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Amelia Earhart May Have Survived Crash-Landing, Newly Discovered Photo Suggests

A newly discovered photograph suggests legendary aviator Amelia Earhart, who vanished 80 years ago on a round-the-world flight, survived a crash-landing in the Marshall Islands. The photo, found in a long-forgotten file in the National Archives, shows a woman who resembles Earhart and a man who appears to be her navigator, Fred Noonan, on a dock. The discovery is featured in a new History channel special, "Amelia Earhart: The Lost Evidence," that airs Sunday. ( More...

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Gary Plewa 11
Is this really news or just another bit of sensationalism to gain readership/viewers? How many breaking stories about the "second shooter in Dallas" or the "real location of Hoffa's body" will there be? I honestly don't care what happened at this point and won't take the bait and watch the History Channel, which rarely has history on it anymore.
zuluzuluzulu 7
If you like aviation, and I assume you do since you are here, then it really is news. It is aviation history. It is an aviation mystery just like DB Cooper and Malaysia Flt 370.
Gary Plewa 1
I do like aviation and because aviation involves risk and situational awareness I take it seriously and make sure I have my facts in order. Apparently so do many other aviation enthusiasts. This bit of "News" was hype, which apparently worked on you, to gain viewership and make advertizing dollars. Quickly proven as male bovine excrement.
zuluzuluzulu 6
Skepticism is healthy but my money is on this photo being authentic. Earhart probably did what Sully did-a water landing near water vessels.

Consider it was 1937, the Marshall islands: essentially spits of land in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean, someone takes a film photograph in black and white because they thought was noteworthy. Who know how long it took to get into US spy agencies' hands? It's not like they could have tweeted the photo in 1937. The film had to be handed of to someone, taken to civilization, possibly in Australia or Hawaii, by slow boat, brought to a dark room, developed, and deciphered. It could have taken years and by that time, there were other things happening that put Earheart and Noonan on the back burner.

This is probably real. In 1937 90% of the world, including the photographer , probably didn't even know who Earhart was or what she was trying to do. Not everyone had radios or spoke English.
Torsten Hoff 2
I don't think people are questioning the authenticity of the photo, just whether the people are (or could be) Earhart and Noonan.
Elliot Cannon 3
If she was captured by the Japanese, she was then tortured and killed. And they would NEVER admit that it happened, EVER.
emilpudge 3
I remember hearing a news report 20 years ago about the old locals out there seeing her plane on a Japanese barge being towed past their island.
ian mcdonell 4
i own the sydney harbour bridge and am willing to sell it to you
How much?? ;)
Mike Williams 3
If you HAVE to ask the price you cannot afford it.
I stayed on both Tinian & Saipan during a brief assignment for the USG in 1981. During a dinner conversation with the then Saipan airport boss and an old timer pilot that ran a for-hire Marianas Islands flight service, our long-time interest in the Earhart story became a topic of discussion. Both of these gents spoke of their direct association with Saipan elders that knew of the "English woman and man" held prisoner by the Japanese on Saipan. I'll definitely be tuning in to the History Channel's update on this mystery. Keeping an open mind.
Dee Lowry 1
After further investingtion, this picture was taken 2 years prior to her disapearance. There were no Japanese people in the photo. The photo may be real but the timeline is wrong.
Gary Plewa 1
In another discussion group it was pointed out that this "lost" photo was published in a Japanese language travel book about the south sea islands ... two years before the RTW flight attempt.

So if this Japanese book and publication date is genuine then it sure shoots this latest "conspiracy theory" in the foot.
Nice find. This mystery may or may not be solved before I file my final flight plan. Would you mind posting the link to the discussion group?
Alan Dahl 1
It doesn't surprise me that there are photographs still showing up in this day and age. With everything so interconnected these days people forget that there are old photographs in files and archives and peoples shoeboxes that no one may have looked at in years or shared with anyone. I myself have a 8 x 10 photo of Earhart and Noonan taken in Hawaii on their first aborted round the world attempt. It's stamped USN on the back and may have been taken by my father or a fellow USN photographer at Pearl Harbor. I've shared it a few times on Facebook in the last year but before that no one not in my family had seen it in years, if not at all. So I don't find this photo incredible at all and if the experts really are as expert as they supposedly are its likely authentic.
katty wompus 1
The photo was published 2 years before she disappeared. Pretty lame effort.
Wingrat 1
the photos are very old, hard to tell much. The resolution isn't very good. Who knows. No records. Maybe this one belongs to the ages. Not every mystery gets solved.
The photo is interesting but was it really taken after the landing? The Japanese have no record of holding Earhart or the copilot. It's all speculation with no solid answers. This photo comes out when the History Channel is about to air the show. Which means I know everything I need to know and won't be watching
zuluzuluzulu -1
The records were probably burned when we dropped the A-bomb.
Richard Loven 1
People are always trying to rewrite history. Someone can describe something that happens today that is questionable. Then 80 years from now someone else will know exactly what happened.
Foxtrot789 1
Admiral Nimitz said he saw Earhart in a Japanese pow camp after her supposed crash... I absolutely believe she got caught up in some WWII reconnaissance work.
btweston 2
So he saw her and just said, "Oh well," and left?
Yeah she wasn't his type...
Kevin Haiduk 1
It looks like a native man in the picture.
Brian Drewry 6
I disagree. The receding hair line of the man in the photo is a perfect match for known photos of Fred Noonan. However, how could a photo like this go unnoticed for decades in the National Archives?
Torsten Hoff 5
I also think that the man in the picture is a perfect match of Noonan. The person sitting *could* be Earhart, but is much less convincing.

However, the odds of a picture taken in that particular location just happens to feature two random people who are dead ringers for Earhart and Noonan seem astronomical.

As far as why this picture wasn't noticed before, let's not forget the enormous number of artifacts in the National Archives. Also, someone looking at the picture would actually have to scrutinize the image and make the connection. I'm somewhat surprised it was noticed now.

I'm definitely going to watch the TV special this Sunday.
Brian Drewry 3
I will be watching the TV special, too. With untold millions of photos in the National Archives, it is understandable how it could be missed. However, if the photo was taken by a "spy" and the mystery was in the recent past when it was taken, it would seem that the photo would have been at the top of the stack somewhere. Who really knows the true story? It will be an interesting show anyhow.
Torsten Hoff 2
The person who took the photograph was executed by the Japanese for being a spy, but that doesn't mean that he/she was in fact a spy, so the picture may not have been assigned any particular significance.

Something else that is odd is that the "Earhart" and "Noonan" characters in the picture don't seem to have been guarded and seem completely relaxed. They aren't staying close to each other for security. While the Japanese had a strong presence in the Pacific at that time, open hostility against the United States and the outbreak of WW2 were still two years away.
Dee Lowry 1
Torston- What channel is it on?
I'm with Comcast...
and not proud of it but it's my only option. Thanx
Dee Lowry 1
And when??? 😊
Dee Lowry 1
Disregard Torston.
Got it!
Braniff77 1
I read another article that said the photo was misfiled, so it was almost by accident that the researcher found it.
Kevin Haiduk 1
I was talking about the picture of Amelia.
Kevin Haiduk 3
It also looks like he has a full beard. So where is she getting her haircut at?
alan75035 1
It's clearly a squatch.
highlite -2
When a reporter is paid $30.00 per column-inch, this is just of crapola that will be regurgitated. By the way, I know the real answer to all of this. Chuck Norris did a round-house kick that went so fast, it broke the speed of light, went back in tome and brought down Amelia Earhart. Now you know.
She was known to at times disregard her navigator's direction.That may be the reason plus low fuel for her missing the Island.Why does dummies keep romanticizing this.She and her navigator were FISH FOOD> End of story.
Alan Yates 0
I suppose there is validity to the rumor that some are like chickens, awakening in a new world daily. This is old news. Just adds the rumor that they were captured....Even some of the "news" channels have done specials on it, some going back three years, reporting on artifacts found in subsequent exploration. This twist is another money generator.
Tom Novak -2
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New photo may prove Amelia Earhart was captured by the Japanese

A photograph discovered in the U.S. National Archives may add weight to the theory that Amelia Earhart survived a landing in the Marshall Islands and was taken captive by the Japanese.


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