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    "Earhart search up to this time negative result . . . using every resource to locate plane."

    [Amelia Earhart]. Two Telegram Reports Regarding the Search for Amelia Earhart's Plane with Related Photographs. Five years after becoming the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, Amelia Earhart geared up for an even greater attempt - to circumnavigate the globe. Her first attempt, in March 1937, was cancelled after her custom-built Lockheed Electra 10E was damaged on takeoff from Honolulu, Hawaii. The plane was repaired and Earhart, with Fred Noonan as the sole member of her crew, began her second attempt on June 1. The pair logged some 22,000 miles and arrived at Lae, New Guinea, on June 29. With only 7,000 miles remaining, disaster struck.

    They left Lae at midnight on July 2 headed for Howland Island. Guiding them in by radio was the USCGC Itasca, stationed at Howland. After several routine calls, things went awry and communication was lost around 8:55 a.m. Attempts to hail the flyers were continued by voice and through Morse code, but the pair were never seen again.

    The earlier of the two reports, two pages measuring 8" x 10.5", were transmitted via telegram to Fort Shafter, Hawaii, the U.S. Army headquarters in the Pacific, from the "U.S. Coast Gaurd [sic] Cutter at Howland Island via US Navy" (presumably the Itasca) the day of the disappearance. It reads, in part as written: "At 2130s signal again heard here but on 6210 KCS [one of two agreed upon frequencies Earhart would be using, the other being 3105] long dashes and voice weak . . . Itasca Earhart search up to this time negative result . . . Earhart apparently handicapped thruout nignt by cloudy weather as portions of received messages indicated . . . direcyion finder apparently not functioning . . . barely sufficient fule under the condition to make Howland . . . thought closest to Howland at 0758 when started circling to pick up island and attempts Isacsa [Itasca] to give Earhart bearings failed . . . belief based on signal strength only that at 0758 Earhart passed closest and to northward of Howland . . . Earhart only acknowledged receiving Itasca signal once . . . no singals from Earhart since 0855 this morning when she gave Itasca line of position . . . and stated she was running north and south period Itasca using every resource to locate plane."

    The later telegram, one page (with three additional lines at the top of the verso) also measuring 8" x 10.5", was received the following day, reading, in part: "Due to conflicting reports of receipt of Earhart broadcasts request Itasca not . . . use 3105 or 6210 kilocycles next two nights to permit absolute check on authenticity of calls." This telegram also contains a quote from the commanding officer of the HMS Achilles, a ship of the Royal Navy, concerning the missing plane: "An [sic] telephone transmitter with harsh note was heard to make please give us a few dashes if you get us . . . a second transmitter was then heard to make dashes . . . first transmitter then made KHAQQ [Earhart's call sign] twice before fading out . . . the evidence exists that either transmitter was the airplane itself . . . wave frequency was 3105 KCS."

    Both telegrams are mounted to black card stock. The earlier shows the expected folds with a small .5" tear at the left edge of the first page and a 1.75" tear at the left edge of the second page, neither of which affects the text. The second also has folds with slight damage to the lower right corner, which also does not affect the text.

    With six black and white photographs, two measuring 5" x 7" and four measuring 7" x 5", all affixed to black card stock, showing Earhart draped with leis, two images of her plane (one of which shows the wreckage which ended her first around the world attempt), and three showing army personnel operating early radio equipment.


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