WORLD WAR II U.S. AIRMEN KILLED ON BOUGAINVILLE FINALLY GO HOME TO REST IN

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (April 9, 2000 - Post-Courier/PINA Nius Online)---A group of American soldiers will return home from Papua New Guinea this week carrying the remains of eight American aviators killed in a plane crash near Alotau during World War II.

The airmen were on a bombing mission to Bougainville when bad weather caused their B-17 flying fortress bomber to crash on a ridge inland from Nigila village outside Alotau during November 1943.

The recovery team from the Central Identification Laboratory in Honolulu, Hawai‘i, was led by Captain Howard Coe.

Capt. Coe said the remains, mostly bones, will be DNA tested and the families of the fallen airmen would be notified after they were identified.

The recovery team removed a 50-calibre gun, still in a very good condition, and took it to Nigila village. It will be displayed there, together with the names of the eight who died.

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