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Ric Gillespie

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Re: New Britain Hypothesis
« Reply #105 on: May 21, 2013, 11:43:04 AM »

Can anybody tell me if I'm correct about this (and that Billing is incorrect)?.

Here's the deal on "land in sight ahead."  Back in the 1960s, before the Coast Guard and Navy Earhart files were de-classified, Fred Goerner (author of "The Search for Amelia Earhart," Doubleday, 1966) persuaded the government to let him see, but not copy, the various reports.   Goerner felt sure that he saw a report of a message from the radio operator at Nauru that quoted Earhart as saying, "Land in sight ahead."  This was supposedly heard at, as I recall, 10:30 a.m. local time on July 2.  If AE really said that at that time it would be interesting to say the least.
After the files were declassified, Goerner went back to photocopy the quote he remembered seeing but (cue the music) he couldn't find it.  Of course Fred immediately assumed the file had been purged and the message redacted before it was declassified. 

I went back and forth with Fred about this at length sometime in the early '90s. I would love it if AE really said "land in sight ahead" later that morning but I have to agree with you.  I think Fred simply misread or misremembered "ship in sight ahead" which was heard by Nauru the night before.
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Re: New Britain Hypothesis
« Reply #106 on: May 21, 2013, 12:28:27 PM »

Maybe "light in sight ahead". 
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Re: New Britain Hypothesis
« Reply #107 on: May 21, 2013, 05:01:03 PM »

Maybe "light in sight ahead".

During the flight, on the night of July 2 (his time) the Nauru operator heard her say "Ship in sight ahead."  At least, that's what he reported and that's all that he reported.  The next night, on three occasions, he heard the same voice but "without hum of plane in background. Those receptions are in the Catalog as signals 29, 34, and 36.
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