Reineck proposes “New Scenerio” in Earhart loss

The work of the late Rollin Reineck, the former Air Force colonel who once navigated B-29s launched from Saipan against the Japanese mainland, is well known to readers of this blog.  Reineck’s authorship of the dreadful Amelia Earhart Survived (2003), his failed attempt to resurrect the long-discredited Irene Bolam-as-Amelia Earhart myth, was a sad day in legitimate Earhart research circles, and some of the clueless who signed on to that delusion remain lost to this day. 

This undated piece by Reineck appeared in the June 1999 issue of the Amelia Earhart Society Newsletters, and based on Bill Prymak’s responding letter, probably was written in April 1999.  It presages Reineck’s awful book, published four years later, but also reveals solid insights into the ways of Washington, D.C., where deceit at the highest levels had been a fact of life long before Earhart’s final flight.

As always, the opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author, and Reineck’s conclusion is especially wrongheaded and disturbing, but this doesn’t mean the rest of his thoughts are equally muddled.  I’ll have more comment at the close of this post, which is presented in its original AES Newsletter format, which I’ve broken up to place complimentary photos to add to the presentation.  This is the first of two parts.

Rollin C. Reineck, circa 1945, served as a B-29 navigator in both the European and Pacific theaters during World War II, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal and Bronze Star.  A true patriot in every sense of the word, Reineck passed away in 2007, but left some very controversial writings about the disappearance of Amelia Earhart.

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 seeNew Mili search uncovers more evidence.

Amelia Earhart supervises refueling her Lockheed Electra 10E, NR16020, at Caripito, Venezuela, before she and Fred Noonan took off on Leg 7 of their world flight on June 3, 1937.  Amelia then flew her Electra from Caripito to Paramaribo, Nederlands Guiana, a distance of 615 miles (990 kilometers).  She arrived at 12:50 p.m., local time. (Photo unattributed.)


Here we note that as early as 1999, and likely much earlier, Reineck was hopelessly hooked on the Weishien-Irene Bolam nonsense, which led him to write arguably the worst Earhart disappearance book of all time, the 2003 fish wrapper Amelia Earhart Survived.  

For those new to this blog or readers who might need refreshing about the Irene Bolam disaster, see Part I of my four-part 2016 exposé, Irene Bolam and the Decline of the Amelia Earhart Society.

We also see that neither Reineck nor editor Bill Prymak seemed to be in the mood to spell check this article before it was published and sent to the approximately 80 to 100 AES members who would normally receive the latest newsletter.  I’ll leave it to you to sniff out the misspelled word or words, but I’ll give you a clue — one of the words is very large!  In fact, if this word doesn’t immediately jump out and mug you, you may be among those who still believe Amelia Earhart returned as Irene Bolam.  (End of Part I.)

15 responses

  1. Plausible theory, but as you state, the ending is all wrong. But I wonder if the US could have been that naive to think the Japanese would just send her home and not be paranoid about her landing in the Marshalls, One would thik that their intelligence would have been much better than that. And aid the Japanese in thier aviation efforts? Not likely. SCENERIO is misspelled-don’t know if this is what you were referring to.


  2. William H. Trail | Reply

    Greetings to All:

    Col. Reineck didn’t go back quite far enough in his “New Scenerio”; I believe “everything falls in line” when it is positively established who really paid Lockheed $80,000.00 in 1936 for AE’s shiny, new Electra 10E Special. The idea that Purdue University did is laughable. PU didn’t purchase that airplane. They were just the highly implausible front for the real purchaser — the U.S. Government, using taxpayer money. And, for the record, I don’t believe that AE and GP “mortgaged their future” or went “hat in hand” to get NR16020 repaired after the 20 March 1937 takeoff mishap in Hawaii. Taxpayers footed the bill for that, too.

    All best,



  3. “Fake news” was not invented in WWII, but merely refined a bit. In our modern times, we have taken it to levels unthought of in those days.


  4. David Atchason | Reply

    It’s just as well my first two comments on this story were vaporized and not allowed because two day’s reflection refined my resolution of this mystery.

    What I’m going to here is I’ll see your absurd and raise you ludicrous. For this bet I have become a Reineckista in addition to a Devineista.

    Yes, Amelia made a deal with Westover and Baruch. Was she going to spy? No. Risk her life and limb? No. Did she “go down in the marshalls” as Nimitz may have actually said, but with a smirk? Of course she didn’t it was far to risky to attempt a ditching or landing on a beach for her important purpose. By 1936 after Wiley Post’s flights, flying around the world was a nothingburger

    Amelia’s real job was as courier or liaison. She was given a briefcase, (probably the pristine one found in the safe) and it contained the final documents of instruction for the prosecution of the war and the general plan of the alliance of USA and Japan after the war was over. Surely there were codes and general timetables for the unfolding of events. As I have noted here before, she was given carte blanche for her landing at Aslito Field. The loop antenna DF served perfectly for her rather mundane flight as it did for Wiley Post I believe. She didn’t need no #%***!! advanced DF. The Saipan radio station was jacked up to highest power and it brought her in safely serving as the beacon that Bradford Washburn said she needed.



  5. David Atchason | Reply

    PART TWO. Naturally Amelia was treated well and Fred was supplied with the finest sake. Were they sent to Weihsien China? (sp?) No they weren’t to be seen there, that would be a dead giveaway. I’m sure they enjoyed Sasebo and why wouldn’t Amelia pitch in with her “Tokyo Rosa” broadcasts and occasional lunches with the Emperor. She might have given some pep talks to the Japanese plane designers, too.

    Did she, upon landing, claim she was lost, she thought she was in Hawaii? What a precious fable, that the Japanese didn’t believe her. The American propaganda producers always chuckled at that one. In fact the Japanes intelligence service knew very well that the Purdue story was a fake, that the crash repair expense legend was absurd.

    Of course Amelia returned to USA after the war. Irene Bolam volunteered to be the distraction story and played her part well as Amelia and Fred hobnobbed with the cognoscenti. Somebody else will have to fill in the details, but the basic story is what I have just said. Naturally Amelia and Fred were taken to visit the movie set where the fake moon landing scenes were filmed, and had many a laugh at the naivete of the American proletariat. Just as it always was.

    That wraps it up, case closed.


    1. You weren’t doing too badly until you brought in Irene Bolam. Case closed at that point, or rather, case blown.


  6. David Atchason | Reply

    No, no I didn’t say Bolam was Amelia. She was just a distraction presented to mislead and to discredit anybody that thought Amelia and Fred had returned. Irene was Irene. Didn’t Bill Prymak take Irene and her husband to the Marshalls or Saipan on one of his trips?


    1. Saying Irene Bolam “played her part well” and that AE returned to the states after the war is quite enough to send you to the fringe lunatic bin. IB played no part in anything except to sue McGraw-Hill for defamation and force them to withdraw their awful 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives, from all stores selling it.

      Also, that was a different Irene Bolam that was a member of the AES, and the fact you didn’t know it shows you’re short on facts when you make your grand statements.

      I gently suggest you drop this line of nonsense at this point.


  7. David Atchason | Reply

    I still think Forrestal was seen on Saipan during the destruction of her plane. He was the man in charge of destroying or covering up all evidence of Amelia’s liaison and probably of covering up all the negative publicity he could about the long planned Japanese American alliance. It may have been in the works since 1904 when the New York Bankers arranged the loans that put Japan back on its feet in the Russo-Japanese war. I have noted that in the long Japan history book that William Trail recommended I read, that important detail is left out.
    We also don’t know how the use of atomic bomb on Japan was planned, most likely far in advanace of 1945. Forrestal would have known all about this and certainly knew exactly how Amelia’s plane got to Saipan in pristine condition.


  8. The continued existence of this Amelia-Irene theory just baffles and frustrates me.


  9. When I tell friends about this case, some of them go to the Internet for more details. And they are directed to the History Channel fiasco! Is there a place on the Internet where they can get better informaiont?


    1. None better than here, Doc, as you well know. Google and other search engines are designed to direct the sheeple to the propaganda, of course. I hope you tell your friends that, and direct them here.


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  10. The picture in this blog post begs the question of what became of the artifacts found by Martin Daly on the middle island in 2014 as a member of Dick Spink’s research team? In particular, the purported Goodyear Air Wheel part. Was the analysis which was supposed to have been underwritten by Parker Aerospace ever done and, if so, what was the result? There isn’t a single thing on the www which has information newer than what was known in early 2015.


    1. Dale,

      See my Feb. 4. 2015 post, “New Mili search uncovers more potential evidence,

      Nothing significant has happened since that time. Analysis has shown that none of the artifacts found can be solely linked to the Electra, though it’s quite probable that they did come from the Earhart plane. The finds by Dick Spink, Les Kinney and Martin Daly are far more important and significant than anything ever claimed by TIGHAR, but because this evidence points to the truth, the media has assiduously avoided discussing it, with the exception of a few Daily Mail stories that were not picked up by anyone in the U.S. media. If I got anything wrong or missed something, I’m sure Les Kinney or Dick Spink will let us know.



      1. David Atchason

        I’m not sure how Dick Spink picked the Endriken Islands. Did some eyewitness point him there? From reading the links it sounds like Dick went there and found the dust cover. Later they went back with all their equipment and found nothing of any significance that could be associated with a specific plane. Maybe that’s why they did no further testing.
        One thing we can be sure of is that the MSM is committed to debunking any hint that Amelia and Fred landed in Japanese territory, never mind getting captured by the Japanese. The Japanese claim that the photo appeared in a Palau travel book in 1935 was disproven by the fact that the pier they were on was not built until 1936. That fact is left out by Wikipedia and the MSM. I used to believe the photo was really Amelia and Fred even though it looks doctored to me. Now I just don’t know what to make of it.


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