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20 years since Ameia Earhart Vanished
MONDAY, JULY 1, 1957 THE HEWS-PALLADIUM, BENTON HARBOR, MICH. SECTION TWO--PAGE SEVEN It's 20 Years Since Amelia Earhart Vanished EDITOR'S NOTE: J ut l 20 ,,,,, ,,,, lomorro,- i l.mltd tenilnlne Illtr, her Jilane rimnlu; ;,,,, on , ut | JlsapptarKl *hÂ° i""i r " lh Â« Â»' '"e I'Mlllo ocean, The Usl climactic minules In Ihe lire of ABKlU Karfcurl re recalled by an AP Jlif/er who wtatt (he slorj of her Â·lÂ»rt .n |he Ill-raled world Irlp.) * Â· * By M. A. KAISKK OAKLAND, Calif., July 1 (AP) -Aviatrix Amelia Earhart vanished over a mysterious Pacific ocean -near tiny Howland island--20 years *8Q tomorrow. Her disappearance was a shock Â»nd a mystery to an America which had come to love the tomboy-like .character ol this girl in the sky. With the "Lady Uncly" on the scheduled round-the-world flight, Was navigator Frederick J. Noonan. The daring filers had neared the end of a 2,550-mile ovenvater hop from Lae, New Guinea, to Howland island. BIGN OP TROUBLE The first indication of trouble, a radio message at 7:42 a.m. July 2 1937, said: ' "We must be on you but cannot lee you. Gas is running low. Been * * * * * Tomorrow Is Anniversary Of Ill-Fated Flight unable to reach you by radio." The coast guard cutter Itasca, stationed near the island, tried frantically to bring Miss Earhart'8 twin engine plane to a safe landing. It broadcast directions, but at 7:58 a.m. came this messdge from the unseen plane: ''We are circling but cannot hear you." Forty - eight minutes Inter -- at 8:46 a.m.--came a brief, flickering, final radio signal. TKY SMOKE SCREEN The Itasca hurriedly laid down a 10-mile smoke screen, but .perhaps Miss Earhart was flying into the sun and was unable to see it. There followed one of history's greatest sea searches in tile vicinity of Howland island, 1,600 nautical miles southwest of the Hawaiian islands. The search involved more than 3,000 men, 10 ships, 100 American planes and many Japanese navy aircraft. It cost the American government more than n million dollars. No trace of the fliers or plane ever was found, yet a strange legend grew up about the fate of the daring and beloved Miss Earhart, who greatly resembled another flier, Col. Charles A. Lindbergh of Atlantic ocean solo fame. "I Just fly because I want to," Miss Earhart often said in her efforts to prove planes could fly anywhere, and women could pilot them STARTED IN 1918 She took her first flying lessons at Los Angeles in 1918, when she was 20 and a student at Vniversity of Southern California. She soloed after only 10 hours instruction, andi two years later went Up to 14,000 reel, an altitude record for women at that time. Ten years latei- the world'Â£ horizons stretched before her. She flew across the Atlantic with WlUner Stullz and Louis Gordon in the ti'iengine monoplane "Friendship," landing at Burry Port, Wales. The first woman to cross the Atlantic by plane became a new and shy heroine. She soloed the Atlantic in 1932, and on Jan. 11, 1953, Hew f r o m Hnwaii to Oakland alone In 18' hours and 16 minutes. BIG CROWD A great crowd was at the airport to greet the amazed and boyish bobbed Ml.ss Earhart, who thought It was some kind of a convention. "That landing is something I'll never forget," she told a dinner In her honor. "It is in the diary ot my heart. It has made Oakland my favorite air port and one or my favorite cities." She loved flying and thought needed experience and information was gained by the daring of fliers. "I feel that all such flights help to support the foundation for future air transport development, she explained. "That is enough of a reason for me--plus the thrill of proving that women can try for and reach goals outside their traditional sphere." She and Noonan took off ciuietly from Oakland on May 20, 1037, on their world flight, going first to Miami. They made history, traveling 22,000 miles before they reached New Guinea June 20. The long overwater hop lay be- fore t h e m . Miss Earhart said she realized the danger, but Insisted "I just must try. With it behind me, life will be fuller and richer. I can be content. Afterward, it will be fun to grow old." She was aware that Noonan, because of radio difficulties, had been unable to set his chronometers, but the last--and f a t a l leg of the flight WHS begun. The global flight was to havo ended in Oi.khuul where her husband, publisher George Palmer Putnam, awaited her. Also waiting anxiously were her mother, Mrs. Amy Otis Enrhart, who said she wanted to be present "when my child comes homes," and Noonan's bride of only three months, Mary. IUJMOKS There were rumors that the Japanese had imprisoned Miss Earhart and Noonan, perhaps because they had flown over island fortification. These stories persisted for AMELIA EAHHAHT PUTNAM Btit today all such hopes of survival have vanished. "Before the end of World War II Â·e all had hopes that Amelia might 91|have been picked up by a Japa- Â·'- nese fishing boat," Mrs. Morrissey "'id. "Now mother, and all of us, havi wanted to believe Miss Earhart and Mrs. Albert Morrissey, in Medford,