A team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison found the remains of an American pilot who died when his fighter plane crashed in Europe during World War II.
First Lt. Frank Fazekas, of the U.S. Army Air Forces, went down in a P-47 Thunderbolt in Northern France in 1944, one week before D-Day. After being listed as missing since World War II, the site of Fazekas' plane crash was finally identified by UW-Madison's Missing in Action Recovery and Identification Project.
The UW-Madison project is a partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.
The team at UW-Madison identified the possible site of the plane crash in 2016 and spent two years excavating the area. The DPAA has officially changed Fazekas' status from missing to accounted for.
Fazekas is set to receive military honors at Arlington National Cemetery in a few months.
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