Here’s the short documentary put together by Project Recover about the recent discovery of Heaven Can Wait, the B-24 bomber that went down over Hansa Bay, New Guinea during World War II. My uncle, John W Emmer, Jr, was on board as aerial photographer along with 10 other crew members.
Toward the end of the documentary, there is footage of the flag ceremony held by the Project Recover expedition crew in Hansa Bay… during which they read the names of all of the fallen, including my uncle. Somehow brought the whole thing home for me.
Below is the documentary link, as well as links to local and national news stories that have been published over the past week.
UPDATE: On October 13, 2018, family members of the crew gathered, along with a number of the Project Recover staff, for an event that included sharing stories of the crew members and learning more about Project Recover’s work and mission. This informal event was called the Heaven Can Wait Family Reunion. Links to news stories about that event are below as well.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
-Excerpt from “For the Fallen” by Laurence Binyon
Local news stories featuring uncle John:
Local news stories featuring other crew members and the discovery effort:
News stories about the October 2018 Heaven Can Wait ‘Family Reunion’ event:
National news stories:
Photos of uncle John: