Pentagon Identifies Remains Of Airmen Lost In WWII Crash - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Pentagon Identifies Remains Of Airmen Lost In WWII Crash

WASHINGTON (AP) - The remains of a U-S airman from Ohio and nine others missing in action since a World War II mission over New Guinea have been identified. The Pentagon says the remains will be returned to their families for burial.

One is identified as Sergeant Steve Zayac of Cleveland.

In April 1944, a B-24 Liberator with the airmen was returning to the aerodrome at Nadzab, New Guinea, after bombing enemy targets. The aircraft altered course because of bad weather when it disappeared. Wreckage of the bomber was found in in 2001.

Investigators surveyed the site in 2002 and recovered remains as well as identification tags and other objects.

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