WWII Vet’s Remains To Return To Florida After 73 Years

Mar 19, 2017

A World War II veteran's remains will be returned to his family in Florida, some 73 years after he was shot down by German fighters.

The Tampa Bay Times reports the remains of Army Air Force 2nd Lt. John Donald Mumford were found in a field in what is now Ukraine. The remains will arrived in St. Petersburg on Thursday.

For years, Mumford was the subject of family stories, known through fading photos and failing memories as a dashing young man with a desire to fly. But it had been years since his surviving nephews had even thought about their uncle, who died before they were born.

In January, the U.S. Department of Defense called to tell them that after 10-year search, their uncle had been found.