The pilot seat after 75 years in the ocean off the coast of Palau of a WWII MIA Avenger & Hellcat crewed by Walter E. “Bert” Mintus and Lt. Roland Richard Houle - found byProject RecoverCrew

Project Recover Locates Downed WWII Avenger in Pacific Islands

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May 25, 2016–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. Scattered among the …

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PMAN XVIII – Project Recover Locates WWII TBM Avenger Aircraft

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PMAN XVIII – Project Recover Locates WWII TBM Avenger Team enjoys unseasonably cool winter. Mission starts with training on D.A.N. Emergency Oxygen Case and OTS Full Face Mask in the pool. Members cover more ground and target verification due to the Navigator Sonar from Scripps and UDEL drastically changing the efficiency of the team’s efforts. Nothing of interest found on …

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PMAN XVII – Project Recover Locates Avenger In Palau

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Project Recover Locates Avenger Found In Palau.   Plane wreckage thought to be HellDiver aircraft reveals itself to be an Avenger while local Palau students build their own ROV’s. A joint mission between BentProp.org, Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), University of Delaware (UDEL), San Diego State University, Stockbridge High School and Pursuit Productions. Team members: Pat Scannon, Dan O’Brien, Jennifer …

The World War II Helldiver, missing for over 70 years, was discovered in the waters of Palau. Pictured is the bent propellerr.

Project Recover Locates TBM Avenger Off Palau

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March 30, 2015–Project Recover located a  United States TBM Avenger aircraft lost in World War II and missing for over 70 years was resting in the tropical waters of the Republic of Palau. The carrier-based dive bomber plane was discovered by a multi-disciplinary team from the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (UD CEOE), Scripps Institution of …

Project Recover Locates WWII Aircraft in Partnership with SCRIPPS and UDel

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Nov. 7, 2014 — Project Recover locates its first WWII Aircraft in partnership with SCRIPPS Institution of Oceanography and University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment and is the subject of a film by camera maker GoPro and the CBS news magazine “60 Minutes.”   Supported by a grant from the Office of Naval Research, Scripps Institution of …

Mark Moline Discusses UDel Partnership with BentProp

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Dr. Mark Moline is the Director of the School of Marine Science and Policy within the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment. Udel’s School of Marine Science and Policy, along with SCRIPPS Institution of Oceanography, has been an informal partnership with Bentprop since 2012. The three formalized the partnership and co-founded Project Recover in 2016. Udel and SCRIPPS provide pivotal advanced …