Remains of World War II pilot identified

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The Defense Department says the remains of a U.S. Army pilot whose plane crashed in Germany during World War II have been identified as those of a western Kentucky man.

The military said Wednesday that remains are those of 2nd Lt. Howard Enoch Jr. of Marion. The remains are being returned to the United States and will be buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery on Sept. 22.

Enoch was piloting a P-51D Mustang that crashed while engaging enemy aircraft on March 19, 1945 near the village of Doberschutz (Doe-ber-shoots) Germany.

Army officials say the Soviet occupation of east Germany prevented earlier recovery of Enoch's remains.

The Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory made the identification.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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