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Last updated: 20 October 2021
Datum:Mittwoch 5 Dezember 1945
Flugzeugtyp:Martin PBM-5 Mariner
Fluggesellschaft:United States Navy
Kennzeichen: 59225
Besatzung:Todesopfer: / Insassen:
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: / Insassen:
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 14 / Insassen: 14
Sachschaden: Vermisst
Konsequenzen: Presumed damaged beyond repair
Unfallort:40 km (25 Meilen) SW vom Land entfernt von Cape Canaveral, FL, USA (   Atlantischer Ozean)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Flug von:Banana River NAS, FL (COF/KCOF), USA
Flug nach:?
The PBM-5 Mariner was deployed for a search mission to locate five missing US Navy TBM Avenger planes, known as "Flight 19".
PBM-5 BuNo 59225 took off at 19:27 from Banana River Naval Air Station (now Patrick Air Force Base), called in a routine radio message at 19:30 and was never heard from again.
At 19:50 the tanker SS Gaines Mills reported seeing a mid-air explosion, then flames leaping 100 feet (30 m) high and burning on the sea for 10 minutes. . Captain Shonna Stanley, reported searching for survivors through a pool of oil, but found none. The escort carrier USS Solomons also reported losing radar contact with an aircraft in the same position and time.

» Wikipedia: Flight 19
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