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Nine servicemen who died in WWII crash are identified

Nine servicemen who died in a bomber crash in Papua New Guinea during World War II have been identified and are being returned to their families for burial with full military honors, the Pentagon’s Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office said today.

Army Air Forces 1st Lt. William J. Sarsfield of Philadelphia; 2nd Lt. Charles E. Trimingham of Salinas, Calif.; Tech. Sgt. Robert L. Christopherson of Blue Earth, Minn.; and Tech. Sgt. Leonard A. Gionet of Shirley, Mass., will be buried as a group in a single casket on Sept. 21 in Arlington National Cemetery.

The men will be buried along with remains from previously identified crew members 2nd Lt. Herman H. Knott, 2nd Lt. Francis G. Peattie, Staff Sgt. Henry Garcia, Staff Sgt. Robert E. Griebel, and Staff Sgt. Pace P. Payne, who were buried in 1985.

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