Some latest developments.
We've heard scenarios of her being "shot down" before. Mike Harris interviewed a couple of fellows in 1983, one whom repeated the same story ("Lotan Jack") about her being shot, or forced down by a zero. Also Manny Muna recalled the Captain of the Fukud Maru ship claiming that one of the pilots from his ship had "shot down the American pilot."
We've spent more than a few hours shuttling paperwork from one government office to the next. We try to let them know that we don't want to take anything from the island, and that we are just intent on bringing the story to its conclusion - but as anyone knows, permits take time. We are committed to stay until we dig where we need to. Here's one office we spend some time in:
More information coming forth from islanders. We spoke to a gentleman whose father claimed that when he was ordered to bow his head by the Japanese, he did not - and saw the aviatrix and another "thin man." Of course, living on the island, away from all media, he didn't know who the "equally tall woman" was, but described her with short hair. He said they were both "europeans." The natives here are very precise, very exact about what they say. In fact in the 20 some interviews we've done, not one will say they saw something they didn't see - in fact they will go out of their way to say "I did not see this, and I cannot verify the person who told me this story was telling the truth, but..." In our case we are using these secondary sources to back up some of the primary sources that Mike Harris interviewed (Not "Buddy" TC Brennan as is frequently reported - Brennan sought out Mike Harris who was directing the footage being shot about the search - some years later Brennan released a book and documentary, but never received permission from Mike Harris, who still owns and has the original footage.)
We've just had a corroboration of another story from a woman who we will be interviewing in the next couple of days. She has confirmed the detail that we heard just yesterday about the location of where the American flyer who was a prisoner was executed. It's not far from here:
|Old Japanese Jail|
|The Sugar King of Saipan greeting the sunset|