78,000 American servicemen went "Missing In Action" (MIA)
during WWII, and many of those losses over the vast expanses
of the Pacific theater. Many remain to this day. The difficult
terrain and remoteness of many of the locations where these planes
operated has meant that some aircraft and wreckage has never
been located since the war.
New discoveries and reports are
made each year, and often, these discoveries lead to "new" MIA
sites being discovered and solved for their families. Some countries,
like the United States and Australia have official organizations
to deal with the recovery and identification of these MIA sites.
For the Japanese, remains are often cremated in a official Shinto
ceremonies to honor the dead, often unable to be positively identified
by veterans organizations or relatives.
Project PRIAM MIA & Casualty Database by Daniel Leahy
MIA Government & Military Organizations
Government and military organizations tasked with MIA recovery and identifications. American Joint POW / MIA All Command JPAC (CILHI Laboratory), Australian RAAF Searcher Teams and Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.
Registry of Allied MIA Cases in the Pacific Links to profiles on PacificWrecks.com