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Scientists on Tuesday announced a new phase in the search to resolve the disappearance of Amelia Earhart, saying fresh evidence from a remote Pacific island may hold clues to the fate of the renowned U.S. pilot who vanished in 1937 while attempting to circle the globe.
Originally posted by michaelanteski
If that photo does show the bottom of the Earhart plane, it must have been taken during the first week she was on Nikomaroru Is., because the Japanese had trailed her plane after they saw it spying on their base in the Marshall Islands, and they (Japanese) knew where she had crash landed and sent a ship to retrieve her and F. Noonan and the plane too. (There was a US serviceman who gave the story he saw the pane briefly after the Marines captured Saipan. It then was destroyed to preserve secrecy about what happened to Amelia E.)
Originally posted by petrus4
While this doesn't really bother me all that much, (as I figure, that while tragic, she probably simply crashed into the sea) it seems that there are some people who would like closure with this issue; and so I will hope that they get it, for their own sake.
Originally posted by mirrormaker326
This whole publicity stunt seems fishy to me. Why is Hilary Clinton weighing in and why is it getting so much attention? This seems like another example of an ostensibly innocuous desire for closure, but the real motivation for finding her plane is not revealed.
Originally posted by nixie_nox
I know it depends on the condition of the water, would there be anything left afte 75 years, of that plane, to identify by?
originally posted by: scoobdude
Got a link with this story. would love to read more on it. Sounds interesting.
We are in the pursuit of finding out what happened to Amelia Earhart and her plane, the Electra. During phase one of our investigation we have been able to get new eyewitness accounts of what happened to Amelia and Fred Noonan, her navigator. According to these reports she came down in Mili Atoll, she and the plane were taken to Jaluit, then Kwajalein, then to Saipan where she and Fred were incarcerated and later executed by the Japanese. Over 200 islanders claim to have seen her in the islands after 1937, this is the first time we have documented evidence of that trip. US Marines claim they found her briefcase and plane in June of 1944, that it was destroyed on the airfield, and buried.
Mike Harris, Rich Martini & Paul Cooper discuss their findings while on Saipan examining the eyewitness accounts that Amelia Earhart had been incarcerated there after she disappeared in 1937. Armed with 17 new eyewitness reports from locals that have never been before recorded, and 6 US Marines who claim they saw her airplane, the Electra on Saipan, a former President of the Chamber of Commerce of Saipan announces that he believes "beyond a shadow of a doubt" she was there on Saipan and that her plane was there as well.
This woman, Josephine Blanco Akiyama, started an uproar in the aviation world when she claimed she saw two American flyers, a man and a woman on the island of Saipan in the year 1937. The descriptions fit Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan who, in the same year, had been lost under mysterious circumstances. Fred Goerner, a radio reporter for CBS news in San Francisco, picked up the story and tracked it down.
"One day in 1937 Josephine Akiyama had been riding her bicycle down the beach road on Saipan taking lunch to her brother-in-law, Jose Matsumoto, who worked for the Japanese at their secret seaplane base at Tanapag Harbor on the Western shore of the Island. As she neared the gate of the facility, she saw a large, two motored plane fly overhead and disappear in the vicinity of the harbor. A little while later when she reached the beach area, she found a large group of people gathered around the two white persons.
"At first she thought they were both men, but someone told her one was a woman. They were both thin and looked very tired," said Mrs. Akiyama. "The woman had short cut hair like a man, and she was dressed like a man. I think I remember the man had his head hurt in some way. I remembered the year because 1937 was the year I graduated from Japanese school. I was eleven years old."
"I asked her why she was sure they were American flyers. She answered, "That's what the people said and later the Japanese guards said it." The guards, according to Mrs. Akiyama, had taken the pair away, and later there was a rumor they had been executed by the Japanese. Her memory of the plane was hazy. She could remember seeing it in the water by the shoreline, but she could not recall if it was damaged or what happened to it after that day."
Today, on the island of Saipan, Garapan, the Old Japanese jail is a tourist attraction. There are still natives there on the island who tell the old stories of seeing the white lady with the short haircut who was captured by the Japanese along with her navigator, Fred Noonan. The stories that they tell are that the two flyers were imprisoned by the Japanese at Garapan, and there they both died. Some of the stories are conflicting. For instance, you will hear stories that they were both beheaded by an executioner or that Fred Noonan tired of the food and threw it at the prison guards. In return, he was executed. There are stories that after Noonan was executed, Earhart died of dysentery. There are also stories that they were both executed by the firing squad. The remains have never been found. The missing airplane nor any piece of it has ever been found, and slowly, very slowly the only thing that is left is a legend ... a legend of the lost flight of Amelia Earhart.
The prison in which Earhart was believed to have perished was infamous among the Saipanese as being a place of death. In the days of World War II anyone believed to be a spy was quickly executed. No trial. No one escaped. www.ameliaearhartmovie.com...