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Lost in the Bermuda Triangle... Perhaps the most famous unsolved mystery...



Item # 642269

December 6, 1945

THE NEW YORK TIMES, a pair of issues dated December 6 and 7, 1945 

* Bermuda Triangle Flight 19 disappearance
* 5 TBM Avenger torpedo bombers
* One of the most famous unsolved mysteries


Wikipedia has a lengthy article on the disappearance of 5 naval training planes lost over the "Bermuda Triangle" in 1945, introduced with: "Flight 19 was the designation of five TBM Avenger torpedo bombers that disappeared on December 5, 1945, during a United States Navy-authorized over-water navigation training flight from Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Trouble of an unknown nature plagued the senior aviator designated to observe Flight 19 during this assignment; first with a late arrival requesting to be relieved, then later with complete confusion and irrational fears which further worsened the students' situation by mistakenly leading them away from land. All 14 airmen on the flight were lost, as well as 13 crew members of a PBM Mariner flying boat, which may have exploded in midair while searching for the flight. Navy investigators concluded that Flight 19 may have become disoriented and ditched in rough seas when the aircraft ran out of fuel, while the PBM may have been a victim of mechanical failure. A fictionalized version of Flight 19 is featured in the 1977 science fiction film Close Encounters of the Third Kind."

This pair of issues reports that actual event. The Dec. 6 issue has the first report of the missing planes with a small note at the bottom of page 11, headed: "Five Naval Planes Missing" (see). The Dec. 7 issue has more details, beginning on the front page  with a two column head: "Great Hunt on for 27 Navy Fliers Missing in Six Planes Off Florida", carrying over to the back page (see).

This is an actual report of one of the more bizarre mysteries in American history, particularly with the controversy about the existence of a "Bermuda Triangle", and this incident figuring in Spielberg's famous movie.

Both issues are complete, light toning at the margins, nice condition.

Category: The 20th Century

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