PRNewswire: Expedition 5 May Hold New Clues About the Mysterious Disappearance of Amelia Earhart

The Search Is On to Find 15 Missing Passengers and Crew of Pan Am Airways Flight 229 that Disappeared Without a Trace While on a Rescue Mission to Bring Home Amelia Earhart.

LEESBURG, Va., Oct. 1, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The Lost Clipper Expedition 5 announced plans today to send an International Expedition to a small remote Micronesian island in the Pacific Ocean where the team believes the bodies of 9 crew and 6 passengers of Pan Am Airways flight 229 are located. Flight 229 disappeared without a trace in July 1938 and is thought to be the world’s first mid-air hijacking. The massive flying boat, called the Hawaii Clipper, was built near Baltimore Maryland and mysteriously vanished between Guam and the Philippines despite one of the largest naval searches of its day.

Guy Noffsinger

Guy Noffsinger, a retired Naval Intelligence Officer, has researched the mystery for over 20 years and gathered evidence from four previous visits to the tiny island with the goal of recovering and repatriating the victims’ remains. Together with retired DEA Agents Steve Murphy and Javier Pena of Netflix TV Narcos fame, they intend to reveal the true history of this 80-year-old cold-case. They also intend to uncover how the Hawaii Clipper was on a secret government ransom mission to rescue aviatrix Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan, who also vanished in the same region a year earlier under similar circumstances.

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  1. William H. Trail says:

    Greetings to All:

    There is no “mystery” at all as it pertains to the disappearance of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan. None. On 2 July 1937, Amelia Earhart brought the Electra down on Barre Island, Mili Atoll in the Japanese Mandated Marshall Islands. She and her navigator, Frederick J. Noonan were taken into custody by the Imperial Japanese authorities, and suffering the debilitating effects of exhaustion and dysentery, to say nothing of the brutal treatment received at the hands of their captors who believed them to be spies, died very badly on Saipan. There’s a preponderance of credible evidence and eyewitness testimony to support this, not the least of which is “The Morgenthau Transcript” — then Secretary of the Treasury (and close FDR confidant) Henry Morgenthau’s unguarded words in a 13 May 1938 telephonic conversation with First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt’s secretary, Malvina “Tommy” Scheider as well as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, Stephen B. Gibbons. It indicates that Amelia Earhart was dead by May 1938, if not long before. It also indicates that the whereabouts of Amelia Earhart and Frederick Noonan, and their fate, were known to the U.S. Government, thus rendering the official “Splashed and Sank” explanation foisted on the public a lie.

    Needless to say, I believe for the very good reasons outlined above that the claim that the three million dollars in gold certificates carried on the Hawaii Clipper by passenger Wah Sun “Watson” Choy was a “ransom for Amelia Earhart” (and presumably Fred Noonan as well) is wholly without merit or standing. Who would have proposed a ransom? Certainly not the Japanese. It would not have been in their best interest. First, proposing a ransom would have been an admission that they had Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan in their custody. Second, even if they were still alive, it would have been very bad optics for the Japanese to release Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan in the condition they would have been in. And lastly, even if they were alive and in good enough condition to be exchanged for three million in gold certificates, it would have been extremely unlikely that the Imperial Japanese Prime Minister would have been of a mind to authorize it.

    Konoe Fumimaro became the Prime Minister of Imperial Japan on 4 June 1937, three days after Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan took off from Miami on their round-the-world flight. Nineteen years earlier (with the end of WWI in 1918), Fumimaro published an essay entitled, “Reject The Anglo-American-Centered Peace.” He then lobbied to get himself appointed to the Japanese delegation to the Paris Peace Conference at Versailles. There (in 1919), Fumimaro was one of the Japanese diplomats who proposed the Racial Equality Proposal for the Covenant to the League of Nations. Although a number of nations (Japan, France, Serbia, Greece, Italy, Brazil, Czechoslovakia, and China) voted for Japan’s proposal, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson overturned the vote, declaring that the vote must be unanimous. Fumimaro held a grudge against Wilson and the United States, and resented “white people” (gaijin) for what he considered a humiliation of Japan.

    No doubt this personal animus played directly into the decision to hold Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan on Saipan, not disclose their whereabouts to the U.S., and ultimately murder them. Fumimaro would (apart from the Emperor himself) have been the final, ultimate authority on the matter.

    The U.S. Government certainly would not have proposed paying a ransom for the safe return of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan as to do so would have exposed the fact that we knew exactly where they were, which for many reasons would not have been in the very best interests of the United States to disclose.

    A more likely explanation for the three million in gold certificates carried on the Hawaii Clipper by passenger Wah Sun Choy is that that money was actually destined for delivery to Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek and his Kuomintang government fighting the Japanese in China. That alone would have been sufficient reason for the Japanese to mount an operation against the Hawaii Clipper. Obtaining four well maintained Pratt & Whitney Wasp engines from the Glenn L. Martin Model 130 Ocean Transport flying boat for reverse engineering by the Japanese aircraft industry, interdicting U.S. Army Air Corps Major Howard C. French’s mission to China, to say nothing of contesting U.S. presence and influence in the Pacific by disrupting/destroying Pan American Airways operations that the Japanese clearly saw as a threat were valid secondary factors in their decision to hijack the Hawaii Clipper and murder it’s crew and passengers. The Japanese clearly had the means, motive, and opportunity to commit this crime.

    All best,


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