The question is…why didn’t the History Channel (US).
The History Channel brand has been pretty strong through the years, offering legit documentaries and reality shows that are appropriate for the channel.
But the channel didn’t do itself any favours by airing this new documentary that posited the theory that Amelia Earhart and flying partner Fred Noonan survived the crash, were taken prisoner by Japanese forces, and eventually died in a Japanese POW camp.
This was all based on a new photo that was discovered in the archives that the doc producers suggested might show Amelia (sitting on a dock) and Fred in the Marshall Islands observing what looked to be a similar aircraft to the one they flew, sitting on the deck of a ship in the harbour.
A couple of issues with the theory from my own standpoint:
- They don’t seem to be in custody in the shot, and if they are, they certainly seem to have enough freedom to perhaps let someone nearby know who they are, or even perhaps to try to get a message out. They didn’t do so, apparently.
- No one who was ever in a Japanese camp ever came back and claimed to have seen/met Earhart or Noonan in the camp. Not one.
The kicker though, only took a blocker moments to discover with a simple Google photo search…which revealed that the photo was released two years before Earhart and Noonan disappeared. Oops.
It is not a good look for History to have aired the documentary with such fanfare.
Read the details HERE.