BERMUDA TRIANGLE MYTH PREVAILS

Five Navy torpedo bombers took off from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., on December 5, 1945, and disappeared without a trace on the first leg of their mission. Despite a wide and concentrated effort at the time, search parties never located them.

Forty-six years later in 1991, a New York salvage firm thought they had found the famous “lost squadron” of TBM Avengers supposedly swallowed up by some mythical force in the Bermuda Triangle.

Their celebration was a wee bit premature, however. Navy research proved that the ones they found were not those of the ill-fated Flight 19, but similarly marked aircraft thought to have been dumped there, or the result of other crashes during training flights.

Salvagers located the sunken aircraft by accident while operating their submersible Deep See. They were searching for lost Spanish galleons in 750 feet of water, ten miles off the Florida coast.