MIA & Air Wing Commander

The true story of Patricia Mongilardi, who, in order to keep her children, wages a forty-year battle with the US military to find her MIA hero husband.

What if they told you all hope was gone, but hope was reborn...

In 1965, a national hero, Air Wing Commander Peter Mongilardi, was shot down over Vietnam. Forty-one years later, through the tireless efforts of cutting edge forensic science and the determined efforts of his family, he came home...

The MIA project, in association with A-List talent, is conceived as a feature film written by Raoul Mongilardi and Xaque Gruber, and shares the true story of the Mongilardi family with the public.  It is also being conceived as a documentary.  The groundbreaking case of Commander Mongilardi will help solve other military forensic cases dating to World War II.


It would take the sustained effort of his wife, Pat, to identify his remains and bring him home to full military honors in 2007.

A passionate and glamorous couple, Peter and Pat Mongilardi possessed movie star looks, style and lived life to the fullest. He, a continually rising star in military service, whose exploits included being the first pilot to fly through the eye of a hurricane, testing Jet aircraft and rescuing fellow pilots—she a sultry beauty, whose brilliant talent as a torch singer led her to perform with some of the greats of Jazz and Blues and who fought valiantly against all odds to keep her children and find answers about her missing husband.

MIA reaches out to the untapped demographic of the heroic widows—millions strong, who brave the corridors of bureaucracy, defy the hawks of war and make a stand. This film is partly their story, the one we have yet to see.

Journey with us from the heyday of military aviation to the tumultuous 60’s, into the jungles of Vietnam, through the dark days that followed, to today’s revolutionary world of forensic science and the inspiring story of one of the most venerated, highly decorated pilots in history.


Raoul Peter Mongilardi:  omrpm@yahoo.com

Pat Mongilardi singing, "As Time Goes By" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZ4yfPBBUW8

                Link:  http://www.omrpmproductions.com

National Public Radio interview (NPR): http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=9539737&ft=1&f=1001&sc=emaf

Read the Virginian Pilot article: 


Original Music Composed and Performed by: Mark Edward Lewis http://www.markedwardlewis.com


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