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Remains Of Minn. Airman Missing In WWII Identified

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The U.S. Department of Defense says a Minnesota airman who was missing in action in World War II will be buried with full military honors Wednesday at Arlington National Cemetery.

Officials say the remains of Army Air Forces Tech. Sgt. Robert L. Christopherson of Blue Earth were identified using DNA technology.

Christopherson was aboard a B-17E Flying Fortress that was shot down while on a bombing mission over Papau New Guinea in June 1943.

Nine crew members were missing in action. A 10th man survived and was held as a prisoner of war until September 1945.

Christopherson and three other crew members will be buried as a group in a single casket at Arlington. Five other crew members were previously identified and individually buried in 1985.

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