He’s finally going house.
The remains of an airman whose airplane was shot down over Romania throughout World Conflict II are being returned to his family after 78 years, in accordance to the Anchorage Day by day Information.
U.S. Military Air Forces Tech. Sgt. Alfred “Fred” Turgeon, of Cordova, Alaska, was simply 23 when he was killed in a mission that got here to be generally known as “Operation Tidal Wave.”
He was one in every of tons of of airmen who died throughout the daylight bombings of Nazi oil refineries in Romania.
Turgeon and 9 others from his airplane perished after their plane got here beneath fireplace.
As a result of his remains had gone unidentified for therefore lengthy, Turgeon’s mom and older sister all the time prayed he’d escaped dying, nephew David Bass advised the newspaper.
“They all the time held out hope that maybe he was in a prisoner of warfare camp or that he had amnesia and didn’t know who he was and was alive in Europe — the identical sort of factor I’m certain that most likely each mom who misplaced somebody in World Conflict II hoped,” Bass stated.
The nephew obtained a name about Turgeon’s remains week in the past from the U.S. Division of Protection’s POW/MIA Accounting Company.
“It was a extremely emotional second for all of us,” he stated.
The company used DNA from Bass and different relations to determine the remains. Turgeon is to be buried in Washington state with full army honors, subsequent to his older sister.
“It’s an awesome closure for us as a family,” Bass stated. “I want that my mother was nonetheless alive to find a way to see it.”