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!Breaking News 25 May 2016!

A TBM-1C Avenger, missing since July 1944 was recently located in the waters surrounding the Pacific Island nation of Palau 


A 60-Minutes segment by Anderson Cooper, aired Sunday evening, November 23, 2014 AND will air again May 24, 2015

GoPro segment released November 7, 2014


During 2015, the BentProp Project team made a formal commitment to expand its Vision and Mission beyond the Republic of Palau. We put a great deal of thought into this because we recognize this is no small matter: after all, we have spent 22 years searching on land and underwater in Palau alone. Our decision to proceed with this expansion is based on our belief that we can take on global pursuit of Missing Americans because of the knowledge and experiences we have gained to date as well as because of our expanded composite expertise through our partnership with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and University of Delaware. We believe we are ready. To symbolize this change, we have revised our BentProp coin, as seen on the new challenge coin, to capture our process: Research, Search, Repatriate and Educate on a worldwide basis.




BentProp's Mission Statement:

BentProp is a team of volunteers, trained specialists, and professionals, each with essential expertise (history, aviation, diving, navigation), who are dedicated to locating and assisting with identifying American prisoners of war (POW) and missing in action (MIA) from World War II and other conflicts around the world. This effort is done through research, searches, recoveries, and other methodologies while coordinating with appropriate national authorities.

To repatriate every American service member who has not come home through research, searches, recoveries and other methodologies. To provide information and closure to the families of these service members. To provide a platform to educate all on the importance of service to one’s country. To provide unique educational opportunities in the arenas of science, history, leadership, and diplomacy to a select and committed student audience in conjunction with our missions in order to provide a real world application to the students and further educate the public.


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