Speaking of body searches, there is another one that has been going on since July 2, 1937–although it’s no mystery for those who give credence to eye-witness reports:
Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan, according to Saipanese villagers and American military eyewitnesses, ended up in a Japanese jail in Saipan.
A friend of mine lived on Saipan for 30 years. It was common knowledge that Earhart and Noonan were interred in the local Japanese jail and died and were buried on the island. Saipanese women who had been children at the time described having seen a thin, “sickly” white woman, always under guard, with short hair “like a man” and a burned arm and hand. The white woman gave one of them a ring with a white stone in it. Locals can still lead visitors to the cells in which Earhart and Noonan were held and can point out the spot where they were buried (now destroyed and covered with cement).
Several then-young Marines on Saipan give eye-witness accounts on links below: one of them, with a buddy, blew open a safe and found Earhart’s briefcase containing her passports and visas.
Another saw a silver, single-wing, two-engine airplane matching the description of the Elektra in a hangar in Saipan in 1944. His squad was ordered to destroy it. Fifty years later he told a skeptical listener, “It was the middle of the invasion battle, don’t you think I would remember a man-in-a-suit and his insistence that they burn the hanger and a perfectly good airplane, and never tell anyone what we saw?”
A third decoded the incoming message that Amelia Earhart’s plane would be destroyed the next afternoon. He and a buddy hid and watched a jeep tow the plane out onto the airfield. Marines climbed onto the plane and poured 3 or4 five-gallon cans of gasoline all over it. Then a P-38 flew over it and fired tracers at it from behind, causing “humongous fire and smoke.”
Neither the American nor Japanese military have ever admitted any of this but these facts are well-known on the island. Looks like Earhart may have agreed to do a little spying for the U.S. before World War 2 and that the government covered it up.
My friend sent me the following letter:
This first link is an article that was written by a guy that lived on Saipan for 13 years. Many of us that lived on Saipan had the opportunity to talk to WW2 Vets. It was not unusual for them to come back to the islands for a visit. I met several of them. They would always tell you their war stories. In the article below the author retells things that were told to him by some WW2 vets. http://www.wingsoverkansas.com/earhart/article.asp?id=1149
The next article is from the Saipan online edition of the Marianas Variety newspaper. http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/letters-to-the-editor/45684-amelia-earhart-died-on-saipan.php
This next link takes you to a Youtube interview of three vets that were on Saipan during the war. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSanXL_jLQo
The next quote I took from this site: http://www.websleuths.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-64780.html This fellow (Hockeynut, 10-22-09) was on Saipan and married a local woman–he got information from his mother-in-law.
This is a link to an article from the other local Saipan newspaper, The Saipan Tribune. This article talks about the local Chamorro women that saw Amelia when they were young–during the war. http://www.saipantribune.com/newsstory.aspx?newsID=42373
And one more link from the CNMI Guide that talks about the story and the women that saw her when they were young…http://www.cnmi-guide.com/history/ww2/amelia/mainamelia.html
AND…here is a YouTube of the old Japanese jail in Saipan- I’ve been there many times myself. The roosters crowing make me homesick for Saipan….lol http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDX7LuRrWII&feature=related
For all the 30 years I lived on Saipan I always thought that Amelia died in Saipan because of what the old folks would say. My former mother-in-law (now deceased) also talked about this. I never thought anything different. I was really surprised to read that there is this big mystery about her death! I thought…what mystery? They know where she died…on Saipan!