The biggest recorded loss was in 1945 when five US Navy Avenger torpedo bombers flying from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to Bimini Island never showed up after a radio call from the 14 men on board that their compasses stopped working.
Three rescue planes also disappeared.
The flight’s leader, Lieutenant Charles Taylor, was heard over radio control saying: “We are entering white water, nothing seems right. We don’t know where we are, the water is green, no white.”
The conspiracy theory stemmed from there, as the US Navy put the cause of the disappearance down to ’cause unknown’, leading to some wild speculation.