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To... a very small island in the Pacific... to a lost airplane floundering  over open waters ... to a story that has never been told on the silver screen or in book form. For those who want the story  behind the story with supporting details and evidence that only a published workcan provide, this book is a definitive must  read on the life and loss of Amelia Earhart. No... she did not crash and sink at sea. 
Ten ...years of research studying the loss of Amelia Earhart brings a story in book form that has all the trappings of a book classic, and if Allied Artists has their way,  a feature film classic. It is truly amazing that Navy Intelligence and U.S.and Japanese interests have been able to keep the secrets and the evidence of the Earhart loss suppressed for over 70 years, but it has happened. No she did not crash and sink at sea, no she did not crash at Gardner Island (also known as Nikumaroro), and no she did not come back to America in disguise as Irene Bolam. Perhaps the most ridiculous of the Earhart searches has been the Tighar search of  70-year-old crab holes on Gardner Island. The indefatigable Mr.Gillespie of Tighar believes Amelia Earhart and her navigator perished on the shores of Gardner Island, and the remains were eaten by giant crabs with the bones hauled off into holes the crabs carved out of the sand. Pat Gaston of Lost Flight Group  believes  "Unfortunately it has already been proven virtually impossible to track crabs to their holes to say nothing of the fact that 2009 vintage crabs were the  great-great-great granddaddies of the current crop of crab relatives." It is one of Tighar's more idiotic and embarrassing experiments." Tighar and their searches have never come up with any evidence that directly ties Amelia Earhart to Gardner Island. Airplanes of the Battleship Colorado, at the time of  the Earhart loss, searched Gardner Island very carefully for signs of life, and there was nothing to indicate any human survivors. There were no signs in the sand for help or an Amelia Earhart or a Fred Noonan waiving at the airplanes as they flew by. Not only that but the natives in the Pacific area of Gardner Island were known to be exceptionally friendly, and with very little effort the survivors of an airplane crash could have survived on coconut milk and crab meat until the seaplanes of the  Colorado arrived. The Amelia Earhart "escapades" don't stop there. The actress Hilary Swank stars in the feature film entitled "Amelia" which contains assumptions Amelia Earhart crashed and sank at sea. Assumptions and nothing else? There was very little real character development in the dialogue. Amelia or Putnam would utter 4-5 words and the next instant Amelia was off flying airplanes. In fact, 1/3 of the movie was shots of flying airplanes. The movie jumps from one scene to the next with very little "flow," and the "flow" is very important in story telling.  Look at the story line in "Saving Private Ryan" or the story line of "Lost Flight"... a veteran newspaper editor tells the story of what he believes happened to Amelia Earhart.  Most of Hilary Swank's "Amelia" seemed to be  happenstance... just a series of flying events with the   milk and crab meat until the seaplanes of the  Colorado arrived. The Amelia Earhart "escapades" don't stop there. The actress Hilary Swank stars in the feature film entitled "Amelia" which contains assumptions Amelia Earhart crashed and sank at sea. Assumptions and nothing else? There was very little real character development in the dialogue. Amelia or Putnam would utter 4-5 words and the next instant Amelia was off flying airplanes. In fact, 1/3 of the movie was shots of flying airplanes. The movie jumps from one scene to the next with very little "flow," and the "flow" is very important in story telling.  Look at the story line in "Saving Private Ryan" or the story line of "Lost Flight"... a veteran newspaper editor tells the story of what he believes happened to Amelia Earhart.  Most of Hilary Swank's "Amelia" seemed to be  happenstance... just a series of flying events with the usual crashed and sank ending. It's the plot that glues the story together and gives it continuity. 
Lost Flight...is the presentation of what a hard nosed newspaper editor by the name of Mack Brown believes happened at Howland Island in the Central Pacific on Amelia Earhart’s final and tragic round-the-world flight.  However, Mack Brown can't print what  he believes, and he is lacking in the final proof. There are no dead bodies or body parts or airplanes or airplane parts. In the 1930s the hard facts were missing. To print a story that Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan were captured by the Japanese and executed as spies in The San Francisco Daily News would edge America that much closer to a war with Japan. In 1937, the year in which the story is set, a charge that Amelia Earhart had been captured by the Japanese would have exploded international relations. It would have been enough, some people believe, to have started a war. In the book you will see the documentation behind the Lost Flight... including the e-mails and the testimony of experts such as the late Navy Captain Almon Gray and Pan American Airways radio operator Paul Rafford, two radio experts who set the record straight on the Earhart loss. You'll  read several of the letters that were written by CBS radio reporter Fred Goerner who was, we believe, the best of the Earhart researchers. However, besieged with the ravages of cancer his thoughts and his ideas took an unexplained turn of events. There is a long list of researchers involved with this mystery, and they all have their individual stories to tell. Lost Flight ... goes further than the typical Amelia Earhart book and refutes the “crashed and sank” theories, the Irene Bolam stories, as well as those theories that Earhart flew south to the Phoenix Islands and perished on a deserted Pacific Island.

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Spy missions?  Impossible, the airplane flew a direct route with no detours. Roosevelt ordered a search of the Marshall Islands?  True, but the search failed to turn up information and was stopped by the Japanese.
Did Earhart die on a deserted island in the Pacific? Extensive research has yet to result in any proven Earhart artifacts in the area. This includes the Tighar searches at Nikumaroro which have never gained any acceptance by the research community. The evidence Tighar has proposed would have meant there was a severe crash at Nikumaroro. The airplane would have been virtually destroyed and the occupants killed instantly. This conflicts with the known post-loss signals that were received from the Earhart airplane.
Earhart flew the airplane all the way back to the island of Bougainville and crashed in the jungles? ... Impossible the airplane would have had to carry an additional 6,000 pounds of fuel.
Did Earhart fly south to Gardner Island (Nikumaroro) and perished on the sea shore? ... Again, the pet story of Ric Gillespie and the Tighar group and no evidence to support any of it except miscellaneous scraps and airplane parts from World War II that have never gained acceptance.  In 1937 the Battleship Colorado conducted a major search of the Phoenix Island group with three airplanes launched from its catapults.  The search of Gardner Island proved to be the most extensive of the group resulting in no signs of possible inhabitants at that time, although there were visible signs of previous inhabitants on the island from several years back.
What is happening on the Island of Saipan today? A historian, Genevieve Cabrera and her husband are pioneering an effort to excavate Garapan Prison, Saipan, in the search for artifacts.  Is it true Admiral Chester Nimitz passed information to Fred Goerner that Amelia Earhart had been captured by the Japanese and was executed as a spy ... this is a true statement.  Goerner and Nimitz were good friends; however, Goerner vacillated in his later days on where Earhart went down, but he never gave up the idea Earhart and Noonan had been taken to Saipan and were either executed by the Japanese, or, in prison, she died of dysentery. In recent days researchers from around the world, including Navy Captain Almon Gray, have given credence to the notion that the post loss transmissions received from a radio operator at Nauru Island are valid.  
Enroute to Howland Island from Lae, New Guinea, on the last leg of her round-the-world flight, Earhart's voice was evidently heard by a radio operator at Nauru Island, a half way point in the path of the flight.  Radio Nauru had been covering Amelia's requencies- 3105 and 6210 Kilocycles (KC)- whenever the station was operating.  One of Radio Nauru's native radio operators heard and recognized her voice three times on 6210 KC, at 8:31, 8:43, and 8:54 p.m. of the second day (Howland Time).  Nauru informed Radio Bolinas near San Francisco of these receptions with the follow message:

 "SPEECH NOT INTERPRETED OWING

TO BAD MODULATION OR SPEAKER

SHOUTING INTO MICROPHONE BUT 

VOICE SIMILAR TO THAT EMITTED 

IN FLIGHT LAST NIGHT WITH EXCEPTION

OF NO HUM OF PLANE IN BACKGROUND."

 
Following the Earhart loss, Radio Bolinas forwarded this message to coast Guard Headquarters in San Francisco, who immediately radioed it to the Cutter Itasca.  The Commander of the Itasca included it, without comment, in his official report.  There is no reason to doubt that these three broadcasts were authentic and for very good reasons. For one, the radio operator was a professional. He recognized Amelia's voice from the night before, and it was not widely recognized at the time of the receptions that Earhart's Lockheed Electra was in trouble or that it had crashed.  The significance of the receptions has lead certain researchers to believe that Earhart's Electra did not crash at sea. The radio system would not operate if it was wet or in the water, particularly salt water. The fact that there was no "hum" of the engines in the background further supports this view since the generator necessary for radio communications was located in the right side radial engine. Thusly, the broadcasts were the last dying moments of the airplane's battery system. The airplane, of necessity, was on dry land, but where on dry land is an unknown, even to this day.  There are theories that abound to the exent that Earhart crashed immediately after radio communications were lost at Howland Island. But the better truth is that radio communications at Howland Island lapsed when Earhart switched frequencies from 3105 KC (night time setting) to 6210 KC (day time setting) . These two frequencies are called harmonic frequencies (one is the double of the other) , and they have the tendency to bleed into each another in the early hours of the morning. Switching to 6210 KC may have doomed the Earhart flight. In the warmimg of the atmosphere in the hot tropical sun, 6210 KC fades into higher frequencies and is not stable.  With a flip of the switch Earhart may have set off a spate of rumors of what actually happened at Howland. All of these factors plus the post loss message received by the radio operator at Nauru Island seem to negate the possible success of the Nauticos - Elgen Long deep sea searches.  Another factor compounding the Howland Island-lost-at-sea approach is the fact that the winds at Howland were calm when Earhart was reported missing. In fact, the winds were so calm the smoke from the stacks of the Cutter Itasca did not climb into the air.  Instead, it settled down on the surface of the ocean and went nowhere ... a very unusual circumstance.  A calm wind and a ditching at sea probably would have meant the Lockheed Electra and its passengers could have survived. In addition, the huge empty fuel tanks on board would have caused the airplane to float giving the two missing aviators ample time to climb in a life raft and paddle away.  Nothing resembling an aircraft crash was ever found in the Howland area. There were no missing bodies, no floating aircraft parts, no oil, no debris field of any kind.  At the time of the loss there was an extensive Naval search consisting of the Battleship Colorado, the Aircraft Carrier Lexington, and three Destroyers, the Lamson, the Cushing, and the Drayton.  It was the largest and most extensive search for a downed airplane at sea in the history of aviation.
  

 If Earhart did not go down at Howland Island

 what did happen? This woman, Josephine Blanco Akiyama,  started an uproar in the aviation world when she claimed she saw two American flyers, a man and a woman on the island of Saipan in the year 1937. The descriptions fit Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan who, in the same year, had been lost under mysterious circumstances. Fred Goerner, a radio reporter for CBS news in San Francisco, picked up the story and tracked it down.

"One day in 1937 Josephine Akiyama had been riding her bicycle down the beach road on Saipan taking lunch to her brother-in-law, Jose Matsumoto, who worked for the Japanese at their secret seaplane base at Tanapag Harbor on the Western shore of the Island . As she neared the gate of the facility, she saw a large, two motored plane fly overhead and disappear in the vicinity of the harbor. A little while later when she reached the beach area, she found a large group of people gathered around the two white persons.
 "At first she thought they were both men, but someone told her one was a woman.  They were both thin and looked very tired," said Mrs. Akiyama. "The woman had short cut hair like a man, and she was dressed like a man. I think I remember the man had his head hurt in some way. I remembered the year because 1937 was the year I graduated from Japanese school. I was eleven years old."
     "I asked her why she was sure they were American flyers. She answered, "That's what the people said and later the Japanese guards said it."  The guards, according to Mrs. Akiyama, had taken the pair away, and later there was a rumor they had been executed by the Japanese. Her memory of the plane was hazy.  She could remember seeing it in the water by the shoreline, but she could not recall if it was damaged or what happened to it after that day."

Fred Goerner's book, "The Search for Amelia Earhart" pioneered a multitude of Amelia Earhart books. Elgen Long's book, "Amelia Earhat The Mystery Solved," caused a lot of attention, but the facts that were presented have not gained acceptance by several parties in the professional aviation community.
Television specials have been done on the subject of Amelia Earhart crashing into the sea, and we are very respectful of the Nauticos - Elgen Long contribution to aviation history with their search.  However, a crash into the sea dodges the real fact that Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, did not crash into the sea and may indeed have been captured by the Japanese and executed as spies. There has never been any recovery of airplane parts or human remains of the Earhart flight from the depths of the ocean.  Over 70 years from the date of the disappearance, only the Dick Spink expeditions to Milli Atoll have found any meaningful evidence. With the recognition of the post loss transmissions as being authentic (particularly the Nauru Island intercept) the "crashed and sank" theories of the Earhart disappearance have, more recently, begun to fall by the wayside.  In the case of the Earhart flight, the known testimony and sightings and testimony point to Saipan and the Marshall Islands. If Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan went down at sea, no one ever saw or witnessed what happened.  Tom Devine, however,  is an ex-Army Sergeant Postal Worker from World War II who claims that he saw the Earhart plane at Aslito Field, Saipan. The discovery took place in an airplane hangar during World War II.  Several others have made that claim including Earskin J. Nabers, a Marine code clerk, who received and decoded the messages about the discovery of the plane and the plans to destroy it.  Both Nabers and Devine claim they later saw it destroyed.  Arthur Nash, a captain in the Army Air Corps, said he saw Amelia Earhart's airplane outside a hanger very early on in the Saipan invasion. 

Picture Courtesy of Eric Johnson, Saipan

   Today, on the island of Saipan, Garapan, the Old Japanese jail is a tourist attraction. There are still natives there on the island who tell the old stories of seeing the white lady with the short haircut who was captured by the Japanese along with her navigator, Fred Noonan. The stories that they tell are that the two flyers were imprisoned by the Japanese at Garapan, and there they both died.  Some of the stories are conflicting. For instance, you will hear stories that they were both beheaded by an executioner or that Fred Noonan tired of the food and threw it at the prison guards.  In return, he was executed.  There are stories that after Noonan was executed, Earhart died of dysentery.  There are also stories that they were both executed by the firing squad on the same day under a bread fruit tree. The prison in which Earhart was believed to have perished was infamous among the Saipanese as being a place of death. In the days of World War II anyone believed to be a spy was quickly executed. No trial. No one escaped.

    On the Island of Saipan today, there is a historian, Genevieve Cabrera, who has been fascinated since childhood by the Amelia Earhart enigma.  She believes that the Japanese captured her and secretly brought Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan to Saipan to interrogate them. The Japanese, according to Cabrera, could not take the risk of drawing international attention to the disappearance of such a famous aviator. It would be logical to assume that they would have taken her to Japanese Headquarters. A pair of white strangers was a rare sight in 1937 Saipan.  In the days before the attack at Pearl Harbor, the Japanese thought all Americans were spies.

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