The remains of Army Air Forces SSgt. Martin F. Troy of Norwalk, Conn, missing since 1944, have been identified, the Department of Defense announced yesterday. Troy was part of the 10-member crew of a B-24H Liberator bomber that was shot down on June 30, 1944 and crashed into a swampy area near Nemesvita, Hungary, beside Lake Balaton, while on a mission to strike an oil refinery in Blechammer, Germany. Human remains turned over by Hungarian citizens and additional remains and evidence from crash site surveys and excavations in 2003, 2005, and 2007 led to his identification. Troy was the last of the three airmen who perished in the crash to be recovered and identified.
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