It is believed the wreckage may have been the notorious vanished Flight 19. Flight 19 was one of the most infamous disappearances in the Triangle, helping to cement the region as a mysterious area of global scientific intrigue. Over the last 200 years, as many as 20 aircraft and 50 ships have gone missing in the black spot of the North Atlantic Ocean. The enigma of the seas, located between Florida, Bermuda and Puerto Rico, claimed Flight 19 in 1945 shortly after the end of World War 2.
The US Navy training mission comprised five TBM Avenger torpedo bombers with a 14-man crew.
The aircrafts entered the area but made a wrong turn and encountered bad weather before vanishing, according to archive evidence.
However, after years of attempts to piece together what happened to the ill-fated flight, researchers may have made a breakthrough.
One of the Flight 19 planes made it back to land, according to Florida resident Graham Stikelether, who was interviewed for an episode of ‘History’s Greatest Mysteries’, released last year.
He told the History Channel US documentary how his father had taken him to see the wreckage of the plane when he was nine years old in 1962.
Speaking about the amazing discovery, he claimed: “The first place he called was Patrick Air Force Base.
“They finally did pull the plane out, and there were bodies in it.”
Graham’s father, Graham Stikelether Senior, a local judge, reportedly came across the plane while hunting, and informed Navy officials, who allegedly told him it was one of the Flight 19 planes.
However, he claimed the wreck was subsequently removed, and Navy chiefs denied later any knowledge of the incident, according to ‘History’s Greatest Mysteries’.
Graham added: “He finally kind of hit a wall and no one would talk to him anymore.”
The expert told the documentary: “What really raises a lot of mystery about this plane is the Navy told him this was part of Flight 19.
“Unfortunately, no matter how much the judge went back to the Navy, he could not get any more information.”
The experts were cautious to place too much emphasis on Graham’s story, without physical evidence.
However, the Florida resident then revealed to them that he had kept some of the plane pieces, including a machine gun he gave to his friend, a collector of World War 2 memorabilia.
The Navy has not commented on the claims.
Flight 19 disappeared shortly after the end of the war during a routine mission on December 5, 1945.
After setting of from their Florida base, the five planes carried out bombing runs at an area called Hens and Chickens Shoals.
They then turned north on the next leg of their journey before they were due to head southwest back to base, however the aircraft and the 14 men were never seen again.
‘History’s Greatest Mysteries’ is available to stream on the History Channel US.