Skip to comments.Parents think Boy is Reincarnated WW2 Pilot (weird story as seen on "Prime Time")
Posted on 07/05/2005 3:17:28 PM PDT by Rakkasan1
Six decades ago, a 21-year-old Navy fighter pilot on a mission over the Pacific was shot down by Japanese artillery. His name might have been forgotten, were it not for 6-year-old James Leininger.
Quite a few people including those who knew the fighter pilot think James is the pilot, reincarnated.
James' parents, Andrea and Bruce, a highly educated, modern couple, say they are "probably the people least likely to have a scenario like this pop up in their lives."
But over time, they have become convinced their little son has had a former life.
From an early age, James would play with nothing else but planes, his parents say. But when he was 2, they said the planes their son loved began to give him regular nightmares.
"I'd wake him up and he'd be screaming," Andrea told "Primetime Live" co-anchor Chris Cuomo. She said when she asked her son what he was dreaming about, he would say, "Airplane crash on fire, little man can't get out."
Andrea says her mom was the first to suggest James was remembering a past life.
At first, Andrea says she was doubtful. James was only watching kids' shows, his parents say, and they weren't watching World War II documentaries or conversing about military history.
But as time went by, Andrea began to wonder what to believe. In one video of James at age 3, he goes over a plane as if he's doing a preflight check.
Another time, Andrea said, she bought him a toy plane, and pointed out what appeared to be a bomb on its underside. She says James corrected her, and told her it was a drop tank. "I'd never heard of a drop tank," she said. "I didn't know what a drop tank was."
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Is this supposed to be serious journalism according to ABC?
I wonder if they have Discovery - Wings. Watch that cable channel about 30 minutes and you'll know all about "drop tanks".
This family lives in my town. This was pretty big in the news about a year ago but has pretty much faded away. He was featured on Coast-to-Coast AM one night, but it seems the celebrity has pretty much dimmed. The story is pretty spooky....
Parents also smoke too much crack...according to sources.
These days I feel like I am a reincarnated Vietnam Vet come back with a vengence to kick the crap out of some uneducated, agenda driven, vile hippies (or democrats for short)
Sadly, we still have lots of them around and another war for them to protest and not understand. But they'll understnad my size 11 G.I. boot up their arse.
ask them if the kid would take me for a ride in his Corsair.
Bump for later read. My children are reincarnated asylum inmates and I need to regain order.
If I were you, I'd opt for a ride in his Wildcat...it seems he never successfully completed transition to the Corsair...
I'm not even disputing the "authenticity" of this story. I'm just asking if it belongs on a supposedly journalistic program. Why doesn't ABC just bring back "Ripley's Believe It or Not" if they want to run stories like this?
A few decades from now some little kid is gonna have nightmares about driving off a bridge while in a drunken, lustful stupor. He'll then run out the door, screaming about needing a lawyer. When his parents wake him up, he'll say, "Uh, I, uh, was in the car, uh, when it, uh, went off the, uh, bridge....I, uh, am in no way, uh, responsible for, uh, the death of that girl, uh, who just, uh, happened to be, uh, in the car."
He'll say this, of course, in a Boston accent.
If this story is true, it is reassuring that Americans can be reincarnated as Americans. I would hate to be reincarnated in some jacked up place like the middle east or africa.
I wonder how much money these people think they can make off stories like this one?
Well if George Noory has signed off on this, then it has to be true. He's not one to entertain kooky notions or weird guests, now is he?
That's nothing. One of my cats believes he is a reincarnated sabre tooth and tries to bring-down cows, deer, and anyone dressed in skins and carrying a spear...
Actuallly, there is no spoon. :)
They could probably make more money if they started a TV show with some woman with too much make-up and fake eyelashes crying every show....
Maybe add a choir in the background...
LOL...But I would give him more credibility than ABC....
First of all, the story doesn't say how old the kid is.
He may not be able to even say "Corsair".
With your luck, he probably flew Wildcats.
I was thinking along the lines of a Kingfisher, you know those truly ungainly, unglorious amphibious planes. Why is it everyone assumes the kid was a fighter pilot!
(sarcasm.....really!) ...I think
This story has been going on for three years. The little tyke is probably getting to the point of having his own life about now.
maybe the kids stays home all day watching Wings or something.
I thought they'd pretty much worked through that deficiency by the early '60s...
You're talking about the network that had a prime time special about UFO's.
I didn't think Corsairs flew off of baby flattops, either.
Does this woman have "poofy" hair?
We have a perfect God
We know He does not make mistakes
Shades of Bridie Murphy, but you never really know...do you.
Poofy Hair kinda makes the picture, don't ya think...
That and the black streams of drippy mascara...
Please notice that nobody was ever a stable hand. While we're on this, how many out there were once just honest cavepeople?
Why would reincarnation indicate a mistake on God's part?
Good point...all I could find during a quick googling was from webscavenger...
"At war's end, Corsairs were ashore on Okinawa combatting the Kamikazes and flying from fleet and escort carriers.
I wonder if the kid ever dated Shirley McClain
"Well if George Noory has signed off on this, then it has to be true. He's not one to entertain kooky notions or weird guests, now is he?"
I detect sarcasm. You mean you don't believe George's stories about shadow governments and not-supporting-the-war-but-supporting-our-troops as well as believing that the President started the war for his own purposes? That George "doubt-America-first" Noory?
I know Carol Bowman - she is not a crackpot per se - but I don't buy into all of her theories. She does have documented cases. One of my children fit into this category until she was almost five and now she is like any other kid. Ms Bowman asked my permission to include her in a book but I decided against it. I am not into reincaration. I can't explain the why or what was going on with my child - it was very real but history now.
You're right. A loony liberal friend of mine thinks she was the daughter of Akhenaten.
Ask him for his pre-flight check list. No pilot worth his wings would ever forget that. So said my uncle, now dead, who flew the hump from India to China and back in WWII.
Worst case the parents are pulling a scam using their child. Best case, self deception, they like the idea so much and the kid is picking up on easily seen things on the boob toob. How about that? TV? nah cant be.
Reincarnated pilot. Yep. Yes sir.
Put the kid in an actual F4U Cockpit and watch his intimate knowledge go out the door. Anyone can know outside details. Only a pilot could know the intimate details of the cockpit that your life depended on.
Small things, the feel of the trim controls, the gauges, airspeeds for approach. All that they wont show on TV. All that I guarantee the kid wont know.
What next? When are we going to grow beyond this nonsens?
The world it wierder than people ever believe at the time. What is time, anyway? How far away is yesterday, or tomorrow? What is self awareness? Have you seen the fibers of the world at sunset?
What is to say the a person's soul can't come back to this side if it thinks it has unfinished business?
Her only claim to fame is that she thinks she is the reincarnation of Hillary Clinton.
When I told her that it couldn't be because Hillary wasn't dead yet.
The kid replied, "Who would know the difference?".
If that happens, the parents had better call for an exorcist!;)
Great post (and dead-on), not to mention a killer screen name. :) Gotta love that movie ("Army of Darkness", for the uninitiated). Bruce Campbell is just the best...........
Ever read his book, by the way?
I like the idea one of the writers had: put the kid in a Corsair cockpit and see if he knows what he's looking at...