She disappeared from the newspapers, and from the radar - but not from the planet.
And not from our hearts...
For those who'd like to know "What happened?" you've come to the right place.
She may not have found Howland, but she did find land. In Mili Atoll. (Oliver Knaggs, a South African author went to Mili and interviewed a number of people, including the Queen of Mili. They all said they saw her plane come down and land on the beach.)
She was then arrested by the Japanese. (At the time, the Japanese had mandated these islands, were not supposed to be reinforcing the harbors for war, but they were, in violation of the League of Nations. Be that as it may, they'd beheaded a British couple the year before for spying. So when she showed up, they assumed she was a spy - whether or not she actually was one.)
She and Fred Noonan and the plane were taken to Majuro. (The Electra was put aboard a barge - this report comes from the footage below). She was then taken to Jaluit - where a number of people saw her, including a young doctor's assistant, who was interviewed a number of times. And his business partner vouches for his honesty in the footage below. She was then taken (by ship, possibly to Truk and Kwajalein, I've heard these reports but haven't followed them up yet) to Japan.
Let me say that again: She was taken to Japan.
Yes. Japan. Saipan was part of Japanese territory effectively in 1914, and officially in the 1920's. The headquarters for the Japanese Navy was based in Saipan. (It's estimated 30,000 Japanese soldiers died defending Saipan - once the airfield was taken, the US could bomb Tokyo and refuel).
She was seen entering Saipan by Josephine Blanco (in the footage below) arriving at the Seaplane harbor with Fred Noonan. She was taken to a hospital (son of a nurse interviewed below) where her wounds were attended to. She was then put into the jail on Garapan - spent an indeterminate time in a smaller cell (according to an eyewitness who was incarcerated next to her cell, and down the hall from Noonan) and she was then, at some point transported to a larger cell (across from the Commandant's office.) She spent a number of years in that cell.
A number of people saw her in the prison, heard she was in the prison, or saw her plane at Aslito. All are referenced in the footage below
The last verifiable sighting of her was in 1944. She was on the back of a truck being guarded by two soldiers. Two people (eyewitnesses who don't know each other, but both came forward to say they saw her on that same day) in the footage below saw her on that truck in late May or early June of 1944. As one of the eyewitnesses said "I was 12 years old. I have never seen a caucasian woman in my life. And here was one wearing man's clothes, her hands tied, with two soldiers guarding her with guns. It's not something you'd ever forget." (His brother was an eyewitness as well, and still lives on Saipan).
According to a woman who lives near the jail, her Japanese grandfather told her that the "american female pilot was beheaded and cremated." An interview with that woman is in the footage below and a visit to the crematorium.
Her plane was found on Aslito airfield on June 19th, 1944.
How do I know that date? Because the man who decoded the message (footage below) remembered the date, and it matches when they took the airfield. Her plane was in a hangar. It was seen by numerous GI's (12 so far and counting) and it was then flown "around the field" - witnessed by a number of GI's. The plane was destroyed by US forces (for unknown reasons) a few weeks later - and the man who decoded that order is in the footage below.
He's a US Marine. So are many other eyewitnesses. You think the Marines would make this up? I suggest walking up to any Marine and suggesting the same to their face. Not very likely.
Her body was obviously never recovered, but her briefcase, maps and passport was. The Marine who found those objects is also in the footage below. It was turned over to the proper authorities. Who have kept this story a secret for all these years. Why? I don't know. But I don't particularly care - I'm not interested in their mistakes, or their cover up, or their reasons for keeping this woman's death an enduring mystery. I'm just interested in what happened.
So it's wonderful to honor the memory of Amelia Earhart. But it's really about time to honor her memory with the truth.
The truth, you see, is the thing that's supposed to set us free. It's in the good book. It's also carved into the wall of the CIA. So, hey, how about a little truth?
In honor of Amelia Earhart and her sacrifice for this country (it appears the only reason she was executed because she was an American and the US was on their way to liberate Saipan), I salute her and present this information to everyone to see for themselves.