The Sicily II project is in conjunction with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA). The DPAA works to provide the fullest possible accounting for missing personnel to their families and the nation.
There are currently still more than 70,000 MIA service members from WWII. In 2021, the AVAR team will work to account for the crew of a B-25 Mitchell that crashed during Operation Husky.
The B-25 Mitchell, “a twin-engine bomber that became standard equipment for the Allied air forces in World War II, was perhaps the most versatile aircraft of the war. It became the most heavily armed airplane in the world, was used for high- and low-level bombing, strafing, photoreconnaissance, submarine patrol, and even as a fighter and was distinguished as the aircraft that completed the historic raid over Tokyo in 1942.” (Boeing)
Operation Husky, known as the Allied Invasion of Sicily, began on July 10, 1943, and involved more than 3,000 ships carrying over 150,000 ground troops, protected by more than 4,000 aircraft. There were approximately 24,850 American, British, and Canadian casualties.
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