SONARI, Oct 28 � A five-member US team, headed by Captain David Gooch, arrived here today to search for and recover the remains, if any, of the four American soldiers who died in a plane crash during the Second World War at No. 1 Kathiakhunda village under the Sapekhati PS in Charaideo subdivision.
The members of the US Joint Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Command (US-JPAC), a wing of the US Army, will visit the site tomorrow and start the search operations in a joint mission with the Anthropological Survey of India.
Addressing a press conference at a hotel here this evening, Ken Tilley, the leader of investigation of the US team, said the US war plane crashed on June 26, 1944 while returning from a Burmese mission. The bodies of seven out of 11 US soldiers and crew members were found at that time. The present mission is to search for the remains of four missing soldiers/crew members of the war plane.
Dr BN Sarkar, superintendent anthropologist, informed the media persons that 21 sites were identified in a joint research of the US-JPAC and the Anthropological Survey of India where the war planes of the Allied Forces had crashed. He said that a skeleton was found in Arunachal Pradesh which had been sent for DNA tests.