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Does new photo prove Amelia Earhart survived?


Posted on Friday, 7 July, 2017 | Comment icon 36 comments

Is the woman sitting on the dock in the white shirt Amelia Earhart ? Image Credit: National Archives
A photograph pulled from the National Archives appears to show Earhart at a dock on the Marshall Islands.
When the famed aviator disappeared over the Pacific Ocean during an attempt to circumnavigate the globe in her Lockheed Model 10 Electra in 1937, the question of what happened to her would go on to become one of the most enduring mysteries of the modern age.

More recently however, there has been a growing body of evidence to suggest that Earhart, along with her navigator Fred Noonan, may have actually survived for several days on a desert island after crashlanding somewhere in the Pacific atoll of Nikumaroro.

Now a new photograph dug out of the National Archives, which shows a young woman sitting on a dock on the Marshall Islands, is being touted as evidence that she not only survived, but was also rescued. It is also possible that the man on the far left of the picture is Fred Noonan.

While it is far from clear that the woman in the photograph is Earhart, the possibility that it could be her will be explored in detail in a new History Channel documentary at the weekend, just in time for the 80th anniversary of her mysterious disappearance.

Did Earhart live out her days off the grid ? Was she captured by the Japanese ?

Even if the woman in the picture is her, it certainly raises more questions than it answers.

The documentary, Amelia Earhart: The Lost Evidence, premieres on Sunday, July 9 on History.

Source: History | Comments (36)

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Comment icon #27 Posted by Darkenpath25 on 10 July, 2017, 16:28
From watching the History Channel last night I'm pretty much convinced that was her in the photo. Too many eyewitnesses seen her saying she was captured .
Comment icon #28 Posted by Myles on 10 July, 2017, 16:39
I see where you are coming from, but remember to be careful because this was a totally one sided show.   They made claims without backing it up.   Had questionable "experts".   It was a little humorous when they interviewed a guy whose dad claimed to see something.   Not sure what there was to gain there other than interviewing an actual person.  
Comment icon #29 Posted by Darkenpath25 on 10 July, 2017, 20:25
My gut feeling makes me think it was right on. Thank you for providing your views you possibly are right .
Comment icon #30 Posted by Myles on 10 July, 2017, 20:48
I wonder what can be done now to verify what we saw last night.   I'm leaning to it being correct as well.   
Comment icon #31 Posted by smokeycat on 11 July, 2017, 13:58
Apparently the photo shown was not from 1937, because it was found in a book published two years earlier...      https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/11/blogger-discredits-claim-amelia-earhart-was-taken-prisoner-by-japan
Comment icon #32 Posted by Ozfactor on 12 July, 2017, 0:34
the photo has now been debunked http://www.heraldsun.com.au/lifestyle/the-photo-behind-theory-amelia-earhart-was-a-japanese-prisoner-has-been-debunked/news-story/cd2d14122328b0742b106269ce561fe0 Turns out the photo was taken two years before the Earhart and Noonan failed to find a refuelling stop on their groundbreaking flight from Australia to the United States. It was printed in a Japanese travelogue “The Beauty of the Sea”, published on October 10 — 1935. Instead of showing Earhart, Noonan and the wreck of their aircraft, the photo actually shows participants in a local schooner race.
Comment icon #33 Posted by Stubbly_Dooright on 12 July, 2017, 12:48
Yeah, I just read this on the news and that the photo is two years too early for Earhart's disappearance and that the individual sitting down is more likely a man.   Here
Comment icon #34 Posted by Myles on 12 July, 2017, 13:59
The photo may be debunked.    We'll have to wait and see if it is verified that the book with the pic is from 1935.  
Comment icon #35 Posted by Stubbly_Dooright on 12 July, 2017, 20:09
The photo may be debunked.    We'll have to wait and see if it is verified that the book with the pic is from 1935.   I think it has been. First saw more about it watching the local news. There's no link on their website about it, or I haven't look hard enough for it, but I googled, and found this on this site. Looks like someone found the photo in a 1935 book.  Looks like to me, that The History Channel is going to do their own investigation into the recent findings.   Like, I said, it looks like it to me. 
Comment icon #36 Posted by seanjo on 22 July, 2017, 12:21
I would think everyone in that photo is dead by now, they might not even have known the photo was taken and they were in it...could you recognise yourself in a photo like that?


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