Funeral set for East Tenn soldier killed in WWII
CLEVELAND, TN. (AP) - A U.S. Army Air Forces sergeant killed in a plane crash in New Guinea during World War II will be buried more than 67 years later Wednesday in the southeast Tennessee community where his daughter remembers him leaving.
The remains of Staff Sgt. Berthold A. Chastain are to be returned Saturday to his now 75-year-old daughter, Tulie Chastain Swilling, and other family members.
Swilling said her then-27-year-old father and others in his crew on the B-24D Liberator bomber were killed when the plane disappeared during a reconnaissance mission on Oct. 27, 1943. Swilling said she was informed in November that his remains were recovered.
The Cleveland Daily Banner reports that a funeral service is set Wednesday in Cleveland, to be followed by a low-altitude flyover by a U.S. Air Force B-52 bomber.
Information from: Cleveland Daily Banner, http://www.clevelandbanner.com/
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