Born from a Kickstarter campaign, veteran explorer Mike Harris Sr. and filmmaker Rich Martini have joined forces to examine the evidence that Amelia Earhart was on Saipan after she disappeared. They've been joined by a team of professionals from across the spectrum and are backed by a number of individuals with a desire to know the truth.
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Public Talk about the interviews and conclusions made of the Earhart on Saipan research

Here in its unadulterated form (meaning there's an hour and change of footage) is the talk we gave at the American Pavilion on Saipan, sponsored by the NMI Humanities Council.

Apologies for any sound or picture issues, we just had the one camera set up for the shoot.  Paul Cooper on the left, Rich Martini in the middle, and Mike Harris on the right.  Enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. I am former law enforcement U.S. Secret Service and other agencies and I do research into subjects like this. I have to ask WHY our Government felt it was necessary to ":Cover up" the truth about Amelia Earhart and her "assignment" taking pictures with her plane in Japanese territories just before the war? I believe Capt. Paul H. Cooper and other deserve a BIG thank you along with all the others that helped to find the grave site, plane debris, jail, it relates to the story about a missing Amelia Earhart. I also believe our President knew ahead of time that the Japanese were going to attack Pearl harbor and countless Americans DIED needlessly! The Truth Shall Set You Free! Paul, please contact me thru email:


Special Thanks!!!

We've been blessed with great help from the people of Saipan... just a small sample:

Aircraft Recovery Associates Appreciation List

Bruce Bateman

Estella Cabrera

Rose Callier

Maria Castro

Dave Dougherty

Tan Escolastica

Jerry Facey

Don Farrell

Mike Flemming

Robert Hunter

Chuck Jordan

Jessica Jordan

Connie Kaufer

Jerry Kramer

Sam McPhetres

Andy Miller

Peter Muna

Manny Muna

Chris Neltner

Joanne Nichols

Lino Olopai

Mark Robertson

Scott Russell

Robert Rustin

David M. Sablan

Jack Salas

Vincente Santos

Jeff Schorr

Ron Smith

Marilyn Swift

Joe Weaver

Former Governor Ben Fitial

American Memorial Park

Governor Eloy Inos

Divers in Paradise

Saipan Lt. Governor Jude Hofschneider

Docomo Pacific

Dept of Environmental Quality

GPPC, Inc.

Historic Preservation Office


NMI Council for the Humanities

Hermans Bakery

NMI Dept of Fish and Wildlife

Our pals from Katmandu at Java Joe's

NMI Dept of Land and Natural Resources

Microl Toyota Rent a Car

Minimax Dive Shop

Pacific Quick Print

Round Two

Seafix, Inc

SDA Dental Clinic

Shirley's Coffee Shop


Wild Bill's

Ron Barrineau

Rotary Club of Saipan

Hugh Muscat

Marianas Variety

Saipan Tribune



Tomasa Blas

Josephine Blanco Akiyama

John Blanco

Jared Abraham


Andrew Bryce

Douglas Bryce

Juan Diaz

Ray Kumoi Guerrero

Thomas Comacho

Herbert Rosario

Ernie Arriola

Stanley Torres

David Rosario

Delores Katamane

Ray Bermudes

Cat Perry

Katori Matsumoto

Mike Fleming

Eddie Williams

Joe Salas

And many others we spoke to us on and off camera.. thank you!!!

Eyewitness Accounts: Published


Pg 40. “Glancing out on the runway ramp.. an area not the main part of Aslito Field, but an extended arm of the airstrip at the southwest corner… Near an embankment was (AE’s plane). (LATER) .. a muffled explosion at Aslito Field erupted into a large flash fire… I crouched and crawled toward the airfield. When I could see what was burning, I was aghast! The twin engine plane was engulfed in flames! I could not see anyone by the light of the fire… in July 1944.”


Goerner gathers dozens of eyewitnesses to Earhart’s incarceration and second hand info about her execution.


Amelia reveals she did not know Morse code (and neither did Fred Noonan)



South African journalist gathers numerous eyewitnesses at Mili, Majuro and Jaluit. There is footage of these interviews, but it exists somewhere in Miami – still trying to locate the negative.


Elgen shows how the original plan devised by radio man Harry Manning was adhered to by the Coast Guard Itasca – they didn’t know Manning got off the plane in Hawaii and wasn’t on the electra. So 90% of all their communication was in Morse code – something neither AE or FN knew.


PG 32. Robert Sosbe, 1st battalion 20th Marines, 4th marine division) Sosbe said he saw the Electra before and during its destruction) “on or about D+5 after our infantry had captured Alsito, the night before, then were driven off, only to capture it again, our Co was called up to fill a gap between our infantry and the 27th Army infantry. The trucks carrying us stopped off the opposite side of the runway from the hangars and tower about 3 to 5 hundred yds. This two engine airplane was pulled from the hangar to off the runway where it was engulfed in flames from one end to the other. I can still remember exactly the way it burned, how the frame and ribs because it was visible. It was about half dark. It burned approximately 15-30 minutes.”

Same page: a letter from Earskine Nabers: “I am seeking Marines who were placed on duty at Aslito to guard a padlocked hangar containing AE’s plane. The hangar was not one of those located along the runway. It was located near what may have been a Japanese administration building, and an unfinished hangar at the tarmac, in the southwest corner of the airfield.

The follow up letter (pg 33)

…”we had to get Col. Clarence R Wallace to sign all the messages that came through the message center.) Hq 8th moved back to bivouac area. I was dropped off at the Hangar for guard duty at the main road that went by west side of hangar. The road that went out to hangar, I was placed on the right side, just as it left the main road….

Pg 34 The best I can recall the plane was pulled on the field by a jeep.. the plane was facing north after the plane was parked and jeep moved. A plane came over real low and on the next pass he strafed the plane and it went up in a huge fireball. (We were sitting on the west side of the airfield about one hundred yards from the plane. We were on higher ground. As far as I remember, the (men) that pulled the plane on the field and us guys from H & S 8th were the only ones there.”

Pg 36 Marine Capt Earl Ford of Fallbrook, CA, artillery master sgt with 2nd Marines. Interview 6-7-88 by Paul Cook. “The aircraft was about 100 yards (from me) maybe less. We all saw it. No way we could miss it. A civilian twin engine. No way it was military. American aircraft in civil registration… some officers were saying it was Amelia’s… it had only two windows on the side, back here.”

Arthur Nash, Air Corps Corps, P47 group on Aslito. Claims he saw the plane on July 4, 1944 (book says 1945, must be a misprint based on following) pg 40:

“After landing on Isley.. at 2:30 pm, Japanese soldiers were running around the airstrip, one killed himself in the cockpit of a P47D with a grenade…” I slept fairly well (in the hangar) and (in the morning) wandered over to a large hole in the hangar wall facing the other hangar. The hangar floor and the area between the hangars was littered with debris, displace with siding from the hangars, maybe 65 yards apart, but close enough to get a good look at a familiar aircraft outside the other hangar. My eyesight was acute and what I saw was Amelia Earhart’s airplane!... the next morning I went over to see it but it was gone.”

Jerrell Chatham, 1st platoon, I company, 3rd regiment, 2nd marine deivions: “I was driving trucks .. on Saipan… when we went ashore I saw the hangar where Amelia Earhart’s plane was stored, I also saw the plane in the air. They told us not to go close to the airplane hangar and we did not…”

Pg 44: Howard Ferris, US Marines: “Sent to Saipan for guard dutey… an old hangar structure at end of a runway. This hangar was not large,.. small trees in front of big doors.. (then he recounts the same Marine argument that Devine and Nabers recount – where some Navy brass attempted to get in, but a Marine (Nabers) refused them entry.)” Howard was not present at the fire, but one of his buddies was. The buddy said a truck arrived with many gas cans and the guards saturated the entire hangar.. and it burned totally.

Pg 50 Robert Sowash, 23rd regiment 4th Marines Division: “I saw a plane in a building that was not a military plane.. I remember other Marines saying it was the same as Earhart’s. Later the place was cordoned off..”

Pete Leblanc, 121st Naval CB’s, 4th Marine division: “some of our guys were sneaking over towards the airfield to try and see (AE’s plane). We heard there were guards there. Then it was burned up later.”


Over 200 eyewitnesses as gathered by all the different authors with the various reports of her landing on Mili, being brought to Jaluit and incarcerated in Garapan prison.