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The Mystery? Information about American POWs, Catholic Priests, and Filipino Family from Yap & their Murder's on Palau
Information about the Coleman Crew located from interviews with Yapese elders-October 2005Pat & Cherie Ranfranz spent an exhausting week on Yap Island in October 2005 searching for the Coleman crew and plane (B-24). Although we did not find the Coleman plane on our first attempt (Phase I), we came home feeling like we accomplished a lot during the trip. While on Yap we were going non-stop interviewing Yapese elders, hacking through jungles, crawling through mangrove swamps, and diving the waters to locate and document American crash sites.
While interviewing Yapese elders we received information that B-24 crew members parachuted out of a plane before it crashed near the SE corner of the Yap reef. These same interviews recounted that two American airmen were captured and interrogated by the Japanese and taken to the island of Palau along with two Catholic Priests and a Filipino man (and his family) who ran the weather station on Yap.
Read more about the following interviews (digital video of the interviews will be posted as soon as possible):
Common Knowledge that Priest and Filipino Family executed on Palau but who where the American's?
The following questions still need to be answered:
I have created a new web page on this site,"Planes Lost on Yap", to document all the planes and men lost near Yap during the war. This will help us narrow down the men who may have been captured as we continue to search for more information including recently declassified Japanese transcripts. I feel the following are the strongest canidates
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