Based on a photograph unearthed from the National Archives, researchers said Earhart may have been captured by the Japanese after all, as the photo showed Earhart and Noonan, in Jaluit
Harbor in the Marshall Islands after their disappearance.
The channel revealed experts had found an old photo labeled "Jaluit
Atoll", showing figures on a dock they believed to be Earhart and Fred Noonan, her partner with whom she went on her journey to travel around the globe.
Writing on the picture was said to have read, "Marshall Islands, Jaluit
Harbor," which at the time was owned by Japan.
carrier raids in February and March against Makin, Kwajalein, Jaluit
, Marcus, and other locations, there were apparently no morning searches before the attack launches.
The Japanese still maintained token bases in the area--on Maloelap, Mili, Jaluit
, and Wotje--which more or less encircled Majuro, and from their new, lushly landscaped home, Glenn and his fellow aviators would fly dive-bombing and anti-antiaircraft missions in their trim Corsairs, helping to pound the besieged enemy into dust.
In addition to the upheavals caused by warfare, the Japanese relocated persons afflicted with leprosy from across Micronesian territories to an island in Jaluit
Atoll, the administrative base of imperial Japan, located in the southwestern part of the Marshallese archipelago.
Germany established a protectorate in 1885 and set up trading stations on the islands of Jaluit
and Ebon to carry out the flourishing copra (dried coconut meat) trade.
218--the flight from the French Frigate Shoals via Honolulu back to the flying boat's base on Jaluit
Island in the Marshalls was about 3,000 miles and the whole mission involved more than 27 hours flying time; Masami Jinno, Azusa tokubetsu kougekita: Bakugekiki "Ginga" sanzen kiro no kouseki (Kojinsha 2000); English summary http://wgordon.web.
The Japanese had taken away the best portions of the following atolls; Jaluit
, Kwajalein, Enewetak, Mills, Malcelap and Wetje to be fortified as part of their preparation for the last war, World War II.
The channel revealed that experts had found an old photo labeled "Jaluit
Atoll" and showing figures on a dock they believed to be Earhart and Noonan.
It was shot on Jaluit
Atoll in the Marshall Islands.
However, by the time that Task Force 58 task groups attacked Jaluit
and Truk in February 1944, the emphasis was on "a continuous flow of striking groups into the target area, preceded by an initial fighter strike each morning." (74) Given the mission, which was raiding defended Japanese bases, this stress on the effective flow of aircraft delivering ordnance was sound.