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DPAA In The News

News 2 | Nov. 29, 2023

U.S. airman missing in France since 1944 now accounted-for after remains analyzed

By Patrick Smith NBC News

The remains of an American airman who was listed as unaccounted-for after his plane was shot down over France during World War II have been found and identified almost 80 years later.

Army Air Force Staff Sgt. Franklin P. Hall, from Leesburg, Florida, was killed on Jan. 21, 1944, when the German Luftwaffe shot down his B-24D Liberator, called the "Queen Marlene," near the rural village of Équennes-Éramecourt, southwest of Amiens.

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, or DPAA, said in a news release Monday that the gunner was officially declared accounted-for on July 13.

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