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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 Wasselonne, on August 15, 1968:

Case number:

ALSACAT-1968-08-15-WASSELONNE-1

Summary:

The supplement "Contact Lecteurs" to the ufology magazine Lumières Dans La Nuit of May 1970 reported the observation of Mr. Marchand in Ittenheim; the magazine's corespondent bringing this news added that this object was also observed in Wasselonne, that the air base 124 had detected nothing on the radar, that the object seemed to be heading towards Sarrebourg.

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: August 15, 1968
Time: ?
Duration: ?
First known report date: May 1970
Reporting delay: Days, 2 years.

Geographical data:

Department: Bas-Rhin
City: Wasselonne
Place: ?
Latitude: 48.639
Longitude: 7.444
Uncertainty ratio: 3 km.

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: ?
Number of known witnesses: ?
Number of named witnesses: 0
Witness(es) ages: ?
Witness(es) types: ?

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: Ugology magazine LDLN.
Type of location: ?
Visibility conditions: ?
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: ?

Classifications:

Hynek: NL
ALSACAT: Totally insufficient information, possible meteor.

Sources:

[Ref. ldl1:] UFOLOGY MAGAZINE "LUMIERES DANS LA NUIT":

Scan

67 RHIN (BAS) in Strasbourg ITTENHEIM

August 15, 1968, 11 p.m. 11:10 p.m..

F - yes

From my west-facing terrace, I saw a luminous object that was not a star, coming from the south, in the direction of Mount Saint-Odile, heading north. It moved curiously downward, forward, backward, sometimes still, continuing its progression north. It appeared round, with alternating light, prism color. At the start it was clearly oriented from south to north. Subsequently it moved away to the west. It must have had a diameter of 6 m to 7.50 m. The sighting lasted about 12 minutes.

(observation of Mr. Marchand).

Comments by Mr. Fontanié. - The object was also seen at Mount Saint-Odile, Obernai, Wasselonne. The air base A. R. 124 did not detect anything on the radar and however the object remained several hours in a radius of 30 km approximately. There are many geological faults in this area. Approximate route: St-Odile, Obernai, Marlenkeim, Wasselonne to Sarrebourg.

Mr. Fontanié and many others shall be apologized to for the delay in their transmissions, unfortunately for lack of space. We keep thinking about it, it is a real headache for us.

Discussion:

Carte.

No details are given on the sighting. The mention of a final route in the direction of Sarrebourg would mean that from Wasselonne the object left towards the West-North-West.

Evaluation:

Totally insufficient information, possible meteor.

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 May 19, 2021 Creation, [ldl1].
1.0 Patrick Gross May 19, 2021 First published.

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