MISSING AIRPLANES AND PEOPLE
Our region is being visited by the members of joint US-Russian
committee, investigating affairs of POW and missing in action.
US Army Major Eric Von Tersch worked here a year ago, and
Colonel Kevin Mayer arrived over here just a few days ago. The
subject of their business is search of Americans who are
considered missing in action after the Korean war. Apparently
it will be impossible to find those people, although our media
reported about some American citizens who survived after
interrogations in NKVD (former Soviet secret police), and
imprisonment in GULAG. Unfortunately, or maybe luckily these
reports turned to be just rumors and there are no authentic
facts about those who disappeared in Russian land.
By the way, when American troops were in Primorye, a lot of US
citizens disappeared. Some of them are buried here, and
track of the others is lost. Hopefully, some day these pages
of history will be opened. It is a concern of both sides.
Actually, the goal of Colonel Mayer's trip is finding
eyewitnesses of American planes' crashes. According to Mayer,
he found evidence of a plane crash (supposedly B-29) at sea,
near Askold island. Besides that, he flew on a helicopter to
taiga ("Russian pine jungles"), where the remains of another
plane were found. So, the search is continuing. We are going
to keep our readers informed about such a difficult aspect of
our relations with the US.