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Two Missing World War II B-25 Bombers Documented By Project Recover Off Papua New Guinea

Latest discovery follows successful identification and documentation of five missing World War II aircraft in 2016

May 23, 2017 – Two B-25 bombers associated with American servicemen missing in action from World War II were recently documented in the waters off Papua New Guinea by Project Recover—a collaborative team of marine scientists, archaeologists and volunteers who have combined efforts to locate aircraft and associated MIAs from World War II. … Read More

Two Missing World War II B-25 Bombers Documented By Project Recover Off Papua New Guinea

 

Downed World War II Aircraft Missing for 72 Years Located in Pacific Islands by Project RECOVER

An American aircraft, a TBM-1C Avenger, missing since July 1944 was recently located in the waters surrounding the Pacific Island nation of Palau by Project RECOVER—a collaborative effort to combine the most advanced oceanographic technology with advanced archival research methods to locate aircraft and associated Americans missing in action (MIA) since World War II.

 


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Vanished

In the fall of 1944, an American bomber carrying eleven men vanished over the Pacific islands. According to mission reports, the plane went down in shallow water — but when investigators went to find it, the wreckage wasn’t there. Witnesses saw the crew parachute to safety, but the men were never seen again.


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Washington Post: How drones and GoPro cameras are helping recover lost WWII planes

Every year, a team of scientists and researchers dive into the waters of the western Pacific republic of Palau, armed with underwater drones, thermal cameras, metal detectors — and the drive to solve a decades-old mystery.


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Finding Lost Heroes

The University of Delaware’s Mark Moline knew that his grandfather, O. Karl Olander, was a Navy chaplain in the Pacific during World War II. But it wasn’t until his mother shared his grandfather’s journal and scrapbook that Moline realized his grandfather had been on the USS Princeton, one of the aircraft carriers that attacked Palau in March 1944.


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How BentProp and undersea robots found long-lost WWII bombers

AIMELIIK STATE, Palau– Pat Scannon glanced down at his waterproof notebook and prepared to read. Nearby, hovered around the stern of the Kemedukl, a 40-foot aluminum catamaran, the team responsible for finding a World War II torpedo bomber lost at sea waited for Scannon to start the flag ceremony for the plane’s long-lost airmen.


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BentProp is in Ocean News & Technology

On 24 March 2014, the BentProp Project, along with staff and students from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography and the University of Delaware (UD), located a TBM Avenger which had been shot down off the coast of Palau during a bombing raid on an island in 1944. This particular aircraft had been sought for over a decade by the Bent Prop Project, who continually searches for MIA service members in and around the islands of Palau.


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Popular Science: Downed

On a bright morning in mid-March, Pat Scannon stands on the deck of a 40-foot catamaran looking for an airplane hidden in the waters of Palau’s western lagoon. A limestone ridge thick with vegetation juts into the cloudless blue sky behind him. His quick-dry clothing, coupled with a red bandanna knotted around his neck, befits Scannon’s role as an amateur archaeologist. He has spent the past 20 years making annual wreck-hunting trips to Palau, about 500 miles from the Philippines, to find aircraft that had been shot down during one of World War II’s fiercest battles—planes that may still be holding their pilots.