US torpedo bombers were lost in the Bermuda Triangle* on this day.
19' set off at 2:10 pm on a routine 3 hour training flight from Ft Lauderdale
Naval Air Station in Florida. They would never return.
hours into the flight the squadron leader radioed back that his compass had failed
and that he didn't know his coordinates. The other planes in the group also reported
two hours, base command heard the squadron leader give a message to his men to
ditch simultaneously into the water as fuel was running out.
was quickly determined that Flight 19 were north of the Bahamas and east of the
Florida coast. A search and rescue crew of 13 men were sent to find them in a
Mariner aircraft. The Mariner radioed back that the mission was underway, and
then they were never heard of again. There were reports that an explosion had
been seen in the general area where the Mariner would have been.
loss of 27 men prompted a thorough search and rescue attempt, but nothing was
ever found. This could be explained by the fact that stormy weather would have
broken up any wreckage.
Bermuda Triangle is said to stretch from the southern USA, across to Bermuda,
down to the Atlantic coast of Cuba and Santo Domingo.