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In search of American WW2 pilots missing off Corsica

Divers from the French navy are working with a US agency to recover the remains of American World War Two pilots from the seabed off the east coast of the French Mediterranean island of Corsica.

A French military diver member of the FS Pluton M622 navy de-mining ship, swims above the wreck of an USAAF P-47 Thunderbolt (Warthog) US fighter plane Image copyright AFP

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) has been helped by the French military divers to search the wrecks of downed fighter planes.

DNA analysis on recovered remains can be used to identify US pilots who have previously been listed as missing in action.

A French military diver member of the FS Pluton M622 navy de-mining ship, swims above the wreck of an USAAF P-47 Thunderbolt (Warthog) US fighter plane Image copyright AFP

These pictures show French military divers from the FS Pluton M622 navy de-mining ship, swimming above the wreck of a USAAF P-47 Thunderbolt US fighter plane, which crashed in 1944.

A French military diver member of the FS Pluton M622 navy de-mining ship, swims above the wreck of an USAAF P-47 Thunderbolt (Warthog) US fighter plane Image copyright AFP

The DPAA's mission is to account for missing Americans from past conflicts dating back to World War Two. Where possible, it returns remains to families and provides a military funeral.

A French military diver member of the FS Pluton M622 navy de-mining ship, swims on July 2, 2018, above the wreck of an USAAF P-47 Thunderbolt (Warthog) US fighter plane Image copyright AFP
A French military diver member of the FS Pluton M622 navy de-mining ship, swims on July 2, 2018, above the wreck of an USAAF P-47 Thunderbolt (Warthog) US fighter plane Image copyright AFP
A French military diver member of the FS Pluton M622 navy de-mining ship, swims above the wreck of an USAAF P-47 Thunderbolt (Warthog) US fighter plane Image copyright AFP

The French divers and the DPAA also collected fragments from the plane for analysis.

They are seen below inspecting parts of a plane on the deck of the FS Pluton M622, which is based in the southern French port of Toulon.

An American officer inspects fragments of a plane on the deck of the French FS Pluton M622 navy de-mining ship Image copyright AFP
DPAA (Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency) staff look for DNA and clews on wire screens on the French army mine clearance expert boat Pluton Image copyright AFP
A French military diver member of the FS Pluton M622 navy de-mining ship, swims on July 2, 2018, above the wreck of an USAAF P-47 Thunderbolt (Warthog) US fighter plane Image copyright AFP
A French military diver member of the FS Pluton M622 navy de-mining ship, swims on July 2, 2018, above the wreck of an USAAF P-47 Thunderbolt (Warthog) US fighter plane Image copyright AFP

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