AIRMAN MISSING FROM WWII IDENTIFIED

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  1. syscom3

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    http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo/news/news_releases/2011/release_pascal.pdf

    Nov. 28, 2011
    AIRMAN MISSING FROM WWII IDENTIFIED
    The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today
    that the remains of a U.S. serviceman from World War II have been identified and are being
    returned to the family for burial with full military honors.

    Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Stephen L. Pascal, 20, of Hollywood, Calif., will be buried on
    Nov. 30, in Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C. On April 7, 1945, Pascal was
    flying a photo reconnaissance mission between Gottingen and Alfeld, Germany, when his P-38
    Lightning aircraft, fitted for reconnaissance, went missing. An investigation conducted after the
    war determined Pascal’s aircraft exploded over the town of Gottingen. Nearby, on the same day,
    1st Lt. Newell F. Mills Jr., and his wingman, went missing in their P-51D aircraft.

    In 1947, the U.S. Army Graves Registration Service (AGRS) exhumed remains of an
    American pilot, buried by local residents, from a village cemetery in Varrigsen, Germany. The
    circumstantial evidence led AGRS to believe the remains belonged to be Mills since his aircraft
    was closer to that village, when it went missing, than Pascal’s. The remains were buried in the
    Ardennes American Cemetery near Neuville-en-Condroz, Belgium.

    In 2004, a German civilian began excavating the crash site associated with the airman
    buried in Varrigsen. Aircraft parts recovered from the location were from a P-38 Lightning—
    Pascal’s aircraft—not the P-51D flown by Mills. In 2007, the Joint POW/MIA Accounting
    Command (JPAC) excavated the crash site and recovered human remains, P-38 aircraft parts and
    military equipment. In 2008, JPAC exhumed the remains thought to be Mills and examined them
    with the remains recovered in 2007. It was determined that the remains were all Pascal’s.
    Among forensic identification tools and circumstantial evidence, scientists from JPAC
    used mitochondrial DNA—which matched that of Pascal’s cousin—in the identification of his
    remains.
     
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    Excellent post, RIP
     
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    Rest in peace brave warrior! Great post!
     
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    Great info. RIP.
     
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    I wonder if the LW got them, or ground fire.

    Maybe Erich knows?
     
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    RIP to another fallen hero.I salute you.
     
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    Lt Newll Mills and 2nd Lt Gilbert Plowman, 354FS/355th FG went down within 1 mi of each other in the variigsen GY area. Could have been MAC or Me 262. No LW claims but both last seen entering heavy weather at same time on the way home from Bremen
     
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