Ever wonder what happened to American aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart, the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean?
In 1937, on a round-the-world flight Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan left Lae, New Guinea, bound for Howland Island in the Pacific. They never arrived. To this date, most people believe her plane Electra crashed in the ocean and the aviators were lost and never seen again.
The fact is, they crashed on Mili Atoll in the Marshall Islands and were subsequently seen by many people. There were eyewitnesses to the crash, to their capture by Japanese soldiers (the Japanese occupied the Marshall Islands before World War 2) and to the recovery of the Electra by the [Japanese ship] Koshu Maru.
In fact, 40 years later, the Republic of the Marshall Islands issued a set of stamps commemorating these events: 1) take-off from Lae, New Guinea, July 2, 1937; 2) USCGC Itasca at Howland Island, awaiting Earhart’s landing, 3) crash-landing, Mili Atoll, July 2, 1937, 4) recovery of Electra by the Koshu. Amelia Earhart Marshall Island stamps.
Earhart and Noonan were transferred to the island of Saipan (also held by the Japanese) and jailed there until their deaths. Numerous eyewitness all along their trail described a white couple in Japanese custody, both of them with short hair, wearing pants, but one of them looking more like a woman. An eyewitness claimed Noonan was executed; those living near the primitive jail cell were all aware of Earhart’s death, following debilitating dysentery. American GI’s, AWOL at the time, were eyewitnesses to the destruction of the Electra by American Marines at the command of a suit from Washington.
Now an architect in Saipan has designed a monument to Amelia Earhart, giving additional validation to the overwhelming evidence that she was there, and is raising money to build it. Saipan architect unveils planned Earhart memorial
The definitive and authoritative book on all things Amelia is Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last by Mike Campbell. Pet “theories” which have floated around for years despite being laid to rest decades ago by the facts are taking on the semblance of religious dogma. But the hundreds of details from dozens of corroborating accounts by eyewitnesses from the very beginning keep on proving these theories “hares and herrings:” rabbit trails and red herrings.
From this blog: Amelia Earhart: “What mystery? She died on Saipan!”
I just re-checked all the links in my August 7, 2012 post above. One is now marked “Not Found” and a YouTube video of eyewitness accounts by three American vets is now a black screen with an exclamation mark on it. (Mike Campbell explains “These are Rich Martini’s interviews that I helped arrange, now he’s charging money to see them. I regret my association with this [man]… but he did get these important interviews.”)
From this blog: Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last
From this blog: First Lady of Flight dishonored by lies
Marie Castro: Iron link to Saipan’s Forgotten History (last half is evidence of AE’s life and death on Saipan) https://earharttruth.wordpress.com/2018/04/02/marie-castro-iron-link-to-saipans-forgotten-history/