About Project Recover
Project Recover is a collaborative effort to enlist 21st-century science and technology in a quest to find and repatriate Americans missing in action (MIA) since World War II, in order to provide recognition and closure for families and the Nation.
Project Recover began as Dr. Pat Scannon’s vision to bring MIAs home from Palau in 1993. Formerly known as The BentProp Project, the organization has grown from a grassroots effort to a team of dedicated professionals and volunteers using innovative science to bring our MIAs home. Over nearly three decades, the team has located more than 50 US World War II aircraft associated with more than 185 MIAs in missions around the globe.
In 2012, Project Recover was informally founded as a collaborative partnership between Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego, and University of Delaware. In 2016, the partnership was formalized. In 2018, The BentProp Project officially changed its name to Project Recover. The organization works in close partnership with Scripps and UDel.
Based on Project Recover's Work
Countries & Territories
MIAs associated with on going investigations.
Awaiting MIA Recovery Missions
Aircraft in growing database
Board of Directors
Dr. Colin Colbourn is Project Recover’s Lead Historian and a Postdoctoral Researcher with the University of Delaware. Since 2016, he has managed historical operations including archival research, data management, case analysis, and field investigations. Through these efforts, Project Recover has developed a massive internal archive comprised of thousands of historical reports, maps, and images. Learn more about Colin and his work with MIA Families
European Regional Director
Aldo Costigliolo is Project Recover European Regional Director. Aldo offered his expertise in ground or sea logistics for Project Recover missions in Italy and emerging missions in Europe. Aldo is a Brigadier General in the Italian Army, Retired Reserve. Aldo has had the honor of giving military honors to repatriated Italian soldiers when Italy’s Onorcaduti (Honor the Fallen) repatriated some fallen soldiers (Alpini) in the early nineties when he was a young Captain.
Blake Boteler has been a Project Recover team member since 2014 and the Recruitment Coordinator since 2019. As a recruitment Coordinator, Blake helps with new team member selection and team member onboarding. Blake began his career as a geologist. He switched to law enforcement after he was robbed at gunpoint. He served as a Special Agent with ATF for 29 years.
Vice Chairman, Hillwood Management
Colonel,USAF (ret.), President and CEO, Hillwood Aviation
Head, Military and Veteran Affairs,
Bank of America
Lieutenant Colonel, USAF (ret.)
Principal, Doucet Consulting Solutions
Rear Admiral Tim Gallaudet, PhD, US Navy (ret)
CEO Ocean STL Consulting
Juan Garcia III
Asst Sec of Navy 2009-2015
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Colonel, USAF (ret.) and former US Astronaut
Jack McGrory is CEO of La Jolla MJ Management, LLC
Courtney Mitchell, CFRE
Chief Development Officer, Travis Manion Foundation
General, USAF (ret.) Former Chief of Staff of the US Air Force
President, Friedkin Aviation
V.P., The Friedkin Business Development Group
Mary L. Landrieu
U.S. Senator from Louisiana (1997–2015)
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