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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 Battenheim, on October 23, 1954:

Case number:

ALSACAT-1954-10-23-BATTENHEIM-1

Summary:

The regional newspaper Le Nouveau Rhin Français, in their German-speaking issue for October 26, 1954, reported that on October 23, 1954, at 08:30 p.m., Mr. S. D., farmer in Battenheim, was in front of his house, preparing to cross the road, when a very strong light at the top of the street caught his attention.

He first thought it was a car's headlight, and that this light was dazzling, but the beam was actually much stronger than that of a car's headlight.

He realized that this light was located at approximately fifty meters above the ground, and came from a spherical object.

To make sure that it was not an illusion, he went closer to the phenomenon. As he was only at a few meters of the dazzling sphere, it suddenly changed its color to take the colors of a rainbow, and suddenly rose vertically.

As it was going away, it seemed to change its flight position and take the shape of a plate.

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: October 23, 1954
Time: 08:30 p.m.
Duration: ?
First known report date: OCtober 26, 1954
Reporting delay: Hours, 3 days.

Geographical data:

Department: Haut-Rhin
City: Battenheim
Place: Outside in front of the house and in the street, UFO in the sky.
Latitude: 47.819
Longitude: 7.381
Uncertainty ratio: 2 km

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 1
Number of known witnesses: 1
Number of named witnesses: 1
Witness(es) ages: Adult or aged.
Witness(es) types: Farmer.

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: The regional Press.
Type of location: Outside in village in front of the house and in the street, UFO in the sky.
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: ?

Classifications:

Hynek: NL
ALSACAT: ?

Sources:

[Ref. nrf1:] "LE NOUVEAU RHIN FRANCAIS" NEWSPAPER:

An "unknown flying object" also above Battenheim

During last week the "unknown flying objects" as they are called circulated several times around Mulhouse, or even in the city. Thus we have been reported from Dornach that one of them stopped in a gully. Friday, residents of Wittenheim witnessed the show of a "flying disc", and Saturday evening in Battenheim Mister S. D. was the witness of an unexplanable inciden. In Battenheim eight days ago already a similar event was observed, but not with the same precision.

Mister S. D., farmer in Battenheim, was at 08:30 p.m. in front of his house and was preparing to cross the roadwhen at the top of the street, a very sharp light caught his attention. He first thought it was a car's headlight and even thought that its light was blinding.

The beam was however much stronger than that of a car. Mister D. realized that it was located at about fifty meters above the ground surface. It came from a big object of spherical shape.

To make sure that it was not an illusion, he went closer to the phenomenon. As he was only at a few meters of this dazzling sphere, it suddenly changed its color to take the colors of the rainbow and rose suddenly vertycally.

As it was going away it seemed to change its flight position and take the shape of a plate.

[Ref. cvn1:] CHRISTIAN VALENTIN:

The journalist Christian Valentin notes in his file an observation on October 23, 1954 at 08:30 p.m.:

An inhabitant of Battenheim returning at his place prepares to make a U-turn in front of his home. He is then dazzled by what he initially thinks is a headlight of vehicle.

He realizes that the light comes from a point at 50 meters above ground-level and that it comes from a machine of spherical shape.

To check that he is not dreaming, the witness approaches that. The machine becomes suddenly multicoloured and then flies away fast and vertically. When it moves away, the machine seems to take the shape of a disc.

[Ref. cvn2:] 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 case of Saturday, October 23, 1954, in Battenheim in the Haut-Rhin was told as follows in the newspaper Le Nouveau Rhin Français in their bilingual issue of Tuesday, October 26, 1954:

An "unknown flying object" also above BATTENHEIM

During last week the "unknown flying objects" as they are called circulated several times around Mulhouse, or even in the city. Thus we have been reported from Dornach that one of them stopped in a gully. Friday, residents of Wittenheim witnessed the show of a "flying disc", and Saturday evening in Battenheim Mister S. D. was the witness of an unexplanable inciden. In Battenheim eight days ago already a similar event was observed, but not with the same precision.

Mister S. D., farmer in Battenheim, was at 08:30 p.m. in front of his house and was preparing to cross the roadwhen at the top of the street, a very sharp light caught his attention. He first thought it was a car's headlight and even thought that its light was blinding.

The beam was however much stronger than that of a car. Mister D. realized that it was located at about fifty meters above the ground surface. It came from a big object of spherical shape.

To make sure that it was not an illusion, he went closer to the phenomenon. As he was only at a few meters of this dazzling sphere, it suddenly changed its color to take the colors of the rainbow and rose suddenly vertycally.

As it was going away it seemed to change its flight position and take the shape of a plate.

Discussion:

Evaluation:

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 24, 2005 First published in the France 1954 catalogue.
1.0 Patrick Gross January 25, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version.
3.0 Patrick Gross February 8, 2015 Additions [nrf1], [cvn2], Summary.
3.0 Patrick Gross February 8, 2015 First published in the ALSACAT catalogue.

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