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Early in the evening on 18 July 1943, K-74 of Blimp Squadron 21 (ZP-21) took off from the Naval Air Station in Richmond, Florida, on a routine antisubmarine patrol mission. Lieutenant Nelson G. Grills, U. S. Naval Reserve, command pilot of the ten-man crew, expected nothing out of the ordinary. Visibility was excellent, and no submarines, friendly or enemy, had been reported in the patrol area.