Amelia Earhart: What The General Public Never Knew

About 'Operation Earhart' (1960-1970)

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About 'Operation Earhart' [1960-1970]


Above, USAF Major Joseph A. Gervais, (1924-2005) was a distiguished pilot who served his country in World War Two, the Korean War, and during the early days of the Vietnam War. An upstanding family man known for his honesty and integrity, few came close to studying the subject matter of Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance and missing person case as much as he did. Serving as a captain in the Air Force in 1960, while stationed in Okinawa, Japan and ferrying planes to-and-fro the Pacific South Sea Islands, he learned from a variety of individuals he considered 'reliable' that Amelia Earhart did not perish after she failed to locate Howland Island, rather, that she and her navigator, Fred Noonan, ditched in Japanese territory of the Marshall Islands group where Japan's Imperial Navy rescued and sequestered them -- then retrieved and impounded Amelia's plane during the onset of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War. Inspired, Gervais launched 'Operation Earhart' with fellow Air Force sevicemen, Bob Dinger and Paul Briand, with an objective to learn what truly became of Amelia. Joe remained sharp always, especially after he discovered and clearly recognized that Amelia Earhart survived her disappearance and went on to assume the identity of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile within a 'witness protection' arrangement -- that involved the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's family -- and was personally overseen by J. Edgar Hoover, the long time head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Ultimately, Joseph A. Gervais, against the grain of recorded history, maintained his thesis was correct to his dying day in 2005. As for the legacy of Joseph A. Gervais; ignorance, disbelief, and official government silence from both the United States and Japan toward the 'Amelia became Irene' truth, enabled U.S. history to thoroughly erase Joseph A. Gervais and his 1960s' Operation Earhart realizations from the public mindset, just as it erased the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile years before.




Above, a 1987 Marshall Islands commemorative stamp marking the 50th anniversary of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan's rescue by Japan's Imperial Navy, and a 2002 news clipping that quotes the Marshall Islands Ambassador to the United Nations, Alfred Capelle.


Joe Klaas


Robert Myers


Col. Rollin Reineck


W. C. Jameson

It is worth noting how over the years four Amelia Earhart book authors; Joe Klaas (1970), Robert Myers (1985), Rollin C. Reineck (2004), and W. C. Jameson (2016), acknowledged that Joseph A. Gervais and his Operation Earhart findings were correct, where they revealed that Amelia Earhart's post-loss existence as "Irene" was an uncontestable reality that United States official historians were persuaded to unconditionally ignore.  


Amelia Earhart, 1937


Irene & Amelia
digitally combined


Post-1940 Irene, 1965


Digital Face Recognition
identified the post-1940 Irene
and Amelia as one in the same.



The controversial 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives, featured Joe Gervais' clear, somewhat candidly taken 1965 photograph of the former Amelia Earhart with her post-war British husband, Guy Bolam. The book was written and published without the former Amelia's cooperation or endorsement and she strongly disapproved of it. She immediately fought to discount it, denying her famous past in the process. McGraw-Hill removed it from book stores, although forty-thousand copies had already made it into circulation. Portions of it did contain some hard to substantiate speculations, but it presented an interesting alternate viewpoint of Amelia's fate and included some fascinating anecdotal information in the process. Although it ended up being widely discredited by historians, the writing of Joe Klaas gripped the attention of its readers as he profiled and expanded on the decade long Operation Earhart investigation efforts of Joseph A. Gervais. It was eventually republished through the Author's Guild. 



Senator Hiram Bingham
& Amelia Earhart



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