The History Channel aired a new documentary, AMELIA EARHART: THE LOST EVIDENCE, this past weekend. The doc claimed that Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan didn’t mysteriously disappear during their infamous 1937 flight, but instead were taken prisoner by the Japanese.
The main proof offered for this new theory was a photo found in the U.S. National Archives that shows a man and woman (see above)–presumed to be Earhart and Noonan–on the Marshall Islands (the site of their crash landing). The ship in the background, the Koshu Maru, allegedly rescued them.
But a Japanese blogger going by the handle of @baron_yamaneko has now found evidence that the photo was actually from 1935–a full two years before Earhart’s disappearance.
The blogger wrote that “the photograph was first published in Palau under Japanese rule in 1935, in a photo book … So the photograph was taken at least two years before Amelia Earhart disappear[ed] in 1937 and a person on the photo was not her.”
In fact, the ship in the background is also the Koshu, which was in service during World War II, and not the Koshu Maru which came later.
And what does the History Channel have to say about this new revelation? Well: “a team of investigators (are) exploring the latest developments about Amelia Earhart and we will be transparent in our findings.”
So in other words, we’re probably never going to hear from them about this topic again.