> A newly-discovered photo suggests legendary US
> pilot Amelia Earhart might have died in Japanese
> custody - and not in a plane crash in the Pacific
> There's another one off the mystery list
Likely not, Michael. A Japanese blogger has found that the book the photo appears in was published in 1935, two years before she disappeared.
In the History Channel special, some analysts argued that the photo showed Earhart (sitting at the end of the dock, facing away from the camera) and her navigator Fred Noonan (on the far left of the image). They identified the ship in the background as the Koshu Maru, and argued that the Koshu Maru rescued Earhart and Noonan after they crash-landed in 1937.
But a Japanese military history blogger, who goes by @baron_yamaneko on Twitter, found evidence the photo predated Earhart's famous disappearance. The History Channel is aware of the evidence and says it is investigating.
In an English-language post, the blogger explains 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."
The photo book in question was digitized and published online by Japan's National Diet Library. The publication date is listed in the traditional Japanese style as "Showa 10" — that is, 1935.
|Amelia Earhart: Does photo show she died a Japanese prisoner?||2917||michael seabrook||07-Jul-17 16:30|
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