Re: Uncles' IDPF File
The Phillipines and many other areas in Southeast Asia have vast expanses of uninhabited jungle. A plane could easily crash and if it was not located quickly the fast growing jungle would cover it over in short order. Even if the approximate location was known it could take well trained seachers weeks to traverse a jungle to find a single plane. And these searches could not begin until well after the war was over.
If the plane crashed in an inhabited area the local people might have buried the pilot in the jungle ,which creates an additional problem.
In general, WWII was fought on a vast scale where death came to so many so quickly that they had to be buried as best they could to be retrieved later. It was not unusual in some theaters of war for the dead to be buried/reburied2 or 3 times.
The military has a department that does nothing but search for the remains of war dead. They recently retrieved the body of a pilot who crashed during WWII. It was on top of a mountain in California.