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M I A: That the Lost May be FOUND (Volume 1) Paperback – September 20, 2012
About the Author
Mark J. Reichman was born in Joliet, Illinois. Upon graduation from Lockport Central High School, he served four years in the US Navy from 1973 – 1977 as an Aviation Mechanic working on jet engines for the EA6B Prowler. He received his B.A. in intercultural ministries with New Tribes Mission. In 1986, along with his wife Joan, and five-month-old baby, Micah, he moved to Papua New Guinea. During their 23 years of service in Papua New Guinea, his family grew to four children, and for family outings, they would trek the jungles and scuba dive the seas in search of WWII relics. With PNG locals as their guides, they have discovered eight Japanese dive bombers code-named Val, of which one was in 21 feet of water with the remains of the pilot and crew. They also discovered a U.S. P-38 named Regina Coeli and a U.S. B-17 named Texas #6. They have dived on two sunken Japanese Merchant ships and scoured the Arawe battlefield with its remnants of U.S. tanks, bombs and caves full of dumped rations. After visiting one Australian Beaufort and three Lockheed Hudson crash sites, they discovered a fourth Hudson with its four-man crew that had been Missing In Action for 66 years. Mark is available for lectures and would like to hear your MIA story ... as he understands your pain. For contact information, visit: www.mia-missinginaction.com.
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I enjoyed meeting and talking with the author at Pearl Harbor. I discovered the passion to find these planes is a passion of the heart for this man. He's more of a Robert Ballard going after the Titanic than those who look for Amelia I very much appreciated that except for hoping to find the missing plane of a general, the search was for planes who carried to their deaths young crews whose names only appeared in their hometown papers (when there were hoemtown papers).
I was impressed with the effort Mark made to find so many WWII airplanes in the Islands. His notes about the research he did and the interviews he had with the local people to find where the planes were located was very interesting. A person who did not know the language and culture would not be able to get the information from the people, but as Mark spoke in their language, the local people were eager to guide him deep into the jungle to find planes that had been lost over 70 years ago.
It was great to hear how some families were able to find closure to the loss of their loves ones through the efforts of Mark and those who worked with him. Even after all the years had gone by, it was very meaningful.
It would be great to accompany Mark on adventure like this, diving the coral reefs, searching the jungles and then doing the research to find the stories behind these wrecks. Before reading the book I had no clue how many people were still unaccounted for after all theses years. No doubt more of these planes could be found if time and resources were committed.
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Very entreating story and combines real history with the mystery surrounding the many many MIA's W.W.II sadly created.
Well done BZ to the author