Hope for locating pilot remains are lost in the race for relics

Published on May 26th, 2009 | by Admin

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The brisk trade in salvaged WWII planes is thwarting efforts to recover missing pilots.

Now, as the US military invests hundreds of millions of dollars to recover the remains of World War II pilots, it is in a race against relic hunters. In recent years the Pentagon has found nearly 500 missing soldiers from World War II, about half from Papua New Guinea, scene of the most dangerous air battles of the war.

But by the time recovery teams arrive at suspected MIA sites, the locations often have been picked over and crucial evidence is missing.

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