Original Air Classics “AE and French Connection”

Today we return to our recent two-part post, Amelia Earhart and the French Connection,” for a look at the original article as seen in the December 2000 issue of Air Classics magazine.  You’ll find it differs in several areas from the version that found its way into the March 1998 edition of the Amelia Earhart Society Newsletters, though the story is basically the same, and still confuses me. 

Heartfelt thanks to longtime reader Willam Trail, who procured the December 2000 Air Classics, photocopied it and sent it here to make it available to all.

You can click on each page for a larger, clearer view and easy reading. 


Comments are welcome!


3 responses

  1. Fascinating-thanks Mike!


  2. Thank you Mike I am going to look for a copy of this magazine to add to the other info I have for the future display I will be putting in our new wing of the Museum.
    Appreciate all you have done to bring the truth out & all we can do is present the evidence to the public & let the people decide.
    God Bless you & keep up the good work
    Jack Craft President/CEO Endless Mountains War Memorial Museum


  3. William H. Trail | Reply

    Greetings to All,

    Three different online sources (Wikipedia, Wikii, and Peoplevisions) state that Eric de Bisschop was at Jaluit for two weeks in July 1935 — two years before AE and FN. I’d say that he took his good ol’ sweet time getting to Honolulu in 1937 to tell Admiral Yarnell and Commander Kilpatrick about the three inch shells that he saw there! Of course, one would expect de Bisschop to recognize 3″ shells when he saw them. Between 1914 and 1915 de Bisschop served in the French Marine Nationale (Navy) in command of a patrol boat in the English Channel before transferring into the French Army’s air arm, the Aeronautique Militaire. In an online article at his website, http://www.wharram.com James Wharram, a de Bisschop apologist, vaguely sites de Bisschop as being at Jaluit sometime in the 1930s. Wharram also claims that de Bisschop was a WWI “ace.” A careful check of a WWI aviation website, “The Aerodrome” indicates that there were 182 French combat airmen who attained five or more aerial victories thus earning the designation of “ace”; de Bisschop was not one of them.

    For additional information on Japanese 3″ guns please see link to NavWeaps provided below.


    When France fell in June 1940, de Bisschop threw his lot in with with his friend Marshall Henri Philippe Petain and Vichy France and, by extension, Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich.

    All best,



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