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A West Texas Woman Heard Amelia Earhart’s Call for Help, Radioed From a Deserted Island

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Over eight decades following the disappearance of famed pilot Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan, a comprehensive study is believed to have pieced together their last remaining days. The latest research includes a west Texas woman’s account of hearing Earheart’s radio call for help.

The pair disappeared somewhere over the Pacific Ocean on July 2, 1937. The study takes into account 120 reports of individuals who claimed to hear her radioed distress signals. 57 accounts from around the world were found to be credible, including one from Mrs. Mabel Larremore of Amarillo, Texas.

Earhart’s Distress Calls Were Heard – Even Here in Texas: Why Wasn’t She Found?

Photo: Facebook/Amelia Earhart

The details of Earhart and Noonan’s traumatic last days can only be gleaned from the series of calls of distress that were heard around the world. The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, in a project which led by executive director Richard Gillespie, analyzed the final transmissions received over a period of seven days following the disappearance. Larremore’s account of the call she received is listed as follows: “On the first night of Amelia Earhart’s disappearance I heard her SOS loud and clear, not on the frequency but on the one President Roosevelt said she might use. Her message stated the plane was down on an uncharted island. Small, uninhabited. The plane was partially on land, part in water. She gave the latitude and longitude of her location. I listened to her for 30-45 minutes.… I heard her message around 2 A.M. daylight saving time from my home in Amarillo, Texas. She stated that her navigator Fred Noonan was seriously injured. Needed help immediately. She also had some injuries but not as serious as Mr. Noonan.” Why didn’t Larremore notify anyone until much later that she’d received this message? For the simple reason that she assumed the authorities had also heard the call and were already handling it.

Earhart’s Distress Calls Were Heard – Even Here in Texas: Why Wasn’t She Found?
Photo: Facebook/Amelia Earhart

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