LORAIN, Ohio — The remains of a World War II pilot from Ohio were identified 75 years after his plane was shot down over Germany, the Defense Department said Wednesday.

The remains of Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Steve Nagy will be buried in his hometown of Lorain at a date yet to be determined, according to the agency responsible for recovery operations of U.S. personnel.

Nagy was 23 when he was piloting a B-17G Flying Fortress that was carrying nine crew members when it was shot down over Merseburg, Germany, in August 1944.

Four survived and were captured by German soldiers while five, including Nagy, were killed.

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said Nagy’s’ remains were recovered from a cemetery in Germany shortly after the war but remained unidentified until the agency was able to take another look this year.

Nagy’s remains were disinterred in April 2019 and identified through dental and anthropological analysis along with DNA tests, the agency said.

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