It Happened On #69

Been somewhat busy lately, so I haven’t had much time to blog. If it weren’t for It Happened On, I probably wouldn’t even log on. I believe next week I won’t be as busy

Please accept my sincerest apologies for any inconvenience this temporary dry spell may have caused

It happened on December 5 1945…5 U.S. Navy planes 19 take off from the Ft. Lauderdale Naval Air Station in Florida on a routine three-hour training mission. They never returned.

2 hours after the flight began, the leader of the squadron, who had been flying in the area for more than 6 months, reported that his compass and back-up compass had failed and that his position was unknown. The other planes experienced similar instrument malfunctions. Radio facilities on land were contacted to find the location of the lost squadron, but none were successful. After 2 more hours of confused messages from the fliers, a distorted radio transmission from the squadron leader was heard, apparently calling for his men to prepare to ditch their aircraft simultaneously because of lack of fuel.

By this time, several land radar stations finally determined that the squad was somewhere north of the Bahamas and east of the Florida coast, and at 7:27 p.m. a search and rescue Mariner aircraft took off with a 13-man crew. The Mariner was never heard from again. Later, there was a report from a tanker cruising off the coast of Florida of a visible explosion

 The disappearance of the 14 men of Flight 19 and the 13 men of the Mariner led to one of the largest air and seas searches to that date, and hundreds of ships and aircraft combed thousands of square miles of the Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, and remote locations within the interior of Florida. No trace of the bodies or aircraft was ever found

Although naval officials maintained that the remains of the six aircraft and 27 men were not found because stormy weather destroyed the evidence, the story of the “Lost Squadron” helped cement the legend of the Bermuda Triangle, an area of the Atlantic Ocean where ships and aircraft are said to disappear without a trace. The Bermuda Triangle is said to stretch from the southern U.S. coast across to Bermuda and down to the Atlantic coast of Cuba and Santo Domingo

Also on December 5 1933, the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is ratified, repealing the 18th Amendment and bringing an end to the era of national prohibition of alcohol in America. At 5:32 p.m., Utah became the 36th state to ratify the amendment, achieving the requisite three-fourths majority of states’ approval. Pennsylvania and Ohio had ratified it earlier in the day

The Bermuda Triangle story sounds like a horror novel

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