July 14, 1960
In 1960, a California resident formerly from Japan claimed to have seen an “American flying lady” captured in Saipan around the
time of Amelia Earhart’s disappearance.
This letter was written by the U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Douglas MacArthur II, and sent to the Secretary of State to inform him
that, due to pressure received after the story’s release, they were reopening the investigation into Amelia’s disappearance.
July 16, 1960
U.S. Army sergeant Thomas E. Devine added fuel to the fire when he claimed to have seen the graves of Earhart and her
navigator, Fred Noonan, while on a tour in Saipan years before. According to the story, featured in this California newspaper,
a local Saipan woman showed him the unmarked graves of two white people “who came from the sky.”
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August 20, 1960
In this letter, dated August 20, 1960, Congressman Younger — a strong supporter of the reinvestigation — cites Devine’s story as “increasing
evidence” that Amelia was executed in Saipan and urges the Secretary of State to continue its investigation, despite claims by the Japanese
government that there was “no basis whatever for the rumor.”
September 9, 1960
The Assistant Secretary of the State writes back to Congressman Younger, promising that the Department of the Navy will contact
Mr. Devine for further information.
December 30, 1960
Admiral Arleigh Burke, Chief of Naval Operations, writes that they have followed the lead suggested by Congressman Younger and
that it “was not conducive to further information on her [Amelia’s] disappearance,” but many people remain unconvinced.
What do you think?