MIA pilot's remains returning to Ozark 58 years later

OZARK, Ala. (AP) - The remains of a U.S. Air Force pilot reported missing in action 58 years ago are being returned to his home town of Ozark for a memorial ceremony.

Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home says the remains of Lt. Robert Franklin Dees are expected to arrive Friday for the Saturday service.

Linda Dees, the F-84E Thunderjet pilot's niece, says he was a member of the 430th Fighter-Bomber Squadron, 474th Fighter Bomber Group, when his aircraft received a direct hit by anti-aircraft fire on Oct. 9, 1952.

The pilot, who was 25, was listed as missing in action and presumed dead. His remains were eventually buried in Hawaii and listed as unknown, but DNA tests confirmed his identity late last year.

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