DETROIT, 15 SEPTEMBER 2017 (AP) — The U.S. government has identified the remains of a World War II airman from Detroit who died in a plane crash in the Pacific Ocean in 1944.
The Defense Department says the remains are 2nd Lt. Donald Underwood, who was aboard a bomber known as the “Miss Bee Haven.” The plane crashed shortly after takeoff from the Gilbert Islands. That area now is the country of Kiribati. [restrict]
Victims of the plane crash were recovered and buried during World War II. The burial site on Betio Island was discovered in June by Florida-based History Flight and turned over to the U.S. government.
History Flight is a group that searches for the remains of U.S. war dead. Katie Rasdorf, a volunteer with the group, says Underwood’s family was notified last week.. pacnews [/restrict]