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What is 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 since World War II, in order to provide recognition and closure for families and the Nation.
Formerly known as The BentProp Project, Project Recover began as Dr. Pat Scannon’s vision to bring MIAs home from Palau in 1993. Since then the organization has grown into a team of dedicated professionals and volunteers.
(Related Info: From One Man’s Vision to Every American’s Mission)
Working in full cooperation with host nations and the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), Project Recover has helped repatriate 14 MIAs. Project Recover has located more than 50 US World War II aircraft. Thirty of the aircraft are associated with 100+ MIAs from missions around the globe. There are 87 MIAs awaiting recovery as a result of Project Recover's work.
Based on Project Recover's Work
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MIAs associated with on going investigations.
Awaiting MIA Recovery Missions
Aircraft in growing database
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MIAs: The Final MissionSeptember 14, 2020
MIA Spotlight: SSgt. Robert H. Fisher, Jr.August 3, 2020
Project Recover Adds New Logo for 2020June 17, 2020
Greatest Generation Values Guide Americans Through National Crisis & PandemicMarch 31, 2020
Project Recover Locates 3 WWII Aircraft in ChuukMarch 9, 2020
Otis E. Ingram, WWII Gunner, Accounted For By DPAAOctober 29, 2018
Becoming Project RecoverOctober 22, 2018
NOAA Reports Project Recover Locates Stern of USS Abner Read, WWII DestroyerAugust 16, 2018
Project Recover Discovers Stern of World War II U.S. Destroyer off Remote Alaskan Island in NOAA-supported MissionAugust 15, 2018
Walter E. Mintus, WWII Radioman, Accounted For By DPAAJune 26, 2018
May 22, 2018 – A B-24 D-1 bomber, Heaven Can Wait, associated with 11 American servicemen missing in action from World War II was recently found and documented in Hansa Bay off Papua, New Guinea by Project Recover—a collaborative team of marine scientists, archaeologists, and volunteers who have combined efforts to locate aircraft associated with MIAs from WWII.
The Finding of Heaven Can Wait
Recent Media Mentions
December 2017: HeritageDaily “Top 10 Archaeological Discoveries of 2017”
June 2017: History Hit with Dan Snow “2 Missing WWII B-25 Bombers Found in the Pacific Ocean”
May 2017: Military Times “Lost and Found: Missing World War II B-25 Bombers Discovered in Waters Off Papua New Guinea”
May 2016: CNN “Downed WWII Bomber Found in Pacific 72 Years Later”
November 2014: GoPro “Searching for Lost Heroes”
November 2014: 60 Minutes “A Forgotten Corner of Hell”
April 2014: CNET “The Cutting Edge Tech Behind the Hunt for Lost WWII Planes“