An American-Polish team of scientists is working on unraveling the wartime history that took place in Lower Silesia. At the end of July, the search for the American B-17 bomber, which had been shot down in March 1945, began near Jordanów Śląski. They just ended.
The main assumption of the search was to find the missing, fallen crew of the plane. Field activities on behalf of the American government agency DPAA (Defense POW / MIA Accounting Agency in the United States Department of Defense) were conducted by an archaeological company from California.
– We currently know about 36,000 Americans missing in Europe during World War II and other wars. DPAA is working with European countries to conduct joint investigations, says Alex De Georgey, agency representative and DPAA head of field exploration work in Lower Silesia.
The Americans were assisted in the research by students and employees of the University of Wrocław, coordinated by prof. Maciej Trzciński. Archeology and forensic archeology specialists participated in the archaeological work, remedial activities and site research.
– In 2012, at the University of Wrocław, inter-faculty postgraduate studies in forensic archeology were established between the Faculty of History and the Faculty of Law. We have been educating specialists in this field for several years. Forensic archeology, among other things, deals with the research of this type of events – emphasizes prof. Trzciński.
The remains will fly to the US
During the research, human remains and numerous fragments of the wreckage of the aircraft were discovered. In this research season, the work was completed at the beginning of September. Alex De Georgey assesses the US-Polish cooperation very positively and announces the continuation of work in the following year.
– In Lower Silesia, we are looking for missing Americans, whose bomber exploded in 1945 during a military mission. We know about seven Americans missing in this catastrophe. We are working on making an exhibition that tells this story and shows found artifacts, admits De Georgey.
The discovered human remains will be sent for further laboratory tests in the USA, while the obtained fragments of the downed plane and its equipment will be presented in 2022 at the Archaeological Museum in Wrocław at a specially prepared exhibition.
Main photo source: University of Wroclaw