Dozens of theories have been presented over the years regarding the disappearance of famed pilot Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan. To this day, there is no official explanation as to why or where they went missing on the 30th leg of their flight around the world.
While many believe the duo crashed in the middle of the sea before arriving at their destination, some, including descendants of those living on a remote Pacific atoll who recalled stories of an American lady “with short hair,” have claimed that the two were captured by Japanese soldiers in the run-up to World War II.
A native of the Marshall Islands, the late Bilimon Amram, told stories of seeing Earhart and Noonanboard a Japanese vessel after they crashed. He swore to his friend before he passed away that he had no doubt it was the American pilot.
Amram’s close friend, 73-year-old Charles Dominick, explained that Amram was a medical assistant at the time of the crash and took a medical kit to the ship on which Earhart and Noonan were being treated.
“Amram told me that the injured American man and the woman were sitting on the deck and the man had a broken leg — or some sort of serious problem with his leg — and together he and the Japanese doctor fixed it up,” Dominick explained.