One of the strangest enigmas in history happened on December 5, 1945. Five Avenger torpedo bombers, called “Flight 19”, disappeared with all 14 of their crew in the Bermuda Triangle.
Before disappearing, Flight 19 made contact off the southern coast of Florida. In the recording , it was heard as they said that “everything seemed strange.”
And if the disappearance of 5 bombers was not enough, a PBM Mariner BuNo 59225 , was also lost with 13 pilots , the same day they were looking for the remains of Flight 19.
The Disappearance of Flight 19
The last known destination was the Bermuda Triangle , on December 5, 1945. All 14 pilots on board disappeared.
The crew was tasked with flying east from Fort Lauderdale Air Force Base , Florida to bomb near Bimini Island. Then it had to fly some distance north and come back.
The bombers took off at 2:10 p.m. and had 2 hours to complete the mission. At 4:00 p.m., when they were supposed to have returned to base, controllers intercepted disturbing conversations between the commander of Flight 19, Lt.Charles Taylor, and another pilot.
According to the dialogue they had, they were totally disoriented. Later, Taylor managed to communicate with the base, reporting that the compasses and clocks had stopped working .
This, obviously, was something extremely rare in aircraft equipped with state-of-the-art equipment.
The following conversations led to nothing. It was already 5:50 p.m. when the air base picked up a very weak signal from one of the planes of Flight 19. They were in New Smyrna Beach, quite far from the ground .
At some point around 8:00 p.m., they had to run out of fuel, which would force them to land. But nothing was ever heard from the bombers or their crews.
The second disappearance
PBM-5 BuNo 59225 departed at 7:27 p.m. from Naval Air Station Banana River, now Patrick Air Force Base .
At around 9:00 p.m., contact with the 13 search teams was completely lost. The Martin PBM-5 aircraft had been dispatched to search for the missing Flight 19.
However, the crew of the SS Gains Mill freighter within the search area reported that they saw a huge fireball falling into the ocean, followed by a large explosion.
Several people suggested that it was the PBM Mariner that had fallen . However, the sailor was in top condition and both technicians and the captain checked him before taking off. It was impossible that he had failed.
Others said it was a fire in the cabin of the plane, a theory that was also ruled out. Smoking was strictly prohibited during flight.
To top it all, the investigations never found a trace of fire or debris in the sea. The samples taken from the water in the area of the alleged accident also had no oil residue or something similar.
To date, the disappearance of Flight 19 is one of the most intriguing Bermuda Triangle-related disappearances out there. Besides being one of the most researched.