The two images, the Orona lagoon GE image and the Jaluit dock ONI image, are meaningful clues discovered since the disappearance in July 1937. These images are clues, not evidence of Japanese capture. Investigators follow clues to find evidence. When the aircraft at Orona is investigated, that will become evidence.
More details of the 2006 GE Orona image:
The GE measure of the nose to tail is 52’/1.33=39’. The L10e is 39 feet long.
The left wing tip is located by drawing a straight line from the nose through the left engine/prop hub. Another line is drawn perpendicular to the center line starting about 3’ aft of the pilots position and extended until the line intersects the extended nose through engine hub line. The intersection denotes the wing tip location. The measure wingtip to centerline is 36.5’/1.33=27.5’. This matches the L10E which has a 55’ wingspan.
The wing(s) are concealed by coral sand and marine growth. But the tip of the left wing is revealed by a blue reflection that extends to port, indicating the plane is rolled slightly to starboard (left wing up). Sunlight streams down and is reflected by the white coral sand beneath the wing. The wing underside is free of sand and growth and reflects the specular rays back to the sand at an angle to the port where the sand then bounces the light up to the camera. The resulting reflection is extended to the port side because of the starboard roll. The blue color is the result of additional path length and greater adsorption of the red and yellow components of the light by seawater. The diameter of the blue hemisphere is 4 feet; the same as the wingtip of the L10E. The extreme fine resolution of this image indicates it is a aerial photo rather than a satellite photo. At low elevations above the surface, Google earth frequently switches to and uses aerial photos.
Further indication that the plane is rolled slightly to the starboard is the sand covering the pilots (port) side of the windscreen and the dark interior is seen from the right side. The coral sand piles up on the port and falls away on the starboard.
The leading edge of the door is denoted by a change in lighting to a deep blue light. Additional light enters through the starboard window
or is somehow reflected from the interior to show the straight edge of the open doorway.
The brightest specular light is from the combination of the peak of the cabin dome, the open cockpit hatch, and possibly the DF loop antenna.