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USNI News Video: The Mystery of the Navy’s Ghost Blimp

On Aug. 16, 1942, U.S. Navy anti-submarine blimp L-8 left Treasure Island, Calif. on a patrol to hunt for Japanese submarines. It returned to shore hours later with the crew missing and no sign of what happened to them.

  • Rob C.

    Weird….i wonder what happened to them. They could gotten into a fight and try bump one other off and end up fall overboard for all we know.

  • Ed L

    Aliens?

  • publius_maximus_III

    If it had been patrolling off the coast of Bermuda, I’d say I know “what” happened, just not why or how. But out in sunny CA?

  • concerned resident and citizen

    We’ll if none returned then someone with … Probably a gun forced every off maybe returned the ship back towards base then jumped out, otherwise how would it ‘return’. Will have to try and read more. What’s all the possible causes? Love ‘detective’ work ( and tv show s like ‘Pysch’ and Columbo etc

  • concerned resident and citizen

    Only two crew, ok… Well like ‘cooper’ that bailed out of airliner, need to investigate which one or both might have gone … Navy word for. …awol

  • John B. Morgen

    How did the blimp returned to base without the crew? I wasn’t aware that we had such self-guidance systems back then. Is this story some sort of a joke. Right?

    • Bill

      Did you look at the video? The blimp didn’t return to base; it crashed into a neighborhood.

      • John B. Morgen

        Yes I reviewed the V-tape, but it does not explained the missing crew.

        • Bill

          But your question was “how did the blimp return to base?” That was what I was addressing.

          • John B. Morgen

            The blimp just crashed without anyone manning it.