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Eerie Last Known Photos That Reveal A Darker Side Of History

Rare Collection | October 2, 2019

The "Lost Patrol" shortly before their test flight through the Bahamas

source: reddit

Flight 19 on December 5, 1945 was supposed to be a routine training mission off of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The six aircraft and 27 crewmen were supposed to train in a three-hour exercise known as “Navigation Problem Number One,” where they’d practice bombing runs - it was nothing out of the ordinary. Shortly after 2:30 p.m. that day the flight’s leader Lieutenant Charles C. Taylor radioed back to the base to say that he didn’t know where he was and that his plane’s compass wasn’t working. 

The rule of thumb for pilots in the Atlantic Ocean is that they should fly west towards the setting sun, but rather than do that Taylor lead his planes east because he believed he was hundreds of miles away in the Florida Keys. The planes went down shortly after 6 p.m., but when the Navy sent planes out to find the missing men and their crafts they couldn’t find anything. Navy Lieutenant David White later recalled:

They just vanished. We had hundreds of planes out looking, and we searched over land and water for days, and nobody ever found the bodies or any debris.

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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.