Missing in World War II, Unearthed in Germany and Now Back With His Family

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COLMA, Calif. — Sixty-six years after riding a B-24J Liberator on a bombing mission over Berlin, John P. Bonnassiolle is finally home.

The plane carrying Sergeant Bonnassiolle, age 20, and nine other crewmen in April 1944 never returned, but on Tuesday his remains were buried in the family’s cemetery plot.

“We have closure,” said Andrew Kelley, 88, who, like his younger brother John, flew bombers in the war.

The remains of more than 72,000 Americans are still unaccounted for after World War II. Getting Sergeant Bonnassiolle’s name off that list required a combination of luck, dogged sleuthing and DNA....

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