Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

WWII Veteran's Remains Return Home after Missing 73 Years

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

WWII Veteran's Remains Return Home after Missing 73 Years

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ATLANTA * More than 70 years ago, an Army bomber plane dubbed "Hot as Hell" was headed for India on a supply mission. It never arrived, and no one went looking for the doomed aircraft or the eight men on board because military officials had no way of pinpointing where it went down.

All signs of the mission were lost until 2006, when a hiker in northeastern India spotted a wing and panel sign inscribed with the bomber's name. It wasn't until 2015 that the U.S. Defense Department investigated the crash site and found the remains of 1st Lt. Robert Eugene Oxford.

On Thursday, Oxford was finally being returned home and will be laid to rest this weekend with full military honors in his tiny hometown of Concord, Ga. Photos of his seven fellow crewmen, none of whom was ever found, will lie beside the coffin and then be placed inside it for burial. …

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