Well there is a title I never thought I would use on this blog.
Around this time in 2011 I was preparing for my second trip to Micronesia during a blizzard. I felt fully prepared as I assembled my new arsenal of research tools to include: a ground penetrating radar kit (HUGE Kudos to GSSI for their help: http://www.geophysical.com), a new camera and a new plan, and with all that, to find the long lost tomb of those buried on the island. Fast forward two years later on another snow day, I am reminded that I am no closer than I was back then to finding proof of the Hawaii Clipper kidnapping. The good news is that I have a colleague on the island that is putting new eyes and ears on my previous path; the bad news is there are many more slabs of concrete than ever imagined. However we are undaunted in our effort, and along with trusted friends made on previous trips, I am even more convinced of our eventual success.
So, what’s next? Good question. I intend to return early in 2014 with other co-researchers and solve this riddle once and for all. I currently have enough data, imagery, interviews and archive material to make a very compelling argument, book and perhaps even a documentary. But is that enough? Hardly. I owe it to the relatives of the passengers and crew of Flight 229 to bring their remains back home for proper burial. Without their constant voiced support, photographs and stories, I would be nothing more than a relic hunter. So, on this snow day, I again make preparations for the warm waters and welcoming climate of Micronesia.
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Hello there !!
I see my uncle there in the picture and i just got to read your post is this!! you did a really good job and please do keep it up on the interesting and good job you have been doing ! it is really good reading all these post of yours about our island of Chuuk especially my dearest Tonos islands!
Guy, I talked to you on the phone a couple of times. Are you still looking for a hospital slab? If so, there were four hospitals or clinics on Dublon Island in 1944. To the best of my knowledge, the large Japanese fleet hospital on the NE corner of the island did not exist in 1938, so, that leaves three other facilities. These sites can be easily found.
Thanks for the note but actually, not so simple. There were actually more slabs that were part of the hospital system and used as storage rooms, extra patient care, special services and administrative offices. These were also considered hospitals according to the local population, not just main clinics. The issue now is that some are currently being used as domiciles, others destroyed by time and even more so, lost to the jungle and forgotten. I have a colleague on the island now doing a survey in which I hope to be getting very detailed information in the owing weeks.
Ok, but they must be close. The exact topographic locations for these four hospital sites are known.
Please keep up the good, persistant work that you have been doing. One piece of this huge puzzle at a time I suppose. Somebody knows something in regard to the whereabouts of these persons. As always, Good Luck. LS