The Hunt for the Lost Clipper

Welcome to the Lost Clipper blog post

Over the past fourteen years, I have sought to answer the nearly forgotten question of "What happened to the Hawaii Clipper?" Together with you, the readers of this blog, I intend to complete work on a book and documentary on the who, what, where, when and specifically why the Pan Am flying boat and its passengers & crew vanished. Thanks for your visit and I hope you will join and return to this blog often.

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VE Day, Then and Now

May 8, 2015

Today marks the 70th anniversary to the end of World War II.

What was VE Day?

London revellers dancing in the streets on VE Day

London revelers dancing in the streets on VE Day

  • VE Day held on 8 May, 1945, celebrated the end of war in Europe
  • The British government had been planning the celebration from late 1944. The code word ‘MOUSETRAP’ alerted ministers when VE Day was imminent
  • Bunting was taken off rations, pubs stayed open late and searchlights were used to light public monuments
  • Churchill broadcast to the nation at 3pm from Whitehall. Listeners later heard their first weather forecast since war had begun
British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965) waving to crowds gathered in Whitehall on VE Day, 8th May 1945.

Then prime minister Winston Churchill addressed thousands of people from the Treasury balcony 70 years ago

On 8 May 1945 people across the country lit hundreds of bonfires and beacons to celebrate the end of the war.  70 years later, the Queen was joined by the Duke of Edinburgh in lighting the first of hundreds of beacons in memorandum.

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Then and now, the country lit hundreds of bonfires and beacons to celebrate the end of the war.

Events held across Europe marked the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War on the continent.

Vintage World War II planes flew down the National Mall on Friday afternoon as part of the 70th anniversary Victory in Europe celebration in Washington.

More than 50 military planes in 15 formations made their way down the Potomac River to the Lincoln Memorial and down Independence Avenue to the House office buildings before returning to airports in Culpeper and Manassas, Va.

They flew in sequenced formations recounting the biggest battles of World War II, from Pearl Harbor to the final assault on Japan.

BIG news coming soon!

Patricia Kennedy christens the Pan Am Hawaii Clipper flying boat with coconut water in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii - May, 1936

Patricia Kennedy christens the Pan Am Hawaii Clipper flying boat with coconut water in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii – May, 1936

Greetings everyone!  As we enter the month of May, it made me think back to another May in 1936 when the Hawaii Clipper was christened in the still waters of Pearl Harbor between Ford Island and Pearl City.  My fellow traveler and filmmker colleague Jeff Riegel and I visited that very spot last year and it still holds a “spookiness” about it.  That however is not the BIG news..   What is it you ask?   Stay tuned!

As for the photo, nine year old Pat is photographed saying ““I christen thee Hawaii Clipper for the American Territory of Hawaii.”

Best,

Guy

Super Typhoon Maysak strikes Truk Lagoon

On March 31 at 0900 UTC (5 a.m. EDT), Super typhoon Maysak’s maximum sustained winds were near 140 knots (161.1 mph/ 259.3 kph). Hurricane-force winds extended 40 nautical miles (46 mile/74 km) from the center, and tropical storm-force winds extended 100 nautical miles (115 miles/185 km) from the center.   Power has been intermittent in the lagoon and a lot of people have reported great damage to their fragile homes.  We at The Lost Clipper Foundation are expressing our concern and prayers for the quick response of local authorities in the restoration of services and assistance to everyone effected.

As of this morning, MaysakMaysak is moving west-northwest through Yap State in Micronesia, and is continuing to strengthen. The JTWC forecast calls for Maysak to peak at 155 knots (178.4 mph/ 287.1 kph) in one or two days’ time, before a weakening trend commences. Maysak is currently forecast to make landfall in Luzon sometime on April 5 as a typhoon.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2015-03-nasa-maysak-super-typhoon.html#jCp

Life in an Archive: A Visit to the Pan Am Collection

Reprinted article by Steve Hersh and Jason Sylvestre with permission from the University of Miami: http://library.miami.edu/blog/2015/02/16/life-in-an-archive-a-visit-to-the-pan-am-collection/

Life in an Archive_ A Visit to the Pan Am Collection _ University of Miami Libra

Life in an Archive: A Visit to the Pan Am Collection | University of Miami Libraries

Life in an Archive: A Visit to the Pan Am Collection | University of Miami Libraries

Re-Researching the Richter Library

Recently, I visited the Richter Library to assess their effort of re-cataloging the massive Pan Am Airways.  Wow, what a difference!  On my last visit, I went through nearly twenty boxes of photos… this time, only five.  Why?  There is so much more to see and now items are in their proper order.  Great job U of M!!  Below is one of the images I asked to be scanned that was only a negative: It is the Pan Am Airways Philippine Clipper NC-14715.

Philippine Clipper NC 14715 birthed at the Pan Am Hawaii Dock

Philippine Clipper NC 14715 birthed at the Pan Am Hawaii Dock

Cleared to Land

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I just left the University of Miami’s Pan Am grand debut of the “Cleared to Land” exhibit and recognition program marking the achievement of reinvigorating the archive search system. It was truly a wonderful event and showcased speakers who helped put together a far more precise catalog system after over 700 man hours of effort. Well done! The evening ended up with a fashion “runway” show featuring ex employees wearing their uniforms to show reflect the evolution of clothing during the history of Pan Am Airways. I was very lucky to win a signed piece of artwork depicting the three official Pan Am flying boats.. Very cool. Well done UM!!!!

All Our Very Best in 2015

January 1, 2015

from Guy Noffsinger and Jeff Riegel

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2015 will bring us closer to a hopeful outcome in our search for the missing crew and passengers aboard the Lost Clipper.

All our very best to you all and to all your friends and family for a safe, healthy and prosperous 2015…

All Our Very Best–

Guy and Jeff

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