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SQUADRON MISSING ON THIS DAY IN 1945

Members of the Navy pose in front of one of the Flight 19 planes that disappeared in 1945.
Members of the Flight 19 crew which disappeared in 1945.(History.com)

 

At 2:10 p.m., five U.S. Navy Avenger torpedo-bombers comprising Flight 19
take off from the Ft. Lauderdale Naval Air Station in
Florida on a routine three-
hour training mission. Flight 19 was scheduled to take them due east for 120
miles, north for 73 miles, and then back over a final 120-mile leg that would
return them to the naval base. They never returned.

Two hours after the flight began, the leader of the squadron, who had been
flying in the area for more than six 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 two more hours of confused messages from the fliers, a
distorted radio transmission from the squadron leader was heard at 6:20
p.m., apparently calling for his men to prepare to ditch their aircraft due
to a lack of fuel.

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Five U.S. Navy Grumman TBF-1 Avengers from Escort Scouting Squadron 29 (VGS-29) flying in formation over Norfolk, Virginia.

This is a drawing
of the five Navy planes, Flight 19, that disappeared into the Bermuda Triangle.

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LAST SURVIVOR OF HINDENBURG DIES AT 90

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(CNN) — The last survivor of the Hindenburg airship disaster, Werner Gustav Doehner (shown below) has died from complications of pneumonia.

According to his family, Doehner passed away at a hospital in Laconia, New Hampshire, on November 8.  

Werner Doehner was 8 years old (below) on May 6, 1937, when the infamous
airship went up in flames and crashed in Lakehurst, New Jersey, killing 36
people. Doehner’s sister and father were among them. Sixty-two people
survived.

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Werner Gustav Doehner
Werner G. Doehner

Fifteen storeys tall ... navy crewmen are seen running from the crashing Zeppelin in 1937.
Navy crewmen are seen running from the crashing Zeppelin in 1937.

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An injured survivor of the Hindenburg disaster calmly smokes a
cigarette as he is moved to a hospital from the field at Lakehurst,
New Jersey.

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Another survivor is led away from the burning
gondola of the Hindenburg.

Iconic ... the disaster was captured by waiting photographers, film crews and a radio broadcaster on the ground.

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HISTORY WAS MADE ON THIS DAY

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Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev speaking at the UN Assembly in 1960.

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SUCCESSFUL NASCAR DRIVER, DIES AT 61

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Michael Stefanik (May 20, 1958 – September 15, 2019)


(FoxNews) – NASCAR champion Michael Stefanik died Sunday in a
single-engine plane crash near the Rhode Island state line.

Connecticut state police said Stefanik took off in a single-engine,
single-seat Aerolite 103 from the Riconn Airport in Coventry, R.I.,
and was turning back to the airfield when it crashed in a wooded
area.

“Mike Stefanik was one of the most successful drivers in NASCAR
history, but even more so, he was a true representative of our sport,
” NASCAR Chairman and CEO Jim France said in a statement. “His
tough, competitive nature and excellence on the race track won him
the admiration of fans and competitors alike.”

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Sights and sounds of this day in 2001, when America suffered the worst terrorist attack on its soil.

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