After nearly 80 years, the remains of an American pilot shot down over France during World War II have been identified, writes The Huffpost. Army officials announced the successful identification on Monday.
According to findings, it was then twenty-one-year-old Franklin P. Hall, originally from Florida. Hall, who was part of the 66th Bombardment Squadron, was shot down by German airmen during the fighting near the French town of Équennes-Éramecourt.
The Germans later discovered the crash site and found some remains, which they placed in a French cemetery in Poix-de-Picardie. But the Halls were not among them. The search for several unidentified soldiers continued.
It took several decades and now it is over. It led all the way to the American cemetery in Normandy, where the remains were found, which were subsequently proven to be Franklin Hall’s. After several decades, Hall will be properly buried in his native Leesburg, Florida.