MIA Recoveries, Inc.

Locating and recovering US airmen lost in the China-Burma-India theater during WW II

MIA RecoveriesWhat we do…

This website was established by MIA Recoveries, Inc. to disseminate information about our ongoing search expeditions in the China-Burma-India (CBI) theater of WW II and in other remote areas of the world to find missing-in-action (MIA) US airmen.  The information posted on this website should solve these longstanding “cold” cases and thereby help bring some closure to the families of the missing personnel.

History

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

Reports

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

Photos

View photo galleries of our MIA search expeditions and of some of the missing personnel.

Funding

These MIA search expeditions are mostly self-funded by Clayton Kuhles.  A typical 2-month expedition costs approx. $15,000.  Learn how you can donate to help support these highly successful humanitarian missions to find our MIA’s.

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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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-25 #0010 disappeared on the Hump route on 04 July 1945.

SSgt. Joseph W.

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The Aluminum Trail is the “Bible” of aircraft accidents on the Hump route, and was compiled by Chic Marrs Quinn whose husband died in a C-109 crash on the Hump route on 27 Feb 1945.

Excerpt from the book The Aluminum Trail by Chic Marrs Quinn

A steak of silver in the sky…the engines roar…propellers try…

To lift the giant screaming plane…above the mountains drenched with rain…

Black ominous clouds and gale winds blow…amid the ice and swirling snow…

As plane and crew, with every breath…tries to win a fight with death…

To climb above the snow capped peak…a place not far for the very weak…

The plane is in a mighty grip…the crew can hear the metal rip…

As suction lifts them like a kite…above the peaks into the night…

Then, just as quickly dropped like snow…into the jutting rocks below…

Time has run out for plotted goals…a cry aloud, “God save our souls!”…

A crash like thunder, a flash of light…then silence in the blackened night…

Crumpled engines, wings and tail…help pave the “Hump’s” Aluminum Trail…

A dog tag here…a jacket there, a picture worn by love and care…

A parachute unopened lay…no time to jump, no time to pray…

In this far, forgotten place, of jungles, mountains, rocks and space…

The wreckage lay like broken toys…discarded by mischievous boys…

And boys they were of tender years…and families weep in silent tears…

To know the sacrifice they made…the part their gift for freedom played…

Lieutenants, Captains, Sergeants too…Privates, maintenance, or crew…

Whatever rank, whatever job…they did their best with each heart throb…

Some gave their lives to save a friend…a brother to the very end…

They gave their lives, so we might live…what more can any person give.


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!