Over the last decade, History Flight has deployed search and recovery teams all over the world to locate missing servicemen. History Flight deploys cutting-edge, multi-disciplinary remote-sensing methodologies to find the loss sites of American Servicemen still missing.
The relentless search continues for WWII MIAs on several fronts – and although Tarawa has been a major focus, we have also been responsible for several recoveries in Europe. The biggest recovery, by far, has been unprecedented success in the central Pacific nation of Kiribati, where the Battle of Tarawa was fought on the island of Betio in November 1943. More than 1,000 US Marines and Sailors were killed during the 76-hour battle, and more than 2,000 more were wounded. The dead were buried in several battlefield cemeteries on the island as the surviving fighting force moved on.
After the war, the American Graves Registration Service was unable to locate the graves of more than half the men buried after the battle and had to declare over 500 men unrecoverable.
When founders of History Flight learned that the missing men of Tarawa might be found with perseverance, research and modern technology, a decade-long project began and continues today.
Until they all come home.