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Old 25th July 2006, 11:06 PM   #16
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The only part of Jame's story I find the least bit interesting is the historical connection to Iwo Jima. I did find the similarities rather creepy - beyond coincidence. But, as is pointed out in the link, we don't know details regarding how this information was revealed.

So I did some research of my own. And guess what? The casablanca class USS Natoma Bay (CVE 62) escort carrier DID provide air combat support during the Battle of Iwo Jima.

But that's where it all falls apart.

No F4U Corsairs were ever flown from the deck of USS Natoma Bay during World War 2. At Iwo Jima the ship's composite squadron (Escort Carriers only had a single composite squadron consisting of fighters and torpedo aircraft) was VC 81, who operated off the ship from September 1944 until March 1945.

VC 81 consisted of:

16 - 24 General Motors FM-2 Wildcats (fighters)
(The FM-2 was an improved version of the Grumman F4F Wildcat which was used until the end of WW2 on escort carriers where newer, heavier, and larger aircraft could not be used.)
9 - 12 Grumman TBF/M Avengers (torpedo bombers)

So basically, we have a series of events that are entirely explainable in other ways, combined with only one specific historic instance that supports a paranormal explanation. And that one specific historical instance proves to be BS.

Obviously the father is a pretty lame researcher.

-Andrew
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