BLUFFDALE, Utah — The remains of a World War II pilot have been laid to rest in his home state of Utah after being returned from Germany.
The Salt Lake City Tribune reported that the burial for Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Lynn W. Hadfield came 74 years to the day German anti-aircraft fire hit his bomber and he crashed just months before the war ended.
Hadfield's daughter, Mary Ann Turner, mourned her father, who died when she was 2. After the funeral Thursday, she said an "emptiness is filled" and she had finally found peace.
A researcher found evidence of a crash in 2016 about 10 miles (16 kilometers) from the German city of Dulmen. DNA analysis confirmed the remains belonged to the 26-year-old from Salt Lake City and two crew members.
Officials believe remains of nearly half of the 83,000 unidentified service members killed in World War II and more recent wars could be identified and returned to relatives.