PA WWII pilot to be buried with honors

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A Pennsylvania WWII pilot will be buried with honors.

Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Eugene Ford, accounted for on January 16, 2018, will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery near Washington D.C. on December 4.

Ford, 21, of Latrobe, was the pilot of a B-24J aircraft known as Tulsamerican, and was killed in World War II.

The Tulsamerican was the the lead aircraft in a group of six B-24s from the squadron to participate in a combat bombing mission targeting oil refineries at Odertal, Germany.

The aircraft was attacked by more than 40 German Me-109 and FW-190 fighters. The Tulsamerican was heavily damaged, forcing Ford to abort the mission and crash land in the Adriatic Sea.

Ford was killed in the crash.

For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa or call 703-699-1420.

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