Remains of WWII airman shipped home

October 28, 2009 7:22:11 PM PDT
The remains of a World War II airman missing for 65 years after his bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean have arrived in Southern California. The remains of Air Force Sgt. Robert Stinson arrived Wednesday under military escort at Ontario International Airport on a flight from Hawaii. The remains were in a casket draped with an American flag.

Stinson was a 24-year-old flight engineer when his B-24J Liberator bomber was shot down near Palau, a grouping of islands in the South Pacific.

Divers from a nonprofit organization located the wreckage in 2004 and the family was alerted earlier this year that the DNA of Stinson's two surviving brothers matches DNA in some leg bone fragments found at the crash site. Stinson will be buried Friday at Riverside National Cemetery.

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