In the years since his retirement as CEO of Kockums (previously Soderhamm) forestry products factory, Tom Richardson has taken up painting as a hobby. He’s pretty good, too. He even won first prize at an arts fair in Florida, best of show out of about 300 pieces entered in the event.But another experience he had in Florida crosses his mind from time to time — a post-World War II tragedy that has inspired books, television programs, movies and a catalog of unexplained phenomena theories that have found a place in the national lexicon under the “Bermuda Triangle” heading.On Dec. 5, 1945, Richardson was assigned the role of dutyofficer at the Fort Lauderdale Naval Air Station, where that assignment fell to him once or twice a year.
And in that capacity, he became a witness to a tragedy that has become legend. It was one of his last duties in the Navy. With the war over, he had less than a month remaining in the service. He spent the rest of his days in the Navy flying missions in a massive and fruitless search for any sign of the lost aircraft and airmen.
after the Japanese surrender and the end of the war, Lt. Charles Taylor
led a formation of five Grumman Torpedo Bombers with a combined crew of
14 on a routine training mission and disappeared without a trace. Less
than an hour after their disappearance, a rescue plane sent out to try
to find them exploded 13 minutes after takeoff, killing 13 more men.
student when the war began, Richardson had enlisted with a desire to be
a Navy combat pilot. As most of his class of pilots was being sent to
the Pacific, Richardson was sent for additional instrument training.
Instead of being sent into combat, he was assigned as a flight trainer
to prepare other pilots for war.
The young ensign was
assigned to the Fort Lauderdale Naval Air Station as a flight
instructor at the time — the same job Taylor held. Richardson had been
stationed at Fort Lauderdale for a little over a year when the incident
occurred, training pilots and flying the same type of torpedo bombers,
also called TBFs or Avengers, as Taylor. Richardson had flown thousands
of miles over the Atlantic from the base.
According to an article on
the Naval Historical Center’s Web site, Taylor was late for his flight
briefing thatday, and whe......
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bizarre occurrences have been reported there, from magnetic anomalies to freak
storms and waves, to the complete cessation of all electrical activity. On
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USS Niña: Niña,
a 4th rate iron screw steamer, was laid down by Reaney, Son, and Archbold,
Chester, Pa., in 1864; launched 27 May 1865; delivered at New York Navy Yard 26
September 1865; and placed in service as a yard tug at the Washington Navy Yard
6 January 1866, Ensign F. C., Hall commanding that ship and sister tugs Primrose
and Rescue. Niña operated as a yard tug for the Washington Naval Gun Factory
through May 1869 and was then converted to a torpedo boat. She commissioned...