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P-MAN VII
                    Repatriation Update — p. 1               

3 June 05

Dear Reader,

What follows is a quickly assembled summary of a recent trip that Clem Major (of PostStar Productions) and I made to Palau. Although it centers around our short stay in Palau, this is actually a story that started in September 1944 with the loss of two aircraft, a USAAF B24 (A/C# 42-73453) with 11 crewmembers from the 307th BG(H)/13th AAF on September 1 and a US Navy TBM-1C Avenger (BuNo16596) with 3 crewmembers from VT-20/USS Enterprise on September 13 – both lost in combat in preparation of the invasion of Peleliu by the 1st Marine Division on September 15, 1944. The crews of these two American aircraft died fighting for our country and with possibly one exception, their remains had never been located. This has now started to change.

* Names in BOLD were captured and later executed by Japanese military.

B-24 Crew:

2LT ARNETT, Jack S.M.
F/O SIMPSON, William B.
2LT ARHAR, Frank J.
2LT SCHUMACHER, Arthur J.
TSGT STINSON, Robert J.
SSGT DOYLE, Jimmie
TSGT GOULDING, Charles T.
SSGT MOORE, John
SSGT PRICE, Leland D.
YOH, Earl E.
SSGT VICK, Alexander R.

Avenger Crew:

ENS BAXTER, Donald E
ARN1 MILLER, Arthur C.
AO2M STUART, Wesley R.

Through an amazing set of interactions spreading out over the past 12 years, both aircraft have been located and identified. As of May 24, 2005, remains possibly of some of these missing airmen, from both crash sites, have begun being repatriated back the United States of America. And while the job of returning all findable remains is not complete and full identification is only in the early stages, the process has begun in earnest.

To list all the individuals and agencies who made this happen would fill a separate report but to give you an idea of key participants over the years, here is just a taste:

  • Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, Hickam AFB, Hawaii (JPAC)
  • Air Force Historical Research Agency, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
  • Navy Historical Center, Navy Yard, Washington, DC
  • National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, MD
  • Office of the President of Palau
  • Historical Preservation Office, Palau
  • 307th BG(H) Reunion Group
  • The BentProp Project

Of the many, many people who generously donated their time and energies to make this series of events happen, I believe each would permit me to say that this all is about saying thank you to these airmen, who sacrificed their lives in defense of our country and the people of Palau, as well as to these airmen’s families, who have lived with the consequences of this brutal war to this day.

On June 24, a formal repatriation will take place in Hawaii for these and other MIAs as part of JPAC’s world wide mission.

For some of you, this report will supply too much information, to others, not enough: my apologies to both. But stay tuned.

Respectfully,
Patrick J. Scannon, MD, PhD
Team Leader
BentProp Project
www.bentprop.org

 
  
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