The remains of Sgt. John P. Bonnassiolle, a crewman in a B-24J bomber that went down over Germany in 1944, have been identified and returned to his family, Defense Department officials have announced. Bonnassiolle, a native of Oakland, Calif., will be buried Tuesday in San Francisco with full military honors. He was a one of 10 airmen lost on April 29, 1944, when their B-24 crashed near the town of East Meitze, Germany, north of Hannover, during a bombing raid against Berlin. DOD-led excavations of the crash site in 2005 and 2007 recovered remains and crew-related equipment, including Bonnassiolle’s identification tags, that led to his identification. (DOD release)
The Air Force isn’t giving up on its long-frustrated efforts to retire older aircraft, as the department’s leader continues to talk with lawmakers about plans to free up funds for its modernization efforts, Undersecretary of the Air Force Gina Ortiz Jones said Nov. 30.