This just in.... another GI who saw her plane on Aslito airfield

Got this message today (a week old) from someone on YouTube...

"My uncle Tech Sergeant John H White of Company B, 105TH Infantry 27th Division said (he saw the Electra) at Aslito Field.  

He swore that AE's Lockheed (Electra and that it) was in a hangar at that airfield. 

The 105th was the unit that took part in the capture of that airfield. The military intelligence came by and placed that area off limits. (This is corroborated by Marine Julious Nabers)

He was a platoon sergeant in that unit. There is but one survivor of (that) Company B (and then left me his name and location)."

Last time I got a tip like this I jumped on a plane and went to interview the fellow.  

Tom was interviewed on his death bed.
That's how I have three interviews with Tom Devine (Army Post office who saw the plane, heard people arguing over it, and saw her cell in Garapan), Robert Wallack (US Marine who found her briefcase dry as a bone) and Julious Nabers (who was the Marine code operator who was assigned to guard the planet for 24 hours, then later saw the plane flown, and after that saw them destroy the plane.)

Marine who guarded her plane watched it destroyed

Marine who found her dry as a bone briefcase.

Doug Bryce, Army Tech who drove with pals
to view Earhart's Electra.
Doug Bryce, Army Radio Tower repairman, corroborated the same story as the fellow above, as well as Naber's story - Bryce drew me a map of where it was, when he and another soldier went by Jeep to see the plane when it was being guarded.

As Doug said to me, "This fellow asked if I had heard they found her plane at Aslito. So we jumped in a Jeep and drove down to the field. It was being guarded, but we could clearly see it.  It was the most famous plane in the world and had only been missing for 7 years. We all knew what her plane looked like."

The map Doug Bryce drew coincided with the layout of the old airfield on Saipan, and was the same hangar where others claimed they saw her Electra.

Alisto field in June of 1944
Just another GI's relative coming forward to report the truth. (Doug was mocked by the Vets in Colorado Springs where he went for lunch at the VA.  Imagine seeing Earhart's Electra and everyone in the room mocking you for seeing what you saw.  Kind of annoying I'd guess.)

From a 16 MM still of footage taken the day they
liberated Aslito airfield in June of 1944
Amelia Earhart was on Saipan.  Her plane was on Saipan.  Fred was executed on Saipan for being a spy. She died on Saipan and was buried there.  Her body was only partially recovered. Her briefcase fully recovered.  Her plane recovered and destroyed. Not my theory, belief or idea - just reporting what the eyewitnesses consistently say.

Fred Noonan and Amelia Earhart. Waiting for recognition.
Every time I post I think, "Well now maybe someone will take the next step."  And no one does.

This webpage examines the eyewitness accounts and other evidence that shows Amelia and Fred were arrested and taken to Saipan. There were over 200 individuals who claimed they saw her, this site examines who they were, and what they heard or saw. It includes details of evidence the Electra was found on Saipan, interviews with people who saw her and the Electra before and after they were taken to Saipan. Interviews with over two dozen Saipanese who claim they saw her there and over a dozen US Marines who claim they found the Electra, her passport, briefcase and other details.



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.