What we do…
Clayton Kuhles of Prescott, Arizona USA and his team from MIA Recoveries, Inc have found the crash sites of 28 long-missing military aircraft, thereby accounting for 279 military personnel who had been listed years ago as Missing-in-Action (MIA). All the found aircraft have been US military, except for 3 aircraft of the China National Aviation Corporation (CNAC) and 1 aircraft of the Royal Air Force (RAF). In some cases, Clayton and his team were able to carry out the remains of the MIA personnel and help to bring some closure to the families. These MIA missions receive no funding support from the US government and are mostly self-funded by Clayton Kuhles. Your tax-deductible charitable donation to MIA Recoveries, Inc will help to fund these ongoing MIA missions and bring closure to more families.
What Drives the Search – Clayton Kuhles of MIA Recoveries, Inc
Video by Derek Staahl of Arizona’s Family
CBS KPHO TV5 in Phoenix
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 more History.
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.
View Expedition Photo Galleries.
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.
View more Historical Background.
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
Important Notice: These MIA missions are mostly self-funded by Clayton Kuhles. No funding support 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. EIN: 45-3174718. Funding donations to MIA Recoveries, Inc are deductible under section 170 of the Code.