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The 80-Year Mystery of the U.S. Navy’s ‘Ghost Blimp’

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It began as a routine surveillance mission in the early months of World War II and ended in a mystery that remains unsolved after eight decades.

At about 6 a.m. on August 16, 1942, the United States Navy blimp L-8 took off from a small airfield on Treasure Island, an artificial island built in San Francisco Bay for a recent world’s fair. On board were two men: Lieutenant Ernest DeWitt Cody and Ensign Charles Ellis Adams.

Five hours later, the L-8 crashed on a suburban street in nearby Daly City, California, scraping rooftops and dislodging power lines along the way. Local fire crews left a blaze in the nearby hills to rush to the site, put out any flames and try to rescue the blimp’s crew. But they quickly discovered there was no one to save. Both pilots had somehow vanished from their ship.


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Ive been intrigued since the 70s on this case I guess this one will always be unexplained and no i do not believe aliens or paranormal was involved.

There wasnt much BS or embellishment to peel away its a very straight forward mystery. These type cases are more intriguing the more people who are involved as its harder to explain each additional persons disappearance.

My guess and its speculative is the ine guy fell in the brink checking out the oil slick and the other guy feel in trying to help in perhaps in a panic, then they succumbed to the sea quickly i doubt they were captured by enemies.

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This is such a great story. Plenty of witnesses. Not out of sight of many people. Yet, a mystery.

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