Remains of Iowa WWII Airman Downed in Germany Returning Home

DES MOINES, Iowa — The remains of an Iowa airman who was shot down over Germany during World War II are being returned to the U.S. for burial.

Staff Sgt. Robert “Bobby” Howard of Moulton was 21-years-old and an engineer/gunner on a Martin B-26B “Marauder” when the plane was shot down and it crashed near Wittenburg, Germany on April 16th, 1945.

The Joint Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Command – Central Identification Laboratory was contacted by German officials in 2012 about human remains found near where the plane  was believed to have crashed. A team from JPAC recovered the remains in July of 2012 and testing on the Mitochondrial DNA was able to confirm the remains belonged to Howard.

A memorial service is planned for July 19th at 11:00 a.m. at the Sunset View Cemetery in Moulton. Full military honors will be bestowed and the public is invited to attend.

Howard has five brothers and sisters who are still living.  Three of them live in central Iowa.

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