Marshall Islands “fishing boat pickup” update: Logs, news clips, witness accounts suggest real event

With the recent finds of several small artifacts on one of Mili Atoll’s tiny Endriken Islands, any or all of which may have once been parts of Amelia Earhart’s Electra, as well as the emergence of a rare 1937 U.S. newspaper clipping, a new look at the origin and evolution of the “fishing boat pickup” story and how it fits into the Earhart saga might be instructive.

In the wake of the Battle of Kwajalein, fought from Jan. 31 to Feb. 3, 1944, on Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, several discoveries were made relative to the presence of Amelia Earhart at different  locations in the Marshall Islands, including Kwajalein in the years before the war.  The below story appeared in the Benton Harbor (Mich.) News Palladium on March 21, 1944, under the headline “Clue Obtained To Mystery of Amelia Earhart,” by Eugene Burns, an Associated Press war correspondent posted at Majuro, the capital and largest city in the Marshalls:

MARSHALL ISLANDS, March 4 – (Delayed) (AP) The possibility that Amelia Earhart Putnam, world famed aviatrix, ran out of gas in the Marshall Islands and was taken to Japan has been revived by a remark of a mission trained native to Lieutenant T. Bogan, New York City.

Lieutenant Bogan, a representative of the Marshall Island military governor, Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, commander of the Pacific Fleet, said Elieu, the 30-year-old native, limited himself to these statements and stuck to them: “A Jap trader named Ajima three and a half years ago on Rita island told me than an American woman pilot came down between Jaluit and Ailinglapalap atolls and that she was picked up by a Japanese fishing boat and the trader Ajima heard that she was taken to Japan.”

Elieu insisted that he heard of no man being with the “American woman pilot.” Fred Noonan flew with Miss Putnam as navigator on her world-girdling trip in 1937.

Elieu Jibambam, one of the earliest known Marshall Island witnesses, though not an eyewitness, told several Navy men on Majuro in 1944 about the story he had heard from Ajima, a Japanese trader, about the Marshalls landing of the white woman flier who ran out of gas and landed between Jaluit and Ailinglapalap." Elieu's account was presented in several books including Fred Goerner's Search. This photo is taken from Oliver Knaggs' 1981 book, Amelia Earhart: her final flight.

Elieu Jibambam, one of the earliest known Marshall Island witnesses, though not an eyewitness, told several Navy men on Majuro in 1944 about the story he had heard from Ajima, a Japanese trader, about the Marshalls landing of the white woman flier who ran out of gas and landed between Jaluit and Ailinglapalap.” Elieu’s account was presented in several books including Fred Goerner’s Search. This photo is taken from Oliver Knaggs’ 1983 book, Amelia Earhart: her final flight.

Since the story was an Associated Press release, we can be reasonably sure that it appeared in a number of newspapers throughout the country, including the New York Daily News, the New York Sun and the Oakland Tribune, according to Bogan’s 1961 account to Fred Goerner in The Search for Amelia Earhart, but this story made very little impression on a nation still at war. Thanks to various investigations in the Marshalls over the past 65 years, we know that much of this story that Elieu passed to Burns was incorrect in many details, but its major thrust, that she landed in the area and was picked up by the Japanese, was certainly true.

In 1961, shortly after Goerner returned to San Francisco after his second trip to Saipan and an unsuccessful attempt to visit Kwajalein, he was called by John Mahan, a local realtor and former Navy yeoman stationed on Majuro in 1944. “Amelia Earhart crash-landed somewhere between Majuro, Jaluit, and Ailinglapalap in the Marshalls,” he told Goerner. “We knew it back in 1944.” Mahan said several Marshallese natives who served as interpreters, among them Joe and Rudolph Muller, told him the Japanese picked up two American fliers, “a man and woman, and brought them for a while into either Jaluit or Majuro, then took them to another island. They said it was 1937, and the Japs thought they were spies.”

Mahan referred Goerner to Eugene Bogan, his commanding officer on Majuro, who recalled that a Majuro native named Elieu, a schoolteacher with a reputation for integrity among the Marshallese, was the source of the Earhart information. Shortly after the Navy arrived on Majuro, Elieu overheard a conversation about the Japanese preoccupation with secrecy, Bogan continued, “and asked if they knew of the white woman flier who ran out of gas and landed between Jaluit and Ailinglapalap.”

Elieu wasn’t an eyewitness but had heard the story from a Japanese friend named Ajima, a trader with a company the Japanese used as front to cover military activities in the Mandated Islands. The woman was picked up by a Japanese fishing boat and taken to either Jaluit or Majuro, Ajima told Elieu, and later to Kwajalein Atoll or Saipan. No man was mentioned in the story, “because the Japanese would have been greatly impressed by a woman pilot,” Bogan said.

This was Goerner’s introduction to the Marshall Islands landing scenario, the “front-end” of the Earhart disappearance story, so to speak, which he didn’t investigate quite as extensively as Amelia’s Saipan presence as revealed by the Chamorro witnesses, as well as the GIs who fought in the Battle of Saipan in the summer of 1944.

In Search, page 165 of the first edition, we have Bogan’s key statement to Goerner via Elieu’s story: “A Japanese fishing boat picked her up and brought her into either Jaluit or Majuro. Then she was taken presumably to Kwajalein or Saipan.”

Most Earhart enthusiasts are familiar with the famous July 1949 interview given by Amy Otis Earhart, Amelia’s mother, to the Los Angeles Times. But many don’t realize that unless they’ve seen the original Times article, they probably missed some or all of the most revealing and provocative statements Amy made that day. The newspapers clips that I’ve seen edited Amy’s remarks to various degrees; I don’t know why this occurred, only that I’ve seen the entire interview only in the original Times version of the interview.

This is the shallow reef area near Barre Island that Vincent V. Loomis presents in his 1985 book, Amelia Earhart: The Final Story, where witnesses say Amelia Earhart "ditched on a reef, about 100 yards offshore," on July 2, 1937. These three islands are the so-called Endrikens where artifacts thought to be from the Earhart Electra were recently found.

This photo, circa 1983, is the shallow reef area “near Barre Island Mili Atoll” presented by Vincent V. Loomis in his 1985 book, Amelia Earhart: The Final Story.  Native Marshallese eyewitnesses Lijon and Jororo told to Ralph Middle “sometime before the war [1937] they saw an airplane land on the reef about 200 feet offshore.”  These four small islands are the so-called Endrikens, the nearest about a mile from Barre, where a search team sponsored by Parker Aerospace returned for a five-day search in late January 2015. Researchers Les Kinney and Dick Spink say the main focus of the search, with high-tech metal detectors and ground penetrating radar, was the second island from the left, and several artifacts were found. For more, please see previous post,  “New Mili search uncovers more potential evidence.”

Among Amy’s most interesting comments in the July 24, 1949 Times article are those where she repeats allegations she made in a May 1944 letter to Neta Snook.  Virtually all newspapers included Amy’s statement that she believed Amelia landed on a “tiny atoll” in the Pacific, and “was picked up by a Japanese fishing boat that took her to the Marshall Islands, then under Japanese control.” Eugene Burns’ March 1944 article could well have been the source of Amy’s statement about the fishing boat pickup, but her statements weren’t limited to this aspect of her daughter’s loss.

Amy also told the Times that Amelia “was permitted to broadcast to Washington from the Marshalls, because the officials on the island where she was taken — I can’t recall the name of it believed she was merely a transocean flier in distress. But Toyko had a different opinion of her significance in the area. She was ordered taken to Japan. There, I know, she met with an accident, an ‘arranged’ accident that ended her life.”

Five years earlier, in Amy’s May 6, 1944 letter to Neta Snook, she told Amelia’s first flight instructor that she had information brought to her “by a friend a few days after Amelia’s S.O.S [in July 1937] who was listening to a short-wave radio when a broadcast from Tokyo came in saying they were celebrating there, with parades, etc. because of Amelia’s rescue or pick up by a Japanese fisherman. That was before the war you know, and evidently the ordinary Jap had no knowledge of their military leaders’ plans so were proud of the rescue and expected the world to be. That young girl drove 27 miles at 11 o’clock at night, and through a horrid part of Los Angeles to tell me. It was too late when she arrived at my house in North Hollywood, but the next day I went with her to the Japanese Consulate in Los Angeles and asked him about it.”

Of course by the time Amy saw anyone at the consulate, nobody knew anything about the fishing boat story. But she never forgot it, and later in her letter to Snook, she wrote, “So the hope is only the finding out what happened after the Jap fishing boat picked her up from the small island where she had landed. One can face anything she knows is so, but unless she goes through the torture of not knowing, it is not possible to understand the agony connected with uncertainty, nor the loopholes it leaves for the imagination to get in its work.”

In my Dec. 9, 2014 post, Amy Earhart’s stunning 1944 letter to Neta Snook,” I expressed doubts about the veracity of Amy’s claims that Amelia was allowed to broadcast for a few days from the Marshalls after being captured by the Japanese. I still have these doubts, because although many alleged post-loss messages were reported in the Pacific area as well as the United States in the days immediately following July 2, none of them contained anything that could have been construed to mean that Earhart and Noonan were in Japanese custody, much less taken to Tokyo. Most were incomprehensible snippets.

The Japanese navy's 2,080-ton survey ship Koshu, almost certainly was the ship that picked up Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan from their landfall near Mili's Barre Island, and which carried the Earhart Electra its stern to Saipan, where it was discovered by American forces in June 1944.

The Japanese navy’s 2,080-ton survey ship Koshu almost certainly picked up Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan from their landfall near Mili’s Barre Island, took the pair to Jaluit, where Bilimon Amaron tended to Noonan’s wounded knee, and carried the Earhart Electra to Saipan, where it was discovered by American forces in June 1944.

But what of  Amy’s claim of the “short-wave radio … broadcast from Tokyo [that] came in saying they were celebrating there, with parades, etc. because of Amelia’s rescue or pick up by a Japanese fisherman” that Amy’s “young girl” friend (probably Margot DeCarie, Amelia’s secretery) in Los Angeles drove 27 miles to tell Amy that night in 1937? Could this have really happened as Amy was told? Can’t we assume the broadcast would have been in Japanese? Did Margot DeCarie speak Japanese, and if not, how did she understand its message?

On Majuro in 1979, Judge Kabua Kabua, the chief magistrate on Jaluit in 1937, told Vincent V. Loomis he heard about the “lady pilot” from the Japanese. “Part of the story, I heard,  her plane ran out of gas and she came down near Mili,” the  judge said.  “The Japanese picked her up in a fishing boat and took her to Saipan, the Japanese headquarters.” 

Through Loomis’ 1981 Tokyo investigation, we know that Koshu, which wasn’t a part of the 12th Squadron, was anchored in Ponape on July 2, 1937, and at 5 p.m., July 6, Lieutenant Yukinao Kozu, the ship’s radioman, logged the official order for the ship to depart Ponape for the Marshalls to join the Earhart search. Koshu was steaming for Jaluit on July 9, arriving there just after noon July 13. “That night she took on coal,” Loomis wrote. “One of those loading the fuel was Tomaki Mayazo, who heard the crew members excitedly mention they were on the way to pick up two American fliers and their aircraft, which had crashed at Mili. The next day the ship steamed out of Jaluit for Mili Mili, where it picked up both the Electra and its crew.”

If Koshu did pick up the fliers at Mili Mili, located in the southwest part of Mili Atoll at least 20 miles from Barre Island, in the northwest part of the atoll, it’s possible they were taken to Mili Mili by this alleged fishing boat. However, we have no accounts or evidence of their presence at Mili Mili besides Loomis’ statement.

When Japanese journalist Fukiko Aoki visited Fred Goerner at his San Francisco home in June 1982, the fishing boat story was among the first topics he raised. “Did you know that on July 13, 1937, a Japanese newspaper reported that Amelia Earhart was rescued by Japanese fisherman?” Goerner asked the young woman who told Goerner that she wanted to help his cause, something she never came close to doing.

Undated photo of Japanese journalist Fukiko Aoki, wife of famous American writer Pete Hamill, who told Fred Goerner she wanted to help him in his Earhart investigations in the early 1980s. As it turned out, Aoki was anything but helpful, at least from Goerner's point of view.

Undated photo of Japanese journalist Fukiko Aoki, wife of American writer Pete Hamill. Aoki told Fred Goerner she wanted to help him in his Earhart investigations in the early 1980s. As it turned out, Aoki was anything but helpful, at least from Goerner’s point of view, as her only purpose was apparently to undermine Goerner’s Saipan findings. For more, see final chapter of Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, pages 393-403.

The claim that a Japanese paper published a story about Amelia’s pickup in the Marshalls was directly related to a “most urgent” message sent by Japanese foreign minister Koki Hirota to Japan’s British ambassador, Shigeru Yoshida, in London, also on July 13, 1937, and reported by Loomis in Amelia Earhart: The Final Story. “The Advertiser here [in Japan] reports that they received a London international news dispatch at 2:00 AM today to the effect that a Japanese fishing boat had rescued the Earhart plane,” Hirota wrote. “Please verify this and confirm by return.”

Panic descended upon “the small circle of Japanese officials who knew what was happening in the Marshalls,” Loomis wrote. “Had the truth leaked out from one of their classified sources – radio, a letter, a loose statement? Or even worse, had the secret diplomatic code been broken? Would the Americans press them for more details or would they accept this as rumor? A few tension-ridden days passed, and nothing more came of this coincidental near exposure of the truth.”

Aoki told Goerner that she would look into the fishing boat story, but her findings further confused the matter (see pages 147-148 of Truth at Last). Aoki wrote that “the Tokyo Asahi Shimbum [newspaper] dated July 15 [1937] reported, ‘The report of the rescue is without foundation,'” and so she concluded, “Goerner’s theory of the Japanese fishing boat rescue is extremely weak.”

Aoki was eager to dismiss the fishing boat story, but her report of the newspaper’s July 15 printed retraction of the article nonetheless proved the fishing boat pickup story had appeared two days earlier, as Goerner’s information indicated. But why did one newspaper retract a story that had appeared in another two days earlier?

I’ve never seen an original copy of the story that allegedly appeared in the Japan Advertiser newspaper on July 13, 1937, or the July 15 retraction of the story in Tokyo Asahi ShimbumBut thanks to Woody Peard, an enterprising researcher in Santa Maria, Calif., we’re now one step closer to the original Japanese story.

In December 2014, Woody, an avid Earhart collector who’s amassed hundreds of newspapers, magazines, scrapbooks, article cutouts, documents, philatelic covers and other memorabilia on Amelia and Fred Noonan since 1998, made an amazing find on eBay – an American newspaper that reported on the Japanese fishing boat pickup story’s Japanese origin.

The below story appeared at the top of page 1 in the July 13, 1937 edition of the Bethlehem (Penn.) Globe Times

Fishing boat story 5

For those not able to easily read this clip, here’s the top three paragraphs:

Vague and unconfirmed rumors that Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan have been rescued by a  Japanese fishing boat without a radio, and therefore unable to make any report, found no verification here today, but plunged Tokio [sic] into a fever of excitement.

The Navy Department had no official word of any such rescue, but were striving to ascertain the position of the fishing boat rumored to have effected the rescue.

Tokio newspapers had a virtual field day. Stories speculating about the rumors were given a tremendous play, competing with developments in North China for the most prominent display.

The rest of the story, filed by Paul Brooke, an International News Service correspondent aboard the carrier USS Lexington, is an update on the carrier group’s ocean search for the Earhart plane, suspended July 19 after 262,000 square miles of ocean was searched by Navy and Coast Guard ships. Only one other researcher has ever told me he has a copy of this story in an American newspaper from July 1937; obviously very few U.S. newspapers ran it.

Woody has been focused on the Earhart saga since 1998, and has a fascinating family connection, beginning with his grandfather, a career Marine officer who graduated from the University of Kansas in 1909. “After serving with the 1st Marine Division in France during World War I, he took a year of international Law at the Sorbonne,” Woody wrote in an email. “He was also the Judge Advocate General for the Eastern Seaboard from 1916-1936, an ONI agent for his entire career and an aerial photo reconnaissance specialist. He was moved to Hawaii in early 1936 as the XO [executive officer] of the Marine Barracks at Pearl Harbor. Comments made by my father over the years, also a career marine, test pilot and accident investigator led me to believe my grandfather was transferred there to be in charge of security for Earhart’s flight. That was the beginning of my obsession with the mystery of Earhart’s disappearance.”

Like most ruled by logic, reason and respect for facts, Woody is convinced Amelia and Fred died on Saipan, but he believes the Earhart Electra is buried on Taroa, an island on Maloelap Atoll in the Marshalls about 185 miles from Mili Atoll, and the site of a major Japanese airfield during the war. He plans to return to Taroa for a fourth time after he raises the money he needs for a ground-penetrating-radar search, and is seeking a financial backer. Woody is on Facebook and invites comments.  I wish him luck, but don’t believe the Electra is on Taroa. The sooner he crosses this idea off his list, however, the sooner he will come to fully support the Saipan truth. 

Woody Peard, of Santa Maria, Calif., an avid Earhart researcher and collector, has generously provided us with a rare clip from a U.S. newspaper, published on July 13, 1937, that indicates the "fishing boat pickup" of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan in the Marshall Islands.

Woody Peard, of Santa Maria, Calif., an avid Earhart researcher and collector, has generously provided us with a rare clip from a U.S. newspaper, published on July 13, 1937, which reflected the Japanese reports of the “fishing boat pickup” of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan in the Marshall Islands.

The Japanese fishing boat pickup of Earhart and Noonan is a common thread in the Marshallese saga of the American fliers for a very good reason, but what transpired between the fliers’ July 2 landing and their pickup by the Japanese at an as yet unknown date is largely still unknown.

Through Vincent V. Loomis Tokyo 1981 research in Tokyo, which was later supported by Fukiko Aoki, we know that the Japanese survey ship Koshu was anchored in Ponape on July 2, 1937, was underway for Jaluit on July 9, arrived on July 13 and “the next day steamed out of Jaluit for Mili Mili, where it picked up both the Electra and its crew,” Loomis wrote.  We also know that Koshu returned to Jaluit on July 19 (see pages 157-158 of Truth at Last.) 

Marshallese eyewitnesses John Heine and Tokyo have told investigators about seeing a silver airplane on a barge in different locations, and many others knew of it. In 1997 the elderly Robert Reimers, then 88 and the most powerful man in the Marshalls, told Bill Prymak, “It was  widely known throughout the islands by both Japanese and Marshallese that a Japanese fishing boat first found them and their airplane near Mili.” (see Truth at Last pages 173-174).

Thus it seems clear that the July 13 reports of the “fishing boat pickup” of Earhart and Noonan involve another, unnamed and unidentified vessel, and that the Koshu could not have been the fishing boat alluded to in the July 13 stories. Unfortunately, we have no account from any eyewitness or even hearsay witness that indicates the identity of this vessel, what the fliers were doing or where precisely they were, between the time of their Mili landfall and the unknown time of their pickup.

Once again, even as it seems the big picture in the Earhart disappearance is coming into better focus, the process of actually “getting a visual,” so to speak, on what really happened continues to elude us, as many nagging smaller mysteries present themselves without hinting at easy or quick solution.

 

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8 responses

  1. Mike – Great article about the Japanese fishing boat pick -up. Two more important eyewitnesses *Jororo & *Lijon, who were Marshallese fishermen, claimed that sometime before the war, they saw an airplane land on the reef of Barre Island, about 200 ft offshore.
    The Japanese were very strict about secrecy of the plane and their removal of it. They threatened all natives with death by beheading if they ever spoke of the event.
    Talk about a popular, world renown, American aviatress flying around the world one day and completely unknown the next?

    We own *Amelia Earhart & *Fred Noonan much more respect than this – don’t we?

    Come on Americans, STAND UP for *Amelia Earhart and the *TRUTH.

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  2. 1. What was Woody’s father’s full name. It would be interesting to research his service record.

    2. There’s a contradiction of sorts. In the 1930’s, there was severe inter-service rivalry for Federal War Department funding. Also, it appears that Amelia only met with Army Officers /Officials prior to he world attempt. There was even an Army Officer on Howland awaiting her arrival. And of course, there’s the hypothesis that cameras were installed by the Army on the Electra during the rebuild.

    So…..why select a Marine at Pearl Harbor ? Seems implausible. Remember, this was during a period when the Air Corps was soliciting bids for long range bombers to traverse the Atlantic and Pacific. The bids eventually evolving into the B-17 and the B-24.

    3. The Japanese Newspaper Article: It has no singular source – a named reporter, a quote from a Japanese official – to nail it down. It falls into the same category as Ric Gillespie’s mysterious radio messages which went on for days according to him. It’s also interesting that major city newspapers: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Detroit, New York, Boston, did not pick up the story as well. Could have been a Reporter or Editor with a vivid imagination looking to increase local circulation.
    And…..no followup story /article ??? No official response from the State, War, or Navy Departments???

    4, If true, I’m reasonably sure that the Editor of that Japanese newspaper had his head lopped off by the Kempetai.

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  3. I believe we have two culprits here – one being GP Putnam & other Minoru Genda. Putnam may have supplied the Japs with Howard Hughes blue-prints which were used for the “ZERO” fuselage, wings & tail; he may have also been the one who changed Amelia’s plans (*this we know from a note hidden from sight for 50-years)and in so doing allowed the Japanese to capture & interrogate Noonan, obtaining the data they needed to hijack the HI Clipper later.

    *Conjecture? – think about it… a friend meets Amelia in Lae, she tells him she’s not doing the Howland Is. flight as advertised, but something else, not of her choosing! That friend leaves a trail by signing “Best Wishes” & his name on a $1 bill for Amelia, as well as writing about their conversation in his notebook… he just happened to be 1st. officer aboard the HI Clipper when Jap saboteurs hijacked it & murdered the crew – that’s where Genda comes in (he furnished the plans for the hijacking). Genda also had a hand in the bombing of the USS PANAY on the Yangtze, and when that failed to bring America into the war, Genda planned the entire attack on Pearl Harbor for Yamamoto; he developed the woodern fis which allowed his dive-bombers to release torpeddos at close range to “B”attlesip-row. then sat aboard the Akaga for the entire operation and after urged Yamamoto one more flight to destroy the fuel storage at Pearl Harbor, but another carrier commander decided to leave, and the convoy followed.

    Post-war, Genda was made a Japanese General & political figure. He had lectured at the Imperial War college on Billy Mitchell’s sneak-attack theory that got Mitchell court-marshaled – so who better for the US military to invite to lecture on the war at US Colleges post war, and also present the Legion of Merrit medal to than Genda! BTW, the US may have covered-up the fact that Yamamoto knew AE & FN’s fate, not just merely as revenge for Pearl Harbor??? You can add to that that Genda would only admit he had “a personal interest in Earhart.”

    Let’s see -if GP’s “leak” was the basis for the Emporer’s 1937 birthday gift design, and the 14-cyl. engine from the hijacked Clipper was reverse-engineered to power every “ZERO” fighter built, we have Genda to thank as well, but how did Genda get the info on the route, stops, onboard equipment the Pan Am Clippers had, except from the navigator who set it all up, Fred Noonan???

    It makes me & others ask if Amelia Earhart was simply a pawn in all this which came after? Certainly another good reason for the US continued cover-up!

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    1. Chance Vought aircraft company had sold the prototype for its aircraft and its plans to Japan in 1937. Eugene Wilson, President of Vought, claimed that when shown a captured Zero in 1943, he found that “There on the floor was the Vought V 142 or just the spitting image of it, Japanese-made.” The Japanese had plenty of opportunity before WWII to travel to air shows and visit industrial plants. We greatly underestimated Genda and the ability of Japanese industry to make weapons of war. The Japanese got their information in more than one way.

      The Clipper flights were not totally restricted and anyone who flew as a passenger could assess the procedures followed. The Japanese followed them closely since they flew right by the Japanese possessions in the Pacific.

      What happened to the Hawaii Clipper is a mystery to this day. Being hijacked by Japanese Navy agents is one of the most compelling theories. The $3 million carried by Wah Sun Choy for his brother in China fighting the Japanese is a compelling motivation.

      They might have inspected the Clippers engines, but they had also visited the Pratt and Whitney plant in Connecticut and were aware of the latest improvements in those engines. I have problem with the ‘reverse engineering’ theory. They already had a large and well equipped Air Force which they were using to destroy China. Their aviation industry was constantly working on improvements. They could have inspected the engines for whatever improvements they could use but I don’t think they needed to make an exact copy of it.

      There are plenty of reasons for the continued US cover-up of both the Earhart tragedy and Hawaii Clipper disaster. However, the above scenarios for Putnam and Genda are at the far end in the realm of possibilities.

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      1. PHIL:

        Where is this photo of Amelia standing next to a Japanese fighter ? Please post it…

        Read the history of the Zero. Note that several were captured in China, prior to the U.S. entry into WWII.

        Genda ? What’s the big deal ? “Made” a general ? No…PROMOTED to General. OIC of the Japanese Self-Defense Air Force. Post War. The COLD WAR. I think that rates a promotion…..

        Do you have proof of Genda supplying plans to anyone ? Proof ! Not words……

        Philip Van Zandt: I LOVE YOUR NAME ! The 1930’s-50’s character actor. Any relation ????

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  4. Philip Van Zandt | Reply

    Genda had a thing with Lockheed before WWII and bribery proved afterword. The HI Clipper hijacking is now agreed fact; evidence of the crew’s burial in JAPANESE cement. *The $1 bill W.A. Walker (later 1st. officer of the HI Clipper & one of the murdered) wrote on. signed & gave Amelia at Lae still exists. His note book stated he observed Noonan ‘closing up the bar in Lae’, suggested to Amelia Earhart her piloting skills & aircraft-equipment were not equal to the task of locating Howland Is. and she told him she was ‘not doing as advertised, but had a totally different plan to follow the following day; not of her choosing’. She did not divulge what it was.

    Genda’s aircraft plans remained at Mitsubishi along with his office-wall length portrait & ZERO rendering until the they became involved with commercial aircraft production (there are many photos). His Pearl Harbor plans were prepared for Admiral Yamamoto and can be found in annals of the Imperial War College; at HI museums and recorded for the Congressional Record. He was technical adhvisor for TORA, TORA, TORA as well as PEARL HARBOR (not withstanding the stupidly-added Tokyo Raiders bit). Genda’s tie-ins to HI businesses that contributed to Putnam’s cash flow are an on-going investigation, but not the Pan-Am hi-jacking and the dropping of an oil-slick to throw off USN search parties – these are well established. His autobiography answers the bombing of the USS PANAY to try to bring America into war. He succeeded with Yamamoto in command and there’s mounting evidence that the Admiral had info damning to Genda’s former agendas.

    To actually pin-point that Putnam ‘sold out’ Amelia Earhart for cash will be very difficult, however, she either became a pawn or conspirator… you may have to wait for Charles N. Hill’s book tentatively entitled “TRAITOR TWICE” for further proof.

    *That 1$-bill and another which bore the L.A. US Customs stamp issued for the Army’s return to Burbank of the damaged Electra in 1936 from HI, a US territory; not yet a state are currently in the hands of an investigative collector, along with what is believed to be Earhart’s last personal Kodak Camera and another object, possibly Noonan’s – items that Naval Intel & the CIA never recovered from Saipan!

    And Yes – I am ‘related’ to a whole bunch of Van Zandt family going back to the Dutch Reformed Churchman who supplied the $30 for trading goods used by another member to ‘buy’ Manhattan Island -to- the man who founded Ft. Worth, TX (and those in the county to its S. that carries our name); to John T. Van Zandt, the real white slave-runner in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s UNCLE TOM’S CABIN; to Philip Van Zandt 1930-’40s character actor in 256 films – some great, many war movies as a Nazi; some box-office flops; to composer & lyricist Tines Van Zandt (Van Zandt Guitars made in Japan); to Ronnie, Johnny & Donnie of the Lynyrd Skynyrd group -to- Doctors, Lawyers, Automobile Critic-writers, Sailing magazine staff-writers, a flying Veternarian & his brother, radiologist to movie-stars (Hawthorn Clinic), even a couple Archaeologists… gets kind of hard to remember ’em all when your almost 80!

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  5. I never heard anything about Woody Peard and his purported search on Taroa. Have you? Isn’t Taroa a dangerous place to go searching what with unexploded bombs and maybe landmines?

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    1. Yes, Woody has been a Taroa man for many years. He’s convinced the plane is there. What can I say that hasn’t been said before?
      Mike

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