23 MAR 2018 - Funeral Announcement For Airman Killed During World War II
The Defense POW / MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced that the remains of Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Frank A. Fazekas, 22, of Trenton, New Jersey, accounted for on Aug. 7, 2017, from World War II, are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors on March 28th, Arlington National Cemetery, near Washington, D.C.
On May 27, 1944, Fazekas was a member of the 22nd Fighter Squadron, 36th Fighter Group, when he was returning from a mission over northern France and his P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft came under enemy fire. His aircraft crashed in a field north of the French village of Buysscheure. His remains were not recovered and the U.S. Army reported him deceased on May 27, 1944.
In July 1946, a British recovery team investigated a crash site associated with Fazekas’ loss. The team recovered aircraft parts and personal effects, but his remains were not recovered. Based on this information, a Board of Officers of the American Graves Registration Command declared his remains unrecoverable.
On July 16, 2012, a team of historians and an anthropologist from the Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office and Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (both predecessors to DPAA) visited the crash site. The team received assistance from local residents and officials, as well as research from Mr. Joss Leclercq, a French historian. In August 2016, a team from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, augmented by DPAA, excavated the crash site, recovering possible remains. The remains were sent to DPAA on August 31, 2016.
To identify Fazekas’ remains, DPAA and the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial (mtDNA), which matched his family, as well as anthropological analysis, which matched his records, and circumstantial evidence.
DPAA is grateful to Mr. Leclercq, the French government and the University of Wisconsin-Madison for their assistance in this recovery.
Of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, more than 400,000 died during the war.
Currently there are 72,048 service members (approximately 26,000 assessed as possibly-recoverable) still unaccounted for from World War II. Fazekas’ name is recorded on the Tablets of the Missing at Ardennes American cemetery in Neupré, Belgium, an American Battle Monuments Commission site, along with the other MIAs from WWII. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.
Units served with
The Group, as the 36th Pursuit Group, were part of the defence force for the Caribbean area and the Panama Canal in 1941, flying P-39s and P-40s out of Puerto Rico. By May 1944 the 36th Fighter Group were flying their first missions out of England...
Military site : airfield
Kingsnorth was used as an RAF Advanced Landing Ground in 1943, with temporary runways and buildings. It was then used by the Ninth Air Force as an Advanced Landing Ground 1944, and was in 1944 home briefly to the 36th Fighter Group.
||New Jersey, USA
||59143 Lederzeele, France
||27 May 1944
Lederzeele / Buysscheure, France
||28 March 2018
+++ Had been burned at Ardennes American Cemetery, Neupre, Belgium