Today is the day we celebrate the life and achievements of Amelia Earhart. She was probably most well known for being the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, a fete she did in 1928. Of course, her disappearance might be the other thing she is well-known for, as she, “mysteriously disappeared in 1937 while trying to circumnavigate the globe from the equator”. And now, after disappearing 80 years ago, new evidence has come to light that perhaps sheds some light onto the mystery of the disappearance of Amelia Earhart.
A photograph has been discovered in the National Archives showing what appears to be Earhart, and her flying companion Fred Noonan in the Marshall Islands, according to CNN.com. The website continues by stating that the Americans were taken captive by the Japanese Military, where they eventually died in custody. You would want to remember that this is a time right before WWII began for the United States (the bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese was December 7, 1941). Others have viewed the picture and do not believe it to be Earhart and Noonan. According to theguardian.com, “the image was part of a Japanese-language travelogue about the South Seas that was published almost two years before Earhart disappeared. Page 113 states the book was published in Japanese-held Palau on 10 October 1935”. This evidence seems to prove the photo was not her, at least not in 1937, however, I am guessing there are still conspiracy theorists out there debunking this information.
Will we ever really know what happened to Amelia Earhart, who knows. What we do know, she was a remarkable woman with an incredible passion for flying, and made great achievements, despite her disappearance. She will forever live on in the hearts of some, and in the history books of all.