New Book Claims Famed Aviator Amelia Earhart Was Captured While Spying On The Japanese — Who Held Her Prisoner In China Until 1945; And, She Took A New Identity When Freed, Living Out Her Remaining Days In America As Someone Else
Vladimir Putin ordered the operation that resulted in the bomb being planted on the downed Russian passenger airliner over the Sinai; and, now this story. One thing you can say about the DailyMailOnline is….it isn’t boring. Daniel Bates, writing in the December 29, 2015 publication writes that a new book claims the famed aviator was captured by Japan “whilst on a secret spying mission for the U.S. and returned to America under an assumed name to cover it up for President Roosevelt. The [famed] aviator [reportedly] lived out [her alleged captivity] in a Japanese POW camp in China; and, was given a new identity because the [Roosevelt] administration feared embarrassment if the [real] truth came out.”
“Franklin Roosevelt supposedly thought he would be called a ‘coward,’ and ‘incompetent,’to let such a beloved figure such as Earhart be kept as a prisoner without a rescue attempt,” Mr. Bates writes.
Arthur W.C. Jameson says that Earhart’s plane was fitted with special cameras to take pictures of Japanese military installations on islands in the Pacific Ocean. When she came down in the Indian Ocean, she [reportedly] immediately buried a box in the sand before she, and co-pilot Fred Noonan were captured by the Japanese — which likely contained damming evidence against them.”
“Earhart [supposedly] took her new identity because she was a ‘marked woman,’ and wanted nothing more to do with her old name, and the [international] notoriety it attracted,” Jameson claims.
“His account is co-written by Gregory A. Feith, a former Senior Air Safety Investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board. They conclude that one of the greatest mysteries in the history of aviation has been a cover-up that has remained secret for nearly 80 years,’ Mr. Bates writes.
“The official U.S.government version, is that Earhart, 41, when she died, and Noonan, 44. ran out of fuel, crashed and died within 40 miles of Howland Island, possibly because of heavy weather in the area — at the time. However,” Jameson contends, this theory is “fraught with problems and errors — and, remains suspect.” Jameson adds that “this conclusion was arrived at in spite of the fact that not a single shred of evidence exists to support it.” Jameson adds that 79 years on [later], some 113 documents relating to Earhart’s disappearance remain classified, [with] some of them being Top Secret — thus, his theory that the ‘crash’ was a cover for something else entirely,” Mr. Bates writes.
Mr,. Jameson writes: “Ms. Earhart was involved in a covert, government-endorsed, and government-sponsored operation, where the objective was to take photographs of real, and potential Japanese military installations, on one or more of the mandated islands in the Pacific Ocean. This information was kept from the American public.”
“Jameson’s theory,” Mr. Bates writes, “is that Earhart was either shot down, or mechanical problems forced her to land on the Milli Atoll in the Marshall Islands, which was occupied by the Japanese at the time. He bases this [theory] on eyewitness accounts by fishermen living there, and says that Earhart and Noonan were taken to the [Japanese] mainland, where they spent the next eight years as POWs.”
“Jameson writes that on August 17, 1945, an identified woman disguised as a nun, was rescued from a Japanese prison camp in northern China — a woman Jameson claims was Earhart,” Mr. Bates writes. “While in Japan [or China?],” Mr. Jameson claims Earhart “adopted the name Craigmile Bolam, a pilot and contemporary of hers who lived in New Jersey..
According to Jameson, “there were many theories as to why Earhart changed her identity. She could have been so humiliated at being returned to the U.S. as a ‘Tokyo Rose,’one of a group of Western POWs who were made to give propaganda broadcasts on behalf of Japan.” Or, Jameson theorizes, “Earhart could have been given the new identity, so as not to bring shame on the [historic] round-the-world flight program.” “Another theory,” Mr. Bates writes, “is that she was sick of all the attention that her case had been getting — and then, there were political reasons, especially protecting the recently-dead Roosevelt’s reputation.”
Jameson writes “The political implications of the knowledge that Earhart had been a prisoner of the Japanese, and had been moved through a succession of prison camps that were immense.” Jameson contends that “Roosevelt would have been branded a coward and incompetent,” for not conducting a rescue mission; and, argues that Roosevelt’s “image would not have survived such an assault.”
“The theory that Earhart was [went by the name] Bolam, was challenged by Bolam herself, before her death in 1992,” Mr. Bates wrote. “She was outed by air enthusiast Joseph Gervais, who in 1956 had a chance encounter with her and his research was used as a basis for a book by author Joe Klass. ‘Amelia Erhart Lives,” came out in 1970; and, sparked a furor; but, after its publication, Bolam sued publishers McGraw-Hill for breach of privacy for $1.5 million, and eventually reached an out of court settlement,” The Daily Mail noted. “Jameson dismisses this [settlement], and says there are a string of unsolved mysteries about Bolam’s life which cast suspicion on her claim that she was not Earhart. First,’ he claims, “there was the physical resemblance, which piqued Gervais in the first place,” Mr. Bates wrote. And, Jameson says that Bolam filing a lawsuit was itself suspicious, because Earhart was such a beloved figure and to be accused of being the famed aviator was far from being defamatory. Moreover, during her life, Bolam refused to provide [her] fingerprints to investigators, and on her death certificate next to her mother and father was written — “unknown.”
“Jameson writes: “Despite the abundance of evidence and the clear indication that Earhart was involved in a clandestine operation; and, resumed [her] life under a new identity, there exist a number of traditionalists who cling to the government’s position; and who further deny any credibility in, and seek to discredit the Amelia Earhart-Irene Craigmile Bolam association.”
“The truth is that such evidence — from a number of sources, and at a variety of levels — is quite abundant.”
“Jamerson says that further evidence of the wider cover-up was that after Earhart vanished, the logs from the Itasca Coast Guard station, which was the last to communicate with her, were tampered with and key documents went missing. He quotes John Ream, the nephew of Louis Ream, a senior official in the U.S. Army — who was later connected with former CIA Director Allen Dulles,” Mr. Bates wrote. John Ream said: “It was well known within high ranking intelligence circles, that Ms. Earhart, at the time of her disappearance, was involved in an intelligence-gathering operation…..ordered at the request of the highest echelons of government.”
Mr. Jameson added: “There were serious blunders by the Navy in their attempt to provide Ms. Earhart with proper guidance; and the Navy was/is determined to conceal their participation with respect to their part in this operation.” “On top of that, the search for the Electra, was ‘illogical and botched,’ suggesting the government may have known exactly where she was all along.
Benjamin Franklin once wrote that “three people can keep a secret, and two of them are dead.” I just find it very hard to believe that Ms. Earhart was actually captured alive, was kept in a Japanese prison camp in China, given a new identity, and ultimately lived out the remainder of her life here in America — and, we’re only learning about this now. The fact that Ms. Bolam did not want to submit herself to fingerprinting, as well as the lawsuit actually lend credence to me, that Ms. Bolam just wanted to be left alone and resented attempts by outsiders claiming she was an impostor and not really who she claimed to be. And, there were numerous photographs of Ms. Earhart standing by her plane, If it was specially outfitted for secret reconnaissance of the Japanese islands, why hasn’t anyone been able to point out what those modifications to her aircraft might have been? What kind of technology could have been placed on her airplane at the time, that could have provided Roosevelt and the War Department with unique and/or insightful intelligence — that could not have been achieved by other means/methods? Did the Japanese know her route, and, is there any information in the war archives that suggest the Japanese were suspicious of her flight; and, thought that this event was part of an elaborate ruse designed to provide America with key intelligence on their [Japan’s] military activities? And, she was such a beloved figure, wouldn’t the Japanese have feared that holding her as a captive could bring too much wrath from Washington; and, the risk was too great?
I am sorry. I like a good conspiracy theory as well as anyone. But, I am not persuaded by what has been reported thus far — that Ms. Earhart was a secret, witting spy for the U.S. government. I think it is highly likely that she died, just as we have believed all these years — when her plane likely ran into stormy weather and crashed at sea. V/R, RCP