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Chilling And Rare Military Photography 

Military History | November 3, 2019

Written by Jacob Shelton

When it comes to fascinating military photos they aren’t defined by an era, but rather what we’re used to seeing. These declassified photos that span hundreds of years run the gamut from inspirational shots of American heroes rescuing children, to spine tingling images of the horrors of combat. Each photo offers a distinct and nuanced insight into the lives of servicemen and women across the world, and they even take you back to the Civil War to show what life was like Union and Confederate camps. Look closer at these photos to see how the military has changed over time, which methods they still use, and how they adapted to the brutality of battle. 

Warning, this is a rare collection of war photos and some of them can be graphic in nature.  Viewer discretion is advised.  

Flight 19, "The Lost Patrol" before their last flight over the Bahamas

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The Bermuda Triangle has claimed a myriad of different planes, boats, and travelers, but the most mysterious victim of the triangle was Flight 19 which occurred on December 5, 1945. A simple training routine, Flight 19 was a squadron of six aircraft and 27 crewmen who left Ft. Lauderdale, Florida for a three hour exercise meant to practice bombing runs.

At 2:30 p.m. the flight’s leader, Lieutenant Charles C. Taylor, radioed into back to the base to let them know that he wasn’t sure where he was and that his plane’s compass was broken. Normally, pilots in the Atlantic Ocean will fly west towards the setting sun in order to reach land but Taylor sent his squadron east because he thought he was flying towards the Florida Keys. The planes went down sometime around 6 p.m., and while there should have been tons of wreckage the Navy planes that went out in search of them couldn’t find the missing crafts. A higher up in the military plainly stated that the squadron “vanished,” and that no bodies or debris was ever discovered. 

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Jacob Shelton

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Jacob Shelton is a Los Angeles based writer. For some reason this was the most difficult thing he’s written all day, and here’s the kicker – his girlfriend wrote the funny part of that last sentence. As for the rest of the bio? That’s pure Jacob, baby. He’s obsessed with the ways in which singular, transgressive acts have shaped the broader strokes of history, and he believes in alternate dimensions, which means that he’s great at a dinner party. When he’s not writing about culture, pop or otherwise, he’s adding to his found photograph collection and eavesdropping on strangers in public.