Solomon Islands Research
Solomons Research: August 2011

From August 20-30, 2011, John Clauss, Nancy Farrell, Karl Kern, Baoro Laxton Koraua and Gary F. Quigg, of The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) conducted a research expedition in the Solomon Islands consisting of oral history interviews with former residents of Nikumaroro Island (Kiribati) as well as a thorough examination of relevant archival materials in the Solomon Islands National Archives.

Final Report (PDF)

Special Thanks to Madeline Corsaro

MadelineTranscribing the audio interviews done in the Solomon Islands by the TIGHAR Oral History Team was a daunting task. In most cases, the interviews were conducted through an interpreter, under less than ideal audio conditions that included background village noise and a chorus of curious kids. TIGHAR Intern Madeline Corsaro volunteered to take on the job of turning the tapes into accurate, searchable transcripts. Madeline is a Junior at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana. She is a History and Study Art double major, with a minor in Film Studies. She has always loved the Amelia Earhart mystery and was, in her own words, “ecstatic to have had the opportunity to work with TIGHAR this past summer.” The documents she produced enabled Team Leader Gary Quigg to prepare his final report on the expedition.

Volunteers like Madeline are TIGHAR’s greatest strength. Thanks, Maddie!

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