Ghost Blimp #MysteryMonday

Joan Hall

Those who’ve read my blog for a while know by now I love a good mystery, especially those that aren’t easily explained. I happened upon this story while searching for another Mystery Monday post and found it intriguing.

In 1942, the United States was still reeling from the attack on Pearl Harbor. The outcome of the war was still in doubt and the US Navy had reason to fear another attack on the west coast by Japanese forces. They put together a fleet of twelve blimps to patrol the California coastline.

An L-8 Blimp hovers over the Aircraft Carrier, USS Hornet (Public Domain)

On the morning of August 16, 1942, Flight 101 prepared for takeoff from Treasure Island in San Francisco. The pilots were Lt. Ernest Cody and Ensign Charles Adams. Both were experienced pilots. A third man, aviation machinist Riley Hill was supposed to accompany them.

Prior to departure…

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