Frank Fazekas

Military ROLL OF HONOUR
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Object Number - UPL 32474 - 2Lt Frank A. Fazekas

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 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.

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  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Unit: 36th Fighter Group 22nd Fighter Squadron

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Born

Trenton, New Jersey 21 March 1922

Died

59143 Lederzeele, France 27 May 1944 Lederzeele / Buysscheure, France

Buried/ Commemorated

Arlington National Cemetery 28 March 2018 +++ Had been listed among the missing at Ardennes American Cemetery, Neupre, Belgium

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Corrected my Dad's birthdate

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Corrected burial information for my father.

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My father did not have a middle name/initial. Some how along the way while the story of his remains being recovered was being publicized the middle initial A was injected. Presumably this was a mistake made because I have a cousin who is Frank Anthony Fazekas. I am in the process of trying to have all other records, official and unofficial corrected,

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Added Frank A Fazekas' name to the digital Roll of Honour in the American Air Museum at IWM Duxford, UK.

https://www.abmc.gov/node/545247#.WrpH-02WyM8

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