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Defence officials may have found remains of US world WAR ii pilots in the Himalayas

The members of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), press and hold the POW/MIA flag over a piece of metal debris during a DPAA research mission in the near Bhismaknagar Village, Arunachal Pradesh, India, Dec. 02 January 2016. (DoD photo by U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Christopher Cantu)

The ministry of Defence officials may have found the remains of AMERICAN soldiers missing since their plane crashed in the Himalayas during the second world War.

U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) visited two sites in the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh in the search for the remains of a DPAA spokesman told FoxNews.com. Devices the implementation of the still unaccounted-for pilots are believed to have crashed in the remote region.

The team’s goal was to find out whether the reported sites could be correlated to the known crash sites where missing AMERICAN soldiers, the Embassy in India said in a statement.

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The officials found the wreckage of a B-24 Liberator on one of the sites.


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The members of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), remove the bottom of a test-unit, as part of a DPAA research mission in the near Bhismaknagar Village, Arunachal Pradesh, India, Dec. 01, 2016. (DoD photo by U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Christopher Cantu)

During interviews with the local residents, the DPAA team was presented with the human remains, that a witness had recovered near the wreckage of the crashed plane. After arrival at the site, more human remains, believed to be related to missing US service members, were found.

Once approved by the Indian government, the remains will be sent to a DPAA laboratory with the purpose of identification, according to the Embassy.

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Other material evidence was recovered from the site of the B-24 Liberator crash and will be analysed on its return to the U.S., the DPAA spokesman told FoxNews.com.


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The members of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), the conduct of a dignified transfer ceremeony for possible human remains at a DPAA research mission on the Diburgarh Airport, Arunachal Pradesh, India, Dec. 13, 2016. (DoD photo by U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Christopher Cantu)

If the evidence gathered on the mission can be confirmed with historical records and reports, future missions can carry out an excavation to recover the remains and return them to DPAA of the laboratory for identification, according to the Embassy.

“The United States is committed to ensuring that all soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines who served our country come home,” said the US Ambassador in India Richard Verma, in the statement. “DPAA’s mission in India is an essential part of that commitment.”

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The DPAA officials some 10,000 feet in height during the grueling journey. The Indian government, the government of Arunachal Pradesh and the Indian air force were also involved in the mission.

This is not the first time that the U.S. government focused on the region – the DPAA restored remains of Arunachal Pradesh last year. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter received the remains from the Indian government in April – DPAA is working to identify the remains.

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