CONSIDER STARTING HERE!!
To save you time on your journey, I whole heartedly recommend and suggest you considered first examining the following items as they are the most historically relevant to be found to date? To my knowledge they are the most timely, and the most thoroughly researched and substantiated documents in scope and depth that anyone has procured up to this point. The provenance is unquestionable and the aeronautical science and reconciliation in one or two particularly I believe is enough to turn the head of the most critical skeptic.
Now having said that keep in mind the need to continue to keep a critical eye. For as I believe any Historian will tell you, memories fade over time, people make mistakes, and there is always the opportunity for bias in retelling history.
The Cardinal FLIGHT-19 Resources
- The official, original but redacted roughly 550 page Navy Report entitled ” The Record of Proceedings of A Board of Investigation dated December 10th, 1945 with all 56 Findings and 56 opinions to include attachments can be obtained through the Naval History and Heritage Command. https://historyhub.history.gov/community/military-records/blog/2020/03/30/records-of-the-lost-looking-at-the-records-of-flight-19
- I recommend visiting the National Archives in Fort Worth Texas or clicking the link below to obtain a full unredacted copy. Records of the Lost: Looking at the Records of Flight 19
- Just recently Andy Maracco has published the Flight-19 Report in a 2 volume set. At this time as far as I can tell it can only be found on E-bay and reportedly is the a recopying of the Official Navy Proceedings report with the exhibits placed in order of the progression of the actual hearing timeline.
- The Following books by Larry Kusche ” The Disappearance of Flight-19″ (ISBN 0-06-464044-2) and “The Bermuda Triangle Mystery Solved” Copywright 1995 published by Prometheus Books, Amherst NY. 14228 (ISBN 087975-971-2) A follow up by Kusche can be found in the Skeptical Inquirer magazine online Volume 39, No 6 December 2015.
- “The Discovery of Flight-19”by Jon Myhre, ISBN13: ( 978-1-891030-58-1) 2012 The Paragon Agency publishers at Specialbooks.com.
- NAS Ft. Lauderdale Museum Flight-19 page – (https://www.nasflmuseum.com/flight-19-exhibit.html)
- Navy Filing Manual – From the National Archives & Records Administration 1941 Fourth Edition
- South Florida Sun Sentinel Newspaper – “Flight 19: Has mystery of Lost Patrol been solved?”, by Ken Kaye, April 07, 2014 4:23PM
- History Hub – A government history website with a section just about Flight-19 and efforts on research.
A BRIEF SYNOPSIS
A.) The Record of Proceedings…..
The Record of Proceedings of A Board of Investigation dated December 10th, 1945, NAS Miami is the only known documentation available describing the events leading up to the loss of the flight and the attempted search and rescue. In it the Navy has taken the liberty to fold the reports from the original investigation to include the exhibits, the resulting 56 facts and 56 conclusions and the 1947 Board of Correction of Naval Records exonerating the flight leader, into a final report.
In its essence the core documentation used in the official investigation revolves around radio log books documenting the communications between the pilots and ground stations, and the interviews of the mainly officer core in charge of all the departments associated with Flight-19 and NAS Ft. Lauderdale . It’s prima facie documentation, and the key piece of hard evidence used in determining in the end, the culpability of the flight leader and eventually the navy itself.
Unfortunatley, in its entirety it can not be considered direct evidence as the credibility of many of the witnesses are in question. They were likely being honest in their responses, but many were not directly associated with the plane maintenance, or Lt. Taylor and may have only been present as character witnesses to regurgitate standard operating procedures (SOP). In my opinion they certainly were not taxed in their examination.
Which would perhaps explain the rushed investigation and the navy’s own reluctance and dubious faith in the report as witnessed in Conclusion no. 56 below from the report.