MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Minnesota pilot who was killed on June 5, 1944 while flying on a mission near the city of Saint-Lô, France has finally been accounted for.
William J. McGowan, of Benson, was 23 years old when he died during World War II.READ MORE: Violence Free Minnesota Finds Help For Domestic Abuse Survivors
McGowan was a member of the 391st Fighter Squadron, 366th Fighter Group, 9th U.S. Air Force.READ MORE: Saint Paul Regional Water Services Is Well-Equipped To Handle Heat And Drought
In 1947, his remains had been declared non-recoverable after an AGRC team removed wreckage from the impact crater.
In 2018, though, a team from St. Mary’s University Forensic Aviation Archaeological Field School, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, found osseous material. Labaratory tests confirmed his identity.MORE NEWS: What Health Information Can Employers Require From Their Workers?
McGowan’s remains will now be buried June 26, 2020, at the Normandy American Cemetery in France.