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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.

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Case of Bergholtz, on October 18, 1954:

Case number:



The regional newspaper Les Dernières Nouvelles d'Alsace, in the Strasbourg issue for October 20, 1954, reported the sighting of Lucien Fisch in Issenheim on October 18, 1954 around 4 a.m., adding that an hour and a half later, the same object was reportedly seen by residents of Bergholtz on their way to work, who reportedly saw the saucer take off at dizzying speed.

In the newspaper Les Dernières Nouvelles du Haut-Rhin, Colmar issue for October 20, 1954, the same is reported, specifying that the witnesses to the take-off were five. This newspaper also indicates that this observation by the 5 residents of Bergholtz is a claim by the witness of Issenheim.

The regional newspaper L'Alsace, in the Mulhouse issue for October 21, 1954, reported the same thing again except that it speaks of the take-off of a "sphere", not a "saucer."


Temporal data:

Date: October 18, 1954
Time: 05:30 a.m.
Duration: ?
First known report date: October 19, 1954
Reporting delay: Hour, 1 day.

Geographical data:

Department: Haut-Rhin
City: Bergholtz
Place: 47.912
Latitude: 7.256
Uncertainty radius: 2 km.

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 5
Number of known witnesses: ?
Number of named witnesses: 0
Witness(es) ages: Adults.
Witness(es) types: Residents of Bergholtz.

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: The regional Peess.
Type of location: Outside.
Visibility conditions: Night.
UFO observed: Yes.
UFO arrival observed: No.
UFO departure observed: Yes.
Entities: No
Photographs: No.
Sketch(s) by witness(es): No.
Sketch(es) approved by witness(es): No.
Witness(es) feelings: ?
Witnesses interpretation: ?


Hynek: ?
ALSACAT: Totally insufficient information.



From Mars to Issenheim and back

A young man who works in Guebwiller, mister Lucien Flesch, claims to have seen Monday morning around 4 a.m. by going to his workplace in Rouffach, a flying saucer posed on a field at 100 m from the national road, at the North entry of Issenheim. The object would have seemed to him 5 to 6 m long, one meter high and it shone in the moonlight as if it were made of aluminum. An hour and a half later the same object was reportedly seen by residents of Bergholtz going to work. The same witnessed the taking off of the saucer at breakneck speed.


Landing of a flying saucer in Issenheim?

A 19-year-old young man of Rouffach, Lucien Flesch, lived Monday at 4 a.m. a strange experience near Issenheim. It is half-paralyzed by fear he had shortly after shown at his workplace at the SCHLUMBERGER factory in Mulhouse, and told in a quavering voice how he found himself in the presence of a flying saucer little before the crossing at the entry of Issenheim. It is at a few hundred meters from the road that he noticed a metallic craft 5 to 6 m long and one meter high. No light came from the apparatus. He did not come to the mind of Mr. Flesch to approach more of the mysterious craft because, as he says, one does not know what lies behind. He said that the thing shone like aluminum under the glow of the moon, and it seemed to have the shape of a bell. He is, however, not entirely sure, because saw the craft only aside. As Mr. Flesch claims, an hour and a half later, five people from Bergholtz who were going to work reportedly saw the thing in the same place and attended its takeoff at high speed. Curious to know whether there were still traces at the place where the celestial body appeared to him, Mr. Flesh returned on the spot, without finding anything like that.

[Ref. las1:] NEWSPAPER "L'ALSACE":



A saucer, a cigarr and a flying sphere above Guebwiller

Yesterday morning, around 7:40, Mr. Pierre Ackermann, employee at the tissue factory of Guebwiller, saw, while he came out of the street of Lure, a round disc of an intense brilliance, coming from the heights of Oberlinger and which disappeared behind the Kreyenbach. The whole had lasted only approximately 10 seconds. What Mr. Pierre Ackermann states to have been a saucer moved without noise at a height of 300 to 400 meters. The disc measured at this distance approximately 30 to 40 centimetres. It is to be noticed that Mr. Pierre Ackermann was particularly well placed, to follow the evolution of the saucer, since he moved perpendicular to the latter.

Two pupils of the Classic Boys College, who at the same hour went to school, also affirm to have seen the flying disc.

In addition, a young man of Rouffach, Mr. Lucien Flesch, stated that he saw, while he was going to his work and that he passed near Issenheim, a spherical object, with metallic reflections. This object, which had a diameter of approximately 5 or 6 meters, seemed to be stopped one meter above the ground.

Terrified in front of this at the very least strange appearance, the young man pedalledat full speed and reached his workplace in Guebwiller, where he told his colleagues about his weird adventure. In addition, five residents of Bergholtz who went to their work, also reportedly saw this sphere, while it rose in the air. Mr. Flesch, wanting to check whether this mysterious machine had left some trace, returned to the place, but however found nothing particular there.

While she helped pick up the grapes last Monday at the Zinnkoepfle, a girl of Soultzmatt, Miss Mimie Fleck, saw in full day, at a height from 2.000 to 3.000 m, a shining flying object of a lengthened form. The apparatus, coming from the direction of Guebwiller, advanced at a very high speed, then, arrived above the vineyard of Soulztmatt, it stopped during a few moments to finally disappear in direction opf the North.



.. 18 10 1954 Vers 4 h et 5 h 30 Issenheim N83 68810 C4 Bergholtz 68930 C4.

WITNESSES. M. Lucien Fisch and 5 residents of Bergholtz.

OBSERVATION. A craft 5-6 meters long and one meter high, shiny like aluminum, resting on the ground.

PROGRESS. The young witness rides a moped on the N83, between Rouffach and Guebwiller. At the northern entrance of Issenheim, he sees in a field 100 meters from the road, an object on the ground having the color of aluminum and shining in the moonlight.

An hour later, around 5:30 a.m., five residents of Bergholtz on their way to work reportedly saw the craft leave at dizzying speed.

PLEASE NOTE. The facts took place on a Monday, therefore the 18th and not the 20th as erroneously indicated in J. Vallée's catalogue.

SOURCES. Vallée Catalogue: case nr 290. - C. Garreau and R. Lavier Face aux E.T., p. 28. - Dernières nouvelles d'Alsace for 10/20/1954. - Quincy. - Paris-Presse for 10/22/1954.



233 CEl 10 18 1954 04.00 Issenheim
05.30 Bergholtz
68810 C4
68930 C4
NI, OVNI: p. 184
N, OVNI : p. 184


The belgian ufologist indicates that in 1954, on October 18, in France, in Issenheim, "Lucien Fisch saw an object which lands close to the R. N. 83. It was luminous."

The sources are indicated as "Quincy", "Paris-Presse, 22 oct 1954" et "Jacques Vallée: 'Chronique des apparitions ET' - DENOEL 1972 - J'AI LU COLL. - p. 286".

She notes that another version says: "the young witness drives by motorcycle on the N 83 between Rouffach and Guebwiller at 4 o'clock in the morning. In a field within 100m of the road he sees a posed object having the color of aluminum and shining in the moonlight. One hour later, towards 5:30 5 inhabitants of Bergholtz going to their work are said to have seen the departure of the craft at a vertiginous speed. The facts occurred a Monday, therefore the 18th and not 20th as indicated by error by J. Vallée."

The source for this is indicated as "FIGUET/ J.L. RUCHON: 'Ovni, premier dossier complet...' - Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979, p. 184".



The mentioned places:


The straight line distance between the centers of Bergholtz and Issenheim is 1.5 kilometers.

One problem with this observation is that it appears to be a statement by the witness at Issenheim that would confirm his own observation, and there does not appear to have been any verification with these 5 alleged witnesses, not named.

Another problem is that the report contains almost no information.


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:


Main author: Patrick Gross
Contributors: None
Reviewers: None
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history:

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0.1 Patrick Gross February 4, 2023 Creation, [dna2], [dnh1], [las1], [mft1], [fru1], [goe1].
1.0 Patrick Gross February 4, 2023 First published.

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