Apologies for sounding sarcastic.
Bob Ballard is teaming up with Tighar to find the Electra... at the bottom of the sea? (I spent two hours with the editor of the National Geographic, as well as two reporters laying out the following details - at the time they told me that if "Someone came to them with a "new theory" they were directed to "run in the other direction as fast as they can." Not my quote - theirs.)
Let's break this down for a moment... and Bob, if you're reading this, congrats, I wish you the best of luck...
...but listen up.
Mike Harris, you may remember him; intrepid adventurer, filmmaker, hired Bob to be part of his own search for the Titanic. At the time, Mike had great ideas about where it might be - and took Bob directly over the ship... but they did not see it at the time.
|A still from Mike Harris' initial footage.|
Mike had already done a number of trips to find it - ran out of them, but then Bob found a new sponsor, WENT BACK to the place Mike Harris had gone and found it. (I'm not telling any stories "out of school" - Bob knows this to be accurate, and doesn't take away from his finding the Titanic. That's how things happen.)
But Mike Harris knows where Amelia is located.
I think Tighar has done a fantastic job of putting a website together of research. It's where I discovered in the diary of a ham radio operator, she had written on the first page "230 Miles NW" - which was the same number I found in "Last Flight" when she was "200 miles NW of Dakkar" and on a test run of the Electra was "200 miles NW of where she thought she was (according to Paul Mantz.) We hear later on in Les Kinney's research with a different radio operator (in a previous post) that indeed, when she finally made it to safety - or so she thought - we was 400 miles off course to the NW (where Mili is from Nikumaroro).
Let's look at the record, shall we? It's an extensive record, and everything I'm about to say is backed up by eyewitnesses.
I can tell you where the Electra is. I've reported it consistently and repeatedly. Here - Bob, my gift - this is a blueprint, and if you follow it and come to a different conclusion, happy to hear it. But when you get to the end, you're going to have to ask me where she's buried - because I know that as well.
Amelia turned from Howland for Plan B (as reported by Les Kinney) - which was to fly the Gilberts, the nearest landing strip (Nikumaroro). Alas, she was already 250 Miles NW of where she thought she was - but the coming storm passing to the north of Howland helped blow her to Mili atoll.
Where running on fumes, she landed the Electra.
Landed the Electra on a long airstrip (at low tide) of an atoll. A feat of great piloting. An amazing feat from a great pilot.
|Someone claimed they found this on the cell in Garapan. Tom Devine|
claimed he saw it. Whoever carved it did so for her birthday.
The brake assembly broke. Pieces of it were found by Dick Spink, a Seattle schoolteacher who brought those pieces to an NTSB investigator who ON CAMERA proves beyond a shadow of doubt that it came from her plane. That footage exists Bob. I suggest you look at it. The pieces were identified by an aviation expert (who has testified before Congress).
Two islanders were eyewitnesses. Some of those eyewitnesses were interviewed in a book by a South African journalist (I have a copy) but he interviewed the Queen of Mili as well. Two islanders saw her land the plane and reported it.
Then Dick Spink and Les Kinney and Mike Harris returned to Mili. They found more pieces of the Electra as well as an islander who reported that "40 Marshallese men" were ordered to move the plane to a Japanese barge. (the rail cars used to transport it are still there - the drag marks were visible from satellites until the island was swamped recently).
|Veteran Andrew Bryce was told by a stevedore he'd transported the Electra.|
I interviewed a veteran Andrew Bryce, USN who worked alongside a stevedore in 1944 who claimed he was one of those islanders who "moved the Electra to the barge which took it to a Japanese ship."
Les Kinney (former Federal investigator) has tracked down the ship's records and found that it was docked in Jaluit, when Bilimon Amaron (who Mike Harris personally interviewed on camera) reported that he was sent aboard the ship to tend to Amelia and Fred's wounds. A Marshallese congressman also saw the plane aboard the ship - where it had been transported. The plane was then transported to Saipan.
She was put in a cell in Garapan prison. I've been in her cell - it's the only one that's been stripped or white washed in the entire compound - but I have eyewitnesses on camera who saw her incarcerated there.
|One of two cells she was incarcerated in. This was the cell with her and Fred. After his execution she was moved to a different cell.|
She spent years in that cell. I have two Saipanese (who don't know each other) who both reported seeing her transported by Japanese truck just prior to the war. The truck carrying her and two other US pilots (those are part of the record,one was shot,the other beheaded) who were with her. As the man says on camera "I was 12 but it's not something you see every day. A white woman dressed as a man blindfolded and being guarded by soldiers."
The truck parked in front of his school for 30 minutes - both he and his brother are still alive and can recall it specifically. Another man in another school told us the same story on camera. (Mike Harris took me to Saipan to find 15 new eyewitnesses.) We interviewed the son of the nurse who tended to her wounds, we interviewed a worker who saw her in prison as well as saw the Electra at Aslito field.
|Wire Operator in Marine HQ decoded the message "We have found Amelia Earhart's airplane."|
Not something he'd ever forget. He also guarded the plane, saw the same briefcase.
Yes, the Electra was taken to Aslito. I've filmed over a dozen people who saw it there. Including a US Marine who decoded the messages that it was found - then was ordered by his CO (whose uniform hangs in a glass case at Quantico) who ordered him to guard the plane. Another GI corroborated the conversation he told me on camera about people wanting to "see Earhart's plane" and how he stopped them with the threat of his pistol. "Orders is orders" he said.
|Doug Bryce saw the Electra with his own eyes (and was with other GI's.) It was|
being guarded in a hangar on Saipan. (He was one of 6 on camera who saw it.)
I interviewed on camera a GI stationed on Saipan (Doug Bryce) who drove with some pals to see the plane. He described the location of the hangar, which I was able to corroborate in my trip to Saipan. In total, I have six people on camera who saw the plane - and 12 in print who watched it destroyed. I have on camera the man who found her briefcase and passport in a safe - carried it for two weeks and turned it over to naval intelligence. I have the wire operator who was in the tent when the briefcase was brought in, who told the same story.
|The briefcase that Robert Wallack turned over to Naval Intelligence|
seen by Julious Nabers.
You're not looking for it in the right place. You can find it if you want - that would be great - but I not only know where it the wreckage of it is located, I know where her body was moved to. What you may not be aware of is that the two GI's who "dug her up" (as reported by CBS newsman who wrote "Searching for Amelia" Fred Goerner in 1963) those two GIs "only found an arm and a partial ribcage."
|Fred Goerner did the initial research. Fred told a colleague of mine|
that he got a letter from then Congressman Don Rumsfeld claiming
"everything he'd found was true."
Because she was moved.
If you want to know where she was moved to - I suggest getting in touch with me. You can look all you want in the ocean, all you want on Nikumaroro (Elgen Long suggested that artifacts will be "planted there" to make it appear she has been found - I found that to be a bit beyond the pale, but it is his words verbatim, and told me what the object would be) but she was never there - Fred was never there - neither of them sank to the bottom of the ocean or were on a deserted island. Sorry.
What happened to them deserves to be told. But it won't be if you begin by looking for them underwater. They were never there.
I applaud your desire to solve the "mystery." I applaud National Geographic for getting involved (even after I spent two hours explaining what the eyewitness evidence shows.)
But it ain't a mystery if you know where she's buried and where the Electra is currently located, is it? Happy to share it with you mon ami.