About Mike Campbell

Mike Campbell served as an award-winning print and broadcast journalist while on active duty with the U.S. Mike in WichitaNavy and as a civilian public affairs officer with the Air Force. He retired in October 2008 after 30 years of combined military and civilian service.

As a result of an assignment to write a newspaper overview story about the Earhart “mystery” for the Navy, Mike began seriously studying the history of research into the disappearance of Amelia Earhart. In 1988 he began a long-term correspondence with Thomas E. Devine, author of the 1987 classic, Eyewitness: The Amelia Earhart Incident, and soon became convinced that Devine, Fred Goerner, Paul Briand Jr., Vincent V. Loomis and Bill Prymak were correct when they claimed that Earhart and Fred Noonan died on Saipan at an as-yet undetermined date after they failed to reach Howland Island on July 2, 1937. After 14 years of collaboration with Devine, With Our Own Eyes: Eyewitnesses to the Final Days of Amelia Earhart, was published in 2002 by a small Ohio company.

Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, published in 2012 by Sunbury Press, represents over 20 years of research and presents the most comprehensive case ever for the presence and death of Earhart and Noonan on Saipan, as well as their initial landing at Mili Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

The book has been completely blacked out by the mainstream media, because the establishment remains heavily invested in protecting the legacy of Franklin D. Roosevelt, the father of the modern Democratic party. Were it ever to become known that FDR refused to lift a finger to help Amelia when she was on Saipan in Japanese custody, his already checkered reputation would turn to ashes. Make no mistake, the Truth can be found here by those who seek it, and the old canard that Amelia’s disappearance remains a “great aviation mystery” is clearly and emphatically exposed for the lie that it is.

In 2005, he co-wrote “The Atchison Report,” an extensive debunking of the notorious and false Amelia Earhart-as-Irene Bolam theory. This theory was first presented in the 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives. “The Atchison Report” was distributed to researchers at the 2005 Amelia Earhart Festival in Atchison, Kansas, Earhart’s birthplace.

Mike lives in Jacksonville, Florida with his wife, Nee, and their two cats.



4 Responses to About Mike Campbell

  1. WILSON says:

    What is the source of your quote from General Erskine? And to whom, by name, did he state it to? It would seem this statement would have ignited a firestorm, yet it appears not to have done so.

    • earharttruth says:

      The source is Fred Goerner’s letter to Theodore Barreaus, February 19, 1988, from the Goerner Collection at the Nimitz Museum in Fredericksburg, Texas. See page 365 in Truth at Last. Apparently Erskine did not tell Goerner what he told Jules Dundes and Dave McElhatton at the KCBS studio, and it was only later that they told Goerner. That’s the best I can do with the information I have. The general knew that the truth about what happened to Amelia was still top-secret and he wasn’t about to risk government reprisal by announcing it on the air with Goerner, but, like Nimitz and Vandegrift, he admired Goerner’s persistence and wanted to encourage him to continue his efforts. Thus his revelations to Goerner’s KCBS associates.

      You wonder why no “firestorm” results from Erskine’s comments? Well, few ever learned about them. But why was there no firestorm when the July 1, 1960 edition of the San Mateo Times announced in 100-point headlines: “Amelia Earhart Mystery Is Solved”; “Famed Aviatrix Died on Saipan”? For these and other answers, I suggest you invest in a copy of Truth at Last, if you haven’t already. Thanks for your interest.

  2. Mr. Campbell, I am searching for your email address in order to send you a pdf file of the November 6, 2014 letters to the editor page of the Philadelphia Inquirer, where I attack the “absurd, self-aggrandizing claims” and questionable “fund-raising activities” of Ric Gillespie. The Inquirer printed an Earhart photo with it.

  3. Norma Dowling says:

    Just clicked on this for fun and because I have been to Saipan and walked in the Japanese prison that had the remains of the cell Amelia Earhart was supposed to have been kept in. I am not an expert on the history of Amelia Earhart, but what most people don’t know is that the entire Island is considered a monument to those who died during WWII. I was introduced to a man whose job had been diving off shore and defusing or bringing up live bombs for safe removal. He described the mines that were anchored and floating beneath the surface that endangered any boat or ship that might have run across them decades later. The ocean around Saipan was littered with live bombs for many years. I was there in about 1973.

    When you walk through the jungles you are literally treading on history. Nothing is allowed to be removed from it’s spot where it landed during the war. You walk past U.S helmets, and pieces of planes, rotting military objects like canteens in shredded canvas, parts of equipment every soldier would have carried in the exact position they had crashed in or died on so long ago. There were so many different objects. It felt as if I was walking in a cemetery with those items as the monuments to those to whom the items had belonged. The people of Saipan at least at that time treated it as holy ground . They respected it as the place of death for many, many, souls.

    I know Americans are quite used to making money from tourist traps, and Saipan certainly uses their history to draw in money, and it is a fantastic resort area. But at least back when I was there they were not jaded enough to tell tall tales about Amelia Earhart. They would have considered it a curse upon them to do so. They did not take lightly the sacrifices of those who died there. Far too many people were still alive who had seen all that was done there during the war. They honored the dead and they said Amelia was among them, alive for a while. There was little food given to prisoners, and just damp open barred windows, no glass. It was a small building with just a few cells. I will always consider it a holy place and I am grateful for the people of Saipan still honoring our dead.

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