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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.

As a result of an assignment to write a newspaper overview story about the so-called Earhart “mystery” for the Navy, Mike began seriously studying the history of research into the disappearance of Amelia Earhart. In 1988 he began a longterm 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 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, considered to be the father of the modern Democratic party by many. 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 be reduced 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 is it.

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.

He retired in October 2008 after 30 years of combined military and civilian service, and lives in Jacksonville, Florida with his wife, Nee, and their cats. 

You can contact him at mbcampbell29@aol.com.

10 responses

  1. Robert D. "Bob" Kelly | Reply

    Just finished “The truth at Last”, “The Lost Flight”, “The Search For AE”, and “Eyewitness” after being turned on to the Saipan angle by Dr. White Wallenhorn’s somewhat disjointed 86 minute video presented on C-Span3. The video and all of the books pretty well sew it up for me…and Mike Campbell’s book ties it all together. I was born in April 1937 and I hope this all becomes public before I,too, am gone. I think the case has been well made for Jap capture, killing of AE and FN, and destruction of the AE plane…probably in ’37 or ’38. I want to be kept updated. Is this the best site for that? I do have a couple of questions. If AE crash-landed anywhere…how did the plane become flyable again (as Devine and others witnessed?) And…I sure wish Devine could have plucked a part off that plane that had a trace-able serial number before or after they burned it. Any other sites I can check for up-dated information? I’m also interested because I spent 4 years aboard a Fletcher Class Destroyer as a Gun Fire Control Technician from 1957-1961. We traveled all over the Pacific stopping in Midway, Guam, Phillipines, Hong Kong, Australia, Tasmania and many places in Japan…but never in Saipan.


    1. Bob,
      Thanks for your comment. You’re not alone in questioning some of the logistical problems that present when considering the Electra’s wheels-up landing in the Mili Lagoon. The plane was winched about the Koshu, as the native witness Joro told Bill Prymak, and probably within two days of its arrival on Mili. On the Koshu, it could have easily been hosed with fresh water to keep the salt water from corrupting the plane’s inner workings, and from Mili it was taken to Saipan. The Japanese would have considered the Electra a great prize and likely went to extreme lengths to repair it on Saipan, if Devine and others are to be believed. Rollin Reineck, the noted researcher who spent much of late 1944 and early 1945 on Saipan as a B-29 navigator, told me the Japanese would have had the facilities to make the Electra airworthy in 1937.

      There’s plenty of other sites that deal with various aspects of the Earhart matter, but you won’t find any more honest, current or accurate that deal with the presence and death of Amelia and Fred Noonan on Saipan.


  2. David Barber | Reply

    I think I will order this book. Two things were on my mind about the Amelia Earhart “mystery”. Why hasn’t their back-up plan or emergency plan been discussed? I found it finally in the last pages of Fred’s book. Approaching the end of Goerner’s book, which is copyrighted 1966, I thought, “what did he leave out of the book or learn afterwords”? Looks like your book covers that.
    P.S. I never thought much of Amelia, but as time goes by, I like this lady.


  3. Saipan??? Noonan & Earhart captured by the Japanese??? Hardly…. I think the latest anthropological evidence points otherwise to the Howland Island area. Physical evidence always trumps the theoretical. JDL


  4. Ex-Navy JO – leave your HEAD burried in the SAND…………………..along with your comments! Anthropological evidence – YOUR JOKING – RIGHT? What anthropological evidence????????? Amelia Earhart & Fred Noonan were MURDERED on Saipan by the Japanese (DEVILS).
    Wake – up and READ the evidence, testimonies and *FACTS of WW 2 Marines, soldiers & villagers on Saipan. Obviously YOU DON’T KNOW how to READ? or you wouldn’t leave such a comment as the above. Shame on YOUR *IGNORANCE and *STUPIDITY!


  5. I have followed this since 1966,with the reading of Goerner’s book.I’ve never been a fan of “expose” type books,but,I have a theory abt. them. If you only believe half of it, make your opinion based on the other half.
    WELLLL…I’ve read Goerner, Devine & Mike Campbell,& did just that. Even if you only believe half,you know what the truth is. It also makes a bs’er out of Gillespie & TIGHAR.
    I’ve kept in touch with Mike Campbell since reading “Eyes”, & I’m as sure,now, as I was in 1966 that this theory is actual & true.I re-read these bks. every so often,& I’ve never wavered,in my belief.
    I congratulate Mike & all those just like him,for all their work,& dedication. Re: our gov’t. stand on this—–SHAME ON YOU!!


  6. I found it curious that your book list does not have “Amelia Earhart – Cased Closed?” by Walter Roessler and Leo Gomez. They conclude that Earhart simply ran out of gas and crashed into the sea. As an aviator I found their evidence compelling. The lack of this counter evidence does not strengthen your case–even though you may be closest to the truth. Good website. I am going to get your book.


    1. Ted,

      I’m not sure what “book list” you mean, since you apparently aren’t referring to the bibliography in Truth at Last.

      When you get Truth at Last, you’ll see that I do address the vapid crashed-and-sank theory — for which no real evidence exists, only assumption and speculation — but I don’t refer to the Roessler-Gomez book to do it. I’ve rarely if ever heard this book mentioned during many years in the Earhart community, and if you check its Amazon sales rank and ratings, you’ll find it wasn’t well received. By far the best-known work to advance the crashed-and-sank case is Elgen Long’s 1999 book, Amelia Earhart: The Mystery Solved, which didn’t sell very well either, but which was thoroughly and quickly debunked by former Saipan B-29 navigator Rollin Reineck and several others. I spent as much space on Long’s book as I felt necessary in Truth at Last, and did the same with the current Nikumaroro falsehood. Please get back to us when you’ve read Truth at Last, and thanks for your interest.



  7. Michael Wholley | Reply

    HI Mike,

    I find your research absolutely fascinating. My question is if the Japanese themselves have ever acknowledged any knowledge of AE”s disappearance. I know that in the ww2 years they would probably have denied any involvment,but today they possibly would be more forthcoming.

    Thank you for your wonderful research.
    Mike Wholley

    Haverhill, Massachusetts


    1. Mike,
      Thanks for your kind message and interest. No way the Japanese have ever come close to acknowledging their role in the murders of Amelia and Fred. Why would they? What would they have to gain? One of their own, Michiko Sugita, a woman too brave for her own good, came forward in the early 1970s to tell of her firsthand knowledge, gained in Saipan in 1937 as the daughter of the civilian chief of police there. She disappeared not too long after her story was published in the Japan Times.

      Welcome to the Earhart saga.


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