Arkansas WWII Airman Identified

AUGUST 24, 2006 - Posted at 7:52 a.m. CDT

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon said yesterday that the remains

of an Arkansan missing in action from a World War Two combat

mission in 1944 have been found.

Technical Sergeant Blake A- Treece Junior of Marshall was one of

three airmen identified. Treece, along with Second Lieutenant David

J- Nelson of Chicago and Technical Sergeant Henry F- Kortebein of

Maspeth, New York, will be buried today at Arlington National


Treece, Nelson and Kortebein were among nine airmen aboard a

B-17-G Flying Fortress on a mission to bomb targets near Caen

(KHA), France, on August 8th, 1944, when the plane was hit by enemy

fire and crashed near a village south of Caen.

German forces and French villagers recovered some of the remains

of the crew and buried them nearby. Advancing U-S forces found

additional remains, and six of the nine men ultimately were

identified. But Nelson, Kortebein and Treece remained unaccounted


In August 2002, a team from the Joint P-O-W/M-I-A Accounting

Command, which is responsible for accounting for missing

servicemen, was told that a French aircraft wreckage hunting group

had found a crash site near the village where the B-17-G went down.

The U-S team surveyed the site, excavated it in July 2004 and

recovered human remains, personal effects and crew-related

materials in the wreckage.

Also found were six unexploded 250-pound bombs.