Project Recover Group Shot at Arlington National Cemetery after the funeral of Navy Reserve Lt. William Q. Punnell, a World War II pilot buried with military honors at Arlington National Cemetery nearly 74 years after being listed as Missing In Action. Photo by Harry Parker

About Project Recover

Established in 2012 with sponsorship from private and public entities. Formalized in 2016, Project Recover is a partnership among researchers at the University of Delaware, Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego, and the BentProp Project.

The work blends historical data from many different sources to optimize underwater search areas with scanning sonars, high definition and thermal cameras, advanced diving, and unmanned aerial and underwater robotic technologies. These new methods are now being applied globally where servicemen are still missing.

Information on finds by Project Recover are then transmitted to the U.S. Government Defense MIA/POW Accounting Agency (DPAA), for formal identification, family notification and ultimately repatriation. Project Recover has an expanding footprint, with cases developing for global search and discovery.

Project Recover / Principal Investigators

Pat Scannon, M.D., Ph.D.
Founder, The BentProp Project, Limited

Mark Moline, Ph.D.
Director, School of Marine Science and Policy, University of Delaware College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment

Eric Terrill, Ph.D.
Director, Coastal Observing Research and Development Center, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego


Derek Abbey, Ph.D.

Andrew Pietruszka, Ph.D.
Lead Archaeologist

Colin Colbourn. Ph.D.
Lead Historian

Daniel O’Brien

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