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Last Flight Home

Dr. Patrick Scannon , Flip Colmer , Daniel O'Brien , Jennifer Powers  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dr. Patrick Scannon, Flip Colmer, Valerie Thal-Slocum
  • Directors: Daniel O'Brien, Jennifer Powers
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Janson Media
  • DVD Release Date: February 16, 2010
  • Run Time: 67 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0037VF4DW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #325,277 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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These people are not out for fame or glory, they are doing it on their own dime and time, and I admire them greatly for it. --Blogger News Network

Visually stunning. A powerful and uplifting movie. --Drew Ames, America in WWII

Can the mystery of WWII U.S. MIAs and their bombed airplanes be solved after 60 years in a faraway place like Palau? Last Flight Home shows what happened and how sadly it affected those left behind, but the main theme of closure and quiet triumph is what this is all about. --Nicholas Sheffo, FulvueDrive-In.com

About the Actor

Dr. Patrick Scannon, BentProp Project Team Leader
As team leader of the BentProp Project, Dr. Patrick Scannon devotes countless hours to the altruistic work of finding MIAs in Palau. To further his research, he scours the National Archives, After Action Reports, and interviews with veterans of the campaign. His small team of self funded private citizens have taken on these tasks simply as a way of thanking the MIAs and their families for the sacrifices made decades ago. This work is the focus of Last Flight Home. Scannon received medical training at the Letterman Army Medical Center in San Francisco and served in the Medical Corps for the U.S. Army Reserve. He has memberships in the Infectious Disease Society of America; American Society of Clinical Research; Phi Kappa Phi, 1968; Sigma XI, 1972; American College of Physicians, 1979; and Alpha Omega Alpha, 1979. He has also served on the boards for the University of California, Berkeley Foundation, Board of Trustees, College of Chemistry; Pathology Institute; Tech Museum of Innovation; and Nanologic, Inc., Board of Directors. His licenses and certificates include those from the National Board of Medical Examiners, Medical Licensure in California and American Board of Internal Medicine. He currently serves as Chief Scientific and Medical Officer & Founder of XOMA Ltd. and has contributed to numerous patents and patent publications.

Flip Colmer, BentProp Project Team Member
Colmer begain his aviation career at Colorado State University in 1975. Soloing that same year, he obtained his pilot's license three days prior to graduating in 1976 with a BS in Business Administration. Since then, he has accumulated over 11,000 hours of flight time including 20 years in the United States Navy: 10 active duty and 10 years in the reserves. His duties culminated with an assignment to the Admiral's staff as Nuclear and Conventional Weapons Training and Safety Officer. He has consulted on two movie scripts: Fade and Evade, a 1970's Soviet/NATO aviation story; and Flyer, a story about Orville and Wilbur Wright. An accomplished skydiver, Flip has over 3400 skydives, four world records and has owned an operated two different aviation/skydiving related service companies. He coordinated the aircraft formations for multiple world record skydiving events. Flip Colmer is currently a Captain flying Airbus 320s for Northwest Airlines.

Valerie Thal-Slocum, BentProp Project Team Member
Thal-Slocum became part of the BentProp Project team featured in Last Flight Home after receiving an invitation from fellow team member Daniel T. O'Brien. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering and an Associate of Arts degree in Pro-Pilot Technology. She also holds numerous world skydiving records and received the Top 25 Pilot Award from the National Intercollegiate Flying Association. She is currently an airline captain for Federal Express.


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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost warriors January 17, 2009
Format:DVD
The Last Flight Home
I want to tell you about Last Flight Home and Jimmie Doyle and his son Tommy. Before I do, it's only fair that I declare a personal interest: my father was a naval aviator during WWII and flew many missions against the Japanese during the same period and not far from where this superb film is set. But I get ahead of myself ...

Jimmie Doyle was a crew member of Babes in Arms, an Army Air Corps B-24 Liberator based in New Guinea. Back home in Texas, a son was just learning to walk. On August 29th, 1944, he wrote to his wife Myrle: "Dear Precious ... maybe it won't be too long until the day when I will be home and we will be together again. With your arms around me I can forget all of this and settle down to spending years with you. ... tomorrow is a busy day, and I have to get up early, so I'll stop for tonight ... with all of my love, Jimmy."

For reasons unknown today, the next morning he was assigned to another B-24 that took off to bomb Japanese forces in the Palau Islands. Anti-aircraft fire sent the four-engine bomber plunging thousands of feet into the lagoon. Three parachutes were seen. All eleven crewmen were listed as missing in action. None came home.

In 1993, as part of an expedition searching for a Japanese trawler sunk by Ensign George H. W. Bush in July 1944, Dr Pat Scannon saw an aircraft wing near the Palau shoreline. His guide knew nothing of its origin or the fate of the crew. "You can't have this kind of catastrophic failure without death," Scannon said, "and the scene just overwhelmed me ... I didn't want them to be forgotten." Six years later, the BentProp Project took form.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Last Flight Home- DVD December 28, 2008
By Kevin D
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I saw this film advertised on the history channel during Military week and knew I had to add this to my Library. This DVD traces the lives of lost soldiers (Typically airmen) from their entrance into the service, to their disappearance. It lets you learn who these men were, and see the impact their loss and ultimate recovery has/had on their family. It is a heartwarming display of patriotism and shows closure while remaining constantly reverent to the deceased and their family. This is a truly inspiration and educational film.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very moving and interesting ! July 3, 2010
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As I watched this DVD it struck me just how lucky we are as Americans to have had such brave people defend us in the past. It was wonderful to see a group dedicated to honoring these people by searching and locating their remains. Thank you !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best documentary I have seen!!! November 14, 2013
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One of the best documentaries I have seen on WWII or any war. Even though it was not a high end budget film, it was just outstanding.The story line was extremely interesting, especially interesting was the interview with a Japanese solider who beheaded a shot down American crew member and talked about it with very little emotion. There were 70,000 MIAs in WWII. I thank Dr. Patrick Scannon for his commitment to finding and identifying the MIAs in the pacific. He is doing all of this with private funds. God Bless him and God Bless America!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent...and touching. October 18, 2013
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Regarding all the battle sites and killing fields of World War II, this documentary is an eye-opener for those, like me, who thought that the "past-is-the-past, the-dead-are-gone, we've moved-on". Just like the on-going search for Amelia Earhart, there is an present-day, under-the-radar search in the Pacific and it's 1000's of islands to bring our heroes home.

WWII's Pacific Theater was massive in size, and an unbelievable undertaking for Americans, given the relatively low-tech aspect of warfare in 1944. That so many of our boys gave the ultimate sacrifice so far from home is staggering enough, but to realize that so many of them are yet to come "home", is sobering to say the least.

Many of the islands of the Pacific, on which and over which much of the fighting took place, are so dense with jungles that it takes researchers eight hours to advance just a quarter of a mile. And then there is the debate - are the "finds" of crashed aircraft archeological sites or graveyards to be honored and left alone?

What an enriching hour this documentary provided. I can't think of any American demographic, accept the very, very young, that wouldn't find this film spellbinding.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We always need to remember April 27, 2013
By ABNTRP
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A wonderful story with wonderful, hinest, really careing people doing something most of us would not be able to do. I every war we send men and sometimes near boys to war, which means they may die, and die die alone but for God. They deserve our gratitude and remembrance. //
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5.0 out of 5 stars Last Flight Home. January 20, 2013
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I lost a brother in WW 11, Thank God we had people who did not /do not hesitate to continue the search for those who have not been found. We are fortunate that my brothers body was returned and was laid to rest here in our homeland.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow January 4, 2013
By Beebs
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Wow.. just as the subject contains.. if you have the time.. watch this.. If you have any interest in the pacific theater or just a war enthusiast.. watch this, oh make sure tissues are near by. :)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well done
Heartwarming and heartbreaking. Very well done and respectful. You can tell these people are passionate about what they are doing.
Published 9 days ago by Brando
4.0 out of 5 stars Great documentary. Well done and very tactfully handled
Great documentary. Well done and very tactfully handled. This story is filled with little known stories of our forgotten heroes and men who gave their lives for our country.
Published 11 days ago by John F. Lalley
4.0 out of 5 stars Lost Heroes
Great documentary and it's reassuring to know that some people still honor our long lost heroes from WW II. Read more
Published 23 days ago by JOEL S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The perfect accompaniment for the book Vanished.
Published 1 month ago by Mathieu B. Prevost
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting movie.
Wonderful job these people are undertaking. One of the most interesting movies that I have ever watched. Highly recommend this movie.
Published 1 month ago by Gene
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Documentary.
I read the book and really enjoyed the documentary. It helped me visualize the things Dr. Scannon has to deal with in conducting his searches. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars terrific film
very well done film detailing the efforts of a very dedicated group of individuals.It blends actual footage from world war II with present day films in an insightful way
Published 5 months ago by Edward Jozkowski
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart-warming story.
I read the new book "Vanished" about this subject, then had to watch the documentary. Very well done and captures the very human emotions of the story without an overload... Read more
Published 6 months ago by M. James Rygg
4.0 out of 5 stars Very informative film
This is a documentary about Dr. Patrick Scannon and his team who travel to the Western Pacific (mostly Palau) to search for the planes, especially of those which held servicemen... Read more
Published 6 months ago by G. Hearn
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT DVD
I highly recommend this DVD to anyone who has an interest in World War II aircraft archaeology. Excellent story with amazing photography.
Published 6 months ago by Allen R. Johnson
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