‘Found’ at the wrong time

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Pay Television - Amelia Earhart: The Lost Ev­i­dence,

For a brief mo­ment, it looked like one of the world’s long­est run­ning and most in­trigu­ing avi­a­tion mys­ter­ies had been solved when this doc­u­men­tary de­buted in the US last month, mak­ing head­lines across the world.

It fea­tures for­mer FBI ex­ec­u­tive as­sis­tant di­rec­tor Shawn Henry, who presents what he al­leges is pho­to­graphic ev­i­dence show­ing the fate of avi­a­tion pi­o­neer Amelia Earhart, who went miss­ing over the Pa­cific Ocean in 1937.

The un­dated pho­to­graph in ques­tion pur­port­edly shows Earhart and her nav­i­ga­tor Fred Noo­nan at a dock in the Mar­shall Islands.

Henry con­tends the pair was cap­tured by the Ja­panese mil­i­tary, and later died in Saipan. Worse, he has other doc­u­ments that he claims in­di­cate that the US govern­ment knew they were in cus­tody and may have cov­ered it up.

In re­sponse, the Ja­panese govern­ment de­nied hav­ing any ev­i­dence that Earhart was ever in its cus­tody (while also ac­knowl­edg­ing the fact many records were de­stroyed in the war).

But since then it has been re­ported that a Ja­panese mil­i­tary his­tory blog­ger named Kota Ya­mano lo­cated the photo in a Ja­panese book on the Pa­cific Islands pub­lished in 1935 — two years be­fore Earhart’s dis­ap­pear­ance.

It no doubt de­tracts from rev­e­la­tions made in the doc­u­men­tary.

Real­is­ti­cally, more than half the as­ser­tions made on TV could be chal­lenged — it’s re­fresh­ing to watch a pro­gram in that light.

And for what it’s worth, the His­tory Chan­nel and Henry re­acted with good grace: “The ac­cu­racy is ob­vi­ously im­por­tant,” he told NBC. “We want to fol­low the facts where they lead and we’re cer­tainly go­ing to do that.” 8.30pm, His­tory. Mon­day,

Amelia Earhart, who went miss­ing over the Pa­cific Ocean in 1937

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