Re: Gatty papers
Harold Gatty has many different connections with the Earhart saga. I had no idea that his papers even existed, much less that they are in the Library of Congress in Washington. Gatty was an Australian, and a a famous navigator on several early long-distance flights. He was a proselytizer for the use of celestial navigation in aviation. Along with Weems, he worked on several inventions to make it more practical. He was hired by Pan Am, circa 1935, to organize their air service in the South Pacific. I don't know exactly how and when he first went to Fiji, but he was consulted on the sextant box when it turned up. Gatty certainly lived in Fiji after World War II, where, among other activities, he started an airline. He died in 1957.