Finding the fallenDuring World War II, more than 2,000 American pilots and crew members were lost over Papua New Guinea. Now a Pentagon team is trying to bring them home.
Army Major George Eyster (left) led a team to Papua New Guinea in search of two World War II fighter pilots who went missing more than 60 years ago.PHOTO GALLERY Scenes from the recovery mission
(By Bryan Bender and Kevin Baron, Globe Staff and Correspondent)
Even after six decades, Gill Thorpe of North Kingstown, R.I., remains haunted by his brother's disappearance over the South Pacific.
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Spurred by a first-hand knowledge of the horrors of war, recovery leaders like George Eyster (left), make it their mission to bring home MIAs who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country. (By Bryan Bender and Kevin Baron, Globe Staff and Correspondent)
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The MIA Project
What is it?
The Pentagon launched the mission of the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) on Oct. 1, 2003, to recover the remains of tens of thousands of MIAs from foreign wars. The organization, which identifies six missing servicemen each month on average, utilizes the largest forensic anthropology laboratory in the world and 15 teams that travel the globe on recovery missions. This is the story of one such recovery mission in Papua New Guinea.
Where is it?
Meet The JPAC recovery team
Scroll through a gallery to learn more about the members of the recovery team that performed the Papua New Guinea project.
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