Remains of 11 WWII airmen recovered
Posted: Friday, February 11, 2011 8:01 pm
BERKLEY, Mich. (AP) — The remains of a Michigan man and 10 other World War II airmen whose plane crashed in what now is Papua New Guinea have been identified and will be returned to their families for burial, the Pentagon announced Thursday.
The airmen include 1st Lt. Richard T. Heuss, 23, of Berkley, Mich. He and nine of the men will be buried as a group March 24 at Arlington National Cemetery.
A funeral was scheduled today at Arlington for Army Air Forces Technical Sgt. Charles A. Bode, 23, of Baltimore.
The crew’s B-24D Liberator disappeared after taking off from Jackson Airfield in New Guinea on Nov. 20, 1943.
The others are 2nd Lt. Robert A. Miller, 22, of Memphis; 2nd Lt. Edward R. French, 23, of Erie, Pa.; 2nd Lt. Robert R. Streckenbach Jr., 21, of Green Bay, Wis.; Tech. Sgt. Lucian I. Oliver Jr., 23, of Memphis; Staff Sgt. Ivan O. Kirkpatrick, 36, of Whittier, Calif.; Staff Sgt. William K. Musgrave, 24, of Hutsonville, Ill.; Staff Sgt. James T. Moran, 21, of Sloatsburg, N.Y.; Staff Sgt. James B. Moore, 21, of Woburn, Mass.; and Staff Sgt. Roy Surabian, 24, of Medford, Mass.
The government of Papua New Guinea notified U.S. officials in 1984 of a World War II crash site in a ravine in Morobe Province, the Defense Department said. A U.S. search team located B-24 wreckage and some human remains but couldn’t complete the mission because of the dangerous terrain.
In 2004, local villagers turned over human remains they had previously removed from the area, the Pentagon said.
Information on missing U.S. military personnel: http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo
Published in The Messenger 2.11.11