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WWII Pilot's Remains Arrive In NY For Burial In His Hometown

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The remains of a World War II fighter pilot identified 70 years after he died in the Pacific have arrived in upstate New York for burial.

The remains of 2nd Lt. Edward F. Barker arrived aboard a commercial flight at Albany International Airport late Wednesday morning. An Army honor guard from Fort Drum in northern New York carried his casket to a hearse for the 65-mile drive west to Herkimer, Barker's hometown.

Calling hours are Friday afternoon and evening at Fenner Funeral Home in Herkimer. A graveside funeral service with full military honors will be held noon Saturday at nearby Calvary Cemetery.

Barker was a 21-year-old Army Air Forces pilot when he failed to return from a training mission in Papua New Guinea in 1944. His remains were recovered in 2012 and identified earlier this year.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

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