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They bravely served their country during some of the most brutal battles of World War II so we could have the freedom we enjoy today. But, in an instant, they were lost to their families forever. For more than 60 years, the whereabouts of these fallen heroes remained a mystery...until now.

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

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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Product Details

  • Actors: Dr. Patrick Scannon, Flip Colmer, Valerie Thal-Slocum
  • Directors: Jennifer Powers, Daniel T. O'Brien
  • Format: Black & White, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Inecom Entertainment Company
  • DVD Release Date: September 23, 2008
  • Run Time: 67 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001E0KS9I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #323,333 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By James Hooper on January 17, 2009
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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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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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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, who wouldn't find this film spellbinding.
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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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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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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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This is a fascinating documentary about the recovery effort of WWII fliers listed as MIA. It brings home the human aspect of this effort and why we should try to find remains so families may end that hang part of their lives in peace. Wonderful film.
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I read the book about this team of people and really enjoyed it. The video is also very good. As a military retiree I think it is very important that the search of our missing veterans go on on a continuous basis. I didn't realize how expensive finding out dead actually is, so congratulations and thanks to the people who make it happen.
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