The mortal remains of two US airmen who were on a plane carrying four American soldiers from Assam’s Jorhat to Hsin-Ching in China that crashed in a remote part of Arunachal Pradesh during WWII has finally been identified.
The US Department of Defense Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Agency (DPAA), which recovered the remains from the crash site in Arunachal’s Bhismanagar village in 2016, recently confirmed that those were in fact 1st Lt Allen Turner and flight engineer Joseph Natvick. The duo was flying a C-109 tanker aircraft. A DPAA official stated that Turner and Natvick were killed during World War II. On July 17, 1945, both members of the 1330 Army Air Force Base Unit, crashed in a remote area in India. All four passengers were declared deceased, after an extensive search effort failed to locate the crash site.
Gary Zaetz, founder and chairman of Families and Supporters of America’s Arunachal Missing in Action said that restrictions by the Indian authorities have allowed the US government to recover only three out of possibly 400 missing airmen in Arunachal.