July 2-18, 1937, 7/31/1937 – U. S. Navy Report of the Search for Amelia Earhart

On this day, eighty years ago, the plane flown by Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Frederick Noonan, was reported missing in middle of the Pacific Ocean somewhere near Howland Island, at which point the U. S. Navy began their search.  Report below:

Today’s Document, National Archives

“At 1100, 2 July, information was received that failure of the flight was imminent, and shortly thereafter that the plane was believed to be down.”

Series: World War II Action and Operational Reports, 12/7/1941 – 1946
Record Group 38: Records of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, 1875 – 2006

80 years ago on July 2, 1937 famed aviatrix Amelia Earhart went missing during her round-the-world flight along with navigator Fred Noonan.  Following the report of her disappearance, U.S. Navy and Coast Guard vessels, including the aircraft carrier USS Lexington, assisted in search operations.  These efforts are detailed in these pages excerpted from the “U.S. Navy Report of the Search for Amelia Earhart, July 2-18, 1937″.  Read the entire report in the National Archives Catalog.


Until this day, there are rumors to Earhart and Noonan’s whereabouts.

Image sources: National Archives/Tumblr.