However, since the organization had no recovery teams of its own, recovery operations were always conducted by CILHI
personnel, with the two agencies working together in the field.
Meanwhile, a 10-member CILHI
team excavated a site in Retie, Belgium, where a C-47 Skytrain from the 9th Troop Carrier Command was shot down in the fall of 1944.
Approximately five times a year the CILHI
sends two teams to North Korea.
In general, when local people discover evidence of remains from World War II, CILHI
sends a team to investigate and prepare for excavation.
By the time of its consolidation with JTF-FA, CILHI
had been able to identify more than 1,100 sets of remains.
During the operation, other CILHI
team members scouted another C-46 WWII-crash site for a future recovery mission.
currently identifies about two sets of remains per week, many more than would be possible without DNA techniques.
estimates it will make more than 100 identifications of remains in 2002 alone.
In February, CILHI
personnel returned the remains of what are believed to be 13 U.
In Southeast Asia, JTF and CILHI
personnel form 10--to 13-member teams that work together.
At many of the excavation sites in Southeast Asia, CILHI
and JTF-FA members expose themselves to unexploded ordnance, poisonous snakes, malaria and other diseases and difficult terrain.
forensic specialists recovered remains they believe to be those of a seven-man crew of a U.