US Recovers remains of PBR Crew in Canada
Sort of an interesting story here. I guess I never considered that we would have MIA guys outside the obvious areas (the Pacific and European theaters) but this makes sense when I think about it.
U.S. divers searching the wreckage of a U.S. Army amphibious plane that went down in the St. Lawrence River during World War II have recovered what appear to be remains of the crew that went missing nearly seven decades ago.
The plane, a PBY-5A Catalina based in Presque Isle, Maine, had completed the first leg of a routine flight and was taking off for the return trip to base when it capsized in rough weather in the eastern Gulf of Saint Lawrence on Nov. 2, 1942.
Four of the nine people on board were pulled to safety before the plane sank.
Parks Canada discovered the plane in 2009 while conducting a survey near the village of Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan in eastern Quebec. Earlier this month, the Joint Prisoners of War/Missing in Action Accounting Command, a federal agency that works to recover members of the military who are missing in action, dispatched a 50-person team on the USS Grapple to investigate the site in the hopes of recovering the remains of the missing.
The Catalina seems to have been a quite ubiquitous aircraft, doing just about job that was needed. Here's a good movie that talks about the plane itself.