Army Cadet Found After 66 Years

Crew perished during WWII training flight; military funeral planned
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 11, 2008 12:55 PM CDT
Cadet Ernest Munn was thought to be buried with the other crash victims.   (Shutterstock)
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(Newser) – Sixty-six years after his disappearance, a full military funeral is planned for a cadet lost in a flight accident during World War II, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The Army has identified a recently discovered body as Aviation Cadet Ernest Munn of Ohio, who crashed with three other crewmen in an AT-7 Navigator flying over Kings Canyon National Park in 1942.

The crash site was discovered in 1947, but the army couldn't identify individual remains, so all four received a group burial. In 2005, hikers discovered the frozen body of another cadet who had been a passenger, and last August Munn’s body was found nearby. "It's sort of a closure," said Munn's sister, 88-year-old Jeanne Pyle. "I can still see my mother. She would just set and cry."