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Remains of U.S. Airman Shot Down over Romania in WWII Identified

Nov 30, 2021
BOSTON -- An airman from Massachusetts who was shot down over Romania during World War II has been accounted for, the military said.

U.S. Army Air Forces Staff Sgt. Charles G. McMackin, 26, was accounted for in August, according to a statement from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, but the announcement was not made until now because his family was only recently briefed on the situation.

The agency said McMackin was from Boston, but according to news clippings from the time of his death, he was from Revere, just north of Boston.

McMackin was the bombardier on a B-24 Liberator that participated in Operation Tidal Wave on Aug. 1, 1943, a massive bombing mission against the oil fields and refineries at Ploiesti, Romania, considered crucial to the Nazi war effort, according to the agency.

His plane crashed as a result of enemy anti-aircraft fire, and his remains were not identified following the war. Remains of American personnel that could not be identified were buried in a cemetery in Romania and later moved to a cemetery in Belgium.

The remains were exhumed in 2017 and sent to Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, for examination and identification.

McMackin's remains were identified using dental and anthropological analysis, as well as mitochondrial DNA analysis.

McMackin will be buried in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

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Photo caption: In this World War II-era photograph provided by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, U.S. Army Air Forces Staff Sgt. Charles G. McMackin, of Revere, Mass., stands in front of a microphone. (Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency via AP)


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