THE CREDIBILITY OF LEE NADEAU

A number of facts and dates and events, taken from an array of sources, (from all ends of the political spectrum), point to a very shocking and salient conclusion--on not at all favorable to a former President of the United States. That conclusion is that former Presdient George Bush acted as a courier for Standard Oil to the Japanese off Guam, in the middle of June, l944.

Surprisingly, I have learned through my research that a number of the people in the Navy at the time that Bush and his "official" biographers use to back up his story, either were not eyewitnesses or are no longer among the living--and haven't been for some time.

There turns out to be really only one living eyewitness to support Bush's claims and provide evidence that Bush did what he says: Lee Nadeau, Bush's usual tail-gunner.

What exactly does Lee Nadeau say? Here's a sample of Nadeau's rather odd "supporting statements:"

"Lee Nadeau recalls : 'Bush made a beautiful landing [off Guam in June, l944]...When I finally made it out, Bush was standing on the starboard wing, inflating the liferaft."(Hyams 82-91).

Yet the TBF Avenger was designed so that the liferaft was to be removed and inflated from behind and above the tail gunner, Nadeau:

"[T]he Avenger was designed to float for approximately two minutes, giving the tail gunner [--emphasis added--mcs: in the Guam incident, this supposedly, was Lee Nadeau] enough time to inflate the raft." (Tarpley and Chaitkin, l09-l3).

How could Bush have already inflated the life raft when it was behind and above Nadeau, who hadn't yet gotten out of the plane?

Again, pertaining to the second crash, this time off Chichi Jima, which time Nadeau officially admits he wasn't on the plane: "Lee Nadeau, Bush's usual tail gunner, who had been in contact with Bush during the l980's, attempted to undercut Mierzejewski's credibility by stating that 'Ski,' as Mierzejewski was called, would have been 'too busy shooting' to have been able to focus on the events involving Bush's plane. But even the pro-Bush accounts agree that the reason White was allowed to come aloft in the first place was the expectation that there would be no Japanese planes over the target...no account alleges that any Japanese aircraft appeared over Chi Chi Jima . . . (Tarpley and Chaitkin ll0-12)."

Why such oddly awkward claims that leave a door open for doubt, just on the face of them? Let's take this step-by-step.

l. The date for the mission to Guam had been set by outside events involving the availability of tankers, and personnel for a Standard Oil shipment from Saudi Arabia, via the Persian Gulf, to Bombay or perhaps Calcutta (probably very briefly, and overnight); thence, to Thailand; from where, overland, to Japanese-held Burma.

2. This was a pre-planned courier mission by Bush and White, which had to take place within a certain time-frame. It had been planned that White would accompany Bush in place of Nadeau--that this request would be made, as it subsequently was off Chi Chi Jima.

3. However due to the unexpected Japanese air attack a sudden emergency takeoff with a surprise flight by White was forced on Bush. It was essential that the mission go to Guam that day, and that White, not Nadeau, accompany Bush-- that Nadeau be outraced to the plane by Bush and White.

4. Well, mission accomplished: White beat Nadeau to the plane. But Nadeau was not aware that this was deliberate. He thought it was the result of his own slowness, that he was under threat of a court-martial or disciplinary action for failure to be on the emergency take-off flight.

5. However, Bush could use Nadeau--and avoid suspicion ("Why was White on the plane with Bush every time it went down?"), by simply being a "nice guy"--by telling Nadeau that he and White would not discipline him for not being on the flight off Guam if he would merely claim that he had been on it: that is, they would let him off light, and let him keep his good aviation record--or minimize his current (June 25, 1944) court-martial for having problems with flying on "13th" flights. (Stinnett 83: Stinnett doesn't bring this point out, but the June 19, 1944 flight was the "Barbara's"--Bush's regular plane's--13th combat flight of the month. Also, the "Barbara's" flight number--25123--adds up to 13: 2+5+1+2+3; Stinnett notes that Nadeau noticed such number combinations with other planes on other flights, but carefully avoids mentioning that Nadeau's regular plane had such numbers on its 13th combat flight on June 19, 1944.

6. Not only this, but Bush could keep Nadeau silent right up to the present, by merely having Nadeau be an active part of his campaign, thus using Nadeau's good name as an excuse not to have Nadeau come clean about not having actually been on the plane off Guam, either. This would have kept the slate clean for all involved, avoiding the suspicion that would have been aroused by White's having been on the "crashing plane" both times.

7. The date had been set; they also knew there were no enemy AA or Zeroes on or over Saipan or Guam. As pilots, they knew our forces, in bombing the Japanese-held Mariannas Islands, didn't destroy the Japanese airstrips from the air as a general rule, preferring to capture them intact for our own early use as a base from which we could bomb Japan proper. So they knew that the airstrip would be useable. Only the Japanese air surprise attack and the subsequent forced emergency take-off threw them off : "The San Jac's first combat mission [was on] May l5, l944, against Marcus and Wake Islands . . . On May 23, l944...Bush's first air combat mission . . . During the few days of pre-invasion air strikes the squadron encountered less defensive fire from the Japanese anti-aircraft guns who had quickly learned that as soon as they fired the cruisers and battleships in position around the island would home in on their position . . .The lack of antiaircraft fire made the pilots believe they had knocked out the guns . . . They found they could fly over the island of Saipan almost unopposed . . .(Hyams 49-60)."

In another account of the incidents over the Marianas, George Sullivan, a somewhat neutral biographer of Bush, has this to say:

"In the middle of June, l944, the Japanese launched a massive air strike against the American ships clustered in the Northern Pacific east of the Philippines near Guam, Saipan, and other of the Marianna Islands...The San Jacinto was one of the targets...the plane (Bush was on) was carrying four five-hundred pound depth charges...George brought the plane down low, almost skimming the waves . . . skidded over the surface . . . dropped the nose . . a beautiful landing. The three men scrambled out onto the wing, got their raft inflated, climbed into it, and started paddling. As the plane sank out of sight, the depth charges exploded. Soon after, the three men (Bush, Nadeau and Delaney) were picked up by a destroyer. they were back aboard the San Jacinto a few days later .[emphasis added--mcs] (Sullivan 51-2)."

"On June l9, l944 [note: The Unauthorized Biography by Tarpley and Chaitkin gives this date as June l7, l944, while Sullivan's book says "the middle of June"--mcs], Japanese planes attacked the task force off the Philippines Sea...Bush and other torpedo bombers were ordered to take off to keep the Japanese from hitting them on the carrier deck...The plane had hydraulic problems...Bush could not use his radio equipment to signal his situation...there were four 500-pound depth charges still on the plane...

"[Lee Nadeau recalls:] 'Bush made a beautiful landing. . . When I finally made it out, Bush was standing on the starboard wing, inflating the life raft. I turned to look for Del, but his exit was jammed and he was stuck trying to get through the turret...He had on his Mae West and parachute harness. He'd apparently hit his head on the radio and was bleeding, and his eyes looked glazed. I grabbed his harness and yanked him out. . .Then we stepped over the canopy and down onto the other wing, and walked down to the raft. After he came aboard the lifeboat, Del and I started singing, "Sailing, sailing, over the bounding main." Mr. Bush turned around and said, 'You guys had better shut up or they're going to think we're having too good a time out here.'

". . . They had no radio and could not use their signaling mirror, for fear the Japanese would spot and strafe them...Luckily, they were spotted by an American destroyer, the C.K. Bronson , which dropped a cargo net over the side, enabling them to climb aboard. . .

"Meanwhile, the Battle of the Philippine Sea raged until nightfall . . . One of the American planes. . .belonged to T.E. Hollowell...Marines taking part in the invasion later found his body and plane near the airfield on Guam. [As we'll note in other chapters, war planes continued to be discovered on Guam well into the 1960s. The significance will also become apparent later.--mcs] Meanwhile, Bush and his crew had yet to return to their ship . . .Finally. . .they were hauled aboard another carrier . . .they were then hoisted aboard the San Jacinto and assigned a new Avenger. On June 20, Bush's squadron moved west, which attack lasted until sundown, planes landing after dark . . . Planes landed on any carrier they could...a pilot came in to land...his tail hook failed to catch. . .the plane crashed into a gun mount [the night of June 20] a few feet away from Bush. . .The pilot's severed leg suddenly appeared before Bush, who recalls it as 'quivering and separated from the body.' (Hyams 82-91)."[More on this point of Bush's vision in a situation of absolute, total blackness in other chapters--mcs]

"They found they could fly over the island [of Saipan] almost unopposed...Bush, on June l3, flew three strikes, in three planes. Each plane developed a problem .[emphasis added--mcs] The first lasted only 3 hours, the second didn't even stay aloft that long, and in each instance, he had to make an emergency landing aboard the ship. The third flight lasted only half an hour because the hydraulic line was leaking...The following day, June l4, he was in the air again over the island, dodging flak and strafing and bombing targets for more than 5 hours . . .The invasion of Saipan was on June l5, l944...On June l4, Bush had made a good hit on one of the island's coastal guns...When the Marines stormed ashore on the morning of the l5th, they found that the enemy was still entrenched and dangerous: many targets had not been damaged by the bombing. . . . On June l6, Bush and others from his squadron took part in attacks on the nearby island of Guam. . . . VT-51 pilot Dick Houle . . ..perhaps the most. . . daring pilot in the fighter squadron, disappeared on one of the sorties. [--emphasis added--mcs] . . . Two pilots from the fighter squadron went down...Lt. B. F. Griffin [was picked up] but another pilot over Guam went down and couldn't be picked up because of darkness. . . Meanwhile, Bush's plane continued to have hydraulic problems...[O]n many occasions he was forced to put the plane into a steep dive and then snap it out and up. . . the carrier's mechanics were unable to straighten out the plane's problems. [--emphasis added--mcs] (Hyams 61-82).

"Bush's flight log for July l944 indicates he was in the air more than 46 hours and participated in l3 strikes against the enemy . . . in constant action (his squadron was) making strikes against Pagan and Guam, culminating in the Marine landing on Guam on July l7. The San Jacinto resumed strike operations on July l8, focusing on Guam and Rota...Photographs of Palau and surrounding islands taken by San Jac planes [including Bush's]. . . were used as guides in subsequent landing operations. . . On July 27, the Avenger piloted by Dick Houle was shot down over Malakal Harbor .[emphasis added--mcs]

". . . Nadeau recalls: 'We didn't see him get hit, but we saw one chute going down. There were no other planes around. . . we stayed in the vicinity strafing Japanese boats after him...We kept circling around until I told Bush I had a malfunction in my gun and couldn't clear it. Bush came back on the intercom and said he was out of ammo. 'We can't do any good here, so we're going to have to leave.'

" Two days later [July 29?] Bush wrote a letter to his parents. . . (Hyams 61-82)."

Intriguingly, Hyams, Bush's "official" biographer, himself seems to admit some of the confusion in the official records that survive today of Bush's World War II record. Here, he seems unsure of the exact date or circumstances of the shooting-down and death of one of Bush's fellow pilots in his squadron, Dick Houle. Was Houle shot down on Jun3 16 or July 27, 1944?

In an effort to discover more about Mr. Nadeau, I wrote a letter to Russell Bowen him to give me any details he could about Nadeau's possible membership in OSS or CIA. Bowen never answered the letter (below)

Little Rock, AR

September 26, l995

Russell S. Bowen

c/o America West Distributors

P.O. Box 3300

Bozeman, Montana 59772

Dear General Bowen:

I recently read your book, The Immaculate Deception, and was intrigued by it. Your comments and descriptions of George Bush's actions during WW2 were especially interesting to me, since I have been doing some research in that area.

In that connection, I have been interested in any information about Bush's air crewmen during WW2, and especially with regard to their activities in, or connections with, the U.S. intelligence community during and/or after WW2.

Do you have any information which you could share with me, for example, as to whether Bush's crewman Lee Nadeau was a member of the OSS during WW2? It would also be interesting to know if he might have been involved with the CIA--though this might be more difficult for you to divulge, I realize.

Lee Nadeau seems to me to be a somewhat intriguing person whose possible connections to the OSS or CIA might help explain a number of things, tie together some loose ends, and generally provide possible answers to some questions pertaining to Bush's""and others'""actions during WW2.

As you are a former intelligence officer, and obviously well-versed in this area, I felt you might be a good source for such information about Lee Nadeau.

I enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope. If you feel you have any information about Nadeau--or any other insightful information in this area--I would greatly appreciate it.

Or, if you would prefer to phone, my number is [--withheld-mcs].

My home address is: [--withheld--mcs]

I look forward to hearing from you, and thank you for your time

Sincerely yours,

Max C. Standridge

After a few weeks of waiting for Bowen to answer my letter, I again contacted his publisher, America West, by telephone. They said they suspected that Gen. Bowen had been unable to give out details as to the OSS or CIA membership of Nadeau due to Agency regulations--something I told them I was already aware of, but had to try for anyway.

The publisher told me that Bowen had been working on his book for some time before he contacted them about publishing it. In his }{\plain \i\f1 Introduction}{\plain \f1 , Bowen says he first got interested in writing about the CIA--and, in the context of his other statements in the Introduction, about Mr. Bush as well, at around the time of the assassination of Chilean leader ambassador Letelier.

This would put his efforts at writing The Immaculate Deception back to around the time that Philip Agee, another "renegade" CIA agent, had retired from the Agency and was beginning to write his "tell all" books about what he knew about the Agency.

This, in turn, powerfully suggests to me, along with Ben Franklin's referrring me to America West when in search of "a book that made a WW2 allegation about Bush," that Bowen had data about Mr. Bush more extensive than the current edition of The Immaculate Deception suggests. (See "Alexander Haig and the First Edition of The Immaculate Deception for more detaills on this aspect of the book.)

If the latter is true, it could provide an additional reason why Gen. Bowen didn't answer my query. Perhaps the whole issue of whether there was "more" to the whole Bush World War II record was a source of discomfort to him and one which he preferred not to deal with, after all he'd already been through. Interestingly, in this regard, Bowen carefully limits the area that he requests that readers make to him to the area of "current efforts in the drug war" which aren't or weren't working.

In any case, the simple truth is that Lee Nadeau could still be a relatively innocent character in the opera. All that he would have thought was what a "nice guy" Bush was to give him this break.

But, in his own, humble way, Nadeau may have dropped hints to Bush: hints that, if Bush wanted, he, Nadeau, would tell the truth, would "confess" that he wasn't on the plane off Guam, either--just as he had admitted he hadn't been over Chi Chi Jima.

Nadeau hinted that he "forgot" or never knew the exact sequence of airing up the raft off Guam; that enemy aircraft being in the air may not have been the ultimate reason why someone else was in his place on Bush's plane, as we saw in his comments above. From Nadeau's end, these were merely innocuous hints, or openings, for Bush to take if he wished, to give Bush a chance to not be such a "nice guy" to him anymore.

But Bush would have preferred to have just gone on being Mr. Nice Guy, to keep the fiction and the cover-up. And to keep the only living eyewitness on his side.

What a nice guy, huh?

Works Cited:

Bowen, Brig. Gen. Russell S. The Immaculate Deception: The Bush Crime Family Exposed. Carson City, NV: America West, 1991

Hyams, Joe.Flight of the Avenger: George Bush at War. New York: Harcourt, Brace, Jaconovich. 1991.

Stinnett, Robert B. George Bush: His World War II Years. Washington, DC: Brassey's, 1992. Missoula, MT: Pictorial Histories, 1991. 1

Sullivan, George. George Bush. New York: Julian Mesmer, 1989.

Tarpley, Webster Griffin, and Anton Chaitkin. The Unauthorized Biography of George Bush. New York: Executive Intelligence Review/Ben Franklin, 1991.

If you find this list of sources inadequate--and some have indicated they did--I invite you to visit my Bibliography, Annotated Bibliography, and Updated Annotated Bibliography for additional and backup sources. I would like to note here, for the record, given the critiques I've received on this point, that there is a massive amount of data, not easily accessible, to be processed here. It has required more than one round of edits to my sources. The actual information you will find regarding this, is voluminous. The Annotated Bibliography alone, for example, will stretch over several web pages, as you will see when you visit it.

The fact is, regardless of whether the original book ad's claim was legitimate, it is clear there has ended up being something unusual about GHW Bush's records in WW2. This strongly indicates that Bush was not "regular military" but was, rather, in the OSS, fore-runner of the CIA. A series of things suggests this, including:

How did he get into the Navy as a pilot at 18, when regulations set a minimum age of 21 for pilots? On top of that, why was he made a reconnaisance pilot at the age of 19?

Why are the page numbers so "funny looking" regarding his flight of June, 1944, off Guam? Why was he taken aboard the USS Lexington after a seemingly innocuous water landing in the midst of the US fleet? How did Bush know where to locate rear-admiral Kauffman, even if it was only to deliver the wedding invite described by Stinnett?

What was going on at Palau, regarding reconnaisance photos Bush took? There seems to have been a reprimand issued, then apparently more or less withdrawn, regarding Bush's captioning of the recon. photos he took. Was there a discrepancy between OSS rules and Navy rules regarding such?

Why are dates missing from squadron commander records regarding his flight at Chi Chi Jima? Why, in fact, do they appear to have been removed? Why do official Marine flight records say there were "no carrier-based raids against Chi Chi Jima between July 4, 1944 and February, 1945," if Bush's squadron attacked Chi Chi Jima September 2, 1944? Why does the log of the USS Finnback, not have a mention of Bush until October 1944?

In 1959, while Allen Dulles was still CIA head, Bush's ship the "Barbara" was described in an FBI memo as "a CIA asset". The wording does not suggest this was a brand-new affiliation for the ship.

As you read through this Site, and these sources, you have to wonder: what are, and what is the nature of, the undercurrents in all our lives? In history? In politics? In the possibly metaphysical? What is Synchronicity? What is the Unconscious or subconscious? What "powers" does it have?

Gerald K. Haines, in his work on the CIA's investigation of UFOs, (cited elsewhere on the Site and in my sources), has been able to confirm that CIA personnel sometimes impersonated Air Force personnel in the 1940s, '50s and '60s. They did so, in these instances, by interviewing alleged UFO witnesses to try to determine if UFO sightings were related to the U-2 or other reconnaisance craft. These conversations fed into the ongoing books and articles at NICAP and elsewhere regarding "Air Force" visitors to UFO witnesses.

Since the CIA impersonated Air Force personnel, why should Navy personnel have been exempt from being also impersonated by its predecessor, the OSS?

You may want to "qualify" some of my statements in succeeding chapters, from "committed" to "may have committed" or "possibly". But after you weed through all the "may haves", "seemingly's" and "seem to have's" that could or should be added to this massive amount of material, you have to come back to grappling with what all of this suggests.

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