Bittersweet homecoming for World War II airman, 72 years later

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TIPTON, Ind.— The remains of an Indiana airman who went missing during World War II were buried in his hometown of Tipton Saturday.

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency says 21-year-old Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Robert L. McIntosh of Tipton was piloting a single-seat aircraft on a mission in Italy on May 12, 1944, when he disappeared.

Previous investigations couldn’t substantiate McIntosh’s whereabouts. But the agency says it received information in 2013 from Italian citizens about a crash site. The agency says evidence confirmed it was McIntosh’s aircraft.

An American recovery team excavated the site last August and DNA identified McIntosh’s remains.

Nearly 200 people attended services for McIntosh at Tipton High School.

The speakers included Tipton Mayor, Don Havens, as well as a former high school classmate who was also in the military.

Burial followed at Fairview Cemetery where there was a military flyover and  21-gun salute.

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