US team in India to trace missing WW II airmen

March 18th, 2008 - 9:59 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, March 18 (IANS) A US military team will be here Wednesday to discuss a joint operation with India to search for US airmen who went missing in plane crashes over Indian territory during World War II. Rear Admiral Donna L. Crisp, commander of Joint Prisoner of War/Missing in Action, Accounting Command (JPAC), will meet Indian officials and discuss a joint operation to trace the missing American servicemen from World War II, official sources said.

The two sides are likely to announce an expedition to trace the missing American airmen, the sources said.

According to the US Department of Defence, more than 500 US aircraft and 1,200 crewmembers went missing in the China-Burma-India theatre during World War II. At least 416 Americans went missing in India alone.

The JPAC will organise DNA tests on the bones if the remains of the deceased servicemen are traced and match them with available records.

Those who get identified will be entitled to a burial with a military honour guard at a National Cemetery in the US.

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