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Staff Sgt. John E. Hogan of West Plains identified as WW II casualty

7:50 AM, Aug 22, 2012   |    comments
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Washington DC (KSDK) - The US Department of Defense has identified a missing in action airman from World War II as a Missouri resident.

Army Air Forces Staff Sgt. John E. Hogan of West Plains, in south central Missouri, will be buries this Friday in Arlington national Cemetery.

On September 13, 1944 Sgt. Hogan and eight crew members on a B-17G Flying Fortress that crashed near Neustadt-on-Werra, Germany.

Military officials say only one crewman on board the plane successfully parachuted the aircraft before it crashed.  The remaining eight crewmen were buried by German forces in a cemetery in Neustadt.

Following the conflict, US Army officials attempted to recover the remains of the eight servicemen, but were only able to move the remains of one to a U.S. military cemetery in Holland.  In 1953, restrictions into eastern German by the Soviet Union prevented the recovery of the seven unaccounted crewmen who were declared as non-recoverable.

It was in 1991 that a German national digging at the cemetery in Neustadt discovered a U.S. military identification tag and notified American officials. 

Further delays due to German law prevented access to the site until 2007.  Excavation later uncovered the human remains and additional metal identification tags from the three of the U.S. crew.

Staff Sgt. Hogan's remains were matched with DNA from his cousin according to military officers.

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