America's missing NUKES: How US has LOST three bombs since 1958 (and that's ... trends now

America's missing NUKES: How US has LOST three bombs since 1958 (and that's ... trends now
America's missing NUKES: How US has LOST three bombs since 1958 (and that's ... trends now

America's missing NUKES: How US has LOST three bombs since 1958 (and that's ... trends now

Somewhere at the bottom of the Philippine Sea rests an undetonated hydrogen bomb with around 70 times the power of the one dropped on Hiroshima.

The 1965 disaster which saw the weapon sink to the bottom of the sea is just one of at least three cases where the U.S. lost nuclear weapons

According to some sources, the number could be as high as six, and that does not account for those lost by other countries.

At least three bombs have been lost around the world (Picture: DailyMail.com)

At least three bombs have been lost around the world (Picture: DailyMail.com) 

USS Ticonderoga

USS Ticonderoga

Since 1950, there have been several dozen 'Broken Arrow' incidents involving the accidental launch, theft or detonation or loss of US nuclear weapons.

They include the 1980 Damascus Incident in rural Arkansas where a nine-megaton weapon was thrown from its silo by a fuel explosion.

But only three cases of nukes going missing have been documented. 

One of the lost nuke cases involved a one megaton B43 thermonuclear bomb that vanished during the Vietnam War after a freak accident in the Philippine Sea.

The bomb was being carried by a Navy A-4E Skyhawk that tried to land on board the carrier U.S.S. Ticonderoga in 1965.

As it docked on the aircraft elevator, it began to roll relentlessly as servicemen whistled, shouted and tried to block its tires.

The pilot on board, Lieutenant Douglas Webster, the plane, and the plane's cargo have not been seen since.

Retired Chief Petty Officer Delbert Mitchell, U.S. Navy, who worked as an aviation ordnanceman aboard the Ticonderoga, told Naval History that he and the other ordnancemen, 'saw the Skyhawk suddenly hit the end of the elevator and fall overboard.

'We never saw Lieutenant Webster after he climbed into the cockpit or knew what efforts he might have attempted to get out of the Skyhawk, but we were stunned to witness a plane, pilot, and nuclear weapon fall into the ocean.

'We watched helplessly as the attack plane and pilot sank into the abyss, the ship continuing to move forward. It was horrifying to watch a human being die before our very eyes, powerless to save him.'

A B43 bomb similar to the one which went missing

A B43 bomb similar to the

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