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Missing WWII Airmen To Be Buried At Arlington Cemetery

Last updated on Monday, October 24, 2011

(WASHINGTON) (AP) - The Pentagon has announced that the remains of 10 airmen missing in action from World War II will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.

The Department of Defense says that the crew was on a bombing mission over Berlin in April 1944 when their B-24J Liberator aircraft crashed near East Meitze, Germany. There were no survivors.

The crash site was located in 2003 and human remains were turned over to U.S. officials. Additional remains were gathered two years later by a joint POW/MIA Accounting Command team. Scientists used dental analysis and DNA to identify remains.

Ten airmen will be buried as a group in a single casket Wednesday. More than 73,000 Americans remain unaccounted-for from World War II.

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