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ALSACAT:

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 Masevaux, on October 20, 1979:

In La Ligne Bleue Survolée?, newsletter of the Cercle Vosgien "Lumières Dans La Nuit", #3, in 1980, is reported this case investigated by the Vosges ufologist Gilles Munsch:

On Saturday October 20, 1979, at 7:55 p.m., in Masevaux, Mr. C. S., deputy head of the forest district, was walking around his house when he saw in the sky, above the Sudel mounds, a "ball" of dull orange color which moved from the North-West towards the South, and this apparently at high speed and at a rather high altitude. It is accompanied by a blue streak tinged with purple "(kind like a butane flame!)".

Suddenly it made a very tight turn "(at least in apparently!)", to go back in the reverse direction towards the North-West. The sighting had only lasted a few seconds. The witness immediately informed the gendarmerie, then the Basel-Mulhouse aerodrome and the Colmar-Meyenheim air base, then the following days various authorities.

He will learn from the gendarmerie that various disturbances appeared in German radio and television broadcasts.

In the #5 of this bulletin, the ufologist François Diolez noted the case in a catalog, adding that the same phenomenon was seen in the Vosges massif on the two slopes Haut-Rhin and Vosges, from 07:55 p.m. to 8:45 p.m., then from 9:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. He then joins them into a single case, noting that it will however be necessary "to take into account the nuances."

The case also appearead, a year later, in the ufology magazine Ufologia, of the C.F.R.U. ufology group, France, #26, without time, and with the summary: "At 7:55 p.m., Mr. Ch. Sembach saw from his home an object in the shape of a dull orange ball, followed [sic] by a brilliant purplish trail, moving above the Sudel massif."

Case number:

ALSACAT-1979-10-20-MASEVAUX-1

Summary:

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: October 20, 1979
Time: 07:55 p.m.
Duration: A few seconds.
First known report date: 1980
Reporting delay: Hour, hours.

Geographical data:

Department: Haut-Rhin
City: Masevaux
Place: Outside at home.
Latitude: 47.774
Longitude: 6.994
Uncertainty ratio: 3 km.

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 1
Number of known witnesses: 1
Number of named witnesses: 1
Witness(es) ages: Adult.
Witness(es) types: Deputy Head of Forestry District.

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: Gendarme, air forces, airport, local ufologist.
Type of location: Outside near home.
Visibility conditions: Night.
UFO observed: Yes.
UFO arrival observed: ?
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: Unidentified.

Sources:

[Ref. gmh1:] GILLES MUNSCH:

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F/98/68791020 (04)

Region of MASEVAUX (68)

Investigatione: G. Munsch

Saturday, October 20, 1979 - MASEVAUX - 7:55 pm legal time.

Mr. C...... S ......, deputy head of the forestry district, walks around his house when he sees in the sky, above the SUDEL mounts, a "ball

.../...

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... matt orange in color that moves from the northwest to the south, apparently at high speed and at a fairly high altitude. It is accompanied by a blue trail tinged with purple (like a butane flame!), Suddenly it makes a very tight turn (at least apparently!), to set off again in the opposite direction towards the North-West. The observation lasted only a few seconds. The witness immediately informed the gendarmerie, then the Bâle-Mulhouse aerodrome and the Colmar-Meyenheim air base, then the following days various authorities.

He will learn from the gendarmerie that various disturbances have appeared in the radio and television broadcasts of German origin (FRG). No other side effects were noticed.

[Ref. fdz1:] FRANCOIS DIOLEZ:

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In the ufological bulletin La Ligne Bleue Survolé?, its editor ufologist F. Diolez provides a synthesis of the observations in the North-East of France appearing in their catalog.

He noted that the cases "F 98/88791020 (0I) - (02) - (03)" as well as "F 98/68791020 (04) seem to describe the same phenomenon which interested the Vosges mountains on these two sides 68 and 88 - from 7:55 p.m. to 8:45 p.m., then 9:30 p.m. - 9:45 p.m." He then assimilates them into a single case, noting that it will however be necessary to "take the nuances into account."

[Ref. aes1:] A.E.S.V. UFOLOGY BULLETIN:

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October 20: - A witness sees from his home, an object in the shape of a matt orange ball followed by a trail. This was happening above Masevaux (Haut Rhin).

Note: this is one among other cases of 1979 which according to this bulletin would "confirm" an important "UFO activity" at the time of the affair (the hoax) of the Franck Fontain abduction by aliens in Cergy-Pontoise in 1979.

[Ref. ufa1:] UFOLOGY MAGAZINE "UFOLOGIA":

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UFOLOGICAL OBSERVATIONS

(Summary of the Press)

Satrurday, October 20, 1979 - MASEVAUX (Haut-Rhin)

At 7:55 p.m., Mr. Ch. Sembach saw from his home an object in the shape of an orange rod, dull, followed by a brilliant purplish trail, moving above the mount of the Sudel.

LDLN.nr190

Discussion:

Map.

The Sudel is West-South-West from Masevaux.

If it hadn't been for the turn and reverse return, a meteor would have been a possible explanation.

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
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history:

Version: Create/changed by: Date: Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross August 19, 2022 Creation, [gmh1], [fdz1], [aes1], [ufa1].
1.0 Patrick Gross August 19, 2022 First published.

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