It's essentially impossible to tell from a shadowy ambiguous snapshot background whether it was definitely an Electra, much less an Electra 10.Or...that was it in the photo? The evaluation model?
Thanks for that! I've just watched it all through. The investigation seemed to cover everything relevant, and present its findings clearly.Full documentary now on YouTube;
Given how well the photo seems to tie in with the rest of the story, from multiple sources, I'd suspect some kind of clerical error being responsible for the 1935 date. But I know no Japanese, and haven't the faintest idea how to check that out.Well spotted EnolaGaia!
If that National Diet Library date is 100% verifiable, then that certainly eliminates the photo as evidence (and leaves the History Channel's photographic expert with rather a lot of egg on his face). The eye-witness accounts remain compelling though. I guess the mystery will continue for some time yet!
That's more sound analysis, EG.My take on the documentary is that it registered somewhere between 'informative on previously known theories' and the sort of 'skating on the thin ice of innuendo' crap that has sadly proven sufficient to keep the Ancient Aliens series afloat.
The portion I found most interesting concerned the suggestive debris found on Enedik Island (Endriken Islands grouping; Mili Atoll). This debris linked physical evidence to the most specifically alleged Electra landing spot in the Marshalls / Saipan storyline.
However, one should proceed with caution before swallowing the evidence and notions touted in the documentary at face value.
The bit about there being only one good approach to Enedik for transferring heavy materiel / objects (on the inner / lagoon side) seems to have helped determine estimation of a path from that landing point to the other (outer) side of the island, where the Electra was alleged to have crash-landed. They conveniently omit mentioning the transference / transport of heavy items across the islet might have been done in the opposite direction.
This is relevant because Mili Atoll, being in the southeastern-most corner of the Marshalls group, was one of the few atolls the Japanese heavily fortified as a peripheral defense stronghold when WWII broke out. It therefore became one of the earliest, and most common, bombing targets during the Allies' Marshalls campaign. My point is that the metal cart wheels are just as reasonably interpreted in terms of hauling heavy materiel onto Enedik as hauling a wrecked aircraft off Enedik.
The aluminum edging and other bits discovered on Enedik are admittedly suggestive if one spins them as possible Electra debris. If it were the case that there'd never been anything else on / around Enedik to leave such debris it would have been a lot more interesting.
As it is, I'd say none of the documentary's displayed physical evidence necessarily equaled, much less surpassed, the equivocal status of certain pieces TIGHAR has found on Nikumaroro.
NOTE: This is not to say I'm a TIGHAR theory partisan.
Thanks ...That's more sound analysis, EG.
The History Channel really ought to have consulted with you before broadcasting!
Another of the rumours knocking about (but not mentioned on the History Channel doc) is that a man, that is the white fellow with Earhart, was seen burying a metalllic-looking box or case of some kind - the insinuation being that he had something valuable that he would not want the Japanese to discover, such as a camera, or rolls or film / photographic plates containing aerial shots of their nearby military installations) - all very hypothetical of course.[...]Maybe there was a spy on the plane, and it would be Noonan, the sidekick, the discreet one. This could explain the way he was (supposedly) executed in Saipan, and maybe he dragged Earhart with him to this atrocious end.
If that's an image from Tighar and Ric Gillespie from Nikumaroro, then I would say the answer is probably "no".
It takes some imagination. Yet it is possible to see the lockheed to a degree, which considering the time span is almost beyond belief.
No, the image isn't from TIGHAR, and it's not from Nikumaroro.If that's an image from Tighar and Ric Gillespie from Nikumaroro, then I would say the answer is probably "no". ...