For Charles Neely:
The New Britain information is contained on my website: http://www.electranewbritain.com
If you read that and digest the information there I can then answer questions as they arise.
You opinion is that Tighar has the goods ?
The TIGHAR Hypothesis is just that, a hypothesis. There is no basis of evidence despite all the years and all the money that has been thrown at it (some US$5 million). Not one conclusive piece of evidence has arisen on Nikumaroro despite all the inferred claims made.
The hypothesis has as its' core the notion that AE & FN reached a sunline through Howland which existed at 6:15am local when the sunrise is at 067 degrees azimuth giving rise to the sunline at 157-337 degrees. NOTE: These degrees are TRUE degrees, not Magnetic. By the time AE & FN would have arrived in the vicinity of Howland, the sunline would have swung more to say, 140-300, for example as the sun would have moved Westwards. There is no evidence that they ever reached this point, ie, either Howland, or lateral to Howland. Aviators do not broadcast TRUE degrees, aviators use Magnetic.
"Strength 5" on HF has been touted as the evidence that AE & FN were "close" to Howland when we all know that S5 on HF can be had from thousands of miles away. Despite Tighar's own Radio Gurus saying this, many members of Tighar still believe the S5 is potent.
Bones found in 1940 by a Colonial Officer stationed on the then Gardner Island (now Nikumaroro) are sent to Tarawa and then on to Fiji for examination and are declared to be from a mixed-race MALE person of Pacific origin and of a height around 5 feet 6 inches. This declaration by a Dr. Hoodless who actually did handle the bones and took measurements. In modern times, these measurements have been fed into a computer and emerge as FEMALE, Nordic Origin, 5 feet 9 inches tall, which just happens to coincide with Earhart. Who made this calcaulation aside from the computer ? An anthropologist who is also a Tighar member who did not actually handle the bones as the bones have gone missing.
In 1929, the S.S. Norwich City ran aground on Gardner and 11 seamen from the crew perished and only the bodies of four were retrieved and buried in shallow coral graves. The survivors were rescued and the Pacific Islanders who rescued them were delighted to find large coconut crabs which they considered a delicacy. Now, we have heard all about these crabs scattering pig bones put there by Tighar and the horrible notion has been put out of a similar demise for AE & FN.
If AE & FN "missed" Howland after actually arriving in the vicinity and searched for an hour, on failure to find the island, AE's stated contingency was to return to The Gilberts. Why then, attempt to fly down a line from an unknown position and hope to hit one of the scattered Phoenix Group ? Would it not be far safer to stick to the plan, turn onto their reciprocal bearing and head back to The Gilberts and hit one of a large string of islands, 500 miles in length which lay at almost 90 degrees across their path ? If you miss the Phoenix Group, the next islands are Samoan.
That's all I have time for today.