World War II airmen killed in action to finally return home

Julia LeDoux
August 23, 2019 - 1:54 pm
Cbybowski and crew

DPAA

Seventy-six years after being shot down over the Pacific, an Army Air Corps staff sergeant is finally returning home, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.

The DPAA announced Friday that the remains of Paul Cybowski, 25, of South Plainfield, New Jersey, have been identified as the result of dental and anthropological analysis and circumstantial evidence. 

Paul Cybowski
DPAA

According to the DPAA, Cybowski was a member of the 373rd Bombardment Squadron, 308th Bombardment Group, based in Yangkai, China. On Sept. 15, 1943, he was a gunner aboard a B-24D aircraft, taking part in a bombing mission over Haiphong, French Indochina (present-day Vietnam.) Approximately 50 Japanese fighters attacked the formation as it turned to make a run over the target, shooting down three of the five American aircraft. Five crewmembers were able to bail prior to the crash, but Cybowski and four other crewmembers were killed during the attack.

The remains of the men were interred at a European cemetery in Hai Duong, French Indochina. On April 15, 2019, a set of remains was disinterred, sent to a laboratory for analysis and subsequently identified as Cybowski’s, the DPAA said.

Cybowski will be buried Sept. 25 in his hometown. His name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, along with other missing American service members from World War II. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

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