My father was stationed on Kwajalein during World War Two. When I was young, I recall him telling me that it was common knowledge that Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, crash-landed in the Marshall Islands and were taken prisoner by the Japanese. My Dad added that everyone based in the Marshall Islands, knew this to be the case.
In researching this claim on the Internet, there is a convincing story that this was in fact correct, and that Earhart and Noonan landed at Mille Atoll and were taken to Jaluit by the Japanese. This claim was apparently confirmed by Admiral Chester Nimitz on a number of occasions. After that point, there are many theories as to her final fate.
I was wondering, what is the local knowledge pertaining to the loss of Amelia Earhart in 1937? Any information or opinions would be most appreciated.
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The older folks on Mili Atoll told us younger ones on Mili that they saw her on Mili. Last news of her they knew was she was going wtransfered to Jaluit, and then to Kwaj. However non of the islanders on Mili at that time witnessed her leaving Mili so its hard to tell if the Japanese ever transfered her to Jaluit.
Most islanders on Mili at that time did witness seeing her on Mili but they did not know who she was until the later years. Its still a mistery story on Mili.
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edited by: Re-Action, Jun 23, 2007 - 11:25 PM
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Thanks for the information. I really did believe this story was accurate. My father told me the source of his information was from Japanese who were interrogated after the war. I recently heard that there were some Marshall Islanders who indicated the same thing. Do you know if anyone ever visited Mili looking for evidence, such as her aircraft?
Here is a link to a photo taken by my Dad on 30 June 1945 of Mili (spelled as Mille on U.S. maps at the time): http://www.vmb-…e_snooper.html
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