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Last updated: 13 November 2018
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Date:Wednesday 5 December 1945
Type:Martin PBM-5 Mariner
Operator:United States Navy
Registration: 59225
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 14
Aircraft damage: Missing
Aircraft fate: Presumed damaged beyond repair
Location:40 km (25 mls) SW off Cape Canaveral, FL, USA (   Atlantic Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Banana River NAS, FL (COF/KCOF), United States of America
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
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.

Sources:
» Wikipedia: Flight 19
» US Navy and US Marine Corps BuNos


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