suggestion: this grid seems to me very useful. You already use your team to "sort" events when the reported events are reported to you.

Several UFO sightings having taken place in ALSACE, especially in the bas rhin are told via the following website: mine is not there because as I wrote in a previous message, I did not want to "lose" time with the "cops" and to be seen as a crackpot!. In fact I had only my sincerity to bring them, but no evidence (photo or trace ..).

Best regards STANALPHA 1 ON 03 11 2011

Stanalpha1
Exceptional participation
Male Age: 64
Number of messages: 775
Registered on: 03/09/2011
Localization: ALSACE
Job: Retired
Hobbies: Astronomy anthropology , music, travels, nature, news

Hello clasnco,

Very good remark indeed..!Of course, if you could interview the other people they will assert that THEIR testimony is important ... For WHAT CONCERNS ME: there was on the one hand a "vision" close to the phenomenon(probably less than 100 or even 80 m when the ARTEFACT crossed the forest road, to go quietly by shaving the tops of the trees ..But also 2 other "strong" elements: a relation of CERTAIN CAUSALITY between "it" AND me, since after a very short observation time(I would say as soon as it spotted me...It might have been then at 2 KM or more (roughly) and a few hundred meters above sea level. It came to "show itself" to me while still standing at a distance that I will call "safe" ...I was indeed going to flee like a rabbit to take refuge in my vehicle when it stopped after a few jerks !..Lastly we must not forget the presence of two military bases: that of GRESSWILLER and the famous Fort of MUTZIG, Center of telecoms and electronic surveillance (see on WIKIPEDIA for more information). I forgot to specify ALL in TOTAL silence, the environment being almost exclusively "the forest", the first small villages are located two or three kilometers from my "observation post (GRENDELBRUCH, MOLLKIRCH, and finally GRESSWILLER a little further) ... Sincerely STANALPHA1

Discussion:

The Gresswiller base is at about 6 to 8 kilometers approximately in the northeast of the sighting places.

2017 picture of the first sighting spot at the Neuhiesel - the witness sees the thing on the left, standing on the right side of the road on the car park area of the inn:

2017 photo of the D 204 road in the forested part:

General map with the mentioned locations:

Evaluation:

Unidentified.

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 January 19, 2018 Creation, [my1].
1.0 Patrick Gross January 19, 2018 First published.

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