In July of 1937, while safely airborne, Amelia Earhart’s radio went silent after she gave her line of position. Soon after that, Amelia and and her navigator, Fred Noonan, were declared ‘missing.’ To this day it is uncertain what direction they ended up flying in, or where, when, and how their flight ended, although according to U.S, O-2 intelligence files from the time period their loss occurred, they chose a northward heading along their last given line that showed them heading toward the Gilbert Islands. With no evidence supporting it, though, the public was encouraged to accept that the two likely crashed and sank into the Pacific Ocean somewhere between the Gilberts and their original target of Howland Island, that they had failed to locate. Over the years, however, different theories surfaced that offered other opinions. One claimed that the duo flew into pre-war hostile territory controlled by Japan where they were captured and executed. Another claimed that they ditched on a desert island and died as castaways. The only proclamation that continues to hold weight today, however, surfaced back in the 1970s — that being the unsettling story of Mrs. Irene O’Crowley Craigmile Bolam. For a 21st Century study revealed that there was more than one person attributed to the same ‘Irene O’Crowley Craigmile’ identity, and it asserted that one of them, who only appeared as ‘Irene’ in the U.S. after WWII, most definitely was the former Amelia Earhart. Take a look and decide for yourself:

Amelia Earhart in 1928, age 31.

Protecting Earhart



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In 1970, a team of World War Two heroes who deeply investigated Amelia Earhart’s old missing person case for several years went public with their investigation results. The team concluded that Amelia Earhart somehow managed to survive after she was declared ‘missing’ in 1937. They contended that she lived on, and after World War Two she surfaced in the United States newly known as ‘Irene’. Their findings included that as the former Amelia Earhart, she lived into the 1980s after sharing the identity of Irene O’Crowley Craigmile, a 1930s pilot she was once acquainted with.

Their claim was rejected by the woman they pegged to have been the former Amelia Earhart, thus leading others to dismiss it out of hand. Decades later, however, follow up research noticed that their claim was never disproved.

Though greeted by official silence, four nationally published books, the last one issued in 2016, concluded that it was correct that Amelia Eahart lived-on after she went missing and that in time she became known as ‘Irene.’

Additional 21st Century forensic research verified that Amelia Earhart did have a 1930s’ pilot friend by the name of Irene O’Crowley Craigmile (who looked nothing like Amelia), and a few proponents who clung to the theory stressed that the ‘original’ Irene’s 1930s demise was obfuscated in order to allow the former Amelia Earhart to assume her leftover identity.

It is important to comprehend, as displayed on this website, that the study determined there were actually three different 20th Century women who were attributed to the same Irene O’Crowley Craigmile identity, and that only the post-World War Two Irene looked like Amelia Earhart.

Today, more people are starting to comprehend that the survived Amelia Earhart was able to assume the ‘original’ Irene O’Crowley Craigmile’s leftover identity for her later life use, a move that enabled her to live privately, away from the public eye.

As far fetched as this may sound, this is because over time it pretty much became a forgotten story. It was revisited and elaborated on once again after the results of a 21st Century human comparison analysis were closely reviewed. The startling analysis results showed that the World War Two heroes’ claim was never as outlandish as some people made it out to be.

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Protecting Earhart Documentary Intro Reel

The person who was known as Irene O’Crowley Craigmile was born in 1904. New forensic research determined that three different people were attributed to her same identity. One of them, who matched Amelia Earhart physically and character trait wise, appeared nowhere identified as ‘Irene’ prior to the 1940s. By way of the different comparison exhibits displayed in Protecting Earhart’s study, to those not familiar with the odd circumstance of Amelia Earhart’s 1937 disappearance and subsequent ‘missing person’ case, this new fortified reality is important to comprehend.

Below are the three different 20th Century women who were historically identified as one in the same Irene O’Crowley Craigmile. The second one (in the middle) served as the adoptive mother to the original Irene O’Crowley Craigmile’s 1934 born son. The third image on the far right, displays the post-1940 only Irene in a 1965 color photograph. It is now certain that the post-1940 only Irene was the former Amelia Earhart, notwithstanding contrarians who continue to strongly persuade the public to believe otherwise.

The original Irene O’Crowley Craigmile in 1930

The adoptive mother
Irene O’Crowley Craigmile in the 1970s

The Post-1940 only Irene O’Crowley Craigmile in 1965, displayed a haunting congruence to Amelia Earhart, her former self


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The original Irene O’Crowley Craigmile was a little known pilot who Amelia Earhart briefly knew in the early 1930s. Yet the original Irene looked nothing like Amelia.

On the right, Image 1 and the Image 1 Enlargement display the original Irene O’Crowley Craigmile as she appeared in an old newspaper photo. Dated ‘1930’, she is shown between her husband, Charles James Craigmile, and her father, Richard Joseph O’Crowley. [Note: Charles James Craigmile died in 1931, leaving the original Irene a young widow.]

Another famous 1930s pilot who was a good friend of Amelia’s and the original Irene O’Crowley Craigmile, was Viola Gentry.

In 1932, Amelia Earhart, who was a friend of the original Irene’s aunt, a prominent attorney by the name of Irene Rutherford O’Crowley, joined forces with Viola Gentry to help the newly widowed Irene O’Crowley Craigmile become a pilot. (See photos below.)

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Charles James Craigmile, Irene O’Crowley Craigmile, Richard Joseph O’Crowley

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Amelia Earhart and
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1932, Amelia Earhart on the wing, the Original Irene O’Crowley Craigmile and Viola Gentry standing, Viola’s husband, Jack, one of Irene’s flight instructors, in the pilot’s seat. 

Amelia Earhart in 1931, next to a Pitcairn. Autogyro she flew sponsored by Beech Nut Gum

The above-middle photograph taken in 1932, is among a select few remaining (none of them are very clear) that show the original Irene by the plane she purchased with some of the life insurance money she received from her husband, Charles’ death. Viola Gentry’s husband, Jack Warren, in the pilot seat, was one of the original Irene’s early flying instructors.

Without explanation, by the 1940s, the original Irene’s physical presence was no longer evident. In time, with the exception of the photograph showing her in 1930 with her husband and father, other clear photos of the original Irene’s person proved to be non-extant.

Viola Gentry, a famous pilot herself and a good friend of Amelia’s, later became a key figure in this story per her 1930s friendship with the original Irene (the two ended up living in the same Brooklyn apartment building) and her later-life friendship to the post-1940 only, Irene O’Crowley Craigmile, who matched Amelia Earhart physically and character trait wise.

I am caught up in a situation where very little of me is free. I am being moved instead of moving. I want to become a plain, private person just as quickly as possible.” Revealing words from Amelia Earhart after she became famous.

“Over the nine years spanning her first and last transoceanic flights, Amelia Earhart became one of the most famous women in the world. The private Amelia disliked that fame intensely.” A quote from Amelia Earhart biographer, Doris Rich. (Smithsonian Institution Press, 1989.)


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Amelia Earhart in 1937, transitions into her future self, the post-1940 only Irene in 1965. Observe carefully as the images dissolve in and out of each other.

Amelia Earhart in 1937

Photo taken in 1965 by Joseph A. Gervais, USAF (Ret.) on the day that Viola Gentry introduced him to the post-1940 only Irene O’Crowley Craigmile

For people who have a hard time seeing the former Amelia Earhart
in the 1965 Joseph A. Gervais photo, consider the following:

“It is nearly impossible even for families to recognize a loved one after thirty years of absence, so greatly has the self altered. And a little reflection upon the changing quality of consciousness is sure to give us some insight into the numberless selves our surface minds and egos have become since first appearing in the world.”


Irene O’Crowley Craigmile

1965 was the years it was first suspected that the distinguished looking person on the right in Image A, who was known as Irene O’Crowley Craigmile from the mid-1940s until 1958, when she married Guy Bolam of England and became known as Mrs. Irene O’Crowley Craigmile Bolam, had previously been known as Amelia Earhart.

In 1970, it first was publicly asserted that she was the former Amelia Earhart, something she strongly denied within the context of a national news story, that for the most part people accepted.

In Image D the post-1940 only Irene O’Crowley Craigmile (Bolam) is shown facing the press in 1970, when she denounced the contents of a new book titled, Amelia Earhart Lives, held in the foreground. Amazingly, at the time no one thought to compare her to Amelia Earhart.

Decades later, in the 2000s, Protecting Earhart’s study of Amelia’s life story became the first one to include an Amelia to Irene, forensic comparison analysis.

After the post-1940 only Irene denied that she was previously known as Amelia Earhart, few bothered to evaluate the foundation of the story, that led to her press conference where she boldly stood firm. It also did not register to anyone back then, that the assertion stating that she had previously been known as Amelia Earhart, somehow managed to avoid being forensically addressed.

Keep going to learn more about the resilient nature of these unrecognized realities, that were swiftly dismissed out of hand by Amelia’s family and pseudo historians, leaving pop-culture to not take the Amelia became known as Irene claim seriously for the next half a century. [1970-2020]

The Post-1940 Only Irene
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Post-1940 Only Irene O’Crowley Craigmile
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[Viola Gentry was the individual who introduced Joseph A. Gervais to the post-1940 only Irene in 1965.]


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The post-1940 only ‘Irene’ in 1970


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When realities surface they should be dealt with.

Protecting Earhart’s 21st Century forensic research and comparison analysis examined the life stories of three 1930s’ flying pals; Amelia Earhart, Viola Gentry, and Irene O’Crowley Craigmile.

The results it achieved surfaced the reality of more than one 20th Century woman having been attributed to the same, Irene O’Crowley Craigmile identity, and it left no doubt that the post-1940 only Irene O’Crowley Craigmile was hauntingly congruent to Amelia Earhart. It also revealed that Viola Gentry knew both the original Irene in the 1930s, and in her later life years, Viola knew the post-1940 only Irene as well. Perhaps tellingly, Muriel Earhart Morrissey, Amelia’s sister and only sibling, was also a friend of the post-1940 only Irene in her later life years. (There is no record of Muriel having been acquainted with the original Irene in the 1930s.)

Keep going to learn more.

Continue With The Study


The Protecting Earhart MSS, Forensic Analysis [Copyright registrations: TXu 1-915-926 & TXu 2-061-539] and new documentary film profile an Investigative Journalist’s comprehensive forensic research evaluation and human comparison analysis that concerned the subject of Amelia Earhart’s unrecognized fate.

In the late 1990s, after meeting some World War Two veterans who insisted that Amelia Earhart privately lived well beyond the war years, writer-filmmaker, Tod Swindell, became interested in the facts attributed to Amelia Earhart’s disappearance and subsequent missing person case. This led him to orchestrate an updated comprehensive forensic research study accompanied by an in-depth ‘Amelia to Irene’ comparison analysis, the first one achieved.

The overall study was inspired by the comprehensive investigative research of Joseph A. Gervais [of the original decade long ‘Operation Earhart’ investigation he conducted overseas and in Washington in the 1960s] and a long time collaborator of his, Randall Brink, who authored the 1994 best selling book, Lost Star The Search For Amelia Earhart (W.W. Norton). The study produced a vast collection of rare documents, analytical text, photographs, human physical and character trait comparisons, maps, charts, and past-obscured but once again revisited investigative research findings.

The condensed Protecting Earhart MSS features 415 total pages; 110 of which exclusively exhibit logistical and visual elements drawn from the overall ‘Amelia to Irene’ Comparison Analysis. From a layman’s viewpoint, the study results exhibit Amelia Earhart’s ongoing existence after World War Two with the re-purposed name of, ‘Irene O’Crowley Craigmile’ applied to her. (Her surname of ‘Bolam’ was added by marriage in 1958.) It also examined the post-World War Two, ‘let’s move on‘ logic that left the general public out of the loop of the complexities that surrounded Amelia’s 1937 disappearance. Simply put, a year and a half after she was declared ‘missing‘ in 1937, Amelia Earhart was declared ‘dead without address’ AKA ‘dead in absentia‘, and this has never changed.

The intention to keep the name ‘Amelia Earhart’ exclusively referring to a dead person after 1937, came into focus during the final days of World War Two. The controversy over the post-1940 only Irene was ultimately exposed by a close friend and confidant of the post-1940 Irene’s, former Seton Hall College President, Monsignor James Francis Kelley (1902-1996). In the late 1970s into the 1990s, Monsignor Kelley confided to select individuals he knew that his friend, Irene, used to be known as Amelia Earhart, and that he had helped her to become Irene O’Crowley Craigmile before she resurfaced in the United States. Non-believers tired to claim that the well-known monsignor was ‘senile’ and his mental condition caused him to fabricate the statements he made about his friend, Irene. People who knew Monsignor Kelley well, however, agreed that he was “very bright and alert” when he described what he did to them about Amelia Earhart quietly living on and becoming known as Irene.

It is believed that Amelia Earhart’s post-loss FWPP (Federal Witness Protection Program) that allowed her to live as the new Irene O’Crowley Craigmile from the mid-1940s on, would have been put in place under the omniscient guise of long time FBI Director, J. Edgar Hoover. The FBI’s WWII ‘Amelia Earhart’ file contents that were personally monitored by J. Edgar Hoover, indicated an awareness that he had gleaned from Pacific war soldiers accounts that described Amelia Earhart’s ongoing existence during the war years under the auspice of Japan.

J. Edgar Hoover was still the Director of the FBI when the ‘did Amelia become known as Irene’ assertion first surfaced in 1970, and he was sure to remain silent about it, where otherwise he would have been expected to weigh-in with an FBI opinion. Hindsight also reveals that no one from the Federal Government of the United States offered an official opinion at all toward the Amelia-Irene matter after the controversy surfaced, and it has remained that way ever since.

Important to recall as well, is the 1970 claim stating that Amelia lived-on and became known as ‘Irene’ from the mid-1940s on, was never disproved.

The study portions displayed here are revealing of the overall Amelia-Irene congruence controversy.