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The remains of a WWII pilot finally returned home after 75 years

On August 2, Lieutenant James R. Lord, a member of the US Army Air Force, disappeared. His plane sank in the sea near Corsica. Lord was only 20 years old at the time and was engaged in enemy fire in the Savona region, in northwestern Italy, according to a military press release.

Lord was presumed dead and his name was added to the Tablets of the Missing at the American Cemetery in Florence, Italy, where more than 4,000 members of the American service are buried.

Lord was only 20 years old when his plane crashed in 1944.

He remained missing until last year when divers saw the wreckage of his plane and his remains at the bottom of the sea.

A native of Conneaut, Ohio, Lord was returned to his family on Saturday when his remains were flown to Cleveland. His coffin was draped with an American flag and escorted by police to the Marcy funeral home of his hometown.

Lord's coffin is taken from the plane to Cleveland on the way to his hometown, northeast of Ohio.
"My cousin James Lord was an absolute hero," said Rick Gleason, CNN affiliate, WJW. "The good thing to know is that our government is looking for those men and women who are lacking in action in the hope of being able to bring them all home."

Of the 16 million Americans who served in the Second World War, more than 72,000 are still missing, according to the US Air Force press release. Among the missing are 24 members of the 57th group of hunters, to which belonged Lord.

A rosette will be placed next to his name on the tablets of the missing to indicate that it has been taken into account. Lord will be buried with all military honors on June 22 at Conneaut, according to his obituary.

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