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Scientists Make Amazing Discovery In Remote Part Of The Pacific

In 1944, during World War II, an American bomber took off on a mission with three crew members on board. Somewhere over the Pacific, it came under enemy fire, lost a wing and crashed into the Pacific. For 72 years, the TBM-1C Avenger lay on the ocean floor and with it, the remains of the crew. Just this week, scientists found the plane in the waters surrounding the Pacific Island of Palau. This was found through Project RECOVER. an organization that blends old-school archival research with new-school sonar technology to find aircraft of Americans MIA, or missing in action.

Dr. Eric Terrill, with Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, who also co-founded the Project RECOVER group said, "This is more than reconnecting with history; it's about locating the missing to enable the U.S. government to bring them home for a proper burial." The group had been looking for the plane for several years. The group then determined approximately where the plane went down -- but not exact enough to pinpoint the location.

Terrill said, "We put that on a underwater robot that is like a torpedo and it continuously goes back and forth over the area. We essentially mow the lawn with this device." For two months, the sonar scanned. The next step is for the team to turn over its findings to the U.S. government for the recovery of the crew members. Terrill went on to say, "It's amazing that even remains 70 years old can have DNA extracted from them." Project RECOVER has had six recovery missions in the last five years. Terrill added, "We have identified 100 cases worldwide that are suitable for recovery and over 200 families have reached out asking for help with MIA's."

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