Remains of WWII pilot to be buried in Battle Creek

An undated courtesy photo of Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Frederick Langhorst  (Department of Defense)
An undated courtesy photo of Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Frederick Langhorst (Department of Defense)

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — The remains of a World War II pilot from New York will be buried this weekend in southwestern Michigan.

In 1945, Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Frederick Langhorst was 24 years old when his cargo plane crashed on a trip to China from India. Four people were aboard, but the crash site wasn’t immediately identified.

More than 60 years later, in 2007, an independent investigator discovered aircraft wreckage in a deep ravine in India. Bone fragments were recovered and analyzed, the first of many steps to confirm that the remains belonged to Langhorst, who was from Yonkers, New York.

The Defense Department says he will be buried Saturday in Battle Creek, where his daughter lives.