The Amelia Earhart Controversy:
Answers to Questions Worth Debating
This exploration into Amelia Earhart’s mystery has been undertaken with the deepest respect for her – as a pilot, patriot and very brave American. Her real story needs to be unraveled, told and shared with the world … starting with answers to these pivotal questions:
- Did Amelia simply run out of fuel and then crash into the Pacific?
Not a chance. Research proves Amelia Earhart never crashed into the ocean. She was heard broadcasting messages three to five days after her “disappearance.” She had to have been on land to do that.
- Did Amelia land on Gardner Island and die there as The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) contends?
Gardner Island was, in fact, one of the possible places. Amelia could have set down. But she didn’t die there. Three to four days after her broadcasts ended U.S. Navy aircraft searched the island. There was no sign of her or her plane. If Amelia was indeed dead, evidence would have been found then.
- Could the Japanese have kidnapped her from Gardner Island?
Since the American aircraft never found Amelia or her plane it is very likely that the Japanese did. They had fast ships with the ability to hoist an aircraft onto their decks. A ship could easily have been deployed from as far away as Japan to kidnap Amelia prior to July 9th when the USS Colorado and its aircraft checked the island.
- Was Amelia on a spy mission for the Office of Naval Intelligence (O.N.I.)?
Evidence shows it is very possible that Amelia Earhart was on a photographic spy mission for the U.S. Navy focused on Truk Atoll. O.N.I. was the primary U.S. intelligence agency at that time and they knew that any war with Japan would be a naval war in the Pacific. Amelia had the ability and the fuel to fly to Howland Island in under sixteen hours – yet it took her close to twenty hours to get there. Could she have had wing cameras installed on her aircraft for aerial shots of Truk Atoll? Her mentor Paul Mantz said she did!
- Was there a government cover-up about her disappearance that continues to this day?
In that era’s political climate, it’s very likely! Several eye-witnesses saw Amelia on Saipan, the Japanese naval headquarters in the Pacific. The U.S. marines took the island in 1944 and several of them saw the airplane — which they were later ordered to destroy. They also found two graves which they were told were the burial sites of both Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred J. Noonan. President Roosevelt, who was facing another election, didn’t want to draw any attention to this spy mission. Consequently all evidence was ordered to be destroyed, hoping to add credibility to the crash into the ocean story regarding Amelia’s disappearance.
- Are there several eye-witnesses claiming they saw Amelia after her disappearance?
Yes, there are several eye-witness reports from individuals on Saipan who claim they saw Amelia there in 1937. Several Marines have also come forward with testimony about what they witnessed. Coincidentally, after the war the U.S. opened a spy school on Saipan to train espionage agents. This closed Saipan to all visitors without CIA approval.
- Is there a much larger puzzle still to piece together?
Extensive research shows that several authors, including Fred Goener, who was a CBS correspondent, have investigated this mystery. Each has uncovered considerable proof, evidence and eye-witness accounts regarding facets of the story. Now it’s time to put all the pieces of the puzzle together into a fact-based account of what really happened – and why!
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