Bermuda Triangle claims five fighter planes

The Bermuda Triangle is an area of ocean directly east of Florida in the United States.

Some call it the Devi’s Triangle and weird things happen there.

Like the disappearance of five Navy torpedo-bombers in December, 1945.

Two hours after the training flight started on December 5, the squadron leader reported his compass and back-up compass had both failed – and that his position was unknown.

The other planes experienced similar instrument problems.

After a couple of hours of confused messages, a distorted radio transmission from the squadron leader was heard at 6:20pm.

He was telling his men to ditch their planes because they were about to run out of fuel.

Around about then, several land radar stations determined Flight 19 was somewhere north of the Bahamas and east of the Florida coast, and at 7:27pm a search and rescue Mariner aircraft took off with a crew of 13 aboard.

Three minutes later, the Mariner radioed that it was underway.

The Mariner was never heard from again.

At 7:50pm a tanker cruising off the coast of Florida reported seeing an explosion.

The disappearance of 14 men of Flight 19 and the 13 men of the Mariner led to one of the largest air and seas searches ever mounted, with hundreds of ships and aircraft combing thousands of square kilometres of the Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, and remote locations within the interior of Florida.

No trace of the aircraft or the men was ever found.

US Navy Avengers.

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