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    MIA WWII Airman Comes Home

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    Airman Missing From WWII Accounted For (Barker)
    15-053 | July 23, 2015

    The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that a U.S. serviceman, missing from World War II, has been identified and is being returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

    Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Edward F. Barker, 21, of Herkimer, N.Y., will be buried Aug. 1, in his hometown. On Sept. 30, 1944, Barker was the pilot of an P-47D Thunderbolt that failed to return from a training mission in Papua New Guinea. The aircraft was last seen flying north-northwest of Finschhafen, and all search efforts failed to locate Barker and the aircraft. Barker was reported as missing when he failed to return after the mission. A military review board later amended his status to presumed dead.

    In 1962, a U.S. military team discovered P-47D aircraft wreckage in the mountains of the Huan Peninsula in Morobe Province. The aircraft was correlated to Barker; however, the team found no evidence of the pilot.

    From Jan. 22-25, 2002, a Department of Defense (DoD) team located the crash site, but no remains of the pilot were discovered during the survey of the site.

    In late 2012, another DoD team began excavating the site. The team recovered human remains, aircraft wreckage, military gear and personal effects.

    To identify Barker’s remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory (AFDIL) used circumstantial evidence and forensic identification tools including mitochondrial DNA, which matched his niece and nephew.

    For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account for Americans, who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA website at www.dpaa.mil or call (703) 699-1420.

    Photo source: http://www.fennerfuneralhome.com/sitemaker/sites/FENNER1/obit.cgi?user=61450964_LBarker

    Lately I have fallen behind in reporting POW/MIA press releases. I am sorry.

    Due to a combination of obstacles I am 3 months behind. It totals 10 overdue reports and 2 recent. Two of the reports are on different members of the same aircrew that means just 9 reports to catch up. As much as I want there to be a few days between reports I am going to do one overdue report per day till I catch up. If the stories are too close some of them get overlooked. One story may be viewed 3000 times while the next one is only viewed 300. Please watch for them ALL. Each one of these men went off to war and never came home till just this year. Think about that, they each had a family that has been waiting all this time and wondering. Give them all a welcome home.

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