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B-24 Babes in Arms Crew Recovered

March 12, 2008 Steve Terjeson 0 Comments

Here is another story of the dedication to those who have served and were lost during World War 2. In this case a B-24 bomber in the Pacific theater crashed after being hit by anti-aircraft fire during a battle over the western Pacific island nation of Palau on September 1, 1944. The privately funded organization, BentProp, spent three years investigating and recovering the remains from the crash site in the Pacific Ocean.

Kansas aircrew brings WW II comrades back from watery grave (full article link)

By Staff Sgt. W. Michael Houk
National Guard Bureau

A drama unfolded in the skies above the western Pacific island nation of Palau on Sept. 1, 1944, as intense fighting between American and Japanese forces was getting underway. During a raid, comrades of the U.S. Army Air Forces looked on helplessly as the crew of a B-24 Liberator bomber, the Babes in Arms, was brought down by antiaircraft fire. Three of the crew reportedly bailed out, one without a parachute, before the bomber drove headlong into the ocean never to be found … or so it was thought back then.

PALAU INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT – A volunteer Kansas Air National Guard crew in a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 190th Air Refueling Wing returned the human remains recovered from that ill-fated bomber back to this country in early March.

Thanks to an organization called BentProp, who found the crash site in 2004, the location is no longer a mystery. BentProp is a privately funded organization that searches for planes and their crews who crashed after being shot down by the Japanese in 1944-45. They reported it to the Joint Prisoners of War, Missing in Action Accounting Command, or JPAC, who for the last three years investigated and recovered the remains from the site. The Kansas Coyotes had the honor of transporting the fallen back to U.S. soil – to Hawaii for identification.

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