A new theory about the fate of Amelia Earhart is seriously undermined by evidence obtained by The Daily Beast. The theory, to be aired Sunday in a History Channel documentary, claims that Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, were rescued by the Japanese after crash landing in the Marshall Islands and then taken to a Japanese prison where they died in captivity. The pivot of the documentary’s case is a photograph, undated, of a wharf at Jaluit Island, one of the scores of atolls that make up the Marshall Islands. A forensic expert who specializes in facial recognition appears in
Comments: Anyone who puts much faith in anything shown on The History Channel needs a reality check.
History Channel is an entertainment org. They are doing this to sensationalize. Anyone who has ever studied the era leading up to the Japanese/American conflict in the Pacific has to know this is total BS. Earhart vanished in June of ´37. Up until the massive Japanese defeat at Nomonhan in Sep. 1939, at Mongolia/Manchuria border area, the Japanese were entirely focused on northern expansion (into Mongolia vs the Russians) who they thought would be easy to defeat. All plans were focused on producing supplies and war materials for this coming conflict. But, Nomonhan changed all that. So, the re-focus to the south and the open Pacific did not begin until end of ´39. Up until then the US was Japan´s only possible provider of enough material for their expected conflict. If Earhart and Noonan had been found by the Japanese in ´37, they would have been only too happy to care for them and hand them over as the rescuers and get the good will they desperately needed with the US public. No way would they have harmed them. Just not even a remote possibility. Period!
Agree with poster´s assessment of History channel. Watch various shows and you hear them use words like ´may have´, ´could have´, and ´might have´ alot. At that point one realizes they have no real proof, and nothing is settled.
It´s a well-known fact that Hitler sent his minions to the South Pacific looking for his potential redoubt of the future, sort of a Club Berchtesgaden. They grabbed Earhart and took her to Skull Island...guarded by a mutated gorilla. I saw it on the History Channel, or was it National Geographic´s?
As for debunking the Marshall Islands / Japanese capture theory, I find all the argumentation in this article to be less persuasive than the recent piece that noted the dock photo is not the evidence it was claimed to be:
Yeah, this was all known to the Feds and documented in secret government code and stored in Al Capone´s vault... but it was all missing when Geraldo arrived and opened it in the 1980´s! s/o
She wasn´t even one of the best female pilots of her day, but she looks like a lesbian, so she gets top billing in history. Reality is that she was a dumb broad who took a risk, got lost, and died. Happens all the time. Does anyone even remember how many men (names??) died trying to cross the Atlantic before ´Lindy´ did it? Of course not... unless they were non-white, then THAT would be a story!
The Panay Incident was in ´37, #3.....our relations with Japan were frosty even then. In fact, the US and Japan considered the other as the most likely future enemy ever since the 1904 Russo-Japanese War...one of the reasons we pushed the British hard to end thier alliance with Japan in the 20s. the IJN and USN trained to fight the other for decades before the war....thier skill in night fighting and torpedo attacks was a direct result of their strategy to whittle down the US advantage in numbers so they could risk a decisive battle, most likely near the Philippines.
The History Channel is not a reliable source for knowledge of history, that is very true. However, there have been rumors for years that Earnhart might have been doing some free-lance work for the Gov´t on her trip across the Pacific by overflying some of the islands they seized from Germany during WW1, and the Japanese reacted by disappearing her.
Have no idea if it´s true or not but it wouldn´t surprise me.
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