Volunteers Help in Discovery of WWII Aircraft and Airmen’s Remains in South Pacific

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The BentProp Project, a…

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 13 /PRNewswire/ — The BentProp Project, a self funded team of adventurers, is preparing to resume searching Palau for missing World War II aircrafts and their airmen. The aviation and history enthusiasts have located more than three dozen aircrafts since 1993.

The team will again focus on finding possible MIA locations in an effort to bring closure to families of the MIAs. Palau, 1,000 miles southwest of Guam, felt the full fury of that Pacific War. In all, there are 200 missing US aircraft inside the barrier reef of Palau. The wreck sites lay in the waters, jungles and swamps of Palau.

As with the last several expeditions, this one will coincide with a JPAC recovery mission. JPAC will be continuing recovery of a B-24 (eight airmen aboard), begin recovery on an Avenger (3 aboard), and maybe a Grumman Wildcat. These sites were all identified by BentProp.

Scannon, Ph.D., M.D., founded BentProp after participating in the discovery of the armed trawler sunk by then Ensign George H.W. Bush. A guide took Scannon to the wing of a B24 in shallow water off a rock island. The scene struck him so that he made it his mission to find and identify as many wreck sites as possible.

“Many Americans have died over the course of our history in defense of our liberties,” says Dr. Patrick Scannon, founder of the organization. “BentProp is our way of showing our gratitude for their sacrifices.”

BentProp is so named for the most recognizable piece of wreckage found at each site, the bent propeller. The military’s Joint Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Command (JPAC) is charged with bringing home the 88,000 the US lists as Missing In Action; 78,000 are from WWII. See http://www.BentProp.org.

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