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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.

Fast Facts:

Based on Project Recover's Work

60+

Completed Missions

20+

Countries & Territories

50+

Aircraft Located

170+

Associated MIAs

3000+

MIAs associated with on going investigations.

14

Repatriated MIAs 

80+

Awaiting MIA Recovery Missions

500+

Aircraft in growing database 

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President & CEO

Derek Abbey, Ph.D. is Project Recover’s President and CEO. Derek served for 23 years in the United States Marine Corps. His doctorate and post-military career focused on connecting veterans with college opportunities, He began as a Project Recover team member in 2004 and spent five years on the Board of Directors before being appointed as President / CEO. READ MORE

Founder and President Emeritus

Pat Scannon, M.D., Ph.D., was inspired to found The Bent Prop Project (now Project Recover) when he saw a lone B-24 wing in the mangrove swamps of Palau in 1993. In that moment, he both knew something terrible happened there and that he must strive to find answers. Eventually,  those answers would bring recognition to MIAs and closure to their families. Pat is also the founder of XOMA, a biotech firm, in California.  READ MORE
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Lead Historian

Colin Colbourn, Ph.D., 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 of thousands of historical reports, maps, and images.  The database which Colin helped developed now has over  500  cases entered, representing nearly 2,500 MIAs. READ MORE

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President & CEO

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Derek Abbey, Ph.D. is Project Recover’s President and CEO. Derek served for 23 years in the United States Marine Corps. His doctorate and post-military career focused on connecting veterans with college opportunities, He began as a Project Recover team member in 2004 and spent five years on the Board of Directors before being appointed as President / CEO. READ MORE
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Founder & President Emeritus

Pat Scannon, M.D., Ph.D., was inspired to found The Bent Prop Project (now Project Recover) when he saw a lone B-24 wing in the mangrove swamps of Palau in 1993. In that moment, he both knew something terrible happened there and that he must strive to find answers. Eventually,  those answers would bring recognition to MIAs and closure to their families. Pat is also the founder of XOMA, a biotech firm, in California.  READ MORE

Lead Historian

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Colin Colbourn, Ph.D., 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 of thousands of historical reports, maps, and images.  The database which Colin helped developed now has over  500  cases entered, representing nearly 2,500 MIAs. READ MORE

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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

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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