Remains of airmen missing since WWII accounted for


BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. military officials have accounted for the remains of two World War II airmen 70 years after they disappeared during a bombing run over Papua New Guinea.

Officials say remains of 1st Lts. William Bernier and Bryant Poulsen were identified last month through DNA and other evidence collected from the crash site in a forest on the Pacific island nation.

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Melinda Morgan says the men will be buried with full military honors.

Bernier was from Augusta, Montana, and Poulsen from Salt Lake City, Utah.

In April 1944, their B-24 bomber nicknamed "Hot Garters" crashed after being hit by anti-aircraft fire. Poulsen piloted the aircraft. Bernier was the bombardier.

Several other members of the 12-man crew also were recently accounted for, but their names haven't been released.

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