Body of U.S. Army Pilot Found

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Marianna, FL - September 29, 2012

A Florida U.S. Army pilot whose body had been missing for decades has finally been buried.

U.S. Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Samuel E. Lunday's remains lay inside his aircraft on a Himalayan mountain for decades. An American hiker stumbled across the wreckage of Lunday's C-87 and his remains were repatriated in 2003.

The News Herald reports Lunday was buried Friday in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.

According to the U.S. Department of Defense, the hiker recovered the aircraft's identification plate, military equipment and human remains.

The department said Lunday and four other U.S. servicemen were flying over the Himalayan mountains in 1943. The crew lost radio communications after takeout and was never heard from again.

Officials searched the area, but were thwarted by heavy snow.

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