Army Air Forces pilot killed during World War II is coming home

Julia LeDoux
March 24, 2020 - 11:48 am

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

A pilot killed during World War II has been identified and is coming home, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.

Army Air Forces pilot 2nd Lt. Earl F. Ferguson, 26, was assigned to the 329th Bombardment Squadron, 93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy), 8th Air Force. According to a DPAA release, Ferguson was the co-pilot of a B-24 aircraft when it crashed on Aug. 1, 1943  as the result of anti-aircraft fire during Operation Tidal Wave.

Operation Tidal Wave was the largest bombing mission against oil refineries near Bucharest, Romania. Ferguson's remains could not be identified following the war and were buried as unknown in the Hero Section of the Civilian and Military Cemetery in  Pranova, Romania.

In 2017, DPAA began exhuming the unknown remains and identified Ferguson's using anthropological, dental and DNA analysis.

Ferguson will be buried in his hometown of Philip, South Dakota at a date to be determined.

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