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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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

Looking (and finding) the greatest clue in the Mystery of the Hawaii Clipper

Thank you for keeping in touch with The Lost Clipper research effort.  Bill, Myron, Jeff, Tony and many, many others have been working on this project for over a decade now and we have achieved a new milestone in proving the bodies of fifteen Americans are indeed entombed under the remains of a concrete slab in the jungles of Truk Lagoon.

Jeff, Tony, Myron and Guy

Jeff, Tony, Myron and Guy

 

Guy and Bill

Guy and Bill

 

Alternate link to video:  http://vimeo.com/111812714

 

Silicon Valley Company Develops Hoverboard

In case you missed it, here is an NBC affiliate news story of the new Hoverboard.  I personally think we are all witnessing one of the greatest technological leaps in innovative technology.  If you are a Star Wars fan, this makes the Landspeeder possible (well, maybe not on a dry lake bed  at the moment, but it COULD race down a highway with some tweaking of the road surface).

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Good luck Greg, Jill and the Arx Pax team!

Real Hendo Hoverboard?

YES!  It’s true!  Finally, Back to the Future has arrived!  So what does that have to do with the Hawaii Clipper?  Plenty.  You see, last year, Arx Pax Founders Greg and Jill Henderson believed in the Hawaii Clipper video project enough that they put their own $$$ into my Kickstarter effort to fund our trip to Truk Lagoon.  As a huge thank you, we are supporting them to say thanks and wish them well on their efforts to bring high tech hovering technology to the USA and the world.   Check out their amazing story here: http://kck.st/ZMd9AA

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Go Hendo!

http://www.ArxPax.com

Apra Harbor – Guam

Apra Harbor is a deep water port on the western side of the US territory of Guam. The southern end of the harbor is the location of Naval Base Guam and the site of where the massive China Clipper flying boats touched down and delivered their passengers and cargo.

Apra-Harbor

Today most of Apra Harbor is controlled by the U.S. Navy, but some ports remain public such as Sasa Bay, the Piti Channel and parts of Glass Breakwater. In this area is where we found the remains of the facilities that once took care of the Pan Am Clippers.  A placard now stands in the ruins of the dock to which the Hawaii Clipper passengers and crew most possibly boarded the fateful leg between Guam and the Philippines.

Guam-Clipper

The harbor is home to a couple shipwrecks that are popular with scuba divers with the most well known wreck being a World War I-era German merchant ship, SMS Cormoran, and the World War II-era Japanese freighter, Tokai Maru which lie side by side on the ocean floor.

Clipper-Mooring

I wish more of the Pan Am facilities remained but was first attacked by the Japanese Navy in 1941 and then completely destroyed by the US Navy when retaking the island.

 Lost-Clipper-Guam

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