SBD-5 gone missing in "Triangle"

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    VBF-13 Well-Known Member

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    Hey guys, look at this one:

    Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless
    El Segundo c/n 5457
    BuNo 36829

    BuNo 36829 missing on night navigation flight east of NAS Miami 9/11/1944. Two crew MIA.

    c/n5457 SBD-5 [W/O] Written off in crash, accident, fire, storm etc.


    If anyone can help, I'm looking for more information on it. Thanks.
     
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    For what it would be worth I tried to look up the weather for that date but the source I found only went back to 1945. I found some scattered sources referencing a big "blow" in that area around that date but I don't think they'd have gone up in that weather so those weren't worth much. Those hops were logged as CY (Training - Qualified Pilots; Night Flying), typically coupled with E (Familiarization Practice), K (Tactical) or L (Navigation), and were anywhere from around 1.5 to 2 hours in duration; the significance of that being, those aircraft would have been sticking together pretty tightly. They wouldn't have been breaking off, in other words, as in bombing or gunnery hops.

    Any other references to this incident, however minor, that would help. I just really don't know where else to look.
     
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