WWII remains of American repatriated from Bosnia

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Associated Press

Posted on September 27, 2011 at 10:33 AM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 27 at 10:34 AM

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Almost seven decades after he died in World War II, the remains of Staff Sgt. Meceslaus T. Miaskiewicz are being returned from Bosnia to relatives in Massachusetts.

Wrapped in a U.S. flag, his coffin was loaded Tuesday at the Sarajevo airport onto a U.S. C-130.

Miaskiewicz was with the 347th Bomb Squadron.

His remains were thought to have been collected along with those of seven other crew members of a B-17 that crashed in 1944 while returning to Italy from a mission in Romania.

But residents of a village near Ljubuski pointed out his unmarked grave to forensic experts searching for the dead from Bosnia's 1992-95 war. They notified the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo, Ambassador Patrick Moon said.

DNA analysis identified Miaskiewicz's remains.

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