We Need Your Help: Searching for 15 Americans in Concrete

by Guy Noffsinger

Hello everyone. Our Lost Clipper team has entered a contest to help promote our effort to find and bring home those 15 Americans from a remote Pacific Island, pre-WWII. Would you please vote for the search photo at the following link? It only take 10 seconds and all you have to do is click a vote button to verify you are not a robot.   

It would mean the world to us to support this patriotic endeavor! Come back to vote again each day and help us out.


Searching for 15 Americans in Concrete
The GSSI StructureScan™ Mini was critical in searching for fifteen Americans entombed under a concrete slab in a long abandoned Japanese Navy fortification. On July 29, 1938, Pan Am Airways flight #229 departed Guam bound for Manila in the Philippine islands on a routine trip bringing passengers and cargo from the US to Hong Kong. During this particulate leg, two Japanese Navy aviators stowed away within the M-130 flying boat and hijacked the aircraft making it the first areal event of it’s kind. The plane was then forced into radio silence and flown to the remote Imperial Japanese Base of Truk Lagoon where the passengers and crew were killed and buried under a concrete slab (as indicated by multiple eye-witnesses after World War II). Because of the StructureScan™ Mini size and portability as well as image quality, the combined research team of Americans and Micronesians used the device to search multiple slabs for fifteen human-sized voids. The very last slab scanned on our third trip showed a positive indication to which we hope to start excavation soon.

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