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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.

Case of Alsace, on July 21, 1974:

Case number:



"GREI" was a small group of often young ufologists, in the Mulhouse area in the Haut-Rhin, in the 1970s. One of their former members entrusted me with some papers of this association that he had preserved. One of them was a handwritten note from a child or at least a minor witness, saying that he has an IQ of 110, and telling this:

In July 1974, at 10:10 p.m., there were three of them, coming out of "music rehearsal", walking. They looked up to to the sky, and saw "that red-orange elliptical disc three-four meters (noise No. 7) like bee swarm."

The light ranged from canary yellow to orange, and the witness reporter thought it may be "a rocket by the Russians (with hindsight)".

The thing went away "straight vertically" (he specified that this is according to his perception). He explained that he was shocked, that he cannot explain it, that he liked it, that it was beautiful, and that he was "even a little afraid."

On the back of the paper, he noted "Saturday, July 21" and the time "03:04 p.m.". But no location was indicated.


Temporal data:

Date: July 21?, 1974
Time: 10:10 p.m.?
Duration: ?
First known report date: ?
Reporting delay: Days, years?

Geographical data:

Department: Haut-Rhin
City: ?
Place: Probably the Mulhouse area.
Latitude: 47.750
Longitude: 7.337
Uncertainty ratio: 100 km

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 3
Number of known witnesses: 1
Number of named witnesses: 0
Witness(es) ages: Children or teenagers.
Witness(es) types: Children or teenagers.

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: Handwritten note to the Mulhouse ufology group GREI.
Type of location: ?
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: Puzzled, in awe, frightened.
Witnesses interpretation: A Russian rocket?


Hynek: NL or DD
ALSACAT: Unidentified, insufficient information.




74 July

40 m ⌀ 10 : 10 p.m. twilight (minor) (IQ 110)

3 persons

We came out of the music rehearsal, we were walking

30 m paralyzed for [?] [?]. We looked up to the
sky we saw that red-orange elliptical three-four
meters (noise nr 7) bee swarm. The light changed (from
canary yellow to orange) (varied)

I thought of a rocket by the Russians (with hindsight)

It went away vertically all straight
(impression) i was shocked (i cant explain it) i enjoyed it
it was beautiful. i even had some fright.

The date "Saturday July 21" and the time ""3 p.m. - 4 p.m." are written on the other side of the paper in the same handwriting.


I wish I knew more about this...


Inidentified, 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:

Version: Create/changed by: Date: Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross May 27, 2018 Creation, [gri1].
1.0 Patrick Gross May 27, 2018 First published.

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