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Missing Air Crew Project Yap Island Search Trips
2005, 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2010

Patrick & Cherie Ranfranz
Patrick & Cherie Ranfranz searching for Pat's uncle's B-24 crash
site off the SE reef of Yap Island in September 2006
Pat and Cherie Ranfranz traveled to Yap Island in 2005,2006, 2008, 2009 and 2010 to search for Pat's uncle, T/Sgt John R. McCullough, who was shot down by a Japanese fighter over Yap Island and declared missing on 25 June 1944. Pat and Cherie have expanded their original project goals to include the search for all men lost on missions to Yap Island. Select one of the links below to view information and pictures from our search trips. Mission Statement: Pat & Cherie Ranfranz are committed to locating and documenting the crash site of the Coleman B-24 and other American planes on or near Yap Island. Pat has spent over 20 years researching the 25 June 1944 shoot down and loss of his uncle, T/Sgt John R. McCullough, and the other nine members of the Coleman B-24. The original goal of locating the Coleman B-24 has been expanded to locating and documenting all the American crash sites on or near Yap Island. The project is committed to documenting the history of the men and their missions through documents, pictures, and oral history before the information is lost in time. The most important goal of the project is to help provide closure to the families of the missing men who lost their lives in service of their country during WWII. Close to 100 men were lost near Yap Island and remain listed as missing in action.

Select a Search Trip:
Missing Air Crew Project, Yap Island Search Trip, July 2010
Missing Air Crew Project, Yap Island Search Trip, August 2009
Missing Air Crew Project, Yap Island Search Trip, October 2008
Missing Air Crew Project, Yap Island Search Trip, September 2006
Missing Air Crew Project, Yap Island Search Trip, October 2005

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