The Pentagon has identified the remains of two members of a four-person Army Air Forces crew that went missing in action on March 27, 1944, while trying to complete a C-46 resupply mission over the Himalayas. The two identified are 1st. Lt. Herbert W. Evans of Rapid City, S.D., and Pfc. Gerald L. Rugers, Jr. of Tacoma, Wash. Group remains of all four crew members—including Capt. Douglas R. Wight of Westfield, N.J., and Cpl. John W. Hanlon of Arnett, Okla.—will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery. On the date they went missing, the last radio contact was the crew’s call for a bearing as their aircraft flew over the mountain range. In 2001, Chinese officials notified the US that wreckage of a World War II era aircraft had been discovered in a remote corner of Tibet, where investigators ultimately discovered remains and personal effects.
The Air Force overall reduced its size by 120 aircraft in fiscal year 2021, but kept about the same number of fighter, bomber and attack aircraft, according to data supplied by the service. The F-35 fleet saw the biggest increase while the B-1B bomber fleet saw the largest decline.