It seemed as though Amelia was bound to fail at her attempt to cross the Atlantic. But fate seemed to be on her side on an earlier trip when only 20 hours and 40 minutes after leaving Trepassy Harbor, Newfoundland, Earhart arrived at a farm in Pwll, South Wales.
She later said that after scaring most of the cows in the neighborhood she pulled up in a farmer’s backyard. A farmer asked her if she had flown in from far, and she had responded, from America.
Many historians have held on to the belief that Amelia Earhart was captured by the Japanese during her journey across the Pacific based on the image below. This photograph allegedly shows Earhart and her flying partner Fred Noonan on the Jaluit Harbor of the Marshall Islands.
Amy B Wang of the Post alludes to “a figure with Earhart’s haircut and approximate body type [sitting] on the dock, facing away from the camera.” The photo is still the center of the heated discussion to this day.
An Old Man’s Tale
In 1960, an old American coastguard whose name was Floyd Kilts shared a story he had heard 14 years prior. It was about a man who was walking on Nikumaroro and came across something awful. Kilts said that about 5ft from the shoreline he saw a skeleton and what attracted him to it were the shoes. Women’s shoes of the American kind.
Over the years, researchers thought about whether or not this story was related to the disappearance of Amelia Earhart. Could it be that these were in fact her remains?
Upon returning to the United States from her history-defining trip, Congress awarded her the Distinguished Flying Cross. She was the first woman ever to receive the honor. Not only that but she was also welcomed with a huge parade in New York City. Her influence crossed boundaries all over the world, near and far.
The Manchester Guardian wrote that she had achieved so much in proving that flying is not beyond the knowledge and the capacity for sustained endurance that a woman could acquire.
The Trip That Never Ended
Compared to her award-winning trip across the Atlantic a decade prior, Earhart’s trip across the Pacific was to be a tragedy. She became the first person to fly solo across the ocean from Honolulu to Oakland, California. After that, Earhart raised $80,000 so that she and her flying partner Fred Noonan could go on a trip around the world.
The pair did incredibly well and it was their final stretch from Lae, New Guinea that would be their final flight. They had already flown 29,000 miles and only had 7,000 miles to go before the completion of their trip.