Project Recover Discovery Leads to DPAA Accounting For pilot Lt. William Punnell.
In March 2014, Project Recover located the underwater wreck of an F6F Hellcat associated with MIA WWII pilot Lt. William Punnell. The discovery and relevant documentation were shared with the U.S. Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) so that DPAA could initiate the proper procedures for official identification, recovery and repatriation of this missing serviceman.
On June 30, 2017, DPAA announced the pilot Lt. William Punnell, killed during World War II, has now been accounted for.”
It has been our team’s privilege to locate the pilot Lt. William Punnell and give honor to his ultimate sacrifice, as well as the consequent sacrifices felt by the Punnell family over the ensuing 73 years.
You can read more about the actual find in the team’s 2014 progress reports. Check out these March 28th and April 1st, 2014, in our PMAN XVI Progress Report. and Mission 16 for pics and the days’ diary.
- April 2018 – MIA Lt. William Punnell Located By Project Recover Will Be Buried May 2nd
- May 2018 – Lt. William Punnell, WWII Pilot, Buried At Arlington National Cemetery
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