|L-8 approaches USS Hornet CV8 with delivery of parts|
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The airship was to continue to monitor shipping offshore for a number of hours. It carried a crew of two; Lieutenant Ernest DeWitt Cody age 27 a graduate of the Naval Academy and Ensign Charles Adams 37 years old, a "mustang" he had been commissioned only the day before, the former enlisted Aviation Boatswain Mate had nearly 20 years experience with blimps. Another crewman, the enlisted member, James Riley Hill, a third class Aviation Machinist Mate; left behind because the early morning fog made the fabric surface of the airship wet and heavy. The L-8 was assigned to ZP-32, at Moffett Field near Sunnyvale and south of San Francisco.
About an hour and a half into the mission Cody radioed that an oil slick had been spotted and they were going lower to investigate. That was the last transmission anyone ever heard. The men were never seen again.
The L-8 apparently drifted to near some cliffs on the coast and the fabric tore, it drifted about and finally came to rest in Daly City, near South San Fransisco. The crewmen were never found, even after an exhaustive search - not a sign of them.
|Being readied for a flight. www.check-six.com|
|A map of the area, Treasure Island is near the I-80 sign between|
San Francisco and Oakland. www.google.com maps.