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  • Lost but not forgotten: Why this Memorial Day is different

    This B-24 crew, plus an additional crewman, was lost on a bombing mission during World War II. A relative of Illinois professor Scott Althaus was among them, and he led a research project to learn the details of that final mission.

    This B-24 crew, plus an additional crewman, was lost on a bombing mission over Papua New Guinea in 1944 during World War II. The bombardier, 2nd Lt. Thomas Kelly Jr., front row far right, was a relative of Illinois professor Scott Althaus. Five years ago, Althaus and members of his extended family formed a research team to learn the details of that final mission, which would also lead to finding the plane, named “Heaven Can Wait.”

    Photo taken during training in 1943.

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  • Editor’s notes:
    Scott Althaus is the Merriam Professor of political science, a professor of communication, and director of the Cline Center for Advanced Social Research at the University of Illinois.

    For more about his research on wartime news coverage: https://news.illinois.edu/view/6367/204602

    More about the discovery of the plane can be found in this Project Recover press release.

    A 12-minute video about the search and discovery is available here.

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