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Recently Discovered Photo Shows Amelia Earhart May Have Survived Plane Crash

Posted July 06, 2017 8:44 AM by lmno24

A recently discovered photo shows that aviator Amelia Earhart may have survived a crash landing in the Marshall Islands.

The photo, found in a long-lost 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 this Sunday.

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Analysts told the History Channel that the photo appears legitimate. The man pictured has Noonan’s distinct hairline, while the woman has Earhart’s short hairstyle.

She was last heard from on July 2, 1937, during her quest to become the first woman to circumnavigate the Earth. She was declared dead two years later and her remains were never found. It was concluded that she crashed somewhere in the Pacific Ocean.

This image suggests they did in fact survive the flight, and were potentially taken captive by the Japanese.

This photo would back the theory that the two survived a crash-landing in the Marshall Islands and were held prisoner by the Japanese military on the island of Saipan until their deaths.

For years, locals claimed to have seen the plane crash. But some native schoolchildren in the area said they saw the pair being taken into captivity.

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07/06/2017 1:09 PM

Yeah.....sorry we're going to need more to go on....

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07/06/2017 2:32 PM

Clever, but I had also heard of the supposed capture by the Japanese.

I think the Nipponese may have been keen on having them as pawns, but if they did not "cooperate", the swords would have been drawn to "save face".

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07/07/2017 12:07 AM

Why ? Is this red herring always being brought up that Amelia and Fred were captured by Japanese ? there was no war on back then and any suspicious activity in the area would have been spotted by the Americans on Howland island. I am sorry to have to say but they perished What would you do if you were in their situation No Fuel, can't find the island, big open ocean no hope of survival if you come down on the water. Dive straight into the sea! Cheers Peugeot man

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07/07/2017 8:04 AM

There might have not been an official "war" going on, but the Japanese did have conquest of much of Asia on its mind. Let's not forget the embargos enforced against Japan by the "good ol' USA". The hostility that the USA had against Japan would have been enough for the Japanese to see Amelia Earhart as a "prize". Revenge could have been a reason for their demise at the hands of the Japanese.

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07/08/2017 9:12 PM

The hostility that the USA had against Japan would have been enough for the Japanese to see Amelia Earhart as a "prize". Revenge could have been a reason for their demise at the hands of the Japanese.

I agree, but I think that they would have advertised it, so no mystery. Unless, of course, our government concealed that information.

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07/10/2017 10:32 AM

The whole point of this thread and recent TV show about this is that it is in fact a GIANT coverup by the U.S. Government.

Trust me, when the chips are down, you really don't want to depend on anyone in the State Department (at least in the last admin), think Bengazi, now do you...

Tillerson - he is a good man, perhaps he is worth trusting.

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07/11/2017 7:39 PM

All points well taken. The fewer lawyers heading up government positions, the better.

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07/07/2017 10:57 AM

I think you mean there was no war we were "officially" involved in. In 1937 there were plenty of wars going on and especially in the south pacific region where Japan and China were doing the dance and a lot of others were kibitzing, including us.

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07/10/2017 10:25 AM

4,427 km Distance from Saipan to Howland Island.

I don't think we could have seen much that far away, even with a mighty high tower mast, and the best field glasses available. The local witnesses all testified in a consistent manner that Noonan and Earhart were present on Saipan, and one still living native reports seeing a large plane, although he did not recall the color (oddly).

In the 1960's, excavation in the area near the crematorium near the cemetary, yielded well over 100 bone fragments (human), consistent with accounts by the U.S. Marines. Apparently, Ms. Earhart was imprisoned by the Japanese (as a spy, since they wanted to conceal activities in the Pacific by that time.

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07/07/2017 12:24 AM

Further to my previous post I think Amelia was a damn fine pilot ! She got that grossly overloaded flying bomb with all that fuel off the deck at Lae and skimmed the waves for miles before burning off enough fuel to gain height, its just unfortunate that the navigation was off. Cheers Peugeot Man

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07/07/2017 8:15 PM

The Japanese make much better cameras now than they did then!

It's hard to know if that's the back of Amelia's head...

I'll wait to see what the program has to say about it.

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07/07/2017 11:42 PM

Not a word about the source of the photograph. That would seem to be the most important fact!

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07/08/2017 9:37 PM

Good point!

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07/09/2017 12:10 AM

"...found in a long-lost file in the National Archives..."

The "photo" was, probably, just a snapshot, taken by a Japanese soldier. The camera might have been found, along with other paraphernalia, in one of the caves captured by the US Marines.

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07/08/2017 1:13 AM

That photo could have been taken at Lae when they were there for refuelling! If in fact it is Amelia and Fred. The asian looking man could just be a pearl diver! there were plenty of them employed in the tropics at that time. How would it have been possible to pick up a whole Lockheed 10 aircraft and put it on a ship empty weight over 6,000 lb length 39 feet wingspan 55ft No mean feat ! cheers Peugeot man

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07/08/2017 10:17 AM

How do we know when that photo was taken? What is the history of the photo? Who took it? How did it end up in the National Archives?

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07/08/2017 10:22 AM

And what is wrong with that photo? The horizon doesn't line up behind the person with white pants. Noonan appears to be hiding behind a post, but like a cartoon, is skinnier than the post. It's as if at least three photos where cut and pasted together.

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07/08/2017 12:09 PM

I agree, there's a random block of material floating in the air in front of his face, and to Amelia's right there appears another patched in piece....

Plus she always wore that flight jacket, and her hair was a mess....

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07/08/2017 1:29 PM

Actually the horizon does line up. There appears to be either a line of trees on an piece of land just at the horizon, or a thin bank of clouds just above the horizon there.

The image of 'Noonan' is hard to resolve. It looks like he is not only standing behind a pole, but maybe a piece of white canvas as well.

But I wonder: IF this is a 'photoshopped'/composite image why would its creator not fix these 'flaws', if they are flaws? Someone creating a composite image for a famous case like this would be extremely careful to render a good image instead of one that might seem to have mistakes.

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07/08/2017 1:41 PM

If it was done with the original film, it was cut and tape, not cut and past like in modern photoshop.

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07/08/2017 7:29 PM

Right, of course. I haven't seen where they've tested the print to verify that it dates from the 1930s. Forensics on the print paper and the developed emulsion should yield the date of the photo.

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07/08/2017 1:36 PM

There is a lot of forensic opportunity in this photo...for someone who really knows what he or she is doing and wants to spend the time. There may even be some Marshall Islanders still alive who were coming of age at the time and, if located, they should look at the best possible enhancement to see if they recognize anyone or anything in the photo. A shame the photo should have languished all these years to beyond the life span of just about anyone who could have direct knowledge of any of the specifics shown in the photo.

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07/08/2017 4:12 PM

She might have turned into a BigFoot....

According to best evidence, this claim can not be true....

https://www.extremetech.com/extreme/251977-new-photo-incorrectly-claims-amelia-earhart-captured-japanese-executed-spy

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07/08/2017 8:21 PM

Original photo scan download....no verification of photographer or origin....I would like to see a picture of the picture...

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07/10/2017 10:56 AM

Well I watched the History channel special on Amelia Earhart last night....It seems they have a lot of anecdotal or circumstantial evidence, but their witnesses seem coached or scripted, and probably paid, no proof that can be pointed to as a smoking gun....They seemed to slant the story to their own agenda, without giving any dissenting viewpoints or testimony....Seems to me to be just another conspiracy theory that is more fiction than fact....and it belongs on the same channel with Ancient Aliens....haha

What's next Amelia Earhart was abducted by aliens?....Hey you heard it here first!!

http://www.thedailybeast.com/amelia-earhart-captured-and-killed-new-evidence-debunks-history-channels-crazy-theory

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All TV is like that. All stinger statements, no meat on the bones, and the clues are ridiculous - a Coke bottle? Is that all you got?

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I watched it and wasn't convinced. Entertaining theory, though.

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That, my good friend, is why they call it "entertainment". No conclusions, just lead ins to the next episode.

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07/11/2017 8:59 AM

Amelia, to me, is totally and completely beautiful, and always will be. She reminds me of one of my sisters, or my sister reminds me of her, both accomplished and strong females.

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