A Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command recovery team left Austria last week after not finding human remains at the site of a B-17 bomber shot down by German fighters on May 10, 1944. The team, which plans to return, reports that during the recovery effort they received helpful information on the B-17 from Harold Dwyer, a World War II B-17 pilot and the younger brother of 1st Lt. Stanley Dwyer, the pilot of the crashed B-17. Harold Dwyer and family were at the site to erect a memorial stone during a service Aug. 27. Of the 10 crew members aboard the crashed aircraft, Stanley Dwyer and his gunner Sgt. John Boros did not bail out.
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.