Air Combat Command announced the recovery and identification of the remains of Army Air Corps pilot, 1st Lt. Robert L. McIntosh, who went missing after his P-38 crashed in bad weather over Italy in 1944. McIntosh was a decorated pilot who flew missions over three continents during more than two years of service. His remains, which were recovered and identified with the assistance of the Italian non?profit organization Archeologi dell’Aria, have been laid to rest in his hometown of Tipton, Ind. A single bone fragment, identified through DNA testing and dental records, was recovered.
U.S. Air Force F-35s and F-22s regularly deploy deep into the Pacific region from Alaska, Utah, and Hawaii. In the future, though, the head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command would like to see the Air Force permanently station fifth-generation aircraft west of the international date line—closer to China.