Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan were prisoners on Saipan and killed, according to uncle’s tale

William “Bill” Sablan said his uncle worked at the prison where Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan were taken.

Amelia Earhart, at the time the only woman to make a solo flight across the Atlantic, is shown Aug. 26, 1932, with Capt. James A. Mollison, an English airman. The meeting occurred soon after Earhart completed the first solo, nonstop flight across the continent made by a woman. Mollison was the first to ever make a westward solo flight across the Atlantic. (Photo: Associated Press)

According to USA Today, the theory shared by History’s TV special says Earhart was captured and executed on Saipan by the Empire of Japan. The U.S. government and military knew it (and even found and exhumed her body). And both governments have been lying about it ever since.

Sablan’s uncle’s story fits this theory.

In 1971, he was speaking with his uncle and cousin about his dream of becoming a pilot when his uncle mentioned the people that were held prisoner in Saipan.

His uncle described an American woman and man taken to a Saipan prison in the mid-1930s by ship. He said they were found with a plane on a southern Pacific Island under Japanese control.

In this 1937 photo, Amelia Earhart prepares to board her modified Lockheed airplane as navigator Fred Noonan climbs inside during a stop at Parnamerim Airfield, Brazil. (Photo: Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Sablan said Earhart was brought to Saipan, for it was a hub for the Japanese.

His uncle said that he remembers the woman and man because Caucasian people were rare on Saipan. The prison was usually quiet, but the pair’s arrival caused a commotion.

“They had no reason to be there,” Sablan said.

His uncle said the plane they were flying was dropped somewhere in the ocean before coming to Saipan.

The uncle said that the two were in the Saipan prison for two or three days before they were killed.

Sablan said it’s possible the U.S. found and relocated the remains.

Photo from National Archives showing Amelia Earhart prior to last take-off from New Guinea on July 2, 1937. (Photo: NATIONAL ARCHIVES / HANDOUT HANDOUT, EPA)

According to news files, in 1960 a CBS radio man, Fred Goerner, spoke with at least a dozen reliable witnesses from Saipan, who shared that before the war, two white people arrived on Saipan – described as “flyers” or “spies” — and they were held in the Japanese jail.

They said the flyers were tall and one of them was a woman, but her hair was cut short and she was wearing men’s clothing, files state.

The year was 1937, the same year Earhart and Noonan were lost.

The History TV special theory rests on an ambiguous photograph, said to have been taken in 1937, that might show Earhart and Noonan alive on a dock in the Marshall Islands. At the time the islands were controlled by Japan.

According to USA Today, a Japanese military history blogger Kota Yamano undermined a new theory that Amelia Earhart survived a crash in the Pacific Ocean during her historic attempted around-the-world flight in 1937.

Amelia Earhart in front of her bi-plane called “Friendship” in Newfoundland, June 14, 1928. (Photo: Getty Images)

The history blogger posted the same photograph that formed the backbone of a History channel documentary that argued that Earhart was alive in July 1937 — but the book the photo was in was apparently published two years before the famed aviator disappeared.

A retired federal agent said he discovered the image in 2012 in the National Archives in College Park, Md. The blogger said he found the same image digitized in Japan’s National Diet Library.

Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, in front of their twin-engine Lockheed Electra in Los Angeles at the end of May 1937. (Photo: AP)

The disappearance of Earhart and Noonan on July 2, 1937, in the Western Pacific Ocean has been the subject of continuing searches, research and debate.

A longstanding theory is that the famed pilot ran out of gas and crashed into deep ocean waters northwest of Howland Island, a tiny speck in the South Pacific that she and Noonan missed.

The mystery surrounding her disappearance continues to keep her memory alive and remains one of history’s greatest mysteries.

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