Question about possible identity of Japanese transports misidentified as Earhart Electra

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Question about possible identity of Japanese transports misidentified as Earhart Electra

Post by Cantankerous » 22 May 2020 23:09

I'm aware of the now-discredited conspiracy theory that Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan disappeared because they landed their plane in Saipan and were captured by the Japanese, and a puny number of US war veterans who fought in the Pacific claimed to have seen Earhart's Electra in the Marianas. However, there were two twin-engine Japanese aircraft with the stepped cockpit and twin-tail boom of the Lockheed Model 10 Electra, the Tachikawa Ki-54 and Kawasaki Ki-56, and because the Ki-56 was derived from the Model 14 Super Electra and resembles the Model 10, some US servicemen who fought the Japanese in the Marianas may have misidentified a Ki-56 in the Marianas as Amelia's Earhart's Electra. Does anyone know if there are any US veterans of WW2 battles in the Marianas who retracted their claims that Earhart and Noonan were in Japanese captivity by conceding that they mistook a Ki-56 transport for Amelia Earhart's Electra?

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