Joe Biden suggests his uncle was eaten by ‘CANNIBALS’ after his plane was shot down over Papua New Guinea during World War Two

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Written By Maya Cantina
  • Biden hints his war hero uncle may have met a grisly end
  • President’s uncle Ambrose J. Finnegan was shot down in WWII
  • There were ‘for real’ cannibals where the plane crashed, Biden says  

Joe Biden suggested his war hero uncle may have met a grisly end among cannibal savages after being shot down over Papua New Guinea in World War II.

The president said there were ‘a lot of cannibals at the time’ in the area where his uncle Ambrose J. Finnegan’s plane was downed in the 1940s – and his remains were never located.

Biden made the comments on a trip to Scranton, Pennsylvania where he visited a war memorial bearing the name of his heroic relative, who was known by the family as ‘Uncle Bosie’.

The president said: ‘(He) got shot down in an area where there were a lot of cannibals at the time. They never recovered his body.

‘But the government went back when I was down there and they checked and found parts of the plane and the like.’

President Joe Biden reaches to touch the name of his uncle Ambrose J. Finnegan, Jr., on a wall at a Scranton war memorial, Wednesday, April 17, 2024, in Scranton, Pa. His uncle died in WWII

There are no images of Joe Biden's uncle being shot down. This photograph shows a Douglas A-20 Havoc medium bomber attack aircraft being shot down by anti-aircraft fire during an attack on the Imperial Japanese seaplane base and harbor installations at Sekar Bay on 22nd July 1944 at Kokas in Dutch New Guinea, Dutch East Indies.

There are no images of Joe Biden’s uncle being shot down. This photograph shows a Douglas A-20 Havoc medium bomber attack aircraft being shot down by anti-aircraft fire during an attack on the Imperial Japanese seaplane base and harbor installations at Sekar Bay on 22nd July 1944 at Kokas in Dutch New Guinea, Dutch East Indies.

Local people watching wounded U,S. and Australian soldiers being placed on a row of stretchers. Papua New Guinea, December 1942

Local people watching wounded U,S. and Australian soldiers being placed on a row of stretchers. Papua New Guinea, December 1942

Biden went on to tell how ‘Uncle Bosie’ – who he called a ‘hell of a guy’ – had ended up in the jungle populated by cannibalistic savages.

He said: ‘When D-Day occurred, the next day, all four of my mother’s brothers volunteered to join the military. Three of them made it, one of them couldn’t go.

‘Ambrose Finnegan – we called him Uncle Bosie – he was shot down. He was in the Army Air Corps, before there was an Air Force, flew those single engine airplanes, reconnaissance flights over New Guinea.

‘He volunteered because someone couldn’t make it.’

That led to him being shot down among the cannibals.

In a speech later on Wednesday Biden added: ‘My Uncle Bosie, he was a hell of an athlete, they tell me, when he was a kid.

‘And he became an Army Air Corps before the Air Force came along. He flew those single engine planes as reconnaissance over war zones.

‘And he got shot down near Guinea and they never found the body because there used to be, there were a lot of cannibals for real, in that part of New Guinea.’

The loss of Ambrose Finnegan is detailed in a ‘missing aircraft’ report made on March 17, 1944 and kept at the National Archives.

Marked ‘Secret’ the War Department report shows he was not flying the plane and was a passenger.

There were three ‘crew’ and one ‘passenger’ on board.

Finnegan was listed as a 2nd Lieutenant who was a ‘courier’.

The three-strong crew consisted of a pilot, gunner and engineer.

The pilot was 1st Lieutenant Harold R. Prince. 

According to the report the weather was ‘good’ when the plane went down and there was ‘nil’ evidence to suggest whether or not those on board had survived.

Missing Air Crew Report number 48472D LT AMBROSE J. FINNEGAN

Missing Air Crew Report number 48472D LT AMBROSE J. FINNEGAN

Missing Air Crew Report number 48472D LT AMBROSE J. FINNEGAN

Missing Air Crew Report number 48472D LT AMBROSE J. FINNEGAN

Missing Air Crew Report number 48472D LT AMBROSE J. FINNEGAN

Missing Air Crew Report number 48472D LT AMBROSE J. FINNEGAN

There were also reports in the National Archives submitted by pilots who went looking for the missing plane.

They reported ‘searching the water all the way with nil obeservations’ and that ‘no sightings were made.’ 

Pilots reported back that ‘no trace was found of Lieutenant Prince’s plane or the crew.’ 

S President Joe Biden with Pennsylvania, Mayor Paige Cognetti, visits the Veterans War Memorial in Scranton, Pennsylvania

S President Joe Biden with Pennsylvania, Mayor Paige Cognetti, visits the Veterans War Memorial in Scranton, Pennsylvania

President Joe Biden visits Zummo's Cafe with Scranton, Pennsylvania, Mayor Paige Cognetti

President Joe Biden visits Zummo’s Cafe with Scranton, Pennsylvania, Mayor Paige Cognetti

Speaking in Scranton, Biden went on: ‘We had a tradition in my family my grandfather taught us.

‘When you visit the graveside of a family member you say three Hail Marys. That was what I was doing (at the memorial).

‘My Uncle Ambrose Finnegan – Uncle Bosie was a hell of a guy. I never met him.’

Biden said as he looked at the memorial he thought about his Republican rival for the presidency Donald Trump.

President Joe Biden reaches to touch the name of his uncle Ambrose J. Finnegan, Jr., on a wall at a Scranton war memorial, Wednesday, April 17, 2024, in Scranton, Pa

President Joe Biden reaches to touch the name of his uncle Ambrose J. Finnegan, Jr., on a wall at a Scranton war memorial, Wednesday, April 17, 2024, in Scranton, Pa

U.S. President Joe Biden visits a war memorial in Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S., April 17, 2024

U.S. President Joe Biden visits a war memorial in Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S., April 17, 2024

‘What I was thinking about when I was standing there, when Trump refused to go up the memorial in Paris and he said they were bunch of suckers and losers,’ he said.

‘To me that is a such a disqualifying assertion made by a president. The guys who saved civilization in the 1940s suckers and losers.’

Trump has strongly denied making such comments about American soldiers who died in World War II.

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