Here we go again....

Robert Ballard found the Titanic. Can he find Amelia Earhart’s airplane?

Ocean explorer Robert Ballard will lead a major expedition to the remote Pacific in hopes of discovering the famed aviator's fate.

Best known for his 1985 discovery of the Titanic, Robert Ballard will bring his proven undersea search strategy and high-tech research vessel, E/V Nautilus, to the hunt for Amelia Earhart.

Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan disappeared more than 80 years ago, on July 2, 1937, during the second to last leg of their around-the-world flight. After taking off from Lae, New Guinea, in Earhart’s Lockheed Electra 10E, the pair aimed for tiny Howland Island, just north of the Equator. But they couldn’t find it, and despite many attempts, no one has been able to find them.
Now Robert Ballard, the man who found the Titanic, is planning to search for signs of the missing aviators. On August 7, he'll depart from Samoa for Nikumaroro, an uninhabited island that’s part of the Micronesian nation of Kiribati. The expedition will be filmed by National Geographic for a two-hour documentary airing October 20.
The National Geographic Explorer at Large brings a state-of-the-art research vessel, the E/V Nautilus, and extensive underwater expertise to this historic search. In addition to locating the Titanic, Ballard discovered the remains of John F. Kennedy's World War II patrol boat in the Solomon Sea, the German battleship Bismarck in the Atlantic, and many ancient ships in the Black Sea, as well as hydrothermal vents near the Galapagos.
People have been looking for Earhart ever since she went missing. The U.S. Coast Guard and Navy scoured the area by ship and plane for two weeks. George Putnam, Earhart’s husband, enlisted civilian mariners to continue the hunt. Eventually the U.S. government declared that the plane had most likely crashed and sunk into the Pacific.

Apologies for sounding sarcastic.

But really? 

Bob Ballard is teaming up with Tighar to find the Electra... at the bottom of the sea? (I spent two hours with the editor of the National Geographic, as well as two reporters laying out the following details - at the time they told me that if "Someone came to them with a "new theory" they were directed to "run in the other direction as fast as they can." Not my quote - theirs.)

Let's break this down for a moment... and Bob, if you're reading this, congrats, I wish you the best of luck...

...but listen up.

Mike Harris, you may remember him; intrepid adventurer, filmmaker, hired Bob to be part of his own search for the Titanic.  At the time, Mike had great ideas about where it might be - and took Bob directly over the ship... but they did not see it at the time.

A still from Mike Harris' initial footage.

Mike had already done a number of trips to find it - ran out of them, but then Bob found a new sponsor, WENT BACK to the place Mike Harris had gone and found it.  (I'm not telling any stories "out of school" - Bob knows this to be accurate, and doesn't take away from his finding the Titanic.  That's how things happen.)

But Mike Harris knows where Amelia is located.  

I think Tighar has done a fantastic job of putting a website together of research. It's where I discovered in the diary of a ham radio operator, she had written on the first page "230 Miles NW" - which was the same number I found in "Last Flight" when she was "200 miles NW of Dakkar" and on a test run of the Electra was "200 miles NW of where she thought she was (according to Paul Mantz.)  We hear later on in Les Kinney's research with a different radio operator (in a previous post) that indeed, when she finally made it to safety - or so she thought - we was 400 miles off course to the NW (where Mili is from Nikumaroro).

Let's look at the record, shall we?  It's an extensive record, and everything I'm about to say is backed up by eyewitnesses.

I can tell you where the Electra is.  I've reported it consistently and repeatedly.  Here - Bob, my gift - this is a blueprint, and if you follow it and come to a different conclusion, happy to hear it.  But when  you get to the end, you're going to have to ask me where she's buried - because I know that as well.

Amelia turned from Howland for Plan B (as reported by Les Kinney) - which was to fly the Gilberts, the nearest landing strip (Nikumaroro).  Alas, she was already 250 Miles NW of where she thought she was - but the coming storm passing to the north of Howland helped blow her to Mili atoll.  

Where running on fumes, she landed the Electra.

Landed the Electra on a long airstrip (at low tide) of an atoll. A feat of great piloting.  An amazing feat from a great pilot.

Someone claimed they found this on the cell in Garapan. Tom Devine
claimed he saw it.  Whoever carved it did so for her birthday.

The brake assembly broke. Pieces of it were found by Dick Spink, a Seattle schoolteacher who brought those pieces to an NTSB investigator who ON CAMERA proves beyond a shadow of doubt that it came from her plane.  That footage exists Bob. I suggest you look at it.  The pieces were identified by an aviation expert (who has testified before Congress).

Two islanders were eyewitnesses.  Some of those eyewitnesses were interviewed in a book by a South African journalist (I have a copy) but he interviewed the Queen of Mili as well.  Two islanders saw her land the plane and reported it.
NTSB Investigator claims this piece found on Mili fits exactly with his own piece of an Electra
that exactly matches Amelia's.  As he put it "There were only two made that were in that part of the planet.  If this was found on Mili, it could only have come from her Electra."

Then Dick Spink and Les Kinney and Mike Harris returned to Mili.  They found more pieces of the Electra as well as an islander who reported that "40 Marshallese men" were ordered to move the plane to a Japanese barge. (the rail cars used to transport it are still there - the drag marks were visible from satellites until the island was swamped recently). 
Veteran Andrew Bryce was told by a stevedore he'd transported the Electra.

I interviewed a veteran Andrew Bryce, USN who worked alongside a stevedore in 1944 who claimed he was one of those islanders who "moved the Electra to the barge which took it to a Japanese ship."

The Kyoshu.  

Les Kinney (former Federal investigator) has tracked down the ship's records and found that it was docked in Jaluit, when Bilimon Amaron (who Mike Harris personally interviewed on camera) reported that he was sent aboard the ship to tend to Amelia and Fred's wounds.  A Marshallese congressman also saw the plane aboard the ship - where it had been transported.  The plane was then transported to Saipan.
Mike Harris shot this footage - a still from his interview with Bilimon Amaron, who tended to her wounds. We interviewed Bilimon's business partner of 40 years (from Boston). He says on camera
"We all knew the story. The man was above reproach.If he said he tended to her wounds, he did."

Amelia and Fred were taken by seaplane where they landed in Saipan.  I have filmed two eyewitnesses (one still alive) who saw her come ashore, the other was told the identical story by his father. Their stories line up.  She was interrogated - Fred was presumed to be the "real pilot" or the "real spy" - and was tortured and executed for being so.

She was put in a cell in Garapan prison.  I've been in her cell - it's the only one that's been stripped or white washed in the entire compound - but I have eyewitnesses on camera who saw her incarcerated there.
One of two cells she was incarcerated in.  This was the cell with her and Fred. After his execution she was moved to a different cell.  

She spent years in that cell. I have two Saipanese (who don't know each other) who both reported seeing her transported by Japanese truck just prior to the war.  The truck carrying her and two other US pilots (those are part of the record,one was shot,the other beheaded) who were with her. As the man says on camera "I was 12 but it's not something you see every day.  A white woman dressed as a man blindfolded and being guarded by soldiers." 

The truck parked in front of his school for 30 minutes - both he and his brother are still alive and can recall it specifically. Another man in another school told us the same story on camera. (Mike Harris took me to Saipan to find 15 new eyewitnesses.) We interviewed the son of the nurse who tended to her wounds, we interviewed a worker who saw her in prison as well as saw the Electra at Aslito field.

Wire Operator in Marine HQ decoded the message "We have found Amelia Earhart's airplane."
Not something he'd ever forget.  He also guarded the plane, saw the same briefcase.

Yes, the Electra was taken to Aslito. I've filmed over a dozen people who saw it there. Including a US Marine who decoded the messages that it was found - then was ordered by his CO (whose uniform hangs in a glass case at Quantico) who ordered him to guard the plane.  Another GI corroborated the conversation he told me on camera about people wanting to "see Earhart's plane" and how he stopped them with the threat of his pistol.  "Orders is orders" he said.

Doug Bryce saw the Electra with his own eyes (and was with other GI's.) It was
being guarded in a hangar on Saipan. (He was one of 6 on camera who saw it.)

I interviewed on camera a GI stationed on Saipan (Doug Bryce) who drove with some pals to see the plane.  He described the location of the hangar, which I was able to corroborate in my trip to Saipan.  In total, I have six people on camera who saw the plane - and 12 in print who watched it destroyed. I have on camera the man who found her briefcase and passport in a safe - carried it for two weeks and turned it over to naval intelligence.  I have the wire operator who was in the tent when the briefcase was brought in, who told the same story.
The briefcase that Robert Wallack turned over to Naval Intelligence
seen by Julious Nabers.
So you see - I know where the Electra is.  

You're not looking for it in the right place.  You can find it if you want - that would be great - but I not only know where it the wreckage of it is located, I know where her body was moved to.  What you may not be aware of is that the two GI's who "dug her up" (as reported by CBS newsman who wrote "Searching for Amelia" Fred Goerner in 1963) those two GIs "only found an arm and a partial ribcage."

Fred Goerner did the initial research. Fred told a colleague of mine
that he got a letter from  then Congressman Don Rumsfeld claiming
"everything he'd found was true."
Why is that?

Because she was moved.

If you want to know where she was moved to - I suggest getting in touch with me.  You can look all you want in the ocean, all you want on Nikumaroro (Elgen Long suggested that artifacts will be "planted there" to make it appear she has been found - I found that to be a bit beyond the pale, but it is his words verbatim, and told me what the object would be) but she was never there - Fred was never there - neither of them sank to the bottom of the ocean or were on a deserted island.  Sorry. 

What happened to them deserves to be told.  But it won't be if you begin by looking for them underwater. They were never there.

I applaud your desire to solve the "mystery." I applaud National Geographic for getting involved (even after I spent two hours explaining what the eyewitness evidence shows.)

But it ain't a mystery if you know where she's buried and where the Electra is currently located, is it?  Happy to share it with you mon ami.

Stay tuned.


BOOM! Les Kinney finds more proof Amelia Earhart was on Mili Atoll....

This just in:

Les Kinney, retired Federal investigator who has been doggedly researching all things Amelia for decades, has allowed me to put up a chapter from his book about Amelia's disappearance.

This is an excerpt from Les Kinney's upcoming book about what happened to Amelia based on his decades of research:

The Amelia Earhart Mystery and Nina Paxton by Les Kinney

   At about 2:20 in the afternoon of July 3rd, 1937, Nina Paxton was fiddling with the tuner on her Philco radio in Ashland, Kentucky. Suddenly, she heard Amelia Earhart "In a very clear strong voice." For a few seconds, Nina attended to the needs of her five year old son thinking Miss Earhart must be on a training flight. When she then realized Amelia was crying for help, she listened and took a few notes.  A few minutes later, Earhart was gone. 

   Until her death on Christmas Day, 1970, Nina Paxton told anyone who would listen that Earhart had crash landed in the Marshall Islands. She tried to remember everything she heard that day. She began standing vigil over her radio listening to the short wave band hoping to hear Amelia again. A few years later, Nina wrote to Rand McNally looking for information on the Marshall Islands.  She developed a guilt complex and believed she hadn't done enough to save Earhart's life.  

  She searched for new memories, words or phrases Amelia might have said on that July afternoon that might have escaped her. No one seemed to believe her. In the mid-1940's, she wrote to the Office of Naval Intelligence, Walter Winchell, and the FBI. Toward the end of her life she corresponded with Fred Goerner, the bestselling author of The Search for Amelia Earhart.  Nina's letters always carried the same general message: Amelia Earhart landed in the Marshall Islands.  

   Skeptics said Nina could have gotten her information from newspapers, radio, and seeing the 1943 movie Flight to Freedom.   The fact that Nina waited a full week to tell her local newspaper didn't help her credibility. On July 9th, 1937, the following brief article appeared in the Ashland Daily Independent. It differs from Nina's notes from July and August 1937. Nina had more to say than the local reporter sent to print.      

   "Mrs. C.B. Paxton, 3024 Bath Avenue, told the Independent she heard the distress message of Amelia Earhart noted American woman flyer lost in the Pacific ocean last Saturday afternoon at two o'clock. 

Miss Earhart and her navigator Frederick J. Noonan, last were heard from in the air at 2:12 EST last Friday when they said they had only a supply of gas good for thirty minutes. "The message came in on my short wave set very plain," Mrs. Paxton said, "and Miss Earhart talked for some time. 

I turned the radio down one time to talk to my little child and then turned it back up to catch the last part of the message. I didn't understand everything Miss Earhart had said, Mrs. Paxton told the Independent," because there was some noise." 

She gave the following message as she understood it: "Down in ocean, then Miss Earhart either said on or near little island at a point near...”  after that Mrs. Paxton understood her to say something about directly northeast although she was not sure about that part. "Our plane about out of gas, Water all around very dark." 

Then she said something about a storm and that the wind was blowing." Will have to get out of here," she said. "We can't stay hear long."  The message was proceeded by Miss Earhart's call letters, KHAQQ calling, KHAQQ calling."

   Because Nina's letters in the 1940's were so passionate, I suspected what she had to say was true. Why would she lie?  Nina was educated, married, a registered nurse, and had no bone to pick. When I started investigating her background, I found out she died a widow in Ashland, Kentucky on Christmas Day in 1970. She left no family. Her husband passed away in 1954. Her son got into one scrape after another until he ended up in prison. 

   It took me three years and quite a bit of luck to locate the Paxton papers. Eventually, I discovered Nina's Earhart files at tiny Mars Hills University in the mountains of western North Carolina. They were donated to the University by a wife of a doctor that had worked with Nina in the 1950's. The Paxton box had been collecting dust in a library store room since 1975. 

   I planned to report the Paxton findings in the book I am writing on the disappearance of Amelia Earhart. Recent events caused me to change my mind. TIGHAR just released a new Post Loss Radio Study touting the claims of Betty Klenck, who in 1937 as a fifteen year old claimed to have heard Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan on her home radio for several days. 

None of the post loss radio messages collected by TIGHAR give a location where Amelia and Fred went down. The Paxton paper's tells us Earhart and Noonan went down in the Marshall Islands. Mars Hills University recently decided to put a few of Nina Paxton's letters on the internet. /show/4  It was time to share my findings. 

   There are over a hundred letters, some notes, and a few newspaper and magazine clippings making up the Paxton material. I copied them all. The first letter is dated July 14, 1937. Nina continued to write and offer insight into the Earhart disappearance until close to her death.

   After reviewing all the files, it appears there might be a few writings and reference notes missing. 

   It was about 2 pm on July 3, 1937, local time, when Nina Paxton heard Amelia Earhart's distressed voice announce she had gone down in the Marshall Islands.  Nina had no idea where the Marshall Islands were located. Nor did she know the call sign for Amelia Earhart's Lockheed Electra wasn't KHABQ. 

    After hearing Earhart on her radio, Nina went to the Ashland Police Department and then to a nearby Coast Guard Station to report what she had heard. They laughed at her and said the call sign for Earhart's Electra was KHAQQ. It was for this reason that Nina didn't tell the local press of Earhart's distress message until July 9, 1937. 

    Nina had no idea the call sign for Earhart's previous plane, a Lockheed Vega was KHABQ. A tired, exhausted, worried, and emotionally drained, Amelia Earhart blurted out her old call sign the day Nina heard the distress message on July 3, 1937. It would have been an easy thing to do.
   There were over fifty post loss radio messages reported to newspapers, the government, and later to researchers. Nina Paxton was the only one who heard a distress message giving the specific location where Amelia and Fred landed. During the two months following Earhart's disappearance, Nina enclosed her rough notes in the letters she sent to Mrs. Noonan, George Palmer Putnam, Walter Winchell, and Congressman Fred M. Vinson. 

    Nina typed the rough notes out twice and tried not to embellish what she had heard. She created spaces where she was unsure of a word or phrase. The first rough note is without a heading. The second one is titled, "Call of a Courageous Lady." She didn't like that either and scratched it out. 

      In some of her later notes, which aren't on Mars Hill's web site, Nina wonders why Amelia used the time of her arrival as 2:20. She possibly thought Earhart might have converted the time to Eastern Standard Time and makes that point in later letters. Nina put's this confusion in parentheses.  

     Nina's two rough notes held by Mars Hill University seem to be a cumulative compilation completed sometime in August 1937. Nina says "the plane was damaged in landing hear near a part of Marshall Islands."  Amelia say Noonan was injured, and that he "doesn't walk very well, and that he (Noonan) bruised his leg badly when landing."

   In a letter to George Putnam dated August 5, 1937, Nina writes she found a piece of scratch paper she had written while listening to Earhart.  ""Miss Earhart mentioned three little islands. The little one (perhaps a reef) they were on, north of Howland Island at a point very near an island she called "Marshall".  

    (Sadly, this little piece of scratch paper is missing from the Mars Hill holdings.)   Rather naively, Nina tells George Putnam in a letter dated August 5, 1937, "If there is an island known by the name of Marshall and it can be contacted, I believe it well worth-while to do so at once as I am sure Miss Earhart, and Captain Noonan will be found in this area."        

  Early researchers Vincent Loomis and Oliver Knaggs in the late 1970's and early 1980's focused their attention on the middle of three islands at Mili Atoll. On my recent trips, to Mili Atoll, we discovered airplane artifacts in the middle of three small islands. Nina's rough notes indicate she heard Earhart say, "Directly north-east of a part of Marshall Islands, 90 ****173 longitude and 5 latitude. We missed our course yesterday and came up here." 

    No one knows whether Fred Noonan carried sectional maps for the Marshall Islands. The U.S. Navy hadn't the opportunity to map the area since the Japanese took control in 1914. It wasn't on their planned route and its likely Fred had to rely on an old British map of the Pacific from his sea faring days. There is a picture of Amelia and Fred on the internet standing next to the tail of the Electra looking over such a map. If they relied on that map, Fred would have only had a general idea where he and Amelia had gone down. 

   On that warm summer day, 81 years ago, when Nina heard Amelia's  worried voice fill her living room. She scratched down a few of Amelia's shaky words.  "90 ******173 longitude and 5 latitude".  If you look on a map, 5 degrees North latitude and 173 East longitude is not far from Mili Atoll in the Marshall Islands."

    (Citation:  Nina Lear Margaret Paxton (Mrs. C.B. Paxton), “Letter dated July 30, 1937 from Mrs. C.B. Paxton to Mr. Walter Winchell,” Southern Appalachian Archives Mars Hill University, accessed July 28, 2018,

Les Kinney

(NOTE: This is a chapter from Les Kinney's book - no portion may be reproduced without his written permission.)



Page One: 

Nina Lear Margaret Paxton (Mrs. C.B. Paxton), “Letter dated July 30, 1937 from Mrs. C.B. Paxton to Mr. Walter Winchell,” Southern Appalachian Archives Mars Hill University, accessed July 28, 2018, This image may be viewed, downloaded, and printed for personal and educational use, but any commercial use is prohibited without permission from the Southern Appalachian Archives, Mars Hill University.  
Nina Lear Margaret Paxton (Mrs. C.B. Paxton), “Letter dated July 30, 1937 from Mrs. C.B. Paxton to Mr. Walter Winchell,” Southern Appalachian Archives Mars Hill University, accessed July 28, 2018, This image may be viewed, downloaded, and printed for personal and educational use, but any commercial use is prohibited without permission from the Southern Appalachian Archives, Mars Hill University

Here's a transcript of the above second page of one of the many letters she wrote (this one to Walter Winchell, who had spoken about AE on his famous radio broadcast.)  She began writing letters on July 9th, 1937.

“About 2 pm Saturday (7-3-37) as I tuned my radio between 12 and 13 Megs, I picked up the following message: (NOTE: My notes (RM) are in black)

"KHABQ calling. KHABQ...." 

(KHABQ was the old call sign for AE, not something Paxton could know).

“We are down here on a little island, perhaps on a coral reef at a point near Marshall Islands. At a point north east of Marshall Islands. 90 **********  173 Longitude and 5 Latitude.  We missed our course yesterday and came up here.

(NOTE: Google Earth says that Mili Atoll is 171 Longitude and 6 Latitude. The exact location of 173 Longitude by 5 Latitude would be roughly 100 miles east of Mili atoll. From the route they were following from Lae to Howland island, if you chart 90 degrees due North from their trajectory  you'll find yourself in Mili Atoll, the Marshall islands.)

"This is a bleak place. We can see part of the Marshall Islands in daytime.  There isn’t any habitation or life here, but some vegetation."

At high tide, the coral reef of Endriken (hundreds of yards long) disappears. Bleak indeed.  

(NOTE: Here’s a photo of Endriken island, where locals claim she brought the plane down.  During the day, the coral reef is long enough to land a 747, but disappears as the water rises.  In photos of the island from 20 years ago, there are few trees, mostly vegetation... and just a long reef. 

("A bleak place") In the “Google Earth” photos from a decade ago, drag marks from a large object can be seen going from the north side (where the ocean is) to the south side (where the inlet is, where a barge could be used.)  

Dick Spink, Mike Harris and Les Kinney found railcar wheels left on the island, the kind that would have been used to transport a large object across the island.  According to locals, “40 Marshallese islanders were ordered by the Japanese military to move the plane.”)

“There are no trees here, but we can see a few small trees on a part of Marshall Islands in daylight. It is stormy here and very dark. The wind is blowing. The ocean is very rough.”

(NOTE: Reports claim that there was a storm that had come up and was partly responsible for pushing the plane on its path.  As noted here on this site, she “often was 200 miles NE of her destination (once in Burbank, another time in Dakkar) as if she “leaned on the joystick” in such a way that kept her going to the left.  Either way, the recent documentary “Amelia Earhart” on the History Channel showed documented evidence that she had enough gas to make her way to the Gilbert islands not far away to the south.)

“We came down here yesterday afternoon at 27 (crossed out) 2:20, (or Ms. Paxton wrote “it is now 2:20”). The plane was (badly) damaged here when landing on a part of Marshall Islands. (Damage to the plane described.) We have everything. The Captain is with me. The Captain isn’t right here with me, he is over near the plane.”

(NOTE: Her note that “damage to the plane” was described is telling.  According to Jim Hayton, NTSB investigator who examined the pieces of the Electra that Dick Spink found (and determined it could only come from hers) the pieces he found indicated that the wheel base had broken over the rough coral landing, and the brakes shredded.  However, she landed the plane intact, as it was seen intact on the Japanese ship by Bilimon Amaron, a former Marshallese congressman and others cited below.)

"We landed near the water’s edge and our plane is drifting. The Captain doesn’t walk very well, he bruised his legs badly when landing yesterday. The Captain was shaken severely in landing."

(NOTE: This was corroborated by two people.  According to Bilimon Amaron, a citizen from Jaluit (who later was a business partner of a construction company still in existence, where his partner from Boston told me "He never told a lie. If Bilimon said he tended to their wounds, we all believed him.")  Bilimon said he tended to a small cut on Amelia's forehead, but that Noonan's wounds were bad and on his legs. Recently, in Saipan, a Ray Bermudes, a local, reported on camera that his mother worked as a nurse in the hospital on Garapan, Saipan, where she tended to Amelia's wounds, but told him to not speak of it to anyone "because she was a spy.")

"The water is all around us, and it is warm.  We are very comfortable right now, but we will have to get away from here soon."

"Howland island is ----- miles (south west). 

(NOTE: Mili is 882 miles from Howland, Ms. Paxton didn't remember the exact number and if she was making it up, she would have supplied one. Either Amelia was already 200 miles NW off course, or as the History Channel program noted, had enough gas for a back up plan; either way, enough people saw her land the Electra, and have found pieces of it on Mili.)

"We are a long way from New Guinea (name of place [Lae]) New Guinea) is between eighteen hundred and nineteen hundred miles from here, we started to Howland Island ((she) stated why they missed their course.) (Paxton wrote "My Imp" or “my impression” in pencil.)

(NOTE: Mili is 1921 miles from Lae, New Guinea where they took off from - so this is EXACTLY CORRECT and not something Ms. Paxton could know or make up.)

"The Gilbert Islands are xxx south east, and Cook Island is South." 

(NOTE: The Gilberts are 449 miles SOUTH EAST from Mili atoll.  Cook Island is to the South. Both of these are CORRECT and not details Ms. Paxton would know. According to the History Channel documentary, her back up plan was to fly to the Gilberts for rescue; this corroborates that decision, but she knew she was "near the Marshalls.")

"(Mulgrave or Musgrave) Island is very near. (The name of Smith was used in some manner.) Our food supply is good but the water supply is not so good. It has become contaminated.  We are alright now, but we can’t stay here many days.”

(NOTE: Mugrave island is also known as "Lady Musgrave island" and is off the coast of Australia, close to Brisbane.  Mulgrave island is the term for "Badu Island" which is South of New Guinea.  HOWEVER, I THINK AMELIA WAS DESCRIBING WHAT THE ISLAND LOOKED LIKE.  The word "near" can also be used with regard to how something looks. She may have said "close to" with regard to how it looked, and Ms. Paxton heard it as distance.  See the photos below for contrast.

First, this points to the fact that Ms. Paxton could not be making these details up, since she has no idea of where any of these places are, but if you look at the photos below, you'll see that Lady Musgrave Island and Endriken Island are similar in shape and size.

Elinor "Smith" was a famous stunt pilot, there was a friendly rivalry between the two aviatrixes, Smith was the 3rd woman to be featured on a Wheaties box in 1934. Not sure if she meant this Smith, but it would have been funny for her to say something about her rival at this point.) 

(Miss Earhart (then) gave a description of the islands as she mentioned them. Words in parentheses are as I understood them.) The above message was heard with practically as much volume as local broadcasts. The last time I heard Miss Earhart speak her name was 10 PM, EST, August 10th, 1937.

This is Lady Musgrave off the coast of Brisbane, which looks a bit like:

Aerial of Endriken Island (near Barre Island) where locals said she landed the Electra

Endriken Island with pins where Dick Spink found artifacts from the Electra that Jim Hayton, former NTSB investigator said "could only have come from her Electra." (see below) Spink, Mike Harris and Les Kinney returned to the island a few years later and found more artifacts from her plane. Note how the ocean's rise has taken up more of the island than in the above photo from about ten years ago.
Most recent Google Earth photo of the island.  Note, water above is deep water, and the below is lagoon water. There are still railcar wheels on the island that were used to transport the Electra from the north side to the easier to access south side.

This is Mulgrave Island ("Badu") off the Coast of New Guinea
(NOTE:  If Amelia was using the term "near" to describe what the island looked like, both of these photos show a similarity between Endriken (near Barre island in Mili atoll) and Mulgrave and Musgrove islands.) 

In her letter to George Putnam she added that she’d found a scrap of paper: .  ""Miss Earhart mentioned three little islands." 

(NOTE: See photo above - these three islands are on the north end of Mili Atoll.  Another detail left out of the above.)

"The little one (perhaps a reef) they were on, north of Howland Island at a point very near an island she called "Marshall". I believe she said 90 degrees directly NE of Howland island, however this may have been miles. After giving the latitude and longitude (173 longitude x 5 latitude) she said “We missed our course and came up here near Marshall Island.” 


For further details, in case this is your first time here; scan the articles below:


She landed the plane on Mili, a number of islanders saw her.  The son of an island "Chief" says "40 Marshallese were ordered by the Japanese" to help them load the plane onto a Japanese Barge.

Saw her plane in Jaluit with his father in 1937. "They've captured an American spy."
Footage shot and owned by Mike Harris.

Bilimon Amaron, whose business partner says he was "beyond reproach."
Footage shot and owned by Mike Harris. 
It was a secret punishable by death. Footage shot and owned by Mike Harris.
Andrew Bryce (USN) worked alongside a stevedore who told him that he helped load the plane on a barge - knew whose plane it was.  Andrew's brother Doug saw the plane in its hangar at Aslito airfield months later.
Douglas Bryce; stationed on Saipan, saw the plane from 30' away.

Andrew Bryce, his brother stationed on Majuro, met the stevedore who transported Electra.
Aslito the day they found her plane in a hangar. (From US Marine footage from that day in 1944)
Numerous people saw Amelia and Fred in Jaluit as noted above.  I have two eyewitnesses on film who claimed to have seen her and the plane on Jaluit, I have two eyewitnesses on camera who saw her and Fred (one was the son of a man who saw them) arrive on Saipan. 
An army veteran, his father Manny Muna saw AE in her cell in Garapan.
 I've filmed eyewitnesses or have testimony on camera of people who washed her clothes, fed her, tended to her wounds.  None of these people tell their story for any other reason than because I asked them.

Her first cell in Saipan shown by Manny Muna.
Footage shot and owned by Mike Harris. 

Ray Bermudes' mother treated her in the hospital, told Ray about it,
but warned him to not reveal it to anyone.
This gentleman was 12 when she was parked in a truck in front of his grade school for half an hour. His brother saw her too.  "My first caucasian woman, dressed like a man and in Japanese custody. It's not the sort of thing you would forget."
This gentleman saw her the same day on the same truck on 
the same road in front of his school.  He had never heard the above
account, came forward to corroborate the story in May 1944.

The hospital where her  and Fred's wounds were tended to.
This foto from 1944, was a hospital for GIs as well

The prison today. Her cell was halfway down this row.
Fred Goerner looking at her cell in 1963. There's a tree still growing in it,
although the bars are now gone and someone has whitewashed it.
The brake assembly piece found on Mili Atoll that only
fits that particular model, according to an NTSB investigator, one of a number of pieces.
Property of Dick Spink.
A dust plate found on Mili that has paint that matches the color of paint from the Electra.
Property of Dick Spink.
Railway wheels used to transport large objects across the
sand found on Mili. (Also the same guage used on
Saipan and other islands for sugar cane transport.)

Dick Spink, Jim Hayton, the NTSB investigator with piece of the Electra
(Rich Martini and Mike Harris)
This US Veteran had a flight instructor in the 60's who told him
about meeting a Japanese soldier who claimed he guarded Amelia.
Josephine Blanco, who lives in San Jose. She was on the docks at age 16, delivering a sandwich to her brother when she saw Fred and Amelia brought ashore.  She told people about it after the war, and it was a letter she sent to Fred Goerner that got him interested in the story in 1963.

It's notable that there is no other island, no other group of people who claim to have seen her and Fred.  There's no motivation for them to do so.  None. There are eyewitnesses who saw her incarcerated, who heard that Fred was executed, that heard she had died from dysentery. There are eyewitnesses who claim to know where she was buried.  

This US Marine was there when Wallace Green took over a photobook with photographs of Amelia Earhart in it. This Marine reported his fellow Marines said they "saw her Electra on the runway." (Green, later commandant, denied he'd ever "heard anything about Earhart being on Saipan.")

There are US Marines who I've filmed on camera talking about decoding the message when they found her plane, found her briefcase, saw her passport and flight plans.  There are Marines who saw the plane in a hangar and natives who also saw it in a hangar and saw her in prison. There are Marines who claim that they saw the plane flown, and then later saw it destroyed.  There are veterans who claim they were ordered to dig up her body "but only found an arm and a partial ribcage."

Saw the plane, overheard Nabers talking about the Electra, saw her cell.
Decoded messages they'd found her plane, guarded it for 24 hours, watched in burn.
Found her briefcase, passport, turned it over to Lt. Col. Clarence R. Wallace,
Nabers confirmed he saw the same briefcase in Wallace's tent.

This is not theory, belief or opinion. These reports are not theories, beliefs or opinions. This is just what the eyewitnesses have said.  I've long stopped considering other people's theories about what happened to her - none of them have any eyewitnesses.  When you hear one person tell you a fantastical story, you may consider the source. When you have two tell you the same story (as I have, including two people who saw her in May of 1944) who can name the street, the time and day they saw her - then it bears further research.  

But if you have over 200 islanders who say relatively the same things about her being on the island, about her dying on the island, and then US veterans, who have no motivation to make up a story recount the same story that other veterans have said... then at some point its insane to consider any other possibility than what they've said consistently about her.

This webpage examines the eyewitness accounts and other evidence that shows Amelia and Fred were arrested and taken to Saipan. There were over 200 individuals who claimed they saw her, this site examines who they were, and what they heard or saw. It includes details of evidence the Electra was found on Saipan, interviews with people who saw her and the Electra before and after they were taken to Saipan. Interviews with over two dozen Saipanese who claim they saw her there and over a dozen US Marines who claim they found the Electra, her passport, briefcase and other details.



Eyewitness Accounts: Published


Pg 40. “Glancing out on the runway ramp.. an area not the main part of Aslito Field, but an extended arm of the airstrip at the southwest corner… Near an embankment was (AE’s plane). (LATER) .. a muffled explosion at Aslito Field erupted into a large flash fire… I crouched and crawled toward the airfield. When I could see what was burning, I was aghast! The twin engine plane was engulfed in flames! I could not see anyone by the light of the fire… in July 1944.”


Goerner gathers dozens of eyewitnesses to Earhart’s incarceration and second hand info about her execution.


Amelia reveals she did not know Morse code (and neither did Fred Noonan)



South African journalist gathers numerous eyewitnesses at Mili, Majuro and Jaluit. There is footage of these interviews, but it exists somewhere in Miami – still trying to locate the negative.


Elgen shows how the original plan devised by radio man Harry Manning was adhered to by the Coast Guard Itasca – they didn’t know Manning got off the plane in Hawaii and wasn’t on the electra. So 90% of all their communication was in Morse code – something neither AE or FN knew.


PG 32. Robert Sosbe, 1st battalion 20th Marines, 4th marine division) Sosbe said he saw the Electra before and during its destruction) “on or about D+5 after our infantry had captured Alsito, the night before, then were driven off, only to capture it again, our Co was called up to fill a gap between our infantry and the 27th Army infantry. The trucks carrying us stopped off the opposite side of the runway from the hangars and tower about 3 to 5 hundred yds. This two engine airplane was pulled from the hangar to off the runway where it was engulfed in flames from one end to the other. I can still remember exactly the way it burned, how the frame and ribs because it was visible. It was about half dark. It burned approximately 15-30 minutes.”

Same page: a letter from Earskine Nabers: “I am seeking Marines who were placed on duty at Aslito to guard a padlocked hangar containing AE’s plane. The hangar was not one of those located along the runway. It was located near what may have been a Japanese administration building, and an unfinished hangar at the tarmac, in the southwest corner of the airfield.

The follow up letter (pg 33)

…”we had to get Col. Clarence R Wallace to sign all the messages that came through the message center.) Hq 8th moved back to bivouac area. I was dropped off at the Hangar for guard duty at the main road that went by west side of hangar. The road that went out to hangar, I was placed on the right side, just as it left the main road….

Pg 34 The best I can recall the plane was pulled on the field by a jeep.. the plane was facing north after the plane was parked and jeep moved. A plane came over real low and on the next pass he strafed the plane and it went up in a huge fireball. (We were sitting on the west side of the airfield about one hundred yards from the plane. We were on higher ground. As far as I remember, the (men) that pulled the plane on the field and us guys from H & S 8th were the only ones there.”

Pg 36 Marine Capt Earl Ford of Fallbrook, CA, artillery master sgt with 2nd Marines. Interview 6-7-88 by Paul Cook. “The aircraft was about 100 yards (from me) maybe less. We all saw it. No way we could miss it. A civilian twin engine. No way it was military. American aircraft in civil registration… some officers were saying it was Amelia’s… it had only two windows on the side, back here.”

Arthur Nash, Air Corps Corps, P47 group on Aslito. Claims he saw the plane on July 4, 1944 (book says 1945, must be a misprint based on following) pg 40:

“After landing on Isley.. at 2:30 pm, Japanese soldiers were running around the airstrip, one killed himself in the cockpit of a P47D with a grenade…” I slept fairly well (in the hangar) and (in the morning) wandered over to a large hole in the hangar wall facing the other hangar. The hangar floor and the area between the hangars was littered with debris, displace with siding from the hangars, maybe 65 yards apart, but close enough to get a good look at a familiar aircraft outside the other hangar. My eyesight was acute and what I saw was Amelia Earhart’s airplane!... the next morning I went over to see it but it was gone.”

Jerrell Chatham, 1st platoon, I company, 3rd regiment, 2nd marine deivions: “I was driving trucks .. on Saipan… when we went ashore I saw the hangar where Amelia Earhart’s plane was stored, I also saw the plane in the air. They told us not to go close to the airplane hangar and we did not…”

Pg 44: Howard Ferris, US Marines: “Sent to Saipan for guard dutey… an old hangar structure at end of a runway. This hangar was not large,.. small trees in front of big doors.. (then he recounts the same Marine argument that Devine and Nabers recount – where some Navy brass attempted to get in, but a Marine (Nabers) refused them entry.)” Howard was not present at the fire, but one of his buddies was. The buddy said a truck arrived with many gas cans and the guards saturated the entire hangar.. and it burned totally.

Pg 50 Robert Sowash, 23rd regiment 4th Marines Division: “I saw a plane in a building that was not a military plane.. I remember other Marines saying it was the same as Earhart’s. Later the place was cordoned off..”

Pete Leblanc, 121st Naval CB’s, 4th Marine division: “some of our guys were sneaking over towards the airfield to try and see (AE’s plane). We heard there were guards there. Then it was burned up later.”


Over 200 eyewitnesses as gathered by all the different authors with the various reports of her landing on Mili, being brought to Jaluit and incarcerated in Garapan prison.