MIDDLETOWN — The body of a Middletown Air Force pilot killed when his plane was shot down during World War II is returning home after being identified.

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According to the U.S. Department of Defense’s POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), 27-year-old U.S. Army First Lieutenant Dan W. Colson of Middletown was formally held accountable in September.

Our news partner WCPO reports that the family was notified back in October.

Corson was assigned to the 401st Bombardment Squadron, 91st Bombardment Group, Eighth Air Force in December 1942. He was co-pilot of a B-17F “Flying Fortress,” nicknamed Danellen.

It was hit by anti-aircraft fire after a bombing raid on a German aircraft factory in Romilly-sur-Seine, France.

The plane was last seen turning toward the ground and crashing near the French village of Bernières-sur-Seine, defense officials said.

Only one pilot managed to parachute out of the crashing plane, and eight members were still on board, including Corson.

On December 20, 1943, the War Department announced the death of First Lieutenant Corson.

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DPAAA scientists used anthropological analysis to identify Corson’s remains. Armed Forces Medical Examiner System scientists also used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and Y-chromosome DNA (Y-STR) analysis.

His name is recorded on the Wall of the Missing at the Cambridge American Cemetery, an American Battle Monuments Commission site in Cambridge, England, along with others still missing from World War II.

A rosette will be placed next to his name to signify that Corson has been held accountable.

He will be buried in Middletown. No date has been set yet.

Source : www.whio.com

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