MIA Recoveries, Inc

Locating and recovering US airmen lost in the China-Burma-India theater during WW II and globally through the 1960’s

What we do…

Clayton Kuhles of Prescott, AZ has reached 25 crashed aircraft missing for decades, thereby accounting for 206 personnel listed as MIA or KIA.  All aircraft have been US military, except for 1 RAF aircraft.  In some cases, Clayton was able to carry out remains of the missing personnel and bring closure to their families.  His expeditions are almost entirely self-funded.  Your tax-deductible donation to MIA Recoveries, Inc will help fund these ongoing MIA recovery missions.  This video was produced by azfamily.com.


Learn some historical background about why so many aircraft and personnel disappeared and why they are still listed as missing-in-action (MIA) or “unrecoverable”.


Read reports about the missing aircraft we have found or investigated.  Reports include information about the aircraft’s last mission and the personnel aboard.


View photo galleries of our expeditions, the crash sites and of some of the MIA personnel.  See how challenging the terrain is and how remote the crash locations are.


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.

Historical Background…

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. 
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Blackie's Gang

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.

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SSgt. Joseph W.

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

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C-109 A Flight of no Return

Important Notice: These MIA search expeditions are mostly self-funded by Clayton Kuhles.  No funding is received from the US government.  If you believe this is a worthwhile humanitarian project that needs to be pursued, then please visit the Funding page on this website to see how easy it is to support this project in a meaningful manner.  MIA Recoveries, Inc is a tax-exempt public charity under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  Donations to MIA Recoveries, Inc are deductible under section 170 of the Code.  Thank you!