It’s no secret that Amelia Earhart is a big heroine of mine.  I do love a good mystery and there’s not many quite like her story.  The theory was, for years, that her plane crash landed and both Amelia and her navigator, Fred were killed when it crash landed, or, if by unlikely chance, they survived, they then died after being marooned on an island with no food or water.

Now THIS photograph shows up and whilst I do realise that the Daily Mail has a horrible reputation for spurting utter bullshit, the photograph does intrigue me intensely.  What if Amelia and Fred survived the crash and really were taken captive by the Japanese during the war?  I would like to think that both of them survived the plane crash, however I also think that dying gruesomely of dysentery is a more awful way to go.  Regardless of how they died, this photograph may put an end to the mystery of what happened to Amelia Earhart.  Check it out:

A newly unearthed photograph suggests that Amelia Earhart did not perish at sea back on July 2, 1937, when the famed female aviator vanished from the sky after sending a number of troubling transmissions.

It has long been believed that poor visibility and low gas levels caused the plane to crash in the waters near Howland Island that day, claiming the lives of the 39-year-old pilot and her navigator Fred Noonan.

That theory is now being put to the test however as a result of this never-before-seen image that appears to show both Earhart and Noonan in the Marshall Islands, with a note on the image placing them at the Jaluit Atoll.

Earhart’s plane can also be seen on the far right being dragged by a large ship.

The image is believed to have been taken in 1937, the same year that Earhart went missing in the vicinity of the island chain.

It is a bittersweet discovery however, as the photograph also confirms the long-held belief that Earhart was captured by the Japanese and held as a prisoner of war, this according to experts who will appear on the History special ‘Amelia Earhart: The Lost Evidence,’ airing this Sunday.

The Japanese government stated that they have no record of Earhart ever being a prisoner.