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.

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McGowan was a member of the 391st Fighter Squadron, 366th Fighter Group, 9th U.S. Air Force.

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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.

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McGowan’s remains will now be buried June 26, 2020, at the Normandy American Cemetery in France.