What we do…
Clayton Kuhles of Prescott, AZ and his team have reached 27 crashed aircraft missing for decades, thereby accounting for 279 personnel listed as MIA. All aircraft have been US military, except for 3 CNAC aircraft and 1 RAF aircraft. In some cases, Clayton was able to carry out remains of the missing personnel and bring closure to those families. His MIA expeditions are mostly self-funded and receive no funding assistance from the US government. Your tax-deductible funding donation to MIA Recoveries, Inc will help fund these ongoing MIA expeditions and bring closure to more families.
Learn some historical background about why so many aircraft mysteriously disappeared without a trace and why the personnel aboard were regarded as “unrecoverable” and are still listed as Missing-in-Action (MIA).
View reports about the missing aircraft we have found or investigated. Reports include information about the aircraft’s last mission, the personnel aboard, crash site description and how the aircraft was identified.
View photo galleries of our expeditions, the crash sites and of some of the personnel who were aboard. See how remote the crash sites are and how we reach and document the sites under very challenging conditions.
These MIA expeditions are mostly self-funded by Clayton Kuhles. A typical 2-month expedition costs approx. $15,000. Learn how you can help support these humanitarian missions and bring closure to more families.
The US lost hundreds of aircraft in the China-Burma-India theater of operations during WW II. Most of the aircraft disappeared while transporting men and materiel over the notorious Hump route in the eastern Himalayas. While hostile fire from Japanese forces did account for some aircraft losses (mainly in northern Burma and southwestern China), the majority of the aircraft are believed to have been brought down by severe weather conditions such as icing and hurricane-force winds. These dangerous weather conditions often made it difficult to safely navigate the aircraft. Many aircraft were blown miles off course and ran out of fuel before they could find a place to land, or slammed into mountains by strong winds, or stalled and dropped from the sky due to excessive icing on the aircraft surfaces.
Where is my Son?
Read the poem Where is my Son? by Pearl Dunaway. Pearl Dunaway was the mother of SSgt. Joseph W. Dunaway, who died with 14 other men when B-25G #41-30010 disappeared on the Hump route on 04 July 1945.
The Aluminum Trail is the “Bible” of aircraft accidents on the Hump route, and was compiled by Chick Marrs Quinn, whose husband died in a C-109 crash on the Hump route on 27 Feb 1945.
A Flight of no Return
By Sunny Young
Excerpt from The Aluminum Trail
Copyright 1989 by Chick Marrs Quinn