On This Day…December 5th.
On 5th of December, 1945 ‘Flight 19’ disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle. This flight was the designation of a wing of five Grumman TBM Avenger torpedo bombers that disappeared after losing contact during a United States Navy overwater navigation training exercise out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
All 14 airmen on the flight were lost – as were a total of 13 crew members of a Martin PBM ‘Mariner’ flying boat that subsequently launched from Naval Air Station Banana River to search for the lost Avengers. The PBM Martin was notorious for accumulating flammable vapors in its bilges, and professional investigators have assumed that the Martin likely exploded in flight while searching for the lost pilots.
Navy investigators, forensic salvage hunters, aviation experts, and historians still cannot exclusively say they know what befell Flight 19. Most likey a perfectly rational, logical explanation…
Sgt. Hiram Prouty of the US 175th Infantry Regiment dressed up as Santa Claus during the Christmas season. Eschewing the traditional sleigh, he arriving on an M3 medium tank, to the delight of the locals in Perham Down, England, 5 Dec 1942.
A rare photo of the T-60 (3) prototype taken on Dec 5th, 1942. This was a T-60 based n experimental anti-aircraft tank armed with paired 12.7 mm DSHK machine guns. Due to problems with engine failure and an inability of the cramped new turret design to allow firing at ground targets, only this example was ever built.
US. Marines unloading a transport plane at Hagaru-ri, North Korea, during the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir, December 5, 1950.
The Vietnam war legacy continues and some people are still being heroes…
“Vietnam Veteran Albert Guillorn will speak about his Vietnam Experience as a Combat Medic , 9th. Infantry, US Army, conducting “Dust off” missions (moving forward to transport and give immediate aid for the wounded). Guillorn, who later served as a Social Work Tech and designed a drug rehab program at Fort Meade, Maryland, will also discuss the situation of Veterans returning home from the war and the effects of the war on Vietnam Veterans today. Albert Guillorn works extensively with veterans through the Military Support Program.
A certain Mr (soon to be Dr) Leigh-Smith taken on December 5th, 1992 on the occasion of his marriage, in Glen Esk, Scotland. Looking a little over-exposed (in more ways than one).