Body of Green Bay WWII Pilot Comes Home
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GREEN BAY, Wis.- An Army Air Corp pilot from Green Bay is finally home and will be laid to rest with full military honors. James Des Jardin was assigned to the 356th Fighter Wing and the 360th Fighter Squadron based in England during World War II.
On a bombing raid in Germany, Des Jardin's plane was shot down into a deep pond in a farm area of the country. That's where Des Jardin and his plane stayed for more than 60 years.
Recently, workers in Germany were draining that very same pond and discovered the plane and the remains of Des Jardin and another Army Air Corp officer.
On Friday, Des Jardin is making his way from Milwaukee to his final resting place in Green Bay, his home town.
We will have much more on this story tonight on NBC26 Live at 6:00.