They bravely served their country during some of the most brutal battles of World War II so we could have the freedom we enjoy today.
LENGTH: 67 Minutes, plus extra features on one disc
CATALOG #: 20407
UPC #: 6-4603204079-1
ISBN #: 1-56839-357-1
RELEASE YEAR: 2010
PRODUCER: PostStar Productions, LLC
In addition to being available as a DVD for home-use only, this title is available to colleges, universities, non-profit institutions and community groups with both Public Performance Rights (PPR) and Digital Site Licenses (DSL). For PPR and DSL ordering information, click here.
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But, in an instant, they were lost to their families forever. For more than 60 years, the whereabouts of these fallen heroes remained a mystery…until now. More than 200 aircraft plunged onto and around the islands of Palau during WWII battle with nearly half of their crew still listed as Missing in Action (MIA) today. Last Flight Home follows Dr. Patrick Scannon and his team of volunteers as they search the waters and jungles of Palau attempting to locate information that can lead to the identification and recovery of remains of these American MIAs.
Palau is a group of islands in the far western Pacific Ocean including the militarily strategic island of Peleliu, which was caught in three Pacific Theater battles including Operation Desecrate One, Operation Snapshot and the Battle of Peleliu (codenamed Operation Stalemate II). The battles of Palau, fought between the U.S. and Japan during the War in the Pacific, have been largely ignored by history, eclipsed by the more famous Iwo Jima, Kwajelein and Okinawa.
Join Scannon and his team who have found numerous aircraft such as Corsairs, Avengers, Hellcats and B-24s during their expeditions, and who tirelessly search for answers as a way of thanking the MIAs and their families for the sacrifices made decades ago.
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“When I first saw the title I had visions of this being a remake of a Rambo movie. I could not have been more off the mark. This documentary is one of the most moving DVD’s I have ever watched. I noticed that on several occasions my wife had tears in her eyes, and was having trouble answering my questions.
There are still some 88,000 men and women listed as MIA from the Second World War. This is a staggering number. Six decades have past, where are these people? It is almost inconceivable that any remain alive, but all have families that seek some sort of closure for their missing parent, grandparent, brother, or whatever.
There is one man who has dedicated his life to help answer those questions. Last Flight Home follows Dr. Patrick Scannon and his team of volunteers as they try to bring closure to at least a few cases.”
“The BentProp Project is not some ‘off the wall’ one man zealot, but rather a volunteer operation that works closely with the US JPAC (Joint Prisoners of War, Missing in Action Accounting Command).
There is a particularly heart wrenching scene, the remains of a fallen airman are returned to the US for a full military burial. Watching the US flag be folded and presented to the family brought a lump to my throat.
These people are not out for fame or glory, they are doing it on their own dime and time, and I admire them greatly for it.” -Blogger News Network
“Visually stunning. A powerful and uplifting movie.” – Drew Ames, America in WWII
“An altogether awe-inspiring film.” – Summer Ray Kniffen, The Hudsonian
“Can the mystery of WWII U.S. MIAs and their bombed airplanes be solved after 60 years in a faraway place like Palau? Last Flight Home shows what happened and how sadly it affected those left behind, but the main theme of closure and quiet triumph is what this is all about.” – Nicholas Sheffo, FulvueDrive-In.com
“Focusing on the altruistic work of Dr. Patrick Scannon, Last Flight Home is a moving and powerful film.” – Betty Jo Tucker, ReelTalkReviews.com
“Last Flight Home works because you get to know the airmen the BentProp project is looking for. Interviews with family members, photographs, archival and home movie footage, and stories about the missing airman give dimension and life to the missing person and the search.” – TheReviewsPage.com
Jennifer Powers – Producer/Director
Jennifer Powers and fellow producer/director Daniel T. O’Brien have somewhere north of 15,000 skydives and dozens of world records between them. Up until Last Flight Home neither had made a film. They found out just how hard it could be, not to mention fulfilling. And yes, they are married. Their respective spouses enable the adventures.
Daniel T. O’Brien – Producer/Director
Daniel T. O’Brien has served as a stunt performer for films such as Stealth, Minority Report and Spiderman as well as television shows including Ally McBeal, Greatest Stunts, Wide World of Sports and Superbowl XIV. His stunt work also includes performances in commercials for Pepsi, Honda and Frito-Lay.
He also serves as a skydiver and event organizer around the world for events such as the Team ‘06: FAI Official World’s largest skydiving formation (400 skydivers, 30 nations) and the 24th Olympiad, Olympic Opening Ceremonies in Seoul, Republic of Korea.
O’Brien and fellow producer/director Jennifer Powers have somewhere north of 15,000 skydives and dozens of world records between them. Up until Last Flight Home neither had made a film. They found out just how hard it could be, not to mention fulfilling. And yes, they are married. Their respective spouses enable the adventures.
Dr. Patrick Scannon – BentProp Project Team Leader
As team leader of the BentProp Project, Dr. Patrick Scannon devotes countless hours to the altruistic work of finding MIAs in Palau. To further his research, he scours the National Archives, After Action Reports, and interviews with veterans of the campaign. His small team of self funded private citizens have taken on these tasks simply as a way of thanking the MIAs and their families for the sacrifices made decades ago. This work is the focus of Last Flight Home.
Scannon received medical training at the Letterman Army Medical Center in San Francisco and served in the Medical Corps for the U.S. Army Reserve. He has memberships in the Infectious Disease Society of America; American Society of Clinical Research; Phi Kappa Phi, 1968; Sigma XI, 1972; American College of Physicians, 1979; and Alpha Omega Alpha, 1979. He has also served on the boards for the University of California, Berkeley Foundation, Board of Trustees, College of Chemistry; Pathology Institute; Tech Museum of Innovation; and Nanologic, Inc., Board of Directors.
His licenses and certificates include those from the National Board of Medical Examiners, Medical Licensure in California and American Board of Internal Medicine. He currently serves as Chief Scientific and Medical Officer & Founder of XOMA Ltd. and has contributed to numerous patents and patent publications.
Flip Colmer – BentProp Project Team Member
Colmer begain his aviation career at Colorado State University in 1975. Soloing that same year, he obtained his pilot’s license three days prior to graduating in 1976 with a BS in Business Administration. Since then, he has accumulated over 11,000 hours of flight time including 20 years in the United States Navy: 10 active duty and 10 years in the reserves. His duties culminated with an assignment to the Admiral’s staff as Nuclear and Conventional Weapons Training and Safety Officer.
He has consulted on two movie scripts: Fade and Evade, a 1970’s Soviet/NATO aviation story; and Flyer, a story about Orville and Wilbur Wright. An accomplished skydiver, Flip has over 3400 skydives, four world records and has owned and operated two different aviation/skydiving related service companies. He coordinated the aircraft formations for multiple world record skydiving events.
Flip Colmer is currently a Captain flying Airbus 320s for Northwest Airlines.
Valerie Thal-Slocum – BentProp Project Team Member
Thal-Slocum became part of the BentProp Project team featured in Last Flight Home after receiving an invitation from fellow team member Daniel T. O’Brien. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering and an Associate of Arts degree in Pro-Pilot Technology. She also holds numerous world skydiving records and received the Top 25 Pilot Award from the National Intercollegiate Flying Association.
She is currently an airline captain for Federal Express.