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November 8, 2014

World War II MIAs and GoPro

The Battle of Peleliu took place from September 12, 1944, to November 27, 1944, although it was not until April 22, 1947, that all of the Japanese soldiers on the island surrendered. The island, occupied by 11,000 Japanese, was attacked by about 18,000 Marines. 1,794 Americans died in the battle, with 8,010 wounded or missing. Japanese casualties were considerably higher: 10,695 killed and 202 captured.

Map showing the location of Palau.

The Bentprop Project is "dedicated to locating and assisting with identifying American prisoners of war and missing in action from World War Two in Western Pacific Islands." In this effort they have been assisted by Scripps Institution of Oceanography-UCSD and the University of Delaware. They believe there are 70 to 80 recoverable MIAs in the coral reefs at Palau.

GoPro video showing their search for and location of a downed American plane that they believe contains the bodies of at least two airmen.

Filed under GoPro,History,Photography | permalink | November 8, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Comments

Yes, i agree. Very interesting. Thanks for posting this.

Posted by: Russ Betts at Nov 9, 2014 12:12:35 PM

Very moving. Thank you Ron!

Posted by: Eric at Nov 9, 2014 9:32:44 AM

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