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Avenger Bomber Wing Disappearance in Bermuda Triangle in 1945

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 OMNI September 1987 - UFO UPDATE by Sherry Baker
      Five TBM Avenger torpedo bombers left the Naval Air Station in Fort Laud-
 erdale, Florida, on December 5, 1945, for a routine training mission.  But less
 than three hours later, all five planes and their crews of 14 were missing.  A
 Martin flying boat (a plane that can land on water) was immediately sent to the
 rescue; but that craft, along with 13 crew members, also disappeared.
      Cryptic messages attributed to the flight instructor, including the cry
 "Don't come after me; they look like they're from outer space," have long fuel-
 ed speculation that aliens were involved in the planes' mysterious disappear-
 ance.  And now a Poway, California, man named Wesley Bateman claims he has 
 evidence that extraterrestrials hurled the planes into space.  In fact, Bateman
 asserts, at least one of the Avengers is entombed in ice about 6,000 miles 
 above the earth, just over the Bermuda Triange.
      Bateman, who says he conducts privately funded UFO research "for a group  
 of people who want to remain anonymous," made his discovery while watching a 
 videotape about UFOs. After watching the tape several times, Bateman says, he
 noticed an object allegedly photographed by Apollo 11 astronauts.  What's more,
 he declares, he realized that the object resembled a TBM Avenger, "The heaviest
 part of the plane-the nose-is pointed toward the earth," he states. "And you 
 can easily recognize the bubble turret and the tail."
      But how did a 1945 propeller-driven airplane get into orbit?  Bateman 
 theorizes that depth charges dropped by the Avengers may have damaged an alien 
 craft under the sea.  "When the UFO rose out of the water to avoid further dam-
 age," Bateman says, "its rapid departure created a propulsion vortex, sucking 
 up a lot of seawater and the planes along with it."
      As far as aviation journalist and UFO skeptic Philip J. Klass is concerned
 however, Bateman's theory is full of holes. "I've personally spent days in the 
 Navy archives going through the records of Flight 19, and there is simply no 
 mystery to it," he insists. Klass says the craft originally headed east, toward
 the Bahamas.  The flight instructor became disoriented and decided that the 
 aircraft were over the Florida Keys.  He thus ordered the planes north, toward 
 what he thought was the mainland.  But since the planes were over the Bahamas, 
 heading north pointed them toward Greenland.  Greenland was just too far away,
 and the aircraft simply ran out of gas.
      But how does Klass explain the photo of an Avengar some 6,000 miles above`
 the earth? "I could say that the object looks like the face of God," he says.
 "Besides, our radar monitors every object in Earth orbit. It's powerful enough
 to detect a six-inch-long metal strap that has fallen off a satellite.  An 
 object the size of an Avenger would long ago have attracted attention." NASA
 spokesman Ken Atchison adds, "I was around during the Apollo days, and I've 
 never heard of the astronauts seeing or photographing anything like what Bate-
 man is talking about." Still, Bateman insists that seeing is believing.  "I
 can't imagine anyone looking at this photo," he asserts, "and saying it's not
 an Avenger.  This is conclusive proof that UFO's exist."

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