MIA-KIA from the CBI
Joseph Petrella, MIA-KIA from the CBI. Anyone with more information on Mr. Petrella, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is a great story about the loss of Mr. Petrella's flight at http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/tibet.htm.
From the New York Times, January 7, 1998:
Remains of Crash Victim From '44 Will Be Buried
A coffin with the partial remains of a United States Army corporal
whose plane crashed into the mountains of Tibet in 1944 will finally be
returned home today, officials said yesterday.
Petrella had been listed as missing in action for nearly half a century
until bones of the five men who died in the crash were discovered in a
melting glacier in 1993.
It took several years for the Chinese
Government to report the discovery and for the bones to be identified
at a military forensics laboratory in Hawaii, said John Scofield, a
spokesman for United States Representative Frank A. LoBiondo,
Republican of Vineland. Only a leg bone could be positively identified
as Corporal Petrella's, he said.
Corporal Petrella, originally
of Dennis Township, will be buried on Saturday with military honors in
Cape May County Veterans Cemetery in Upper Township.
From the National WWII Memorial:
BRANCH OF SERVICE
U.S. Army Air Forces
Mr. James Petrella
ACTIVITY DURING WWII
INDIA-CHINA WING, AIR TRAINING COMMAND. STATION NUMBER 4, AREA NUMBER 1, APO 466 HUMP FLYING.
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