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

Becoming Project Recover Press Release

22 October 2018

Hello Everyone!

We are pleased to announce that BentProp has changed its name to Project RecoverOur mission, vision, and values will remain exactly the same, and we will still send you regular updates on our search for MIAs.

We simply retired the name in favor of Project Recover for unity and clarity.

Much has been happening over the past 12 months in the growth of our organization.  From our previous newsletters, you know we met Mark Moline, and his University of Delaware team, and Eric Terrill, and his Scripps Institution of Oceanography team in 2012, began working with them in 2013 and made great strides together in 2014 finding the Savage Avenger and the Punnell Hellcat MIA sites. In 2014, we also met Dan Friedkin when he came to create the documentary, Found (which is nearing completion!).  As a result, in 2015, The BentProp Project team along with the University of Delaware and Scripps teams, received an incredible donation from Dan Friedkin which allowed us to expand globally. We decided to call this union of forces dedicated to and causing recoveries to occur, Project Recover.

Since 2013 Project Recover has: 

  • Conducted 28 missions in 13 countries.
  • Identified and documented 29 US and foreign aircraft (23 US/6 Foreign). 
  • The 23 US aircraft have been linked to at least 81 MIAs. 
  • The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) and its predecessors have conducted 4 recovery missions based on data supplied by Project Recover.
  • Through Project Recover’s collaborative efforts with DPAA, 5 US Airmen have been accounted for and repatriated to their families in the United States. 

This is pretty amazing and far beyond any expectations we might have had when we first joined forces.

As the Project Recover partners have increasingly worked with each other, we started to realize that, unified as we are in operations, unification under a single name should be our next logical step. Accordingly the BentProp board of directors, in concert with Mark Moline and Eric Terrill, have made the decision to retire the name of BentProp and assume the single name of Project Recover.

As we grow, this will help with communications with DPAA and other government agencies, potential donors and, most importantly, with MIA and POW families who will now only have to look in one place to get information and updates.

As you might suspect, retiring the name, The BentProp Project, has not been without its emotional aspects. However, The BentProp Project board unanimously felt that this change was needed for unification of structure and branding, as we grow jointly as an organization.

We have not forgotten that our Mission is what is most important – and anything that better supports our Mission is a good thing: this change is a good thing.

We are gratified that you have been following The BentProp Project and now we ask that you follow Project Recover as our mission has not changed: find our MIAs wherever they might be.

Let us know your thoughts as we make this change that can dramatically affect our capabilities to fulfill our mission.

Project Recover team

Comments 9

      1. Dan, I haven’t seen you since Way Back Last Century at Lodi’s Best in The West 10 way Speedstar events 🤔💀☠️💀 Thank You for All Your doing to find Our missing Heroes from the USA’s conflicts!! I Admire you and your coworkers!! The families of these POW/MIA’s serviceman/women must be very appreciative of your persuit to find there missing loved ones 🤗😎!! Thank You again 😂

        1. Hi Grubb,
          Thanks for your kind words. Project Recover is honored to be able to bring our heroes home. Meeting some of the families of these heroes and the stories they share with us adds so much joy to our lives and their’s too. Happy Memorial Day ! Blue Skies, Val

  1. Ladies and Gentlemen–

    Is there a list of the names that the crews gave to the 23 planes that you have identified available somewhere on the website? I couldn’t find one. My uncle survived the war miraculously, but an entire crew he trained with wend down in the Pacific one day when he was not able to fly with them. I can look up the name of that plane and check your list if one is available. Thank you. Karen Kegelman (niece of bombardier Paul Kobus)

    1. Have you gone into Follow steps to which War and State. You might find what you are looking for that way.

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