Bermuda Triangle breakthrough as investigators find ‘best piece of evidence we’ve seen’

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The Bermuda Triangle is a mysterious area of the North Atlantic Ocean notorious for unexplained disappearances. Its waters, which cover 500,000 square miles, reach from the US east coast down to the Greater Antilles and up to Bermuda. Around 50 ships and 20 planes are reported to have vanished in the Bermuda Triangle. Over the last 200 years or so hundreds of people are believed to have lost their lives in the region.

One of the area’s strangest disappearances was that of Flight 19, which saw five US Avenger Torpedo bombers vanish without trace.

The aircraft and their 14 crew members disappeared on a mission, which set off from Florida in December 1945 after the end of World War 2.

Another 13 men, who were dispatched to rescue the crew, also went missing and have also never been found.

Renewed efforts at piecing together what happened to Flight 19 have been filmed for a new documentary.

Episode one of a fresh season of the History Channel US documentary, ‘History’s Greatest Mysteries’ follows the journey of a newly-assembled Bermuda Triangle investigation team.

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The programme is presented and executive produced by US actor and director Laurence Fishburne.

Two of the experts featured in the documentary are investigators David O’Keefe and Wayne Abbott, who make an exciting discovery about Flight 19.

The pair are looking at the possibility of dissension in the ranks during the mission, which may have seen some pilots head back towards land and potentially crash in Florida.

Intercepted radio transmissions have previously suggested that Flight 19 pilot Captain Edward Powers disagreed with the flight’s leader Lieutenant Charles Taylor about their location and encouraged them to fly west towards the US east coast.

Mr O’Keefe and Mr Abbott tracked down a 50-calibre machine gun, which was discovered on land, and said to be from one of the five TBM Avenger Torpedo bombers on Flight 19.

The pair are presented with the artefact and confirm its legitimacy by looking at a diagram of a TBM Avenger. 

After checking out the gun, Mr Abbott said: “This is the best piece of hard evidence we’ve ever come across.”

Mr O’Keefe added: “The big reason that having the machine gun is great is because it comes with a serial number.

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“With a serial number we might be able to find out what plane this came off of, we might be able to find out who the pilots and the rest of the crew were.”

Mr O’Keefe and Mr Abbott met Graham Stikelether, who believes he saw the downed plane that the gun is said to have come from when he was a child.

Mr Stikelether claims that, in 1962, when he was nine years old, he was taken to see a plane wreck by his father, a judge, who discovered it while hunting.

His father reported the wreckage, which had two bodies inside, to the Navy, who told him it was from Flight 19, Mr Stikelether claims.

He said the wreckage was then removed and the authorities later denied the incident had ever taken place.

Mr Abbott said: “What really raises a lot of mystery about this plane is that the Navy told him that it was part of Flight 19.

“Unfortunately, no matter how much the judge went back to the Navy, he could not get any more information.”

History’s Greatest Mysteries is available on the History Channel US.
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