About the Book
Seventy five years later, it’s still a major mystery. Part of the reason could be blamed on the fact that the general public has never seen the most important key to the mystery, a published version of the "original navy investigation". But now all that has changed.
For the first time, people will finally have access to the "original documents" from the Navy's Flight 19 investigation.
Aviation Historian, Andy Marocco has compiled and organized the report into two separate volumes.
In Volume 1: The Testimony, experts and personnel that testified in the Naval Hearings of December 1945, share their intimate knowledge and opinions about Flight 19, which ultimately form culminate into the Finding of Facts. Volume 1, references the planes, the men, their training, the mission and ultimately the unsuccessful search and rescue .
Andy Marocco is an Aviation Historian who founded AeroQuest.org, a dedicated volunteer group of individuals, who are interested in the investigation of military aircraft wrecks. In 2015, Mr. Marocco successfully identified and solved the mystery of a WWII TBM Avenger that was found in 1989 in the Everglades. Mr. Marocco is also on staff at the NAS Ft. Lauderdale Museum, as a special projects coordinator. Currently he is working on Project Mariner, a search for the PBM-5 Mariner (Training-49) that was dispatched form NAS Banana River on the evening of December 5, 1945 to look for FLIGHT 19. The PBM Mariner also vanished mysteriously the same day as FLIGHT 19 and was never heard from again either. Mr. Marocco and his volunteer team are currently going on expeditions to the last known location of where the PBM Mariner was believed to have disappeared and are mapping the sea floor with side scan sonar.