Eerie Last Known Photos That Reveal A Darker Side Of History

The "Lost Patrol" shortly before their test flight through the Bahamas

These look like normal pictures, but what happened after they were taken is shocking. Many photos from history show a glimpse into a world that we’re not ready to see...but for some reason we can’t tear our eyes away from them. This set of disturbingly beautiful photographs will give you goosebumps and make you want to show everyone you know. Beware, some of these photos are truly chilling, others will hit you in the gut, and others are so poignant that they’ll instill a new sense of wonder within you.

These rarely seen photos of moments before things went wrong might fill you with dread, others will astonish, but each of these fascinating moments provide insight into our past, no matter how dark it can be.

For mature audiences only. Viewer discretion advised.

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Flight 19 on December 5, 1945 was supposed to be a routine training mission off of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The six aircraft and 27 crewmen were supposed to train in a three-hour exercise known as “Navigation Problem Number One,” where they’d practice bombing runs - it was nothing out of the ordinary. Shortly after 2:30 p.m. that day the flight’s leader Lieutenant Charles C. Taylor radioed back to the base to say that he didn’t know where he was and that his plane’s compass wasn’t working. 

The rule of thumb for pilots in the Atlantic Ocean is that they should fly west towards the setting sun, but rather than do that Taylor lead his planes east because he believed he was hundreds of miles away in the Florida Keys. The planes went down shortly after 6 p.m., but when the Navy sent planes out to find the missing men and their crafts they couldn’t find anything. Navy Lieutenant David White later recalled:

They just vanished. We had hundreds of planes out looking, and we searched over land and water for days, and nobody ever found the bodies or any debris.