REMAINS ON ISLAND ID’D AS U.S. AIRMAN
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.