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Re: Plane in the lagoon at Orona

Posted: Fri Oct 04, 2019 12:41 pm
by Tom Maxwell
Those arguments conclude that the Jaluit dock photo could not have been taken from the dock in use in 1935 (the old German dock) and the photo is post 1936- after Robert Reimer built the dock for the Japanese at it's current location in 1936. The trees of the coconut plantation in the photo on the horizon can only be seen from the 1936 dock. Earth curvature prevents any trees being seen from the old (1935) dock as the distance across the atoll lagoon is to great.
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The old dock from the German time juts into the lagoon on an azimuth of 311 degrees.
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Re: Plane in the lagoon at Orona

Posted: Fri Oct 04, 2019 1:05 pm
by Tom Maxwell
RS was looking for more dock photos. Another old dock photo has been located by the Nikumaroro research group in the ONI files of the archives. It is from the Vanderbuilt collection of 1928 during a world cruise by the Vanderbuilt yacht as it visited Jaluit. The research group uses that 1928 photo with confused logic to further discredit the authenticity of the Jaluit dock photo . They must not have read the annotation of that 1928 photo--"facing 32 degrees". In my opinion, "Facing 32 degrees" makes that a positive identification of the German (1935) dock as seen in the two images below. When one faces 32 degrees anywhere near the current 1936 dock location, the camera points far away from that dock.
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Re: Plane in the lagoon at Orona

Posted: Wed Oct 16, 2019 12:47 pm
by Tom Maxwell
The documentation of this event at Jaluit was in place decades before the Les Kinney/ONI photo was found in the archives. Fred Goerner CBS reporter and AE mystery investigator interviewed Marshallese citizens in the 1960's; the verbal history of these witnesses reflect something very near to what is found in the image. Later in the 1980's Bill Prymark, another AE investigator, found the same exacting information about this event from others including the history of the dock construction from Robert Reimer, the man who's Marshallese company built the dock in 1936. I worked at Kwajalein in 1987 when the stamps that commemorates the event were issued by the Marshall Islands government. The local population and Americans who had close ties to Marshallese families repeated the same history. Perhaps the stamps and all these people are wrong, but they tell a consistent story over the decades.

Many details of the image fit the oral history. Some subjective speculation follows. Fred's right leg is injured and bound to the pole that he clutches ; the Marshallese (witnesses) matriarch intently studies the injured leg. One of the stamps depicts a dressing tie just above Fred's right knee as can be seen in the dock photo. The doctor looks directly at the camera. Bilimon Armaron, the Japanese/Marshallese who helped the doctor fix Fred's leg, stands nearby. He, with a headband only, and the Marshallese witnesses to the "spy" rescue/capture all are normally bareheaded. The two light skinned persons AE and FN are without hats or parasol- a very unusual circumstance as all visitors would have normal dress with hats and long sleeves. The Japanese secret place posing as fishermen/rescuers all wear hats as would be expected. Billion and the Marshallese elders and other witnesses later submit their oral history for the creation of the commerative stamps. Amelia sits to the right in a favored short sleeve of her own design with extra length in the back to prevent exposure when bending forward.
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Re: Plane in the lagoon at Orona

Posted: Wed Nov 27, 2019 2:06 pm
by Tom Maxwell
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.

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Re: Plane in the lagoon at Orona

Posted: Fri Nov 29, 2019 2:41 pm
by Tom Maxwell
I messed up and entered the image as a link. I meant to insert the image on the page. For those whose browser won't allow non secure sites (http: vs https) or don't like to visit non secure sites, I post the image now.

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