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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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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The Lost Clipper: 2014 in review

December 31, 2014

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for The Lost Clipper and we just wanted to share…

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 15,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Good Bye to 2014

Photographing a Truk Lagoon sunset

Photographing a Truk Lagoon sunset

What a year!  2014 lived up to and even exceeded the expectations for how I, and many others, thought the year would play out.

The good news of 2014 for me was that we finally solved the existence and location of the “concrete hospital slab.” The bad news is IF the passengers and crew of the Hawaii Clipper were in that slab, then we missed them by only a few feet. I think both Charlie Hill and Joe Gervais, God rest their souls, would be proud that the team finally re-discovered the long lost mysterious burial site identified by Joe in 1964. That was a very gratifying moment however it soon turned into disappointment upon learning the original foundation had been demolished and used as filler for a larger, yet shallower foundation for a home. Not willing to simply give up, Bill, Tony, Myron, Larry, Jeff and myself continued our resolve to remove any doubt of what lies beneath 6 feet of debris and I think we were rewarded for the effort.

Jeff, Tony, Myron and Guy

Jeff, Tony, Myron and Guy

Hidden beneath mounds of broken concrete, stones and soil were layers of time that told the story of which we sought to know, and yielded proof that indeed, we had found the exact location of where a hospital once stood (something a lot of locals did not know or thought was incorrect). In an educated opinion, the remains are still there and we missed them by only a few feet however with the lack of funding and time, we ran out of both and had to leave Micronesia after our ten-day expedition.

What’s in store for 2015? Plenty. At the present moment there are no plans to return to Micronesia unless by a sheer miracle $60,000 is donated by a benevolent reader.   The sum is computed from the needs to remove the house from the foundation, then remove the current foundation with heavy equipment and then dig outward 40 feet in all directions to search for the remains. After such destruction a new home would need to be built to replace what was destroyed. Without this amount of financial support, the mystery may never be solved. In the meantime, three more interviews will take place in January and then long process of post producing the documentary will begin. The desire is to have a relatively complete version for audience screening and then future submissions to national film festivals will begin.

imageFor all of you who have spent long hours communicating with me about your relatives, sharing your photos and offering your support, I say thank you.   With any luck and some extra help, we will create a new chapter in the history books of how World War II may really have started, a few extra clues on what may have happened to Amelia Earhart and then finally solve the mystery of the lost clipper.

Be well and fond regards,

The Lost Clipper Team

Best Wishes from The Lost Clipper!

December 25, 2014

Warmest thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful Holiday and a Happy New Year, from Guy & Jeff at The Lost Clipper!

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Filming the Lost Clipper documentary in Toronto Canada December 13, 2014

Filming the Lost Clipper documentary outside of Toronto, Canada
December 13, 2014

Hawaii Clipper Project Interview by Author Christine Negroni

Book Author and Television News Correspondent Christine Negroni

Book Author and Television News Correspondent Christine Negroni

Book Aviation Author and Television News Correspondent Christine Negroni took time out of her busy writing schedule to interview Guy Noffsinger about the Hawaii Clipper and its historic parallels to other commercial flight vanishings.  The exchange was both energetic and mutually rewarding as the two seasoned aircraft researchers compared notes and exchanged ideas and theories of many well known, and some pretty obscure historical events.  The telephone meeting became an insightful first step and hopeful new relationship in pursuing the advancement of public awareness into fascinating stories of human ingenuity and aviation milestones.

Christine has worked as a television correspondent, a newspaper reporter, an author, an investigator, an aviation safety specialist and a marketing and public relations adviser.  If you wish to learn more about Christine and her books, check her out at her blog: http://christinenegroni.blogspot.com

Thank you Christine for all your excellent work and for helping the Hawaii Clipper project to remain in the public eye.

Thanks for the great article Larry McLean and Aquamedia.com!

Here is a re-post if some of you missed his article: http://wrecknotes.wordpress.com/tag/guy-noffsinger/

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“A Date Which Will Live in Infamy”

December 7, 1941-2014

Today marks the 73rd anniversary of the bombing in Pearl Harbor and the beginning of World War II,  “A Date Which Will Live in Infamy” in President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s own words.

The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941, stunned virtually everyone in the United States military. Japan’s carrier-launched bombers found Pearl Harbor totally unprepared. President Franklin Roosevelt quickly addressed Congress to ask for a declaration of war.  Although he never mentioned Europe or the fact that Germany had not yet declared war on the United States, the Pearl Harbor attack allowed him to begin the larger intervention in the European war he had long wanted…

 

President Franklin D. Roosevelt: Yesterday, December 7, 1941—a date which will live in infamy—the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

The United States was at peace with that nation, and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its government and its emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific. Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in the American island of Oahu, the Japanese ambassador to the United States and his colleague delivered to our secretary of state a formal reply to a recent American message. While this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or armed attack.

It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time the Japanese government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.

The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian Islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. I regret to tell you that very many American lives have been lost. In addition, American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.

Yesterday the Japanese government also launched as attack against Malaya.

Last night Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong.

Last night Japanese forces attacked Guam.

Last night Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands.

Last night Japanese forces attacked Wake Island.

And this morning the Japanese attacked Midway Island.

Japan has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday and today speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation.

As commander in chief of the Army and Navy I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense. But always will our whole nation remember the character of the onslaught against us. . .

 

Source: Courtesy of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Hyde Park, New York.

Video excerpt taken from Great Speeches Vol. 5. from Educational Video Group, Inc. available at http://www.evgonline.com

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