CBI World War II MIA and KIA in Crash of C-47B # 43-48308 17 May 1946

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8 Aug 05

Visit with Embassy of Bangladesh
Lisa Phillips and Gene Gambale visited with the Press Minister, Mr. Arshad, of the Embassy of Bangladesh. Mr. Arshad said that the government is more than willing to to take on the task of opening investigation ito the loss of our C-47 once written approval from the U.S. government is conveyed. According to Mr. Arshad, the best time to visit and for any search is October-May.
8 aug 05 @ 6:03 pm pdt 


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This picture is one of a similar C-47B. The crash site of our aircraft has apparently been located in India. DPMO and JPAC have been notified and requested to begin an investigation and recovery as soon as pssoble. This is the aircraft with the largest number of possible remains to be recovered so they have a special interest in it.

Recent Events

At the DPMO conference in San Diego, attending families included Dutton, Gambale, Goodrich, Phillips, Taylor, and Wilgus. It was a day of intense feelings, interesting stories, and information gathering. We were able to further our cause in our one-on-one meeting with the DPMO representatives about our specific case. California Senators Feinstein and Boxer had representatives there.

February 20, 2006
 
I met with Sen. Collins and Greg Riels, Military assistant to Sen. Dole.    We had a great meeting about our case and the WWII MIA issue.   Both Senators have agreed to look into the matters further and to provide what assistance they can in the whole WWII MIA issue.    They as well feel that our WWII men deserve to come home.     Attendees were myself, my sister Gina Roberts, Sen. Collins, Mackenzie from Sen. Collins office, and I also met with Greg Riels the following day.   Sen. Collins will be speaking with the State Department, DPMO and JPAC and Greg Riels will also be backing the effort with Sen. Dole and Sen. Collins.
 
Lisa Phillips

SEARCHES UNDERWAY
 
We have heard from Lt.Col. Hedrick, who wrote:
 
I just spoke to my contact in the military here who is assisting me. He said that they are making some low-level flights over some of the probable locations to see if anything can be seen from the air. Also working with the Bangladesh Rifles, who patrol parts of the sundarbans to see if thay have encountered anything lately. Nothing to report, but things are happening.
 
Small steps, but in the right direction.
 

LTC Brian K. Hedrick
Defense and Army Attaché
to the Peoples Republic of Bangladesh
U.S. Embassy, Dhaka

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