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JPAC Team Deploys to Papua New Guinea, Fiji
January 21, 2005

HICKAM AFB, HAWAII –Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command teams deployed from Hickam AFB, Hawaii to conduct recovery and investigate operations in Papua New Guinea and Fiji, recently. 

One JPAC recovery team will conduct operations in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. The nine-person team will continue recovery efforts at  a site associated with a 1942 B-25 aircraft loss [B-25C "The Happy Legend" 41-12907]. The aircraft was last seen flying through a cloudbank over a mountain range and it did not re-emerge.

One JPAC investigation team will conduct operations in the Morobe, Madang, and Northern Provinces of Papua New Guinea.  The five-person team will attempt to investigate up to 15 cases.  After the completion of the mission in Papua New Guinea.

A three-member JPAC team will conduct investigation operations in Suva and Nandi, Fiji.  The multiple sites being investigated correlate to World War II losses.

Today, there is one American still missing from Operations Desert Shield/Storm, more than 1,800 from the Vietnam War, 120 from the Cold War, more than 8,100 from the Korean War, and more than 78,000 servicemembers missing from World War II.

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