Pat Ranfrantz at the Yap Island Crash Site of Lt jg Harry Dugan Brown
Our first success working with History Flight and Missing Air Crew was the location of the Jenny, the sister of Harry Brown, who was killed while flying his VF-20 F6F-5 Hellcat on a routine mission over Yap Island on September 6, 1944. Jenny is the ideal mitochondrial family reference for Harry’s future DNA identification.
Harry’s family was very challenging to locate, considering how much time had elapsed since his death and the fact that his family name is one of the most common in the US. Another difficulty was that his father was listed with a different family name in Harry’s casualty records, implying that Harry had been adopted.
Nevertheless, Identifinders was able to locate Harry’s sister and her family, who had never been told the details about what happened to him. We hope to be able to perform the same miracle for the families of other servicemen, bringing them much needed closure after so many decades of not knowing what happened to their loved ones.
We are on our way to the Western Hospitality Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center on August 12-14 to speak with representatives of the restaurant industry about Benjaman. Since he worked in this industry, we hope we will find someone among the attendees who recognizes him. To read more about Benjaman, see his Wikipedia article.
I have been fortunate to have been a key member of several projects that have challenged my abilities as a forensic genealogist. Several have been posted on my Identifinders International site. The Hand in the Snow, James Jake-Smithers-Gray, and Benjaman Kyle are just three. I have also been involved in the exposure of two Holocaust literary frauds. To see a brief description of each of these, please see http://www.identifinders.com. Click on Case Histories.