July 9 Earhart special to feature bogus photo claims

On Wednesday morning, July 5, I awoke to the long-anticipated news that an unclassified photo found at the National Archives in College Park, Md., by researcher Les Kinney that reflected Jaluit Harbor in the Marshall Islands, date possibly late 1930s but not known, would indeed be the centerpiece of the History Channel’s July 9 special, “Amelia Earhart: The Lost Evidence.” NBC News apparently had the TV network news exclusive on this story, but others were soon also breathlessly touting the photo, as if it were truly the Holy Grail in the Earhart case. To see the initial NBC video and story, please click here.

This would be great news if the claim that Amelia Earhart, Fred Noonan and the Earhart Electra are in the photo were true, because we know that the doomed fliers were in the Marshalls, were taken to Jaluit and later to Kwajalein and Saipan, where they died in Japanese hands.  Several researchers and authors, whose work can be easily found on this site, have presented mountains of evidence to this effect. But this photo isn’t “evidence” of anything except that Koshu was at Jaluit Harbor (large ship in right background) when it was taken, and might have had an unidentifiable airplane on its stern.  Interesting, but hardly what our “experts” are telling us. In fact, this photo does little except discredit the truth, which, in my view, is the goal of this current exercise, along with ratings and making money, of course.

This is the photo of Jaluit Harbor, possibly circa 1930s, put forward by Les Kinney, Morningstar Entertainment, the History Channel and their confederates as the smoking gun in the Earhart case. It is noteworthy only in that these claims are among the most ridiculous in the history of Earhart research, even surpassing some of the incredible whoppers we’ve heard from Ric Gillespie of TIGHAR.  The question we should ask is why this photo, and why now? Stay tuned to this space for answers to these and other small “mysteries” in the Earhart case. 

Earhart and Noonan are absolutely not in the photo, and it’s incredible that anyone could believe they are. Zoom in and you can see the upper half of a white man with black hair on the far left of the group on the dock. Kinney and an “expert” say it’s Noonan, but the features, the nose, the hairline are all wrong, and any intelligent analysis rules him out. The so-called experts are either incompetent or lying, and we all know that some paid experts will say anything.  Nobody in the photo remotely resembles Earhart, inasmuch as anyone’s facial features can be determined at all.

Furthermore, where are the Japanese military personnel who would have been close and in control of the American spies after their pickup at Mili Atoll? Where is the tension one would expect in such a photo? It simply doesn’t exist; the group on the dock appears to be out for a Sunday stroll, or awaiting someone’s arrival from one of the ships in the harbor.  None of it computes, unless one understands what the real game is here, and even this olfactorily challenged writer can smell a rat when it stinks this badly.

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence; this photo offers none and fails completely. Does anyone except Les Kinney really think that Earhart and Noonan are in this photo? This photo will be totally rejected by virtually everyone who knows what Amelia and Fred Noonan looked like, and its use on this program will do nothing except to discredit the truth as we know it. Our ideological enemies — and we all know who they are — will label its proponents as delusional fanatics.

I will have much more to say about the odious claims being made about this photo, as well as other irresponsible assertions that will also be advanced by the History Channel on July 9. I’ll post my review following the airing of “Amelia Earhart: The Lost Evidence.”

 

Advertisements

80 responses

  1. Thomas kielbaainski | Reply

    Your right mike!

    Like

  2. It would have been smarter to ask if Bilimon was in the photo…

    Liked by 1 person

  3. It was the statement re:government cover-up,that drew my attention. I thought-“finally” somebody’s paying attention! Well, I was wrong,but, it will be interesting,after I take a few Tums.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. William H. Trail | Reply

    We should be skeptical and are absolutely correct not take anything whatsoever at face value. But, if nothing else, the photo, be it real or false, nonetheless does steer the focus to the Marshall Islands, Saipan, and the ultimate truth that Amelia Earhart and Frederick Noonan did not “splash and sink” nor did they die marooned as “castaways” on Gardner Island (Nikomororo) but died very badly at the hands of the Japanese. All the motivations and machinations that ultimately put Amelia Earhart, Fred Noonan, and their Lockheed Electra 10E NR16020 down on Mili Atol are details to be brought to light out as the truth finally comes out.

    Liked by 3 people

  5. David Atchason | Reply

    I just watched the NBC? news report and they said the plane was on a barge towed behind the Koshu. I always thought, and you just said, the plane was on the deck, which it does appear to be. But why would they pick the plane off the barge and put it on deck if the barge could be towed to Saipan? Possibly that could be another salvaged plane on the barge, if there is one. Didn’t the Koshu salvage seaplanes in those days? I would say the cat is out of the bag. If we don’t hear from Time magazine discrediting the story, maybe it will gain momentum and many more details will come to light. I doubt the “files” will ever be opened, NBC claims they were disappeared or destroyed. Yeah, right. Maybe TPTB will stick to that story but not attempt to shoot down the Marshall Island theory. Poor Ric must be having a setback today. I think he could use some medical marijuana.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Mike –

    Another *GREAT article on The Truth at Last blog spot . Always keeping us abreast & informed like no one other could.

    We have to *THANK and *COMMEND Les Kinney for his steadfast research, studies commitment to finding Amelia Earhart & Fred Noonan on Saipan, Marshall Islands; which he continues to do, we APPLAUD you Les.

    I completely AGREE with Mike, that this photo is to be questioned??? We know Fred Noonan was severely injured with a head wound and a serious cut on his leg. This man standing in the photo appears too relaxed & chatting with some locals by this dock; to be wounded & suffering. Plus as Mike mentioned, where are the Japanese guards? They would have been all over them. The person/ man or woman? sitting on the dock and back faced to the camera, is too hard to distinguish???

    I’m VERY DISAPPOINTED to learn that Mike was interviewed for this production of the History Channel, but left out..WHY? Here we go again, when the *TRUTH is SO EVIDENT and REAL, Mike is ignored, avoided and pushed away. Of course we should know WHY? The media doesn’t want to EXPOSE nor EXPLAIN the LIES, DECEIT, COVER -UPS and DiSiNfOrMaTiON campaign they have played upon the American Public, plain & simple………….

    Doug

    Liked by 2 people

  7. Like everyone else, I am skeptical of the photo…however two things that I read on this blog lends a very little bit of support that there is a remote possibility that it may be legit. I can’t recall the names associated with the comments but I am sure Mike can. One comment was that an eyewitness saw a tall “white man” in a short sleeve shirt…which the possible Noonan is wearing in the photo. Another is that in the beginning the Japanese may have been cooperating with Earhart and allowed her to use the field radio where they were initially brought (that is why she was able to make distress calls) until the Japanese either had a change of opinion and labeled them spies or FDR hung them out to dry pissing the Japanese off. In either case, if we assume the photo was taken shortly after they landed and during the time the Japanese were cordial, there might not be any military guarding them.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Imagine what a great story this could be (not to mention educating those who know nothing about the real truth of what happened AE/FN) had they just used 1/4th of the information provided in “AE, Truth @ Last.” It’s very sad that the public continues to be snowballed with false theories & CLEAR cover-ups on this subject (and many others: JFK, 9-11, Glenn Miller, to name only a few.)
    Then TIGHAR continues to try to lead the public to believe that on an island with plenty of food resources AE & FN died of starvation….. It’s unbelievable. Just think, if only 1/2 the time & $$$ that production companies have spent pushing the wrong information out, were instead spent promoting the truth, then we would HAVE some sort of “tangible” proof (meaning plane part/ID; photo) showing the world what other enlightened ppl already know that AE & FN were killed/died in Saipan. I know maybe ppl think I’m bananas when I say this, but it is my hope that one day technology will be advanced enough to where we can find where the Electra was buried on Saipan & dig & get an ID tag off the plane, finally preventing anyone else from pushing these false theories that she crashed & sank at sea (and all the other false theories too.)

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Barry Baucent | Reply

    The photo is interesting and worthy of further investigation. The presence of the Koshu towing a barge with what appears to be an aircraft is also interesting. Too early to discard this as nothing to do with the Earhart disappearance. You may be right (or wrong) regarding whether Earhart & Noonan are in the photo. But if it shifts attention to the Marshalls, it’s probably a good thing. I wouldn’t judge the TV program before viewing it. I saw an photo enlargement of the people on the wharf. The man looking straight at the camera certainly looks Japanese, but not in uniform. It’s possible the Japanese deceived Earhart and Noonan into believing they would hand them over to US authorities, but later changed their mind and imprisoned them.

    Like

    1. Thanks for your thoughtful comment, Barry. The idea that the Japanese let the fliers out to hang around on the dock doesn’t fly. Bilimon Amaron, the 16-year-old hospital corpsman who was called out to Koshu to minister to the knee injury of Fred Noonan, told many researchers that the fliers were under guard and never left the ship before it departed Jaluit Harbor en route to Kwajalein. Another tell that the major claim is false, though it is possible the Electra is on the stern of the Koshu, but can’t be proven.
      MC

      Like

      1. Is it possible, however unlikely, that those on the wharf are waiting to board the Koshu? If so, it could have been after that time that Bilimon Amaron was called out to the ship to minister to the knee injury of Fred Noonan, and they were held captive afterward.

        Like

      2. Not a chance. Take a look at these people on the dock. Do they look like Japanese military personnel to you? The Koshu was a Japanese military survey ship, not a civilian cruise ship.

        Mike

        Like

    2. The photo book was digitized and published online by Japan’s National Library. The publication date is listed in the traditional Japanese style as “Showa 10” — that is, 1935. But why was it the possession of the ONI? I think they would sift through their photos. The back of the photos was stamped confidential. But it’s from a travelogue.

      Like

  10. People forget the OIL embargo the U.S. placed upon Japan in ’37 for invading China. This ANGERED the Japanese. So when Amelia Earhart & Fred Noonan unexpectedly landed in the Marshall Islands; the Japanese sought their REVENGE.

    I hear this question all the time, why would the Japanese want to hurt or imprison Amelia Earhart? REVENGE!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I agree….. I’ve heard ppl say: “why would they ‘abduct’ or kidnap AE/FN??? That’s wartime thinking, & we were not at war.” When I hear that it makes me want to shout “JUST B/C WE WERENT AT WAR W/ JAPAN, IT DOESNT MEAN WE HAD GOOD RELATIONS WITH JAPAN!!!”
      It makes me cringe when I read accounts from ppl such as that nun that states AE & FN were tortured to death….. Gosh, it just breaks my heart b/c AE (and FN) were such brave souls to be even doing what they were doing (even when leaving the ‘suspected spying’ out the equation), to think they came to their end that way is revolting. I sure HOPE that they weren’t tortured to death. I know what is done is done, but it makes the story even MORE macabre if that is indeed the actual ending….. 😢😪

      Like

    2. I believe it was more like ’41 when that happened not ’37

      Like

  11. I see this as a combination of a #4 and a #9 in the Seventeen Techniques for Truth Suppression: http://dcdave.com/article3/991228.html They are “Knock down straw men” and “Come half clean.” The program will probably leave the knocking down to be done by other photo-examining “experts.” It reminds me quite a bit of the work that the fake critic, journalist Christopher Ruddy, did in the Vince Foster death case concerning Foster’s presumed “suicide note.” Ruddy found three handwriting experts who pronounced it a forgery. Kenneth Starr came back in his final report with his own expert who said that Foster wrote it. The dueling experts will only lead us down a blind alley, and the next time someone mentions that Amelia Earhart might have been captured by the Japanese, the average person will think that such “wild speculation” was based entirely on this specious bit of evidence.

    Check the Internet and you will see that all the wrong people are publicizing this big new “discovery” and the upcoming History Channel special, The Washington Post, CBS, CNN, NBC, etc. That is a very bad sign.

    Like

    1. Readers would be well advised to follow Dave Martin’s links to learn about his work in this vitally important area of truth suppression in the media.

      Where I disagree in this case is that History Channel will not present anyone with a dissenting opinion about the photo, in contrast to today’s INSIDE EDITION on CBS, where they briefly presented a dissenting opinion — mine — before spending far more time on those who are pushing the lie about the bogus photo.

      Thanks Dave,
      Mike C.

      Like

  12. Why is the author so quick to dismiss this photo? I’m rereading “AE: The Truth at Last” again and there’s a lot in the book to support this photo. No Japanese troops could indicate that AE and FN where not viewed as a threat at this point? What happened to 170 pages of Naval Intel missing from the National Archives is my question.

    Like

    1. Because you can’t support the truth with bogus evidence, fly, that’s why. What happens then is that uninformed people will remember the photo that was quite questionable at best, and then will say that the major claim — AE at Marshalls and death on Saipan — must therefore be bogus as well. See Dave Martin’s comment above for more on this anti-truth technique.

      Mike

      Like

      1. Nicole Schneider

        What IF this is the corrupt government/medias way of finally after 90 years, telling the truth? Feeding the people little by little so they can digest it? I’m just playing Devils advocate here, I stumbled on your website and have been intranced. I’m sorry you took the red pill and lost your blissful ignorance of the media or should I congradulate you? Either way sometimes our hatred for them can blind us from the truth.

        Like

      2. Nicole,
        First, you should learn to spell before you post comments here, as you betray your ignorance right off the bat. Secondly, you should learn the truth before you call me “blissfully ignorant” of the media. Bliss has nothing to do with my experience with our media, and the hatred you say I feel for them came only after many years of being treated like pure garbage by nearly all them. Get your facts straight before you make such false accusations, as you won’t get by with them here, if you get posted at all. The truth is the No. 1 goal here, in all things.
        MC

        Like

  13. You can’t be serious. This photo clearly shows a white man who very closely resembles Noonan as well as a white woman with short hair and pants looking in the direction of the Koshu which is towing a plane. And you say that this is not a smoking gun? Give me a break! The owner of this blog must have a vested interest in denying the obvious. I wonder what that could be?

    Like

    1. Milton,
      I’m on record tonight on Inside Edition saying I wish the photo were legit, because it would advance the cause of the truth, which I’ve been devoted to for 30 years. You cannot advance the truth with bad evidence, and this is clearly what is going on. See Dave Martin’s comment earlier. A little more critical thinking wouldn’t hurt your own credibility, Milton. When you have multiple network orgs parroting the company line, like the Washington Post, CNN, FOX, ad nauseum, which is happening with this photo, you should be very suspicious. Instead, you hurry breathlessly to embrace the lies and ask me if I’m serious. Most who are familiar with the truth will verify my sincerity.

      MC

      Liked by 1 person

    2. @Milton,

      I think that the fact that ‘the blog’ doesn’t accept the photo as evidence, despite the fact that the ‘the blog’ essentially supports the same hypothesis says a lot about the conviction and honesty of the author of ‘the blog’.

      You are demonstrating the usual kind of pathological behaviours that believers in most fields have, whatever doesn’t support their hypothesis/assertion/belief is part of the cover-up denying its truth. We see this all the time with UFO and Bigfoot nuts.

      It is called critical thinking, and if believers used it more they wouldn’t be the laughing stock they are, lack of critical thinking is why the majority laugh at UFO believers and their alien hypothesis, for example. Even hoaxes are good for a subject matter, for if the ‘believer’ is able to assess a hoax is a hoax, then they are thinking critically…that is what is happening here.

      Questions:

      1) Have you actually read this blog?
      2) know who Mike Campbell is?
      3) know what his work ‘Amelia Earhart: The truth At last is about?

      Seems to me lack of critical thinking is not your only issue 🙂

      Like

    3. Milton,

      I, as someone who has read the Truth at Last, and followed the blog, agree completely with your observations. The photo is very compelling evidence. No it’s not 100%. But it does surpass reasonable doubt. None of the arguments put forward by Earhartruth dissuades me from believing otherwise. Saying the photo is “bad” evidence does not make it so. And this is an Office of Naval Intelligence photo, not a 1930s version of an Instagram pic. We do NOT know the context of the photo. We do NOT know the Nipponese attitude towards AE and FN at the moment that pic was taken. And with all due respect to Bilimon Amaran, he could not possibly have known if AE and FN never left the ship. Was he watching them all day and night?

      As a detached follower of this story, I find the blogster’s vehement denial and besmirching of this photo evidence bothersome. Honestly, it smacks as coming from someone who is protecting his rice bowl, or has an ulterior motive, or is jealous that someone else has produced the first real concrete evidence for the Marshall Islands theory.

      Like

      1. With all due respect, you are blind, Mr. Leaver, and ignorant as well. If you think I’m jealous of Les Kinney, you are certifiable. I’m already on record as saying I wish the photo reflected what Les Kinney and Morningstar are claiming, because if it was legit, the truth would be greatly advanced and my work would be vindicated. But that is the last thing the establishment media wants to happen. His photo is already being torn to shreds by many of them. Can you explain why?

        I suggest you check my review of this History Channel abomination if you’d like to learn something about this story. People like you who drop in out of nowhere to bestow your wisdom are quite annoying to someone who’s spent the last 30 years on this story, and who has proven his devotion to the truth while being thoroughly ignored by the entire world. You simply do not know of which you speak, and that’s as kindly as I can put it. In truth, you don’t even deserve a reply, and I could have deleted your comment altogether if I were so worried about “protecting my rice bow.” I don’t even like rice. Within a week at most, my view on this story will be totally vindicated, whether you choose to acknowledge it or not.

        Like

      2. Umm.. Yeah/No. Sure, I may be an ignorant retired Navy Commander, who, haha, knows nothing, haha, but you will not be vindicated on this issue. It is AE and FN in the pic, and your bullying attempts are not going to change that.

        Attacking me and attempting to discredit that which you don’t agree with changes nothing. We thank you for your 30 years of service in getting at the truth. Now get with the program and stop throwing tantrums because somebody has stolen your limelight.

        Like

      3. What limelight? You are a lost soul, and must have much in common with another lost soul, whose insanity is on full display with his ridiculous claims about the photo that will be fully aired Sunday night. Are you an escapee from the TIGHAR forum?

        Like

  14. William H. Trail | Reply

    Mike is right, “you cannot advance the truth with bad evidence….” And, this “evidence” is beginning to stink. I’m not a photo expert but, the more I look at and ponder this photo, the more I’m convinced that it’s faked. Indeed, where are the Japanese guards? By the time AE and FN arrived at Jaluit, where this photo was purportedly taken, the Japanese authority’s very narrow window of decision between “famous fliers rescued” and “American spies captured” would have slammed closed tight. The Japanese military were excessively brutal. Most likely, AE and FN would have been at the very least bound, if not additionally gagged and blindfolded. They certainly would not have been left unguarded for a second or given an inch of freedom, much less allowed to stroll about the Jaluit Harbor dock to enjoy the sunshine and casually mingle with the locals as this photo suggests. That would be preposterous. Also, the man resembling and purported to be FN appears uninjured. We know FN sustained a serious head and knee injury (treated by Bilimon Amaron) in the landing on Mili Atoll. This man appears uninjured or, at best, not sustaining any injury/trauma that required more than an aspirin and a band-aid. The poses of the “white man and white woman” seem, at least to my eye, somehow just “not right,” contrived, unnatural if you will. Consider their separation from each other. It is human nature that people in a hostage/capture situation would stick closer together.

    I don’t care what the so-called experts are saying. You can find and get “experts” to say anything, especially if you wave enough money in front of them. In my opinion, this photo is a fake, a deception, a flat out dirty lie. It’s a ruse meant to deceive the general public and influence it’s opinion.

    Like

    1. @William H. Trail, so true about experts to support anything…that’s why I distrust the legal system.

      In many fields experience is taken over common sense or the obvious, and most experts go where the money is, pay enough and you can get almost any expert to say anything, even that they were wrong the last time the question was answered.

      It is all a play, and those with the most convincing actors are usually the ones who get the bow, no matter how poor the part is, or how stupid the story.

      Like

      1. Here’s my take on “Expert Witnesses”: http://www.dcdave.com/article1/040198.html

        Like

  15. For me, as soon as I saw that there were no military or other uniformed escort near the alleged ‘flyers’ I knew Fred and Amelia weren’t in the photo. It is common sense.

    You don’t need to be an intelligence analyst to work out that if the Japanese had hostile intent on AE and FN they’d have them guarded, we also know from the Japanese deeds in Manchuria et al that they did not treat people they hate no time for well, these two are neither guarded nor bound, also, considering the ship is there in the background, AE and FE have had enough time to get off the ship, but the authorities were not able to provide a guard escort on the shore? Surely, if these were ‘enemy aliens’ they’d been held on the ship until some official and escort could take them away?

    Complete nonsense, must be the silly season, what with old Snake Oil Gillespie out and abut with cadaver dogs…

    Like

  16. What I noticed, about the people in this photo, is that nearly all of them are wearing WHITE shirts. WHY is this? I have studied numerous photo’s of Amelia and she was wearing checkered material. Fred wore darker shirts.
    Now unless, Amelia & Fred were given a fresh set of cloths, after their arrival & first aid, had time to kill and hang out at the dock with the locals? (lol)
    I do have to say, the individual, sitting with back faced to the camera, appears to have a lighter complexion than the others.
    I also noticed, most of the individual’s in this photo, are looking back at whoever is photographing them, even the men on the boats, WHY? What is so important about this photograph? I don’t see anything that interesting or reason why this individual was taking this photo, other than some boats out in the water. The setting does appear to be very casual, at that. The photographer must have wanted to get a broader view of things and not a close up shot of the people. Now if this were Amelia Earhart? You would think they would want a close up? or take a picture of themselves with her?
    I think we need to study this photograph alot closer, to get a better idea of what is going on?
    Comments anyone?

    Like

    1. Was any agency known to be keeping tabs on AE and FN at that time? Maybe the photo is simply to show the ONI or other agencies that she is being monitored? Otherwise, as you said there is nothing of note in the picture. Or may it be true that there was certain photo equipment mounted on the Electra that the ONI wanted to recover?

      There is much talk on this blog of US involvement in covering up her demise and the outcome of the Electra. This could be nothing more than a spy photo. As for the change of clothes…I don’t know. Maybe this was when they may have still held celebrity flier status.

      Or maybe its not even them.

      I noticed TIGHAR has commentary about the photo as well…also denouncing it.

      Like

      1. I read the author’s book and many others on AE. I simply don’t think we should dismiss this photo so quickly after it’s publication. I understand this photo doesn’t fit the EXACT narrative and/or every eye witness account as reported in AE:TTAL. Maybe it is AE and FN, maybe it’s not?

        I would expect TIGHAR to vehemently disparage this photo as Ric’s off on another wild goose chase funded by gullible donors. As previously stated, there could be explanations on matters such as no guards, FN not wounded, etc.

        IMHO

        Like

      2. On the other hand…its unimaginable to think that this is the only photo of this particular event in existence. Especially if it was taken as part of a US spy network action.

        Like

  17. This guy in the photo, is leaning against an electrical pole, his arm & hand leaning forward holding something? upright mop? fishing pole? Maybe he just finished swobbing a deck?
    His leg seems to be arched and foot upon some box or crate? The person sitting or leaning forward seems preoccupied and maybe tying off a rope? or for all we know baiting a hook? fishing? I wasn’t aware Amelia carried a fishing pole in the Electra? This photo is baffling to say the least????

    Like

    1. Or could he be holding a crutch? I can not tell.
      If his leg is bent, it could support the theory that the guy has a leg injury.
      As for the person squatting down…it looks like the frame of a slender woman but its too hard to tell.
      Just looking at him/her I get the sense that person is simply staring out into space reflecting on their situation and possible future.

      As was posted earlier…even if this photo is not what they purport it to be, it will draw attention to the Marshall Island connection and away from the ridiculous claims of TIGHAR.

      Like

  18. Mr. Campbell, the photo is interesting precisely because it lacks so much context. If you ask me, there’s a passing resemblance to Earhart displayed in the photo. The hairline of the gentlemen seems to match up with Noonin, but the quality of the photo leaves a lot to the imagination. I would love to have an ultra high resolution scan of the photo to be able to manipulate the lighting and shading for a better look. I believe that even if I hadn’t been psychologically primed to see the female as Earhart, I would have looked at that picture and made a connection with her. Then again, it was the 30’s, and if I remember correctly, the hair seen in this picture is fairly representative of the younger, hip, and “modern” women of the era. On the other hand, what are the chances of someone looking exactly like that on that tiny atoll in the middle of the Pacific during that time period? I’m not sure there’s a way to calculate the odds, but I’m sure they would be relatively tiny. Again, though, we have to go back to the fact that we lack so much context with this picture. When was it taken? We don’t know. Who took this picture? We don’t know. Was it an American spy and the picture was never released to protect a human asset in the area? It seems a possibility, but we don’t know. Were Earhart and Noonin spying with the support of the Navy? Were the radio messages received by radio operators simply pre-recorded messages sent via Navy boats or ships? Wouldn’t that explain one reason why the messages sent were short and the fact that she never replied?

    Finally, if the spy angle is correct, why can’t someone come out and say that yes, they were on a mission and were killed either by the plane crashing, or she died as a prisoner of the Japanese because, diplomatically, it was an impossible situation? It’s been 80 years. I think we can forgive our government and the Japanese government these past sins if this is indeed the truth. As a former sailor and combat vet, I understand that things happen, operationally, outside the scope of war that we would like to cover up and keep buried. As a nurse, I once had a female patient who was an identical twin and both she and her sister were experimented on by Joseph Mengle. The stories she and her family told me will haunt me to my grave. I also had a male patient several years ago who was a veteran of WWII in the Pacific. He had no nipples and when I asked him why, he told me he was captured by the Japanese and part of the torture he experienced was the removal of his nipples by sword during interrogation. My grandfather was a POW in Stalag IV-B in Germany. He was also tortured before arriving at the Stalag. I say all this to say that we’ve forgiven these past sins of war. If the government were to come out and confirm what we suspect and tell us it was kept secret for diplomatic reasons, I think we could accept and forgive those involved 80 years ago. Then again, there’s nothing like a good conspiracy story to keep us up at night, guessing and grasping at straws.

    Like

  19. With more magnification, the object which this guy is holding on to, appears to be a pole & sign? The object looks more square & linear at it’s bottom, possibly a [sign] ? This guy is simply holding on to bracing himself against. If this was Fred Noonan, you would think he would be more preoccupied with watching the Japanese ship Koshu with the Electra.

    This boat to the left, which is tied up by the dock, has a couple of guys sitting onboard it. Obviously, they have no pressing reason to come ashore. These boats appear to be pleasure boats, that must have taken people to other islands. This woman & man standing off to the far right, look to be a couple. Are they waiting to board? or just have come ashore? These other guys, wearing hats, must either be workers or a business man?
    Again, no sign of Japanese, military personal around at all.

    If this were Amelia & Fred, you would think there would be more interaction between these people around them & more curiosity to try to speak with them? This doesn’t seem to be the case.

    Like

  20. This photo is labeled #14831 ONI – Office of Naval Intelligence. It’s clear to see, this photo was taken for the Navy. The person taking it, has a broader view and more *interested in the [ships], certainly not the people on the dock.

    If I were a Japanese, military personal and interested in photographing this FAMOUS American woman & man; I surely wouldn’t be so far away from them, and certainly not with one’s back towards me. This doesn’t appear to be the case at hand.

    This simply looks to be an Intelligence gathering photo. If this individual, who appears to be sitting at the edge or front of dock, was Amelia Earhart; you would think she would be interested in speaking to these guys, pleading for a boat or a ride on one? Get me to a British port of call or to Holland Island!

    These two individual’s, who are at first thought to be Amelia & Fred, are just mistaken for them.

    Like

    1. IMHO, It is likely that the photo was taken by an ONI operative, or a Marshallese working with the ONI. Probably trying to corroborate if AE and FN were indeed there and being detained in some fashion. You can be confident there existed better pics that showed AE and FN clearly. Those have been purged. The only reason this one survived is because our actors weren’t immediately apparent.

      Like

      1. The ONI label on the photo means only that the ONI had possession of it at some point, and stamped it. Period. Anyone could have taken the photo, there’s simply no way to tell. It was unclassified when it was found, and it was unclassified for a reason — there’s nothing in it that’s sensitive or revealing of anything secret. You assume far too much about this photo and pile steaming crap on top of your assumption with more speculation about the “other photos” that were taken. There was no ONI at Jaluit in 1937, though of course they might have had operatives among the natives, though that itself is quite a stretch. Earhart and Noonan never left Koshu at Jaluit, we know that from Bilimon Amaron, the eyewitness who went aboard to treat Noonan. Why would these captured spies be let out to languish on the dock?

        Like

      2. No way Bilimon can state with any degree of certainty that the dynamic duo never left the KM, unless he is just as omniscient as a novelist’s narrator. But I admit, if he was that good, he sure would have made for a better OOD than I did as a commissioned officer in the Navy.

        And my ONI friends would find your cavalier attitude regarding one of their photos rather amusing. Though they would be puzzled by your ability to know, with your displayed certainty again, that their bretheren had nothing cooking in the Marshalls in 1937. More omniscience on your part I guess.

        The photo was unclassified because there APPEARED to be nothing of important in it that was counter the gubmint’s party line. Must have been the only mistake we senior gubmint officials ever made. Glad it wasn’t me.

        Time to get on board my friend and be glad your theory is being supported with actual evidence. Should sell a few more books.

        Like

      3. There are no “theories,” only the truth surrounded by lies that have been glorified as theories. I don’t need a bogus photo to prove the truth, and I sell out to no one. The truth can be found within the 380 pages of The Truth at Last, which you clearly have not read. You are done here, Leaver, and have worn out your welcome. Go haunt someone else’s house.
        MC

        Like

  21. William H. Trail | Reply

    The Japanese Mandate Islands of which the Marshall Islands were a part were a “denied area.” That is to say, hostile environment, tightly controlled entry and exit with very, very few foreigners (gaijin) as permanent residents and those few were barely tolerated, were viewed by the Japanese authorities with great suspicion and closely watched. There were no “tourists” or tourism. The simple possession of a camera by a foreigner or native islander (who lived in constant fear of the Japanese) would have been considered prima facie evidence of espionage. Brutal interrogation by the Kempeitai and execution by beheading would have followed. Now, I don’t know who took this photo or why but, to my mind, there is certainly nothing in it worth risking a life or lives to get that film with those images back to Washington. An article in today’s Washington Free Beacon (online) even suggests (among other things) that it was contrived by The History Channel to boost ratings.

    Regarding “denied areas” under Japanese control and their suspicion of foreigners I invite everyone to do an internet search for Lt.Col. Earl Hancock “Pete” Ellis, USMC.

    Like

    1. I agree. However, Author Willard Price, who lived in Japan 33-38 with his wife traveled the Marshalls and wrote a book about it published 1936…”The South Sea Adventure.” Could they be the ones in the photo? Price was about 48-50 years old in the years 1935-37.

      Like

  22. Its an intriguing photo, not proof of anything. Fred could be anybody, he looks too fat in this photo. Actually the white woman does resemble Earhart from the rear. To deny that resemblance is to be blind. The man standing nearing “Fred” appears Japanese, so he may have been semi guarding them or at least watching them. In reality there would be no reason to have a military platoon nearby, they are on a dock and going nowhere. The “Japanese man” is looking at the camera man with a stern stare. I read somewhere this was a spy photo and the photographer was later executed. You have a person resembling Earhart , a ship long thought to be part of the abduction, carrying a 38 foot plane. That’s intriguing. I find the attitude that this is bogus and even investigating the photograph will somehow discredit the Marshall Island Thesis very bizarre. Most people are just not that wrapped up in it. Just ask Gillespie who produced bogus relics for decades, it did not hurt his 2 man operation one bit, in fact he jumped to the front of the pack in most Earhart discussions. This is a baby step, one that supports the author’s theory. Yes THEORY. I read the replies and the responses remind me of TIGHAR/Gillespie and his late life dictatorship on free expression. It has cost him his forum and investors. Everyone, including his moderators jumped ship. They tired of little results, and being berated for not choosing the right words to speak to God Gillespie.This is not life and death sir. You may want to give respect to receive it in return. You have a choice to be remembered as open and respectful to others, or a horse’s ass along with Gillespie.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Mr. Bunnell,

      Have a problem expressing ourselves, do we? Gillepsie wouldn’t have posted this if this were directed at him. I’m not worried about being compared to him in any way, as I’ve never been dishonest about anything in my Earhart work. We have nothing at all in common except our interest in Earhart. Your are absolutely wrong is your insistence that the truth is a “theory,” but you do speak for many with similar blind biases out there. Overall the History Channel provided a long-overdue shot in the arm to the truth last night, but their methods leave much to be desired.

      The predicate for the program was the dishonest claims about the photo, but things did improve from there. I think the introduction of Gen. A.A. Vandegrift’s letter to Goerner in 1971 was very big and might open some doors down the road. The footage of Bilimon Amaron, Anna Magofna and Joaquina Cabrera was also extremely helpful. This could be a turning point, and it’s long overdue. At worst, it should greatly dampen media enthusiasm for TIGHAR, which has been waning anyway. I will have more in my review.

      Like

    2. I think it is nothing more than an intriguing photo as well. It supports the theory that AE and FN were in the Marshall Islands and nothing more. What makes it, along with the recently aired special more significant is that it will present to previously unaware people a whole new idea as to how they died. This will in turn send people scurrying to books that support the Marshall Island version of events as well as to blogs such as this seeking answers.

      I watched the first half of the special and it seemed pretty good in terms of evidence presented.

      Like

  23. David Atchason | Reply

    I, too, was very skeptical of the picture. But the HC show last night shows another opinion and a much more informed (even if wrong) opinion than mine from my armchair. If it was not Fred, what white man during the time the Koshu obviously visited Jaluit could it be? And standing on a jetty? I think there is a possibility that Fred and Amelia just stepped off a fishing boat, maybe the one in the foreground of the picture. After all, it is said they were picked up by a fishing boat not picked up by the Koshu. There would not have been Japanese guards on the fishing boat and perhaps the transfer was most practical at Jaluit. Probably the Koshu could not dock on that jetty so AE and Fred stepped off the fishing boat, you can see a canopy behind the jetty, that is probably where the float with the stairs was, there must have been a ladder or stairs. Now they are nervously awaiting the launch from the Koshu which AE may be looking for. Who would take that photo? Perhaps an American agent who heard the rumors that must have been all over Jaluit at the time that there was 2 American flyers to be brought over from Mili and knew it was important to get a photo. He could hardly ask Amelia to turn around so she could be identified and stepping any more forward than he was would have immediately drawn attention. So he took what he could get, probably was executed for it as someone here claimed was heard.

    Otherwise I thought the show was excellent. Of course it was dramatized, but so what? The story they presented follows almost everything in “The Truth at Last” with a few additional details, what more could you want? Even The small detail where someone claims the plane was brought to Aslito Field and later destroyed corroborates Devine’s sighting.

    I was confronted this morning on my MS news with a headline, no less, which claims “Earhart mystery possibly solved” turns out it was Ric with his latest lame cadaver dog theory. How in the world does Ric rate a headline on MS news? He can’t have the money to pay for it, can he? I guess TPTB have to refute the program in advance and they use Gillespie as a tool to accomplish this. Probably they are paying Ric a handsome stipend to do this, so it won’t look like the U.S. government is trying to discredit the story, which they are. Even the detail the HC reported about how she was way off course and naturally flew West when she was “lost” is very plausible. It might even be the truth, I admit. The HC channel wisely stayed away from the spy theory, I have to give them credit for that, even though they must have known the many details that point in that direction. For those of us forlornly waiting a “break” in the case, this is about the best we could have expected. Now when I tell my acquaintances this amazing story they may not look at me with glazed eyes as they politely wait for me to get finished so they can go back to normal conversation as they silently forgive me for my crackpot thought process.

    Liked by 1 person

  24. Why are they reporting this story now? Maybe, it’s because their Russia did it storyline is finished and they need a human interest story to distract the populace, to fill the gap while they think of another line to attack the Donald.

    Supposing they were captured by the Japanese, wouldn’t they offer to a deal to the Americans for their release which FDR turned down?

    Like

  25. Very interesting special last night. #EarhartLostEvidence
    Seems to confirm what the Marshall Islanders have known for years. Meanwhile TIGHAR is on another wild goose chase probably supported by our government to obscure the fact THEY KNEW ALL ALONG?!

    Liked by 1 person

  26. Mike, I saw the History Channel special- and I don’t agree with you that there is no compelling evidence that Noonan and Earhart are in that picture. The physical comparisons made with other photos of these 2 were good enough to reasonably suspect that the images are of them. To make my point, If you replaced Noonan with JFK in that picture, do you really need a portrait-style pic to be able to see that the man bore a strong resemblance to JFK? Dismissing the resemblance of these two in the picture strikes me as strange.
    As for a lack of Jap guards in the picture- just where are Noonan and Earhart going to go? They have no training in escape, and likely became passive in the face of a daunting predicament. The camera shows one angle- who knows if a Jap security detail isn’t on the land side of the wharf?
    Anyway, a compelling story- with some legit evidence presented, unlike the TIGHR group’s efforts. R, TP

    Liked by 1 person

  27. William H. Trail | Reply

    To my mind, last night’s History Channel program is an “admission.” Now, we have to continue to press the issue to obtain a “full confession” and “signed sworn statement” as it were. Col. Dan Hampton’s weather analysis and theory that AE and FN were blown of course to the Japanese Mandated Marshall Islands while heading for the British controlled Gilbert Islands is a nice piece of very plausible denial. There are still many important questions that need to be answered and issues that need to be resolved. The Devil will be found in the details. We are nowhere near “case closed.”

    Like

  28. The Koshu Maru (seen in the picture and confirmed by forensic image analysis) was built in 1937 and was destroyed in 1944). How can the picture be from 1930?

    http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?138323

    Like

    1. http://www.combinedfleet.com/koshu_c.htm

      Your dates are very wrong. See above. Koshu already had a long history before 1937.
      MC

      Like

      1. David Atchason

        Mike, regarding your comment to Ferne, there seems to be considerable confusion that I am thrown into. His record, which seems legit, says it was not named Koshu Maru until 1940. Your Koshu Maru from 1911 picture I would say is hardly the same ship. First the rear mast is in a completely different position. But if you take the ratio of the dimension from rear of funnel to rear of cabin structure to the rear of cabin structure to the stern they are far different. The stern structure looks different, too. I don’t think the 2 are the same ship at all. I think what Ferne might have meant was that in 1937 there was no such ship named Koshu Maru according to his link. The ship apparently was a passenger liner named Teishu Maru in 1937. In any case the 1911 picture I would say is not the ship in our famous photograph. Somewhere here there is a discrepancy, but I don’t know what it is.

        Like

      2. https://tighar.org/Projects/Earhart/Archives/Research/Bulletins/83_JaluitPhoto/83_JaluitPhoto.html

        TIGHAR says Les Kinney’s photo isn’t the Koshu either. I am no expert on ships, and I don’t like citing TIGHAR on anything. But I never liked the claims about the photo to begin with, and I accepted that it had been closely examined and ID’d as Koshu. Now that might also be in doubt. I have other concerns things to worry about and am not going to claim any expertise on this ship.
        Mike

        Like

    2. Dates are incorrect as MC pointed out. It was built in 1911 named Daiun Maru. Sold to An Osaka builder in 1913. Named changed in 1940. Same ship. Compare AE/FN Hist Ch photo with this albeit blurry shot. http://www.combinedfleet.com/koshu_c.htm

      Like

  29. In seeing the mainstream media posting about the new Amelia Earhart discovery with the photo everyone is talking about I did some digging and came across Mike’s blog and bought his book. After finishing reading many of his posts and his book I was excited and inspired by Mike seeing the years of research he did to uncover and frankly confirm what did happen to AE and FN. Congratulations Mike. And i really do mean that. Nice work.

    After this I was then heavily disappointed to see Mike discredit what was being proposed by the TV show. I thought to myself golly Mike’s going to love this! It confirms his years of wonderful research. He could get some wonderful PR as finally people are coming to grips with what he worked so hard on.

    I suppose if Mike says what they are saying is not true, that is his belief. Doesn’t mean he is right or wrong but at all else I respect his opinion just as I would anyones.

    A couple questions though…say the photo *is* real….The Koshu looks like the plane is ON TOP of it not behind it as the documentary claims. Not to mention that is also where the plane is on the stamps Mike shared.

    Secondly, what about them coming to the island IN that fishing boat. Since there were reports they were on the Koshu is it not feasible to think the locals carried them there in a fishing boat to help them try to get back to America, they just arrived, and the koshu in the background picked the plane up at Mili, put it on top and followed them to Jaluit?

    This photo would be the moment the fishing boat AND the Koshu arrived. It doesn’t look intense but it could be. The japanese could be on the dock walking towards them and that’s what AE is looking at.

    Again, I know MIke discredits the photo and i respect his opinion and work. But IF it were to be real is this not a possible explanation?

    Liked by 1 person

    1. The photo is real but was taken in 1935 and has nothing to do with Amelia Earhart. It was featured in a Japanese travel book. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/11/blogger-discredits-claim-amelia-earhart-was-taken-prisoner-by-japan

      Like

  30. I suspect that I speak for many other followers of this blog to say that I am enthusiastic to read your review. It’s my hope that you will provide rebuttal evidence (ideally expert opinion) to support the argument that the photo is, as you’ve stated, “bogus”. Also, respectfully, I like some other commenters here, am not convinced that the jetty would be swarming with Japanese military. Equally plausible is that the Japanese would have still been in the midst of sorting out what to do with Earhart and Noonan, if indeed this is a picture of them. The fact is, the evidence has to be followed as it presents itself. If there is other evidence–not just argument or speculation– that the Japanese military would been swarming the jetty of this small atoll, then it would be great for it to be presented here. I’d also be interested in hearing your thoughts on why this photo would end up marked confidential in ONI records. That fact alone is sufficient to draw the inference that the photo was taken for a very specific purpose and someone took great risk, during Japanese occupation, getting it out of Jaluit and into US hands.

    Like

    1. The photo was taken in 1935 and was featured in a Japanese travel book. There’s your evidence. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/11/blogger-discredits-claim-amelia-earhart-was-taken-prisoner-by-japan

      Liked by 1 person

  31. I didn’t see the show, do to not having cable.

    So many of you’s are forgetting, that Fred Noonan suffered a nasty head & leg wound. Does this man in the photo looked injured??? Granted he is leaning against the pole/sign. Most of the photo’s I have seen of Fred Noonan, he was wearing darker shirts not white.
    Amelia was wearing a checkered or stripped shirt. These two individuals in the photo are wearing white. Fred Noonan in white pants? since when? Somebody is going to have to do alot more convincing, for me to believe this is Fred Noonan & Amelia Earhart??
    A photo like this can be very deceiving, when the individuals are further away and one has his or her back to you. (I WISH it was Amelia & Fred but I don’t think so) if I was injured, as bad as Fred was and in a lot of pain, I would be sitting, lying down or recuperating.

    It’s too bad we can’t see the arm/wrist of this person who is sitting, for Amelia wore a black leather banded watch, that faced downward on her wrist.

    Like

    1. It’s not here. The photo was taken in 1935 and was featured in a Japanese travel book. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/11/blogger-discredits-claim-amelia-earhart-was-taken-prisoner-by-japan

      Liked by 2 people

  32. Well, it looks like Mike’s intuition was correct: the photo has apparently been identified in a japanese book published in 1935, thus ruling out any possibility that it is Earheart or Noonan pictured.

    I suppose Les was correct in his suspicion that the photo had been mislabelled and was not from the 40s. Unfortunately for him it was not from 1937 either.

    Check out the following links:

    http://dl.ndl.go.jp/info:ndljp/pid/1223403/99?itemId=info%3Andljp%2Fpid%2F1223403&contentNo=99&platform=hootsuite&__lang=en

    Congratulations to Mr. Campbell for showing a healthy dose of scepticism where it was due.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. William H. Trail | Reply

      “Hat’s Off” and “Many Thanks” to Ms. Adams for some good, solid detective work! She has earned her gumshoe creds today. The photo probably found it’s way into ONI files as nothing more than routine “open source” collection on ports and port facilities.

      Like

      1. David Atchason

        It’s looking much better for David Billings and his contention Amelia’s plane crashed in New Britain. Maybe someone smarter than me can find out why there seemed to be two or more Koshu Marus neither of which was a “survey” ship at least to my limited knowledge. In fact there is a Koshu Maru in existence today built 1996.

        Like

      2. Actually, it was a military history writer from Japan who discovered the photograph

        “Kota Yamano, a military history blogger who unearthed the Japanese photograph, said it took him just 30 minutes to effectively debunk the documentary’s central claim.”

        https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/11/blogger-discredits-claim-amelia-earhart-was-taken-prisoner-by-japan

        Liked by 1 person

  33. If any of us were an investigator, detective, researcher, or scientist, we would wait for the “1935 travelogue” information to be verified. The jump to dismiss the photo has simply been too quick and too filled with disdain to be accepted without understanding everyone’s vested interests. For the Japanese, there may be “saving face” (something that motivated tens of thousands to die needlessly back then and deny facts today). For Gillespie, there is his investment (in time, money, and emotion) in a competing theory he has pursued for years. For others still, there is belief in the righteousness of one’s position, despite evidence or mathematical probabilities they could be coincidental.

    The last area, history and probability, is an area I might have insight into — My graduate thesis was on Japan’s pre-WWII economic expansion (including the South Pacific) and I am currently SVP of Strategic Planning for a large marketing agency, where I am responsible for a large analytics group (which, of course, does NOT make me an expert on Earhart, but someone familiar with the Marshals, Japan, and an understanding of probability). There is one simple fact we can not ignore: A *lot* of people from 80 years ago, 73 years ago, 57 years and beyond have shared miraculously similar, highly-corroborated stories that are reflected in the photo, despite having verifiably never met or crossed paths. That probability can be mathematically calculated for probability, something human beings are poor at seeing or considering on their own.

    Variables such as “ship called Koshu (or Koshu Maru)”, “plane on barge”, “female flier”, “woman with man’s hair/clothes”, “man with leg injury”, “Jaluit”, among others are variables which are quantifiably almost impossible to be found in a photo that is NOT Earhart, by mere coincidence. That is, the odds of this NOT being them, but rather a coincidental collection of similar-appearing circumstances in the exact same place, at around the same time, which people have described for 80 years prior are simply astronomical. Without spending company money, I’d venture trillions or quadrillions:1! Even without the photo, the presence of so many stories corroborating key facts is phenomenally difficult to explain and are mathematically unlikely to be disproven. But with it, basic questions of probability would render the disdain by which it has been rejected itself worthy of suspicion.

    As an aside, I’d also like to point out that the media’s ignoring the facts in this gentleman’s blog is not likely a “conspiracy” or “cover-up”, but rather the fact that almost no news media organization accepts or responds to cold calls. Given the thousands of contacts they get from whack-jobs every day, covering a niche-published book absolutely requires a PR person (typically from the publisher, not the author) to issue a release and/or contact an outlet’s editorial offices. No matter how solid the examination of facts (and this blog’s are excellent), to do otherwise is to guarantee failure. Calling TV shows and being ignored reflects this basic fact of the news gathering business, not any conspiracy or ulterior motives.

    I look forward to reading more here, especially the origins and date of this photo. But I also hope people take a moment to study the math of historical probability before rendering judgement. Thanks!

    Like

  34. I just finished reading Devine’s “The Earhart Incident.” I am now firmly in the corner of the Marshall Island claim. It was sad reading about the Electra sitting on the Aslito Airfield as late as 1944 and only then destroyed by fire….by the US military!
    I found it unusual that Devine claimed it was flown for a bit as well.

    Could it be that his knowledge of Earhart is what got Forrestal killed…was he about to tell the truth? We’ll never know.
    I now fully believe that the above photo is a case of mistaken identity and has nothing to do with Earhart.

    After reading of so many blockades and obstructions that Devine faced it is clear that the government will not acknowledge any changes to their official story, so to what end do we fight the fight? Are we to be content to get the message out and nothing more?

    Like

    1. David Atchason | Reply

      The blogger who discovered the picture identifies the ship in the picture as the Koshu. What???? http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/07/11/536620463/japanese-blogger-points-out-timeline-flaw-in-supposed-earhart-photo……You see the Koshu was different than the Koshu Maru. If you click on the link it takes you to a picture of the Koshu, a captured German vessel. However that picture does not look the least like the ship in the picture. So we are back to square one. No wonder History Channel took the word of Les that the ship was the Koshu. The picture of the ship in the link looks much more like a survey ship and has the derricks that could be used to pick up a plane and put it on deck. But they probably didn’t put it on deck, maybe the derricks and winches on the Koshu were used to haul the plane onto the barge. It is probably a mistake that the blogger thinks that ship in the picture is the Koshu. Is everything perfectlyclear now?

      Like

  35. Thomas Devine told us, that the Electra was taken out and flown on Saipan, before it was destroyed. I believe this and the individual/pilot who flew it, probably wanted to put another notch in his belt. A *bravado of flying the actual Electra.

    Like

    1. Very likely true. Its hard to believe that whoever the pilot was didn’t grab some kind of souvenir from the plane as a memento to tell his grandkids…and it probably sitting in some attic or hanging on a wall to this day.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Another question…
        Thomas Devine is quite sure that he saw the Electra NR 16020 take off and fly directly overhead. He also claimed that the plane was intact except for a flat left tire. These events are described on pp. 38-41 of “The Earhart Incident.”

        Several people who claimed to have witnessed Earhart’s landing on Mili claim that it was a crash landing and part of the right wing had broken off. The Marshallese stamps that were issued in the 80’s also depict the plane with the broken wing.

        There seems to be conflicting statements here.
        Did the military repair Earhart’s plane then fly it as Devine indicated or are the islanders mistaken about the plane crashing to begin with?

        Like

  36. After zooming in and studying the edges of the two photos, the Japanese travel book, and the ONI’s version, I found that they are cropped differently. Please zoom in and have a look. While the travel book photo shows more left side and bottom, the ONI’s reveals more right side. None of these can be the original, and the book is not the source for the ONI photo.

    Like

  37. Mike, I’ve been following your work on Earhart now for some time from over the pond. I think the balanced, objective way you have looked at this new evidence does you credit and speaks volumes for your integrity as a researcher. I believe you are right to be cautious about this this new evidence, particularly in view of the blurry images and the Guardian article of 11 July suggesting the photo was taken from a Japanese guidebook published in 1935.
    It takes a dedicated researcher to dismiss a piece of evidence that potentially supports the theory you believe is the truth.
    Although it could be argued that this evidence could be used by some to undermine the fact that she landed at Mili Atoll and was subsequently captured by the Japanese it has achieved one thing and that is to overshadow the ludicrous wild goose chase that TIGHAR has just been on to Nikumaroro. As expected their recent trip has turned up nothing more than conjecture, fascinating facts about the sharks inhabiting the waters around the island and a coconut crab that disliked their tramping through his patch of coconut trees. As with all their other trips they have produced nothing in the way of verifiable evidence.
    So keep up the excellent work you’re doing.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: