Missing WWII Airman Identified

Posted 22 April 2011
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US Army Air Forces PFC Mervyn E. Sims of Petaluma, California, was buried 22 April 2011 in his hometown after recovery and identification of his remains. On 24 April 1943, Sims and four crew members aboard a C-87 Liberator Express transport departed from Yangkai, China, on a resupply mission. After the aircraft did not arrive at Chabua, India, a search effort was launched. No evidence of the aircraft was found and the crew was presumed killed. In 2003, an American citizen in Burma reported to US officials at the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command that he had found aircraft wreckage in the mountains 112 miles east of Chabua. The remains were recovered after a search of the area.

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