|Birth: ||Nov. 30, 1915|
|Death: ||May 23, 1944, Myanmar (Burma)|
1LT, 82 BOMB SQ, 12 BOMB GP WORLD WAR II
The remains of seven Airmen missing in action from World War II were buried July 15, 2010, at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.
The following US Army Air Forces Airmen were laid to rest: 1LT Joseph J Auld, Floral Park, New York; CPT Joseph M Olbinski, Chicago; 1LT Robert M Anderson, Millen, Georgia; TSGT Clarence E Frantz, Tyrone, Pennsylvania; PFC Richard M Dawson, Haynesville, Virginia; PVT Robert L Crane, Sacramento, California; and PVT Fred G Fagan, Piedmont, Alabama. All were U.S. Army Air Forces, 4th Troop Carrier Squadron, 64th Troop Carrier Group, 10th Air Force. Their remains were identified April 13, 2009.
The Airmen were aboard a C-47A Skytrain that departed Dinjan, India, May 23, 1944, on an airdrop mission to resupply Allied forces near Myitkyina, Burma. When the crew failed to return, air and ground searches found no evidence of the aircraft along the intended flight path.
Fifty-eight years later, a missionary provided U.S. officials a data plate from a C-47 crash site, located approximately 31 miles northwest of Myitkyina. And in 2003, a Burmese citizen turned over human remains and identification tags for three of the crew members.
A Joint POW-MIA Accounting Command team excavated the crash site in 2003 and 2004, recovering remains and equipment. Among other forensic identification tools and circumstantial evidence, scientists from the Joint POW-MIA Accounting Command and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory also used mitochondrial DNA, which matched some of the crew members' families, as well as dental comparisons in the identification of the remains.
LT Auld's remains were individually identified and buried separately in a gravesite adjacent to a group burial site for all of the others. Another casket contained remains that were positively identified to be Anderson along with co-mingled group remains that could not be individually identified. A gravestone with the names of all crew members will be placed at the site.
Family members from six of the seven Airmen were present for internment that took place in Section 60, an active burial section of Arlington National Cemetery. Veterans from many different eras, including World War II, Korea and Vietnam, are buried in this section, alongside service members killed in the recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Arlington National Cemetery
Plot: SECTION 60 SITE 9558
Maintained by: David McInturff
Originally Created by: ShaneO
Record added: Sep 10, 2010
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