Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Missing World War II Pacific Theater Pilot Identified

The remains of Army 1st Lt. John E. Terpning, of Mount Prospect, Ill came back to the United States after nearly 70 years MIA.  He will be given full military honors at a service at Arlington Cemetery today, April 3.
On May 7, 1944, Terpning was a pilot of a B-24D Liberator aircraft that departed Nadzab, New Guinea, on a bombing mission.
Due to mechanical troubles, the B-24D was delayed in departing the airbase and was unable to join the formation after takeoff. The aircraft, Terpning, nor the nine other crewmen aboard the plane were seen after takeoff. In 1946, the War Department declared all ten men to be presumed dead.

More than 73,000 Americans remain missing in action from World War II.  You are NOT forgotten.