• Project Recover

Project Recover is a collaborative effort to enlist 21st century science and technology in a quest to find the final underwater resting places of Americans missing in action since World War II to provide recognition and closure.

Memorial Day, 2018 News

A B-24 D-1 bomber 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.

The crew of “Heaven Can Wait” was part of the 320th squadron of the “Jolly Rogers” 90th Bombardment Group and was on a mission to bomb Japanese anti-aircraft batteries around Hansa Bay on March 11, 1944 when their B-24 was shot down by enemy fire causing it to crash into the ocean. The crew had arrived in Papua New Guinea just four months prior to join the Pacific theater of combat against the Japanese during WWII.

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Project Recover: The Finding of ‘Heaven Can Wait’ B-24

Project Recover is a public-private partnership to enlist 21st century science and technology combined with in-depth archival and historical research in a quest to transform the approaches to underwater search to locate aircraft associated with American servicemen still unaccounted for during wartime, to provide closure to families and recognition for the service members’ service to our country. More>>

Historical Analysis

Historical data obtained from the National Archives and veteran interviews are fused with survey data, modern satellite imagery, and flight trajectory analyses to narrow the underwater search regions around the world, and confirm loss locations and identify targets.

Technology

Technologies used by Project Recover include scanning sonars, high definition and thermal cameras, unmanned aerial systems, compressed gas diving, diver propulsion systems, and tethered and freely swimming underwater robotic systems.

Autonomous Underwater Vehicle and Project Recover personnel performing fieldwork in Palau.