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by spoerjm2
Sun Feb 14, 2016 10:30 am
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Plane in the lagoon at Orona
Replies: 54
Views: 19955

Re: Plane in the lagoon at Orona

I have long followed the Earhart controversy and am still completely mystified. I don't have maps in front of me. Is Orono in the area of Howland Island and the other suspected crash areas? Even though you point out that Japanese spread word that she was a spy was a falsehood, I have my doubts of th...
by spoerjm2
Sun Jan 27, 2008 6:23 pm
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Getting into the field
Replies: 7
Views: 4578

Getting into the field

The biggest concern is that never before have we had battlefields that remain with actual equipment in place. Most places clean up the area, remove the wreckage and move on with their lives. In the South Pacific and Alaska, the Deep Seas and so forth are planes, ships, trucks and guns which people c...
by spoerjm2
Fri Jan 25, 2008 4:31 am
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Getting into the field
Replies: 7
Views: 4578

Getting into the field

Any jobs out there would be contradictory to your beliefs. Salvage people are not interested in the history, their motivation is money. They will rip skulls from a wreckage, just to salvage parts and pieces. Museums want displays and are willing to dislodge history to get their showpiece. About your...
by spoerjm2
Sun Jan 06, 2008 1:28 pm
Forum: Missing/Killed In Action (MIA/KIA)
Topic: Japanese and Americans to Search Attu
Replies: 2
Views: 3363

Japanese and Americans to search Attu

An update is that teams were sent to attempt to locate a famous missing American submarine. The sub's location was a mystery until now, because it had been sunk without calling for aid. A posting was made on the internet and someone suggested a Japanese warship. Checks were made and apparently the s...
by spoerjm2
Wed Jan 02, 2008 3:39 am
Forum: Member Profiles
Topic: About me: James Spoerl - spoerjm2
Replies: 3
Views: 3158

Any answers?

Sorry that it took so long to get back with you. No, I have not had any responses. I do think that a person can get involved if they want to. Many of my co-workers had fathers in the military and have no idea what areas their fathers were involved in. You could assist them in looking up where their ...
by spoerjm2
Tue Mar 06, 2007 4:15 am
Forum: Swamp Ghost - B-17E 41-2446
Topic: Swamp Ghost & Black Cat Pass B-17 Recovery
Replies: 68
Views: 72986

Swamp Ghost - B-17 recovery from Black Cat Pass

There should be an international protocol as to who retains ownership of, or retains claim to shipwrecks, crashes and sites. It would appear as if each plane, ship or incident area should be considered as their own individual battlefield. Interested parties would have to be ranked as to their percen...
by spoerjm2
Thu Feb 22, 2007 1:17 am
Forum: Member Profiles
Topic: About me: James Spoerl - spoerjm2
Replies: 3
Views: 3158

About me: James Spoerl - spoerjm2

I am the son of a WWII stateside Vet. I have at least 5 uncles who served overseas. I have a strong interest in history and would like to help research or connect information to solve mysteries of lost soldiers/fliers. My interest probably started in the 1970's when I watched Jaques Cousteau travel ...
by spoerjm2
Thu Feb 22, 2007 1:05 am
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Recover them Yes or No
Replies: 58
Views: 47414

Wrecks and Losses - Recovery or not?

Gentlemen: Can we not disagree peacefully? Can we not abide by whatever laws may exist? Can we not attempt to show respect for the dead? Just how many museum pieces and restored fliers do we need? I would have to assume that Truk Lagoon and Pearl Harbor as huge battlefields generate respect as shoul...
by spoerjm2
Thu Feb 22, 2007 12:37 am
Forum: Missing/Killed In Action (MIA/KIA)
Topic: Japanese 18th Army Stragglers in Papua
Replies: 1
Views: 3346

Japanese holdouts

Be advised that there is a fantastic book regarding one of the last of the holdouts. What was interesting is that every means possible was taken to inform the holdouts that the war was over. They used dropped leaflets, loudspeakers and many other efforts. The holdouts thought that all of the means t...