More than 200 aircraft plunged onto and around the islands of Palau during WWII battle with nearly half of their crew still listed as Missing in Action (MIA) today. Last Flight Home follows Dr. Patrick Scannon and his team of volunteers as they search the waters and jungles of Palau attempting to locate information that can lead to the identification and recovery of remains of these American MIAs.
Palau is a group of islands in the far western Pacific Ocean including the militarily strategic island of Peleliu, which was caught in three Pacific Theater battles including Operation Desecrate One, Operation Snapshot and the Battle of Peleliu (codenamed Operation Stalemate II). The battles of Palau, fought between the U.S. and Japan during the War in the Pacific, have been largely ignored by history, eclipsed by the more famous Iwo Jima, Kwajelein and Okinawa.
Join Scannon and his team who have found numerous aircraft such as Corsairs, Avengers, Hellcats and B-24s during their expeditions, and who tirelessly search for answers as a way of thanking the MIAs and their families for the sacrifices made decades ago.
About the Actor
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.