Yet, she's not there. Amelia's Lockheed Electra was within 75 miles of her target Howland Island when her radio cut out. Chief Radioman Leo Bellarts 30, said: "Her voice was loud and clear; sounded frantic on her last transmission. Then it cut off."
Nikumaroro is 350 miles south-east of Howland and at a right angle to her flight path -- and she didn't have charts for those islands.
Airman Richard Beckham 22, from the USS Colorado, flew over Nikumaroro (Gardner) seven days later and said: "We altered course to Gardner Island ... we always went low over the islands at 100 feet ... we couldn't see anyone, and we always scanned the beaches."
The US sent nine ships, 66 aircraft, and well over 3,000 sailors and airmen who covered well over 250,000 sq. miles of open sea and every island within a 650 mile radius of Howland.
Cleveland S. Edwards 19, was a Fireman 3rd Class on the USS Lexington. He said: "Our squadrons now are continually looking from dawn to dusk, flying three to four hour shifts."
Taken from, The Hunt For Amelia Earhart
Douglas Westfall, historic publisher, Specialbooks.com
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