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News 2 | May 9, 2024

DOD Team in France Searching for Missing WWII Airmen

By David Vergun, DOD News

In the early morning hours of June 6, 1944, a C-47A aircraft from what was then U.S. Army Air Corps' 304th Troop Carrier Squadron, 442nd Troop Carrier Group, participated in the D-Day airborne operation in France.

The aircraft carried a crew of five, along with 14 paratroopers from the Army's 82nd Airborne Division.

All 14 paratroopers exited the aircraft, but minutes later, the airplane was presumably shot down by German antiaircraft fire in the Normandy region. All five crew members were killed. The remains of two were later recovered, but the other three have remained missing for the last 80 years.

Now, a 25-member team from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency is at the site of the crash, searching for the missing three and helping to fulfill the nation's promise to account for all of those who are missing and return them home.

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