CHICAGO – The remains of a World War II serviceman from Chicago that were missing in Germany for decades are to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
The Department of Defense said Monday that Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Emil Wasilewski will be buried today with full military honors.
Wasilewski and eight other crew members were on a plane that crashed in 1944 in Germany.
One crewman survived and German forces buried the others.
The U.S. government tried to recover Wasilewski’s remains after the war but was unsuccessful.
In 2007 a Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command surveyed the area and a year later the site was excavated.
A team recovered human remains and military equipment.
Scientists used forensic identification tools and DNA matched Wasilewski’s nephew to identify Wasilewski’s body.