Bill Prymak responds to Reineck’s “New Scenerio”

Today we present Bill Prymak’s response to Rollin Reineck’s imaginative “New Scenerio — It Could Have Happened This Way” as seen in the June 1999 edition of the Amelia Earhart Society NewslettersPrymak, the visionary yet down-to-earth founder and of the Amelia Earhart Society, presents a few common-sense, logistical reasons why Reineck’s fanciful “covert mission” scenario was highly unlikely to have occurred, and suggests another way they could have landed at Mili Atoll.  For larger view of print images, you can click on them.

On Enajet Island, Mili Atoll in December 1989, Bill Prymak met Joro, a village elder born about 1915.  Joro told Prymak about the “American airplane with the lady pilot [that] crash-landed on the inner coral reefs of Barre Island.”  (Courtesy of John Prymak.)

Prymak, a giant of Earhart research and a friend whose kindness and generosity will never be forgotten, passed away July 30, 2014 at 86 in a Louisville, Colo., hospice.  For much more on Bill Prymak’s work and legacy, please click here.

Bilimon Amaron, whose eyewitness account is widely considered to be the most important of the Marshall Islands witnesses, relaxes in the recreation room of his home in the Marshalls capital of Majuro, circa 1989, with his guest John Prymak.  As a Japanese hospital corpsman in 1937 Jaluit, Amaron’s ship-board treatment of an injured white man, surely Fred Noonan, accompanied by an American woman the crewmen called “Meel-ya,” is legendary among the Marshallese.  (Courtesy Bill Prymak.)


6 responses

  1. Stuart R. Brownstein | Reply

    Keep up the great work, my friend ! The excitement of the arrival of your blog on my devise can not be described ! Be well ! Stuart !

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  2. Hmmm.. wonder how this was received by Reineck? He does present a good argument, but it was a different time then. a time when you believed the government and followed orders. On the other hand, doing what they asked would ruin all the publicity that this flight would garner for Amelia and Fred..I can’t imagine George Putnam would have bought into this, had he know of it. Or did he all along? I guess you have to pick a side on this.


  3. David Atchason | Reply

    I know I have been requested to not pursue my lines of reasoning any more, but I decided I would not listen to that and plunge on, at least until I get the gong.
    I liked Prymak’s simulated conversation among Baruch, Westover, her and Fred. If anybody proposed a Marshall Island destination to them, that’s exactly what I would think she would say. Just no way. However, it is obvious to me he is being disingenuous. His intention is to put them on Mili Atoll, so he proposes this tortured scenario which I have read many times, that they flew to Howland, couldn’t find it, and then, inexplicably, decided to fly in the direction of Jaluit, all without any radio message from Amelia whatsoever. If they were going to fly anywhere to rescue themselves, the Gilbert Islands were the obvious choice. Prymak fails to mention, of course, there were already AM radio stations on Saipan and Truk. Although, I concede, they were too far for her to fly to from Howland I.
    So the only plausible scenario, as I have peviously proposed, is that they flew directly to Saipan from Lae.
    WE/I have to presume that her radio record, as implausible as it was, is either just concocted later or there were recordings played at times. The fact that she hardly ever replied directly to messages to her if at all is consistent with that.
    Reading Prymak’s account or version of events, the Mili landing, for instance, being so bizarre a choice, it persuades me that it is about as believable a story as the 19 Arab hijackers on 9/11. That Amelia would now fly to the Marshalls when she absolutely would not in Prymak’s simulated conversations is a complete sontradiction. Unless she suddenly lost all her senses upon becoming “lost.” I would think Nimitz would be only too happy to string Goerner along promoting the Marshall Islands hypothesis when the real truth would “boggle your imagination.” Nimitz probably didn’t know or care that someone especially perspicacious like me would eventually figure out the real story. Well, at least the flight details. Why she went to Saipan, I don’t know. I’m working on it. At least it would have been a very safe 1,515 mile hop.
    I might add that, in my opinion, the Irene Bolam story is simply a big “red herring” there is no point in arguing the merits of it, let alone writing a book about it.


    1. I know only one person who would agree with you that Earhart flew directly from Lae to Saipan, and he’s been in his grave in Connecticut for nearly 20 years. I’m pretty certain Thomas E. Devine would reject the rest of your gibberish, along with most if not all of the rest of us. That’s as much as I will respond to this psychobabble, as everything you mention has been thoroughly discussed, and unlike you, far more coherently throughout this blog.



  4. Eddie Williams | Reply

    More good Evidence Mike!!!


  5. William H. Trail | Reply

    Greetings to All:

    The truth of AE and FN’s bypassing of Howland and flight to the Marshall Islands, culminating with their landing on Barre Island, Mili Atoll will be found in the prosaic. The key is “Simplicity.”

    All best,



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