UNO Joint Effort to Recover Missing WWII Airman

The University of New Orleans will collaborate with the University of Innsbruck in Austria this summer to lead a joint effort to excavate the site of a World War II aircraft crash, in the hopes that the excavation will help the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) to identify and return the remains of an airman missing since the war. The effort includes archaeologists and forensic specialists from the U.S. and Austria, graduate and undergraduate students, historians and museum professionals, as well as support and expertise from The National WWII Museum in New Orleans.

University of New Orleans anthropology professor D. Ryan Gray will lead the field team scheduled to begin excavations in July as part of a field school in archaeology. It is being coordinated with logistical and administrative support from the UNO Division of International Education and held in cooperation with its 42-year-old flagship program, the University of New Orleans-Innsbruck International Summer School.

The site to be investigated is located in the southern Austrian state of Carinthia, which may be the location of the crash of a P-51D “Mustang” from the 332nd Fighter Group, associated with the famed “Tuskegee Airmen.”

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