6 November 2016 My research assistant Alice and I visited the National Archives in College Park Maryland this past week. For three days-it was a working vacation- we scoured three different record groups located in the naval historical section of the archives. First off, I've got to say the staff at the archives is most… Continue reading NARA II Investigation Brief
Approximately a month and a half ago I made a Freedom of Information Inquiry to the Department of the Navy, specifically the Naval History and Heritage Command in Washington D.C. trying to find the lost Deck Logs from the USS Solomons, (CVE-67). I surprisingly received my reply yesterday 4 May 2016. I say surprised because… Continue reading On the Trail of the Deck Logs: Correspondence with NHHC(*)
Those of you who are familiar with the Flight-19 saga know of the reported radar contact made by the USS Solomons CVE-67 December 5th 1945, and of the direction finding plots made by the use of high frequency radio waves. But what you may not be aware of is that there was also allegedly some… Continue reading The Role of Glynco, NAS Brunswick Georgia
As of last Friday June 10th 2016, I had finally verified the location of the 'missing' CVE-67 USS Solomons decklog. A minor success for me, but potentially a huge one for anyone following in my steps and researching the flight-19 mystery. The written record covering the official ship activities from May 1945 to June 1946; come to find out… Continue reading USS Solomons Found!!
If you are following this blog, you may or may not be aware, but I am currently researching for two books on the subject of Flight-19. Both ideas are proving to be very difficult to move forward with for one reason or another. The First - is a work of Non-Fiction. As much of my blog… Continue reading Book(s) Research Status Update
The USS Solomons CVE-67 had three commanding officers during its short existence. The last Captain seemingly, was Allen Smith Jr.(pictured below?) Former skipper of the CVE-90 Thetis Bay. Captain Smith relieved Captain R. S Moss in February of 1946 and at some point before late 1946 signed the ship over for decommissioning at the Boston Navy Yard.… Continue reading The Search for Captain Smith (CVE-67)
Waltham, Massachusetts - After spending about 15 minutes filling out the application for a NARA research card and viewing a PowerPoint introduction to the procedures and policies of the archives, I was allowed access to the secured research room. The staff were very polite and customer oriented. Because I had requested in advance the materials… Continue reading Solomons Search Results 11 December 2015
My intentions for research in December will be to visit the National Archives in Waltham Massachusetts to look into the following: Boston Naval Yard Yard Activity Docking Record (vessel repair / repair in drydock), 1945-46 Shipyard (Station) Logs of the South Boston Naval Annex, Correspondence Concerning Ships (Ships Files) 1945-46 Public Relations Office Ships' Historical… Continue reading Waltham NARA Research
From your knowledge of Flight - 19 why not take a fun survey? Follow and click the link to the left " Land or Sea Ditching Poll".
One of the questions I've had since the start of my investigation, and one subject I haven't seen addressed very thoroughly is: How many planes were in the air that day. How many were in the air after or concurrently with the 14:10 take off of Flight- 19? How many other training or navigation problems flew out of Ft.… Continue reading N.A.S Ft. Lauderdale Training Schedule for, Weds Dec 5th 1945.