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Amelia Earhart, Wife Of Westchester Man, May Have Survived Crash

George Putnam of Rye and Amelia Earhart.
George Putnam of Rye and Amelia Earhart. Photo Credit: Purdue University

A new photo is causing speculation that Amelia Earhart, who was married to Rye's George Putnam, survived a crash landing in the Marshall Islands 80 years ago.

A History Channel special, "Amelia Earhart: The Lost Evidence," airing Sunday, features a photo of a woman who resembles Earhart, along with her navigator, Fred Noonan, on a dock.

Analysis done for History Channel and NBC News says the photo appears legitimate and that she may have been captured by the Japanese after she crashed.

Earhart disappeared in 1937 as she attempted to become the first woman to fly around the world.

Putnam ran G.P. Putnam's Sons, which published "We," an autobiography of Charles Lindbergh.  He met Earhart in 1927 and published her book about flying across the Atlantic, "20 Hrs., 40 Min." The couple married in 1931.

After Earhart was declared dead in 1939, Putnam married Jean-Marie Cosigny James. They divorced and he married Margaret Havilland. He died in 1950 at the age of 62. In the movie "Amelia," he was portrayed by Pound Ridge's Richard Gere.

You can view the photo the History Channel discovered by clicking here.

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