Wednesday, October 26, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

US seeks assistance in recovering MIA remains in Myanmar

The United States government has launched a publicity campaign in Myanmar as part of its effort to recover the remains of American service personnel missing since World War II.

The publicity campaign includes placing advertisements such as the one above in Myanmar newspapers.

The campaign follows the resumption of searches for remains by the Hawaii-based Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), which sent a coordination team to Myanmar in January to prepare for a visit by investigators.

A JPAC spokeswoman said the investigators, including linguists and analysts, would be seeking information to help locate sites where remains might be found.

About 730 American service personnel were listed as MIA in Myanmar during World War II. Most were victims of plane crashes in Kachin State while “flying the hump”, the route used by Allied pilots to ferry supplies from northeastern India to Chinese Nationalist and American forces in China.

The resumption of the search follows the thaw in relations between the United States and Myanmar since the reformist government of President U Thein Sein came to power.

Cooperation between the previous military government and JPAC led to the recovery of the remains of seven airmen in 2003 and 2004.

The caption in Myanmar on the top half of the image says: “U.S. seeks information on unaccounted-for Americans from World War II”.

The caption on the bottom of the image reads: “A team from the U.S. Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) will search for information on American service members who remain unaccounted-for from World War II in Burma. If you have any information regarding aircraft crash sites from World War II, please contact 09-541-9569.”