Long-missing World War II airman buried in Denver
DENVER — A World War II airman from Denver has been buried in his hometown, 67 years after he and other crewmen disappeared when their B-17G Flying Fortress crashed in Germany.
Army Air Forces Staff Sgt. John J. Bono was buried Friday at Fort Logan National Cemetery in suburban Denver.
Bono was 28 when the bomber crashed on Sept. 13, 1944, killing eight of the nine crewmen. One body was found after the war but the locations of the others was unknown.
In 1991, a German who was digging a grave found American dog tags, but U.S. officials say they couldn’t get access to the site until 2007.
In 2008, U.S. officials found three more sets of dog tags, including Bono’s. They identified his remains using DNA, dental records and other evidence.