Yesterday, April 3, 2004 marked the 59th (1945) year since my brother was killed on the island of Cebu, Philippine Islands.It also marks 59 years of unanswered questions. It also marks 42 years of collecting data.
We still wonder why it took almost two years before a recovery team (January 1947) went in. A patrol unit reached the crash site shortly after the plane went down. One young man was still alive, on the ground, outside of the plane. He died someime later..I don't know how long.
One young man was decapitated.
"They" never searched the plane for possible survivors which did not explode or burn.
The report that went to HQ told of men seen in the area and they were instructed to care for survivors. Didn't happen.
By the time someone decided to go back and bring back these hero's, the men could no longer be identified.
Many years later we discovered a search team went back to the crash site and recovered additional remains. This too was mishandled. They do not know where the remains are. This was 1951
Families were never notified of any of this. Even the young man who survived for a short while after the crash.As a parent I would want to have known my child was with someone when he died rather than what they were told.
I have the IDPF's for the entire crew pluse additional discovery.
If any of you lost a loved one in WWII, do you know the details?I urge you to go after any records you can find.
Let anyone and everyone know.Our process of trying to find someone to help us now goes forward to the members of congress starting on my home field.I had asked Sen. Warner to help but only heard from his aide with a stamped signature. Mush of the information they sent to me was what I had sent to them.