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A Newly Discovered Photograph Might Prove That Amelia Earhart Survived Her Flight

Only to be captured by the Japanese military.
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The 1937 disappearance of Amelia Earhart, the famous aviator who broke records and gender barriers, has been one of the most notorious unsolved mysteries in American history. And now, a new documentary claims to have the answer to her troubling fate.

This weekend, HISTORY will air a special that claims Earhart survived a crash-landing in the Marshall Islands, was captured by the Japanese military, and died in their custody on Saipan. The special revolves around Shawn Henry, a former FBI executive assistant director, who investigates U.S. government archives to uncover long-lost information about Earhart's disappearance.


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According to the two-part documentary, the newly discovered photo below shows Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, in the Marshall Islands. The photo had apparently been mislabeled and hidden within the U.S. National Archives. But look closely and you'll see two blurry people, with Earhart's back allegedly to the camera:


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Henry and his team investigate the photo, along with other evidence like plane parts and eyewitness interviews, to make their claim about what happened to Earhart and Noonan. According to People, this explanation has long been a conspiracy theory about Earhart's disappearance, but Henry says the photograph makes it more of a real possibility than ever before. He argues that the Japanese may have thought the aviators were spies, and since American searchers weren't allowed into the Marshall Islands, they never found a trace of the plane.

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From: Marie Claire

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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