When I was a kid, blessed with my ignorance of geopolitics and the looming rise of terrorism, I was aware of only a few legitimate threats to my safety and well-being. Rocky, I was aware, had already successfully defused the Cold War through the art of boxing, which left only looming concerns about clowns, quicksand and the Bermuda Triangle on my childhood risk management assessments.

As I got older, those concerns slowly began to fall by the wayside as more realistic and legitimate threats usurped their roles as the things that kept me up at night. I came to understand that quicksand wasn’t nearly as prevalent as cartoons had led me to believe, that clowns were just people in makeup, and that the Bermuda Triangle was… well, to be honest, I entered adulthood still not being totally sure what the hell was going on with the Bermuda Triangle.

Over the years, countless mysteries and disappearances have been associated with the triangular expanse of ocean stretching from Bermuda (as its namesake would imply) down to Miami and eastward to San Juan, Puerto Rico, though the most famous may be that of Flight 19, a group of five U.S. Navy torpedo bombers that disappeared without a trace somewhere in the triangle on Dec. 5, 1945. Soon after those five aircraft and their 14 crew members had vanished, a Martin PBM Mariner flying boat was dispatched to begin the search and rescue operation — only to have the Mariner, and 13 more crew members, vanish as well.

U.S. Navy Grumman TBF-1 Avenger torpedo bombers | WikiMedia Commons

Losing 27 men and six aircraft in a single day just off the American coast was, as time has shown, a tragedy of historic proportions — but was it also a paranormal one?