Remains of World War Two Muscatine bomber pilot identified
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Remains of World War Two Muscatine bomber pilot identified 1

MUSCATINE — The remains of an eastern Iowa airmen who died in a bomber crash in World War Two have been identified.

The Defense Department’s POW/MIA Accounting Agency says U.S. Army Air Forces Major Theodore Willhite of Muscatine  was piloting a B-24 Liberator in March of 1944 when it was struck by antiaircraft fire during a bombing raid in France. The bomber broke apart and crashed. All eleven crewmembers were lost and not identified.

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The remains were exhumed in 2019 from an American cemetery in France and DNA analysis helped identify the remains of Willhite, who was 26 when he died.

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