Les Kinney on Amelia Earhart – Facts are Facts.

Les Kinney is a friend to the Hawaii Clipper Project and has conducted research for us at the National Archives just outside Washington DC.  I felt compelled to share a recent note on a attack by TIGHAR on his theory:

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Gillespie (TIGHAR) does not tell you the following information about his theory:

In October of 1937, Nikumaroro (Gardner Island) was colonized by over 50 natives who stayed on the island for several years. At least one died on the island and possibly more. Therefore, it is reasonable to assume there was a substantial amount of human trash on the island. (The natives were supplied with provisions every few month by ship)

In the early 1950’s, the US Coast Guard built a Loran station on the island. For several years, dozens of Coast Guardsmen called Gardner home. They were often bored and hiked over every inch of the island. Not one ever came forward and said they found evidence of Earhart and Noonan.

A few days after Earhart and Noonan disappeared, three U.S. open cockpit bi-planes each with a pilot and observer flew from 50 feet to 500 hundred feet over Gardner Island (two miles long and less than 400 yards wide) at its fattest point) for 30 minutes looking for signs of Earhart and Noonan. These planes were noisy. They spent enough time to fly five passes back and forth over the island. Guess what? Earhart never came out of the jungle. Maybe Amelia was applying freckle cream and thought that was more important?

There are enough coconut palms, fish, large crabs, and edible plants on Gardner to sustain human life for years. In 1937, the fish were so thick swimming inside the rusted hulk of an abandoned ship, you could catch them with your hands. Yet, somehow Gillespie and Tighar seem to think Earhart and Noonan might have died of starvation.

Gillespie claims a small piece of aluminum, no bigger than a car window came from the Electra. It was found on the island in 1992, half buried by sand on the beach. Yet again, somehow the Electra itself was washed away into the depth of the ocean.

Enough said.

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7 Comments Add yours

  1. Maggie says:

    The freckle cream comment is completely unnecessary.

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  2. James T. Lee says:

    “Maybe Amelia was applying freckle cream and thought that was more important”
    A cheap shot comment that’s inept, seems rather low-rent, and not funny at all, at least to folks of the female type.

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  3. John B. says:

    Les, how do we square things if the photo book Ric cites was published in 1935 – should be real easy for you to answer. Just need a Japanese speaker to look at the book online…http://tighar.org/Projects/Earhart/presser_07_11_2017.html

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  4. John B. says:

    …and the book link online… http://dl.ndl.go.jp/info:ndljp/pid/1223403/99?platform=hootsuite

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  5. John B. says:

    …publishing date is listed on page 113 as October 10 in the year Showa 10 (1935); the caption on screen 99 doesn’t mention a date…but the pub date is indeed 1935. Pretty definitive, I’d say.

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  6. John B. says:

    …publishing date is listed on page 113 as October 10 in the year Showa 10 (1935) in the Picture book Ric G. mentions in his press release; the caption on screen 99 doesn’t mention a date…but the pub date is indeed 1935. Pretty definitive, I’d say.

    Back to the drawing board for the Mili Atoll theory, it looks like.

    John B.

    “There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.” – Louis L’Amour

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  7. Guy says:

    Loving the discussion!

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