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After more than 70 years, 1st Lt. Class Louis L. Longman isreturning home to Iowa. Longman, a 26-year old Clinton, Iowa native serving with the 433rd FighterSquadron, 475th Fighter Group, 5th Air Force, U.S. Army Air Corps, was lastseen April 16, 1944 as his unit returned from a B-25 bomber escort mission.

He was one of 53 pilots and crewman who went down during a storm.

The 5th Air Force lost 53 pilots and crewmen that day in what became known as"Black Sunday."

In February 2005, the Joint Prisoners of War/Missing in Action AccountingCommand - Central Identification Library (JPAC) received information of apossible aircraft crash site in Madang province, Papua New Guinea. 

Now, after investigation, crews confirmed the remains are that of 1st  Lt.Class Longman.

He will be buried at the Rock Island Arsenal National Cemetery onApril 12th at 1p.m. The public is welcome to attend.

Louis Longman was born Jan. 23, 1918 in Murdock, MN. He graduatedfrom St. Mary's High School in Clinton, Iowa in 1936, and participated in awide variety of school activities, including basketball, football (All-Statehonorable mention), yearbook sports editor, dramatics, and class officerpositions.

Among his military awards and honors is the Air Medal (withnumeral "2"), American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal(w/4 Bronze Service Stars), World War II Victory Medal and Pilot Wings. 

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