DELHI, INDIA - Secretary of Defense Ash
Carter was honored to participate this morning in a ceremony in New
Delhi, India, repatriating the possible remains of U.S service members
recovered by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA). One set of
remains was recovered in the Arunachal Pradesh state between Sept. 12
and Nov. 17, 2015. A second set of remains was unilaterally turned over
to DPAA by a third party from the same region.
The remains recovered late last year are
possibly associated with a B-24 crash on Jan. 25, 1944, where a crew of
eight personnel assigned to the 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group were
lost during a routine mission from Kunming, China to Chabua, India. The
remains that were turned over to DPAA are possibly related to a C-109
that crashed on July 17, 1945, travelling from Jorhat, India, to
Hsinching, China, with a four-man Army Air Force crew.
After the ceremony, the remains were flown
by U.S. military aircraft to the DPAA laboratory in Honolulu, Hawaii,
for further identification.
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