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CIS – MIA: Forensic Archaeology of a World War II Crash Site in Washington State

October 21, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

William R. Belcher, Associate Professor Forensic Anthropology
Department of Anthropology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Thursday, Oct. 21 at 4 p.m.
Bodwell Lounge, Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine

In August 2005, a military forensic archaeology team traveled to the Joker Mountain area of the Pasayten Wilderness in northern Washington State to excavate a P-38 Lightning aircraft lost in November 1942. The team recovered a series of personal effects and human remains from the aircraft after several weeks of work. These materials were returned to the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (now the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency) Laboratory on Hickam AFB for analysis and identification. The pilot was identified in March of 2006 and eventually interred in the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Pennsylvania. 

Sponsored by the Anthropology Department, the Hudson Museum, and the McGillicuddy Humanities Center.


October 21, 2021
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Bodwell Lounge
Collins Center for the Arts
Orono, ME 04469 United States


Clement and Linda McGillicuddy Humanities Center
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