DATE   HOUR LOCATION     PURPOSE       SERIAL NUMBER
5-Dec-45   APPROX 1904 AT SEA     NAVIGATION     61-45  
PILOT NAME, RANK & SERVICE GROUP ASSIGNED     CEILING VISIBILITY WIND  FORCE DARKNESS NIGHT HRS NIGHT HRS
BOSSI, J.T., ENS, USNR   VTB-1     Unlim 8 W     8      
UNIT AIRCRAFT ASSIGNED         WEATHER @ ACCIDENT INSRUMENT INSTRUMENT   TYPE CLEARANCE
VTB-1, NAS FT. LAUDERDALE, FL           HOURS HOURS CONTACT  
  TOTAL HOURS TOTAL HRS  THIS MODEL TOTAL HOURS LAST 3 MONTHS TOTAL THIS MODEL LAST 3 MONTHS TIME IN FLIGHT   MANEUVER OR ALT OF MANEUVER ANGLE OF IMPACT, STOP DIST, EST SPEED
  373.4 65.9 77.4 65.9 Approx. 4 h 55 m UNKNOWN -UNKNOWN        
PREVIOUS ACCIDENT RECORD        
INJURIES TO PILOT         Pilot was member of scheduled, routine, day   
MISSING         A navigation flight which took off from NAS Ft. -  
NAME AND RANK OF OTHER PERSONNEL     INJ Lauderdale, 5 DEC at 1408.  Approx 1600, radio   
THELANDER, Arther H., S1C, USNR Missing   A messages intercepted that led us to believe this  
BALUK, Burt E., Jr., S1C, USNR Missing A flight was lost in vicinity of Bahamas.  Efforts were  
    made to contact flight by radio & direct to fly course
    of 270 degrees or into sun.  If these directions had  
    been heard & carried out, we are certain this flight  
    would have been returned to base safely.  
    A/S Rescue Unit 9 alerted all stations & everything  
    possible was done to get flight back safely.    
            Intensive search was carried out starting daybreak  
A/C MODEL & NO       PARACHUTE 6 DEC 1945 & securing 1527, 10 DEC.   
#TBM-1C 45714       USED Results negative.  
DAMAGE   DAMAGE DESCRIPTION & REMARKS   Fact finding board of investigation has been appointed
AIRCRAFT   A/C & ENGIN LOST AT SEA     by CNAADTRA to make detailed report on & if possible  
ENGINES           determine cause of loss of subj a/c.  
GEN NATURE   E-2       RECOMMENDATIONS:  Added emphasis is being placed on   
SPEC TYPE ACC   (6) LOST-FUEL EXHAUSTION     importance of proper navigation & lost plane  
            procedure.  CO: Concur with report of board.    
CAUSE M-1 POOR NAVIGATION     Training dept directed to intensify training in lost  
ANAYLISIS (Z) POOR NAVIGATION     plane procedure & stress to pilots necessity  
            TALLY for carrying out correct procedure when lost.
CLASSIFICATION OF ACCIDENT CAUSES       D    R   A-B    O AIRCRAFT ACCIDENT D  R  A-B OTHER
100% UNDETERMINED             CARD NAVAIR 339C