WWII Airman's Burial Comes 68 Years After Death

February 11, 2011

The remains of a World War II airman from Baltimore are being buried at Arlington National Cemetery more than 68 years after he and ten crew members died in a plane crash.

The Pentagon's POW-Missing Personnel Office says Tech. Sgt. Charles Bode was scheduled for burial with full military honors Friday afternoon.

Bode was 23 when his B-24D Liberator disappeared on November 20, 1943 after taking off from Jackson Airfield. The plane was found in 1984, and it took investigators more than 20 years to identify the men's remains.

Maj. Carie Parker says Bode's interment is the last among the six crew members whose remains were identified individually.

The Pentagon also says it's identified the remains of a Michigan man among the remains of the World War II airmen whose plane crashed in what now is Papua New Guinea and is returning them to their families for burial.

They include 23-year-old 1st Lt. Richard T. Heuss of Berkley, Michigan. Parker says Heuss and nine of the men will be buried as a group March 24 at Arlington National Cemetery.

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