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DETROIT A Michi­gan airman whose plane crashed dur­ing the Sec­ond World War has been iden­ti­fied among the re­mains re­cently dis­cov­ered on a Pa­cific Ocean is­land, the U.S. gov­ern­ment said Thurs­day. The fam­ily of 2nd Lt. Don­ald Un­der­wood got the news last week­end dur­ing a meet­ing with the De­fence De­part­ment. A 90-year-old brother, Ge­orge, was in dis­be­lief. “He threw his neck back and put his han­kie to his mouth,” said son-in-law Mike Me­hall. “It was a com­plete sur­prise. We were start­ing to think we were run­ning out of luck.” Un­der­wood, who was 23, was a mem­ber of the Army Air Forces dur­ing the war. He was aboard a bomber known as the “Miss Bee Haven” when it crashed in shal­low wa­ter af­ter take­off from the Gilbert Is­lands in Jan­uary 1944. The area now is in Kiribati. Three months ago, Un­der­wood’s re­mains were dis­cov­ered along with oth­ers on Be­tio is­land by a Florid­abased group, Home Flight. The group, which searches for the re­mains of U.S. war dead, con­tacted the De­fense De­part­ment. Un­der­wood now will be buried at Ar­ling­ton.

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