Goerner Letters

In 1966, Doubleday published The Search for Amelia Earhart in which journalist Frederick Allan Goerner related the story of his investigation into allegations that Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan had come down in the Marshall Islands, been abducted by the Japanese, and taken to Saipan where they died in Japanese custody. Goerner concluded that the allegations were true. The book became a New York Times best-seller.

Mr. Goerner correspondended with John O. Lambrecht, the pilot aboard one of the Colorado’s aircraft during the search. Mr. Goerner sent us a copy of Laxton’s answers to some questions Mr. Goerner posed him. Lambrecht’s full report can be read HERE.

In July, 1968, Mr. Goerner conducted a brief correspondence with Nina Paxton, who believed she heard a post-loss radio transmission from Amelia Earhart. Mr. Goerner shared those letters with us and they are included in this file.

From 1989 through 1992, Goerner corresponded with several TIGHAR members debating and debunking TIGHAR’s hypothesis that the missing flight ended on Gardner Island (now Nikumaroro). Fred Goerner died of cancer in 1994.


Lambrecht Questions | Paxton Letters
Correspondence with Rob Gerth | Correspondence with Ric Gillespie | Correspondence with Jon Hathaway
Correspondence with Tom King | Correspondence with Gary Quigg

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